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I 4PORTS ‘. CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
THE MOST IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE MOTOR CAR SOLD
AT AUCTION IN NORTH AMERICA
SOLD FOR $6,490,000
0 Simon Clay
THE 1962 LE MANS WINNING FERRARI 330 TRI/LM TESTA ROSSA
SOLD FOR $1,705,000
1954 FERRARI 250 MONZA
SOLD FOR $946,000
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K
1965 FERRARI 275 GTB
SOLD FOR S759,000
RM AUCTIONS INC.
1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 S
SOLD FOR $143,000
1963 FERRARI 400 SUPER AMERICA
SOLD FOR $363,000
1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE I 4.2
SOLD FOR $104,500
1909 SIMPLEX 50 HP TOY
SOLD FOR $429,000
1916 STUTZ BEARCAT
SOLD FOR $169,000
1913ALCO FIVE PASSENGER
SOLD FOR $330,000
1955 JAGUAR D TYPE SPORTS
SOLD FOR $924,000
1963 SHELBY 289 COBRA
SOLD FOR $264,000
1966 JAGUAR [-TYPE SERIES I
SOLD FOR $69,850
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Grubby seats, tired paint
and a magnificent Si .2m
price for this LWB Cal Spyder
at Christie's/Pebble Beach.
October 2002 / Vol. 14, #10
Keith Martin, Editor and Publisher
ON-SITE MARKET REPORTS
Pebble Beach, CA
Quail Lodge, CA
41 RM Auctions, Inc.
51 Russo and Steele
181965 Ferrari 275
More questions than the SAT.
22 1956 Jaguar XKD Roadster
An English twofer.
54 Pat Braden
1934 - 2002.
56 1962 Maserati 3500
An Italian exotic for MGA money.
58 1961 Porsche 356B S90
Freshly done , or just shiny painy?
62 1930 Duesen berg
Model J Cony. Victoria
It's all about pedigree.
6 Shifting Gears
8 The Inside Line
14 Ask The X-perts
Old Alfas, New Benzes
by SCM Analysts
16 Collecting Thoughts
Triumphing on the Web
by Rob Sass
20 Sheehan Speaks
A $200,000 Restoration
by Michael Sheehan
23 The English Patient
Cheap, Reliable and Fun
by Gary Anderson
59 Porsche Gesprach
Tale of Two Speedsters
by Jim Schrager
64 Legal Files
Driving a Target
by Alex Leventhal
66 Affordable Classics
'64 Pontiac GTO Cony.
by B. Mitchell Carlson
67 Bike Buys
'71 H-D Super Glide
by Bengt Halvorson
$12K Chief Sign
by Carl Bomstead
Badges and Bombers
by Carl Bomstead
10 You Write, We Read
11 Auction Calendar
57 Display Advertisers
63 Vintage Rally Calendar
67 Mystery Photo
70 Mystery Photo Answers
70 Twenty Year Picture
71 Comments With Your
75 Neat Stuff
75 Glovebox Notes
55 Alfa Romeo
63 Vintage Race Cars
72 Resource Directory
74 Showcase Gallery
43 1966 Triumph TR4
Surrey Top - The beginning of
the end for cheap TR4s?
300SL - Like their doors,
Gullwing prices keep going up.
52 1969 Chevrolet
Corvette L88 Cony. - It's
Kosher, it's a Corvette, it's $130k.
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#732-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
4-Speed. 26,000 mile original
award winning car.
#432 1949 CHRYSLER TOWN &
COUNTRY CONV. Formerly in the
famed Phillip Wichard Collection.
Last production year of this model.
#642-1954 JAGUAR XK 120
A ground-up restoration on a
correct numbers matching car.
AT SCOTTSDALE IN 2002...
