Sports Car Market November 2020

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Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, July 21, 2020

Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2020

Gooding & Co., Online, August 3–7, 2020

RM Sotheby’s, Online, August 14–15, 2020

VanDerBrink, Granger, IA, July 25, 2020

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NOVEMBER 2020 Volume 32 Number 11 Auctions WHAT SOLD, AND WHY 94 Market Overview It wasn’t the Monterey we have come to know, but it still included some Monterey-level sales — Chad Taylor 98 Artcurial / Monte Carlo, MCO The Monaco auction at Hôtel Hermitage realized $8.2m, with 47 of 89 lots selling — Paul Hardiman 110 Gooding & Company / Online ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II, sold for $137,500 Profiles THIS MONTH’S MARKET MOVERS UP CLOSE FERRARI 68 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose by Steve Ahlgrim $3,080,000 / Gooding & Company ENGLISH 70 1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward by Paul Hardiman $347,821 / Artcurial ETCETERINI 72 1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga by Donald Osborne $368,282 / Artcurial GERMAN 74 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster by Prescott Kelly $258,500 / Gooding & Company AMERICAN 76 1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by Murphy by Carl Bomstead $781,000 / RM Sotheby’s RACE 80 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive by Thor Thorson $4,290,000 / RM Sotheby’s NEXT GEN 82 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II by Jeff Zurschmeide $137,500 / RM Sotheby’s 120 Bonhams / Los Angeles, CA The live and online sale in L.A. saw 61 of 99 cars sell for $12.6m — Michael Leven 134 RM Sotheby’s / Online The Online Only: Shift/Monterey auction saw 81 of 109 cars sell for a total of $31.3m — Carl Bomstead 146 VanDerBrink / Granger, IA All 22 lots making up the Beneventi Collection sold for a total of $801k — B. Mitchell Carlson 158 Bring a Trailer / Bringatrailer.com From high-dollar exotics to niche models with cult followings, owners are testing the waters at BaT — Larry Trepel Gooding achieved $14.4m with 40 of 54 lots selling at their first Geared Online Auction — Joseph Seminetta and Jack Seminetta COVER: 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive Remi Dargegen ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 10 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 40 Collecting Thoughts: Bill Warner reveals the pleasures of the new C8 Corvette Columns 18 Shifting Gears / Keith Martin The antidote to COVID-19? A 2,000-mile blue-highway road trip 38 Affordable Classic / Jeff Zurschmeide BMW bids farewell to the i8, and it passes into collector status 40 Collecting Thoughts / Bill Warner The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray redefines America’s sports car 44 Legal Files / John Draneas A reader suspects he has been the victim of shill bidding 46 Unconventional Wisdom / Donald Osborne How the COVID-19 pandemic has made us appreciate our collector cars 194 eWatch / Carl Bomstead More amazing baseball card auction results State of the Market FALL 2020 52 Looking Ahead / Stephen Serio Predictions for the next six months 54 Top 50 Sales 2020’s biggest sellers, January–August 56 Blue-Chip Betting The market is in flux — are blue-chip collectibles still safe? 60 Online Now vs. On-Site Later Which option should you choose when buying or selling? Features THE ROAD FORWARD 166 Driven to Ask / Elana Scherr Caroline Cassini on being the only woman in her auto-restoration curriculum 168 Driving With Elana / Elana Scherr The 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster is one hot commodity — literally 170 Double Take SCM contributors Steve Serio and Sam Stockham trade opinions on six Bring a Trailer sales 174 Unlocking a Car / Paul Hardiman A glimpse under the skin of BMW’s venerable 2002 176 Road Value / Carl Bomstead Think about driving a Chrysler Town & Country woodie to next year’s Monterey Car Week 12 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 178 Shootout Steve Ahlgrim and Steve Serio tell you how to build a three-Ferrari collection with $100k per car 180 Reader Forum What’s the hottest collector-car era? Departments 24 Crossing the Block 26 Concours and Events: London to Brighton a go-go 28 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 30 You Write, We Read: Continuation Bentleys, Merc Shootout, smoking TVR tires, and a fellow Volvo driver 32 Display Advertisers Index 34 Speaking Volumes: Shadow: The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery: Can-Am • Formula 1 • F5000 34 Neat Stuff: Bubbles with juice and parts for that Porsche 84 Next Gen Market Moment / Pierre Hedary 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 pickup 86 Rising Sun / Brian Baker 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT, 1990 Nissan 240SX, 1981 Honda Accord Special Edition 96 Buy/Sell/Hold: Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson’s picks for what to keep and what to move 114 Market Moment / Mark Wigginton 1960 Dodge Polara station wagon 182 Mystery Photo: “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave” 184 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 186 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs


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SHIFTING GEARS KEITH MARTIN Travels with Bradley A “new” Mercedes SL55 AMG is the perfect way to enjoy a road trip to Yellowstone decoding the user-cruel climate controls and learning to control the seat massager with its Braille-themed switches. With the top up, the car was remarkably quiet, and at 80 mph, the supercharged engine was barely loping along. Hitting the drive-through Bradley and I have always traveled well together. We have a comfort- able rhythm, which includes eating and drinking in the car — much to the dismay of my purist friends. We like to be up and out by 8 a.m. after a light breakfast. We drive three or four hours before hitting a fast-food place for lunch. We drive another three hours or so and get to our final destination by four. We have an early dinner, and are in our room, fed, showered and relaxed by 7 p.m. The next day was long but easy, 342 miles on U.S. 89 to our camping destination near Gardiner, MT, at the north entrance to Yellowstone. The park experience was remarkable. How fortunate the U.S. was to “A journey is a person itself; no two are alike.” — John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America B uffalo, elk, coyotes and wolves. Yellowstone National Park. A 2,000-mile route. A 500-horsepower Mercedes-Benz. A 13-year-old boy just itching to get out of the house. Those were the perfect ingredients for this summer’s road trip. Leaving it all behind My son Bradley is rapidly leaving childhood behind. Coming into the eighth grade, he is developing a worldview of his own. However, due to COVID-19, this summer has not been full of the expected computer camps and athletic activities. At the very time he is expanding and developing his social skills and outreach, our world is under lockdown. Of the safe travel options available to us, a week of glamping in Yellowstone National Park had the most appeal. The organizers, Mango Safaris, promised a group of just 10, with four adults and six kids. There would be two naturalist guides with us full time. We all had to test negative for the coronavirus within 48 hours of checking into the camp. Once we settled on the destination, Bradly and I had to decide on the right car. High-speed cruising capability, comfort and reliability were paramount. The 1965 Volvo 122 didn’t make the cut. No air conditioner, and we’d have to take an extra week with its 86-hp 4-cylinder at redline the entire time. The 1971 Jaguar S3 V12 coupe ticked many of the boxes, most notably that it could cruise comfortably at 80 miles per hour. But this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my son. The Jag is a 49-year-old British car. I foresaw the possibility of spending days of our trip waiting in Twin Falls, ID, for an ignition part. Investing in fun Mercedes guru Dean Laumbach and SCM contributors Philip Richter and Pierre Hedary all recommended an SL55 AMG. I located one with 48,000 collector-owned miles on it. By the time it arrived in Oregon and was fettled by Burback Motors, my total “investment” in the car was $25,000. With its retractable hard top, it gave us the option of open-air motor- ing. Between the trunk and the space behind the seats, we could carry all our luggage. The prognosis was good that we could actually leave and return in the same car, with no flatbed tows in between. We covered 385 miles the first day, taking Interstate 84 up the magnificent Columbia Gorge to Coeur d’Alene, ID. We settled into the SL, 18 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market have Teddy Roosevelt as our 26th president, with his great respect for nature. During our five days there, we watched a coyote chasing a wolf from its den, and observed bison, elk and bears. We hiked past bubbling mud pots and to waterfall overlooks. Every night, we gathered ’round the campfire to roast marshmallows while remarking on the clarity of the night sky. We did not take the most direct route home. Following U.S. Route 191 south, we had a quick 159 miles on U.S. Route 89 through the Grand Tetons to our next destination, Jackson Hole, WY. We immediately feasted on bison burgers at Sidewinder Tavern. At every hotel and restaurant on our trip, all patrons were wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We felt safe. The next day, we took U.S. Route 20 southwest to the Craters of the Moon National Monument, a 175-mile drive. Bradley marveled at the extent of the lava flows, and the evidence they offered of a much more violent time in the earth’s evolution. From there, it was 484 more miles on lightly traveled U.S. 20 to Bend, OR, where we visited with good friend Michael Cottam and his son Benjamin. We admired Michael’s 1950 Bentley Mk VI but declined his offer of trading it for the SL. We took U.S. Route 26 home, crossing Mt. Hood on a road following the Oregon Trail. Note that their Conestoga wagons lacked air conditioning and anti-lock brakes. A new modernism After covering 2,040 miles, the bug-splattered SL was home. I have become a fan of modern technology for long road trips. The comfort of the SL allowed Bradley and me to have conversations (some thoughtful, some not so much) all day long. I didn’t have to keep one eye glued to the water temperature and oil-pressure gauges. I wasn’t constantly wondering if a strange smell was a fan belt slipping. I’ve had more than my share of long road trips in vintage cars. It’s not that I am done with those, but I now place a high value on comfort and reliability. I no longer anticipate the glory of triumphing over roadside failures. I just want to get in, buckle up and take off. Bradley and I are already talking about picking up a late-model Porsche Boxster in two years, taking the ferry to Alaska and driving 2,400 miles down the ALCAN Highway to Portland. That would be a great way for him to celebrate getting his permit. ♦


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CROSSING THE BLOCK CHAD TAYLOR IMAGES COURTESY OF THE RESPECTIVE AUCTION COMPANIES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Star Car: 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction ARTCURIAL Where: Paris, FRA When: November 1 Web: www.artcurial.com Last year: 38/74 cars sold / $2.1m GAA CLASSIC CARS Where: Greensboro, NC When: November 5–7 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 456/646 cars sold / $12.3m Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 fastback • 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 coupe • Star Car: 1966 Ford Bronco U13 roadster MECUM Where: Las Vegas, NV When: November 12–14 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 520/776 cars sold / $16.1m Featured cars: • Star Car: 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible • 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider VANDERBRINK Where: Atchison, KS When: November 14 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com SILVERSTONE Where: Birmingham, U.K. When: November 14–15 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Last year: 86/114 cars sold / $7.4m H&H Where: Online When: November 18 Web: www.handh.co.uk 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.taylor@ sportscarmarket.com. NOVEMBER 1—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 5—BRIGHTWELLS Online 5–7—GAA CLASSIC CARS Greensboro, NC 7—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 7—SMITH AUCTIONS Paducah, KY 10—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 11–18—SHANNONS Online Star Car: 1966 Ford Bronco U13 roadster at GAA in Greensboro, NC 24 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 12–14—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 14—VANDERBRINK Atchison, KS 14–15—SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 18—H&H Online 19–21—MECUM Kansas City, MO 19–21—MECUM Davenport, IA 20–22—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA MECUM Where: Kansas City, MO When: November 19–21 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 392/579 cars sold / $8.5m MCCORMICK’S Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 20–22 Web: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 327/517 cars sold / $5.7m Featured cars: • 1959 Porsche 356A cabriolet • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 convertible • 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 continuation roadster ♦


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CONCOURS & EVENTS SCM STAFF SEND NEWS AND EVENT LISTINGS TO INSIDELINE@SPORTSCARMARKET.COM Bob Ames From Soho Down to Brighton The Royal Automobile Club will once again be holding its annual London to Brighton event. Open to vehicles manufactured before 1905, the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is scheduled for November 1. This is the first year that the auction company is the title sponsor. Billed as the longest-running car event extant, it has been held most years since 1896, save for during World War II. Although the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the viability of this year’s running, organizers were given the green light this summer to proceed. London to Brighton celebrates the anniversary of the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act, which raised the speed limit in the U.K. from 4 to 14 miles per hour and removed the requirement of having a flagman precede automobiles on the road. The event traditionally kicks off with the International Concours d’Elegance, a 100-car display held on Regent Street the day before. RM Sotheby’s will also be holding an auction this year, scheduled for October 31. The drive to the coast commences on Sunday, with cars leaving London at sunrise (6:55 a.m. GMT) and arriving on Madeira Drive in Brighton all day. www.veterancarrun.com (U.K.) ♦ NOVEMBER CALENDAR 6–8 Austin SpeedTour, Austin, TX; www. speedtour.net/austin 13–15 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, Birmingham, U.K.; www.necclassicmotorshow.com 14 Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show, Springfield, OH; www.ohioswapmeet.com 14–15 Goodguys 38th All-American GetTogether, Pleasanton, CA; www.good-guys.com/ aagt 15 Exotics on Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL; www.exoticsonlasolas.com 20–22 Atlanta SpeedTour, Atlanta, GA; www.speedtour.net/atlanta 20–22 Goodguys 23rd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett- Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ; www.good-guys. com/swn EDITOR’S NOTE: With COVID-19 still forcing rescheduling and cancellations, please be sure to check with any event for the most up-to-date information. If and when you do attend an event, be smart and safe, and make sure to follow all required rules and regulations to protect the health and welfare of everyone in the collector-car community. 26 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL PUBLISHER Keith Martin | keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Jeff Sabatini | jeff.sabatini@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 ART DIRECTOR Kirsten Hegg | kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 ART DIRECTOR David Tomaro | david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 AUCTION EDITOR Chad Taylor | chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 EDITOR AT LARGE Donald Osborne COPY EDITORS Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro SENIOR AUCTION ANALYSTS B. 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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 JEFF SABATINI, SCM’s new Executive Editor, bought his first fright pig shortly after acquiring his driver’s license at age 16. He has had a soft spot for bad cars to rival the floorboards of that 1971 Buick LeSabre convertible ever since. An SCM alumnus, Jeff rejoined the editorial staff this summer after a 15-year absence in which he honed his writing and editing skills at publications such as Car and Driver, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Jeff earned his master’s in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. His current daily driver is a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia that he converted to Subaru power. Jeff recently completed a 2,500-mile road trip in the Busaru with his yellow Lab, Sammie. JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE, SCM Contributor, makes his home in Tillamook, OR, at the convergence of nice weather, great roads and public acceptance of keeping a dozen old cars in a barn. Jeff can’t remember a time before he could read, but he clearly remembers being handed a copy of Stories of Road & Track at an impressionable age. That book set him on a life path that continues half a century later, or it warped his mind, depending on your perspective. This week’s great vehicular passions are his 1955 Jeep M38A1 and his 1968 VW Dune Buggy. You can read his musings on BMW’s i8 in this month’s “Affordable Classic” on p. 38, and Jeff’s Next Gen profile of the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II is on p. 82. MARK WIGGINTON, SCM Contributor, grew up as a track-rat teen at Riverside Raceway and spent 25 years as an editor and writer at daily newspapers, before finding honest work as the manager of Portland International Raceway for 15 years. He has extensive experience in karts, on team timing stands at endurance sports-car races, and knows his way around both the press room and the manufacturer’s hospitality chalet. He couldn’t put down the keyboard when leaving a newsroom and has spent almost 15 years reviewing books and writing about cars for SCM. He has an intervention-level problem with ’60s British sports cars, but he has embraced the future and his daily driver is electric. This month you’ll find his take on a new book by Pete Lyons on p. 34 and his “Market Moment” analysis of a 1960 Dodge Polara station wagon sale on p. 114. 28 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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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 Courtesy of Bentley Motors If created with respect, and clearly identified as a reproduction, these new machines may see a broader audience than a few cloistered garages. Bentley Continuation To the Editor: With all respect to Mr. Kidston, I am not so troubled by the theory of the Blower Bentley continuation (September 2020, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 48). I am a lifelong car nut, grew up within hailing distance of the Vintage Car Store in Nyack, NY, and had a 30-plus-year dream career in the OEM car biz. This included more unique car experiences than some, encompassing numerous concours, Monterey Car Weeks, auctions of all kinds. I have never seen a Blower Bentley. Perhaps it was bad luck, but more likely the lofty values of these limited cars made an encounter something on the order of seeing a unicorn on the hoof. I’m sure Mr. Kidston will look down his nose, but I am a fan of drag racing. Among the kings of that sport were the 1960s Chrysler Hemi Darts and Barracudas, wild machines factory-built in the heyday of the muscle-car wars. They were so dominant that they were segregated to an NHRA exclusive class, where dozens could battle 30 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market it out. That is, until they became collectible in the 1980s and faced extinction, their original Hemi motors too precious to risk in mere racing. I was at Mopar Performance Parts at the time. We didn’t like the prospect and we reproduced the Hemi engine. Today, that class is more popular than ever, and racers being racers have pushed elapsed times far lower than they were in the muscle era. The engines are reproductions, and the cars repurposed grocerygetters, but the racers are having fun, and the fans love them. Only a collector with a magnifying glass can tell the difference from an original. If created with respect, and clearly identified as a reproduction, these new machines may see a broader audience than a few cloistered garages. We may even see one in action on some highway, and an owner driving the hell out of it as originally intended. These are cars, to be driven and appreciated. Otherwise, they are so many stocks in an investment portfolio, or private garage art. How boring, and tragic. — Mark Reynolds, via email SCM Contributor Simon Kidston responds: I’m sure most SCM readers would applaud the idea of sharing their cars with a wider public and letting as many enthusiasts as possible experience them, even if not from behind the wheel. We’ve all been that kid with his or her nose glued to the showroom window or standing behind the rope at the motor show. If we don’t encourage that, how will the next generation take over? However, the modern car companies now building replicas for seven-figure sums aren’t doing it so that less-lucky mortals can realize their dreams. They’re doing it because the modern car business isn’t in rude health and the marketing and accounts departments are looking at how else to make money. We all understand businesses need to make profit, but plundering your back catalog with spurious justifications like “we didn’t have time to build these extra examples in period” is politely but firmly showing two fingers to the collectors — and rich or not, I can tell you they’re real enthusiasts — who for years saved these cars when it wasn’t fashionable or profitable, and have preserved them for posterity. Blower Bentleys get driven, as do most vintage Bentleys, and usually fast. I don’t own one, but if you want a ride, I know a man who would happily take you out and show you what a 90-yearold supercar can do. However similar the $2m clone may look, it’ll never feel the same, simply because it was built yesterday for a completely different purpose which, to use your words, is as “stocks in an investment portfolio, or private garage art.” As the Bentley Boys would have said: “Bugger that. Just drive it!” Agony and Ecstasy To the Editor: I enjoyed Hedary vs. Laumbach’s article last month about which Mercedes you should buy (September 2020, “Shootout,” p. 162). I’ve had experience with the 107 560SL, currently own two R129 SL500s (a ’94 and a ’99), and I am always toying with the idea of an R230. I think their styling is fantastic, but I do give some credit to the belief that the R129 was the “last true Mercedes.”


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You Write We Read AIG PC Global Services, Inc .......................... 125 Allard Motor Works LLC ................................ 123 Audrain Auto Museum ...................................... 51 Automotive Restorations Inc. .......................... 106 Avant Garde Collection ................................... 100 Baldhead Cabinets ........................................... 147 Barrett-Jackson .......................................... 77, 125 Bennett Law Office ......................................... 169 Beverly Hills Car Club .................................... 155 Boca Raton Concours ........................................ 36 Bonhams / UK ..................................................... 7 Branson Collector Car Auction ......................... 25 BridgePoint Risk Management ....................... 125 Camaro Central .................................................. 64 CarCapsule USA ................................................ 22 Cars Yeah ......................................................... 155 Cars, Inc. ............................................................ 59 Centerline Alfa Parts ....................................... 122 Charles Prince Classsic Cars ........................... 119 Chequered Flag International .......................... 105 Classic Auto Mall ............................................ 103 Classic Car Capital ............................................ 29 Classic Promenade ............................................ 13 Copley Motorcars ............................................ 107 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc .......................... 150 D. L. George Historic Motorcars .................... 111 Dobson Motorsport .......................................... 124 Driversource Houston LLC ............................... 49 Driversource Houston LLC ............................. 109 EPAS Performance .......................................... 144 ETS Racing Fuels ............................................ 143 European Collectibles ...................................... 115 F40 Motorsports ................................................ 23 Fantasy Junction ............................................ 20-21 Ferrari Market Letter ....................................... 184 Finarte .............................................................. 101 Fourintune Garage Inc ..................................... 159 GAA Classic Cars .............................................. 99 Gaswerks Garage ............................................. 159 Gooding & Company .......................................... 9 Grundy Insurance .............................................. 87 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .............................. 157 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC ............................... 95 Heacock Classic ............................................... 195 Heritage Auctions ............................................ 145 Hortons Books Limited ................................... 153 Hyman, LTD ........................................................ 8 Intercity Lines .................................................... 45 Jarrah Venables .................................................. 63 JC Taylor .......................................................... 141 JJ Best Banc & Co ........................................... 185 JJ Rods ............................................................... 90 Kevin Kay Restorations ...................................... 6 Kidston ............................................................... 11 Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts ........... 97 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ............................ 157 Legendary Motorcar Company ....................... 159 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ............................... 151 Luxury Brokers International ........................ 14-15 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ............................. 37 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ......................................... 138 Manns Restoration ............................................. 27 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ......................... 31 Metron Garage ................................................. 133 Michael’s Motor Cars ...................................... 127 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ........................... 169 MM Garage ....................................................... 35 Mohr Imports, Inc. ........................................... 108 Monterey Touring Vehicles ............................. 121 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. ............... 135 Motorology, LLC ............................................. 130 Mouse Motors, LLC ........................................ 153 Northwest European ........................................ 149 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .................... 43 Paramount Automotive .................................... 139 Passport Transport ............................................. 91 Paul Russell and Company .............................. 145 POR-15 .............................................................. 50 Premier Auction Group ................................... 137 Putnam Leasing ............................................... 196 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ............................... 117 RM Sotheby’s ................................................... 4-5 RMD bvba ......................................................... 41 Ronald McDonald House .................................. 65 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations ....................... 102 Stoddard NLA-LLC ........................................ 113 Streetside Classics ............................................. 77 StreetWorks Exotics .......................................... 42 Symbolic International ...................................... 19 The Creative Workshop ..................................... 39 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. .................. 89 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................... 129 The Vault ...................................................... 16-17 The Werk Shop ................................................ 136 Tobin Motor Works ........................................... 85 Tony Labella Classic Cars ............................... 169 Torque Classic Cars ........................................... 33 TYCTA .............................................................. 88 Vermont Barns ................................................. 149 Vintage Car Law .............................................. 112 Vintage Car Works ............................................. 47 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ............................. 116 Vintage Rallies ................................................. 147 Volunteer Vette Products ................................... 48 WeatherTech .................................................... 131 West Coast Classics, LLC ............................... 151 White Post Restorations .................................. 167 Worldwide Auctioneers .................................... 2-3 Ad Index Aerovault ......................................................... 143 LIGHT-HAND DRIVE LARRY TREPEL 32 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market “The next lot is Enzo Ferrari himself, perfectly restored and sitting at his original desk.” Of course, some people were saying that back in 1971 about the 280SL. But I had to laugh when I saw the letter in the October issue from an SL500 owner strongly advising you to buy an R129 with a Panoramic top, as my 1999 has that feature. It’s a Sport model with both the SL1 and SL2 packages. I think the Sport SL1 package is fine; my feeling is it does not lower the ride quality very much, and I suspect you’d agree. I bought my ’94 SL500 in 2013, and have used it a bit whenever I’m in North Carolina (all our cars are down by my brother’s). It had 95k miles on it, was inexpensive to buy, but has been a nightmare at times. When it sits for a few months I actually have to take the distributor caps off and clean the mold out. I’ve had more than one set of replacement caps on it, but when you’re in a humid setting, beware. I’ve lived the Agony and the Ecstasy of SL500 ownership, and the Agony side has not been fun. I didn’t really need two SL500s, but the ’99 was so sensational when I saw it that I grabbed it in 2014. I’ve put few miles on it, mostly keep it stored, but exercise it every time I’m down there. It was originally at Beck Mercedes (now called Hendrick), and Mrs. Beck used it for a few months before they put it in the showroom. Interestingly, it was ordered from the factory with the rear-badge-delete option. I guess Mrs. Beck didn’t want anyone to know she was only driving an SL500, not an SL600. The original owner was a very nice local Charlotte woman. In any case, when I compare the two SL500s I have, there’s a huge difference. I’ve gone back and forth about selling the ’99 SL. They seemed to be headed for a good price increase a few years ago, but then BaT started getting a flood of consignments, so I mothballed that idea, as prices seemed to drop with so many out there. But recently they appear to slowly be coming back up. I can partly thank Dean Laumbach for that. I do think they’re great cars to have for a modest amount, far more enjoyable to drive than the 107. But still, when I look at an R230, I start to drool a bit.... — Larry Trepel (SCM contributor), via email Smoke ’Em To the Editor: In the profile of the Trident Clipper (August 2020, English Profile, p. 50), you mentioned how the TVR Griffith’s “short wheelbase helps them change direction quickly.” I used to compete with one at the Greene, NY, airport in the ’60s. When the smoke from its melting tires cleared, it would be facing 180 degrees away. I was driving a 1956 Austin-Healey with a 289 HiPo and T-10 trans. — John McNulty, via email Moving Forward To the Editor: When the live world of col- lector, sporting and interesting wheels was put on pause in March, I wondered about what the future content of SCM would look like. Last week, I finally got to read the August and September issues. You and your team have done an absolutely wonderful job of filling the issues with valuable and — most importantly — enjoyable content. As the world struggles to adjust, SCM has showed us “The Road Forward.” Sorry about the glitches with your Volvo 122S. I take my PV 544 out every morning this time of year for a cup of coffee and a jaunt around town. It attracts many more looks and comments from young people than a modern Porsche. — Terry Turner, Cumberland Foreside, ME (the other Portland) ♦


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SPEAKING VOLUMES MARK WIGGINTON Shadow: The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery: Can-Am • Formula 1 • F5000 by Pete Lyons, 468 pages, Evro Publishing, $99 T he Shadow was a radio character in the 1930s, with “the power to cloud men’s minds so they cannot see him.” It was a fitting nom de guerre for the racing cars from Don Nichols, himself a man of mystery. Pete Lyons, the much-lauded motorsports writer and author, uses all his reportorial skills in Shadow, though Lyons makes it clear that Nichols’ failing memory and secretive nature didn’t speed the process. It’s a deep dive, supported by more access for Lyons than you might expect from the private, idiosyncratic and elusive Nichols. After all, despite winning the Can-Am title and notching a Formula One win in 1977 at Austria after changing nationality from American to British, Nichols and his team are known mostly for the highconcept, low-success Mk 1 Shadow. It was designed by Trevor Harris, and built around special 12- and 15-inch-high tires from Firestone. Low drag was the goal, and they hoped to be fastest in a straight line, but it never really worked. Every problem created by the super-low package wound up being solved by a more conventional shape, with each improvement in turn creating more drag. But it created media buzz like nothing else. The Shadow team, in a much more conventional car, eventually won the Can-Am title in 1974, against a lackluster field of privateers as the series ended. NEAT STUFF JIM PICKERING Porsche Parts In SCM’s October issue, Jim Schrager dove in deep on what makes a 356 great: keeping it stock. So what to do with a car that isn’t exactly complete and in need of hard-to-source items? Stoddard has a solution in their extensive line of Porsche restoration parts. From trim to fuel tanks, tires, brake parts and more, Stoddard is a good place to start in sourcing what’s missing or to put back what’s been changed, making that Porsche act the way it’s supposed to. Learn more at www.stoddard.com and www.NLAParts.com. ♦ Power in the Bubble A CarCapsule is a great investment for protecting that Porsche or Alfa in your garage from your kids — or even from yourself. But what about keeping your car’s battery topped off and ready? CarCapsule’s IntelliCharge solves that problem. It’s a batt charger that’s also designed to work with yo CarCapsule as a backup power source. It’ll k running — and the bubble inflated around y for up to 40 hours during a power outage. It t a battery charger for your car as soon as the p back on. Get it for $129.95 (single fan) or $1 fan) at www.carcapsule.com. 34 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Weaving in the stories of all the tal- ented designers and fabricators, Lyons has written an exhaustive history of the cars, supported by plenty of never-beforeseen images. It is in some ways the story of a moonshot, but without the success. PROVENANCE: Pete Lyons had access to most of the to the Shadow story, people important and uses them well, including the helpful input of Nichols himself. FIT AND FINISH: Evro is proving to be a high-quality imprint, and the design and photography in Shadow reflect top-notch work. DRIVABILITY: The Shadow story is one of audacity leavened with pragmatism, but it’s the reaching for something new that created the Shadow mystique. Images of George Folmer wedged into the knee-high Shadow Can-Am car will leave you shaking your head — it was like a laydown kart with 500 horsepower. Nichols and Shadow are in the same out-of-the-box category as rule-bending Jim Hall and the Chaparral 2J “sucker” car, but aside from the hype, the team was never really successful against meaningful competition. That doesn’t make this any less of a ripping yarn, as we all like stories of David going after the big guy, and Lyons is exactly the guy to tell it. ♦


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AFFORDABLE CLASSIC 2015–20 BMW I8 More Sports Car Than Electric Car Thanks to its six-figure new-car sticker price, BMW’s i8 never really caught on, but the miracle of depreciation means you can now drive one at a deep discount by Jeff Zurschmeide Courtesy of BMW The BMW i8 likely will never achieve legendary status, but it holds an important place in the historical development of hybrid sports cars B MW produced the last of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars this past summer. With a few more than 20,000 units sold, the i8 could be called successful, but it never really caught on after its initial splash in the summer of 2014. At launch, the 2015-model-year i8 carried a price tag of $135,925. The final 2020 units still available through BMW dealers at press time have a remarkably restrained MSRP of $147,500 for coupes and $163,300 for the roadster. But at this price point, the i8 has had to compete with a Who’s Who list of modern sports cars, including the Acura NSX, Audi R8, the Porsche 718s and 911s, and even a pre-owned Lamborghini or two. Newcomers such as the C8 Chevy Corvette and the Porsche Taycan have not helped the i8’s cause, and there’s also the Tesla Model S siphoning off those buyers who care more about bolstering their alt-fuel street cred than driving a true sports car. What we thought then SCM was on hand in Southern California for the pre-release media launch of the i8 in June 2014. This is what we had to say at the time: In spirited driving, the i8 performs as expected. It’s not quite an Ariel Atom, but you’ll get your money’s worth of excellent lively handling, breathtaking acceleration (0–60 in 4.5 seconds), unfadable brakes and spectacular engine sounds. In fact, the engine sounds are a little too spectacular, which led to some inquiries that turned up the fact that the sounds are recorded and played back for your enjoyment through the car stereo because the engine is actually very quiet... The thing is, you can’t turn off the sound, and the engine does have a bit of a drone at normal highway cruising speeds. 38 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market The i8 primer BMW fans were somewhat shocked to learn that the i8 had virtually nothing to do with anything else in the company’s stable. It didn’t even share much with the i3 dorkmobile, excepting its electric motor and first initial. The i8 came with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine, mid- mounted to drive the rear wheels. An electric motor powered the fronts, making it all-wheel-drive with no mechanical connection between bow and stern. (Acura would later adapt this through-the-road hybrid layout


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to better effect in the NSX.) Combined, the i8’s engine and motor deliver 357 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque. You can plug in and charge DETAILS the i8 and with the earlier models you would see about 15 miles of all-electric driving, according to EPA estimates, provided you don’t get too enthusiastic with the accelerator pedal. In later years, BMW gave the i8 a larger battery, boosting the potential all-electric range to about 18 miles. With any hybrid, it’s tempting to talk fuel economy, and while the Years produced: 2014–20 Price when new: $135,925 Number produced: 20,465 Current SCM Median Valuation: N/A (not listed in Price Guide) Pros: Great performance, science-fiction styling Cons: Buzzy engine noise, ingress and egress can be a challenge Best place to drive one: A trendy street in L.A. or Miami Worst place to drive one: Sturgis, SD A typical owner is: Tired of explaining the car to valets EPA says the 2020 i8 will return 69 MPGe, in a day of real-world driving of the kind one might do on the SCM 1000, expect more like 25 mpg. But hypermiling isn’t the way to drive an i8. Think of this hybrid system as a performance enhancement, not a fuel-economy play. It’s a sports car, and you should drive it like one. Buying an i8 Every hybrid that gets to a certain age suffers from battery fatigue to some extent. Because the i8 shares its traction motor and batterypowered origins with the i3, replacements should be a simple matter. Or at least as simple as anything that involves a high-voltage lithium-ion pack can be. The rest is basic used-sports-car buying. Early i8 models found in the SCM Platinum Auction Database have sold between $55,000 (SCM# 6924623) and $69,850 (SCM# 6924877) in the past year, but in August 2020, a well-kept 2015 i8 with 30k miles sold for $59,500 on Bring a Trailer — and this might be the bellwether sale. Because it has butterfly doors, dealers like to price the i8 higher, but as we say around the SCM Chardonnay cooler, “asking ain’t getting.” Newer models, generally those made after the 2018 mid-cycle refresh that included the bigger battery, typically pull prices in the low sixfigures. A 2019 Tera World Copper special edition i8 showing just 6,340 miles on the odometer was bid up to $110,000 but not sold at BarrettJackson Online in May 2020 (SCM# 6932408). Just a few months before, in the time before COVID-19, the same car sold for $143,000 (SCM# 6922561) at Barrett-Jackson’s January 2020 Scottsdale auction, so it’s best not to read a lot into the no-sale. May was not a great month for consumer confidence, and the same car would likely do better today. The BMW i8 will probably never achieve legendary and sought- after status, but it will be respectable as an example of one of the first forays into hybrid sports cars. If you can pick up a good one at a substantial discount from its new-car price, it’s worth putting one in your collection. ♦ Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 39


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COLLECTING THOUGHTS C8 CORVETTE No Remorse for the Mid-Engine Corvette Why I’m glad I bought one of the first C8 Stingrays by Bill Warner Bill Warner says his C8 Corvette offers more than other supercars that can cost four times as much the encumbrance of returning it after just a few hours or days of driving. I have owned mid-engine cars since the late 1970s, when I raced a M Brabham BT8. A decade later, I purchased my first mid-engine street car, a 1980 BMW M1. This was followed years later by a 2005 Ford GT. Like Zora Arkus-Duntov, the legendary Chevy engineer who was “Father of the Corvette,” I feel a modern-day sports car should have its engine properly positioned at its center. So when I heard that GM planned the C8 to be the first production mid-engine Corvette, I placed an early order with my friendly local dealer, Nimnicht Chevrolet in Jacksonville, FL. Like a Ferrari The order form was extensive and impressive. Taking a page out of Ferrari’s book, options can easily make up 20%–30% of the final price. Although the starting price is $59,995 including destination charge, you’re unlikely to see a base car. I opted for the highly desirable 2LT package, which among many options included the infotainment center (Bluetooth, wi-fi, GPS, etc.), an upgraded Bose audio system, a head-up display, and a rear camera mirror. The next box checked was for the Z51 performance package, which includes the Brembo big-brake package, performance suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, heavy-duty cooling system and sport exhaust (good for adding five horses to the output, bringing the total to 495 horsepower). I also added the magnetic ride control and front-end lift with memory. For my design taste, choosing body-color exterior accents gave the car a more homogenous appearance. All-in, including some options I have not mentioned, the MSRP was $81,965. 40 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market ore often than not, when one reads a review of a new car, the reviewer has no vested interests in the car. But in my case, I am the owner of one of the earliest C8 Chevrolet Corvettes delivered. My prose comes from my experiences with the car without How do they do it? So what is the car like? In a word: spectacular. How the General delivered this car so far under $100,000 and with so many capabilities and features is beyond impressive. The seating position is much like a Porsche 911, positioned high and with a commanding view and all the controls at an easy reach. The seats are infinitely adjustable and comfortable. My only complaint is the outside bolsters make egress and ingress a bit challenging, but I’m old — getting in and out of any vehicle is a challenge. There is so much redundancy in the controls that even someone my age can find whatever they want easily. For instance, in addition to the volume paddles on the steering wheel, they cleverly included a simple knob on the dash. The rear-view mirror is, in fact, a screen. Chevrolet recognized that a simple mirror would not be sufficient for a safe rear view, hence the digital display and high-mounted camera. The steering wheel is rectangular, which allows better view out the front, and more knee room, too. A center stripe at the top of the wheel mimics a race car, but this appears to be more of a styling touch than of practical use. There are enough cameras on board that backing up is easy, with proximity warning on all corners. If you hit something while backing up, you need to turn in your license. Unlike my Ford GT, my Corvette has ample storage front and back. GM has a specification that requires the car to accommodate two sets of golf clubs, which the C8 will do in the rear trunk. It also has a “frunk,” a deep trunk in the front that can handle a medium-size bag. I ordered the fitted luggage to maximize the use of both compartments. Barking but not mad Keyless entry and remote starting are nice touches — for more than just a Mafioso. Sit down, push the starter button, and the Z51 fires with a sharp bark, then settles into a subtle idle. The first 500 miles is considered the break-in period, and the tachometer on the digital


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instrument panel advises that you should not exceed 3,500 rpm. But once the odometer hits 500, the tach changes and the redline is raised to 6,500 rpm. Of all the features of the C8 Corvette, the gearbox is the most impres- sive. The dual-clutch 8-speed is an absolute delight. Shifts are seamless and instantaneous, as slick as deer guts on a doorknob. Anybody who says they’d prefer a stick should buy something else. Chevrolet publishes 0–60 at 2.9 seconds, the quarter-mile at 11.2 at 122 miles per hour, and a top speed above 190 mph. I have no doubt these figures are accurate, although I have not tried to duplicate those numbers in my 2,000 miles of driving. My friends at GM tell me that more is coming, but at 77 years of age, I am happy with what I’ve got. The car feels much smaller than it actually is and is nimble in traf- fic and extremely stable at high speeds. The C8 is really far removed from any previous Corvette, and the driving experience is exceptional. Handling is crisp, the ride is supple and adjustable — from Comfort, to Sport, to Track — with a simple twist of the knob on the console. I highly recommend the Z51 package primarily for the Brembo brake package. It is money well spent. There is no appreciable dive under braking. In fact, my car can do the opposite, as the front-end lift feature allows you to raise the nose an inch-and-a-half to clear speed bumps and steeply raked driveways. The car can remember 1,000 locations and activate automatically if it detects via GPS that you are returning to a spot where you need to lift the nose. Is that cool, or what? Controversies, real and imagined The styling may be a bit controversial, due to its many creases and folds, and taillights that appear a bit contrived. But considering all the heat exchangers that had to be packaged, the scoops and vents were required. Ordering the accents in body color, as I did, tones down the whole “boy racer” look to a tasteful level. The real controversy is that Chevrolet has not only redefined the Corvette and its brand, but has also blown up the supercar market. The C8 offers so much more than cars twice, three times, or even four times the price. And unlike many other supercars, you won’t take an immediate six-figure depreciation hit if you buy a Corvette. Will the C8 be a future collectible? Probably, though regardless of those considerations, it’s still a practical everyday driver with the heart and feel of a real supercar. If it is exclusivity you desire, then maybe the pain of buying a $200,000-plus car is what you should endure. But if you want a car that will perform with the best, effortlessly and comfortably, then get a C8. ♦ Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 41


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LEGAL FILES JOHN DRANEAS Letting the Shill “Win” Shill bidding can hurt buyers and sellers alike, and knowing how to handle one can keep you from making a big mistake D ear “Legal Files”: Have you written about or looked into “shill” bidding on Bring a Trailer? I’m not sure how common it is or if it even exists, but I recently had an experience that got me thinking. I was bidding on a nice restored Datsun 240Z. (By the way, I’m a Porsche guy, but I owned a 240Z back in college and just wanted to get one for old time’s sake.) I decided I didn’t want to go beyond $60k. Toward the end of the auction, when I was the leading bidder, a new bidder jumped in and outbid me. Every time I bid, he would raise his bid. I’d go to $56k, he’d go to $58k and so on. I went to $66k, and he went to $68k. I stopped and he won the car. A couple of days later, the seller emailed me and told me the high bidder decided he didn’t want the car, and that I could have it for my $66k final bid. I didn’t buy the car, but the offer made me suspicious. I wondered if the other bidder was a shill bidder who might have been working with the seller to get the price higher. Your thoughts? Seems like it would be hard to prove, but I still feel like the whole thing was a bit fishy. — Greg J. Who’s really bidding? Let’s start with some definitions and legal foundations. This description of “shill bidding” is actually one of three distinct but closely related types of bidding: • “Chandelier bidding” is when the auctioneer makes up bids, generally by looking or pointing into the crowd and “accepting” a bid that no one made. The lingo comes from the observation that it must have been the chandelier in the room that made the bid. It is also called “advancing the bid.” • “Seller bidding” is where the seller bids on his own car. • “Shill bidding” is when the seller has an associate bid to better disguise the situation. All three are much the same — phony bids that are meant to fool real bidders into bidding larger sums. Most readers will realize that this is despicable and fraudulent conduct that should not exist. Unfortunately, it can be a relatively common occurrence, so you need to understand it and learn to recognize it when it happens. Is it illegal? Most readers may be surprised to learn that shill bidding in all three forms is not entirely illegal. It actually depends on the situation, with the rules applying equally to live and online auctions. In a reserve auction, all three types of shill bidding are perfectly legal as long as the bid is below the reserve. The logic is that no sale is going to occur when the bid is below the reserve, so the real bidders are not being hurt by losing a deal. But once the reserve has been met, a sale is actually going to occur, and shill bidding becomes illegal. The same logic applies in a no-reserve auction, meaning that since even a $1 opening bid will win, shill bidding is always illegal. But there is a huge exception to all of this. All three types of shill bidding are perfectly legal if the auction company discloses to the bidders that shill bidding is allowed. How conspicuous does the disclosure need to be? Shouting it out on the block will do it, but a statement to that effect in the bidder’s agreement that every bidder signs may also be enough of a disclosure. 44 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market BaT speaks We contacted Randy Nonnenberg, founder and CEO of Bring a Trailer, and presented Greg’s situation to him. “Our system prevents sellers from bidding on their own car directly,” he stated. That sure helps, but the tougher challenge is the possibility that the seller could have a real or fictitious friend bid on the car. Nonnenberg agrees this is possible, but adds, “We have a number of custom tools that we use to constantly monitor auctions in the background, and we are on the lookout for suspicious activity. When we see it, we step in and inquire further.” Nonnenberg understandably didn’t want to go into any specifics about BaT’s techniques, and we can’t blame him. Anything he discloses could give the unscrupulous among us ideas about new ways to cheat or help them find workarounds. When asked how big a deal he thinks this can be, Nonnenberg is emphatic: “We don’t like or condone shill bidding. We think it is bad for our business, and we also think it is bad for the seller. The seller doesn’t sell the car, tarnishes the car’s reputation, and doesn’t really learn what the real value of the car might be.” Was it or wasn’t it? It’s hard to say if Greg has detected a case of shill bidding. If it was, it was poorly executed, as the shill won the auction. This is why you usually see shill bidding early in the auction, to get the bidding up to a higher level, rather than late in the auction, as in this situation. Nonnenberg agrees, saying, “Playing games with bidding really backfires if the shill wins the auction.”