SALES OF OVER 826.9 MILLION
SALES RATIO OF 87 PERCENT
1936 PACKARD DIETRICH
Dual-Windshield Model 1404
Super Eight - one of five examples
1929 FORD "ALUMATRUCK"
One of a kind Boyd Coddington all
aluminum scratch built Model A
THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST OF OVER 200 CARS CONSIGNED AT 'NO RESERVE' FOR 2003
#482-I962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MARK II
#433-I958 BUICK LTD CONVERTIBLE
#377-1958 CADILLAC BROUGHHAM
#657-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 60 CONV
#450-1955 CHEVROLET BELAIR CONV
#408-1957 CHEVROLET BELAIR CONV
#675-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONV
#639-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS CONV
#732 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/435
#644-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LSO
#722-1985 #3 GOOD WRENCH DALE
#342-1961 CHRYSLER 300 G
#452-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER RT
#372-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE COUPE
#656-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS SPYDER
#739-1933 FORD SPEED STAR ROADSTER
#440-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD 'E CONV
#676-I957 FORD THUNDERBIRD 'F' CONV
#364-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500XL 2-DR
#642-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 ROADSTER
#333-1969 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE CONV
#389-1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA COUPE
#461-1965 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE
#701-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 ROADSTER
#655-1965 SHELBY COBRA 4000 R'STER
#721-1966 SHELBY GT350 FASTBACK
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Shifting Gears / Keith Martin
The Stuff of Dreams
s I write this, we are nearing the end of our SCM Goodwood
Tour. Yesterday we visited the ruins of Old Sarum, where the
builders of Stonehenge are thought to have lived, and then went
on to the monument itself. A superb and provocative performance
by the Royal Shakespeare Company of "The Tempest"
filled our evening. Today the group is enjoying a private tour of the
Jaguar plant in Coventry as well as a visit to the Donington Grand Prix
Collection. Ms. Banzer, 38 SCM enthusiasts and I have been reveling in
our automotive and cultural romp through the gearhead
heart of England, under the expert tutelage of organizer and
guide Steve Austin.
The combination of the historic richness of England with
the opportunity to see a magnificent variety of old cars being
driven at speed is truly the stuff that dreams are made of.
Last weekend's Goodwood Revival was a rich and fully
detailed step back in time to a simpler era, before modernday
sponsors began swathing historic events with their adverts
for contemporary products. The dress code for those
wishing to enter the paddock—period jackets and ties for
the gentlemen, "casual smart" for the ladies—led to a nattily
attired crowd, although some in the group questioned my
"Elvis replica" blue and white madras sports coat. Between jousts, the
racing machines rested next to one another under simple wooden sheds.
Blessedly absent were the modern, bloated tractor-trailers that visually
blight so many vintage paddock areas today.
For fans of '50s and '60s racing, the entry list was a cornucopia of
four-wheeled riches. There were no fewer than four C-type Jaguars,
three Maserati A6GCSs and three Aston DB3s competing in Saturday's
Freddie March Memorial Trophy race. This year, the 90-minute race
began at 6:15 p.m. and ran through dusk. For many of these cars, it
was the first time in decades they had run with their lights illuminating
a track. The twin, often dim headlight beams moving at 120 miles
per hour across the back straight, with the occasional belch of fire
from a downshift, evoked memories of the original Goodwood International
9-hour race run from 3 p.m. to midnight.
The Sussex Trophy, a 14-lap race
on Sunday, featured four Jaguar Dtypes,
two Aston DBR1s, four ListerJaguars,
three Maserati Birdcages, two
3005s and a 200S, along with a Ferrari
196S, 246S Dino and 500TRC. And
in the final race, the Whitsun Trophy,
among other entries were eight (!)
Ford GT40s, two Ferrari 250 LMs and
two Porsche 904s.
These machines all wore their battle
scars proudly, accumulating more as
the weekend went on. No white-hanky
racing here, the top 75% of each race
group went at it hammer and tongs as
if a manufacturer's championship were
at stake. Backwards at speed into a tire
wall went one 250 LM, and a C-type
got a pooched-in rear quarter as its
to level out at the last minute and scream across the field just 50 feet off
the ground. For the WWII veterans in attendance, the war birds were a
reminder of how thin the line between freedom and enslavement had been,
with just a few thousand men and their machines defending an entire
country and a way of life.
One year ago, on September 11, we were headed to the airport to embark
on this Goodwood Tour when the tragic events of that day unfolded,
changing our plans and our lives. Twelve months later, it is good to be
here with friends, completing our tour and returning to normalcy,
even if things will never be quite the same again.
Seeing the vintage war machines at Goodwood was sobering,
and caused us to reflect that a vigilant defense is now
the constant price of our once-taken-for-granted freedoms.
Farewell to a Friend
The collector car world suffered a major loss on August
25, when Pat Braden unexpectedly passed away. Braden, who
was 68, suffered a heart attack while at his computer, doing
what he loved, writing about Alfa Romeos. The stories he
was working on appear in this issue.
Pat's perspective was distinct and irreplaceable. He had
owned and used his Alfas as daily drivers, including thundering 8Cs, supercharged
6C 1750 Zagatos and 1900 Zagatos, as well as pedestrian
Alfettas with automatic transmissions. Through his ownership experiences,
he was singularly suited to understand and interpret the strand of Alfa
DNA that ran through all these disparate models, and his finely honed
skills as a writer allowed all of us to share his insights.
We have devoted this month's Alfa Romeo Profile, on page 54, as a
tribute to Pat, who was SCM's Alfa Romeo specialist. We miss him dearly.
On the Cover
It's back to the modern day with this month's cover, as artist Jay Koka
depicts a contemporary Ferrari in his painting, "348 at Carregi." The location
is a Tuscan villa as interpreted by the artist.
In his early years, Koka owned
Austin-Healeys, Fiat Spiders, and Corvettes.
"I even had a Javelin," he recalled.
"I raced them, I owned them, I
rebuilt them. I've spent more money
on cars than I ever should have."
Born in Budapest, Hungary in
1950, Koka emigrated to Canada in
1956. He currently lives near Toronto
with his wife Catherine.
To depict the 348, Koka used
gouache, a highly refined watercolor
paint, along with watercolor and ink
pigments, all applied with a brush on
board. Usually Koka works in
acrylic, on canvas.
The SCM Goodwood Tour—historic cars, historic sites.
driver tried to squeeze his car into the chicane, only to find it fully occupied
by another competitor who wasn't about to give way. Circular tire
rubbing marks on the bodywork from casual contact were more the norm
than the exception for the front runners in the sports car classes.
As an ex-WWII RAF fighter base, Goodwood has another history to
draw upon. Each day there were aerial demonstrations by Spitfires, P-51
Mustangs, a four-engined Lancaster bomber, a Hawker Hurricane and a
shark-tooth emblazoned P-40. Many in the crowd had watched epic aerial
battles between similar planes and the attacking forces of Germany 60
years ago. The planes climbed vertically towards the clouds, engines straining
against gravity, looped over and dove straight toward the earth, only
Koka's original works are collected
by private and public audiences
worldwide, and his studio has pub-
lished over 60 limited print editions. His original paintings and an online
catalog of prints and posters are featured at www.jaykokastudio.com .
Koka has been a featured artist and poster artist for the Meadow Brook
Concours, Bloomington Gold, Concours of the Eastern United States and
the Reading Ferrari Concours, among others. A member of the Automotive
Fine Arts Society, his awards include the Athena at Pebble Beach and
The Stanley Wanlass Award at Meadow Brook.
This painting was created around 1999 and is now in a private collection
in the US; prints are not currently available. The artist may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org , tel: 519/746-1350, fax: 519/
Sports Car Market
Incorporating Brooks Auctioneers
A Sale of Collectors' Motorcars,
Motorcycles & Automobilia
11 October 2002
Entries are Invited
For information about bidding or consigning a Vef ice
Mark Osborne on Tel: 415.391.4000,.e-mail: email@example.com
or contact one of the following representatives:
Michael Fisher Tel: 305.705.0531, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan A. Stein Tel: 610.779.9710, e-mail email@example.com
Mike FitzSimons (Motorcycles) Tel: 203.622.6093,
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SCM Events & News
6/Sign up now for SCM's sixth annual
Insider's Seminar at the 2003 Barrett-Jackson
auction. Three days of seminars, straight
talk, expert advice, unlimited consultation with
SCM experts, and the famous field walk where
we look at cars you are interested in bidding on
(1/18-20/03). Sponsors include
Barrett-Jackson, Premier Leasing,
Hagerty Insurance, Passport Transport
and USAppraisal. See page 53
for details, or contact David.Slama
gsportscarmarket.com , phone
503/261-0555 x206. (OR)
6 4'Automobilia Auctions will
hold its third annual after-Hershey
no-reserve auction on Saturday,
11/2/02, at the Clearing House
Auction Gallery in Wethersfield,
CT. Enamel and tin motoring-related
signs, automotive sales literature,
surplus literature from the Crawford AutoAviation
Museum Library, and a collection of
Tootsietoys and other brands of small "slush"
toys of the period will all be on offer. Quality
consignments are still being accepted. Contact
Jerry Lettieri at 860/529-7177 or Dave Brownell
at 802/362-4719, dbrownellgsprynet.com for
consignment and auction information. (VT)
8/The SCM "A-Team," made up of Keith
Martin, European Correspondent Joe Tomasetti
and yours truly, have entered Tomasetti's GTA
in the competition division of the 2002 Tour de
Espana Classic, sponsored by Alfa Romeo.