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That may be true, but we may well have seen cases of this in these pages. Recall an auction lot that ends in a no-sale, and our auction analyst reports that the bid should have easily been enough for the seller to let the car go. Astute observers may well ask, “Was there any real money on the car?” Then, a few months later, the same car is another no-sale at another auction, although at a lower bid than the first auction. Our auction analyst reports that the car was a no-sale at a higher bid at the previous auction, and again a no-sale at a bid that should have been enough. Now, astute observers are asking, “Is there something wrong with this car?” A few more months later, the car finally sells at another auction, at an even lower bid. The pattern is easily detected: Bidders learn to recognize these auction frequent flyers (often with the help of the SCM Platinum Auction Database), and the resulting doubts about the car cause the bids to trend downward. A depressing situation In spite of the risks of depressing the value of the car, sellers do sometimes resort to this form of market manipulation. Sometimes, they know the only hope they have of moving a poor car is to catch someone unaware who gets caught up in the moment and overbids. So maybe Greg did bid against a shill. The quick offer from the seller does seem suspicious. Should we believe that, in the space of just a couple of days, the buyer failed to pay for the car, the seller pursued payment, the bidder communicated his change of heart to the seller, the seller accepted it, and the seller went to the second bidder with a comeback offer? Usually it would take at least a few days just to realize a bidder isn’t going to pay. To test this analysis, we asked Nonnenberg what happens when a bid- der fails to pay for the car. “We always contact the bidder and the seller to ask what the problem was,” he said. “Over the years, we’ve gotten all sorts of ‘dog ate my homework’ stories, everything from ‘My kid bid on the car without my permission’ to ‘I told my wife about winning the car and she almost killed me!’ No matter how funny or sympathetic the story might be, we always disinvite them from ever bidding on BaT again.” That’s encouraging, and it’s really about the most that you can expect BaT to do in such circumstances. But the fact remains, being blacklisted isn’t much of a penalty if you’re a fake persona to begin with. Should you buy the car anyway? So what should we advise Greg to do? He wants a 240Z and he came close to buying this one. Should he just pay the $66,000 and get it done? The liberal view on this is to take a closer look at the bid history. If he thinks he was bid up by a shill, then his offer should go back to where the shill first showed up. That looks like somewhere in the low-$50k range. No one else bid after that, so he should go back to this last “real” bid and offer that amount at the most. The conservative view is to take a step back and consider the big picture. If Greg believes that this was a case of shill bidding, then what does that tell him about the seller’s integrity? Does he really want to buy a 45-year-old used car from this guy? It may be that the best thing about this car is that Greg didn’t buy it. ♦ 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. Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 45


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UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM DONALD OSBORNE Market Moves vs. Passions If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it is that maybe we’ve learned how to better appreciate our collectibles can be remedied fairly expeditiously. Not so with the truly rare vehicles, or those cars needing more than a bit of work or full restorations. For those, nothing beats placing your head inside the car for a sniff, or carefully examining that piece of trim to see if it is original or a reproduction, or if indeed it actually has floor panels or not. Despite some doubts, live auctions made a comeback after a short- ish break as well, with both smaller crowds in attendance and, interestingly, fewer headline-making consignments. Dealer friends have reported strong sales in both inexpensive cars under $75,000, as well as really big cars, those over $2 million. So what does that mean? It says there is still great demand for the cars that people want to buy. Both lack of alternative activities and a certain realization that life is actually finite after all have encouraged enthusiasts to take the plunge. Note that I wrote “enthusiasts.” Some speculator types may have With less live-market action, we can pause and appreciate the cars themselves W ith the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic now with us here in the U.S. for five months as of the day I am writing this, we’ve had ample opportunity to experience the changes wrought on our collector-car lifestyle. Some of my friends and colleagues, sensing an incipient panic, waited for a crash in prices, as frightened and newly impoverished owners dived out of old cars in search of liquidity. Almost simultaneously, we watched in astonishment as thousands of people marooned in their homes and locked to their computers clogged the Internet to binge-buy cars online. And what would the lack of live onsite auctions mean to the market? How much purchase energy came from standing shoulder to shoulder in stifling tents, holding a $27 martini in a plastic cup while the spotlights danced across the gleaming flanks of a perfectly detailed car gliding up the ramp? Would the YouTube walkaround video taken by an owner on his iPhone, of a car parked half under a tree, viewed on our laptop screen as we sip from a mug of hot tea in our favorite lounge chair in our den, rouse us in the same way? It seemed doubtful, but digital auction sales boomed, with many online sales records set and even some absolute high prices reached. The fine-art market also took a successful turn to the digital, with both Sotheby’s and Christie’s recording more-than-respectable overall sales figures and Sotheby’s selling a painting by late British modernist Francis Bacon for $84.5 million in an online sale. I personally purchased a number of pieces from an Italian art sale online. It featured a live auctioneer taking bids via video link and worked quite well. Speculators beware So was it all winners here? Of course not. While it is no longer headline news for a vehicle to sell for six figures with the click of a keyboard, there are also some cars that sell more easily when not inspected in person than others. If you are searching for a BMW E30 M3, chances are that you’ve seen many, have trolled the forums learning which questions to ask and that your downside on a disappointing buy 46 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market looked in at collector cars in April seeking to, as Baron Rothschild so elegantly put it, “buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.” However, the crisis never came to the party. A welcome development is that there is certainly a new reality in the selling sector. With eager buyers available, if you want your car to go away, price it right. You don’t have to give it away, but don’t wish for a record, either. There is little room in this market for speculators to act, as there is not so much spread between selling prices and medium-term values. Events are off Another interesting observation I have made is that what had been a market mover in the upper-middle and top-end ranges — event eligibility — has caused some cars to almost stop trading altogether. At a time when just about all rally and vintage racing events have been canceled, postponed or vastly reduced in scope, it has been difficult for many to sell cars that just a year ago would have had a market time measured in days, not months. For instance: a superb Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe, with period Mille Miglia history that would make it a lock for acceptance. The shame is that it’s being offered to would-be American entrants not able to travel to Europe to use it. That won’t last forever, but it’s an example of the ways in which the pandemic has had a measurable effect in a specific part of the market. Of course, it also is evidence for me that it should not make a real difference for a true enthusiast. What are the qualities of a Lancia Aurelia, or for that matter, a Shelby GT350? Both are a thrill to drive, historically important and lovely to look at. None of those qualities change if there is a pandemic, driving events are canceled, or the stock market gyrates based on a speculative hint of a vaccine that not only eradicates COVID-19 but also deodorizes, cleans and polishes, leaving a bright shiny surface behind. All collecting is about a long-term view, whether it’s an 1891 Panhard et Levassor, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara, a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura, a 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo, or a 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Those vehicles that connect viscerally with their owners and the public will remain desirable. If a car raises my pulse and brings an involuntary smile to my face, I couldn’t care less what someone else might pay me for it years from now when and if I sell. What it’s already given can’t be taken away. I think more collectors have come around to this view as the world has moved our focus involuntarily away from profit and quick turn. I welcome this silver lining. ♦


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 LOOKING AHEAD Predictions for the next six months by Steve Serio Dave Tomaro Cheap therapy hornets, a veritable army of rats would be just another slight inconvenience compared to what we got instead. So I’m going to propose we retroactively rename 2020 The Year of the Fun Sponge, as the majority of any planned fun got sucked out of the world. Hopefully it will return. With any luck, and as I’ll explain, I think the odds are pretty much M in our favor. Six months from now, when we are well into 2021, we can look over our shoulder and exclaim loudly, “Boy, am I glad that’s over!” So let’s regroup, regather and reform. Let’s plan ahead, maybe? Survival of the… I’m fairly certain the human inhabitants of planet Earth will have survived a once-in-a-lifetime, miserable, rotten, disruptive, rather cataclysmic worldwide event, which — if it didn’t kill you — made you stronger. I think Vegas oddsmakers will give us solid bets of rejoining normalcy in 2021. It won’t be easy and there are still a few problematic Easter eggs that we must avoid, but I’m being cautiously optimistic. Before I predict anything about the car market and where that’s going (and I’m the first to admit, no one should really try and predict a damn thing right now, especially not when writing these words in August, but I was politely asked), let’s talk about these potential metaphoric asteroids that could still set us up for a dreadful 2021. Retrospectively, past eras have solved fairly large disruptions, whether they were civil, economic, religious or political. I’d like to think this is no different. I say this squinting. 52 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market y Chinese Zodiac (actually, Google) tells me that 2020 is The Year of the Rat. Rats would be fine, really. Even a plague of them would have been just one more thing to step over and around and potentially make pets out of. Like the murder I believe... • COVID-19 cases will flatten and we will learn to live with it and behave like adults. I’m banking on a second wave being nonexistent. • The current social upheaval will begin to trend towards peace, respect and unity. • Lastly, the November election (whatever the outcome) starts to chart a stable course for the citizenry of this country and the immediate economic future. Utopian? Yes. So what? It’s what fuels me. Cheap therapy My thoughts at the beginning of the pandemic and up until today have been pretty straightforward with regard to our hobby, one that keeps most of us partially sane, I may add. My cars definitely have the job of being my in-house, part-time shrinks (another way for me to justify this expensive habit). I know a lot of people who have turned to their cars and put some serious smiles to their mugs this summer. Impromptu road trips with family members and the occasional flash-mob Cars & Coffees are large and small snippets of pleasure, much-needed respites. Those “I’ll get it done one day” upgrades and restorations were tackled and completed. It is time But the biggest and not-so-surprising byproduct of the pandemic is what I call “the mortality moment.” I firmly applaud and understand the number of transactions that added cars to collections by people pulling a “Network,” looking in the mirror and shouting “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! I’m not waiting a minute longer, as


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life is short and it’s time.” This is not maudlin or morose, it’s just a fact. People have been reacting by getting off the proverbial fences. Catastrophic moments tend to force a mental recalibration of priori- ties, and cars aren’t frivolous priorities. If enjoying automobiles is what gives you a certain occasional sense of relief, why not? We are lucky people to have such a safety valve — some luckier than others — but if it works, there’s no arguing. I’m done looking over my shoulder — my neck hurts. So here are my forward-looking guesses: 1. Special cars will get more special Virtual and live auctions will still have solid sell-through rates, but unrepeatable cars will be the biggest winners. There has been no denying that special cars are being sought-after across the price spectrum. The average, the mundane and cars with exceptions will still sit and be soft. Buyers are becoming more particular, and rightfully so. Just look at the results of the Gooding & Company “Passion of a Lifetime” auction, which closed just a few days before press time. A small but important sale, one that was disrupted from its original April 1 date, it saw 14 of 15 lots sell, and a number of spectacular cars made record prices. 2. 1990s and 2000s cars will continue to appreciate and be appreciated I’d hedge on the new generation of enthusiasts gathering more steam. It seems that younger kids and first-time buyers are becoming more and more regular. This is to be applauded. So I’d squirrel away courtesy of RM Sotheby’s On an appreciation curve: 1996 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo some exceptional 1990s and early 2000s cars, because that market segment has lit up even more during this pandemic. 3. Currency fluctuation will again rear its head Maybe the Brits and European buyers will become more aggres- sive, as the dollar is on a bit of a downward trend. I’m no part-time economist, but I listen, and this cycle seems to be moving against the Benjamins. This predication carries the caveat that international travel bans are finally lifted. I do know that there’s some pent-up demand here, due to pandemic disruptions. 4. We will party like it’s 1999 Okay, so 2021 is 22 years late. But when car nuts can finally, of- ficially gather again and participate in rallies, concours, auctions and local shows, the roof is going to get raised. ♦ Tim Scott ©2018, Mathieu Heurtault, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports, sold for $12,640,750 at Gooding & Company’s “Passion of a Lifetime” auction Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 53


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 TOP 50 SALES from January through August 2020 as recorded by SCM Courtesy of Bonhams 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Jean Bugatti roadster, sold for $7,100,000 RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SOLD PRICE MODEL $7,100,000 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Jean Bugatti roadster $5,061,380 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport roadster $4,290,000 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive racer $3,850,000 1965 Shelby GT350 R prototype “The Flying Mustang” fastback $3,740,000 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback $3,332,500 1907 Renault Type AI 35/45hp Vanderbilt roadster $3,222,500 1995 Ferrari F50 convertible $3,080,000 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose coupe $3,000,000 2020 Chevrolet Corvette VIN #001 coupe $2,782,500 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe AUCTION, VENUE, LOT # Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, #123 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, #268 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Shift/Monterey, #240 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, #F140 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, #F150 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, #159 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #44 Gooding & Company, Geared Online Aug., #56 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, #3007 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, #146 54 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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RANK 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 (Tie) 28 29 30 (Tie) 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 (Tie) (Tie) 50 SOLD PRICE MODEL $2,745,321 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB 6C coupe $2,640,000 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe $2,425,000 1932 Hispano-Suiza J12 dual-cowl phaeton $2,370,000 2018 Pagani Huayra Roadster $2,354,000 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe $2,310,000 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe $2,232,500 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder $2,205,000 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Torpédo phaeton $2,200,466 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster $2,134,000 1995 Ferrari F50 convertible $2,113,660 1964 Porsche 904 GTS coupe $2,040,000 1948 Tucker 48 sedan $2,000,000 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series convertible $1,985,000 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider $1,980,000 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB short-nose coupe $1,930,000 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale cabriolet $1,930,000 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider $1,898,295 1966 Porsche 906 racer $1,848,000 2014 Pagani Huayra coupe $1,771,483 1931 Invicta 4½ Litre S-type low-chassis sports roadster $1,771,483 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sindelfingen Cabriolet A AUCTION, VENUE, LOT # Artcurial, Paris, FRA, #99 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Driving into Summer, #294 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #143 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, #147 Gooding & Company, Geared Online Aug., #47 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Driving into Summer, #279 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, #53 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, #63 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, #143 Gooding & Company, Geared Online Aug., #72 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, #146 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #121 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, #3003 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #154 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Shift/Monterey, #227 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, #54 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #42 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, #83 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Shift/Monterey, #154 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, #232 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, #242 $1,750,000 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Meo Costantini” convertible Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, #77 $1,710,000 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider $1,679,630 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport coupe $1,655,654 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB alloy coupe $1,655,000 1938 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet $1,628,000 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe $1,620,329 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing $1,600,000 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe $1,578,307 1983 Ferrari 126 C3 racer $1,497,936 2020 Porsche 935 “Martini” racer $1,496,000 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe $1,485,000 2017 Ford GT coupe $1,475,000 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider $1,462,500 1960 Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II cabriolet $1,435,000 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S coupe $1,430,000 2019 McLaren Senna coupe $1,430,000 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder $1,430,000 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder $1,391,000 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV coupe RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, #242 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, #161 RM Sotheby’s, Online: European Summer, #132 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, #241 Gooding & Company, Geared Online Aug., #39 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, #663 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, #236 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, #98 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Euro feat. Petitjean, #409 RM Sotheby’s, Online: Shift/Monterey, #115 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, #1392 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, #153 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, #46 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, #34 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, #S113 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, #S111 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, #S143 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, #220 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 55


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 SAFE, STEADY SLIPPING? OR Automotive professionals share their thoughts on the stability of the market’s tried-and-true models Buy, Sell or Hold Blue-Chip Collectibles? Why? DAVID BRYNAN Senior Specialist, Gooding & Company Blue-chip collectibles represent the highest- quality cars, ones that are well understood, widely recognized and have withstood the test of time. You could certainly argue that a collector would want to buy and hold virtually any car categorized as blue chip and never sell them. That said, there are cars that might be considered blue chip based solely on specific characteristics, which are subject to changing tastes and ultra-specific criteria, and therefore susceptible to a decline in their quality grade. 56 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Buy: Best of Breed, Historically Significant, Museum-Quality Cars This category could include an exceptional car of any era — any- thing from a pre-World War I, chain-drive Grand Prix car to a Scuderia Ferrari sports racing car to a race-winning McLaren F1 GTR. While these are the most extreme examples from a value standpoint, you could also include something like an exceptionally well-preserved landmark production model, such as an original Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, Jaguar E-type or an influential, one-of-a-kind concept car. Here we are talking about cars that are virtually irreplaceable, often with a notable race history or provenance, with values not necessarily tied to relevant comparable sales. Sell: Instant Collectibles, Numbered Editions and Battery-Tender Specials If a car is billed as an “instant collectible” and carries a factory- issued plaque with its production number, I am immediately suspicious of its long-term prospects. Is this really an important car, or simply a marketing ploy from a manufacturer to sell a special version of what is an otherwise mundane production car? If adding a few miles to a car really diminishes its value significantly, or if possession of a few “unique” features really increases its value significantly, this is probably not a


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blue-chip collectible. While they certainly have value and a place in the market, these types of cars follow the collectible logic of Beanie Babies and special-issue coins... Time and changing fashions will not be kind. Hold: Iconic, User-Friendly, Event-Eligible Cars These are good-quality original cars that are relatively limited pro- duction and could be used and enjoyed for a variety of purposes. They may not be masterpiece-level cars, but something with staying power. An original-bodied Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a proper Bugatti Type 35, an original V8 Ford, or almost any broadly recognizable or admired post-war sports car — from a Jaguar XK 120 to a Porsche 911S. If it’s considered a high-quality example of its type, and its owner derives enjoyment from using it while not diluting its value, then I’d say it’s worth holding. DOUG GOODMAN CEO, Luxury Lease Partners LLC There’s no one clear answer to this question; it depends where you are in the market and the focus of your collection. When talking with the collectors in our portfolio, we’ve seen an interesting split. While some have surely been impacted by the economic fallout from the pandemic, most remain in a comfortable financial position, and some have returned to an acquisitive stance. We’ve seen this across the market, as those in a strong position have taken advantage of opportunities to add to their collections, leading to thinning inventories in our dealer network and strong valuations across exotics. Specific to the blue-chip market, while activity has been soft recently, we think that asset-allocation dynamics will have a generally positive impact on the class. While we’ve seen a strong rally in the equity and fixed-income markets since lows in March, that rally has been accompanied by elevated measures of volatility and policy uncertainty, including potential impacts from the upcoming election. With all the uncertainty in conventional asset classes, we expect to see a flight to real assets uncorrelated to the broader debt and equity markets. In our community, we’ve certainly seen this play out in recent months with real estate. This inflow may not be spread equally across collectible classes. If we assume that the bulk of liquidity in the market is coming from equity portfolios seeking to de-risk, it is likely to skew younger than the historical buying population and draw from new and emerging collectors. This should provide more support for more recent 1970s and 1980s vintages that these buyers grew up with. Combining this liquidity with a growing comfort with online auc- tion formats and a desire for drivable pieces, younger buyers could drive strength in the exotic and more-contemporary collectible segments. For example, see the excellent $300k-plus result on a ’71 Datsun 240Z Buy, Sell or Hold Blue-Chip Collectibles? Why? on Bring a Trailer this past January. This focus has added to the “evergreen” set of vehicles that appeal across generations of collectors — most Porsches, 275 Ferraris, Cobras and 300SL Gullwings, for example. The segments that rely on more traditional shows and live auctions — the classic Bugattis, Delahayes, and Duesenbergs — may continue to languish in the near future. We expect demographic trends in the collector population to reinforce these trends. From a value-appreciation perspective, it may be time to sell into the classic market, hold your evergreens, and buy into emerging later-vintage collectibles. MICHAEL MARZANO Sales & Operations, Mouse Motors LLC This year has continued to throw us a variety of curveballs, and without an end in sight, this is where I believe things stand with the collectorcar market. It seems that a trend has continued to unfold this past year, and that is auction houses are still struggling to consign quality cars. Several of the best examples in the world continue to trade “off-market,” and in most cases, at record numbers. There are obviously a few exceptions here, specifically with a few classic muscle cars coming out of the woodwork and fetching big money (i.e. Mecum’s recent sales of the “Bullitt” Mustang, a Ken Miles-driven GT350 R, etc.). Another trend that seems to continue is a large amount of money being placed into race cars. RM Sotheby’s very successful sale of a 550 GT1 for $4,290,000 (inclusive of buyer’s fee) in their August “Shift/ Monterey” auction proved that people are willing to place a substantial amount of money into race cars that they can use. This was also seen at RM Sotheby’s 2020 Amelia Island sale with a 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am car fetching $665,000 (inclusive of buyer’s fee). I also firmly believe that the “youngtimer” cars are going to continue to stay strong, especially Japanese cars, as it has become increasingly difficult to find low-mileage, well-preserved examples. With that said, if you own the finest examples, hold them! However, sell anything that is less than the best. Great cars are getting harder and harder to find, so why settle for a mediocre example? Find the best firstgeneration NSX, E46 M3, E39 M5, even W211 E55 or E63 and you’ll be in a great position to drive your car for “free.” If you’re in a position where you must sell, don’t sell yourself short. There are more people looking for great cars than you think. JAKOB GREISEN Vice President — Head of U.S. Motoring, Bonhams I see the true blue-chip collector cars gener- ally undervalued in 2020, and I would venture to say that there will be a good upside for the right cars in the next three to five years. My reasoning is that about half a decade has gone by since the collector-car market peaked, This’71 Datsun 240Z sold for over $300k on Bring a Trailer this past January BringaTrailer.com and as collector cars are looked upon as an asset class, there will undoubtedly be an upward movement once it has been “flat” for long enough. Thankfully, though, the collector-car market is also driven by truly passionate collectors, who buy what they like and when they want, which has always made the market less volatile. Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 57


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 Buy, Sell or Hold Blue-Chip Collectibles? Why? There are sub-markets which move up or down these days. We have seen many cars from the 1980s and 1990s go up in value, as they get that “40-year bump,” which generally means the enthusiasts who remember the cars from their childhood are now in a position to buy them, and the cars have become fashionable again. I will add, though, that the buyers’ parameters — and collectibility of those cars — are quite different than what we see with cars built in the 1950s and 1960s, for example, where the buyers want perfectly preserved, low-mileage cars, and everything less than that falls off drastically. In other words, a good project of a 1961 Jaguar E-type is something which will be restored, but a blown BMW E30 M3 probably never will. There is a strong demand for the very best collector cars of each era, and as I mentioned, we could very well see that demand go up over the next three to five years. I personally think that the right collector cars will get even more collectible as the world is moving away from petrol-powered, driver-driven cars. The rule of thumb is to buy the right cars, as always — the cars that are truly collectible. These are the cars that made a significant mark on the respective era in which they were built and are original in condition and configuration. A Ferrari Daytona from one of the best eras of the Prancing Horse legacy should really cost more than a new 12-cylinder “top of the line” Ferrari road car, and currently they don’t! PHILIP RICHTER SCM Contributor/Turtle Garage The origin of the collector-car market’s recent strength dates to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. In 2008 and 2009, global central banks countered a massive credit contagion and market sell-off with a grand monetary policy experiment. Their remedy of money printing and low interest rates ultimately caused a decade of asset inflation in stocks, bonds, gold, rare art, certain real estate, and even collector cars. The past 12 years have been a boon for people who were fortunate enough to own any of these assets. Financial repression in the form of low or negative interest rates has forced investors out on the risk curve — collector cars are among the many real asset categories that have benefited handsomely from such extreme and abnormal central-bank policies. At these dizzying market heights, what is a blue-chip collector to do? They should hold, given the fact that central bankers today face a Hobson’s choice and there is no turning back. Before trillion-dollar deficits and trillion-dollar companies, the decision to buy or sell or hold a blue-chip collector car was generally not a financial one. Instead, it was a decision of passion. But in today’s perverted monetary policy environment, we find ourselves in a world of inflated asset prices and high valuations. As a result, the behavior of blue-chip collectors is changing. The Collier Duesenberg sold for $22 million at Monterey in 2018. A 6,000-mile BMW E30 M3 just realized a cool quarter-million on Bring a Trailer. In a normal market, most collectors buy cars for reasons that transcend money. Cars bring happiness, help build relationships and enable the priceless opportunity to interact with like-minded enthusiasts. But this is anything but a normal market. Today, valuations within the blue-chip collector-car market are staggering, and it’s partly a byproduct of loose central banking behavior. We are only in the fourth inning of this print-and-spend game. The Gooding “Passion of a Lifetime” auction provides several examples of blue-chip cars that should prove to be great holds: a Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, and a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S. Cars like these are out of reach for most, but they all represent investment-grade vehicles that will only appreciate. In this era, these assets may turn out to be great storehouses of value. Policymakers have no choice but to continue down the path of debt and loose monetary policy — financial discipline in the form of austerity is simply untenable. On the other end of the spectrum, browsing recent “exceptional results” on Bring a Trailer, there are several noteworthy “affordable blue-chip” holds as well: $250,000 E30 M3s, $380,000 Ford GTs and a $228,000 Ferrari 328s are the new normal. While these “affordable” blue chips are more attainable than the Gooding “Passion” pieces, the numbers are still monstrous when compared to just a few years ago. These lesser blue-chip examples also represent holds because their prices are likely to increase as central banks continue to print and debase currencies. While a delivery-mile Ferrari 328 may not be your dream car, good luck finding another one. Certain higher-volume production cars become rare by virtue of condition, mileage or the unique story behind them. Today there are two types of cars that are long-term holds. First, the iconic cars of history that transcend space and time. Vehicles that fall into this category are pieces like the Collier Duesenberg SSJ. Others include correct examples of 1955 300SL Gullwings or anything from the 1930s with bona fide Zagato coachwork. However, another burgeoning category that is commanding huge money is ultra-low-mileage original “youngtimer” cars. If you are sitting on a 300-mile 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500, you can name your price. Likewise, a low-mile original BMW E30 M3 will command a king’s ransom. Ironically, the common thread between scarce coachbuilt cars and youngtimer chariots is rarity, quality, originality and provenance. In the youngtimer category, even a Toyota Supra can fall into the rare category, given that most of them were used up or modified beyond recognition. It is the right time to hold a blue-chip vehicle; however, the decision © Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company Collier Duesenberg SSJ to sell always depends on your perspective, passion and individual situation. The current market is at dizzying heights, and one must have the financial strength to buy the best, the patience to hold what is outstanding, and the discipline to sell what lacks je ne sais quoi. Given the trajectory of global macroeconomic policies and the proclivity of central bankers to print money, true investment-grade blue-chip cars should continue an upward climb in value and act as a hedge against future currency debasement. ♦ 58 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 MAKING A MOVE Buy or sell online now, or wait for in-person, land-based auctions to return? How to decide? KENNETH AHN President and CEO, RM Sotheby’s As the largest auction house globally by total sales, it is tempting to say now is the best time, all the time. But without that bias, the honest answer is it really depends. The primary decision factor to buy or sell a collector car—or any asset—should be based on three factors: 1) an individual’s objectives and needs, 2) the quality of the product, and 3) the market conditions. Frankly, the channel 60 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Should you wait for in-person auctions or move online now? Dave Tomaro Although some live auctions are taking place, online activity is primarily driving the market in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic through which you buy or sell collector cars matters less today — I’d argue much less than people think. The development of technology and the level of comfort for digital commerce has rapidly evolved. In 2000, not many were bold enough to purchase a Rolex online. Today, digital transactions have become a norm, and people now have no problem even finding houses online and submitting offers, sight unseen. Millions are now purchasing used cars on Carvana or Vroom rather than walking into a dealership. The world continues to evolve into digital transactions. For buyers, the decision to purchase a car online ultimately depends on the level of comfort and degree of trust with the platform and seller. I purchased six cars from a popular, digital-only, collectorcar auction site. Three were horrendous busts. A .500 batting average is great in baseball, but not so great in purchasing cars. For sellers, it’s usually not a good time to sell an asset in market malaise. However, the phenomenon we have repeatedly seen throughout cycles is that when there’s an economic headwind or looming inflation, hard assets — including collector cars — tend to do much better. We have seen that play out in recent months, where collector-car values have held up well. And let’s be honest, nobody can time the market consistently.


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So whether you should buy or sell online now or wait for in-person auctions really depends on your objectives. If you no longer want to keep a car, and you can use the proceeds elsewhere, sell the car today. RM Sotheby’s and several others have proven that there is no discernible difference in prices between digital and physical. In August, we witnessed a digital bidding war for a $4m-plus car. You will lose buyers who prefer to touch, smell and hear the engine, but that’s offset by a broader reach of buyers online. If you want to buy a car, buy now to take advantage of the empty roads and enjoy. Life is short. But make sure you trust the seller and intermediary. Trust is what drives successful deals, digitally or physically, and you want an intermediary you can trust and hold accountable. JASON HARRIS Founder, Northwest European Given these two choices, I would counsel a client to sell now. Collector-car sales have been robust here in 2020 (other than a few weeks in March and April, from our experience). However, I see the question as more nuanced, and the sales decision is usually not so clear-cut. The most important thing to consider for me is the client. What are your goals? What is your desired outcome? Is this the only car you are selling currently, or are you considering more of the collection? How does this affect your local or federal tax situation this year or next year? Are you buying something as well, after selling? Selling what you love (or loved!) can be hard. Every car requires careful thought on the best venue to sell, whether that is online, at a land-based auction or with a dealer or broker such as what we do here at Northwest European. The dealer or broker choice gives you access to all the choices (online, live auctions, retail, brokerage), and you gain a partner on your sale to help you consider these paths. We can help you decide the best path for your specific needs and tax situation, while addressing any needs for privacy or anonymity. As a boutique dealer, we specialize in the overall preparation stage to get a car ready for the market. This is something that an online auction cannot provide, and while a land-based auction house may provide some ideas, they will not take a comprehensive approach to make decisions that have financial return weighed against the ultimate goal: to sell your car in a timely manner, professionally presented, and for the correct market price. Buying in this online market has had some challenges and changes to the pre-purchase inspection process. While not new for us, I think it has created positive changes in the industry, forcing sellers to disclose condition more thoroughly, share it through photos and videos, to allow buyers to make informed decisions when travel may be difficult. Sadly, we have seen some unscrupulous operators out there taking advantage of your inability to travel and inspect, but that is a reminder to proceed with caution and ask for assistance. This year has been a wild ride, but selling your car in 2020 has proven to be a solid choice for all our clients — no need to wait. Let a boutique expert help you navigate the waters, and leave all your sales options open. HARRY CLARK Founder, Classic Promenade Auctions There’s no reason to wait any longer. The collector-car market for good-quality cars is very fluid and hot. It defies any logical explanation other than we are a community of enthusiasts whose passion for collector cars remains stronger than ever. The prices attained are now about the same for an online auction as from a land auction. Since the Buy or sell online now, or wait for in-person, land-based auctions to return? How to decide? hammer prices are pretty comparable, you have to look at the buyer’s risks, the net sale proceeds to the seller, and the gross amount paid by the buyer. Online auctions have lower seller’s and buyer’s premiums, by more than half. In addition, for the seller, there is no need to transport your car. And for the buyer, the auction company is no longer processing the title, often saving additional taxes and fees. I believe future analysis will show that online platforms result in a lower gross paid by the buyer and a higher net to the seller. Another major distinction between land and online auctions is mitigating buyer risk. With land auctions, you look at the car and perhaps hear it start and run. You rely on your experience and gut instinct to evaluate the cars. I’ve found that it is very difficult to do this effectively, especially if it’s a car that you’re excited about. With certain exceptions, most auction companies don’t have a deep knowledge of each car, so the opinions of their staff aren’t normally too helpful. Most experienced buyers factor in an amount of money that will likely be spent on the unknown issues. Many of the online auctions are starting to take seriously the need for increased transparency to reduce the “buyer beware” risk associated with auctions, and it has been relatively successful. Bring a Trailer introduced the community comment section, which allowed the global community to chime in their thoughts, feelings and opinions. This really helped elevate the information available, albeit some comments are more meaningful than others. We think this will increase pressure for land auctions to be more transparent. Classic Promenade just introduced our online auction platform that takes transparency to a new level. Every car has an independent third-party inspection performed and published so that all buyers can accurately know the condition of the car, not just the seller’s representations. The inspection has a 158-point checklist, photos, videos, test-drive feedback, etc. In the coming years, land auctions may be limited to being ancil- lary to a handful of major concours events and “Auction Week” here in Phoenix, while online auctions will be the day-to-day norm. B. MITCHELL CARLSON Senior SCM Auction Analyst and Contributor I take some issue with the phrasing of the above question, as real auctions have resumed in portions of the country. As I write this, I have put boots on the ground at six collector-car auctions in the COVID-19 era (and that’s not counting two online-only previews). It’s part of my job to present you, dear readers, with what happens in the collector market en masse. To ignore any segment is doing you a disservice. So to better phrase it, I’ll respond to “Should you buy or sell now via online auction or wait for in-person, land-based auctions to return in what will be construed as normal?” My answer is: What do you want to sell? Some segments of the market are like printing money; others are sucking air, and these can and do change regardless of the sales venue. In the online-only arena, what we see doing well can be distilled into the statement “the best examples that can be had from an auction house that has well vetted their consignments.” All types and vintages fall into this statement, especially 1970s and ’80s pickups, most SUVs of that era, and limited-production modern performance cars (notably Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 61


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STATE of the MARKET FALL 2020 Buy or sell online now, or wait for in-person, land-based auctions to return? How to decide? pre-water-cooled 911s, early NSXs, and that person who did manage to take delivery of a 2020 Corvette and wants to flip it). To some extent, if a bidder can’t go to an auction venue, they’ve been bidding on the best they can get and skipping the cars with stories — the type of car that does better at a traditional live auction. Without buyers having the ability to personally inspect a given vehicle (or have a neutral third party do it for them), these moreaverage cars tend not to sell rather than have the consignor lower their reserves (one thing that few auction houses are willing to facilitate online). What the online-only bidders are trying to avoid is getting a car dropped in their driveway that doesn’t measure up. I get the feeling that when more live auctions return, a lot of those less-thanperfect vehicles will be filling the dockets. As for auction houses that have been able to return to live sales, a lot of the previous paragraph still rings true. All auction houses that I’ve had contact with offer some sort of online presence to augment their live events, so those folks in an area where they can’t make it to a given auction (or wish not to attend) have the option of contracting with someone on-site to review a given vehicle, giving them one more tool in their bidding arsenal. As for what is selling well at on-site sales, it’s generally stock, post-war domestics with low miles and no stories, but not just muscle cars and pickups. The types of cars that appeal to the folks who’ll go to a live event when others say, “Hide in your basement and bid online to be safe.” The poster child for the strength of the current live-auction world is featured in this issue: the 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo, with 3k miles and in factory special-order black, selling for $110,250 at the VanDerBrink auction of the Don Beneventi Chevrolet Collection in Granger, IA (see Market Report, p. 146). Could this have happened on Bring a Trailer, with its “peanut gal- lery” of registered users egging on each bidder? Yes… but I contend that it would have settled out between $70k and $80k. The dynamics of having traveled to the event, plus the give-and-take from the other folks on-site — where it was a humid 92 degrees — helped this one go over $100k. Call it “not going home skunked” syndrome. Which types of vehicles should you wait to sell until some sort of normalcy returns to the market? Any vehicles that you can afford to sit on that are not what’s popular today, especially from the 1920s Tin Era and closed CCCA Full Classics. Also, cars that are not the best of the best, have provenance issues or need the services of an auction house to promote the sizzle when the steak is past its sell-by date. ♦ 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo, sold for $110,250 at the VanDerBrink auction of the Don Beneventi Chevrolet Collection in Granger, IA 62 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose p. 68 ENGLISH: 1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward p. 70 ETCETERINI: 1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga p. 72 GERMAN: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster p. 74 AMERICAN: 1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by Murphy p. 76 RACE: 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive p. 80 NEXT GEN: 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II p. 82 FILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the ILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose p. 68 ENGLISH: 1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward p. 70 ETCETERINI: 1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga p. 72 GERMAN: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster p. 74 AMERICAN: 1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by Murphy p. 76 RACE: 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive p. 80 NEXT GEN: 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II p. 82 1966 1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars


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FERRARI PROFILE Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose When flaws become features, deserving original cars can become exceptional by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 08921 Engine number: 08921 SCM Condition for this car: 2 40 cars were originally supplied with both of these desirable features. Perhaps the most notable aspect of 08921 is its coachwork. This O car’s long-nose body, numbered 0452, was factory-equipped with an extremely rare competition-style external fuel-filler cap, confirmed by the notation “tappo carico carburante esterno” written on Ferrari’s internal foglio allestimenti. Further contributing to this 275’s distinctive appearance is its attractive, singular color scheme of Bianco (White) over beige, full leather upholstery. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 56, sold for $3,080,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction, August 7, 2020. We’ll get to this car in due course, but first a digression on one of the features most identified with vintage Ferraris: their gated shifters. Those beautiful chrome-plated gates did not always highlight Ferrari shift levers. Early Ferraris had leather shift boots just like other floorshift manual-transmission cars. It was not until Ferrari started using rear-mounted transmissions that the beautiful chrome gates showed up on Ferraris. Lamborghini, DeTomaso and a few other marques borrowed the idea, but like a Pepsi is a Coke, all shifter gates are Ferrari shifter gates. Race-bred transaxle A rear-mounted transmission is usually part of an assembly known as a transaxle. Operation of a transaxle requires moving gearsets. This 68 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market ne of the very last 2-cam 275 GTBs built, just eight cars from the end of production, 08921 was factory-equipped with the improved torque-tube driveshaft and specified with the optional high-performance six-carburetor (6C) intake. In all, fewer than can be done manually or with the help of an electronic or hydraulic slave device. In the case of a manually shifted transaxle, the deed is accomplished with a rod that runs from the shifter lever to the transaxle. Intermediate linkage connects the rod to the transaxle. The length and complexity of the assembly can impede precise action. Precise shifts are helped with controlled movement of the shift link- age. Ferrari learned on their rear-transaxle race cars that a guide plate around the shift lever helped the driver make precise shifts. The 275 GTB was the first production Ferrari to feature a rear transaxle and, accordingly, it was the first production Ferrari to feature the trademark chrome shift gate. Heir to the 250 There is little argument that the 1950s was the golden age for Ferrari. No other series of cars from any manufacturer was as important as


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the 250 GT series was to Ferrari. Ferrari built on the 250’s foundation, which led to a legacy of innovation and performance. The 275 GTB was the first production car to follow the 250 series. It was a major departure from the production 250s and template for the Ferrari berlinettas that followed. Racing had taught Ferrari that a rear transaxle gives a car better weight distribution. It also learned that independent rear suspension allowed better handling than a solid axle rear suspension. Both these attributes were introduced to Ferrari production cars via the 275 GTB, and both features can still be found in modern Ferraris. The long hood and fastback roofline of the 275 GTB can be traced back to the first Ferraris, but never was the silhouette used as effectively as it was with the 275 GTB. The 275’s covered headlights, Kamm tail and round taillights are classic Ferrari. Add in the one-piece alloy wheels, the first used on a production Ferrari, and the 275 GTB is as timeless as it is beautiful. Everything but the aluminum This 275 GTB has all the coveted 275 GTB options except for an alloy body. It’s a six-carb, 2-cam, longnose, torque-tube example with a rare outside filler cap. It was in the wonderful original condition that many buyers fawn over. The 275s were built in 2-cam and 4-cam configura- tions. The 4-cam was the later and more-powerful version. Despite the increased power of the 4-cam engine, many people prefer the looks and engine characteristics of the 2-cam version. Base 2-cam 275s featured three 2-barrel Weber carburetors. A six-carb setup was optional. The six-carb was more expensive and more complicated to maintain. Factory-supplied six-carb cars are relatively rare and add a substantial premium to a 275’s value. The original 2-cam 275 GTBs are known as short- nose versions. Little of the nose protruded past the headlight covers. Later cars had a longer protrusion and a couple of other changes. The long-nose cars are the most valuable. Driveshaft vibration could be an issue with early 275s. Ferrari updated later cars with a bearing-supported driveshaft, then went to a shaft that was enclosed in what is called a torque tube. This car has the preferred torque-tube-encased driveshaft. This car also features an outside competition filler cap. These caps allowed fast fuel refills during races. The fillers have little advantage on street cars other than adding some jewelry. They are, however, quite rare and can add substantial value. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $4,000,000 $3,618,227 $3,258,684 $3,000,000 $2,750,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Coupe $0 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 69 $3,575,000 This sale: $3,080,000 $2,556,860 Originality means desirability “They’re only original once.” I have no idea who coined the phrase, but those four words have become auction gold. Originality makes cars that normally would not get a second look highly desirable. Originality makes truly exceptional original cars record breakers. This car is described as being in “original” condi- tion. This implies the paint, interior and the majority of the car has not been restored. The auction house provided several images of paint and interior patina to support their claim. While this original condition would certainly appeal to many buyers, it would certainly turn off many more. Do flaws add character or show neglect? Chipped wheels on a modern Ferrari would indicate neglect. Chipped wheels on a vintage car add character. Bad spots in the paint of a modern car are bad spots. In a vintage car, bad spots are a badge of honor. We say that sometimes a car can be too original, but that line is hard to define. This 275 was a feature car of Gooding’s premiere on- line auction. It did not disappoint, landing mid-estimate and earning top-sale honors. It was a deserving car that could not be duplicated. There was little question if the car would be worth the estimate; the question was merely whether there would be two buyers who appreciated what the car was. The answer was yes, and the buyer, seller and the auction company should all be happy with the results. ♦ (Introductory desciption courtesy of Gooding & Co.) STEVE AHLGRIM cut his Ferrari teeth as general manager and vice president of FAF Motorcars, a former Atlanta-area authorized Ferrari dealer. Today he owns Italycars LLC, a Ferrari appraisal, inspection and consulting service. Steve is an IAC/PFA council member and judges Ferraris at many of the top concours. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long-Nose Alloy coupe Lot 36, s/n 08061 Condition: 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $3,174,863 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/11/19 SCM# 6911723 DETAILS Years built: 1964–66 Number built: 440 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,746,000 Chassis # location: Right front chassis rail by top of shock mount Engine # location: Right side near starter motor, back of block Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $2,000–$3,000 Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1956–57 Jaguar XK-SS, 1966–69 Lamborghini Miura SV, 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT Investment Grade: A COMPS 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe Lot 157, s/n 06887 Condition: 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $1,572,500 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/19 SCM# 6907136 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long-Nose Alloy coupe Lot 55, s/n 08011 Condition: 1 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $2,500,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/19 SCM# 6907053