Among other SCM' ers participating are Chip
Connor and Danny Sullivan in a Porsche RSR.
The event, 11/06-10/02, begins in Granada and
ends in Valencia. Call +33 (0)1 220.127.116.11, fax
+33 (0)1 18.104.22.168. (SPAIN)
6/Can you tell a fright pig from a trailer
queen? SCM is looking for additional auction
reporters and writers to expand our
worldwide coverage of auctions, concours,
vintage races and rallies, and related events.
If you would like to be considered for this position,
please contact Brian Rabold, 503/261-0555
x203, copyedgsportscarmarket.com . (OR)
6/Budget Rent a Car of Beverly Hills has
expanded its fleet to include the 2003
CLK500 and SL55
AMG convertible, the
Maserati Spyder, the
Mini Cooper S and
Hummer H2, the Ferrari
360 Modena and
Porsche 996 convertible,
has begun offering
the Hagerty Protection Network (HPN), which
offers an elevated level of protection. In addition
to a 24/7 flatbed towing and roadside as-
sistance program for collector car owners, HPN
also offers members online policy management,
a quarterly newsletter and hobby legislative information
and advocacy. 800/922-4050,
www.hagerty.com . (MI)
VThe last new Camaro to be sold by
Chevrolet brought $71,500 at the charity auction
held by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg
Festival, held Labor Day Weekend.
The car was a red Z/28 with
T-tops. Proceeds benefited the national
Association of Students
Against Violence Everywhere.
has created an English version of
their Web site. More than 4,000
books as well as manuals, lithographs,
posters, CDs and calendars
are available at www.libreria
VAt the 2002 Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance, 22 of the 27
Best of Class winners used Meguiar's car
care products. "The fact that these owners
continue to select Meguiar's to protect and
enhance their beautifully presented and historically
significant vehicles is an honor," remarked
6/Mercedes-Benz has launched an eightcity
tour to introduce the 2003 E-Class, entitled
E-Motion. For October, E-Motion will be in
Irvine, CA (10/4-6/02), and Albany, CA (10/1113/02).
Along with spa treatments courtesy of
Saks Fifth Avenue, a
home theater presentation
by Sony and specialty
dishes prepared by
Food Network chefs
thanks to KitchenAid.
guests will have the
chance to test drive the
new luxury sedans. 888/
Hall and his ground-breaking Chaparrals.
VMore than 75 classic cars will be selling
at no reserve in the Blackhawk Collection's
Second Annual Classic & Historic Automobile
Hershey, PA. Blackhawk
794-3174, fax 702/3697430.
'find up with a drive, wit zd down with a massage.
Rent a dream for a day.
VAmong other cars, the 20th Annual ATSC
Newport Coast Concours d'Elegance, presented
by Lincoln and Aston Martin on 10/6/
02, will feature some of the world's fastest racing
cars, including "Grandpa's Toy," a 300-mph
D/Blown Gas streamliner built for Bonneville.
SCM'er Jack Croul is opening his garage for
the event. 949/756-0993,
concours.com . (CA)
Valobra and John
Houghtaling are producing
the Third Annual
Quarter Concorso in
New Orleans, LA, 10/
31-11/3/02. Enjoy a police-escorted
and from the track, watch a Ferrari Fl car
try to break the track record, and even possibly
enjoy some laps in a 333SP or 360
6/Bonhams will be
featuring a 1922 12.5-1iter
Land Speed Record car,
which was driven by
Sigmund "Sig" Haugdahl to 180 mph at
Daytona Beach in 1922 at their 10/11/02
Hershey sale. 415/391-4000, fax 415/3914040,
6/Keith McCormick's 33rd Collector Car
Show and Auction, 11/23-24/02 in Palm
Springs, CA, will feature 350 cars. 760/3203290,
fax 760/323-7031, www.classic-car
auction.com . (CA)
VBarrett-Jackson has announced more noreserve
consignments for their 1/16-19/03 sale.