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ENGLISH PROFILE Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars 1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Mulliner Park Ward Is that the lingering scent of Elizabeth Taylor’s perfume — or is it just the smell of a car well sold? by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: BC8LXA SCM Condition for this car: 2 Las Vegas, between the casinos sparkling away in the starlit night. Of the total of 312 Bentley S3 Continentals built, there were only O 26 left-hand-drive drophead coupes like this. After being shipped from London to San Francisco, it was delivered new in Las Vegas in October 1962. Fitted with a large number of factory options, including an electric hood and windows, as well as tinted glass, it was finished at the time in “Porcelain White” with a blue hood and matching interior. Having spent most of its life on the West Coast of the United States and in Nevada, it has benefited from the very dry climate. In June 2009, this magnificent convertible returned to Europe and was bought by M.A. Oet. It was then restored to a very high standard in the U.K. Its next owner, a major Belgian collector who includes a Porsche 917 in his collection, had the car regularly maintained by Bentley Bourgoo at Knokke-le-Zoute. The car was purchased by its current owner in 2017. In impeccable condition and offering exceptional luxury and comfort, it will be supplied with a folder of invoices, its books and tools. SCM Analysis This car sold for €303,960 ($347,821), including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Monaco auction on July 21, 2020. The S-type Continentals followed in the tradition of the first 70 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market ne of the most notable characteristics of this car is that it was bought new by Eddie Fisher, who was married at the time to Elizabeth Taylor. It is easy to imagine this impossibly glamorous couple cruising the streets of Los Angeles and, especially, Continental R from 1952, the swiftest four-seat coupe in the world, which has been described by many of its lucky 207 buyers as “a magic carpet.” The S-type was heavier, of course, but the arrival of RollsRoyce’s excellent all-aluminium L-series V8 in the S2 of 1959 evened up the performance gap somewhat. Launched with 6.25 liters of displacement, capacity was increased to 6.75 in 1970 when the L-series was powering the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. In fact, the “Six and ThreeQuarter” has only just gone out of production, with the demise of the Bentley Mulsanne, in which twin turbos gave it 530 horsepower. All S3s had power steering and GM Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmissions. Only 312 S3 Continentals were built, near 100 of them bodied in aluminium by Mulliner Park Ward. Rolls-Royce acquired


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Tinseltown luster always rubs off on cars associated with fame, deserved or not. Anything associated with James Bond increases value by a factor of eight to 10. And we are talking Hollywood royalty here, if you could prove the Taylor connection. coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner & Co. in 1959 and in 1961 merged it with Park Ward, which it had owned since 1939. These Continentals, with their distinctive “Chinese Eye” styling in both coupe and drophead forms, were built at the former Park Ward premises in Willesden, North London. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Continental was the world’s ultimate grand tourer, a car in which you could set off from any European capital in the morning and arrive at Monte Carlo fresh enough to play the tables that same evening. So, of course, the French Riviera was the perfect setting to sell such a glamorous car — even if Monaco is replete with building sites these days. Though the bidding was received at the famous Hôtel Hermitage, most of the cars were displayed at the Monaco Top Cars Collection, aka the Rainier museum in Fontvieille. This is the “poor” district of the principality, built on land reclaimed from the Mediterranean, though it’s overlooked by the Prince’s Palace, and the Monaco heliport is nearby. Star (Wars) power Now, this sale is all about ownership history. As much as I detest the notion of celebrity, famous ownership does bring with it cachet, which inevitably adds value. Eddie Fisher is best remembered today as the father of Carrie Fisher — Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films — a product of his 1955 marriage to Debbie Reynolds. But in the first half of the 1950s, he was one of the most popular singers in the U.S., selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. At least until it was canceled in the backlash over his affair with Taylor, whom he married after divorcing Reynolds in 1959. Taylor came to fame in “National Velvet,” filmed in 1944 when she was only 12. Her affair with Fisher began soon after the death of her husband, Mike Todd, in an aviation accident. Taylor and Fisher married right after his divorce from Reynolds, who had been Taylor’s best friend. But Taylor soon began an affair with co-star Richard Burton, during filming of “Cleopatra” in 1962. She eventually married him (for the first time) in 1964, 10 days after divorcing Fisher. How’s that for some impressive mileage? HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $400,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 N/A $0 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 71 1962 Bentley S3 Continental Convertible $266,112 $242,474 $198,535 $171,551 This sale: $347,821 It’s questionable whether Taylor ever even rode in this car, which was bought not long after she caught the eye of Burton. An October 1962 delivery in Vegas does rather ring of a consolation present to oneself, with Fisher having found himself unexpectedly single and possibly tooling up for another bout of bad-boy behavior. The catalog says nothing about how long Fisher owned the car, and while a photograph of Taylor and Fisher in a swanky convertible does exist, the car in it is her green 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. A little Liz goes a long way Whatever the gory details, Tinseltown luster always rubs off on cars associated with fame, deserved or not. Anything associated with James Bond — another Riviera playboy, albeit a fictional one — increases value by a factor of eight to 10. And we are talking Hollywood royalty here, if you could prove the Taylor connection. When a Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur “Blue Lena” owned by The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards sold for £763,100 in 2015 (nearly $1 million at today’s exchange rate), that was about four times what it was really “worth.” The multiplication factor is less here, but still significant, as this S3 ragtop sold for twice what you’d expect for a similar, civilian-owned model. So, a car owned briefly almost 60 years ago by an actor mostly remembered for his famous daughter and an even more famous ex-wife, and repainted since, still managed to carry enough Hollywood sheen to nearly double its material value. Those are the numbers, but the logic does not compute. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) PAUL HARDIMAN has written for a variety of British car magazines since 1991. His motorsports career extends from navigating John Surtees in the Mercedes 300 SLR “658” on the Mille Miglia to picking up the Pomeroy Trophy on several occasions in his faithful Lime Green Mk1 Ford Escort. He has been SCM’s English-car specialist since 2007. 1964 Bentley S3 Continental 2-dr sedan Lot 383, s/n BC38XC Condition 3+ Transmission: 4-speed automatic Sold at $164,077 Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sussex, U.K., 7/13/2018 SCM# 6874882 DETAILS Years produced: 1962–66 Number produced: 312 S3 Continentals, 26 LHD drophead coupes Current SCM Median Valuation: $171,500 Tune-up cost: $300–$400 Chassis # location: Plate on scuttle Engine # location: Front left of block, hidden by alternator and a/c pump Club: Bentley Drivers Club Web: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1960 Lincoln Continental Mk V, 1962 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, 1962–66 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud MPW drophead coupe SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1964 Bentley S3 Continental drophead coupe Lot 200, s/n BC142XC Condition 3 Sold at $171,551 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/2018 SCM# 6869891 1965 Bentley S3 Continental drophead coupe Lot 24, s/n BC24XE Condition 2Sold at $266,112 H&H Duxford, U.K., 4/19/2016 SCM# 6799704


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ETCETERINI & FRIENDS PROFILE Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars 1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga A restoration with a fantastic story leads to a market record price, but perhaps at little profit to the seller by Donald Osborne Chassis number: VL1612 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ T he DeTomaso Vallelunga is a particularly rare and interesting car, and we are delighted to present this example, sold in 1966 to its first owner, probably in France. It was bought by the second owner in 1971, in the Haut-Rhin, where it remained until the owner died. At this point it was being prepared for a respray and had been partially stripped. The car was offered in this condition in an Artcurial Motorcars auction in June 2015, where it was acquired by the current owner, an enthusiastic European collector at the head of an important collection. In 2017, he set about continuing the restoration that had been started. This work has recently been completed to a very high standard. During the restoration process, when the bodywork was off, the original chassis number was found (VL1612). This number appears in the DeTomaso registry and it is believed that Vallelunga numbers starting with “VL16” correspond to a special “Competizione” series. According to the registry, out of a total of 43 Vallelunga known to have survived, only five have this particular specification. It appears these cars were fitted with twin-cam Lotus engines instead of the Ford Kent engines used in the rest. The owner therefore decided to replace the pushrod Kent engine in the car (which will be sold with it, still with its DeTomaso cylinder-head cover) and fit a Lotus twin-cam engine. Note that Artcurial Motorcars presented the sister car VLD1611, (D for Destra, or right-hand drive), in the 2018 Rétromobile sale. The restoration was carried out meticulously, and attention was paid to the combination of colors discovered when it was stripped. The results are magnificent, and the Sky Blue with white stripe enhances the elegance of this petite coupé designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and 72 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market inspired by the Ferrari 250 LM and the Dino 206. The compact cockpit respects the original layout, with wood trim and lovely bucket seats. Below the vast glass rear bubble, the rear compartment is covered in quilted fabric and finishing details such as the drilled door handles reflect the attention paid to keeping the weight down. The car had a daring design, with a mid-engine, beam chassis and suspension inspired by Formula 3. Unfortunately, however, the price was high, the same as a Lancia Flaminia Zagato at the time, which slowed demand. The example we are presenting today is rare, well preserved and comes with a great history. It will be sold with an ultra-rare DeTomaso Vallelunga sale brochure. As an extra bonus, it is equipped with a powerful twin-cam engine able to exploit the excellent qualities of its chassis.


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DETAILS This was the first production DeTomaso, which paved the way for the Mangusta and Pantera, and as such, it represents a milestone in the history of Italian sports cars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 678, sold for €321,840 ($368,282), including buyer’s premium, at the Artcurial Motorcars Monaco sale held July 21, 2020. Longtime readers might recall that I have written about this Vallelunga before on these pages (October 2015). I am a big fan of the model, not least because it epitomizes the spirit of mid-1960s Italy: imaginative, carefree and effortlessly stylish. Even if the Vallelunga might not be the greatest car, it has enough qualities that can catch the heart, which is key to the appeal of a collector car. Indeed, it was quite smart of DeTomaso to abandon the Vallelunga and move on to the Mangusta. This led to a much larger market, that of the folks to whom more power is never enough. In a word: Americans. The Vallelunga simply didn’t have the grunt or the in-your-face presence required to make a real impression in the U.S., and history has proven this path to be the correct one. What a project Our subject car is more interesting for what research has apparently revealed and the effect it had on value. When this car was sold at Artcurial in Paris back in 2015, it was as a restoration project. In addition, the “chassis number” listed was not a DeTomaso one, but that of the Ford Kent engine which powered it. There were strange variations in bodywork and trim from the standard car as well, raising more questions than answers. Well, answers were found, and they had the potential to be game-changing. The correct “VL” prefix number was discovered restoration and the during the translated catalog description noted that “it is believed that Vallelunga numbers starting with ‘VL16’ correspond to a special ‘Competizione’ series.” The original French listing, however, more directly translates as “According to certain sources…” which is not quite the same. Regardless, this is an interesting possibility, and based on that, the seller made the choice of removing the Kent engine and replaced it with a much superior twin-cam Lotus unit, as was said to have been fitted in the competition model in period. The Ford Kent unit was included as well. The painting of the car in DeTomaso colors — appar- ently the original ones — was a good choice. They suit the shape well, and this gives the car a great historical appeal. From the catalog images, the car seemed to be finished to a generally good level, with some exceptions in the soft trim of the interior and engine compartment. Although it is likely that the original build details were not terribly refined. Regardless, the amount of work done since 2015 is considerable. Money matters The last time this car was sold at auction by Artcurial, in June 2015 in Paris, the exchange rate was practically at par; $1.08 bought €1, which was quite nice for U.S. collectors. I mention this because I feel it is vital to consider currency variations when looking at the character of a transaction. In 2015, the Vallelunga sold for €226,480, or $256,942. This time it brought $111,340 more — but only €95,360 additional in local currency. I’ve supervised many restorations in the U.S. and Europe, and given the state of the car when purchased compared to when it was sold, I can state with some certainty that the restoration costs may have been recouped, but with the commission paid, it is probably quite likely that a loss was realized on the car. If they are realistic, no one consciously enters into a res- toration of this sort with a car of this type with the intention of realizing a profit. It is possible that the idea of this being one of the few “competition” examples may have led the seller to believe it might realize a significant multiple over the market rate. That didn’t happen, although s/n VL1612 did set a new record price for the model, €40,000 over the last high sale, which occurred in 2018. I’m not sure that the special “competition” model sta- tus applied to this car really made that much of a difference in the result. It was by all standards an appealing car, but given the challenges that can come when power meets the somewhat flexible chassis, let’s hope the Lotus engine isn’t too highly tuned. In profiling this very car back in 2015, I wrote, “Speaking with collectors who have long experience with these cars, it was agreed that it would conservatively require $100k–$175k to bring this example back to where it deserves to be. As the best restored Vallelungas have sold for $175k–$225k, it seems as if this buyer might expect this model to appreciate into Mangusta $300k territory.” And so it did indeed sell there, while Mangustas in the past few years have sunk below that level. While I love the Vallelunga, the market nonetheless remains a thin one for this very special car. It takes someone who really appreciates the discreet charms of an almost unknown vehicle and for whom the explanation of what it is and what it means will be as enjoyable as the driving experience. Alas, there are few of us in the world. Unless more people have the opportunity to get to know the Vallelunga better, it’s not likely to set the market afire anytime soon. This was all the money we might have expected this car to bring, and I hope the seller was more than satisfied. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) 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. Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 73 Years built: 1964–67 Number built: 53 Current SCM Median Valuation: $164,500 Chassis # location: Stamping on frame member, right rear corner of engine compartment, data tag in front compartment on bulkhead Engine # location: Intake side of block Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $650 Club: None Alternatives: 1960 Porsche 356 GTL Abarth, 1964 Matra Djet II, 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1965 DeTomaso Vallelunga coupe Lot 52, s/n VLD1611 Condition: 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $358,421 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/9/18 SCM# 6858182 1968 DeTomaso Vallelunga coupe Lot 116, s/n 807DTO126 Condition: 1Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $329,092 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/13/16 SCM# 6799968 1965 DeTomaso Vallelunga coupe Lot 356, s/n VLD1611 Condition: 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $164,704 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/27/14 SCM# 244581


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GERMAN PROFILE Brian Henniker copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster The market for Speedsters rolls on, strongly by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 80753 Engine number: 820086 SCM Condition for this car: 4 T he Porsche presented here is a recently discovered garage-find example of the most iconic 356 model — the Speedster. According to the Porsche Kardex, this rare Pre-A Speedster was completed on July 29, 1955, finished in white and bound for the U.S., where it was retailed by official U.S. distributor Hoffman Motors in New York. Remarkably, this car has resided in Southern California for over 50 years, as evidenced by its classic black plates and file of original records dating back to 1965. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 67, sold for $258,500, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Geared Online sale on August 7, 2020. Introduced in 1954, the Speedster became an epochal model for the young Porsche firm. It remains so today, one of the few early Porsches desired not only by Porsche aficionados but also by general car collectors — sometimes their only 356 or even their only Porsche. Coming to America Born in 1904 outside Vienna, Max Hoffman was the son of a suc- cessful bicycle manufacturer. Early in life, Hoffman had success racing and selling motorcycles and automobiles. Hoffman fled Europe during World War II, emigrating to America in mid-1941. He prospered in New York City by selling metallic-coated plastic jewelry, a wartime invention of necessity. After the war, he leaned on his automotive contacts in Europe, and over time became the U.S. distributor for marques such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen. Hoffman signed his deal with Porsche at the October 1950 Paris Auto Show. He sold three Porsches in 1950, 32 in 1951, and 283 in 1952. Porsche’s U.S. sales grew to over 2,000 cars annually by the decade’s end, about half of Porsche’s production at the time. But despite his sales and development talents, Hoffman was not an “agreeable” business partner. He made most of his money by selling his distributorships back to manufacturers, sometimes with royalties on future sales. He was worth a reported $70 million when he died in 1981. An Americanized Porsche Hoffman believed in the marketing power of racing success, so he approached Porsche with his idea for a stripped-down, lightweight racing roadster. Ferry Porsche and his engineers translated that idea into the 1952 “America Roadster.” Body maker Heuer built just 16 of the aluminum-bodied roadsters on Porsche’s steel cabriolet chassis. The cars were racing successes with stock 1,488-cc engines simply because once denuded of their tops, windshields, bumpers and accessories, they weighed as little as 1,365 pounds. At $4,600, they were expensive — yet even so, the car was a money-loser for both Heuer and Porsche. Hoffman persisted. At a meeting in New York in May 1952, he laid out his ideas to Ferry Porsche and body engineer Erwin Komenda for a steel-bodied sports roadster. Hoffman proposed a price under $3,000, to be achieved by making almost any loose part a “mandatory option,” including the tachometer, side curtains, top and spare tire. He promised sales of 2,000 cars in the U.S. and placed an order for the initial 74 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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200 as a measure of good faith. By June 1954, Porsche had hand-built a prototype, serial number 12223/80001, followed by three more in August, numbers 80002, 80003 and 80004. Soon the red prototype #80002 was in Hoffman’s hands; he showed it at the September 17–18 road races at Watkins Glen. Hoffman even had an ad for it in the race program, calling it a “roadster ... for competition and everyday use.” The “Speedster” name appeared for the first time in a Porsche press release the next week, attributed to Hoffman and probably borrowed from pre-war models from Packard, Auburn, Duesenberg and even Ford. The first Speedsters The first Speedsters were spartan, hand-made on modified cabriolet substructures, with shell seats, side curtains and lightweight shell tops. The low top and “chopped” windshield gave the car an arresting side profile. Road & Track published a positive road test in its May 1955 issue, calling it “a most desirable machine” and a good value at $2,995. The buying rush was on. In September, Porsche introduced the revamped 356A with new bodies, suspensions and 1,582-cc engines that offered more horsepower and torque. Speedsters adopted the new engines in October, with other enhancements coming in January 1956. The changeover to teardrop-shaped taillights, replac- ing the beehive taillights, and a shine-up license plate light, replacing the shine-down unit, was credited to chassis #83201, built in March 1957. The T2 356A, with cosmetic and mechanical upgrades, was introduced in September 1957. Porsche also built 151 Carrera Speedsters with 4-cam racing engines, 15 as pre-As and 136 As. Most had the 1,498-cc, 110-horsepower Type 547/1 engines, followed later by the uprated 1,587-cc Type 692 engines. The 1957–59 stripped “GT” Carrera Speedsters, especially the aluminum-panel cars of 1958–59, were the ultimate racing 356s. They sit at the top of the 356 food chain and are hugely collectible now, commanding $2,000,000plus. Decline and modern rebirth Only five years after introduction, the Speedster was outdated. Unlike some competitors, Speedsters were good street cars only in dry, warm climates due to their limited protection from the elements. Other cars such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder had roll-up windows, a taller top with better vision, better heat and morecomfortable seats. This problem, along with waning interest in amateur weekend racing, limited demand. To compete, dealers HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $800,000 $653,361 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $286,000 $220,000 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 $396,957 $418,102 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster This sale: $258,500 wanted a comparable Porsche model, which quickly led to the 1959 Drauz-built 356 Convertible D and then three years of similarly equipped Roadsters. Although the Speedster died, interest rekindled a few decades later. In the 1960s and 1970s, old Speedsters sold for less than $2,000, as buyers preferred the comfortable, weather-tight, padded-top cabriolets or shell-top roadsters. That changed in the 1990s, and then turned into a boom in the past decade. In 2015–17, excellent pushrod-engine Speedsters were topping $500,000. While the cars have softened in the past several years, they are still extremely desirable. Porsche built 4,145 Speedsters, of which 1,234 were Pre-As. While the first 200 model-year 1954s have collector appeal, all pre-As are for polite street driving. Enthusiasts prefer the better-driving 356As. As usual, the devil is in the details: originality (especially build card matching-number engines), engine horsepower (Normal or Super), paint color, options, who restored it, and who rebuilt the engine and gearbox. This is a “specific example” market, with prices varying by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our auction example On the positive side, this Speedster was a lifelong California car, so perhaps it has been spared a visit from the tin worm. The car had three owners, all known, and came with paperwork. It had some restorable original trim. On the negative side, it had a 1964 356 SC engine, an unknown gearbox, later 15-inch wheels (pre-As had 16s from the factory), a badly failing repaint, and what looked like plastic filler puddled in a door jamb. The interior had been redone in non-original materials and colors. There were failing rubber seals, odd louvers had been punched into the rear lid, and a roll bar was added. A repro bag 1960–61 partial toolkit was included. The car had been stored for over 20 years, so it needed a thorough mechanical rebuild. The final price of $258,500 after buyer’s premium was, indeed, all the money. For an additional $75,000 or more, this car could be a decent driver. For $250,000plus, it could be beautifully restored. But when completed, the buyer probably would be underwater, and in a less-desirable Speedster. As is frequently preached on these pages, buy an excellent example of a highly desirable model, save years of work, angst and financial bleeding, and enjoy your car from day one. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) PRESCOTT KELLY, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010. DETAILS Years built: 1954–55 “Pre-A” 356 Speedsters Number built: 1,234 Pre-As Current SCM Median Valuation: $258,500 Chassis # location: Steel plate to left of the gas tank; stamping on body panel in trunk in front of the gas tank, tag on driver’s side front door jamb Engine # location: On engine-case boss under the fan, facing rear Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $750–$1,000 with new wires and cap-and-valve adjustment Clubs: Porsche 356 Registry, Porsche Club of America Web: www.porsche356registry.org; www.pca.org Alternatives: 1948–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1953–56 Austin-Healey 100, 1954–65 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster Lot 361, s/n 80524 Condition: 2Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $405,691 RM Sotheby’s, Online Euro Sale, 6/3/2020 SCM# 6932915 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster Lot 8074, s/n 81210 Condition: 3+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $200,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908604 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster Lot 38, s/n 80990 Condition: 2Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $396,957 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/5/2018 SCM# 6880086 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 75


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AMERICAN PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by Murphy A supercharged price for a supercharged Duesy By Carl Bomstead Chassis number: 2192 Engine number: J169 SCM condition for this car: 3+ • Offered from 30 years of enthusiast ownership • Original short-wheelbase chassis, engine and coachwork • Equipped with a supercharger built using original components • Featured in Beverly Rae Kimes’ The Classic Car: The Ultimate Book About the World’s Grandest Automobiles • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic SCM Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $781,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only Shift/Monterey sale held August 14–15, 2020. Augie and Fred Duesenberg built some of the finest race cars of the early 1920s. Piloting a Duesenberg in 1921, Jimmy Murphy became the first American to win the French Grand Prix. The same year, famed World War I pilot and racer Eddie Rickenbacker achieved a top-10 finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving a Duesenberg. And in 1924, a Duesenberg with America’s first supercharged straight-8 engine actually won the Indy 500. Pretty impressive for two brothers who had never received a formal education! Yet the Duesenbergs struggled to successfully market their excep- tional machines. The Duesenberg Straight Eight Model A was a luxury automobile that was light, powerful and innovative. Perhaps too innovative, as the dual-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and hydraulic brakes (an automotive first) resulted in a car that was far too expensive for even the upscale market. The limousine was priced close to $7,500 — twice the price of Cadillac’s Formal Sedan. Thus, in 76 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market October 1926, Errett Lobban Cord added Duesenberg to his burgeoning automotive empire, acquiring the firm out of receivership. “She drives a Duesenberg” The Model A continued to be produced through 1927, until the Model J moved to center stage, introduced at the New York Auto Salon on December 1, 1928. This was a big, fast, gorgeous and impressively expensive car. The chassis had a price tag of $8,500, and adding the coachwork could easily double that figure. Duesenberg offered stunning in-house bodies designed by Gordon Buehrig, and customs were offered by a number of independent coachbuilders. The Model J was


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AMERICAN PROFILE DETAILS Years produced: 1929–37 Number produced: 480 Current SCM Median Valuation: $880,000 Tune-up cost: About $3,500 Chassis # location: Left frame rail Engine # location: Bellhousing and connecting rods billed as “The World’s Finest Motorcar,” with advertisements showing artful images of obviously patrician men and women with the simple taglines, “He drives a Duesenberg” and “She drives a Duesenberg.” The Model J was powered by the race-developed straight-8 that produced 265 horsepower, which was twice the output of any other American offering. It was certainly needed, as the massive cars, with their 142.5- or 153.5inch wheelbases, weighed in at close to 5,000 pounds. A centrifugal supercharger increased power to 320, but this was an awkward arrangement, with the blower placed on a stalk that rises out of the right side of the crankcase, where at 4,000 rpm it delivered the air/fuel mixture at about 5 psi to the intake manifold on the opposite side. A refined ramshorn manifold for the supercharger was later developed that produced as much as 400 horsepower. The early supercharged SJs were identified by a one- piece, eight-pipe steel external exhaust, but later models utilized four flexible pipes. Duesenberg offered the flexible pipes as an option for the early cars, and they were often installed on non-supercharged Model Js. Of the 480 Duesenbergs produced, only about 36 were originally supercharged SJs. 100-point perfection The 1929 Duesenberg sold by RM Sotheby’s was one of about 45 convertible sedans produced by the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, CA, the most prolific of the independent Duesenberg coachbuilders. This is a beautifully proportioned car, with elegant and refined lines. In 1967 it was acquired by Al San Clemente, a prominent and robust New England collector, who played full contact hockey well into his 70s. He spent two decades restoring the car, originally a Model J, and decided to modify it with a supercharger. Upon completion, it received 100 points at a CCCA Grand Classic, although that was many years ago, when standards were quite a bit different than today. Adding a supercharger is not a simple “plug-and-play” procedure. The original aluminum top portion of the supercharger was unstable, and it was not until the 1970s that technology was developed to reliably seal the porous metal. Longtime collector Leo Gephart produced many of the unobtainable parts and San Clemente scrounged the rest. The addition of a supercharger to a Model J Duesenberg does not add to the value, although we cannot find any evidence that it has an adverse effect, either. On parade in PNW San Clemente’s Duesenberg was sold to Pacific Northwest collector Tom Crook and was frequently seen in the area on CCCA CARavans and shows as it passed through the hands of several of the region’s collectors. It had more recently gone to Europe, where RM Sotheby’s seller consigned the car. (Coincidentally, when the car is repatriated, it will be returning to the Pacific Northwest under its new ownership.) While the American car market has been a bit soft of late, that has not been the case with Duesenbergs. By the time this car returns to Cascadia and is placed in good running order, the new owner will have well over $800k invested. That won’t allow much of a profit in the near future if the new owner tires quickly of his prize, but it is doubtful that a sale would result in any loss, either. Call this deal fair to all and we’re sure the new owner will enjoy driving “The World’s Finest Motorcar.” ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) CARL BOMSTEAD wrote his first story for SCM in February 1997, and his words have appeared in each and every issue since then. His “eWatch” column prompts some SCMers to read the magazine back to front. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Berline sedan Lot 29, s/n 2370 Condition 3+ Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at $550,000 Worldwide, Scottsdale AZ, 1/15/2020 SCM# 6922093 Transmission: 3-speed manual Club: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Web: www.acdclub.org Alternatives: 1929–32 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan, 1929–32 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible coupe, 1932 Duesenberg Model J Derham convertible sedan SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan Lot 379, s/n 2345 Condition: 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $1,000,000 RM Sotheby’s, Guyton Collection, St. Louis, MO, 5/4/2019 SCM# 6902330 1936 Duesenberg Model JN LWB tourster Lot 17, s/n 2590 Condition 3+ Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at: $605,000 Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/2019 SCM# 6890942


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RACE PROFILE Remi Dargegen ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive It came from Oxfordshire rather than Maranello, which won’t stop its new owner from winning on the vintage circuit by Thor Thorson Chassis number: ZFFZR49B000108418 SCM Condition for this this car: 2+ • The second of 12 550 GT1 chassis commissioned in 2001 to Prodrive by Care Racing Development for their race program • Winner of Cappellari and Fabrizio Gollin • Second in the 2003 FIA GT and 3rd in the 2005 Italian GT Championships • Overall winner of the 2004 Spa 24 Hours, driven by Gollin/ Cappellari/ Bryner /Calderari • The last V12-engined Ferrari to win a 24-hour race overall • Supplied together with FIA GT1 and Automobile Club de L’Ouest GTS Technical Passports • Accompanied by full race log and mileage charts, maintained by CRD/Prodrive • Fully rebuilt to historic race-ready condition; Ferrari Classiche Certified as “Veicoli da Competizione” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 240, sold for $4,290,000, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Shift/ Monterey auction on August 14–15, 2020. Like many of the great racing cars of the past 100 years or so, the existence of the Prodrive Ferrari 550 GTO required the fortunate confluence of a series of largely unrelated circumstances. The first was Ferrari’s decision to reintroduce the front-engine V12 grand touring car, 23 years after the 365 GTB Daytona had been replaced by a series of mid-engine models. The 550 Maranello was a relatively light two-seater that used a 5.5-liter, twin-cam, four-valve engine mated to a 6-speed transaxle. It was the last Ferrari to be offered with a strictly manual transmission and was a great success, with more than 3,000 coupes built between 1996 and 2002. The second factor involved the FIA and major race promoters. 80 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market the 2004 FIA GT Championship, driven by Luca Through the late 1990s, GT and endurance racing had come to be dominated by well-funded manufacturer teams, specifically Mercedes and Porsche. Privateers could run but had no real chance for success, which in turn drove away much of the competition. The rules were thus changed in 1999 to prohibit direct manufacturer involvement. This had the desired effect, and the early 2000s saw excellent competition with a wide variety of well-matched private teams fielding a range of excellent cars in the GT class. The third factor was the enthusiasm of Frédéric Dor, a wealthy Frenchman living in Switzerland. A successful gentleman rally driver in his mid-50s, he realized that the time had come to realize his dream of driving a Ferrari at Le Mans. The FIA racing rules allowed substantial modification to production GT cars, and the 550 looked like an excellent platform. Yet several Italian and French shops had attempted to make the 550 into a good racer with generally poor results, so Dor had another idea.


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In his rallying career, he had done well using the English rally preparation company Prodrive, so he approached it with the idea of building and supporting a pair of 550s for his racing operation, Care Racing Development. Prodrive proved receptive and the “550 GTO” program, as Prodrive called it, began. Actual racing in the GT1 class began in spring 2001. Not a factory Ferrari The Ferrari factory had nothing to do with the project. Prodrive started with two used donor cars and tore them apart. As I said, extensive modifications were allowed, and Prodrive did them all. Suspension was all-new and widened the car to the maximum allowed. Using carbonfiber bodywork, the aerodynamic shape and wing were developed in a wind tunnel by F1 designer Peter Stevens. They managed to knock 1,000 pounds off the car to get it to the legal minimum of 2,425. The engine retained its original block and heads, but that was about it. It was moved several inches back in the chassis, stretched out to a full 6 liters of displacement, and developed a bit over 600 horsepower. The Ferrari transaxle was replaced with a sequential Xtrac version and the brakes were enlarged. The cars were still Ferraris, but vastly removed from anything that had left the factory. Prodrive had done its job well, and by mid-summer 2001, the two cars were the ones to beat in the FIA GT Championship. Our subject car was particularly successful, running 49 races between 2001 and 2005 with 15 poles and 14 wins, plus a championship in 2004. The success of the Prodrive 550 GTOs was contagious, and several other teams approached Dor about buying the cars. They were told that those cars weren’t for sale, but Prodrive would happily build and support leased cars for them to race. Thus, eight more cars were built and raced up until 2005. Watching their success, Ferrari itself decided to get into the game with a factory racer version of the successor 575 model, called the 575 GTC. Raced in 2003 through 2005, it was generally not as quick or as dependable as the Prodrive cars. Apparently, Dor retained ownership of all 10 cars (the auction catalog says 12 were commissioned, so perhaps there were two more) during and after their careers, selling off one in 2017, and now this one. I am not aware of any other Prodrive 550 GTOs having changed hands. After this project, Prodrive moved on to building Aston Martins, which they still do, so these are the only Prodrive Ferraris. How do you value it? This car sold for $4.29 million, a price RM Sotheby’s claims is an online record. Regardless, it’s a lot for a non-factory car, one that will never be a real GTO, or DETAILS Years produced: 2001–04 Number produced: 10 Current SCM Valuation: $4,290,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Inner fender in engine compartment even a 275 GTB/C. It is an incredible racing car, but it wasn’t built by the Ferrari factory, so how do we approach what it should be worth? There are a number of factors in play. First, it was an extremely successful racing car, no matter if it was built in Oxfordshire or Maranello. Second, it is coming up on 20 years old, so it will qualify for a number of the most prestigious European vintage racing series and have a legitimate chance of winning. Third, it is a serious racing Ferrari V12, with the delicious sounds and exhilarating experience that implies. Fourth, there are only 10 (maybe 12) of these cars and apparently only two in the wild. More may come to light, but not for much less than this one. The other consideration here is what other options are available. If you want a Ferrari V12 race car, the choices are uniformly expensive. An excellent 275 GTB/C would cost multiples of this car, as would any 250 SWB. Though a non-factory comp Daytona stalled at $2 million in this same auction, a factory comp Daytona would be more than this Prodrive car. If you could find one, a 575 GTC with history or non-Prodrive 550 racer would probably be comfortably under $3 million, but they are nowhere near as good a car, so you won’t win driving one. When you consider that the changing buyer demo- graphic clearly favors newer cars over older ones, that this Prodrive 550 GTO’s value has increased substantially over the past five years while the older cars have dropped, and then add in the fact that it is an extremely competitive car in today’s racing world… Well, this looks like a highly rational purchase, both fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors, a Seattlearea collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support operation. He has been actively involved with racing for over 40 years, dealing with racers from Ferraris to Sprites, but is mostly seen driving Elva sports racers. He has been writing the race car profiles for SCM since 2003. Engine # location: Center of engine block Transmission: 6-speed sequential Club: Ferrari Owners Club Web: www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 2002 Chrysler Viper GTS-R, 2000–03 Porsche 911 GT2, 2003 Saleen S7-R SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB berlinetta Lot 337, s/n 3359GT Condition: 2+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $8,145,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 9/15/19 SCM# 6908490 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Series II coupe Lot 41, s/n 09063 Condition: 1Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $10,300,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877157 1971 Ferrari 512M Group 5 Prototype racer Lot 317, s/n 1024 Condition: 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $3,234,275 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA, 5/18/08 SCM# 116735 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 81


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NEXT GEN PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II Restoration doesn’t dim the shine of this legendary rally car by Jeff Zurschmeide Chassis number: ZLA831AB000581495 SCM Condition for this car: 1- T he Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione is perhaps everything a homologation special should be: just a stone’s throw away from its racing counterpart and offering the very best of the era’s available technology. The Delta Integrale, in all its many variants, won six consecutive World Rally Championships from 1987 to 1992, becoming one of the most successful rally cars ever built. Its impressive pedigree was celebrated with numerous limited-edition road-going models, including the “Bianco Perlato” on offer here. Just 365 examples were produced, each with subtle but attractive pearl white paint over dark blue leather interior. This Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II “Bianco Perlato” was previ- ously owned and restored by World Rally champion Massimo “Miki” Biasion. Biasion had a long rally career with many wins around the world through the 1980s and early 1990s racing Opels, Lancia 037s, Lancia Delta Integrales and Ford Sierra RS Cosworths. He became World Rally champion in 1988 and 1989 while racing Delta HF Integrales, helping cement the legendary reputation of the Lancia model. Biasion purchased this car in 2016. He subsequently fully dis- mantled it down to bare-metal bodywork and began its full restoration. Along with the bodywork and all cosmetics, the original engine was completely overhauled, with worn parts replaced. The suspension, turbocharger, power steering, gearbox, cooling system and brakes were also restored. All mechanical components were cleaned and refinished, and many fittings were zinc plated, giving the car a factory-fresh appearance. It is accompanied by Lancia Classiche certification, photographic documentation of work performed and its owner’s manual. Fewer than 300 km in test mileage have been put on the car since its year-and-ahalf-long restoration. It is rare to find a Delta HF Integrale Evolution restored to this high of a standard; rarer still is an Evoluzione II previously owned by a rally legend, making this “Bianco Perlato” car an exciting opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors alike. 82 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SCM Analysis This car, Lot 199, sold for $137,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Open Roads, North America auction, July 23–30, 2020. The Lancia Delta started off in 1979 as a basic hatchback economy car that looked like an ungainly knock-off of the Volkswagen Rabbit. Both vehicles had been penned at Design Giugiaro, so a bit of family resemblance is not surprising. But unlike Volkswagen, Lancia developed the Delta platform for FIA Rally competition, ultimately creating what is arguably the winningest WRC car in history. Successive iterations of the Delta with all-wheel drive brought Lancia the aforementioned six consecutive manufacturer’s titles, which remains a world record. The Delta also delivered four driver’s championships and racked up a total of 46 WRC victories in its era.


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Homologation and capitalization Like any automaker, Lancia wasn’t in rally racing for fun. Riffing on their successful rally cars increased home-market Delta sales by 42% in the first year of its championship. Lancia continued to capitalize on the Delta’s success by releasing street versions of the Delta HF 4WD and later Integrale models. These served two purposes: FIA homologation to keep the car eligible for competition through the required public sales, as well as serving as the brand’s halo. It didn’t hurt that the Delta HF line was also fantas- tic to drive, in contrast to its Audi Sport Quattro rival, which is said to be quite a handful. From the beginning of the homologation models in 1987 to the end of the line in 1994, Lancia sold 44,296 units of the Delta HF Integrale, far in excess of the number required to qualify for competition. The theory of Evoluzione The Delta’s storied rally career came to an end in 1992. Competition from Europe and Asia overtook the older platform, and Lancia retired with its laurels after the 1993 WRC season. The company had already released the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione I in late 1991 for the 1992 model year. This was the last model used to homologate a rally car, and included a host of mundane but collectively important engine, brake, suspension and steering upgrades from the older Integrales. The final and greatest iteration of the Delta platform was released in 1993 and produced through the 1994 model year. The Evoluzione II featured a 2.0-liter Fiat-derived engine making 215 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque courtesy of an updated enginemanagement system that also included advanced knock control and a water-cooled turbocharger. The engine was mounted transversely at the front of the car, with a 5-speed manual transmission and the same AWD system Lancia had been using previously. The front differential was open and the rear included a Torsen limited slip, with the torque split of the center diff slightly biased to the rear. Visible updates included new Recaro sport seats, a MOMO steering wheel and snappy red crinkle finish on the engine’s cam covers. The Evo II, as it was shortly called, would hit 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 137 mph. The price delta on the Delta As a generation raised on hot hatches have made them more popular in the collector world, the Lancia Delta Evo and Evo II have seen a smart rise in prices, with some interesting trends. Back in September 2017, we covered a 1993 Evo II that sold for $52,797 (SCM# HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II $140,000 $120,000 $80,000 $100,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 $75,730 $56,740 $76,637 $63,513 $78,985 This sale: $137,500 DETAILS Years produced: 1993–94 (Evo II) Number produced: 2,481 (365 Bianco Perlato Special Edition in 1994) 6836149), which was in line with comparable sales at the time. Prices have taken a big jump since then, with one particular street example hitting $170,000 later in 2017 (SCM# 6853713) and then fetching $162,000 in 2019 (SCM# 6909670). Actual Group A rally cars sell for much higher prices. That’s the high end. However, most Lancia Delta Evos are still selling in the mid five figures. Earlier Integrales tend to go for less yet, offering some affordable buying opportunities on still-great sports cars. This May, RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving Into Summer auction saw a nice Evo II attract a high bid of only $70,000, failing to sell at that price (SCM# 6933107). On the other hand, RM Sotheby’s June auction in Europe had a stunning yellow Evo II that sold for $101,111. (SCM# 6933696) Over on Bring a Trailer, a 1994 Bianco Perlato (Lot 21580) sold for $101,101 in August 2019. Those auctions establish a good baseline for this sale. Restored, with provenance Conventional wisdom in modern collecting is that “original” is greater than “restored.” However, many Lancia Deltas have seen multiple owners who loved them nearly to death. Unlike rare vehicles that were clearly always going to pass from collector to collector, it’s not uncommon to see some miles on a Delta, and evidence of enthusiastic driving. Naturally we’re seeing those cars undergo restoration before crossing the block. This is one such example. According to the auction listing, this Bianco Perlato special edition received a full restoration courtesy of former rally champion Massimo “Miki” Biasion, who won his pair of driver’s championships behind the wheel of a Works Delta. Biasion’s personal grille badge still adorns the front end. The car is presented in as-new condition, with the odometer reset and showing 237 km. The auction listing doesn’t mention the actual mileage on the chassis, though it might be discernable to the new owner from the restoration photos included with the sale. Famous prior ownership does confer some value, and if you wanted a fresh Evo II to drive, this one was a great choice. Further, restoration doesn’t seem to knock the value of these cars at all. RM Sotheby’s failed sale in May was an original car, while the successful European sale in June was a restoration. For the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II, at least right now, originality isn’t nearly as important as getting your hands on the best car that can be had. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE is an accomplished writer who has authored seven automotive books. He began writing for SCM in 2013. Original list price: $42,981 Current SCM Valuation: $72,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Chassis # location: Right-hand-side radiator core support Engine # location: Stamped on block behind oil filter Transmission: 5-speed manual Club: American Lancia Club Web: www.americanlanciaclub.com Alternatives: 1993–2000 Subaru WRX STi, 1992–2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, 1980–86 Renault 5 Turbo SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II hatchback Lot 323, s/n ZLA831AB000583983 Condition: N/A Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $101,111 RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale, 6/3/2020 SCM# 6933696 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II hatchback Lot 140, s/n ZLA831AB000582135 Condition: N/A Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $71,913 Artcurial Rétromobile, Paris, FRA, 2/7/2020 SCM# 6929086 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione hatchback Lot 222, s/n ZLA831AB000576058 Condition: N/A Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $107,520 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6928574 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 83


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NEXT GEN MARKET MOMENT 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 Pickup If seeing this custom W210 has caused you to realize that the oddball of your dreams is a German El Camino, do not be alarmed, as there are more out there Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company Sold at $47,300 Gooding & Company Geared Online August 3–7, 2020, Lot 54 Chassis number: WDBJH65J1YB094941 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T his one-off Mercedes-Benz E320 pickup, commissioned by a Mercedes dealer and built by historically important Mercedes coachbuilding affiliate Binz, was sold through Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction platform for $47,300. This just eight months after earning $30,800 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. If you feel you missed out on the chance to own this car/truck before the big run-up in Stuttgart Ranchero prices, know that there are other Mercedes-Benz pickups out there. While it might seem like a strange con- cept, Mercedes pickups were part of the developing world immediately after World War II. In Argentina and South Africa, pickup variants of the W136 (170D, 1948–55), W120 (180 and 180D, 1955–63) and the W115 (220D, 1968–76) were sold in respectable quantities. A Google search for “Mercedes 220D pickups” will leave you utterly fascinated. Equally intriguing are the “universals,” wagons built on the ponton and fintail platforms by carrosseries IMC and Binz. Of course, we can’t forget the 1970s and 80s, when British firm Crayford built station wagons on the W116 and W126 S-class platforms. While all of these cars are rare in the U.S., if this bizarre but noteworthy E320 piqued your interest in a trucklet that will leave everyone at your local Cars & Coffee utterly confused, there are plenty of even weirder and more desirable variants that could benefit from new homes. The good news is that most of them are less expensive than our slightly well-sold subject car, though restoration costs will vary. It’s hard to say whether this will prove to be a smart buy. The person who commis- sioned this unusual vehicle certainly did not come out on top, although the Gooding seller has to be thrilled. This sale proves that, even in our shaky COVID-19 market, something that is totally weird, different and unrepeatable can find an enthusiastic home. — Pierre Hedary ♦ 84 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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NEXT GEN RISING SUN BRIAN BAKER Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars that are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT #35576. S/N KGC10046000. 94k kilometers (56k miles). “2.8-liter L28 inline 6, 5-speed manual transmission, triple Mikuni carburetors, Rocket Bunny fender flares, front and fear spoilers, coil-over suspension. 15-inch SSR Longchamp wheels, color change to silver, racing bucket seat, Nardi steering wheel, HID headlights, imported to Canada in 2014.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $62,475. Bring a Trailer, 8/26/2020. Brian’s take: Some might be turned off by the modifications to this classic third-generation Skyline, but to me, this is the ultimate Japanese-style Skyline I have seen make it to an American auction. The parts here aren’t just picked at random and tossed onto the car. Many are period-correct to the ’80s, when Skylines were modified to look just like this, including the GT-R-style rear wing, the front chin-supo (chin spoiler), Sabelt seat belts, Nardi steering wheel, triple Mikuni side-draft carburetors, and finished off with the Speed Star Racing Longchamp XR-4 wheels. Think of this as your classic muscle car with Cragars and a Holly double pumper. The newer and also well-chosen 1990 Nissan 240SX # 35445. S/N JN1HS36P5LW139418. 40,000 miles shown. “2.4-liter KA24E inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, Cherry Red Pearl (AH3) over gray cloth, air conditioning, pop-up sunroof, 15-inch wheels, style parts include the Recaro seats and the Rocket Bunny fender flares. Overall, this car was well put together by an enthusiast with an attention to detail. The real shocking part is the deal the buyer got on a C10 Skyline in this shape. You wouldn’t be able to find one in Japan for this price. Well bought. cassette stereo.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $34,388. Bring a Trailer, 8/24/2020. Brian’s take: We have been following the 240SX for some time in the “Rising Sun” column. In the March 2017 issue, I talked about a 240SX that sold for $5,666 and said it was well bought. In the August 2018 issue, there was a 240SX that sold for $13,750. I think we have finally seen the 240SX reach maturity in the market. The biggest factor that will drive the price for these perfect examples will be the drift community. These are a staple car for drifting, and with drifting come accidents. I can predict in the future that a somewhat-straight 240SX frame will be worth $7k. As the bidder said in the comments section on Bring a Trailer, “This was the first car I ever owned. Same color, model, trim, etc. Met my wife in this car and my brother crashed it. This will not be a drifter. Been searching 3 years for it.” This won’t be the last time we hear a story like this for future Japanese collector cars. Well sold. 1981 Honda Accord Special Edition # 35352. S/N JHMSM3451BC024988. 46,000 miles. “1.8-liter in- line 4, 3-speed automatic transmission, Glacier Gray Metallic, gray Connolly leather, aftermarket Alpine stereo, luggage rack.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $22,050. Bring a Trailer, 8/20/2020. Brian’s take: This Accord sale has me a little confused. In the Japanese classic-car scene, this car has virtually no following. It precedes Honda becoming a popular platform for modifying, from that weird period of Japanese cars before they switched to EFI, and there are no aftermarket parts companies building parts for them. The saving grace of this car is that it is a limited-run model “Special Edition,” and it looks brand new. If it were in a different trim and in a more used shape, it wouldn’t be worth more than $2,000. Some commenters think the buyer is “ahead of the collector market” on this one, but I think this is more buyers not knowing the difference between a cool and collectible Japanese classic and a car that is just old. Well sold. ♦ 86 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $31.3m RM Sotheby’s, Online p. 134 $14.4m Gooding & Company, Online p. 110 $12.6m Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA p. 120 $8.2m Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO p. 98 $801k VanDerBrink, Granger, IA p. 146 Bring a Trailer p. 158 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose, sold for $3,080,000, at Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction. Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 CTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $31.3m RM Sotheby’s, Online p. 134 $14.4m Gooding & Company, Online p. 110 $12.6m Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA p. 120 $8.2m Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO p. 98 $801k VanDerBrink, Granger, IA p. 146 Bring a Trailer p. 158 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose, sold for $3,080,000, at Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction. Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 93 93


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW It’s Monterey-ish Time Six in-person Car Week auctions became three online-only events in 2020, but big cars and big sale prices persisted by Chad Taylor Top 10 Sales THIS ISSUE (Public auctions only) T 1. 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 coupe, $4,290,000—RM Sotheby’s, p.140 2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose coupe, $3,080,000—Gooding & Co., p. 116 3. 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $2,354,000—Gooding & Co., p. 118 4. 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, $2,232,500—Bonhams, p. 126 5. 1995 Ferrari F50 coupe, $2,134,000—Gooding & Co., p. 118 6. 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,628,000—Gooding & Co., p. 116 7. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,620,329—Artcurial, p. 104 8. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe, $1,496,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 140 9. 1991 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,386,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 140 10. 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,098,025—Artcurial, p. 108 BEST BUYS his was supposed to be the year that answered all of our questions coming out of a somewhat disappointing 2019 Monterey. It started relatively normal. The spectacle known as Arizona Auction Week came and went as planned. Amelia Island festivities took place too, just before much of the world closed up. But as we know all too well, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the plethora of other shows, events and auctions that come with it were not as lucky. Every year in the November issue, we fill you in on all things Pebble Beach — and 2020 is no different. Well, maybe just a little. Instead of Market Reports featuring only cars from Monterey, we have added some spectacular cars from Artcurial’s auction held in Monaco, where a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing received top-sale honors. Followed by a Ferrari F40 — a favorite of collectors — and a Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet bodied by Vanvooren, the sale had plenty of eye candy. And Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson continues his streak of being one of only a few reporters to have “boots on the ground” at live auctions. This time, he covers the sale of the Don Beneventi Chevrolet Collection by VanDerBrink, where a low-mileage, special-order ’72 Monte Carlo sold for a staggering $110k. That’s not something that happens every day. While none of the six auction houses that held Monterey sales last year were able to return with traditional in-person events in 2020, Gooding, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s held online auctions instead. The sales finished with totals of $14.4m, $12.6m and $30.8m, respectively. That makes a total of $58,170,162, a far cry from last year’s $254m or the $463.5m in 2014, the largest total ever seen at Monterey Car Week. In fact, not since 2004, when the final Monterey take sat at $48m, has it been this low. That $48m was the combined total for six auction houses, not three. Measuring the 2020 Monterey-adjacent auctions to those of past years on the Peninsula is not a fair comparison. Not only were there fewer sales, the dockets at each event were also smaller. There really is no replacement for jumping into a car and traveling the packed roads of Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel and Pacific Grove all day to gaze at the best cars in the world. If the 2020 Monterey-ish auctions tell us anything, it is that substantial sales totals can be achieved at online- 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, sold by Artcurial for $1,098,025 only auctions. Look at how much these have grown in size, scale and quality in just the past six months. It may have happened out of necessity, but the growth will continue well after “normal” returns. Fingers crossed that will be in 2021. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Artcurial Monte Carlo, MCO July 21, 2020 Bonhams Los Angeles, CA August 14, 2020 August 3–7, 2020 Gooding & Co. Online Only August 14–18, 2020 July 25, 2020 VanDerBrink Granger, IA $0 $800k $5m RM Sotheby’s Online Only $8m $13m $14m $31m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 hatchback, $72,292—Artcurial, p. 102 94 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $434,000—Bonhams, p. 128 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS coupe, $225,500—RM Sotheby’s, p. 138 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sedan, $258,500— Gooding & Co., p. 114 1989 Honda Prelude Si coupe, $17,588—Bring a Trailer, p. 162


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW Buy/Sell/Hold Invest in a 300SL Roadster, cash in on Bronco mania, and keep driving your RX-7 to Cars & Coffee (but please wear a mask) by B. Mitchell Carlson BUY: 1957–62 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Over the past several years, the post-Gullwing 300SL roadsters have begun dropping out of the OneMillion-Dollar Car Club. They are now trending just below seven digits. While not as iconic as a Gullwing, the “Roadsters” (as they’re known, although “cabriolet” more accurately describes the configuration) are still poised to outlast any flavor-of-the-month market swing. Granted, it may take a while. But by that token, for years the far-less-plentiful contemporary BMW 507 was considered — and priced — as something of an interesting antecedent of the 1950s. Now they are considered a 1950s icon, and pricing has moved from $100,000–$300,000 to $1m–$3m today. By the end of this decade, the ragtop 300SL should regain its glory for more-mature and less-reactionary collectors. As such, stay away from color changes and sketchy refurbished cars, sticking to stock and as original as you can find and afford, without any “barn find” nonsense. HOLD: 1978–80 Mazda RX-7 One would think that the first-gen RX-7 would be a car to sell, given the newer generations of buyers in the market. But those buyers are keener on the later RX-7. The original is more a child of the 1970s, introduced for 1978 with the SA VIN code, becoming the SB with a mild update in 1981 and then built until 1985. Part of the appeal of the original RX-7 was its relatively low cost, so while there are a lot of folks who grew up with these or owned one when new, there are still enough out there to meet demand. Yet the same thing was said of the original Datsun 240/260/280Z cars. Despite some ups and downs in values, today those are doing really well. Both the Z and RX-7 started with introductory models that became ignored as fast as newer variants were introduced. Yet in the 96 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SELL: Any Ford Bronco that has actually been built You must admit, Ford has created quite the buzz over the soon-to-be new Bronco. Problem is, it’s not here yet. And it won’t be for another year. At least. And the real Bronco (not to be confused with the warmed-over Escape turned Bronco Sport) won’t be here for another year. At least. So all things Bronco are selling well. In the case of the first-gen, it’s more like that Energizer Bunny still going on and on and on. With all the others based on the F-series pickup, they are picking up more steam in the market, and the Bronco Buzz is ensuring they are selling strong. So regardless of the platform you market it on, if you’ve been on the fence for selling one, move it out now. When new Broncos start trickling into production — with far more capability, creature comforts and a factory warranty — I suspect a lot of folks who bought either a 1966 or a 1986 to be part of the Cool Kids Club will dump it for a new one “because my wife won’t let me put the kids in the old one, as it doesn’t have airbags and lane-departure warning.” With a car guy now in the front seat at Ford (instead of an industrial furniture salesman), we might even get the new Bronco on time and done right, so work on selling your old one now. case of the 240Z, it’s now desirable as the genesis of all Zs. This should also happen with the SA-series RX-7 in the future, although perhaps to a lesser extent. Increasing interest in JDM cars is also helping to drive Z-car prices, while the RX-7 was marketed more similarly in both the U.S. and its native Japan, with fewer unique JDM variants. If you own an early SA with reason- able miles that has been well cared for, wait out the current lackadaisical market for selling them, as the bulk of the buyers now prefer the SBs with their 5-speed transmissions and better appointments. As those of us who came of age with the original RX-7 reach the years of empty nests, retirement and greater disposable income, SAs should start moving up in value. That said, should someone offer Stupid Money for yours (north of $20k), by all means turn it loose. ♦


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ARTCURIAL MONTE CARLO, MCO Monaco 2020 Once red, now Graphite, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing leads all sales at $1.6m Company Artcurial Date July 21, 2020 Location Monte Carlo, MCO Auctioneers Matthieu Lamoure Automotive lots sold/offered 47/89 Sales rate 53% Sales total $8,209,780 High sale 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $1,620,329 Buyer’s premium 16% up to $1,029,780, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices Top seller: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $1.6m Report by Paul Hardiman; photos by Loïc Kernen Market opinions in italics A rtcurial boldly staged an almost-live sale in Monaco, with viewing at the Top Cars Collection in the Fontvieille Terraces, sometimes still known as the Rainier Collection, as the late prince was a keen collector of both significant cars and military vehicles. Bidding was held on camera at the Hermitage in the middle of town. Usually, the tiny principality, perched on the Côte d’Azur between France and Italy, hosts sales by the three major players in Europe during the biennial Monaco Historics racing week in May. When that was canceled, Artcurial jumped in to fill the slot with a mixed catalog offering everything from an Autobianchi Giardiniera to a Pagani supercar. All eyes were on the Miura, a very original-looking P400 that stalled at €760k ($870k) against an estimate of €875k–€1.05m ($1m–$1.2m), as did the 2019 Pagani Huayra at €2.1m ($2.4m), €400k ($458k) short of its lower estimate. But the “Arctic Circle” Ferrari F40 looked right at $1.1m. Lamoure got both 300SLs away for the right money — the wellspecced but color-changed Gullwing bought new by the originators of the Gaylord car for $1,620,329 and an older-restored Roadster for $982,084. An exquisite DeTomaso Vallelunga that Artcurial had previously sold as a project came back restored and with Lotus Twin-Cam power, selling this time for $368,282. A €41,720 ($47,740) Citroën SM was notable not so much for single ownership but for its rare Michelin RR resin wheels, a rarely encountered period option. Continuing on the homegrown front, a 1993 Venturi 260 Atlantique sold for Porsche 911 money, $65,472, while an Alpine A110SX fetched $92,752. The price disparity between the Renault 5 Turbo ($114,576) and the rare Turbo 2 “8221” ($72,292) was down to the difference in conditions. A restored Citroën Méhari ($23,870) sold for less than a no-reserve Mini Moke at $27,280. Much of the rest of the catalog was made up of modern Ferraris and Porsches, and most of those failed to find new owners — as did the 911 RS 2.7 Touring “1157,” the Ferrari 330 GTC and the Ellena and Pinin Farina 250 GT coupes. Artcurial did sell the “celebrity” 1962 Bentley S3 Continental convertible, bought new by Eddie Fisher late in his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, when he overlapped in Taylor’s attentions with Richard Burton. It might perhaps really have been purchased as a consolation present. Read the profile on page 70. ♦ 98 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ARTCURIAL MONTE CARLO, MCO ENGLISH #611-1962 LAND ROVER 109 pickup. S/N 27901964B. Blue/buff canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 471 km. 2,286-cc fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Recent full restoration, with new paint, new tilt, new exhaust and new tires. Very sharp chassis. Indicator side repeaters. Rear seats, and checker plate in rear floor. Unusually straight and uncannily leak-free. Seat vinyl slightly baggy on driver’s side. Cond: 2+. vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 12,444 km. 848-cc I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. lead Restored/repainted in original color; has been yellow. Still with full weather equipment, seats now slightly worn at edges: vinyl may once have been black. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,280. Always in France. Offered at no reserve and sold for strong money, but Minis of any denomination always do well in France and Monaco. #695-1975 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER wagon. S/N 35829558D. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 21,555 km. 3528-cc V8, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Restored (by a Porsche specialist) at a stated cost of €55k ($63k). Very straight and shiny, although rivets in door shuts have been painted over, and new carpets look a bit too chunky. Instrument pod looks undamaged. Extra locking box between front seats. Original tools and jack still correctly stowed in right rear wing, plus repair manual. Now with a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,648. Intended for Swiss market, to Italy in 1988. Offered at no reserve, sold high. Evidently they’re worth more in Monaco than they are at home. #668-1968 MORRIS MINI MOKE Mk2 utility. S/N MABIL1173076A. White/green SOLD AT $68,200. Sold new in France. Tricky one: Looks quite well sold (given that it’s not a very early Suffix A example) but when you factor in the resto cost, the vendor is quite likely behind. Therefore it qualifies as an astute buy. SOLD AT $572,882. Lately in the Volante Collection and will need “recommissioning.” Offered at no reserve and sold 20% under lower estimate. It’s an important car, but you’ve got to work hard to appreciate its convoluted history. #617-1966 PEUGEOT 404 Super Luxe cabriolet. S/N 4599478. Blue/black cloth/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 32,278 miles. 1,618-cc fuel-injected I4, auto. Restored/repainted at cost of €28k ($32k), still very good. Nice paint and brightwork. All the wheel trim pieces appear straight, although one taillight lens is slightly damaged. Leather has lots of patina—a little cracked and baggy. Rear is vinyl. Dash top okay (although with a few nicks out of crash roll), newish top. Clock replaced by non-functioning tachometer. Cond: 2+. FRENCH #619-1939 BUGATTI TYPE 57 cabrio- let. S/N 57780. Blue & black/black cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 16,754 km. 3257-cc I8, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Coachwork by Vanvooren. One of the last five Bugatti Type 57s built, and one of the “Bordeaux Orphans”—chassis without coachwork completed in the late summer of 1939 at Molsheim and transferred to Bordeaux in a factory relocation (Molsheim, also producing aircraft parts, was right on the German border) and not supplied to customers. Then, probably in 1941, fitted with a body from another 57. Subsequently modified but more recently (from 2014) restored back to original configuration, with replica blue/black-patterned leather, still all practically in as-new condition apart from slightly used-looking engine bay. French registered. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,648. In the Alpes-Maritimes (north of Monaco) until 2013. Sold at lower end of the estimate range, and quite the bargain for an elegant coachbuilt convertible. #615-1972 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N 00SB5496. Blue/orange velour. Odo: 99,324 100 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ARTCURIAL MONTE CARLO, MCO km. 2670-cc V6, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Carb firstseries “Sa Majesté.” Very original, older repaint over mildly rippled body, hood sits low on right side, a few marks on stainless bumpers though rubber is mostly okay... but only one owner, who presumably has loved it. And it has the super-rare resin wheels, rarely encountered but sadly looking as if they’ve had a bit of a rattle-can resto. Seat velour quite baggy but not unduly worn through. No tech inspection, but no ominous pools of fluid underneath either, and it sits level... St. Christopher medallion on center console may be earning its keep here. Cond: 3+. #644-1978 ALPINE A110 1600SX coupe. S/N 30268. Blue/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 8,999 km. 1647-cc I4, 2x2-bbl, 5-sp. SX is late, most luxurious version with stock R16 motor, overlapping with A310 replacement, hence sharing the same wheels. Older restoration, now with twin Weber 45s instead of single twin-choke, and with roll bar and harnesses. Autobleu exhaust. Okay interior, except paint wearing off instrument bezels. Cond: 2-. Plumbed-in fire extinguisher a wise precaution. No spare wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $114,576. Was in England before restoration. Turbo 1s tend to fetch more than Turbo 2s (unless we’re talking about the rare “8221” homologation model—but not always). Healthy price paid here. SOLD AT $92,752. Supplied new to Germany. Sold mid-estimate. SOLD AT $47,740. Catalog pics by the harbor in Monaco put me in mind of the Burt Reynolds movie “The Longest Yard”... Offered at no reserve, hammered just below lower estimate. Fair, if only for those wheels. #646-1980 RENAULT 5 Turbo coupe. S/N VF1822000B0000268. Red/red & blue leather & vinyl. 1,397-cc turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Previously in a different color, restored to original in 2016, including new interior in original mad technicolor. Original two-spoke steering wheel. “0043” plaque on dash. Wheels refurbed. #680-1983 CITROËN MÉHARI utility. S/N 8CA82466. White & blue/blue vinyl/ white & blue vinyl. Odo: 66,701 miles. 602cc 2-cylinder, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Plastic-bodied “jeep” based on Dyane chassis. Publisher Martin had one. Tidy, restored in bright colors suggesting a Méhari Club Cassis job. Monaco title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,870. Offered at no reserve and sold where Artcurial expected for decent Mini Moke money. BEST BUY #648-1985 RENAULT 5 Turbo 2 coupe. S/N VF1822100F0010045. Bronze/beige velour. Odo: 62,567 miles. 1,432-cc turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Turbo 2, meaning standard interior instead of wild technicolor of Turbo 1. Paint is original and rough in places; front-end panel and bumper fit all over the shop (they’re never very good), driver’s door lock has been forced and the tires are shot. Rear carpets are grubby, and finding a sunroof in one of these is odd. But it’s the rare “8221”... and engine was rebuilt 1,000 km ago. Cond: 3. 102 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ARTCURIAL MONTE CARLO, MCO SOLD AT $72,292. The 8221 is the holy grail, as it’s a 200-off homologation special built to qualify the Maxi model for Group 4 rallying, and I would have expected it to fetch nearer to or more than the price of the Turbo 1, even in this condition. As long as it’s not a complete dog, quite well bought. #656-1993 VENTURI 260 Atlantique coupe. S/N VK8CUP51193CE0089. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 82,777 miles. 2849-cc turbocharged V6, 5-sp. An improved Renault GTA, or a French Lotus Elite, if you will, and very accomplished to drive. The 260 is the lightened, stripped-out version; only 25 built, all blue, and this wears a dash plate “Execution no. 25.” Good order, with nice paint (looks too good to be original), good leather (possibly redone), unmarked dash carbon and engine and box rebuilt recently. With a/c, LM version OZ alloys and short-ratio gearbox. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,620,329. Owned new by the originators of Gaylord Cars in the U.S., no doubt looking for inspiration; came back to Europe in 2004. A really lovely old thing with lots of character. Better than a new restoration looking like a boiled sweet, and sold well for the right money. #694-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210426500649. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 97,781 miles. 1,897-cc I4, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration (in Holland), with luggage rack (charmingly pictured carrying water skis in the catalog). Excellent paint, instruments and chrome, although original door handles and mirrors are slightly tarnished. Leather now slightly baggy and creased, dash roll wrinkled. Becker Europa. Still on Solexes. No hard top (121.042 is soft-top-only version, although many now have both). Dutch title. Cond: 2+. #631-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410004262. White/blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 1,436 km. 2,778-cc fuel-injected I6, 4-sp. Looks just out of restoration, though actually completed in 2018 (rear springs haven’t even settled). In original color. Full of shiny, brand-new parts, with motor in replicated factory finishes. Dead-straight body, good gaps, swages line up and headlight “nicks” are nicely discreet— they vary, as they’re cut in freehand. Rubber sill drains present. New carpets; pedal rubbers aren’t worn. Leather from new, now redone by Ferraresi. Dash-top timber perfect. With Becker Europa and hard top. Euro lights, Italian title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $65,472. This sold for decent 911 3.2 Carrera money. They’re usually cheaper than this... but a helluva lot less than a 964RS, which would have to be well driven to stay ahead of it. Unlikely to lose money: the thinking man’s choice. GERMAN TOP 10 #7 #663-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500448. Graphite/black leather. Odo: 37,928 miles. 2,996-cc fuel-injected I6, 4-sp. Very good freshened-up original condition, changed from original red about 15 years ago. Would have been nice if someone had sandblasted the wheels before painting them. Original leather, instruments very original too. Rudge wheels and NSL engine from new, motor not over-bulled. Original tools and now with fitted luggage. Still with undertrays, although not fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $197,781. Huge price for something that costs a bomb to restore but really isn’t very good to drive. Oh well, big sister 300 is much more money (see Lots 633 and 663). #633-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500518. Silver/red leather. Odo: 102,200 km. 2996-cc fuel-injected I6, 4-sp. Restored around 10 years ago, completed 2017, although paint is older. Leather older/original, well preserved. Now with fitted luggage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,501. Top money for as near perfect a “Pagoda” as you’ll find, and manual gearbox is rare (though not massively soughtafter on the 280, as the standard 4-speed auto does a good job and suits the W113). Would it retail for a bit more in silver? #697-1975 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 Kombi Samba 23-window microbus. S/N BH366940. Red & white/white & beige vinyl. Odo: 1,163 miles. 1,493-cc H4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Brazil-built Samba, with sunroof. Restored and retroed. Now with seat belts all round, 1,500 motor, USB plugs, etc. “50” logos of French importer on seats; rears still polythene-covered. Mileage is since completion. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $982,084. Sold new in France. In the La Réole museum near Bordeaux from 1991, following death of the first owner, until July 2003, when the second owner bought it. Artcurial needed to get the two SLs away and this hammered just under the lower estimate— but sold right, according to the applause in the room. SOLD AT $88,660. From the seat logos, I’m guessing it was used as a promotional vehicle. Sold for as much as a ’60s German-built original. ITALIAN #618-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B20S Series 6 coupe. S/N B20S1676. Pale blue/black leather & gray wool. Odo: 83 km. 104 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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2,451-cc V6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Left-hand drive with floor shift. Recently restored. English title. Cond: 2+. #640-1967 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3036. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 31,000 miles. 3929-cc V12, 6x2-bbl, 5-sp. Very unmolested low-mileage car restored/repainted to original spec and still with original interior. English registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $133,673. LHD is quite rare in one of these. Sold new in the U.S. Last in SCM Platinum Auction Database when it sold to a European collector for $62k as a solid barnfind at Bonhams Philadelphia in October 2014, painted white (SCM# 6711790). Difference in price cannot have covered the restoration, so by that chalk, the buyer has a bit of a deal even at what looks like top market money. However, it hammered at lower estimate, suggesting Artcurial had been hoping for more. #678-1966 DETOMASO VALLE- LUNGA coupe. S/N VL1612. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 7,840 km. 1558-cc I4, 2x2-bbl, 5-sp. Exquisite and rare (53 made, including aluminium prototype) baby supercar using Formula car-inspired spine chassis and Ford power. VL chassis is thought to be the competition version, so a Twin Cam was added during the resto, but original pushrod Kent (Cortina) engine comes with it. Fresh, clean and new. English title. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $869,668. Italian-market car, in the U.S. until 1979, then back to Europe. Not sold against an €875,000–€1.05m ($1m– $1.2m) estimate. #622-1972 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1425375. Arancio Pastello/ black velour. Odo: 10,044 km. 2,593-cc fuelinjected V8, 5-sp. Clean, straight and tidy. Refurbed/repainted 10 years ago by Franco Kappa to the tune of €40k—although even then that wouldn’t have got you a full resto. No ripples or rust in body sides, door gaps good, though sit a little proud. Appears to have all its front-end brightwork (bits often get broken off). Seat velour only a little worn. Modern stereo. Leak-free motor with factory finishes. Stands a bit tippy-toe, but a lot of them do that, sir. Monaco registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $368,282. Sold new in France, then moved to the Alsace area in 1971. Owner died while old paint was being rubbed off—was white then, with blue underneath. Bought like that as a project from Artcurial Paris (but with a different chassis number) in 2015 for €226,480 ($255,197): real chassis number was discovered when body was off. Artcurial also sold the right-hand-drive Twin Cam VLD 1611 at Rétromobile in 2018 for €292,040 ($360,172). Therefore, price paid here looks slightly high, but it is a super example and these just don’t come on to the market often. Well sold. (See profile, p. 72.) SOLD AT $84,568. Bought from an Artcurial sale in 2013 post-resto with 9,800 km for $95k—twice what was expected. Here sold at the upper end of the estimate range. It’s the best color and restored by the best in the Montreal business, so as such still represents pretty much the top of the market. #624-1987 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N 66275. Red/crema leather. RHD. Odo: 57,433 km. 4,943-cc fuel-injected H12, 5-sp. Looks a bit weird, don’t it? That’s because the mirrors are high. It was a Monospeccio, but first owner asked for addition of a second mirror. Little did he know... Tidy and unscuffed, leather slightly baggy, as usual, Momo steering wheel, stick-on scuderia 106 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ARTCURIAL MONTE CARLO, MCO shields. Rebuilt motor is clean and tidy. German registered. Quoted chassis number incomplete; should start something like ZFFAA17B0000. Cond: 2-. Another supercar headed for a great investor future in a few years, but included here to gauge where the market for these chocolate fireguards is in the Covid-hit summer of 2020. 2019 Pagani Huayra roadster Tidy, but with a few nicks in wheel rims. Seats redone, but the weave looks just a little too fine. Bag tanks replaced with aluminium. Belts last done 11 years and 6,000 km ago. Cond: 2. within 50 km of the Arctic Circle. First F40 sold at public auction for ages, so I’ll take this as a market-correct price, less a bit for a belt service. The tanks can look after themselves... #653-2007 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano SOLD AT $150,041. Has been in south of France despite German reg. Belts have been done in recent memory, so it’s on the money. It’ll get a few weird looks for its, er, weird looks. TOP 10 #10 #683-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000084997. Red/red cloth. Odo: 30,660 miles. 2,936-cc turbocharged V8, 5-sp. The “Arctic Circle” F40, with books, tools and luggage. Winding windows, so assume it also is a cat/adjust car. SOLD AT $1,098,025. Sold new in Spain, then in Portugal, and in 2009 moved north—to coupe. S/N ZFFFD60B000158058. Grigio Silverstone/tan leather. Odo: 16,600 miles. 5,999-cc fuel-injected V12, F1 auto. Grand old dinosaur, spiritual successor to the Daytona— and blindingly fast. Good, original condition with low mileage. Monaco title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $111,848. Apparently owned by a famous soccer coach. Claudio Ranieri, anyone? On the money with or without “sleb” ownership. #641-2019 PAGANI HUAYRA roadster. S/N ZA9H12RAYYSF76080. White/white/red leather. Odo: 50 km. 5,980-cc fuel-injected V12, 7-sp. One of 100, built from “carbotanium,” with Mercedes/AMG V12 power— number 98. Perfect, almost unused condition. Interior like a ’50s jukebox. So pointless the sole owner has only put 50 km on it. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $2,403,030. Delivered new in France. Bid (eventually, in a protracted process) to €2.1m ($2,403,030), which evidently wasn’t enough against a €2.5–€3m ($2.9m– $3.4m) estimate. Number 94 didn’t sell at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in 2019, while 42 did at RM Sotheby’s Arizona earlier in 2020 for $2,370,000. ♦ 108 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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GOODING & CO. ONLINE Geared Online August 2020 A coveted unrestored Ferrari 275 GTB with long nose, six carbs and external filler cap tops the online sale at $3,080,000 Company Gooding & Company Date August 3–7, 2020 Location Online Automotive lots sold/offered 40/54 Sales rate 74% Sales total $14,358,850 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose coupe, sold at $3,080,000 Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company High sale: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose coupe, sold at $3,080,000 Report by Joseph Seminetta and Jack Seminetta Images by Mike Maez, Brian Henniker, Josh Hway, Juan Martinez and Gooding & Company Market opinions in italics M illions of people were introduced to their life partners through online dating services. However, few have ever made lifelong commitments without meeting the other person in the flesh. People are unwilling to commit based solely on the limited information of a small, two-dimensional screen. Passion and chemistry matter and can only be confirmed through our complete set of human senses. We are analog beings trying to live in an increasingly digital world. Passion is one of the principal reasons we participate in this hobby. The smell of Connolly leather, the sound of a well-tuned V12, the feel of a perfectly waxed fender, the taste… well, four out of five ain’t bad. None of these pleasures can be experienced through a decoded system of ones and zeros. Even HD video and professional photography cannot accurately transmit the thickness of paint, the depth of chrome, nor the patina of vintage leather seats. The major auction companies have had little choice but to move everything online in this current COVID-19 environment. Each approached this in slightly different ways. Gooding’s first online effort did not include cold-start videos, driving footage or the ability to post comments and questions during the auction. However, the company did gather all the auction cars in one venue for pre-auction viewing by interested buyers, a task other auction companies have not undertaken. Like other online sales, time was extended when last-second bids occurred. But when this occurred, Gooding did not delay the start of the next lot, an obstruction for people who might be bidding on consecutive offerings. Many of the lots also included the disclaimer “not to be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident,” which represented the loss of a huge addressable market. As this was its first endeavor in online territory, there are undoubtably some kinks to work out. Total sales were $14.4 million — less than a top lot might bring in a normal year and down more than 80% from last year. But we must remember this is not the Gooding’s Pebble Beach Auction we have come to know in past years. It’s a different monster altogether. The sell-through rate remained strong at 74% versus the 77% for Pebble 2019. Of the 52 automobile lots, 14 did not sell; 16 ad- ditional lots did sell, but the hammer price was below the low pre-sale estimate. Only five lots hammered sold above the high estimate. Despite a very strong collectorcar market, there was only one world record (briefly) when the top-selling Ferrari 275 GTB was the most expensive car to be sold at an online-only auction. That record was broken days later when a Ferrari 550 GT1 sold for more. Sellers did not take the risk of offering their finest in 2020, but instead took a “gap year” until a time when order will hopefully be restored. In this “Zoom” economy, so many business dealings have turned into sterile, digital transactions. This is easier when transacting commodities, but 50-year-old collector cars are a different beast, with storied histories, different levels of restoration and highly variable standards of historical care. Astute collectors rely on all their senses to make the best decisions with the most positive outcomes. Collectors want to travel to Monterey, Scottsdale and other exceptional spots around the globe not only for the transaction but for the chase, the sport and the show. Although online auctions have their place in the market, they are not a replacement for the sensory satisfaction and excitement that occurs in person, in auction tents. Until a time returns when we can utilize all five senses, we are left deciphering what we can from the ones and zeros on the screens in front of us. ♦ Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 110 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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GOODING & CO. ONLINE ENGLISH #74-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E13338. Eng. # 7E98189. Opalescent silver blue/black leather. Odo: 53,700 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Matching numbers and colors as per JDHT paperwork. Paint and panel gaps look better than new from photos. Some scratched brightwork. Seats showing some signs of use. Includes hard top and stand. A very nice S1 that appears just below show standards (and can therefore be enjoyed). Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $258,500. Opening bid of $100k, aggressively bid to the final price. Even the necessary mechanical freshening will cause the new owner to be underwater. A cosmetic restoration would likely fund your shop’s 401(k) for generations. Well sold given its current state. (See profile, p. 74.) #34-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL by midweek. The auction was extended (due to last-minute bidding) so many times that the next three lots concluded before this one closed. This model was an unexpected candidate for such spirited bidding. A crazy final price, but still below the cost of restoration. Very, very well sold. GERMAN SOLD AT $242,000. Opening bid of $90k. E-types were in shorter supply than usual during this auction week. This looked like a nice restoration of a solid donor car, but the final price was well beyond the current market. Very well sold. #29-1972 JAGUAR XJ6 sedan. S/N UC1L66824BW. Green/beige leather. Odo: 54,019 miles. 4.2-L I6, auto. Paint quality okay, but looks a little thick from the photos. Beautiful dash, tidy engine bay. Brightwork seems less finished than the paintwork. Extensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration over the past five years. Extensive paperwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. Opening bid of $6k, with its reserve and low estimate met #67-1955 PORSCHE 356 Speedster. S/N 80753. Eng. # 820086. White/red leather. Odo: 29,246 miles. 1.5-L H4, 4-sp. Parked for decades, this Pre-A Speedster was offered in “as-found” condition. Original color (but not claimed to be original paint), but NOM engine as per Kardex. California car that seems to be free from the usually rusted areas. Needing at least significant mechanical attention before operating. Every cosmetic part could be replaced, but where would one stop? Cond: 4. Roadster. S/N 19804210002957. Eng. # 19898010003010. Ivory/navy blue/red leather. Odo: 1,190 miles. 3.0-L fuel-injected I6, 4-sp. Desirable disc-brake/iron-block 300SL. Longterm ownership with regular attention from marque specialist. Slight color change from White Gray to Ivory. Paint seems dull from pics. Some interior wear/waterstains. Worn seats with great patina. Tidy engine bay. Tools, jack, manual and hard top (in original factory crate). Claimed to never have been fully disassembled—but a bit of a tweener, with some aged, original and newer bits throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $946,000. Opening bid of $425k, then enthusiastically bid up to the upper end of the pre-sale estimate. A fair price if the new owner intends to just enjoy it in its current state. #73-1961 PORSCHE 356B cabriolet. S/N 154283. Eng. # 604234. Heron Grey/black/ green leather. Odo: 95,233 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. B Cabrio, once owned by Porsche expert, author and SCM Contributor Jim Schrager. Matching engine and transaxle as per Kardex and CoA. Original glass, body panels and wheels. Previous owner decided to change the exterior paint paint color from Slate Gray but left the green carpet and seats intact. A driver-level car that appears honest. Schrager reports this was a delightful car to drive, with well-sorted mechanicals. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,500. Opening bid of $70k. Sold for a market-correct price given condition and color change. #71-1971 PORSCHE 911T 2.2 coupe. S/N 9111102199. Eng. # 6117655. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,724 miles. 2.2-L H6, 5-sp. One owner for nearly five decades. Claimed to have retained much of its factory finishes but showing some panel-thickness variation. Just completed a five-month mechanical freshening. Matching engine and transaxle as per Porsche Classic certificate and CoA. Well op- 112 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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MARKET MOMENT ET MOMENT 1960 1960 Dodge Polara Station Wagon Sold at $93,500, Gooding & Company Geared Online, August 3–7, 2020, Lot 38 tioned with Comfort Equipment package including many S trim pieces. A very honest-looking car. Cond: 2. Mike Maez, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company Chassis number: 6705111160 SCM Condition for this car: 3 W ell, at least you couldn’t blame the free cocktails. After all, the auction was online. But the result was the same, another entry in the currently overheated category of vintage station wagons fetching eye-popping numbers. However, this time the car is a true rarity, a delicious example of American styling excesses featuring an awkward, unnatural beauty. With a high estimate of $55,000, this 1960 Dodge Polara station wagon more than doubled the $42,900 it fetched eight years ago, selling for $93,500. First, a bit of history. The Polara line launched in 1960, carefully placed at the top of the Dodge models. It was meant to signify the best the brand could do, right down to that marketing thing where they bastardize a real word in an attempt to buy cachet. The name “Polara” comes from Polaris, and since the world was abuzz about Sputnik and spacerace fever had set in stateside, Dodge hoped its fancy new car would have the Right Stuff. Restraint was not in the design vocabu- lary. A continuation of the Dodge designs from Virgil Exner’s 1957 models, Polara wagons featured all of the goodies that make these cars special — fins, trim, louvers and geegaws — and are beautiful examples of his “Forward Look” styling. The wagons came with the biggest Dodge engine of the time, the 383-cid V8, paired with a push-button TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic. Dodge sent more than 370,000 Polaras off the assembly line for the 1960 model year, but only 1,768 were three-row, nine-passenger wagons. Rarity begets rarity, with Polara buffs now claiming only five examples of the wagon extant. Plus, it’s worth noting that lots of trim bits on the big wagons (from every manufacturer) were specific to wagons, making finding spares a job for Indiana Jones. This is one fine example of the beginning of the end of flamboyant design, with the lovely rocket exhaust taillights, fins (even little ones on the front fenders) and more chrome than a Sturgis-bound Harley. It’s nothing less than rolling art. The lawyer in me (hey, I’ve watched lots of courtroom dramas) can make either case on this sale, “a perfect example of a rare classic fetching an accurate valuation” or “someone is letting emotion get ahead of their judgment.” Regardless, the buyer is happy, the seller is delirious, and a lot of people are rediscovering classic wagons. Which are better than crossovers every day and twice on Sunday. — Mark Wigginton ♦ 114 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $110,000. Opening bid of $60k, increasing at an orderly pace to the final sale price. Sold for a market-correct price given originality, ownership history and condition. #31-1978 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N 9118211673. Eng. # 6281782. Copper Brown Metallic/black fabric/Cork leather and pinstripe cloth. Odo: 59,661 miles. 3.0-L fuelinjected H6, 5-sp. U.S.-market SC Targa in the “fashionable period color scheme of Copper Brown.” Porsche Production Specifications Certificate, which unlike the more-desirable Kardex/CoA, does not identify original engine and gearbox numbers. Fitted with power windows, a/c, books, inflator and tools. Minor paint blemishes shown in photos. Normal (claimed to be original) interior wear for age and miles. A used, driver-level-condition car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. Opening bid of $20k. 911 Targas are all the rage with the 2015–current retro-reintroduction by Porsche. This was an honest-looking lot that brought a market-correct price given its “unique” color. #36-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sedan. S/N WDB2010361F732965. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 10,030 km. 2.5-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Factory built, EVO 2-spec W201 originally sold to the Japanese market. One of 500 homologation specials for MB’s entry into the DTM racing series. Uber-low miles, with recent sorting by MB Classic Center. Cosworthdesigned normally aspirated engine producing an astonishing (for the period) 100 hp per liter. In nearly new condition with very little signs of enjoyment. Comes with books and tools. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY


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SOLD AT $258,500. Starting bid of $115,000, aggressively bid to the end for a sensational final price. One of only five lots to hammer sold between the low and high estimates. If you had a time machine, you could have picked these up for Camry money back in the day. This has to be one of the best remaining examples and hence deserved its final bid price. #43-2002 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ13482AH61606. Black/black top/red and black leather. Odo: 9,143 miles. 4.9-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. One of only 352 blackand-red Z8s. Higher-mileage example with some wear and signs of use. Features include books, tools, records, hard top, window sticker and period cell phone. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. Opening bid of $60k. Vintage Alfas are a hot commodity. However, the pre-sale estimate on this lot was very aggressive, and at this price, it has to be considered well sold. TOP 10 #2 SOLD AT $176,000. Opening bid of $85k, nicely bid up throughout the auction. Z8s were instantly collectible when released. They offer timeless styling, excellent performance (especially considering they are now 18 years old) and are very usable. This sold at a marketcorrect price given its miles and condition. #40-2019 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0CF2A9XKS172483. Aetna Blue/black top/black leather. Odo: 253 miles. 4.0-L fuelinjected H6, 6-sp. The 991 Speedster comes with the GT3’s 500-hp engine, a manual transmission and a rolling catalog of carbon-fiber bits. Not particularly rare (1,948 made) but largely offered to Porsche VIP client list. Paint-to-sample Aetna Blue exterior. As-new condition in every way, with only 253 miles. Some might enjoy the “drive yourself happy” door sills, but I do not (bah humbug). Cond: 1. #56-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB LongNose coupe. S/N 08921. Eng. # 08921. White/tan leather. Odo: 81,013 km. 3.3-L V12, 5-sp. One of 40 long-nose, torque-tube 6Cs with external fuel-filler cap. Mostly unrestored with some cosmetic modifications. Well documented from the 1960s forward. Two sets of wheels. Paint holding up well. Worn interior. Original-looking engine bay. One of the most beautiful production cars in no one’s favorite color. Cond: 2. AR131531917. Red/black top/black leather. Odo: 2,154 miles. 1.3-L I4, 4-sp. Numbers matching, according to Certificate of Origin. Older, show-quality restoration. Nice paint with excellent panel gaps. Fine attention to detail throughout. Tidy-but-no-longer-concours-quality engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,080,000. Opening bid of $1.38m. During the “normal” Monterey auction weekend, buyers would have a greater choice of 275 GTB offerings. As the supply was somewhat limited, this lot was exceptionally well sold. This was 4-cam money. (See profile, p. 68.) SOLD AT $330,000. Opening bid of $150k, aggressively bid to the astronomical final price. I have never understood the attraction of the Speedster continuations (a la Carrera, 964, 997, 991 etc.) which takes very well-engineered sports cars and deletes some very useful features (such as the rear seat, better convertible top, etc). I hope the buyer plans to enjoy it, as they paid handsomely for this lot. ITALIAN #60-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Veloce Spider. S/N AR149505063. Eng. # 116 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #33-1971 LANCIA FULVIA 1.3 S coupe. S/N 818630001241. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 66,035 km. 1.3-L V4, 5-sp. Series II Fulvia in attractive colors. Very little history, being “recently brought to the U.S.” after spending most of its life in Italy. $10k in recent mechanical work. Paint looks a bit thick from photos. Some apparent chrome imperfections. Nice interior patina with some wear marks. Beautiful wood dash. Cond: 2-.