Included will be a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country
convertible, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
440 Six Pack and the GoodGuys 2001 Street
Rod of the Year, Bobby Alloway's 1933
Speedstar Track Nose coupe. 480/421-6694,
www.barrett-jackson.com . (AZ)
6/Cave Creek Classics will conduct their
second annual "Automobilia in Scottsdale" auction,
1/17-18/03, at Russo and Steele's auction
held during the same weekend. Consignments
are being accepted. 623/465-7246, 623/5665846,
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Challenge with a surprise celebrity driver.
Sponsored by Pirelli and Ferrari of Houston,
space is limited. 504/456-8657. (LA)
6/Barrett-Jackson and Vintage Rallies are
organizing the Southwest Vintage Ralley as
part of the events surrounding Barrett-Jackson's
32nd Annual Classic Car Auction, 1/12-15/03.
Cars will be restricted to pre-1975 sports, GT
and touring models, and entries will be limited
to 50 cars. The tour will cover 1,000 miles
around Scottsdale, AZ. vintagerallies.com , 800/
645-6069, fax 860/364-5899. (CT)
VEngineer and driver Jim Hall will serve
as honorary chairman of the Amelia Island
Concours d'Elegance, 3/7-9/03, Amelia Island,
FL. 800/811-8448, fax 904/731-5004, www.
ameliaconcours.org . (FL)
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You Write, We Read
Dear SCM: I am the editor of
Modern Lady, the publication of
the Modern Car Society of the
Rolls-Royce Owners Club, and a
frequent contributor to the Flying
Lady, the club's main magazine,
which has more than 80,000 subscribers.
The information found in
SCM regarding the sales of RollsRoyce
and Bentley cars at auction
is invaluable. However, the editorial
comments about what is correct
and incorrect for particular
Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars are
frequently incorrect, which leads
to significantly inaccurate assessments
about the auction prices.
Your personal disdain for postwar
Rolls-Royces is obvious, and
that's fine. However, your readers
would be better served if the editorial
comments dealt only with the
condition of the cars and not with
the details about what may or may
not be factory equipment for a particular
year.—Richard R. Vaughn,
Richard, please don't mistake
our valid concerns about the repair
costs ofpost-war Rolls-Royce
cars with a dislike for the marque.
SCM auction analysts John Apen
and David Kinney both own postwar
Rolls-Royces and Bentleys,
and they will be the first to tell you
that the extraordinary visual appeal
and panache of these cars is
matched only by their needless
mechanical complexity and horrendous
repair costs. We don't create
the low selling prices for postwar
Rollers, we merely report them
and try to explain the reasons why
they are not valued more highly by
Dear SCM: In the July issue
of Sports Car Market (page 68)
one of your readers, Don Bell,
commented on the Mercedes-Benz
280SL. He noted that at freeway
speeds the car was noisy because
of the high rpm of the engine
coupled with the automatic transmission.
He wondered if the optional
ZF five-speed would reduce
the engine rpms. The ZF fivespeed
transmission was a very rare
option in the 280SL.
As part of my collection, I own
a 1969 (titled as 1970) 2805L
equipped with the ZF five-speed
transmission and also a 1971
(March build date) 280SL with
automatic transmission. At freeway
speeds, the car equipped with
the ZF five-speed runs about 500
4856 not listed in factory register.
scribed as a "Prototipo Coupe."
One wonders what evidence exists
that this is the case, especially
as all Miura prototypes
from the P400 onwards were
listed in the factory's production
register. It is worth noting that the
car pictured, chassis number
4856, is nowhere to be found on
the factory's register, nor is it
listed in the definitive book on
Miuras by Coltrin/Marchet.
Interestingly, the vendor advertised
it for sale in Hemmings recently
as a 1973 (not 1971) production
car, asking for $200,000.
Further, the car was said to have
rpm less than the car with the automatic
I don't think the change in noise is
significant, but I do like the effect
of lower rpms on engine life.
Mercedes offered at least three
different gearings for the differential.