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GOODING & CO. ONLINE This single-owner, U.S.-spec, lightly enjoyed, bone-stock F40 checked a lot of boxes, but has to be considered well sold at the final sale price. 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe SOLD AT $29,700. Opening bid of $15k. Despite their tremendous rally successes, 1970s Lancias have not (yet) caught the attention of the vintage sports sedan (2002, GTV, etc.) masses. While the S2 cars were a bit pedestrian compared to the S1 HF and Rallye models, they did have a 5-speed gearbox and improved brakes. Well bought if the paint is not as thick as it looks in the pictures. TOP 10 #6 #39-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFMN34A4N0090446. Rosso Corsa/red cloth. Odo: 4,580 miles. 2.9-L turbocharged V8, 5-sp. U.S.-spec F40 with single-family ownership since delivery. Relatively low miles. Classiche Red Book certification. Recent major service. Extensive documentation, receipts, tools, books, cover, luggage and original window sticker. F40 values are influenced by how hard they have been used. This appears to be nicely preserved for either use or show. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,134,000. Opening bid of $1.1m, which increased significantly during the course of the week. F50s are rarer than most realize, but this price was on the high side. Given the color change, medium miles and broken fuel sending unit, this has to be considered well sold. TOP 10 #3 #47-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56AX30134948. Silver/tan & black leather. Odo: 7,130 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V12, auto. Oneowner, higher-mileage Enzo in desirable colors. Recent major service by factory-authorized dealer. “Pending” Ferrari Classiche certification. Some signs of use but not abuse. Rear spoiler actuator is not functioning. Comes with tools, books, luggage, records and window sticker. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. Opening bid of $30k, which quickly increased but then stalled as the auction concluded. Nearly every auction week has a vintage FJ for sale. Values are often reflections of the restorations and “upgrades.” This beautiful example with sensible upgrades has to be considered well bought. AMERICAN #62-1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J Town Car sedan. S/N 2531. Eng. # J-295. Black/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,999 miles. 420-ci I8, 3-sp. One of only six Model J Town Cars with coachwork by Murphy. Technology and performance decades ahead of its time, including DOHC engines with four valves per cylinder that were developed almost a century ago. On the Pebble Beach lawn during two different decades. Fitted with its original chassis and engine. Time and enjoyment have made this more of a driver-level car than one for the show circuit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,628,000. Opening bid of $630k, aggressively bid throughout the week to the final sale price. F40s are not particularly rare (total production of 1,315), but many have been used hard throughout their lives. This single-owner, U.S.-spec, lightly enjoyed, bonestock F40 checked a lot of boxes, but has to be considered well sold at the final sale price. TOP 10 #5 #72-1995 FERRARI F50 coupe. S/N ZFFTG46A6S0104755. Silver/black & red leather. Odo: 10,116 miles. 4.7-L fuel-injected V12, 6-sp. One of only 55 U.S.-spec F50s produced. Color change from Rosso Corsa to Argento Nürburgring. Inoperable fuel-level sending unit. Some minor paint issues. Nicely preserved interior. Higher mileage for a supercar. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,354,000. Opening bid of $1.1m. With only 400 Enzos produced, they do not frequently come up for sale. Rarity, desirability and a non-turbo/non-hybrid V12 keep prices strong. This one sold right on the money in today’s marketplace. JAPANESE #66-1967 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ4042706. Eng. # 2F164047. Green/tan leather. Odo: 3 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Documented, comprehensive restoration by marque specialist in period (but not necessarily original) colors. “Upgraded” engine, suspension, brakes and other components to improve reliability, comfort and safety. Photos show high-quality work and an attention to detail. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,012,000. Opening bid of $475k, then nicely bid up to the seven-figure mark. An online auction might not have been the right venue for this legendary marque. As long as the new owner does not embark on a full restoration, this lot was well bought. #44-1937 CORD 812 S/C phaeton. S/N 81232465H. Black/Chocolate leather. Odo: 74,911 miles. 4.7-L V8, 4-sp. An authentic supercharged phaeton. Comprehensive restoration and multiple show winner, holding up reasonably well from the photos. Restamped engine block. Some paint chips and imperfections. Slightly mismatched brightwork compared to paint. Beautifully presented interior. Formerly owned by the president of the ACD Museum. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $231,000. Opening bid of $100k. These do not come up for sale every day, which may have helped this sell at an aggressive level given condition and non-original motor. ♦ 118 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA Quail Motorcar Auction Live & Online A Porsche 718 RSK with competition history and only three owners from new wins high-sale honors in Los Angeles at $2.2m Company Bonhams Date August 14, 2020 Location Los Angeles, CA Auctioneers Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 61/99 Sales rate 62% Sales total $12,552,662 High sale 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, sold at $2,232,500 Buyer’s premium High sale: 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, sold for $2,232,500 Report by Michael Leven; photos courtesy of Bonhams Market opinions in italics Banner’s familiar patience and wit, but it’s not the same as being in the room. Bonhams did allow in-person inspections of the cars and had some bidders on-site at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, which helped with the cadence of the auction. Many of the other consignments were spread around the U.S. in strategic locations, with one even in Australia, the winning bidder to receive free shipping to a global port of choice! Talk about necessity being the mother of invention. Mercedes represented the biggest contingent of consignments, with 15.3% of the O cars, followed by Porsche at 11.2%. Alfa Romeo — including several pre-war examples — made up 9.1% of the offerings, while Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce made up around 5% each. Surprisingly for a “Monterey” auction, Ferrari accounted for just 4% of the run list. From an “era” point of view, 19.5% of the cars were built before 1950, 48% between 1950 through 1975, 13% from there to 2000, and another 19.5% constructed since the millennium. It was a great mix. When all was said and done, of the 99 cars on offer, 61 traded hands, representing a 62% sell-through rate, with the most expensive lots really struggling for momentum. Total sales came to $12.6 million, with the top seller being a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK with great history and much success in the hands of Bob Holbert that went for $2,232,500 (a good value) followed by a 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Meo Costantini” that sold for $ 1,750,000 including premium. Trailing along in a distant third was a nice 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc roadster that changed hands for $951,000. Other sales of note included a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC “Coupe Royale” with “Disegno #500” coachwork by Touring that traded hands for $582,500, a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona berlinetta that went to a new home for $434,000, and a 1964 Porsche 901 coupe, the 25th production example built, one of the oldest known 120 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market nline auctions are hardly a new thing, even for a hallowed house like Bonhams, now operating in its fourth century. Still, with the entirety of Monterey Car Week being either displaced or canceled outright due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things didn’t feel quite right. Yes, there on the livestream were Rupert survivors, and with documented period race history that sold for $340,500. Several big-ticket cars did not sell and had they, could have helped the auction’s bottom line considerably. Not one of a really lovely quartet of pre-war Mercedes (three of them supercharged) managed to find a new home: a 1914 18/45 did not make its $250k low estimate; the 1926 Model 24/100/140 Sports Phaeton with a lovely Erdmann & Rossi body in Primrose Yellow and red leather did not change hands with a high bid of $430k; a 1929 630K Town Car with Castagna coachwork was a no-sale at $550k; and the 1936 500K Offener Tourenwagen went back home after a high bid of $1.2 million. And finally, the biggest fish in the pond on auction day, the 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, with bodywork by Joseph Figoni, missed its low estimate by almost $2 million, with a high bid of $4,600,000. Collectively, these five cars could have raised the overall take by $10,750,000, or nearly doubled the total sales figure if they’d even sold at their low estimates. On the brighter side, there were some great buys that should leave their new owners pleased. A very nice Irish Green 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet sold for $95,200, a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan was had for $34,720, a not-cheap-to-restore Mercedes-Benz 250SE coupe went for $29,120, and a 1966 Lola T70 Can-Am race car that will require the donning of the new owner’s big-boy pants sold for only $110,000, likely due to a “checkered” history. For the one that got away, how about a 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible at $24,640? ♦ 12% on first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA ENGLISH #37-1935 ASTON MARTIN ULSTER tourer. S/N B5551U. Eng. # l48900U. Blue/tan leather. RHD. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. ExWorks demonstrator, originally wearing red paint and two-seat racing coachwork. Tested at Brooklands for feature in The Light Car magazine. Crashed on later road test; rebodied prewar as tourer. Many period photos in both configurations. Engine replaced in 1957, with original swapped into former Le Mans team car. Older blue respray is chipped throughout from regular exercise. Leather nicely broken in; original switchgear intact. Still carries original English registration number. Cond: 2-. only make this car more appealing. Though far from original, this Ulster’s life journey is not so different from other highly prized cars of the era (i.e. rebodied, repowered Bentleys, Bugattis...) but unlike some, its history is no secret, despite its effect on value. Still, Ulsters rarely change hands, and when they do, have commanded over $2m for many years. The high bid here wasn’t even close. #58-1949 BENTLEY MK VI shooting brake. S/N B91FU. Eng. # B295F. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 71,479 miles. 4.3-L I6, 4-sp. One of two built; both now in the U.S. Resprayed blue many moons ago; original blue leather also replaced with current tan hides. Paint worn in high-contact areas, looking cracked and generally tired. Radiator area and scuttle need another redo. Chrome mostly sound, but with some large cracks, pitting and discoloration. Wood remarkably good; some looks newer. Canvas sidemount cover newish. Seat covers lightly creased, supple; very inviting. Dash wood mellowed; some cracks at joints. Steering wheel cracked as well. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Clearly a well-kept car that enjoys use and shows proper care by previous owners such as Craig McCaw. Still wearing English reg plate, EVH 831, and oozing character. One of my favorites from the auction. I’m not sure it would be up to it, but I would love to see this as a tow vehicle for a small vintage racer. High bid might have sold the car, but only if the consignor was willing to leave $10k or $20k on the table. NOT SOLD AT $1,025,000. Consigned from estate of David Van Schaick, longtime president of the American Aston Martin Club. Pragmatic upgrades enhance current use and #86-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage shooting brake. S/N DB6SB2272LC. Black/gray leather. Odo: 43,384 miles. 4.0-L I6, auto. Originally delivered to the U.S. and always left-hand drive. One of six Radfordbodied haulers. Consignor owned for 44 years. Numbers matching. Black finish with chips and paint loss in high-touch areas. Paint not claimed to be original, but no mention of respray. Original leather dry and slightly soiled. Carpets well kept but showing some staining. Wood steering wheel nice. Optional factory “Coolaire” a/c, luggage rack, optional head rests, Webasto sunroof. “SB” in VIN indicates shooting brake. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $900,000. You have to (at least I do) love the audacity of owning a car as capable as a DB6 in the form of a station wagon. This example has been well kept by two caring owners and is a no-questions largely original car. Is it worth seven figures? A driver-quality Vantage coupe can be had for $300k–$400k, and a Vantage Volante for about twice that, so one might logically argue that it isn’t. Even with a premium for rarity and originality, the final bid looks plenty high. #36-1969 ADAMS BROTHERS PROBE 16 coupe. S/N AB3. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,346 miles. 1.9-L I4, 4-sp. One of three cars built. All-original condition. Named the “Best British Styling Exercise” at the contemporary London Motor Show. Catalog initially stated car was featured as the Durango 95 in “A Clockwork Orange”; updated entry withdrew claim. Inner body panel signed by Malcolm McDowell, star of film. Originally owned by Jack Bruce, bassist for Cream. Paint good from five feet, but with numerous chips, cracking, subsurface issues up close. Interior to cottage-industry standard; driver’s legs straddle vertical steering-wheel support. Consignor owned since 1983. Cond: 3. 122 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA All she needs is new paint, some interior work and a little TLC to regain her former glory. Addressing the paint and seats will not leave the new owner anywhere near upside down, and the elbow grease is free, so in addition to being a good investment, this car will pretty quickly be something to be proud of—and a lot of fun. 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 convertible ber inconsistent with Lotus nomenclature. Rides on what might be period Lotus mags. Distinct and correct 69 rear oil reservoir. Well presented; paint good, current six-point Schroth belts, nice red leather. Previously offered by Bonhams in 2005 with a $30k–$40k estimate—result unknown. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $184,800. The Adams Brothers worked for Marcos, and the Probe’s low, flat roof profile is reminiscent of that marque’s period styling. Front, side and top glass areas somewhat awkward and a bit kit-car-like, but cool anyway. Movie star or not, this car was very groovy and had a great story. Something this unique is worth what the market will bear on a given day and defines its own market, so fairly bought. #45-1971 LOTUS TYPE 69 FB racer. S/N 7169F3FB. Eng. # Arch Motors 33. Green/red leather. MHD. 1,600-cc I4, 5-sp. Believed to have raced first as Formula 3 car when new, then Formula B, as currently prepared with Twin-Cam Lotus Ford. Restored in 2004. Correct FB square tube chassis and wings. Carries two serial numbers; main num- #59-1973 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 convertible. S/N UE1S23571. Eng. # 7S14013LA. Regency Red/red fiberglass/ Biscuit leather. Odo: 40,152 miles. 5.3-L V12, 4-sp. Believed California car from new. $10k service just completed. Still wears California blue plates. Long-ago respray now thoroughly and spectacularly crazed throughout—looks like tree bark. Gaps and panel alignment good, chrome and stainless could use a buff and detail. Chrome wire wheels need love too. Rubber overriders poorly fit. Equipped with factory hard top and a/c. Original Biscuit leather needs cleaning and a redye. Engine compartment looks tidy enough but will require new hood rubber and a detailing to finish it out. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Like a few other Lotus racers, the 69 was adapted to several applications: Formula Ford (FF) F3 (Europe)/FB (U.S.) and F2—the latter with a different, semi-monocoque chassis. Pete Lovely even raced one in F1 with a DFV V8! That this one’s identity is a bit muddy is problematic but not a deal-breaker. It is hardly unusual for a 50-year-old race car to have a repaired/rebuilt chassis. Still, it might explain why the bidding petered out. High bid can buy a nice FF-spec 69, but not one built to this level. SOLD AT $35,840. Recently purchased by a consignor from estate after 44-year ownership. All she needs is new paint, some interior work and a little TLC to regain her former glory. Addressing the paint and seats will not leave the new owner anywhere near upside down, and the elbow grease is free, so in addition to being a good investment, this car will pretty quickly be something to be proud of— and a lot of fun. This story should have a happy ending. Very well bought. GERMAN #29-1926 MERCEDES-BENZ 24/100/140 PS Sports phaeton. S/N 36010. Eng. # 61002. Primrose/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 6,104 miles. 6.2-L supercharged I6, 4-sp. Coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi. Ex-Kings of the Road Museum car. Recently recommissioned (mostly); shift mechanism still not operating properly. In California since new and with an unbroken chain of ownership history. Well documented with many period photos. First owned by Emil Jannings—silent film star and first-ever recipient of an Oscar for Best Actor. Last restored in mid-’60s. Paint chipped and scuffed but sound. Canvas top rumpled but unmarked and fits well. Chrome wavy, worn and pitted. Removable rear windshield. Leather mottled but is otherwise remarkably sound. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $430,000. Last seen at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale in August 2017, where it sold for $726,000 (SCM# 6844596). Unlike 124 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA Lot 26, the big Mercedes Town Car, I thought this Benz’s sporty coachwork, wonderful livery and Ferdinand Porsche-designed underpinnings would tickle someone’s fancy, but, instead, bidding petered out at barely 40% of its low estimate. Yes, the car has a lot of needs, but is also wonderfully charming in its current state. I very much wanted someone to buy it, fix the shifter, and drive it as-is—often and enthusiastically. A disappointing result. #26-1929 MERCEDES-BENZ 630K Town Car sedan. S/N 36278. Eng. # 78662. Brown & olive/tan leather. Odo: 2,909 miles. 6.3-L supercharged I6, 4-sp. Unique Castagna body is conservative and distinguished. Originally delivered to an Oklahoma oil baron living in New York City. In Tulsa for 40 years, then Newport Beach, and finally Spain. Looks to be an older restoration. Paint still very good. Chrome good, but a detailing/buffing would do wonders. Dual sidemounts, large spotlight, rear luggage rack and trunk. Plating on wire wheels tired. Good tan leather up front, very nice beige mohair in back. Closed rear compartment with push-button system for messaging driver. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $1,200,000. Previously sold at Bonhams Scottsdale in 2014 for $1.4m (SCM# 6645747), where SCM’s reporter rather prophetically wrote, “Turning this into Pebble Beach perfection would be extremely expensive, but with a great backstory and no doubt as to its authenticity, the car has great potential as a magnificent touring car.” Done and done! The pre-sale estimate of $2m– $2.5m might seem a touch steep in this market, but given the cost of its first-class restoration, the high bid was way under the money. TOP 10 #4 #53-1959 PORSCHE 718 RSK Spyder. S/N 718031. Silver/burgundy vinyl. 1,587-cc H4, 5-sp. Four owners from new. Under consignor ownership since 1974. Late build (#31) of 35 RSKs. Major refresh after two decades of inactivity. Fantastic success in period with Bob Holbert driving. 1959 Bahamas Speed Week winner; SCCA National Champion in 1960. Looks like it could have just pulled off the track. Presents well but not detailed. Paint better than race standard. Aluminum bodywork a bit wavy on nose and hood. Both doors with flat spots. One of the highlights of the auction. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $550,000. This car was shown extensively around SoCal in the ’70s and ’80s and once graced the cover of The Star, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America magazine. Elsewhere in this write-up, I’ve questioned whether the classic, pre-war cars have indeed had their day. Formal Town Cars like this one, especially those in old-time colors, almost certainly have. I think this explains the tepid bidding that barely made it to half the car’s low estimate. A pity, but not terribly surprising. #33-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Of- fener Tourenwagen tourer. S/N 209421. Eng. # 123724. Dark green & black/green cloth/ beige leather. Odo: 17,019 miles. 5.0-L supercharged I8, 4-sp. Very sporty coachwork; one of 16 Tourenwagens on a 500K chassis. Purchased in the early ’50s by an American honeymooning in Munich; subsequent 60-year ownership. Matching numbers, including body panels. License plate matches engine number. Newly restored, it won Second in Class at Pebble Beach 2015. Chrome could use a polish, but still in show-field condition. Beautiful beige leather broken in but shows no wear. Showy mother-of-pearl instrument panel in wood dash. Engine bay in order and unsoiled. Cond: 1-. 126 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market to the U.S. First Mercedes aluminum V8. Aluminum body panels, 5.0 engine, and wider wheels are the major differences from stock, adding up to an almost 10% weight reduction. Paint looks good in photos; one respray at unknown time. To U.S. in 1984; domestic odo set to actual miles at federalization. Leather mostly good; dye worn on driver seat bottom and outer bolster. Dash nice; no cracks. Auto trans, sunroof. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,640. Apart from the rear badging, this factory hot rod has no outward clues to differentiate it from a standard R107—a less-than-sporty boulevardier. This underlines a very real difference, however, as the 5.0 SLC was the daily driver for a fairly discerning crowd: several contemporary F1 pilots. A manual gearbox would be better, but with the handsome Euro bumpers/headlights, plenty of grunt, and fairly low miles, this was an astute buy, aligned with the few prior sales I found. It will be worth more next time. ITALIAN SOLD AT $2,232,500. The 718 RSK was a key part of the reputation Porsche built as a giant killer, with huge successes in period against more powerful opposition at major races like Le Mans and Sebring. And this one is a terrific example with an excellent and well-documented history in the hands of a legendary driver. There is nothing else to say but that this car was spectacularly well bought at nearly $600,000 under the low estimate. #42-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SLC 5.0-L Lightweight Homologation coupe. S/N 1070261201107. Eng. # 11796012001097. Silver/black leather. Odo: 47,440 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory homologation model for rallying. Fewer than 1,500 built, with only 100 estimated to have been imported #90-1931 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 GTC Coupe Royale cabriolet. S/N 101014832. Eng. # 101014832. Royal Blue & black/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 25,341 km. 1,750-cc supercharged I6, 4-sp. Seldom-seen model restored more than 20 years ago. Slanted 8C grille added at some time. Matching numbers; known history from 1949. Many years in Alfredo Celli Collection. Paint still presents well. Chrome good save chips on front of car. Plated wheel rings pitted and rusty. Top rumpled from stowage and showing some grease stains. Leather quite nice. Wood dash, crackle-finished instrument panel. 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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA the most elegant of the 6Cs. As a late build, it displays some features to be seen on the 8Cs to follow. With this mixed personality, some have been sacrificed to make 8C replicas. None of that is to say it isn’t a proper sporting Alfa; a Coupe Royale won its class at the 1931 Mille Miglia! Sold just above the high estimate. Acquiring a pre-war 6C at this price has to be considered a good buy. #61-1934 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 Cabriolet Decapotable convertible. S/N 2311239. Eng. # 2311239. Red & burgundy/tan canvas/caramel leather. RHD. Odo: 9,507 km. 2,336-cc supercharged I8, 4-sp. Coachwork by Joseph Figoni. Known history from new, documented by well-known Alfa historians. Second of five remaining Figoni-bodied 8C 2300s offered by Bonhams in an eight-month stretch. Five owners from new; numerous black-and-white period photos showing dark, monochrome livery, as well as light/dark contrasting paint. Current two-tone red paint no longer show-ready; some wear and chipping in places. Brown leather with good patina, but is mottled throughout. Tan canvas top a bit loose but unmarked and only slightly creasing. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $370,000. Last seen at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale in March 2019, where it failed to sell for $440,000 (SCM# 6897524). A truly international car, being first delivered to an RAF pilot stationed in Hamburg, Germany. In the U.S. by 1962. Back to Italy, per notes above. Shown at Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este, Chantilly. Comes with all its books, tools, extensive history file and a FIVA Passport. Given these cars have seen a couple of dips in value since 2017, the low estimate of $450k looked reasonable for the car’s condition, so the high bid was under the money. #17-1953 ALFA ROMEO 1900 CS NOT SOLD AT $4,600,000. Unlike the car in Scottsdale, this example was not hamstrung by questions of provenance and an unrealistic estimate, so this car deserved a good result. While not as dowdy as the car in January, this one’s livery wasn’t particularly striking and did not show off the coachwork. That said, as bidding wound down, auctioneer Rupert Banner remarked, “Give us a call, we’re close,” despite the high bid being nearly $2m south of the low estimate. Presentation and livery may have held this back. #67-1951 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS cabriolet. S/N 915922. Eng. # 928329. Burgundy/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 604 km. 2.4-L I6, 4-sp. The last Pininfarinabodied 6C cabriolet. Comprehensive mechanical restoration prior to running Mille Miglia within the past decade. Cosmetically redone after race but before leaving Italy. Returned to U.S. for interior redo. Matching numbers. Paint well sprayed over less-discerning prep; looks like it was done “trim on.” Tan leather nicely broken in, excellent carpets. Lovely orange Bakelite switchgear. Soft top unmarked; slightly shrunken. Engine bay clean and correct. Not overrestored. Cond: 2-. coupe. S/N AR1900C01534. Eng. # AR130618248. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,240 km. 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Coachwork by Pinin Farina. Participant in several California Mille rallies. Useful upgrades by SF Bay-area guru Raffi Najarian include CSS-spec engine, Abarth intake, oil cooler, electric fuel pump, electric cooling fan and rear-mounted battery. Paint good, with some scratching on trunk and front fenders. Light chipping around hood edges. Chrome dull but sound; some pieces lightly pitted. Trim appropriately dull. Engine bay tidy. Rides on painted Borranis. Seats gently creased, Nardi wheel very good, gauges clear. Cond: 3+. signed by the founder of Formula Junior Historics in North America. Little known of early race history. Offset cockpit; driveline runs to side of driver. Fiat-based engine and gearbox; two twin-choke Webers look large on such a small car. Redline set at 6,800 rpm—78 hp likely feels more than adequate in such a lightweight car with old tires and suspension. Well presented to better-thanrace-car standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $106,400. Said to look just like a miniature Maserati 250F. One could hardly do better than to copy that shape for a ’50s openwheel race car. The modern-looking mirrors seem out of place, but that’s an easy fix. The winning bid might seem like a lot of money for a Formula Junior, but there’s another one—in lesser condition but with its original engine— listed in Hemmings right now for $50k more! It really is a wonderful little car at a very good price. Well bought. BEST BUY #87-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 15573. Eng. # B1980. Rosso Chiaro/black leather. Odo: 36,218 miles. 4.4-L V12, 5-sp. Singlefamily ownership from new. Repainted 20plus years ago; rear quarters more recently. All well done and matched. Nose fascia between headlights wobbly; passenger’s door misaligned. Alloy wheels refinished. Correct new Michelin XWXs. Original interior very well kept; driver’s seat shows some loss of color and a small tear along bolster. Passenger’s seat remarkably preserved. Carpets have light soiling and door panels are lightly mottled. Slight wear to hood pad the only nit in engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $285,500. Analyzing this sale is tricky. First is the price differential between the more-abundant alloy Touring-bodied cars versus the rarer steel Pinin Farina cars such as this one. Then there’s the difference between SS models and our non-SS subject car. And how do the useful—yet unoriginal—SS upgrades affect value? And how does all this factor in an uncertain COVID-19 market? Alas, if this car will continue to get used and toured, I think this was a good result for both the buyer and the seller. #32-1959 STANGUELLINI FORMULA JUNIOR Monoposto racer. S/N CS00154. Red/black vinyl. MHD. 1.1-L I4, 4-sp. Originally imported by Alfred Momo, restored by marque experts in Connecticut, and con- SOLD AT $434,000. Daytonas have been softening since 2017, when pricing peaked, but this result had to be disappointing for the consignor. Perhaps having amortized the car since 1972 may have made it less so. Sympathetically maintained by one family for almost 50 years and recently serviced, there is no reason to think this car will not provide its new owner with all the joys associated with this iconic Ferrari model. Very well bought. 128 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA #48-2017 LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO coupe. S/N Yellow/black leather. Odo: 664 miles. 6.5-L fuel-injected V12, auto. Car presents as-new. One of 20 coupes built along with 20 spyders. Introduced at 2016 Geneva Motor Show to commemorate the 100th birthday of Ferrucio Lamborghini. Based on Aventador SV but with more power and exaggerated aero details. Enormous diffuser and strakes create 500 pounds of downforce. Zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds; 217 mph top speed. All-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering that adapts to driving mode selected: Strada, Sport or Corsa. Original list price of $1.9m. Cond: 1. auto. Built as a homologation special for Group 2 racing, which required a run of 500 “production” cars. Paint looks good; surely resprayed given high mileage and age. Blackout trim unfaded. Wears rear window slats and California blue plates. Driver’s seat cover has cracks, creases and a small tear; passenger’s seat looks new. Some wear on steering wheel. Dash with two cracks. R134a conversion. Engine compartment slightly unkempt. Auto transmission—most cars were manual. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. and shown at Amelia Island 2018. Very spindly at first glance, but clearly unusual upon a second look. Front seat/door units spin outward and then rotate down over running boards, while rear seats fold to fill footwell, making entire floor flat. Hmmm. Beautifully turned out with nice finishes. The soft green paint and Kelly Green canvas roof do the car no favors aesthetically, but it does serve to highlight distinctive body features. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,300,000. Of the 40 cars built, at least 10 of them are currently for sale around the world, with prices ranging from $2,200,000 to $4,000,000. Auction house would not provide serial number at the request of the consignor, although it might not be too difficult to narrow it down, as there can’t be too many coupes painted this bright yellow. An outrageous car for the person who has everything, but not at such a modest bid. It wasn’t even close. SWEDISH #99-1983 VOLVO 242 Turbo Group A Homologation coupe. S/N YV1AX4727D2235725. Silver/black leather. Odo: 179,675 miles. 2.1-L turbocharged I4, SOLD AT $8,400. This model is a telling study in FIA homologation politics. Volvo Sweden sold all of these cars to Volvo U.S., which then shipped 30 back to Europe for race preparation. The conjecture around those that stayed stateside varies from “all the trick engine stuff was removed before they were shipped to dealers” to “there are a few modifications that were left and do actually set these cars apart.” Nobody’s talking. Regardless, an interesting car purchased for credit-card money, and well bought. AMERICAN #76-1920 MASON TOURING Tourist King tourer. S/N 1. Eng. # 5617R54480. Light green/green cloth/light green leather. Odo: 18,684 miles. 281-ci I6, 3-sp. Subject to a seven-year (claimed) $545,000 restoration SOLD AT $201,600. The sole example of an early automotive oddity. Great creativity and engineering in a genuinely interesting car that answers a question nobody asked: Can you make part of the interior fold and other parts unfold so I can clear the floor of my open tourer? Hard to value, as there are no comparables and the restoration cost of this otherwise-simple car couldn’t possibly be a fraction of half a million. Even for a one-of-one curiosity, this looks like all the money. And then some. Plus more. #23-1936 CORD 810 Westchester sedan. S/N 2140A. Burgundy/burgundy mohair. Odo: 73,242 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-sp. Owned by Key Collection since 2009. Paint with some scratches, scuffs and chips, but is largely presentable. Panel alignment very good; trim all sound. Chrome wheels very good, but whitewalls slightly soiled. Engine compartment very clean and tidy, with surface rust on hood prop the only nit. Body-matching burgundy mohair with white piping still museum quality. Pre-selector gearbox on column of restored, lightly worn/chipped steering wheel. Turnedaluminum dash dull but unmarked; gauges slightly dull. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,720. I’ve seen Cord sedans of only slightly better quality sell for twice this price, and it’s hard to attribute such a discount to the (arguably) shrinking interest in the classic-car market. The Cord 810 and 812 were breakthrough designs that will always be historically significant and thus collectible. With its bold and handsome livery, I wish I’d had a bidder’s paddle for this one. While not perfect, it was extremely well bought. 130 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS LOS ANGELES, CA When I saw the $80k–$100k estimate range, I thought this must be a special car: super-low serial number, celebrity ownership, uniquely equipped, something... Alas, it’s just a lowish-mile, well-presented Viper. 1992 Dodge Vipre RT/10 roadster #97-1940 PACKARD 110 Club coupe. S/N 535965. Light yellow/black cloth. Odo: 72,874 miles. 245-ci I6, 3-sp. Built for the Peking to Paris Rally in 2017, which it dutifully finished—no small feat. Paint well applied; now beat up from rally. Engine largely stock, with heavy-duty internals. Fitted with competition clutch and Ford 9-inch with limited slip. Front brakes now discs. Interior stripped and configured for storage. Same for trunk—shelving holds spares, tools and jerry cans. Air bag front suspension, full belly pan, tall exhaust exit, fenders trimmed to minimize mud accumulation. Odd choice for this duty, but it worked! Cond: 4. Recognized in Shelby Registry. Aluminum body finished to ’64 FIA Competition car specs. Front flares, big rear hips (fenders), correct dimples in trunk to accommodate FIAmandated luggage. Monza fuel filler with windage lip. “Paper clip” roll bar, with brace across passenger’s seat. Leather seats; period lap belts. Modern 302, correct unfinished valve covers, chrome radiator tube. Tremec 5-speed. Embroidered carpets and vinyl-finished drive tunnel. Cond: 2+. example restored to this level is quite unusual. With 120 hp pushing around less than 1,500 pounds, this car would be a hoot to drive. The sale price here is very much in line with the most recent sales found in the SCM Platinum Auction Database and elsewhere. Very well bought, as you never overpay for the best. #51-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI NOT SOLD AT $38,000. I don’t know what the consignor expected, but he will never recoup his build cost on such a specialized car. I can likewise understand the bidders’ reluctance; they would have to spend a ton of money after the purchase going through or rebuilding every last system on the car before their first event. And aside from the Peking to Paris Rally, where do you race this heavy, underpowered car? Can’t say where or when those different perspectives might intersect, so just as well this car went home. #88-1959 DEVIN D Spyder. S/N DD917. Eng. # P606307. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 18,306 miles. 1.7-L H4, 4-sp. Very rare (one of 46) factory-built Devin Ds. Most Devins were sold as kits, including body and frame. Restored to very high level in Australia. Excellent paint over very good prep. Nardi steering wheel. Rebuilt seats, red square-weave carpets. 160-mph Carrera speedo. Powered by Porsche 912 engine that was not available when the car was originally built. Gearbox upgraded to full synchro. Original windshield frame, removable top, bows, side curtains. Sale includes free shipping from Down Under to buyer’s port of choice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $95,200. You don’t often see Devins of any stripe come up for sale, and when they do, it’s more often in the racing classifieds than not. So to find a factory-built coupe. S/N 63R2552. Avanti Red/red leather. Odo: 20,847 miles. 304-ci supercharged V8, auto. California car from new. Retains original black plates. Body-on restoration done at unspecified date; work done to (non-original) R3 supercharged spec at that time. Paint excellent. Chrome mostly very good, with some thin spots. Seat covers no longer taut and showing some soiling. White upholstered dash. Rebuilt trans, diff and gauges. Has a new wiring harness. ID tag pop-riveted in place. Sporadically applied undercoating; clumsy welding underneath. Parts-store U-bolts holding parts-store chrome tailpipe tips in place. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. When is a tribute car just a really nice ride? For an aluminum, factory-built continuation car, the high bid here was market-correct and might have gotten the job done. But any premium expected because this was a “tribute” car is a nonstarter; there were a lot of liberties taken with the build. To wit: wrong color, wrong engine, wrong gearbox, wrong seat material, embroidered carpets... Perhaps I’m being too much of a purist, but the car could have sold. #34-1992 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- ster. S/N 1B3BR65E6NV100119. Red/gray leather. Odo: 12,784 miles. 8-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. First delivered to Dallas. Number 119 of first-year production. Paint excellent— looks unblemished in photos. Headlight lenses a bit foggy. Gray leather gently broken in, with very light creasing. Stitching on driver’s bolster frayed. Dash with minor chips and scratches. Engine compartment very clean; original finishes quite nice. Factory threespoke wheels unmarked. Comes with original targa top, side curtains and tires. Full service records from new. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Built in the last days of first-year production, this three-owner car has now been in consignor’s possession for 10 years, during which it won several class awards at local and regional events. Mostly well done, the casual work underneath was a real buzzkill, especially given the $90k high estimate. A few Avantis have sold for six figures, but not lately. The high bid was a touch light. #63-1964 SHELBY COBRA FIA Continuation roadster. S/N CSX7027. Le Mans Blue/none/black leather. Odo: 7,708 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Purchased directly from Shelby in 2001, but is a continuation car. SOLD AT $39,200. When I saw the $80k– $100k estimate range, I thought this must be a special car: super-low serial number, celebrity ownership, uniquely equipped, something... Alas, it’s just a lowish-mile, well-presented Viper. The service records and condition might indicate a more pampered life than some Vipers have led, but it was difficult to tell online. As such, it was not a big surprise that this car managed no better than a market-correct sale. Buy ’em now, folks; it’s a lot of car for the money. ♦ 132 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Online Only: Shift/Monterey A Ferrari 550 GT1 with substantial race history sets a record for the highest sale price at an online-only auction, achieving $4.3m Company RM Sotheby’s Date August 14–15, 2020 Location Online Automotive lots sold/offered 81/109 Sales rate 74% Sales total $31,258,650 High sale 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive race car, sold at $4,290,000 Online-only auction record price: 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive, sold for $4.3m Remi Dargegen ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Report by Carl Bomstead; photos by Theodore W. Pieper, Ryan Merrill, Darin Schnabel, Karissa Hosek, Daniel Rockafellow, Tom Hains, Remi Dargegen and RM Sotheby’s Market opinions in italics T he car world has been spinning on an unfamiliar axis for the past six months. The COVID-19-mandated cessation of most large, in-person auctions certainly knocked the industry on its collective ear in March. The major houses have been quick to adapt to an online world, however, with RM Sotheby’s leading the pack as they accelerate rapidly along their learning curve. The Shift/Monterey sale, with online closings on August 14 and 15, presented 109 vehicles, with 81 finding new homes for a respectable 74% sell-through rate. The sales total of $31.3 million exceeded the combined totals of its two closest competitors in what would have been Monterey Car Week. In contrast to its earlier online events, the auction descriptions this time around were much more complete. The extensive photo file for each entry contained dozens of images of the body, interior, undercarriage and engine compartment. There should not be any surprises when the auto transporter arrives at the door. Seven vehicles sold for more than a million dollars, including the 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive that realized $4,290,000, the highest price ever achieved in a dedicated online collector-car auction. It was the second of 12 Ferrari 550 GT1s built by Prodrive and competed in 49 races, taking 15 poles and 14 outright race wins. Restored to raceready condition in its Spa 2004 livery, it is poised to return to the fray. The only American car to break the million-dollar mark was the 1932 Packard Deluxe Eight Individual Custom by Dietrich that realized $1,056,000. It was once owned by noted collectors John Mozart and Otis Chandler. It is easily recognized with its distinctive vee-windshield. Restored in 2017, it is one of the more desirable American CCCA Full Classics. Ferrari took four of the top five places, with a 1965 275 GTB bringing $1,980,000 and a stunning-but-aging 1964 250 GT/L berlinetta Lusso realizing $1,496,000. Rounding out the top five was a 1991 F40 that brought $1,386,000. As with most F40s, it had minimal use, with only 6,400 miles showing. There were a few down-market offerings that are wor- thy of note, including a cute little 1938 American Bantam roadster that made $25,850. Bantams received a styling update by the legendary Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and are known for offering “smiles per mile” at every outing. An attractive 1947 Chrysler Town & Country sedan was a relative bargain at $77,000, and a 1949 Oldsmobile 88 station wagon with Futuramic styling and a Rocket V8 under its hood sold for a realistic $95,700. Following an online auction certainly lacks the excitement and theatrics of a live event. Rather than an entertaining and talented auctioneer plying the next incremental bid from the crowd, we end up watching one closing bump into the next as last-minute bids extend the bidding. All we can say is that it’s better than nothing, but we look forward to a return to the normal world as it existed before March. ♦ Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 134 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH #142-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 S roadster. S/N S830856DN. British Racing Green/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 40,577 miles. 3,442-cc I6, 4-sp. The S package added 40 horsepower. Five-year restoration completed in 1997 and numerous awards since. Ten-time JCNA national class champion, six 100-point scores and 80 concours awards. One of 200 fitted with close-ratio gearbox. JDHT certificate. Cond: 2+. number exists on replica sold by Gooding in 2010. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. This stunning Bugatti was last seen at RM’s 2015 Phoenix sale, where it realized $800,000 (SCM# 6772418). Prior to that, a replica with the same chassis number sold at Gooding’s 2010 Scottsdale sale for $429,000 (SCM# 156840). It didn’t seem like anyone was interested in venturing into the real/not real swamp this time around, so price bid was well below the 2015 sale. SOLD AT $176,000. Sold as expected, with the desirable S package and boot full of trophies pushing it to this level. An older restoration, but still a winner at local events. New owner has a fun driver and can have some fun at the next All British Field Meet. All is square with the world here. FRENCH #249-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C coupe. S/N 57584. Eng. # 507. Black & maroon/ brown leather. Odo: 4,377 km. 3,257-cc I8, 3-sp. Thought to have been factory demonstrator at 1937 Paris Auto Show. Engine and data plate changed during 1950s restoration. Elegant styling with engine-turned firewall and chrome wires with knockoffs. Same chassis GERMAN #223-1956 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N 82071. Silbermetall/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 6,651 miles. 1,582-cc I4, 4-sp. The inspiration of Max Hoffman, the sole U.S. importer for Porsche. This is a meticulously restored 356A with disc brakes and 12-volt electrics. Numbers-matching motor. Color changed from Ruby Red to Silver. Twin beehive taillights. Kardex and side curtains. Complete with jack, tools and tonneau cover. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $291,500. An auction frequent flyer before 356 values took off. Presented at the Kruse January 2001 sale, where it failed to sell at $45,800 (SCM# 1551560). Prior to that, it was a no-sale at the The Auction in Las Vegas in October 2000, when bid to $44,000 (SCM# 1537850). It did sell for $45,150 at the Rick Cole May 1996 Newport Beach sale (SCM# 1546174). Now restored to perfection, this is a home run in the 356 world, especially given the color change. Yet the price remains in line with current market values. #123-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002520. Anthracite/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 1,028 miles. 2,996-cc fuel-injected I6, 4-sp. Recently restored with color change from white to Anthracite with beige seating. Paint appears a bit wavy at door gaps. Fitted with matching hard top and fitted luggage. Singlefamily ownership for 54 years. Differential changed to 3.25 for improved highway performance. Full tool roll and proper jack. A wellsorted, attractive 300SL Roadster. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,045,000. There always seem to be a few SLs in most every major auction. Condition is paramount, and this one presented well, with only minor issues noted. Price paid here was in line with other comparable sales. Now get signed up for the 2021 300SL Classic tour. #222-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712003241. Light beige/brown fabric/dark brown leather. Odo: 1,054 miles. 3,499-cc fuel-injected V8, auto. Mercedes’ last “hand-built” automobile. Designed by Friedrich Geiger, who also designed the 300SL. Long-term extensive restoration completed in 2015. Retains original interior. Limited use since. Equipped with Behr a/c and factory-mounted floor-selector gearshift. Fully lined top with six layers of fabric. One of only 1,232 V8 cabriolets produced from 1969 to 1971. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $302,500. A stunning example that sold for the right money. After a few years of rapid appreciation, values have stabilized of late. An elegant car with refined luxury. A Baby Boomer favorite. 136 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ITALIAN #239-1930 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 Grand Sport Spider. S/N 8513053. Eng. # 8513053. White/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,756 miles. 1,752-cc supercharged I6, 4-sp. A premier pre-war sports car. Tazio Nuvolari drove one to victory in 1930 Mille Miglia. The Grand Sport had a slightly shorter wheelbase and modified Roots-style supercharger. Equipped with center-driving light. Has been used extensively in vintage racing, and as a result, paint is cracked, with a bit of brightwork pitting noted. Coachwork in the style of Zagato. Cond: 3+. flake. Seating with mild creasing. Brightwork in good order. “Superleggera” coachwork by Touring. Powered by SS or “Super Sprint” Tipo 1308 inline 4. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $236,500. This very stylish Aurelia sold at the lower end of expectations, but considering the long list of needs, that was to be expected. As an export example, it was more in demand here and worthy of a few restoration dollars. This was not the last check the new owner will have to write. #238-1959 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N SOLD AT $225,500. This was last seen at Gooding’s 2019 Amelia Island sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $270,000 (SCM# 6897423). The Amelia Island bid looks pretty good right now. The seller rolled the dice on that last appearance and lost. Who knows where it might have gone from here, so the seller took his lumps and moved on. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. Condition here was a little iffy, which held back the activity. This car had very desirable styling and a proven track record at vintage events, but that was not enough to push it over the top. When the world returns to normal and we have an “eyes on” auction, I’d bet it does better. #235-1954 ALFA ROMEO 1900 C SS coupe. S/N AR190001678. Verde Ortica/tan leather & fabric. Odo: 1,608 km. 1,975-cc I4, 4-sp. A well-maintained example restored a few years back. Only 1,608 km since completion. Green metallic livery has a newer look thanks to metal BEST BUY #113-1958 LANCIA AURELIA B24S convertible. S/N B24S1502. Avorio/red leather. Odo: 49,305 miles. 2451-cc V6, 4-sp. An export example with left-hand “S” or “Sinistra” designation. A very original survivor with factory hard top. Red leather seating very original, with cracking and worn bolster. Door handles and bumpers pitted. Paint with numerous blemishes, cracks and blisters. One of only 521 produced. Offered with set of original Lancia tools. Cond: 2-. 1433GT. Blue/silver/tan leather. Odo: 16,930 km. 2,953-cc V12, 5-sp. Coachwork by Pinin Farina. One of 353 produced, but the only one with factory 410 Superamerica-style hood scoop. Recent six-figure service. Stated to be the definitive grand tourer. Restored in early 2000 and still very presentable. Crisp interior and highly detailed engine compartment. Minor paint issues here and there, but none appear to be serious. A delightful example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $638,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s August 2017 sale, where it realized $610,000 (SCM# 6846562). Okay, after fees, commissions and so on, the seller is out of pocket a few dollars—but he had three years of fun. Restoration was starting to turn the corner, so it was a good time to sell. All’s well that ends well, so no issue here. #136-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT Spyder. S/N AM101268. Cream/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 3,070 km. 3,485-cc I6, 5-sp. One-off coachwork by Frua. Mechanical work by RM Auto Restoration in 2018, then participated in the Colorado Grand. Interior retrimmed in dark red leather with new carpet. Dash repainted to match exterior. Exterior paint cracked, with a couple of rubs noted. An exciting design. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $550,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 sale, where it realized $605,000 (SCM# 6846364). A one-off design that was good to go. Welcome on the lawn or on most any tour or rally. 138 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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The market has, of course, taken a few twists, but this sale seems bit aggressive for an example that has a long list of needs. Assuming all is well under the hood, $250k should handle it, so the buyer just might be on the right side of the ledger. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe #140-1964 FERRARI 500 SUPERFAST coupe. S/N 6043SF. Eng. # 6043. Verde Scuro/black leather. Odo: 19,168 miles. 4,962cc V12, 5-sp. An extremely well-maintained, very original example. The 11th of only 36 produced. Exclusive Verde Scuro livery without blemish. Three owners from new. A few grand-touring upgrades including rally gauges. Original owner ordered without Superfast badging. Powered by Tipo 208 V12. Introduced at 1964 Geneva Salon. Cond: 1-. needs. Assuming all is well under the hood, $250k should handle it, so the buyer just might be on the right side of the ledger. #146-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10045. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 75,649 miles. 3,286-cc V12, 5-sp. A stunning Ferrari with elegant coachwork and a DOHC V12 that added 20 horsepower. Only 330 were produced. Restored in late 1990s by TV show “Dream Car Garage.” Acquired by Skip Barber, who had the engine rebuilt. Now wears Borrani wheels, but born with Campagnolos. Paint shows a few signs of age-related wear. A well-preserved and properly maintained 275 GTB/4. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,900,000. If a decent Daytona runs about $700k, what are you willing to pay for race configuration and history? In this case not enough, but I have to think the price bid was ample. Of course, that’s just one opinion. The seller thought otherwise. #244-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFMN34A6M0087627. Eng. # 25042. Rosso Corsa/red fabric. Odo: 6,381 miles. 2,936-cc turbocharged V8, 5-sp. The successor to the 288 GTO and built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary. Wicked quick, with 0–60 in under four seconds. There were 1,315 built worldwide, but only 213 destined for the U.S. market. Low miles are actual. Only 400 were originally planned, but demand was such that production was increased. Participated in 2004 Ferrari Challenge Rally. In as-new condition. Cond: 1. TOP 10 #9 NOT SOLD AT $1,980,000. This was last seen at RM’s May 2009 Maranello auction, where it realized $983,125 (SCM# 1644437). An exciting Ferrari, but bidding fell a touch short. I would think another 10% would have pushed it over the top. If it were mine, I would have held out for all the money and then some, so I can’t blame the seller for not accepting this offer. TOP 10 #8 #115-1964 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. S/N 5379. Eng. # 5379. Avorio/red leather. Odo: 46,792 miles. 2,953-cc V12, 4-sp. A very original, numbersmatching example that received a respray in 1988. Recent mechanical work. Red leather seating with cracking and age-related wear. Paint cracked, blistered and scratched. Headlamp ring cracked. Elegant styling that deserves restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,386,000. Gooding, at their recent online event, sold an F40 for $1,628,000, so this was a relative bargain. With many to select from, you would not expect this large a delta in the pricing. Well bought. NOT SOLD AT $2,300,000. This was last seen at RM’s May 2010 Monte Carlo auction, where it realized $1,041,090 (SCM# 1682871). Prior to that it failed to sell when bid to $875,000 at Russo and Steele’s August 2009 sale (SCM# 1664940). In January 2009, it sold for $918,500 at RM’s Phoenix sale (SCM# 1643006). As of this writing, it’s still for sale on RM Sotheby’s site with an asking price of $2,650,000. #246-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14065. Blue/blue leather & fabric. 4,390-cc V12, 6x2-bbl, 5-sp. One of approximately 25 Daytonas prepared for competition use. Driven by David Hobbs and Skip Scott at 1972 12 Hours of Sebring. Originally ordered with a/c and Borrani wires. Engine replaced with V12 from Cannonball Run Daytona. Recently received sympathetic restoration to Competizione specifications. Recognized as one of the fastest competition Daytonas. Complete with original sales invoice and bill of sale. Cond: 2. #240-2001 FERRARI 550 GT1 coupe. S/N ZFFZR49B000108418. Red/black fabric. 6.0-L V12, 6-sp. The second of 12 550 GT1 chassis commissioned to Prodrive by Care Racing Development. Increased to 6.0 liters and produces 600 horsepower. In four years competed in 49 races, taking 15 poles with 14 outright wins. Last Ferrari V12 to win a 24-hour race. Rebuilt to historic-race-ready condition in Spa 2004 livery. Complete with full race log and mileage charts. Must be collected from Signes, France. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 #1 SOLD AT $4,290,000. This Classiche-certified racer had everything going for it, and as such, became the most valuable car ever sold in an online-only collector-car auction. This is the new high-water mark. (See profile, p. 80.) SOLD AT $1,496,000. A few years back, $2.5m for a well-presented Lusso was not out of the question. The market has, of course, taken a few twists, but this sale seems bit aggressive for an example that has a long list of 140 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market AMERICAN #131-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ convertible sedan. S/N 2192. Eng. # J169. Green/black canvas/green leather. Odo: 481


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miles. 420-ci supercharged I8, 3-sp. An original short-wheelbase chassis, fitted with one of about 45 convertible sedan bodies produced by Murphy for Duesenberg. Lengthy restoration began in 1967 and converted to SJ specification using parts of an original factory supercharger. Single ownership past 30 years. Equipped with Pilot Rays and luggage rack. Well maintained but now aging gracefully with overall mild patina. Cond: 2-. over four-year run. Only 13 survive, and this just may be the only Model 41 convertible Victoria. Won Best in Class at 2008 Pebble Beach concours. Reunited with original motor during restoration. Fitted with trunk rack, sidemounts and Archer hood ornament. Very limited use in past 10 years. Cond: 2+. with minor paint chips and scratches on hood. Cute as heck, with a lot of smiles per mile. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $781,000. The supercharged SJ was introduced in 1932, so no attempt to fool anyone here. Only 36 SJs were produced, and they’re recognized by the side exhaust pipes. Many Js have the flexible pipes as well, however, so it’s not always a correct clue. The price paid here was a surprise, as a car like this is not always welcome at certain events due to the incorrect motor and not-very-exciting livery. (See profile, p. 76.) #231-1930 STUTZ MODEL MB Monte Carlo sedan. S/N M854CD17L. Eng. # 32418. Gray & maroon/maroon fabric. Odo: 42,014 miles. 322-ci V8, 3-sp. A stunning and sleek Monte Carlo body by Weymann with imitation-leather outer body panels. One of three known to have been produced. Once in legendary A.K. Miller Collection. Restored in 1990, with class win at Pebble Beach. Powered by “SV16” V8 motor. Once in famed Blackhawk Collection. Well maintained but showing signs of age. Most elegant styling. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $320,000. Last seen at RM’s October 2016 Hershey sale (SCM# 6804720), where it realized $465,500. Prior to that, it sold for $385,000 at RM’s 2012 Monterey sale (SCM# 4784165). Driven fewer than 20 miles since 2012. Now heading the other way and down the slippery slope. A desirable Full Classic, but not as favored as in years past. I doubt if we will see much recovery in near future. #248-1932 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT convertible Victoria. S/N 90485. Black/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 367 miles. 385-ci I8, 3-sp. An individual custom by Dietrich with distinctive vee windshield. One of four known to still exist. Once part of John Mozart and Otis Chandler Collections. Compete restoration completed in 2017, and appears to have been well maintained since. Rides on massive 142-inch wheelbase. An exceptional CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $25,850. Sold for less than was expected, and I think it was a heck of a buy. I have seen these stored in entryways, as a couple of strong guys can move them. Just the thing for the next year’s Fourth of July parade. #251-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. S/N 71002450. Blue/red leather. Odo: 3,315 miles. 251-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Easily recognized with wood side panels and trunk along with dazzling “harmonica” grille. This example has a roof rack, Highlander interior and All Weather Air Control. Attractive blue livery with a few nicks, some window rubber worn. A few patches in wood noted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. The market for all woodies has been a bit soft of late, and the Town & Countries are following the trend. A few years ago, this would have been well into six figures, as it was well maintained and finished in an attractive shade of blue. The buyer has a fun driver at a realistic price, but the seller is probably not as pleased. #107-1949 OLDSMOBILE 88 station SOLD AT $256,500. A very comparable example, also a Pebble Beach class winner, sold for $550,000 at RM’s 2013 Amelia Island sale. Interest is not what it has been on exotic Classics, but I think it’s a temporary blip. A year from now, this will come back—but not to the level it was in 2013. #126-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 41 Convertible Victoria. S/N 3050235. Butterscotch & maroon/tan fabric/maroon leather. Odo: 8,878 miles. 385-ci I8, 3-sp. An older restoration that is holding up rather well. Only 25 LeBaron bodies ordered by Pierce-Arrow 142 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $1,056,000. Quality Full Classics still attract attention, as noted by the sale here. Price paid was in line with past sales of individual custom-bodied American cars, so there’s no issue here. This one already has awards at Amelia and Pebble, but I hope to see it at other major outings as well. #105-1938 AMERICAN BANTAM 60 roadster. S/N 62500. Tan & maroon/maroon vinyl. Odo: 60,147 miles. 50-ci I4, 3-sp. The creation of Roy Evans as a revised version of the American Austin. Styling updated by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. Produced through 1941, with about 7,000 produced on a 75-inch wheelbase in a number of different configurations. Rear fender skirts, wind wings and tan removable top. An older restoration, wagon. S/N 498M25924. Seafoam Green/red leather. Odo: 15 miles. 303-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Powered by America’s first post-war overhead-valve V8, the Rocket V8. Also featured new Futurmatic styling. Real mahogany side panels replaced with steel mid-year. Extensive restoration competed late 2015 and limited use since. Paint, wood, trim and interior all present well. Only 1,355 produced. Cond: 1-.


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I continue to be amazed at the lack of use, as the temptation to exercise it regularly at a track day would be a serious one. Problem is, of course, use it and the value goes away. A dilemma. 2017 Ford GT coupe SOLD AT $95,700. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s April 2016 Palm Beach sale, where it realized $62,700 (SCM# 6801390). Most American cars have been going the other way the past few years, but this was an exception. A strong presentation and a decent buy in a soft market. #230-1954 BUICK ROADMASTER con- vertible. S/N A2009328. Red/tan canvas/red & white leather. Odo: 25,592 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Roadmaster has four ventiports on each side of the fender. Paint and brightwork appear to be in excellent condition—good news, as plating the bucktooth grille is an expensive undertaking. Equipped with power steering, brakes and Dynaflow as standard equipment. Complete with books and records as well as trunk full of trophies. Cond: 2+. Sold for a price that was close to what Skylarks have been bringing of late. The ’50s American market has been taking a beating, but this was a strong result. Good car, good price. #224-1954 EDWARDS AMERICA con- vertible. S/N 1941. Blue/tan fabric/blue & white leather. Odo: 4,576 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sterling Edwards with his first Edwards Special won Best of Show at the very first Pebble Beach concours. This was one of five Edwards Americas designed by Norman Tubbs and built by Phil Remington. It used a 100-inch Henry J chassis, fiberglass body and Oldsmobile V8. Driven a little over 500 miles the past 10 years. Now showing chips on hood, scratches on bumpers and some minor paint blemishes. Body fit decent for 65-yearold fiberglass. A piece of automotive history. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $148,500. This was last seen at Gooding & Company’s 2010 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $110,000 (SCM# 1682471). Seller had his fun for 10 years and came out with a few dollars in his pocketbook. Now needs a respray and a little replating, but the car is interesting enough to justify the expense. Will always create some excitement and draw a crowd. Fair for both parties. #124-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S108137. Signet Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1,842 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A nicely optioned Fuelie with power windows, Wonder Bar radio, heater and 4-speed. First year for quad headlamps. Older restoration has been well maintained. NCRS Top Flight winner along with Duntov Mark of Excellence. Signet Red livery in good order and interior crisp. Paint in good order and seating smooth and even. Engine sparkles. A solid example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $83,600. An attractive Roadmaster that appears to have been well maintained. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. A quality offering that is documented with major trophies in the trunk. The Corvette market has been a bit soft of late, but this one still should have brought another $20k or so. I don’t blame the seller for holding on, as the money should be available at the next venue. #153-2017 FORD GT coupe. S/N 2FAGP9CW4HH200097. Eng. # H097. Liquid Red/gray leather. Odo: 1,298 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. Introduced at 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Race-ready GTs were entered by Chip Ganassi Racing in 2016 IMSA series and had numerous podium finishes. This example is the 97th built and equipped with exterior carbon-fiber package, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 20-inch satin silver wheels. Only 137 built in 2017. Originally required a rigid application procedure to buy one of the 1,350 produced. This example as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $858,000. As these now legally come to market, we can predict the pricing. This one fell right in line. I continue to be amazed at the lack of use, as the temptation to exercise it regularly at a track day would be a serious one. Problem is, of course, use it and the value goes away. A dilemma! ♦ 144 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA The Don Beneventi Chevrolet Collection A second VanDerBrink sale of nearly-new Chevys brings big money Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date July 25, 2020 Location Granger, IA Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold/offered 22/22 Sales rate 100% Sales total $800,558 High sale 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2-door hard top, sold at $110,250 Buyer’s premium 5% for on-site bidder; 8% online, included in sold prices 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, sold at $110,250 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics franchise, in 1932 he was approved for a Chevrolet franchise in his hometown of Granger, IA. Don first started working at the dealership as a 5-year-old, wiggling into the boxcars that the 1940 and 1941 Chevy cars were delivered in and steering them while being unloaded. After the war, the dealership prospered, and by 1965, Don had taken over the reins of Beneventi Chevrolet. Just prior, he had taken in a 1937 Chevy 2-door sedan W on trade that was originally sold to the customer by his father. Instead of reselling it, Don decided to hang onto it as a tangible link to the family’s past. This was the first of dozens of cars that became the Don Beneventi Collection. In 1972, he decided to keep the 1972 Monte Carlo that he special-ordered as his personal demonstrator, the first of several cars that he ordered new and never sold — or even had titled, leaving them on the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin. With Don now in his 80s, he accepted an offer with Des Moines-based Willis Auto Group to purchase his dealership and to sell off the bulk of his collection at auction. To conduct the auction, he contracted with VanDerBrink Auctions, best known for the sale of an- hile Don Beneventi’s father had sold some independent brands before the Great Depression, he wanted to sell a major brand. Immediately after being rejected by Ford for a other Chevrolet dealer, the famed Ray Lambrecht of Pierce, NE, in 2013. Of Don’s 22 cars, six were still on the MSO when he sold the dealership, but due to Iowa law stating that only dealers can sell on an MSO, he had to generate titles for those since they were still carried as dealer inventory up to that point. However, copies were made of the MSOs and were supplied to all new owners, showing a complete paper trail from GM onwards. These MSO cars were also exercised occasionally, so while they didn’t have single-digit miles, they were all maintained and turn-key ready to drive. The other twist to this sale, of course, was COVID-19. The scheduled date of July 25 was picked back in January, but as the year progressed, it was becoming hit or miss whether the sale could take place as a live auction. By sale day, Iowa had eased several of its restrictions, and since the auction was going to be fully conducted outdoors (with the cars driving past the dealership’s facade, where Yvette VanDerBrink set up a podium), the event was approved. Partly due to the Beneventis’ history in the area and the lack of car events taking place, there was a large crowd in attendance on sale day. There were more than tire-kickers here, however, as most of the cars sold extremely well. The high sale was an undeniable world record: that 1972 Monte Carlo demonstrator which Don kept. With only 3,022 miles and looking as nice as it did when it was used to sell others like it, an on-site bidders’ brawl saw it sell for a jaw-dropping $110,250. The second-highest sale was a 456-mile 1977 Camaro Z/28, the lowestmileage car here. Opening with a $36,000 online bid, it was a Proxibid bidder from Illinois who topped all others — online, onsite, and on the phone — at $77,220. Beneventi Chevrolet had the reputation of a dealership that catered to enthusiasts. It was a fitting close to the dealership’s history that prime pickings from its past sold not only to the collectors he served over the decades, but also to collectors globally, all of them paying strong prices for these cars — thanks in no small part to VanDerBrink Auctions.♦ 146 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA IRISH #17D-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 Gull- wing. S/N SCEDT26TXBD006802. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 4,244 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Essentially original. The stainless panels still gleam smartly and aren’t cloudy. Plastic end fascias and rubber bumper cladding are still very good. Door struts still work, even if they’re a bit weak at the top of travel. Engine-lid struts shot. Slightly dusty engine bay, the intake plenum cover being the most obvious. Driver’s seating surface shows markedly more wear than you’d expect from a car with this low mileage. Carpet remnants used for floor mats. Light soiling on door-sill carpet (as you can’t help but drag a foot across it getting in or out). Wears 1981 Iowa dealer plate. Seems to run out with no obvious issues. Cond: 2-. #3D-1947 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE SOLD AT $24,938. Don Beneventi bought this car from the Chevy dealer in nearby Nevada, IA, after he had it restored, since Don’s father opened his dealership in 1932. Some may feel that this may not be worth the $10k premium over a Ford Model A, but it’s still cheap compared to a ’32 Ford V8 5-window. While the “restoration” (more of a gussie-up) is unwinding, this is more of a parade car until it unwinds to the point of restoring correctly for the long term. Still, worth leaving stock; put the crate LS engine and Mustang II front end in a dead field-found car. #2D-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER 2-dr SOLD AT $45,150. This was taken in on trade for a new 1984 Corvette in November 1983 (talk about a swing-and-a-miss for strike two from the original owner). Rather than try to peddle a used DeLorean in Iowa, Don decided to hang onto it for his collection. He went from potential idiot to real genius within two years, as the owner of a local movie theater who knew him and his collection asked him to park it by the theater’s front door for their premier of this new Michael J. Fox movie, “Back to the Future.” Now he’s really a genius by keeping a 4k-mile DeLorean for 36 years, bringing current market retail-plus money. A vastly better payday than keeping any 1984 C4 from new. AMERICAN #1D-1932 CHEVROLET CONFEDER- ATE Series BA 5-window coupe. S/N 21BA0525329. Maroon & black/gray cloth. Odo: 54,446 miles. 194-ci I6, 3-sp. Trunkback body, no rumble seat. Repainted three to four decades ago, and not especially well even by the standards of that era. Maroon shows plenty of orange peel, black has several light runs and sags. Good door fit. Glass delaminating on edges. Okay older bumper replate, varying degrees of light pitting on all remaining original chrome trim. Industrial carpet squares used for floor mats. Period-accessory Ha Dees heater (get it?). All upholstery redone in a more-modern cloth and holding up exceptionally well, apart from heavier wear around window cranks on door panels. Engine is getting greasy, but despite some erratic hot-starting issues, it runs out very well. Cond: 3. 148 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $9,975. This was sold brand new by Beneventi Chevrolet and was traded in by the then-little-old-lady original owner for a new 1963 Chevy II Nova (although the title shows a 1964 issue date) and has been in the collection ever since. Period photos show it at times in the 1960s and 1970s on the showroom floor, with UV rays from the large showroom windows not doing the car’s rubber any favors. Worthy of a trim-off-with-glass-and-rubber-in-the-dumpster repaint, since the windshield has delaminated to the point of being illegal to drive in several states. Based on that, or even just leaving it as-is, enough was paid—yet it was still a deal compared to just about everything else sold here. sedan. S/N 21GB0732408. Green metallic/ beige mohair. Odo: 76,842 miles. 216-ci I6, 3-sp. Mediocre color-change repaint (originally black) about 30 years ago, but that’s all that’s been done to it cosmetically since new. Dry-rotted original window and door seals. All glass delaminating to some extent—most rather severely. Several dings in lower half of driver’s door. All chrome has some light pitting, while stainless has light scuffing. Heavier tearing on driver’s seat outside facing edge, crudely sewn together, plus tears at seat pivot. Otherwise, all-original interior isn’t all that bad. Period-accessory defroster fan. All of the engine paint has worn off, with a light coat of greasy grime over everything. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,980. Don Beneventi stated that this was originally the Chevrolet zone manager’s car, and his father obtained it and resold it at the dealership after the zone manager turned it back in. Don found and bought it in 1985. Maybe not as much of a Survivor-grade car as some would think, but still nice to see a mostly original sedan get some love on the auction block. I figured that this would fetch about $10k–$12k at best, but it opened online at $17k and it was almost all online from there until it sold on Proxibid to a New York state bidder. #22D-1949 CHEVROLET 6400 dump truck. S/N 21SJF1847. Red & black/red & black vinyl. Odo: 53,359 miles. 235-ci I6, 4-sp. Repainted at least four colors, starting with basic black, and this not being the first time in red. The current layer is several decades old and starting to unwind. Based on rust blisters, multiple layers of paint could be a major structural component. Five out of the six tires match—the sixth is a snow tire—all heavily dry-rotted and cracked. What little chrome it has is decent; so is the stainless trim. Never had a radio. Original headliner and door panel cardboard panels heavily warped and painted over. Seat was redone a few decades ago; seams now splitting. Dingy unkempt motor, but a willing runner. Unfortunately, the brakes aren’t functional. Cond: 4-. sedan. S/N 3K1J43853. Black/tan & maroon cloth. Odo: 47,014 miles. 216-ci I6, 3-sp. Miles claimed correct from new. Period-accessory Fulton windshield visor, backup lamp, plus red and tan plaid vinyl seat covers. Below them is very well-preserved original cloth upholstery. Even what’s exposed is pretty good, although door panels have varying degrees of water staining. Moderate wear on driver’s door printed woodgrain trim. Said to have been repainted about 35 years ago and still a decent 10-footer. Stainless trim quite good, muted bumper plating, all other chrome has light frost pitting. Vent windows starting to delaminate. Heavy paint wear below valve cover. Somewhat dingy overall under the hood. Cond: 3+.


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA SOLD AT $7,350. It’s a bit unusual for a twoton truck to have the 5-window deluxe cab, which was part of why Mr. Beneventi bought it years back. Oddly, from a collection of cars that were well cared for, this truck didn’t even have working brakes—is nobody at the dealership’s shop old enough to remember or understand a Hydrovac system? More oddly, the underbidder on the $110k ’72 Monte took this home. Some consolation prize. Either that, or he REALLY needed an alibi. Otherwise, why would you pay too much for an unwinding old dump truck that’s basically a collection’s unloved cast-off? #4D-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H54J024654. Dark green/brown vinyl. Odo: 47,503 miles. 235-ci I6, 3-sp. Purchased new from Horner Chevrolet of Le Mars, IA, on September 1, 1954. “Frame-off restoration” a couple of decades ago; it’s more of a drivergrade redo at best. Sanding scratches in repainted fenders, but cab finish is pretty good. Replacement glass and rubber. Average-grade replating on bumpers and grille. Fitted with 1954 Bel Air wheel covers and newer radial tires on stock rims. Well-fitted correct reproduction seat, door panels and headliner. Never had a radio. Engine was repainted as part of the restoration, now paint is flaking off front of motor. Heavy fuel staining on carburetor and everything below it. Runs out well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,300. This pickup was worth having, but not at what it brought here. When a lookie-loo on Friday asked me what I thought it should bring. I told him it’ll likely do about $25k, although I personally feel that the $17,500 it opened at online was more in line with reality (if a tad short—more like $20k seemed right to me). In recent years, Advance Designs have sort of bobbed and weaved in value, especially as the weight ratings increased on given trucks. I recently tried to buy a 1953 3800 one-ton that my uncle used to own, in similar but more original condition than this one, and couldn’t get it done at $7,500 (it sold for $9,735—SCM# 6930586). Unless your uncle in Le Mars bought a ’54 new, this is where the market is now. #5D-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N C54K047136. Red & white/ white vinyl/gray & red vinyl. Odo: 1,497 miles. 235-ci I6, 3-sp. Originally Pueblo Tan with beige and tan interior. Expert colorchange repaint, but with sanding scratches in door jambs. Good door fit and gaps, trunk gaps vary. Dealer-accessory stainless rocker panel and fuel-filler trim, all polished. Also fitted with a dealer-accessory eagle hood ornament. All plating is show-quality other than vent window frames, which have light uniform pitting. Replacement top has yellowing on the edges. Period Continental kit. All-reproduction interior soft trim. Authentically detailed under the hood when restored, now with light to moderate soiling. Said to be fitted with an NOS engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,700. By 1954, Chevy was done with the babbitt-pounder 216-ci Stovebolt 6, and the full-pressure lubricated 235 became common fare in cars and trucks. The 235 was a markedly better engine with greater longevity. If it wasn’t for that small-block V8 introduced in 1955, the 235 would’ve enjoyed an even better reputation, yet just about everyone would rather have a V8. One can’t make an apples-to-apples comparison of the ’55 Bel Air convert that sold right after it, due to that car’s V8, but considering that the ’54 is the last of the “tubby old man” generation of Chevys, this sold about right. #6D-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC55F003654. Gypsy Red & Shoreline Beige/white vinyl/red & white interior. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Factory optional overdrive unit. Wears stock 4-barrel Power Pack induction. Well detailed under the hood and all GM, to include a modern AC/Delco battery. Brake master cylinder is rusty and nasty. Dealer-accessory bumper over-riders and fuel-filler trim, all brightwork show-quality. High-quality repaint on the exterior, with some light orange peel in door jambs. Good door and panel gaps. Fully reupholstered interior, with some edge wear on driver’s door panel from being out of alignment. Door glass to rear quarter glass alignment slightly off, the former canted slightly more inward. Light road spray on undercarriage. Aftermarket dual exhaust outlets. Cond: 2. 150 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA SOLD AT $59,325. Word is this car was purchased as-is out of California, just after it won a category at Hot August Nights in Reno. The thing I like about it is the overdrive option. You’ll more often than not find OD on ’55 Fords than Chevys, but the Bowtie continued to offer the same Borg-Warner unit that Ford used well into the 1960s. While inspecting the herd on Friday, Yvette told me that Coyote Johnson, whose collection of barn-saved muscle cars she sold for him at auction in Red Oak, IA, last fall, was keen on this Bel Air. Bidding opened online at $37,500, and when the dust settled, Yvette’s phone bidder—Coyote—had the car at this retail final bid. It goes to show that one nice one beats dozens of projects that’ll never get done. #7D-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57B181991. Turquoise/aqua vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 49,765 miles. 283ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Said to have a 1958 prototype fuel-injection unit from when the car was part of the GM test fleet in Phoenix, AZ. Two of three vacuum ports off the aircleaner housing plugged with corks. Engine bay detailed like it’s stock and all-GM. Lots of light dents on radiator tank. “Body by Fisher” tag trim code matches the restoration; paint code shows it was originally a two-tone in this aqua with an Ivory-painted roof. Repaint was done very well on all visible surfaces. All new or refurbished brightwork when restored a few years ago, now slightly starting to mute. Rearquarter windows delaminating. Expertly fitted reproduction interior soft trim with only slight carpet wear. Runs very well. Cond: 2. 57,830 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Cowl Induction, power steering, power front disc brakes, a/c, tinted glass, windshieldwasher monitor light, and AM/8-track stereo. Bought by the seller in 1987 with a GM replacement block that’s still in the car. Restored a few years before that time. Body filler and off-fit at left front fender to rocker panel joint. Nice repaint over that, to include painted stripes. Doors need a little help to latch properly. Good brightwork. Engine bay isn’t too bad, but doesn’t pop like it may have in 1987. Air cleaner decals fraying on the edges. Claimed to have an all-original interior; if it is, it’s gorgeous. Cond: 2-. to the shoulder-belt instruction card on the driver’s visor. Clean and stock under the hood, with good original engine paint. Runs well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,250. Don said that he always tried to have black cars as demonstrators, but in 1972 black wasn’t available on Montes, so he special-ordered it. Since he also planned on keeping it after the end of the model year, he also loaded it up with options. By the time the 1973s were out, he had 2,400 miles on it and retired it to his collection, but it remained on the MSO until he sold the dealership this year. By the time it rolled in front of Yvette to sell, it had an opening bid online of $43k. Past $70k, Yvette’s Proxibid and phone reps were spectators, as two guys on site were hell-bent to either get it or make the other guy pay dearly. Behold, a new world record price for a first-gen Monte Carlo. Now just imagine if it had the SS 454 package. SOLD AT $55,125. Beneventi bought this from someone who had some Corvette parts he was looking for. He became smitten with this car in that guy’s garage, and I get the feeling that this person may have oversold the car for what it probably really is—even if Don says that it’s a nice driver. There’s no provenance beyond the body and VIN tags to prove much, and some bidders felt there was rust in the floorboards (I suspect what they thought was rust was really several layers of undercoating balled up at the Welch plugs under the front seats). Yet there was some bodywork that had been done. Not a bad car, but not a $55,125 car, either. SOLD AT $48,300. This car was said to have been sent to a Chevy dealer in Phoenix to get the fuel-injection unit pulled off and a 4-barrel put back on before clearing it to sell from GM’s inventory. Seems odd to me that GM techs didn’t pull it off at the Proving Grounds. Instead, the car was bought almost immediately, and when GM called the new owner to get the FI unit back, he told them to go pound sand. Years later, Don located and bought the car (still in Arizona) and had it restored. He stated that the underside of the intake manifold and FI unit are stamped with “58X” part numbers, theorizing that this was a developmental unit for the next model year. The proof in the pudding will be to pull off the FI unit and inspect it. Until then, this sold market correct. #8D-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K159661. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 152 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #9D-1972 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2-dr hard top. S/N 1H57J2K594825. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,022 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 3,022 miles from new and original—excepting fluids, an upper radiator hose clamp and the battery. Original window sticker still present after 48 years, showing optional special paint (for $36), a/c, full tinted glass, bucket seats with console, vinyl roof, deluxe seat belts, door edge guards, Rally wheels (the original G78-15 Uniroyals still on them), tilt steering, and AM radio with rear speaker. Chrome dealer tag affixed to rear fascia trim panel, which was poorly fitted when built (as was the grille, protruding out from the body a bit). Light polishing scratches on hood and trunk lid over original paint. Interior minty down #11D-1974 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Laguna S3 coupe. S/N 1E37Y4B554509. Maroon & white/black vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 51,811 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Torq Thrust alloy wheels on older radials. Optional a/c, AM/FM stereo, and swivel bucket seats with center console. Both colors repainted quite well, to include masking and inside of door jambs. Vinyl to plastic shell welting loose on outboard side of passenger’s seat; it interferes with the door latch. Cloth seating surfaces show little wear. Seat-mounted shoulder-belt loops faded but haven’t broken…yet. Jensen Triax speakers cut into faded rear package shelf. Engine paint staring to chip and discolor. Nonstock red heater hose and clamps, but generally stock under the hood. Newer undercoating and dual exhaust. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,075. This was something of a NASCAR homologation special, with the mailslot rear-quarter window for better aero. Don originally ordered this as a demonstrator, having no problem getting it with a 454 during the OPEC oil embargo. By the end of the year, he sold it to a retail customer, who traded it in during the 1980 model year (and another oil embargo). Instead of putting it on the used-car row, he had it repainted and kept it. He also said that it was traded in with the original Rally wheels in the trunk, but somewhere along the line they were stolen. Rarer than most folks realize, especially today after attrition. It opened online at $31k, yet it only took one more bid on site to get it bought. #15D-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37T4S433866. White/Saddle leather. Odo: 3,523 miles. 350-ci 245-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original. Yellowed window sticker taped back in place, showing it was built with optional a/c, power brakes, power windows, tilt/tele steering column, power


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA steering, map-light rear-view mirror and AM/ FM radio. Well-cared-for original paint. Good forward door gaps, although too tight at the rear—but they latch well. Very sloppy glue application for the driver’s door seal. Interior not only looks assembly-line new, it still has a hint of new-car smell to it. Aside from the battery, the engine bay is all circa-1974 but could benefit from cleaning. Spare-tire carrier still has inspection-tag tape on it. Freshly issued Iowa title from the original MSO, with a copy of it included. Cond: 2+. the MSO into an Iowa title for his revocable trust. It takes a little more digging around, but occasionally a ’75 Caprice or Buick-OldsPontiac X-top surfaces under identical circumstances as this car, so it’s less of a three-legged dog than some folks think. With a base-level 2-barrel 350 working hard to move this sled, it sold well to an online bidder from Wisconsin. SOLD AT $45,360. When Don ordered the car, he specified alloy wheels but got Rallies, as aluminum wheels were on constraint from 1973 until they became available for 1976. When he finally got another C3 for inventory that did get alloys from the factory, he swapped wheels and updated the invoices on both cars. Today, this is a probable Bloomington Gold Benchmark Corvette. #18D-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE Classic convertible. S/N 1N67H5S171532. Light blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 1,241 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, power windows, power front seat, cruise control, tilt steering, light group and AM/FM stereo. Essentially original. New economygrade radials recently fitted to stock rims, with optional wire wheel covers. Slightly wavy end on the left rear fender stamping, near trunk lid. Factory-applied paint better than most circa-1975 GM spray jobs, but not perfect. Very nice original chrome, alloy and plastic trim. Engine bay could use a good detail cleaning, but due more to dust than grime. Service inspection sticker from original ordering dealer. Rear armrest panels starting to yellow, but otherwise a very well-preserved interior. Cond: 2. #10D-1976 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Landau coupe. S/N 1H57Q6K434013. Red/white vinyl halfroof/white vinyl. Odo: 45,208 miles. 305-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. 45,209 indicated miles said to be actual. Optional a/c, cruise control, tilt steering, AM/FM stereo, and alloy wheels. Expertly repainted below the original painted pinstripe and below the vinyl roof trim, but not inside the door jambs (where I found the masking ridge). Original paint above that is quite good. Doors need a bit of a slam to latch properly and have a slight rattle. Good original brightwork. Vinyl roof coming loose at bottom corners. Good original engine paint, but could benefit from a detail-grade cleaning. Repair splice in low-pressure a/c line. Well-cared-for original interior, with heaviest wear on the carpeting. Cond: 3+. dow stickers taped back in place. Light soiling and wear on floor mats, otherwise interior is as assembled in 1977. Excellent original paint and graphics, yet sloppy masking in blackedout turn-signal pods. Drip rails yellowing slightly. Show-quality engine bay. Light discoloration on exhaust and gas tank; no flash rust on undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,220. 1977 was the return of the Z/28, after going on hiatus in 1974 (funny how that keeps happening to Camaros). Unlike damn near every 1978 Indy Pace Car Corvette that was kept pickled with little or no miles, almost nobody kept a new-in-box ’77 Z/28. Unlike the Lambrecht Chevrolets that Yvette sold back in 2013, this epitomizes the vast contrast in long-term ownership philosophies. Here, Don actually cared about his collection—not by letting them sit and rot but exercising them a little. I’d certainly be far keener on this Camaro than any IPC Corvette with single-digit miles, simply because you know this still functions. For that privilege, someone was willing to pay a premium, and even from this Ford guy, I’d call it money well spent. #16D-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $12,420. 1976 was the first year of both the 305-ci V8 (a stalwart for GM for over two decades) and rectangular headlights for the Monte. Personally, I thought they ruined the look of the front end, with most every other line on the car essentially being a French curve. This one was sold new by the dealership and when it was traded back in in 1988, Don kept it for his collection. Maybe not as minty as it seems, but a pleasant reminder of when pedestrian cars could be had in dynamic color combinations. Bidding opened online at $9k, and with fewer bids than most folks expected, hammered sold to an online bidder from Texas. Seems to be slightly well sold to me, but dynamic color combinations will do that if you drive dirt-colored cars too long. SOLD AT $51,840. Since 1975 was the last year for all GM convertibles aside from the additional year for the Cadillac Eldorado, it seems like most were bought as “instant collectibles,” either used little or pickled for posterity—like this car. Bought from the estate of a Chevy dealer near Chicago in December 2000. Don got it on the MSO and kept it that way until selling his dealership and converting 154 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #12D-1977 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 1Q87L7L644609. Silver & matte black/black vinyl. Odo: 456 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently titled off the MSO. Optional Positraction, a/c, tinted glass, power windows, tilt steering, cruise control, console, body side moldings, bumper guards, compact spare tire, AM/FM stereo and conventional battery for an $11 credit. 456 miles since new and original aside from battery (smart move getting the cheap battery—it wasn’t going to last anyway) and fluids. Win- Silver Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S402804. Silver & Gunmetal/red leather. Odo: 478 miles. 350-ci 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently titled off the MSO. Unaltered. Original window sticker is untouched, showing optional a/c, power windows, cruise control, rear window defroster, tilt/tele steering column, convenience group, alloy wheels, and AM/FM stereo with power antenna. Poor paint coverage on tops of doors. Finish imperfections (voids) on fuel-filler door. Incomplete bonding strip finish on the left front wheelwell edge. Door gaps off; the driver’s door and rear quarter panel pinstriping don’t line up. Heavier surface rust forming under the engine paint. Heavier wrinkling on the seat bottoms, but otherwise interior is like new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,025. Those who whine about build quality on a C8 need to look at this car for perspective. No 1978 rates a 1 condition as built new—they were lucky not to be 3+ when they came off the line at St. Louis. Build quality was becoming more abysmal as the


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS GRANGER, IA 1970s progressed, and several sources within GM have stated that the two 1978 limitededition-package cars were the tipping point for the company to establish a new Corvette plant and shutter St. Louis assembly. This C3 is a prime example. Some dealers refused delivery on ones finished this badly or invoiced GM for repainting as a warranty claim. Since finding another NIB silver anniversary is still not hard to do even in 2020, this sold market correct. #19D-1979 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO coupe. S/N 1Z37J9K424062. Twotone green metallic/tinted glass/green vinyl. Odo: 79,505 miles. 267-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c, power windows, power door locks, center console, full gauge package with tachometer, wire wheel covers and AM/FM/ CB radio. Has some areas of spot touch-up, but mostly has good original paint and decal pinstriping. Good original chrome and stainless, even with some light scuffing in places. Very light GM door-seam rust blistering. Doors need to be shut fairly hard to latch properly. Very light interior wear, less than expected on a 79,505-mile car. Odometer poorly aligned with viewing slot in the speedometer. The paint is all but flaked and baked off the right valve cover, while the left one isn’t far behind. Cond: 3+. dow). Paint is still pretty good, but corrosion is percolating from underneath a few of the pot-metal chrome emblems. Half of the bumper-to-body trim plastic is broken. Very good original interior but shows slight wear. Engine bay could benefit from a good detailing job with a rattle can of engine paint. I’m still laughing after reading the 1982 emissions compliance decal, stating that the official GM engine code for this motor is “ODD” (that had to be intentional). Cond: 3+. wear are on the carpet. Wiring-harness pigtail hanging down below the passenger’s side of the dashboard. Recent cleanup in bone-stock engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,400. With 10 fewer ponies than the Corvette engine and only with an automatic behind it, the IROC-Z was the next-highest-horsepower Chevy available in 1987, and the only other 5.7-L available in a car that year. The other V8 was the 5.0-L. Don ordered this for a good customer of his, trading it back a year later for an S-10 Blazer (insert kicking self in hindquarters sound effect), then it went to another customer who traded it back in 1990. At that point, Don kept it. Sold here for nearly double its MSRP new; I can think of far worse investments, both for Don and for the new owner, as these are becoming the Millennials’ 1969 Z/28. #14D-1987 CHEVROLET CAMARO SOLD AT $22,680. I have a bit of a soft spot in my head for these downsized Montes because this is bascially what I had for a driver’s training car in high school. The district got two leftover 1979 Monte Carlo demos for the year in similar two-tone paint schemes—one blue, one maroon. At best they had this baby small-block, but they were doggy enough that they could’ve had the base Buick 3.8-L V6 (I already had enough seat time in Dad’s 360-ci ’68 F-100 to know they were slugs). They certainly weren’t T-top cars, as few were kitted out like this. Bidding opened at a very strong $19k online, selling for an even stronger sillymoney high bid from an online bidder from within Iowa. I hope they looked at the car before bidding. #20D-1982 CADILLAC SEVILLE se- dan. S/N 1G6AS69NXCE692570. Light brown metallic & white/light brown leather. Odo: 17,769 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional 5.7-L diesel and electronic AM/ FM/CB radio. Bought by Beneventi in January 1983 from a GM dealer auction, being an exFisher Body division executive car (with the decal stating such still on the driver’s win- 156 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $9,720. Let’s see…in 1982, Cadillac offered this Olds 350 modified into an oil burner, a V8-6-4-2-0 that was three decades out from having enough computing ability to work right, and a 4.1-L V8 with cast-iron heads bolted to a steel block. Any wonder that Lincoln dealers needed crowd control to handle all the fleeing Cadillac owners? And I was there, as my mom dodged a bullet. She almost bought a new 1982 Cimarron, but at the last minute got smart and bought a new Ford Escort wagon instead. Let that heat soak for a moment. Some say that Cadillac (and GM) has been playing catch-up ever since. The folks wearing masks around it were doing so more to keep from breathing in soot than COVID-19. Well sold online to Texas, where they’ll appreciate it more. #13D-1987 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC-Z coupe. S/N 1G1FP2184HM81102. Maroon metallic & gold/tinted glass/red cloth. Odo: 31,082 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Miles from new. Modern replacement performance tires on stock 16-inch alloy wheels, dealer-accessory mudguards behind front wheelwells. Light polishing scratches on otherwise well-cared-for original paint, with just enough light orange peel to be GM authentic. Doors need to be slammed to properly latch. Beneventi Chevy dealer decal on hatch glass. T-top panel vinyl stowage bags look like they’ve never been used. Only signs of interior LT convertible. S/N 1G1FP31H6HN155249. Red & black/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 1,150 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-bbl, auto. Specially ordered to be kept long term. Recently converted from being on the MSO to an Iowa title, but a copy of said MSO is included. 1,150 miles since new, and original aside from battery and most bodily fluids. Optional Sport Coupe Convertible package loaded it up heavily, with the only other options being the automatic, 215/65 R15 radials (which it still wears), and a heavyduty battery (now long gone). Generally wellcared-for original paint, but has some buffer cut-through on edges of rear deck carrythough trim on doors. Top looks like it’s never been lowered, yet has some surface fraying at bow pivots. Interior looks almost like it was freshly installed. Cleaned-up and clearcoated engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,400. When Chevy brought the convertible back for the 20th anniversary of the Camaro mid-year in 1987, they were converted into drop-tops by ASC. All told, only 1,007 were done in all trim levels from this LT to the IROC. This was another car that Mr. Beneventi specifically ordered for himself to keep for his collection, as he told the crowd at the auction before it sold, “I ordered it exactly as I wanted.” With a $17,715 sticker price when built, one could say the new online bidder from Iowa paid $15,225 ADM for the luxury of waiting 33 years to take delivery. ♦


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE From Blue-Chip Staples to Next Gen Newcomers Larry Trepel offers a taste of the varied models — and prices — listed on BaT The BMW 2002 tii covered below is a car I also in- spected in person. In this case, it was exactly what I expected after I viewed the extensive photos. Nevertheless, there were countless details and an overall image of the car that I didn’t have when viewing it online. And there will continue to be a small percentage of cars that appear noticeably different when they reach the buyer, in most cases because of too few or badly shot photos, but in a few cases because of intentional alterations. In a recent case, BaT removed a Mercedes from auction when it was credibly alleged by BaT commentators that photos of the bumpers had been heavily Photoshopped. Among the cars I cover here are a 2004 Volkswagen Cult classic: 1988 Pontiac Fiero, sold for $19k Report by Larry Trepel; photos courtesy of Bring a Trailer Market opinions in italics and no videos may sell, but it lowers the odds that multiple bidders will go all out. Another online must, good underbody photos, goes past what is even available at a live auction. But in other respects, there’s still nothing quite like viewing a car in person. You can see panels that might be slightly mismatched, the true luster of paintwork, and the subtle wear of interiors. Will viewing a car on your computer ever match that? Not entirely, but the gap is narrowing. B ENGLISH #35452-1963 ROVER P4 95 sedan. S/N 76001915A. Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,439 miles. 2.6-L I6, 4-sp. Distinctive-looking Rover with much originality and in overall good condition. Body panels and door fit very good; no serious paint flaws. All chrome trim pieces intact, but most are quite pitted, including rear bumper. Front bumper and rockerpanel trim rechromed. Interior appears highly original, with seats showing much patina but no splits. Dash wood decent and lovely; carpets a bit worn but presentable. Door and windshield gaskets are dry-rotted—almost all need replacement. Undercarriage quite clean and appears well considering age. New Michelin tires in 2017. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,025. Currently in Canada, just used in an upcoming Netflix series. This delightful Rover is a rare car to have over here and packed with charm. A commenter states it is ring a Trailer has raised the viewing standards of posting a car online, with most lots now having extensive photos and videos of driving and walkarounds. Those with limited photos Company Bring a Trailer Date range August 13–August 24, 2020 Buyer’s premium 5%; $250 minimum, $5,000 maximum, included in sold prices R32, a 1989 Honda Prelude, a 1994 Honda Civic Del Sol and a 1988 Pontiac Fiero. My hunch is that none of these would have sold for as much at a live auction. The market for Japanese cars seems entrenched in BaT, as well as for cult classics like the Fiero. In contrast, the fabulous 1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow was a no-sale, as well as the 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC. Pre-war classics are still heavily featured in the live-auction market, and while that may shift a bit, for now it is a case of older, wealthier collectors preferring the excitement and glamour of the auctions they attend. This was only the second PierceArrow to appear on BaT, so the waters were being tested here, but given the low cost of consignment, we’ll no doubt see more. Ferraris fare better than pre-war clas- sics on BaT, but it is mixed, with some significant nosales as well. How much of that is the venue and how much is due to some Ferraris facing a drop in value is hard to say. Here’s hoping both auction modes co-exist, and live auctions survive today’s difficult conditions. ♦ GERMAN #35157-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S the same car he owned years ago, that the 10k mileage is correct, and the paint and interior are original. Claims he still has photos, and sold it in 2000. That would mean it has been mostly stored the past 20 years, which is quite possible. Film company did $5k worth of work recently to get brakes and engine running correctly, so buyer is getting a car that seems usable as-is. Should chrome trim and gaskets be restored? Maybe, but I see this as a preservation-class jewel, and call it well bought. cabriolet. S/N 180030Z8509485. Light blue & cream/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 67,789 miles. 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Consigned by owner of 18 years. Body, trunk and interior restoration around 2000, just prior to purchase. Work nicely done, now showing age with a few scratches and bubbles. Passenger’s door fit off—may just be the latch. Some chrome trim not restored, with pitting and aging evident. Bumpers rechromed in 2020, but front bumper installed at an angle. Interior very inviting, with wood dash and doors done to high level. Seats show evidence the car was enjoyed; convertible top appears well, but headliner discolored. Heater boxes just replaced but controls not installed. Engine compartment and undercarriage unrestored but appear fairly well; no signs of serious corrosion evident in the photos. Engine has modern hose clamps—a sin to 158 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE As good as it gets. Do you drive it or put it back in the vault? For $30k, doesn’t matter if driven sparingly, as a thousand miles a year means just 13k on the odometer in 2030. 2002 Porsche Boxster S convertible serious Mercedes collectors. Manual choke disconnected. Cond: 2-. stored example at 2017 Zoute sale for $942k, which included a hefty 15% European commission. So should the consignor have taken this bid? Maybe, but in my view, the 365 GTC is one of Ferrari’s most beautiful cars. Compared to the $2m–$3.5m values of its period brother, the more iconic 275 GTB, I see current values as near bargains, so I agree with holding out. SOLD AT $100,589. This 220S is nice enough to be shown but imperfect enough to drive without concern. Striking original two-tone color. Interior changed from original tan to light blue, which was a good choice, in my view. Some of the details need to be taken care of, but other than the nightmare of the heater controls, can be quickly sorted. These rose dramatically in value a number of years ago, and have been fairly steady ever since. They’ve lost some attention to the 190SL recently, but I find them far more appealing in style. And you get a 6-cylinder, not just a 4. Fairly bought and sold. #34856-1968 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 12091. Eng. # 12091. White/black leather. Odo: 40,318 km. 4.4-L V12, 5-sp. Superb restoration back in 1993. Driven about 2,500 miles since. Not clear if mothballed during long part of this time. Restoration still appears excellent—testimony to work by top craftsmen, but likely some aging is hard to detect. Power steering installed, disengages at 25 mph. Driving video a visual and auditory joy. Cond: 2+. #35407-1973 BMW 2002 tii coupe. S/N 2716261. Condor Yellow/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 27,035 km. 2.0-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. European car. Much restoration work done in Austria around 2001, with upgrades including correct period Recaro seats, Getrag 5-sp, Bilstein shocks and Petri steering wheel. Color changed to Condor Yellow. Quite well done and applied to entire body, including undercarriage. Purchased in Switzerland in 2011 by consignor, who returned to U.S. with it in 2017. Holding up well, with chips and minor flaws touched up prior to auction. Body panel fit excellent. A few small dings in trim and a cracked turn-signal lens are the only flaws. Interior excellent, with perfect carpet fit. Seats redone in 2014. Engine rebuilt in 2019. Cond: 2+. such a time capsule. Perhaps owner often sat in it in his garage. Comes with hard top. Major issue is whether or not to immediately pull motor and replace infamous IMS bearing. Might depend on whether it will be driven or put on display. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,238. Beautiful Boxster—superb color and manual transmission. As good as it gets. Do you drive it or put it back in the vault? For $30k, doesn’t matter if driven sparingly, as a thousand miles a year means just 13k on the odometer in 2030. If one wants to enjoy lots of miles, there are many decent Boxsters in the market for half this price that will also serve well. Sold on the second round, as it was a no-sale on BaT in June 2019 with a high bid of $22.5k. I’ll call this well bought for the excitement of an almost-new classic Boxster at a reasonable price. #35140-2004 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R32 hatchback. S/N WVWKG61J34D076289. Deep Blue Pearl/black leather. Odo: 1,789 miles. 3.2-L fuel-injected V6, 6-sp. Appears as-new. Condition verifies extremely low mileage. Body, paint and interior perfect; one very small scratch in fender shown. Undercarriage clean and fresh; discs have typical touch of rust. Lower rear wing and front spoiler were installed by original owner but removed by consignor and come with car. Aftermarket exhaust installed; OE exhaust not included. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $651,000. Seventeen-day auction well presented by dealer Fantasy Junction. This turned into a long existential debate about the nature of true classics, but finally bidders took over. Recently advertised for $789,500, so the high bid was well below asking price. Values have dropped a bit recently, with a comparable example selling for $588k at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in 2019 (SCM# 6909639). A few have sold in the $800k–$900k range in the past decade, with a rare, highly original example just breaking the million-dollar barrier at Gooding Amelia in 2013 (SCM# 215659). Bonhams sold a re- 160 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $61,950. A unique and very desirable 2002 tii. Euro heritage and excellent restoration work made it special, and it has the desirable round taillights and slim bumpers. No longer exact original build, but all the upgrades are on target and in some cases were factory options at the time. Many 2002s have compromised restorations; this one struck all the right notes with its heritage, options and appearance. Pricey, but fairly bought and sold. #35296-2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER S convertible. S/N WP0CB29822U664100. Speed Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 2,998 miles. 3.2-L fuel-injected H6, 6-sp. Near-perfect as-new condition. One owner, who mostly kept it stored prior to dealer acquisition in 2018. No flaws in photos other then small pinch in soft-top plastic window. While interior is near-perfect, driver’s seat outer bolsters appear surprisingly creased for SOLD AT $65,100. As a non-member of the R32 fan club, I was stunned at the price. As published in the September Sports Car Market, one could have bought a 2+ Aston Martin Vantage from the same era with just 16k miles for $16k less than this price. Many values are Alice in Wonderland in the collector-car world. I assumed this was an ultra-low-mileage outlier sale, but a slightly higher-mileage example also sold recently for $58k. This one is now at the top of the chain, but buyer will face conflict over whether to drive or mothball. I say drive, as it may well be more fun than the Vantage.


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE JAPANESE #35391-1970 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3004156. Eng. # 007085. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,323 miles. 2.4-L I6, 4-sp. Consignor purchased in 1975 with 23k miles, so has added just 13k miles during 45-year ownership. Original owner raced it in various hillclimbs, installed roll bar, tow hooks, had front end repaired and repainted. Some dings and imperfections during current ownership, but still presents fairly well. Interior original and impressive, dash has no cracks, seats still good except for a flawed edge on driver’s seat. Racing seat belt still installed, along with vinyl cover on steering wheel. Tachometer not working. Undercarriage and suspension weathered; likely needs bushings and other parts replaced. No serious rust, but aging and surface rust in many spots. Mag wheels installed long ago, set of OE wheels and hubcaps from a 1971 model included. Cond: 3-. #35347-1994 HONDA DEL SOL SI con- SOLD AT $10,500. Interesting but not inspiring—neither original enough nor well restored. Likely will have many issues to keep it drivable, and a full restoration would take much effort and investment. Interior suffers from the Dawn of Plastic problem—many pieces don’t have patina, they just look bad, and don’t have the appeal of an unrestored ’60s MGB or earlier Datsun 1600 Roadster. While Datsun 1600s and 2000s have gone up in value the past five years, I view this as a $7k–$8k example. Well sold. BEST BUY #35192-1989 HONDA PRELUDE SI coupe. S/N JHMBA4148KC056167. White/black cloth. Odo: SOLD AT $42,788. A very interesting history; used hard for first five years and then driven sparingly for following 45. Owner states he drove in the rain five times and once in snow. Mileage is well-supported, but it’s not a time capsule despite low mileage. Coveted original items such as green distributor cap, engine stickers and Craig 8-track player were exciting to 240Z followers. The new owner will have to make decisions about which pieces to restore and which to leave preserved. Given condition, I thought the sale price was strong. There was some value gained from direct conversation with the longtime owner. #35433-1970 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31127302. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,131 miles. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. Owned by consignor since 1982, mothballed in late ’80s until revival in 2005. Body appears straight, but repaint done in 1970s displays many flaws. Interior fair, with aging, cracked plastic dash, deteriorating gaskets, tired seats with a few tears and carpeting that has seen better days. Vinyl top decent and hard top included. Bumpers, badges and chrome trim pieces all there and in better condition than paintwork. Undercarriage displays typical surface wear, but probably not severe corrosion. Video displays engine running, but it doesn’t sound in perfect health. Minor mechanical work in 2016 to keep it drivable. Cond: 4+. 162 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 34,965 miles. 2.0-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Fairly low mileage. All original and in excellent condition—just a few scratches and minor dings keep it from perfection. Wheel center caps have slight flaws. Interior near perfect, with subtle wear on driver’s seat fabric bolster. Plastic pieces appear in top-grade condition. Engine compartment looks very good, but detailing will make it stunning. Undercarriage very good, though suspension pieces show some weathering and salt staining. Timing belt and water pump replaced during auction. CARFAX shows only about 600 miles added between 1993 and 2008, so stored for many years. Cond: 2+. vertible. S/N JHMEH6160RS002769. Samba Green/black cloth. Odo: 37,800 miles. 1.6-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Distinctive green paint on this impressive if imperfect Del Sol. One owner since new until acquired by dealer in late 2019. Body and paint in excellent condition, with a few minor flaws. Consignor had bumpers and front fender repainted. Undercarriage in good shape, but suspension, brakes and engine hardware have surface corrosion in spots, all typical for a Northeast car used in the winter. In addition to bodywork, mechanical work included rear brakes, timing belt, water pump and muffler, for a total of close to $5k prior to sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,525. Low mileage and fairly fresh-looking—there are probably not many Del Sols left in this condition. Dealer smartly decided to do mechanical and cosmetic work, and return on the investment was evident. This Del Sol does not have the revered B16 twincam engine, so the sale price was even more impressive. A sporting Honda on the rise with younger collectors. Well sold. #35416-1995 LEXUS SC 300 coupe. S/N JT8JZ31C5S0024798. Platinum Metallic/black leather. Odo: 91,620 miles. 3.0-L fuel-injected I6, 5-sp. Very fine throughout. Body and paint appear immaculate, with just a few stone chips visible. Rear bumper resprayed at one time. Wheels have minor curb rash. Interior excellent, with acceptable creasing on driver’s seat. Wood panels and plastic pieces all appear in perfect condition. Engine compartment appears detailed. Tires dated from 2008. Limited photos of undercarriage; no visible flaws, but can’t fully judge. Consignor states rear shocks are leaking. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,588. Consignor did an excellent honest presentation, with a walkaround that shows some minor flaws in close-up that were not visible in the photo gallery. There are probably not many Preludes left in this condition, from an era when Honda was quite distinct from other Japanese manufacturers because of their focus on lightness, advanced high-revving engines and airy interiors. This example has Honda’s innovative four-wheel steering (4WS), which some of us first feared might result in an onslaught of tragedies. Today’s Hondas certainly seem more conservative and less distinctive, so I’ll call this Prelude well bought. SOLD AT $17,588. While not favored with low mileage, this shows great long-term care from the consignor, who purchased it when it was three years old. Classic design of the firstgen SC has given them a following, with values up recently. When new, the SC 300 was


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE While the Fiero is still mocked by the upscale collector community, I have to say that the styling—particularly the fastback GT version—still is quite beautiful, and the handling and ride of GM’s mid-engine sports coupe was ground-breaking. 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT coupe less desirable than the SC 400, with its powerful V8 and larger wheels, but condition now trumps model, and it also has rare 5-speed manual not offered on the SC 400. Similar situation to ’90s Mercedes SLs, with a manual gearbox only offered on the SL320 and not the SL500. How Lexus went from the stunning SC 300/400 to the hideous SC 430 is a mystery to me, and may it never become a neo-classic. Fairly bought and sold. AMERICAN #35187-1934 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 1240A Silver Arrow coupe. S/N 400229. Black & gray/gray & white cloth. Odo: 587 miles. 462-ci V12, 3-sp. Fantastic full restoration done in early 2000s, then repainted by current owner in more stately colors than the previous purple and white. Concours-winning quality in every respect. Body, chrome, undercarriage and engine all superb. Interior is hugely impressive—a work of restored art. Tire whitewalls might be starting to yellow, but may just be the lighting in the photos. Cond: 1-. miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Originally a 327 C2 with Powerglide. Restoration started before 2015, with a Heritage ZL1 427 motor (built by GM in 2008 with original tooling) installed along with Tremec 5-sp, Baer disc brakes, Kooks headers, 17-inch American Racing wheels, Vintage Air, coil-over suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Interior appears stock except for smaller wood steering wheel. Original numbers-matching engine included. Body- and paintwork stunning; engine compartment appears carefully thought out. Suspension work, exhaust and all other details appear top-notch. Horsepower rated by GM at 430, but likely higher from factory and even more from mods here. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $65,500. Still show-quality in appearance, but bidding fell short. The age of the restoration and replacement service block may have affected bidding. There are many Boss 302s on the market, and prices have perhaps softened just a bit recently. While there are good photos, I can’t help but wonder if lack of a video and more detail shots might have been a hindrance here. The bar has been raised to include even more extensive visuals on BaT. Mustangs often fill the grounds at Mecum and Barrett-Jackson auctions, so BaT may still be climbing the curve to get consistent maximum offers for these. Nevertheless, the high bid might have been market-correct— certainly not far off. #35112-1988 PONTIAC FIERO GT NOT SOLD AT $167,000. A truly striking Pierce-Arrow, and while not one of the three remaining original 1933 Silver Arrows with futuristic, avant-garde styling, it has many of the same design elements, as well as the same V12 engine and chassis. The original Silver Arrows have sold in the multi-million-dollar range, so from both financial and historic viewpoints, I personally view this as worth much more than the high bid of $167k. It had been previously advertised by Hyman Ltd. for $249k, so this was pretty far off the mark. The bids were few and far between. Perhaps notable pre-war American classics are better off at a high-end live auction, where the appropriate collectors gather. Or at least did gather, until recently. #35181-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S116984. Eng. # 013427. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 10,846 SOLD AT $133,000. Consigned by shop in Mooresville, NC, the center of stock car and resto-mod country. Many resto-mods don’t appeal to me, but this Corvette is done—and not overdone—to perfection. Appears largely stock but runs to a different beat, with highend brakes, steering, suspension and a/c. As much as I revere originality, there’s something very appealing about having a ’67 Corvette with accurate steering and no fear of being outbraked by a Hyundai Accent. Was the price right? Many resto-mod Corvettes sell at auction in the $200k range. Some have more addons than this one, but don’t have as much appeal in my view. Well bought. #35378-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G121256. Calypso Coral/black vinyl. Odo: 50,541 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Owned by consignor since 2002. Not totally clear, but likely restored prior to his purchase. Engine had a replacement block installed many years ago, and another engine rebuild was done in 2008. Overall in very good condition. Paint, body panels look good, interior shows modest use, with owner adding about 4k miles. Wheels and tires in perfect shape. Undercarriage still appears quite fresh. Marti Report verifies original color is the attractive Calypso Coral it wears. Engine compartment reflects careful work done in 2008. Cond: 2. coupe. S/N 1G2PG1190JP224637. Bright red/tan leather. Odo: 31,621 miles. 2.8-L fuelinjected V6, 5-sp. Final—and considered finest—year of the Fiero. Excellent condition and appears original, with body and paint near flawless. Interior in prime condition, with plastic pieces not warped or discolored. Leather seats show appropriate use but no real wear. Undercarriage and engine compartment both exceptional-looking. Stock gold mesh wheels excellent. It was the ’80s, and that was a hot color for wheels, if you’re wondering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,163. This Fiero was unanimously praised by Fieroisti in the comments section, and that reflected in the impressive sale price. While the Fiero is still mocked by the upscale collector community, I have to say that the styling—particularly the fastback GT version—still is quite beautiful, and the handling and ride of GM’s mid-engine sports coupe was ground-breaking. A very similar example— some more miles and a touch more wear—went for $8,715 on BaT back in January. That’s a more-common number, and shows the price jump that another notch up the condition scale can bring. Fairly bought and sold. ♦ Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 163


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DRIVEN TO ASK A Trailblazer Since Birth Caroline Cassini talks about getting dirty at art school, where she was the only woman studying automotive restoration by Elana Scherr I t’s a common story among collectors: growing up in a car family and knowing from a young age that you love cars. What makes Caroline Cassini’s story unusual is just how young she was — and how completely she has immersed herself in the culture since then. Cassini attended her first Pebble Beach Concours as a toddler, and when she was 8, she visited RM Auto Restoration in Canada with her father. The senior Cassini was having a 1933 Auburn Boattail Speedster restored, and he let Caroline help pick the colors — orange and yellow. “That’s probably not what we would pick today,” she says with a laugh, “but it was a pretty beautiful car.” This time spent with her dad left a lasting impres- sion. It got Caroline into horsepower at a time when most girls her age just wanted a horse. As a teenager, she organized a concours event at Thomas Edison’s historic home in Llewellyn Park, NJ, and then bravely set off across the country to San Francisco to become the first — and as of this writing, only — woman to complete the San Francisco Academy of Art’s School of Industrial Design Automotive Restoration program. These days she’s polishing wheels and sales pitches at Fantasy Junction, the high-end classic-car broker in the Bay Area. What made you go to art school for automotive restoration? I loved cars, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. While my dad and I were organizing the Edison Concours, Rob Meyers from RM said, “Hey, Caroline. There’s this program that’s going to be started and you should take a look at it.” I just packed my bags and moved to San Francisco, which, looking back at it now, was pretty crazy. As the only woman in the program, did you run into any negativity? I wouldn’t say negativity. I had a couple professors who were reluctant to have me do certain tasks, mostly in regard to getting dirty. I remember having to change the tire or something, and I was fine with picking it up, and one of my teachers was like, “Oh no, you don’t want to get dirty.” And I was like, “Well, what am I here for? Of course I want to get dirty.” So that was something I had to get over, and when I did, and the professors saw me focusing on my work and taking it seriously, they got more comfortable too. Caroline Cassini 166 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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You’re surrounded by amazing cars every day. If you had time for a project car, what’s something that you’ve got your eye on? I like the Mercedes-Benz 190SLs. I think they’re attractive — the little sister to the 300SL. They’re easy cars to work on, pretty simple. I think it means so much when you’ve completely rebuilt something and you know the ins and outs of a car, it makes it a lot more fun. You feel a little bit more connected. Same question, but if you could go big. That would be Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti Atlantic. If I could have just that car, I would be very happy. On the collector side, do you meet many women who are buying and selling? Definitely. There is such a women’s presence. Look at Anne Lee. She has this incredible collection in Reno started by her husband, Bob Lee. Bob passed away a few years ago, and most people think when the husband dies, everything’s going to be sold. But she’s keeping that collection alive and creating a legacy for him in a way that’s really beautiful, to see a strong woman like that bring out some of the most incredible Ferraris and Delahayes. She knows how to drive them, too. She knows everything about each car. She’s always been a huge role model. What does your normal day at Fantasy Junction look like? What would we find you doing? So many different things! I take care of all the advertising. I answer the phone. I’m getting into sales. It’s a small operation, so we all do a lot of everything, from photography to post-sale follow-up. It’s a great job. From Hosts: MARK GREENE Cars Yeah & KEITH MARTIN Publisher, Sports Car Market Buy Sell Hold is a podcast where market experts Keith Martin and Mark Greene take you on a ride into the collector car market and talk to industry experts to help you navigate your collector car journey. Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/buysellhold to listen to past episodes with notable collectors including David Gooding, Jon Shirley, Christian Philippsen, Tom Cotter. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or view the full archive at www.sportscarmarket.com/buysellhold Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 167 What are three cars everyone should see in their lifetime? I think those of us in the industry take for granted what we get to see frequently. I think a 300SL. The engineering with the Gullwing doors, it definitely was ahead of its time. There are so many different types of Bugatti Type 57s, but I think everyone should see at least one. And if you can, definitely an Atlantic. Peter Mullin, he has a wonderful museum, and he keeps one on display when it’s not at different shows. I really respect when collectors do that. When you keep these cars hidden, it’s almost like keeping a piece of art, like the “Mona Lisa,” away from the public eye. One more. This is hard. If you’re going to go pre-war American, I think everyone should be able to see a Duesenberg Model J. ♦


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DRIVING WITH ELANA 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT R ROADSTER Jean Jordan Sports Car Gestalt The AMG GT R Roadster is better than the sum of its parts by Elana Scherr a classic muscle car, it doesn’t have to be a looker to be appealing. There’s something about seeing the road ahead over a rolling landscape of hood O and carbon-fiber fenders that adds to the drama of the drive, and the AMG GT R is already dramatic, laying power down and turning corners with graph-paper precision, yet happy to smudge the lines the second you give it permission. It gives an overall impression of power and speed even when it’s parked, and it delivers on both as soon as you put the pedal down. With 577 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque, the AMG GT R isn’t the most powerful car in its class by a long shot. It’s not even the most powerful Mercedes, but it sounds like it is, with a summer thunderstorm of exhaust grumble that builds to an absolute maelstrom at high rpm. You can muffle it with the exhaust button on the console, if you don’t like things that are wonderful. Engine growl is just one of the things you can control from the cockpit. Each menu, from drive modes to splitter extension, has its own back-lit button on the console or steering wheel. It looks amazing when powered up but makes learning the layout difficult. Complicated controls, visibility-blocking side mirrors, and an awkwardly farback shifter placement are the main complaints with the interior, which still managed to be comfortable for both my six-foot photographer and my nine-inch-shorter self. For a car that looks low and doesn’t offer a nose lift, the Mercedes surprised me by never scraping on a driveway or speedbump and taking every rock-strewn mountain road I threw at it as if it were a lifted 4x4 instead of a rear-drive sports car. Imagine a Dodge Viper with better manners, but no less thrill. I set out for a test drive over the weekend and wound up putting more than 1,000 miles of twisting roads and desert straightaways on the AMG GT R. It’s usable and exciting all at once, and that would make it a rarity even if it wasn’t limited to just 750 units worldwide. ♦ 168 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market h, this car is hot. Literally hot, as air-conditioning remains the one technology the German auto manufacturers haven’t quite mastered. But also emotionally, poetically and performance-wise. The AMG GT R Roadster is too lumpy and toothy to be truly pretty, but with the long nose and curved rear of ELANA’S GRADEBOOK Fun to drive:  Eye appeal:  Overall experience:  Price as tested: $216,240 Equipment: 4.0-L twin-turbo V8, DCT 7-speed transmission, AMG Dynamic Select drive modes, performance exhaust, carbon-fiber front fenders, carbon-fiber rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10.25-inch center display, touchpad infotainment interface, SiriusXM radio, heated and ventilated seats, retractable soft top, LED headlights and taillights, AMG Solarbeam Yellow paint, 19/20-inch five-spoke forged wheels, yellow seat belts, AMG exterior carbon-fiber package, convenience package, lanetracking package, active rear-wheel steering Mileage: 15/20 Likes: Thunderstorm exhaust note, engaging drive experience, muscle-car proportions Dislikes: Large frontal blind spots, complex infotainment controls, awkward shifter placement Verdict: The AMG GT R (that’s right, no hyphen, because that would make it a Nissan) hasn’t changed much in the past few years. That means it’s not the absolute most powerful sports car on the market and the ergonomics still need help. But when it drives this well, does it really matter?


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DOUBLE TAKE An M5 and a Toyota You’ve Never Heard Of SCM contributors face off on six recent Bring a Trailer sales by Stephen Serio and Sam Stockham sider this to be the best M5 ever. This mill was also shared with the Z8, and we all see where those prices went years ago. I’ll admit, I wanted one when they came out and still do, but prices have passed me by in terms of bang for the buck. This car was a good deal for the miles and color combo, and I love the interior. Compared to an Imola Red 2003 that recently fetched $49,000 with double the miles, this was the deal. SERIO My original black 1988 M5 was always the king of the M5 hill. Yes, it was horrendously expensive to maintain in-period compared to a regular 5 Series, but that is now overlooked, as they remain coveted by collectors. And those cars have a presence to match their M1-derived engines. This $39k result speaks to the high value of any BMW Lot 35219. 2000 BMW M5. S/N WBSDE9341YBZ95113. Avus Blue over two-tone Le Mans Blue and black extended leather. 4.9-liter V8, 6-speed manual. 48,000 miles. Sold at $39,375. Bring a Trailer, 8/17/20. 31 bids. Condition: 2- or 3+ STOCKHAM The E39 BMW slapped the luxury-car market in the face with its arrival in 1999. With its customary BMW good looks and the all-new M5 V8 crank- ing out 400 horsepower, it is easy to understand why many BMW aficionados still con- M5, but the anonymous E39 design looks like melted soap. Great performance and a snappy color combination have me overlooking the limp aesthetics here, however. Compared to what, say, 2002s or 3.0s are commanding, an argument can be made for ownership — just not an argument I care to win. The color must have been offputting because higher-mileage recent BaT offerings have commanded more cash. This was well bought — I’ll give the new owner that. Lot 35223. 1988 Ferrari 328. S/N ZFFXA20A1J0075289. Red over tan leather. 3.2-liter V8, 5-speed manual. 34,000 miles. Sold at $74,550. Bring a Trailer, 8/17/20. 52 bids. Condition: 3+ STOCKHAM It was a 308, only better, right? While the design was getting long in the tooth and none of the “Magnum P.I.” jokes were funny anymore, Ferrari continued to peddle these until 1989. By all accounts, the 328 was a solid car, and the transverse engine didn’t need to be removed every seven years for a timing belt. This car was described as having a title issued in 1993 with “non-actual-mileage,” which is a bit suspect. If the 34k miles are accurate, it shows that the car was enjoyed and still presents well. A similar car on BaT a month before brought $56,500 with a few more miles and no stories. $71k is a bit high for something with this mileage and a story. SERIO I rented a 328GTS in 1988 for a week in the south of France — then committed to own- ing 1960s Ferraris instead. But I’ve always remained a fanboy of the model, especially the GTB in non-red colors. The 328 is a sweet-spot ride, much better in every way than the earlier 308s and far better than the engineering foible known as the 348. This car was spot-on-the-money, even allowing for the apparent human-error CARFAX cluster-mess. Well serviced, good presentation and a solid example; a fair transaction for the buyer and seller. I believe the new owner could put 15k miles on this and pass it along to the next enthusiast for little downside. 170 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Lot 35215. 1963 Triumph Herald 1200 convertible. S/N GA127248. Resprayed British Racing Green over tan, replacement top and interior. 1,147-cc inline 4, 4-speed manual. Odometer reads 800; true mileage unknown. Sold at $12,863. Bring a Trailer, 8/17/20. 40 bids. Condition: 3- STOCKHAM Cute as a button, slower than pig snot and body fitment akin to socks on a rooster. Let’s see, how many more folksy adages can we cram into the description of these slab-sided Triumphs? Well, they came in more versions than an iPhone, for one. Everything from the convertible we see here to a delivery van, with the only missing body type being an ice-cream truck — and I could be wrong on that. This car sold for big money — five digits worth, in fact. This is the definition of a credit-card car, and one costing this much should be pretty darn nice. This one has surface corrosion underneath, paint bubbles and rust spots in places. It seems to drive nice in the video, but we all know that British cars of this era had more problems than a hippo. Values are flat, and by British-car standards, there were more of these made than New York rats. Well sold for sure. SERIO I think the term “bloody slab-sided mess” must have been coined by some Morris Minor owner when he first spotted a Triumph Herald, before emptying his stomach of its recently digested bangers and mash. An old college friend squired around London in one in the 1980s (two, actually, and one was a Vitesse). I thought, “Yup, you’ve done now, the fashion equivalent of dressing in sweatpants all the time. You’ve given up on life. This is your ‘I’ve failed’ chariot of choice.” Maybe he won it at his local in a snooker or dart match, taking the V5 log book instead of 10 quid from the loser? I forgave my friend when he bought a Porsche 356. Not charming, dull. Not jaunty, dull. Not unique, dull. For any car to make the Nash Metropolitan look downright aerodynamic or to make a VW Bug look like a Porsche Carrera Abarth, you can only be described as brutally... dull. Erector Sets assembled by Jane Goodall’s chimps have a better chance of going down the road without rusting and falling apart. Just because it’s old, it doesn’t make it charming or worthy of continuing on. The seller wins, as he was apparently tired of being dull. and exterior color are all bonuses if we’re looking for one of these wretched things. The downside is quite a high dive off a Hawaiian cliff into three feet of rocky water: an automatic transmission, “limited edition” of only 6,502 (how is that limited?) and an interior that doubles as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. At least the original owner didn’t sticker it up with all that replica Pace Car dreck. Well sold? STOCKHAM I agree with Steve. Looking back in time, there were turkeys all over 1978, and the Lot 35236. 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition. S/N 1Z87L8S902268. Black and silver over silver and Smoke leather. 5.7-liter V8, 3-speed automatic. 1,242 miles. Sold at $27,038. Bring a Trailer, 8/17/20. Condition: 2+ SERIO You know what was great in ’78? My high school graduation, Studio 54, “Annie Hall” and the New York Yankees... but not this awful car. These are the Corvette lost years, and they should remain as such. Please, don’t go looking. Decorum dictates I remain fair. The seller (an A+ car guy with a spotless reputation), the rig itself in “as-new condition,” low mileage (frankly, who would want to drive it?), Corvette from this era is one of them. Regardless of the paint job, the Buck Rogers chrome upholstery and the “limited” status, this car is polyester bell bottoms and a gold chain topped off with a bad perm. This pooch even came with the downgrade L42 engine wheezing out 182 horsepower and an automatic, so all you got was show and no go. (Thanks, EPA.) The silver lining around this particular cloud is the low miles and the Pace Car stickers rightfully left in the box. These cars struggled to break $15,000 for many years, and now the SCM Pocket Price Guide pegs them at around $19k. I am not sure if too many people are trying to get out of cash and into assets for fear of inflation, but the price increase on these is a little bit of a head-scratcher. Make no mistake, though; the rising tide these days is even taking these rowboat equivalents with it. I still think they are $15,000 cars. Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 171


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DOUBLE TAKE Lot 35044. 1978 Toyota Chinook 4x4 conversion. S/N OR52523. Metallic Walnut over two-tone brown and tan. 2.2-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual. 44,000 miles. Sold at $51,450. Bring a Trailer, 8/12/20. Condition: 3+ SERIO This modified Toyota pickup is plainly the work of a talented technician who was fond of shades of brown, shag carpet and Recaros. He had a great knowledge of interchangeable car and camper parts the way Dr. Frankenstein knew body parts. I can’t stop looking at it and thinking Woody Harrelson should be driving it while massacring zombies. Maybe if it was armored I’d like it more? A small gun turret, perhaps? On the other hand, being a fan of VW Westies and Airstream trailers, I get the exercise in building a camper more unique and personal, but visually, this is such an incongruous mashup of nuttiness it’s vomit inducing. Well, maybe vomit inducing after a great night out with old college buddies? I’m trying to remain positive. Beyond well sold unless you need to go off-grid next week. STOCKHAM Oh, c’mon, Steve, it can’t be that bad, can it? I like RVs and I especially like ones that are small enough to be able to go anywhere without needing to tow a dinghy. In theory, I should really like this one, but something falls short for me. Maybe it’s the showcar glitz under the hood. Maybe it’s the cheap switchgear in the dash. Maybe it’s the awful shag carpet strewn liberally about the interior. Maybe because from the profile it looks like it might need a wheelie bar if you dump the clutch. Maybe it’s because it started life as something completely different, including the number of drive wheels. This whole package just feels poseur-ish. For the bucks spent here, I would think a small Airstream or even a canned-ham trailer would offer a better vintage camping experience and return on the investment. Either of those would certainly offer more aesthetic appeal. I guess it is that bad. The Convertible D replaced the Speedster, and in many ways it’s a more practical ride. Yes, it’s a hobgoblin of components and design from a Speedster and the forthcoming 356B Roadster, but it’s 90% the same darn thing and at 50% the Speedster price. No matter, it has always been the redheaded stepchild in the 356 world, oddly enough. But this sale proves that 1) a tastefully restored Convertible D with a few cosmetic mods and some neat (non-original) accessories can prove a great success for buyer and seller, 2) color matters and Aquamarine Blue rocks, and 3) I guess a few people are attracted to gingers. This is a smart and tasteful buy. STOCKHAM I’ll admit, the 356 is not a passion car for me like other Porsche models are, so I will defer to Mr. Serio’s expertise on the model details. From my perspective, the bathtub is a great-looking car that defines early sports cars and will always have a strong following. For the people who don’t get it, they will just think driving one makes you look like Kelly McGillis in “Top Gun.” Yeah, that was a Speedster, but those people don’t understand the difference anyway. This particular example looks to have been tastefully Lot 34912. 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D. S/N 86307. Meissen Blue over tan. Numbers-matching 1.6-liter flat 4, 4-speed manual. 33,000 miles. Sold at $273,653. Bring a Trailer, 8/14/20. Condition: 1- or 2+ SERIO This is the Monsignor speaking to the choir: Listen up, heathens! Most everyone who has heard me blather on at SCM events or read my occasional written word here surely knows my favorite two cars are my 356A Speedsters — handsdown the greatest sports car ever made, for me anyway. executed. The colors are spot-on, and items such as the custom luggage are indicators of a careful restoration with great attention to detail. Definitely top of the pecking order without being a Speedster. Plenty of money spent, yet on a great, numbers-matching example. No harm done on the purchase because you won’t find many that are nicer. ♦ 172 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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UNLOCKING A CAR 1968–76 BMW 2002: BMW’s Original Ultimate Driving Machine by Paul Hardiman The 2002 was based on the 1600/1602, but it was the 2-liter version of the car that made it a legend. The stylish and quick small saloon catapulted BMW into the realm of aspirational heartlands that its 3-Series replacement has occupied ever since. It also taught owners (including this one) all about oversteer. Total 2002 production was 407,935, which seems like a lot. But the numbers get depressingly smaller when you start looking for the best of the lot. The 2002 tii is the most desirable — and the most expensive — but represents only 11% of production (38,703 sedans, 5,782 with hatchback Touring bodies). Most were left-hand drive, but only 7,447 were U.S. models. What to pay? At least $30k for a decent tii. BODY AND TRIM The E10 body is based on BMW’s “Neue Klasse” structure, with shorter front and rear ends. Sedans are all 2-door; the 3-door hatch Touring option was introduced with a whole-range facelift in 1971. This included rubber strips on bumpers, new black-face instrument cluster and new seats. Aluminium grille trim (incorporating sidelights in corners) was included until 1973. RUST-PRONE TRUNK Rust in the spare wheelwell and fuel tank is classic BMW. If it’s perfect, it has probably been repainted, and while you’re in the trunk, check the rear shock mounts at the top of the inner wheelarches. Sills are another structural area that can rust, sometimes missed behind the finishing trim. TAILLIGHTS Classic (and neat) round taillights until the 1974 model year, when the larger, rectangular clusters were fitted along with a black-plastic front grille and generally plusher trim. It’s not impossible to find a round-light car with the black grille. 1971 BMW 2002 ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Alpinas Rare and über-cool. Call us if you find one! The legendary tuning firm founded in Kaufbeuren by Burkard Bovensiepen started on the M10 engine (as a 1500) in the mid-1960s and modified 2002s right until the end. A1-spec broadly follows the factory ti. A2 is a 150-hp 2002. A4 is a 160-hp tii. 174 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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INTERIOR Germanic and mostly hard-wearing vinyl (sometimes with cloth inserts) is functional if not fancy. Wood door and dash trim, cloth seats and a rear center armrest were available. Turbos (LHD only) have a red instrument panel, which tends to fade with age and time. ENGINE The M10 single-overhead-cam slant-4 is tough — its block was used as the basis of 1,400-hp turbo engines in F1. Weakness is in the aluminum head, which can crack. Valve adjustment is simple, via rotatable eccentrics clamped in ends of rockers. The 1,990-cc 2-liter (from 1968) comes in three strengths: • 100-hp/116 foot-pounds single-carb • 120-hp twin-carb in the 2002 ti • 130-hp with Kugelfischer mechanical injection in the 1971 2002 tii. (If you have one of these, find a good specialist and make friends with them.) The Turbo The rare 170-hp Turbo (1,672 made, mostly in 1973, never sold in the U.S.) is a different animal: flares, a deep chin spoiler, no front bumper, stripes over white or silver finish, and sometimes a 5-speed gearbox. Power delivery is laggy in a hilariously ’70s sort of way. Think: Cheech and Chong... deep intake... long pause... blam! “Hey, maan, what wuz that?” Aggressive reversed “turbo” script on the front soon disappeared, as it was considered somewhat unseemly in a fuel crisis. Tired, smoky turbos (KKK) aren’t a dealbreaker, as they’re cheap enough to have rebuilt — though smoke on the over-run on any 02 is probably worn valve guides. STEERING Steering is by box (worm and roller), as rack-and-pinion didn’t appear until the 3-Series of 1975, but it’s cleverly arranged, so play manifests itself at the extremes of lock, not at the straight-ahead. No power steering is available, but it should be light and slop-free while driving — and exceptionally communicative. BRAKES There are twin brakes servos on these cars, which means two master cylinders running twin circuits (4-piston calipers from 1969), so when they start leaking, you have potentially twice the headaches. FENDER ROT Front-end inner structure is a weakness of the 2002, as it’s prone to rot, as eventually are the inner fenders. Parts are intermittently available from BMW Classic (shop.bmw-classic. de). In the U.S., see 2002bmw. com and pelicanparts.com. Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 175


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ROAD VALUE At Home on 17-Mile Drive A 1946–48 Chrysler Town & Country is the perfect choice to replace your rental car for the 2021 Monterey Car Week by Carl Bomstead 1947 Chrysler Town & Country sedan — a stylish ride for Monterey Car Week I n our youths, the 26th of December would start the countdown for the following Christmas. Now, of course, we are older and much more mature. The countdown starts instead as we head out on the 101 from Pebble Beach with Monterey Car Week in our rear-view mirror. This year, as we are all painfully aware, things were different. The car world has come to an abrupt halt, with COVID-19 throwing up an interminably long red light. The activities and camaraderie we cherish throughout the Monterey Car Week were put on hold. That does not, however, mean we can’t start hoping and planning for a bigger and better week in 2021. Skip the Hertz counter The first thing is to ditch the rental car and find a ride with a bit more panache and style. Let’s place a $100,000 limit on our acquisition, because that seems like it should be more than enough to replace a Nissan Sentra with mismatched tires. As long as we’re buying a car just to go to Monterey, being accepted for a spot on Ocean Avenue for Tuesday’s Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue and even possible entry into The Quail on Friday would be a major plus. So let’s figure out a way to get those organizers’ attention. While we’re at it, a car with a little potential appreciation would also be nice. When I go to Pebble, I bring my better half, and as there’s always a friend or two 176 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market or another couple to pal around with, a flashy two-seater just won’t cut it. Thus rejecting any number of potential rides, a Chrysler Land Yacht — otherwise known as a Town & Country — comes to mind (not the minivan!). My first preference would be the spectacular 1941 “Barrelback” station wagon, but financial parameters take it out of the picture, along with the convertible. The 1946–48 4-door sedan, however, has seen values dip under $100k of late for decent drivers. What’s in a name? The origin of the Town & County name has been lost in the shuffle, but one possibly apocryphal version is that the president of the Boyertown Wood Works, who produced wood bodies for Chrysler, sketched several potential designs. He thought the steel front looked “town” and the wood portion looked “country” and so noted on his sketches. The Town & Country used a wood body with ash wood framing and mahogany inserts. In mid-1947 the


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inserts were changed to Di-Noc decals, but the manufacturing process was still much more expensive than the Nash Suburban sedan and the Ford Sportsman, Chrysler’s main competitors. Both had their wood panels attached directly to steel bodies. Chrysler described the Town & Country as having the grace and elegance of a yacht, but “just as every yacht is refinished every season, so should the beauty and luster of the wood body be maintained by periodic varnishing.” They recommended every six months, with particular attention being paid to the joints, “which at all times must be kept thoroughly sealed against moisture.” As time drifted on, this chore was more frequently ignored, which explains the high mortality rate of this model. A brand halo In 1946 the nation was catching its collective breath from the lengthy war, and the automotive manufacturers were selling all the warmed-over 1942 models they could produce. Why, then, would Chrysler go to the expense of producing these woodies? Well, they were customer magnets, “traffic generators,” and brought potential buyers into the dealer showroom where they would, hopefully, purchase a more practical and affordable Chrysler product. The interior of our Town & Country sedan will, unfortunately, be a bit spartan. The side panels were plain wood and the seating was leather or vinyl with Saran-woven plastic or cloth. Chrysler’s Highlander plaid was listed as an option. A few restored sedans have added the attractive interior, but their owners should be prepared to defend their decision if they drive onto the judging field. No T&C convertibles are known to have been manufactured with that interior. Another issue we will face is that the Town & Country sedan is underpowered. These were all built on the 123½-inch Windsor chassis and were powered by the 114-horsepower L-head 6-cylinder engine. With the sedan weighing in at close to two tons, performance is not a talking point. So we won’t be leading the pack going over Laureles Grade heading from Laguna Seca to Carmel Valley. 2022 and beyond With a little faith in the market and adding in the value of the attention it will garner heading to and fro during Car Week, now is the right time to acquire a Town & Country sedan. Recent sales have been depressed, dropping into the $70,000 range — this while one notable example sold for twice that nine short years ago. These are stunning cars that should rebound eventually, provided we take care of the timber and stay away from the hills. Fingers crossed that we get that concours spot! ♦ The grace and elegance of a yacht, but “just as every yacht is refinished every season, so should the beauty and luster of the wood body be maintained by periodic varnishing.” Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 177


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SHOOTOUT! SCM EXPERTS DUEL IT OUT How to Spend $100,000 on a Ferrari Two Steves — Ferrari experts Ahlgrim and Serio — tell us which Ferrari is the best buy from three recent decades Your lotto numbers hit last night. You won enough to pay your bills, bank some cash and fulfill your dream of assembling a Ferrari collection. You want cars you grew up with, one each from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Your budget is $100,000 per car. What are you going to get? Steve Ahlgrim Owner of Italycars LLC, a Ferrari appraisal, inspection and consulting service. Italycars@aol.com 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS The 1980s: 328 GTS There are a lot of options in the 1980s, but not all of them are good. Nobody’s going to fault you if you want a Testarossa, but this iconic Ferrari is expensive to service and not that much fun to drive. A 328 would be a better choice. Still mid- engined, just down a handful of cylinders. But these cars are dependable, reasonable to service and fun to drive. It’s what I’d buy and what I’d recommend. SCM’s 2020 Pocket Price Guide shows a mean value of $68,000 for a 1986–88 328 GTS, so with $100k, you should be able to find a nice example. The 1990s: 456 GT Options thin out as you move to the ’90s, but you can still get a lot of car for your money. This is where you secure your front-engine, 12-cylinder Ferrari. The low end of the 550 Maranello market straddles the $100,000 line. If you can find a good car at that money, buy it; otherwise, try my pick below. I’m a fan of 456 GTs, the original 6-speed version. This is Ferrari’s best-looking fourplace car, and the front-mounted V12 is as sweet as they come. But the 456 can be expensive to own, so pick one with a great service history over a great price. You’ll be able to do so, as the price guide shows a mean value of $58,500 for a 1992–98 456 GT. The 2000s: 612 Scaglietti or F430 The picking gets slim when you cross into the 21st century, but anything that fits the budget will be a worthy purchase. If you have children, the 612 Scaglietti is your car. The four-seat, front-engine, 12-cylinder 612 is only a hair slower than an F40 around Fiorano. It’s good-looking to boot. SCM price guide shows a mean value of $83,000 for a 2004–10 612 Scaglietti. Although the 2006–11 599 GTB Fiorano is priced well over our $100,000 bogey (price guide lists a mean value of $145,500), I’ve seen a couple early 599s advertised right at $100,000. For that money, you may have to accept a bad CARFAX, but a well-repaired lightdamage example might be a good tradeoff to get supercar performance and exceptional Pininfarina styling. Don’t forget your savings on the buy side also means a lower resale. If not, be happy with an F430 coupe or spider. The 2004–10 430 berlinetta comes in at $104,500. Barrett-Jackson 1994 Ferrari 456 GT 2009 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 178 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Stephen Serio President and owner, Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc., Waltham, MA www.astonmartin-lotus.com First let me proclaim that I’m spending every nickel for each decade to get a great car. And these three cars have one thing in common: There is no room for anything that is devoid of a third pedal. I think we can all agree on that. Valeo gearbox, really? F1 transmission? No thanks! The 1980s: 412 GT The ’80s are the hardest decade for me to pick. I am torn because I’d like a 1989 328 GTB, preferably in a rare color like Prugna, Grigio or Azzurro. These cars have great build quality and were the end of the line of wringing great performance from an injected 3.2-liter V8. I had the pleasure of renting one in the south of France for a weekend in 1988, and it was intoxicating. But the 412 GT is rarer and more fitting for building my three-car collection. A manual 412 has controversial Pininfarina styling, was never imported here, and suffers from the dreaded 2+2 seating configuration. Perfect! Because only 270 were produced for the world, most were painted in tasteful period colors, and we’re talking a 4.9-liter Colombo V12 mated to a 5-speed box. A gentleman’s express, so sign me up. I might just settle for a 400i — err, scratch that, 412 only. The 2020 SCM Pocket Price Guide says median price for a manual 412 is $80,500. The 1990s: Testarossa What a horrid decade for a lot of exotic-car manufacturers. Ever-changing safety standards and emissions requirements coupled with slower economic times made for some 1991 Ferrari Testarossa grim exotic-car chowder. I think the Sultan of Brunei single-handedly kept most of these car companies afloat with all of his special one-off derivatives during this nadir. But in the early 1990s there was still an ’80s Ferrari hanging on for a few more years of production that I’ll try and find for $100k: a 1990–91 Testarossa. By this point the Testarossa had been around since 1984 and would soon morph into the 512 TR and then the 512 M. Neither interest me. I’ll take a lateproduction original design here, side cheese graters and all. I’ll probably have to settle for red and with higher-than-average miles, but it will be worth it. The price guide says later Testarossas have a median value of $100,000 on the nose. I enjoyed having a Testarossa included in our group during a cross-country trip in 1998, and I hammered it up to 140 mph near the Bonneville Salt Flats before I ran out of nerve. That memory alone qualifies the car, plus I just love the name — Big Red, indeed. The 2000s: 550 Maranello The easiest decade for a standout Ferrari, again going V12 here with the Maranello. Yes, this car carried over from the 1990s, but I’d look for a later model, maybe with a few more miles on it. I’d like NART Blue, please, with a red gut. Having only 100 large is limiting and means a longish look for the right car, but what’s the rush? This model tends to peak and valley in price and fashion from time to time, so I think it’s an attainable goal. The sound of that 5.5-liter V12! And mar- ried to a 6-speed gated shifter is the way to go. Personally — and I don’t think I’m alone here — this model exemplifies something that was not improved upon with the next two iterations, the 575M and 599 GTB. Bigger and faster is sometimes not better. There is a certain Ferrari DNA that’s stronger in the 550, one that comes from its older, proper brother the Daytona. ♦ 1989 Ferrari 412 GT coupe 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello coupe Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 179


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READER FORUM Which Era is Hottest? We often talk about which cars are surging in desirability and valuation, but what about entire eras? Which one is seeing attention and prices rise the most, the 1950s through 1970s, the 1980s and 1990s, or 2000 to the present? Why? What interest do you have in cars from this time period? The era that is currently the hottest is the ’80s and ’90s. The ’60s and early ’70s have performed well for many years, and the 2000–present era hasn’t reached its peak yet. I first noticed the change four years ago at the Auburn Fall Auction, where a 1996 Toyota Supra was a no-sale in the mid-$60k range. I couldn’t figure out who made a bigger mistake, the seller or the buyer, but assumed the auction house was running the car to get closer to the reserve. Since then we have all seen the prices for pristine low-miles Supra Turbo Targas breaking $150k. The 1987 Buick GNXs have always performed well, but recently many other units from the ’80s and ’90s have seen a large increase in value. The ones that break the bank are always extremely clean low-miles examples with good history and clean CARFAXes. Look at the prices of Acura Integra Type Rs; we’ve seen them bust $80k. Recently we have seen a few ’93 Mustang Cobra R models sell for well over $100k. I know they only produced 107 of them originally, so they are rare, but that’s a lot of money. The Eddie Vannoy Collection resulted in the sale of two full-size SUVs from the ’80s for $80k-plus — both records, I’m sure. Both of these examples were once again low mileage Depends on how old you are. — Bela Thury, via email 180 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market — I believe under 2,000 miles each — and the best examples available (judging from the auction descriptions and pictures). I have been fortunate to have been driving since 1972, and I’ve had the opportunity to drive muscle cars from the late 1960s and the early 1970s, and many of these collector cars from the ’80s and ’90s, as the manufacturers were getting back into performance. For most of the cars in the ’80s and ’90s, the performance expectations are better than the realities. I feel the 2000-and-newer cars will be the next “hot performers” in the marketplace, probably four to five years from now. The overall performance is so far superior to anything from the previous decades it’s a no-brainer. Look at the value you get with a low-miles 2006–13 Z06 Corvette. There are plenty of them out there that have never seen the track (or have never seen the rain, for that matter); they are great cars. The 2015–19 Z06s with 650 hp are incredible performers and can be had for under $70k. These are just two examples, but the list goes on and on across domestic and import lines. The problem with the recent cars is that they aren’t old enough to rekindle memories of childhood or early-life aspirations like the other eras do. But that time will come soon for the 2000–present era, and it will be the strongest segment because it will be the pinnacle of performance, but for now the ’80s and ’90s are performing the best as the “hottest” era. I know where I’ll invest my money, and it won’t be at the peak of the market for underperforming cars, if you catch my drift. — Mike McGinley, Overland Park, KS


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I know the 1980s and 1990s are surging, but in my mind it is only because they are relatively easy to find and (usually) less expensive to purchase and maintain, except for the true collector-status vehicles (e.g., F40, etc.). The 2000s are also hot for the same reason and because parts and service are still readily available. Select vehicles in the 1950s to 1970s I believe will remain strong because they can always be made to run, as computers degrading and obsolescence are not an issue, and it is relatively easy to transplant or otherwise upgrade them (hence the resto-mod craze). I do think, however, that regardless of era, there is a generational shift occurring. The younger enthusiasts generally do not have the interest or knowledge to maintain most of what they own, so they appear to be willing to pay more up front for something where the parts are relatively inexpensive and there are many mechanics to work on them. So, for instance, I think air-cooled Porsches will continue to do well, while I think the vintage-Ferrari market will soften as the 50-plus age group dissipates. In addition, the cars must drive well, so if the car is a ’57 Chevy, only the restomods will continue to hold any (and still diminishing) interest. Because of the drivability issue (they must be at home in the city and on the highway), my air-cooled Porsche pick and other vehicles with similar attributes (maybe like Datsun Zs and the like) fit the “safe bet” bill. As the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s cars finally start having the inevitable computer and other electrical issues, I fear that market, too, will suffer unless the aftermarket saves them. Brass Era cars and Classics will find an increasingly smaller audience and are clearly not good long-term holds. — Stanton P. Beck, Seattle, WA I collect cars from the 1950s through the 1990s. My collection today ranges from a 1955 Ford Thunderbird to a 1958 Porsche Speedster replica, a 1967 Intermeccanica Italia coupe and a 1981 Lancia Zagato, to a 1994 Range Rover Classic RHD TDi and a 1998 Porsche Boxster (my daily drivers), with a couple of others in between. So I guess my era is the 1950s through the 1990s. The Range Rover is diesel, and all the others but the Lancia and the Boxster are carbureted. I’m in my early 70s and probably pretty typical of the average collector who does most of his own work. True exotics are too expensive for us, fuel injection (particularly old, mechanical fuel injection) confuses us, and onboard computers terrify us. We like cars that don’t have a “check engine” light. I follow Bring a Trailer pretty closely, and I think the 1950s through the 1980s era is what’s hottest right now for sheer volume of cars changing hands. There are some pretty nice cars from that era that are fun to drive and relatively easy to maintain, and there are examples out there that are relatively affordable. — Dave Hedderly-Smith, Poulsbo, WA Let’s face reality: The ’80s and the ’90s vehicles are currently captivating the market! This coming from a member of the Baby Boomer generation, who grew up on Road Runners, Corvettes, Mustangs, etc. I still love me some ’60s muscle cars — I managed to hang on to a nice ’66 Mustang GT that I occasionally take out for a ride — but with the demographics of the overall population moving younger, it’s inevitable that the majority of collectors will gravitate towards the poster cars of their youth: KITT from “Knight Rider,” the Acura NSX, Honda Preludes, T-top Trans-Ams, AMGs, M1s, M3s, M5s, 5.0s, Broncos and Blazers, all manner of Porsches, RuFs — Audi Quattros, rally cars, Yugos, flip-up-headlight sports cars of all types, Widebody Euro gray-market cars, oddball Radwood cars, Youngtimers, Typhoons and Cyclones. You get the “drift”! The ’80s and ’90s were an era when the auto industry was emerging from the funk of early emissions regulations, big 5-mph bumpers, and sealed-beam headlights. With newfound styling freedom and a better handle on emissions controls, car manufacturers (led by the Europeans) began introducing exciting new models and bringing real performance to the forefront again. Note that collector cars from this era, while trending upward, might never catch up to the average values of those from the Golden Era of true Classics, or the muscle-car era. Although that might disappoint some of the auction houses, that should not dampen our enthusiasm for these vehicles. The fact that the entry price to car collectibility is lower should serve to interest new collectors in entering a collector market where the stakes are a bit lower than blue-chip territory. It’s working for me: I have several ’80s and ’90s cars in my fledgling collection. I have different flavors I can try every day of the week. If I was specializing in earlier cars, I might not be able to afford as many! — Pete Engel, White Post, VA I notice you don’t even mention the Classic era or anything before 1950. I believe the truism is that today’s new collectors will seek out what was cool when they were young and impressionable but broke. So who are the most influential collectors? Boomers who like chrome and have finally reached middle age and prosperity, or young hotshots who had their tastes shaped in the ’80s and ’90s, but somehow skipped over the doldrums and got rich quicker? The answer to that question is the answer to every marketing, advertising and political campaign ever — and the key to understanding a lot of similar jokes. For now, I think the whippersnappers will still have to wait. — Robert FitzSimons, via email Certainly, the era of the 1980s is on the rise due to the financial maturation of that demographic group. This has been happening for quite some time already, and the prices of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other marques from that time frame have shown this to be true. The cars that were featured in posters on their bedroom walls during their youth, including the 308 and 328, Countach (especially Periscope) and Miura, among others, have clearly risen in recent years. My generation (a little older here) still appreciates early 911s, 356s, Lussos, 330 GTCs, 275 GTBs and 300SLs, among others. In the American lineup, fuel-injected Corvettes continue to be coveted, along with the Split-Window 1963 Corvette, and are still considered “hot.” All the better if a ’63 Fuelie is in the barn! — Ann M. Fagan, Briarcliff Manor, NY ♦ Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 181


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MYSTERY PHOTO ANSWERS Doesn’t matter. None of them run anyway. — Sam Mak, via email RUNNER-UP: We always said he’s one short of a six pack! — C.T. Troilo, Yardley, PA Our neighbor with the MGs has the biggest shoehorn I’ve ever seen! — Winsor D. Rose, Derby, KS “Mmm... Gee, it’s getting kind of crowded in here. And who’s leaking oil on me? I really hope Morris comes home soon.” — Brian Kearney, Boston, MA Geez, I’ve seen cans of sar- dines packed looser than that! — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA “It has always been shoulder- to-shoulder with MG.” — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC “With MGs, your two-car garage can become a five.” — Jessie Cart, Saluda, NC MG: More Garage space needed! — Tony DiBiase, Fayetteville, NY “All fart and no start!” — Richard Lincoln, via email “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” — Eugene S. Kraus, Chicago, IL The ultimate masochist’s ga- rage. — Robert Stein, Franklin, MI Having parked his open car underneath a vintage British car, Mr. Oilybottom was once again reminded of how he acquired his nickname. — Chris Visser, Falls Church, VA Pity. He’d traveled all that way to buy a secret cache of vintage MiGs. — Jeff Brock, Colorado Springs, CO “As a former stunt double on ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ I’m well versed in getting in and out through the window. That’s why I pack ’em and stack ’em.” — Leslie Dreist, Lachine, MI I only buy cars that start with “M.” — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL So my wife says, “Get as many as you want, as long as they all fit in the garage.” — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI “Cheer up, Nigel. At least the wall clock works!” — Art McDonald, Durham, NC Clearly, the wall clock was not made by Lucas. It works nicely. —James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA “Hey, Junior, you got a crow- bar?” — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email We had to award this month’s SCM hat to Sam Mak, because, to quote comedian and TV host Steve Allen, “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” A garage stuffed with old British cars that don’t move under their own power must surely be tragic. Or as Homer Simpson is wont to say: “It’s funny ’cause it’s true.” ♦ Comments With Your Renewals “I always call my car friends and ask, ‘Did you see the new issue?’” — Kevin Woeller, Toledo, OH (SCMer since 2008) More Miatas! Millions of us love ’em! — S.J. Hotze, House Springs, MO (2008) Like I did last year at renewal time, I will borrow again from Porsche advertising: “Sports Car Market — there is no substitute.” — Paul Naberhaus, Loveland, OH (2018) Please offer more advice on investing in cars below $50k for us normal people. — Phillip Erma, Henderson, NV (1997) Get rid of “youngster” cars — what a joke! Stick to the good stuff. — Colin Fleichtmeir, Los Gatos, CA (2007) 182 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: October 25, 2020 Really enjoying the “Next Gen” content and the perspective of the youngsters! — Brooks Esser, Menlo Park, CA (2001) Increase focus on affordable cars under $20k. Otherwise, good job! — Lorenzo Schide, Bellbrook, OH (2019) More on entry-level cars. Discuss affordability, durability in different levels of car collecting. — Marc Mrus, Santa Fe, NM (2014) Best auto mag out there! — Frank Earle, Friday Harbor, WA (2005) Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and continued subscriptions — Keith Martin, Publisher 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. Greg James


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KIDS & CARS NEXT GEN GEARHEADS 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. LOOKING BACK The types of cars may change and the numbers get ever bigger, but SCM remains a steady hand to help steer you through the market for more than 30 years 2020 15 Years ago HE’S THE RIGHT SIZE TO FIT: Bennett William Nichols sitting in Grandpa Norb Bries’ 1970 Lotus Europa at Elkhart Lake’s Road America. — Michelle Bries Nichols 2015 2010 The Europa in action — but not with Bennett behind the wheel 2005 30 Years ago 2000 1995 1990 MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION: While sequestered at home during the coronavirus, I taught my 16-year-old son Grant a new life skill. He’s doing his first oil change on my 1966 Corvette convertible. He did a great job! — Mike Benson, Oak Park, IL Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 183


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ENGLISH 1954 Jaguar XK 120 coupe Restored by British Auto Restorations in Roanoke and JR Auto in Arkport, NY. Hardly driven since. $38K invested, Price $25,000. Car now in Elmira, NY. $25,000. Contact John, Ph: 607.739.8446, email: mactr3@gmail.com. (NY) 1965 Elva McLaren M1A S/N 219997. Champagne Yellow/black. 88,729 miles. Manual. Five documented owners from new. Matching-numbers engine, transmission and colors. Original sheet metal and floors. Outstanding original factory gaps. Sympathetic restoration carried out from 2011 to 2013 including paint, chrome, engine and transmission rebuild, and suspension, with receipts. Never in an accident. Still with original interior. An excellent, well-cared for example. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: https://grandprixclassics.com/1965-porsche-356ccoupe/. (CA) 1968 Porsche 912 SWB coupe GERMAN 1965 Porsche 356C 2-door coupe Original owner, 487 miles. Call for full option list. None better, $259,000. Contact Natale, Ph: 631.848.7674, email: nlanza@fly-efi.com. (NY) AMERICAN 2008 Dodge Viper ACR 2-dr S/N 1B3JZ69ZX8V200933. Black/black. 42,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Real ACR, serviced by Chuck Tator, renowned Viper wizard, who‘s available for consult. New tires, all fluids, oil lines. Runs perfect, over 600 hp, one of 58 black ACRs produced in 2008. Custom interior dash panels. $72,000. Contact Vincent, Ph: 914.912.0526, email: vmarrone@ publicstrategiesllc.net. (NY) RACE 1959 Lancia Appia Zagato GTE coupe Black on black, super nice. $99,500. Forza Motorsports. Ph: 860.350.1140, email: forzamot@ aol.com. Website: https://www.forzamotorsports. com/1954-jaguar-xk-120-coupe-black 1960 Triumph TR3 Seek to buy Elva McLaren; reward for help. Contact Frank, email: p538@yahoo.com. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 roadster S/N 12804292. Light Ivory/black. 91,606 miles. Flat 4, 5-spd manual. Very nice, mostly original driver. Total mechanical restoration. Receipts total $37k. Never damaged and never taken apart. Matching numbers. Solid pan. One repaint in 1987. Very quick and reliable. $47,500. Contact Wayne, Ph: 970.355.9826, email: pondislandwayne@gmail. com. (NC) S/N HBJ8L40446. Olive/Sand Pebble. 1,400 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Total disassembly and build with all new parts. Always Best of Show or People’s Choice. 10,000 miles since restoration. None any finer. $79,500. Contact Eddie, Ph: 704.578.0795, email: eddiebur123@gmail.com. (SC) ITALIAN 1970 Maserati Indy 2-door coupe S/N 812012533. White/white/blue. 32,825 miles. V4, 4-spd manual. Toly Arutunoff’s 45-year-owned Lancia Appia GTE. ‘78 respray, otherwise original. Engine by Jack Beck/Orion Engineering, same year. Monterey x6/Torrey Pines/Pittsburgh/Philadelphia x4/Memphis/San Diego/Copperstate/Sebring vintage race history. For sale by owner. Dealer display engine and transmission on stand also available. $175,000. Contact Anatoly, Ph: 918.743.0888, email: tolyarutunoff1@gmail.com. (OK ) 2006 Porsche 996 GT3 RSR S/N 116372 and 116414. Red/white. 70,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. New transmission, clutch, pressure plate and resurfaced flywheel. New shocks, plugs and wires. Valve adjustment and tune-up. P/w, p/s. Michelin 215X70VR14. ANSA exhaust. $60,000-plus in restoration costs. Leather interior and carpet binding. A/C disconnected and parts saved. Parts car had 29,000 miles and was running when taken apart in 1986. $90,000. Contact Dr. Joe, Ph: 562.335.8499, email: ejcuny@verizon.net. (CA) 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB coupe The latest evolution of Porsche’s most successful 996 GT3 R(S)R-lineage. One of only 37 996 RSRs built by Porsche Motorsport. Retains its original bodyshell and equipped with all 2006 factory updates. Excellent race history including two Le Mans 24Hour finishes. State-of-the-art preparation, 100% race-ready with very extensive spares. RMD. Contact Marc, Ph: 011/324.75422790, email: salesinfo@ rmd.be. Website: https://rmd.be/cars-for-sale/car/ view/1/206/porsche-996-gt3-rsr. (BE) AUTOMOBILIA Concours swag S/N ZFF7ALA5J0230134. Blu Tour de France/Cuoio. 487 miles. V8, full front nose and hood clear wrap as well as rocker panels. Full warranty until 10/20 is extendable. Maintenance warranty until 10/24. Pebble Beach Concours judge’s swag 1984–2019: messenger bags, totes, dash plaques, binders, badges; Rolls-Royce and Bentley items; Forest Grove Concours dash plaques, car models, 1980 BMW 730i unopened first-aid kit; Harley-Davidson collector items, Vintage oil cans, polish, R-R/Bentley dealer sales kits. Contact Diane, email: thebrandonindex@ gmail.com. ♦ 184 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ADVERTISING / MARKETING Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWERKS. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a fullservice marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) ADVISOR SERVICES 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson 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, Barrett-Jackson 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) Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold Valenti 360 LLC. 414.421.6300. Valenti 360 LLC is a premier global automotive consulting firm offering specialty procurement, auction assistance, value assessment, estate planning, collection management, and expert testimony on collector and special interest automobiles and automobilia. We ensure that your buying, selling, or investing decisions are well-informed. Valenti 360’s practice spans thirty years in the industry with extensive hands-on experience performing concours level restorations, custom one-off builds, service, sales, valuations, and more. Our goal is simple. We want to help you navigate the curves with ease, so you can fully enjoy the road. www.valenti360.com AUCTION COMPANIES 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 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) 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 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. 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 New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Branson Auction. 800.335.3063. The Branson Auction is now in it’s fourth decade of “service to the collector”. Jim and Kathy Cox have made a career out of helping the newest enthusiast to the hobby and the veterans who have been coming to Branson twice a year for over forty years. They help arrange transportation, reservations, appraisals, detailing and maintenance for one or fifty cars. Dedicated to the hobby and collectors as well. Ask what they can do for you! www.bransonauction.com Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, awardwinning 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 record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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 RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) 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) Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, 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 186 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 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)


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ALFA ROMEO Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt 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 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 Stratas Auctions Inc. +1.310.749.0174. Stratas Auctions is an online auction platform delivering an elegant, streamlined customer experience with straightforward bidding and transparent sales. Our in-house specialists curate inventory and assist consigners and bidders throughout the entire sale process. Daily sales allow for immediate market tracking and regular access to the world’s finest automobiles without having to wait for the traditional auction season schedule. Consign when the time is right and ensure that your car will be given the spotlight it deserves, not being lost in the frenzy of an in-person auction. For more information, visit stratas.auction (CA) 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) AUTOMOBILIA Unlike any other. The Legendary Dials Hat from Motorology®. Inspired by the early Porsche 911 dashboard. More unique gifts for the car collector available now at www.motorology. com. Motorology, LLC, Essex Junction, 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 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) BMW 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) BUY / SELL / GENERAL Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate- management and collection-consultancy 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) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com AUTOMOTIVE LUGGAGE 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 “increasing-in-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 224558-8955 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 631-5632876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.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. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Alan Taylor Co. accounting@ alantaylorcompany.com. Alan Taylor Co. of Temecula, CA introduces Taylor Made Automotive Luggage for any and all cars, new and old. Arrive in style with Taylor Made Automotive Luggage custom made for you in your choice of matched leather or vinyl, or upgrade to one of our exotic leathers. Contact us at accounting@alantaylorcompany.com 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-of-the-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pick-up anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 187


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. BUY / SELL / GENERAL (CONTINUED) Daniel Schmitt & Co. 314.291.7000. A Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest 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 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 family tradition of more than 50 years, at Daniel Schmitt & Co. we specialize in procuring and selling investment-level classic and exotic motorcars! In over 30 years of business we have sent thousands of cars across the globe and we pride ourselves on our extremely loyal clientele. Located in St. Louis, Missouri our facility spans four acres and is minutes from Lambert International Airport. Let us introduce you to your next automotive investment! www.schmitt.com | info@schmitt.com (MO) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. 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. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factorytrained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 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 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 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) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 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 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 squarefoot 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) Luxury Brokers International. 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. info@girardo.com www.girardo.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@lbilimited.com (PA) Motor Classic & Competition Corp. 914.997.9133. Since 1979, we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling highquality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. 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) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 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 new-millennium 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 188 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 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)


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CAR STORAGE 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) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two 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) 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 Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limitededition 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. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicing-complete 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) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE ENGLISH Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) 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 Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. 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) 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) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just the Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally 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) 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 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) 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. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC 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 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 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) Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 189


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ENGLISH (CONTINUED) FINANCE Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, 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) ESTATE PLANNING ADVISORY La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. 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. La Jolla California is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on April 16 through 18, 2021 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com 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. a full line of Mercedes-Benz 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) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. Chrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 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) 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. 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) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. is the largest lender Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, October 16 - 18. Benefiting Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will bring hundreds of classic cars and thousands of automotive enthusiasts to Chattanooga for a threeday, family-friendly event. Three components will anchor the festival schedule: High Jinks Rallye, Time Trials and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit www.chattanoogamotorcar.com to learn more about how you can get involved. of its type in the country – providing financing on collector cars ranging from 1900 to today. Whether you have your eye on a 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile or a 2010 Ferrari – we’re here to make your dream car a reality. Offering low rates, long terms, and no prepayment penalties. Our programs start at $6,000 and exceed $2 million with terms up to 96 months. Visit our website at jjbest.com or call 800-USA-1965 to receive an approval in minutes. Our team of experts is here to find the program that fits all of your needs. Your dream car will be in your garage in no time! 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 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.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 190 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 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 Precision Autoworks. 856.966.0080. MERCEDES 300SL: If you already own such a car or have an interest in buying one, THE 300SL STORY featured in www.precisionautoworks.com could save you from making a $500,000 mistake. info@precisionautoworks.com GERMAN 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 in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Everchanging showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA)


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MUSEUMS Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 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 MercedesBenz 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 David North LLC. 862.823.1182. Magneti Marelli distributor service and restoration for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Service includes complete documentation before and after work. Distributors are disassembled, cleaned with all worn, missing and incorrect parts replaced. Advance curves, points and all adjustments are set to factory specifications. All distributors are extensively tested and checked before delivery. Fast service turnaround to meet any schedule. Most of these distributors are found to be in need of maintenance and many have incorrect or non-functioning advance mechanisms. This is just one part of a complete tune up that is necessary for a well running engine. davenorth73@gmail.com LEASING Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584; Email: info@carsusa.com; www.carsusa.com ITALIAN 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 Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. 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 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) 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 Turtle Garage provides readers 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 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. 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 soughtafter products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 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 LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. 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, ACCESORIES & CAR CARE MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 191


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. PARTS, ACCESORIES & CAR CARE (CONTINUED) RESTORATION – GENERAL Farland Classic Restoration. Branson Collector Cars. 417.336.1155. National Parts Depot. 800-874-7595. 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 “The Shop” at Branson Collector Cars began in the late eighties for the sole purpose to maintain and restore the owner’s personal collection and that of a few close friends. Beginning in 2010 “The Shop” was opened to all collectors for the maintenance, repair and full ground up restorations. The technicians have an envious amount of skills, experience and dedication to the art of preserving your favorite ride. Ask for Jason! https://bransonauction.com/the-shop/ 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 Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For 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) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 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. quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com RACING SERVICES Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservation-level 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) 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 Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. 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) 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 Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks 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 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) 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) 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) 192 NOVEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are Paruch Automotive Craftsmanship. On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 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 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 worldclass 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) 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 The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. Palm 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) The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning full-service 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 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 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:vwww.thewerkshop.com (IL) 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 dedicated 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 at www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Paddock Classic Car Restorations. 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 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) 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 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 Mercedes-Benz 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 © Pollock Auto Restoration. 610.323.7108. 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 Experienced with Brass-Era, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@ pollockauto.com www.pollockauto.com (PA) Sports Car Market NOVEMBER 2020 193


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eW CHCARL BOMSTEAD PAGE HEADER AT Condition Critical A uniquely mint $615,000 Nolan Ryan rookie card delivers the perfect punch C ondition, condition, condition. That is the mantra for valuing most collectibles but is especially true for baseball trading cards. Goldin Auctions, at their August 22 event, offered a 1968 Nolan Ryan Topps Rookie Stars baseball card that PSA rated a perfect 10. They stated that of the approximately 11,500 examples evaluated, this was the only one they rated 10. Nolan Ryan, a Hall of Famer and now CEO of the Texas Rangers, was an eight-time All-Star and holds the Major League record for strikeouts, with 5,714 over his 27-year career. He is also known for whopping — in 1993, at age 46 — Robin Ventura in a little dust-up after hitting the 26-year-old with a pitch. Due to its amazing condition, the card sold for $615,000 after 24 bids. That, however, pales in comparison to the $3,936,000 recently bid for another Mike Trout signed rookie card (an even rarer card than the one we wrote about in the September 2020 “eWatch”). Here are a few more things that caught our eye as we wiled away the hours on our computer: RM SOTHEBY’S ONLINE ONLY: OPEN ROADS AUCTION LOT 101 — FERRARI 275 GTB TOOL ROLL. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $6,600. Date: 7/30/2020. This vinyl tool roll has leather straps and a full complement of tools. Included was a Battaini jack, spanners, and spare fuses and bulbs, along with other necessary items. It displayed a bit of wear and age but is just the ticket to sway the judges at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic. MORFORD ANTIQUE ADVERTISING ROUTE 32 IOWA GAS AUCTION LOT 581 — HUSKY GAS PUMP GLOBE. SOLD AT: $24,600. Date: 8/6/2020. The Husky logo was the brand name for the Western Oil and Fuel Company, which was founded in Minnesota. The logo with the Northern Lights is very desirable, and the orange ripple body added a bunch to the package. Quality gas and oil items continue to go through the roof, as we witness with this rare item. AUCTIONS LOT 55 — BOWERS SPARKLUG DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $5,664. Date: /22/2020. This was a very attractive tin litho ountertop display that presented 12 different owers spark plugs. A working thermometer sits ehind the glass, and the shelves in back hold 41 dditional spark plugs. Automotive display pieces re the hot ticket, and this one, with minor nonoffensive wear, sold for an aggressive number. RM SOTHEBY’S ONLINE ONLY: SHIFT / MONTEREY AUCTION LOT 101 — 1948 MONACO GRAND PRIX POSTER BY GEO HAM. Estimate: $10,000—$15,000. SOLD AT: $3,750. Date: 8/14/2020. Geo Ham was a French illustrator known for his incredible work, especially his drawings of airplanes and automobiles, which often sell for aggressive prices. This one, however, fell through the cracks and went for a song. The other posters in the auction did not fare well either, but did not fall as far as this one. ROUTE 32 IOWA GAS AUCTION LOT 648. GILMORE OIL WOOD FLAGMAN WITH FLAG. Estimate: $4,500–$9,000. SOLD AT: $9,225. Date: 8/7/2020. These wood “Dominic” flag men were on the roof of many Gilmore gas stations throughout the West. They were rumored to be named after Dominic Distarce, who was the actual flagman at the Gilmore Stadium. This one had a bit of wear and staining and the flag was not attached correctly. It still sold for a bunch, as complete examples don’t show up that often. 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. 194 SEPTEM NOVEMBBEER 2020 Sports Car MarketR 2020 Sports Car Market 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 EBAY #164321227592 — 1948 TUCKER ASHTRAY/ DESK SET. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $3,148. Date: 8/16/2020. The trials and tribulations of Preston Tucker and his unique automobile are well known. With production delayed, Tucker resorted to promotions and other giveaways to keep buyer interest. This promotional ashtray/desk set was offered in red or gold and, according to the seller, somewhere between 1,730 and 2,230 were produced. This was the later version and was as good as it gets. It even had the Bakelite insert in the cigarette compartment. Considering the condition, the price was more than fair. MORFORD ANTIQUE ADVERTISING AUCTIONS LOT 74 — BOSTON STORE TIN TOY DELIVERY TRUCK. SOLD AT: $3,776. Date: 8/22/2010. A very nice 1920s tin litho wind-up truck toy by German maker Bing. It is 7¾ inches in length and the colors are bright and vibrant. Complete with driver and opening rear door. An exceptional toy that sold for a strong but realistic price considering the condition. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205