The lower ratio won't get you
off the line as fast, but it will reduce
engine rpm at freeway
speeds. It is almost as fast at the
top end as the higher ratio. And
both are fast enough to earn you a
Ashmead, Fruit Heights, UT
Dear SCM: I noticed a letter
in the August issue from Steve
Levin commenting on Ferrari 288
GTOs (page 11). He thought there
were 201 or 202 built, but there
were 272 consducted: 41 in 1983;
230 in 1984; and 1 in 1985. I was
the recipient of that last car, and I
still own it. One day in late May,
1985, I received a telephone call
from Italy. It was from the worldwide
sales director for Ferrari who
told me that the last GTO was under
construction and that the
Commendatore was hoping I
would consider coming to Italy
and accepting delivery of it. In late
July my son Brad and I flew to
Italy and accepted delivery.—Ron
B. Tonkin, Portland, OR
Dear SCM: In the August issue,
the 1971 Lamborghini Miura
SV from the Bonhams Monaco
sale (Lot #312, page 40) was de-
$146,000 in restoration receipts
(not difficult to accumulate, especially
when the restorer takes
seven years to complete the job!),
but SCM must apply the category
"Condition 1" quite liberally, as
this car is far from a perfect example
of a restored Miura. At its
purchase price of $157,937, the
current owner might have a difficult
time convincing any knowledgeable
Miura enthusiast that this
car wasn't assembled from spare
parts (as a few Miuras in fact
were), unless verifiable factory
documentation clarifying its absence
from the original production
list is in hand.—Joe Sackey, Laguna
Dear SCM: Regarding the
1981 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Coupe from the August issue (Lot
#247, page 52), you commented
that the price seemed more than
full retail. How much are you
valuing the cherished number
plate that appeared to sell with the
car (AST 4W)? That may have
added to the bid.
Americans are teased about
vanity plates, but the irony is that
the market in cherished number
plates in the UK makes their government
a substantial income, and
also supports several companies
that buy and sell these plates.—
Scott Wolf via e-mail
Dear SCM: Time after time you
describe Mustangs as being "frameoff
restorations." Quit doing that!
They are unibody cars, there is no
"frame" per se. An example is on
page 38 of the July 2002 issue.—
Norm Bush, via e-mail
Norm, you are correct.
"Frame-off" seems to have become
"ground-up" in the collector car
lexicon, especially in the descriptions
sellers put on their car cards
at auctions. We will attempt to
avoid promulgating the misuse of
this term in the future.—ED.
Apologies to Jonathan Spira
(1955 Elva Mk 1B), Roy Hatfield
(1937 Jaguar SS 100) and Derek
Haithwaite (1959 AC Ace Bristol),
all SCM'ers who participated in the
Liege-Rome-Liege Goes to Venice
rally but were accidentally omitted
from our coverage (September
2002, page 64).•
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The driver 's seat is torn in several places and needs new fabric, there
are a couple of minor dings on the doors and there are a few pinpoint
bumps (that aren't rust) in the sheet metal. Everything else appears to be
in very good shape. The only item under the hood that does not appear to
be stock is the exhaust manifold—it's stainless steel wrapped with a heavy
fabric tape. The car rides on Panasports.
The dealer is asking for $13,800, which is $4,300 higher than your
Price Guide. Is this car worth the premium? My wife is more rational
than me, and she believes the answer is no.—GW, via e
Pat Braden replies: This is not so much a technical question as a
domestic one, and I'm going to end up making either you or your wife
We'll start by assuming that the dealer's description of the car is accurate
and complete. Yes, $13,800 for the car is a little high. Understand
that you're up against a dealer who has much more experience than you
in determining what he can get for this particular car. Not $13,800, perhaps,
but pretty close if he finds the right buyer.
You have to leave a little room for haggling. Pretty and shiny are worth
a lot, and the worn interior is very much in keeping with the mileage and
age, so it's not significant as far as price is concerned. You could hope to
get it for $12,000, which is still plenty of money. The wonderful thing
about the car hobby is that the "rules" and price guides often don't apply
when you find a car you really want.
Overpriced and worth it.
In favor of the purchase, I offer a number of points. Most of all, you
want it—it's an attractive car. I agree that the color is original and somewhat
rare, and the Panasport wheels give it extra flair. The mileage is very
low for a car that is 28 years old. The trump card is that this is a favorite
model for collectors and a really great Alfa model overall. How much
effort would it take to find a better example, with similar low original
mileage? Can you bear the thought of anyone else owning it? The auctioneer
would plead, "Bid with your heart!"
Opposing the purchase, you need to consider the following. It's certainly
overpriced, and the wrapped stainless exhaust suggests that the car
perts: Jam interested in a 1974 GTV that is currently for
sale at a local dealership. It is a one-owner car with 63,000 miles,
and has always been garaged. The car is a great color that the
dealer contends is stock—they call it "Le Mans Blue," which is
somewhere between robin's egg and royal.
Hey, you under the car. Look at this.
Collecting Thoughts / Rob Sass
Triumphing on the Internet
started looking for a TR4 last summer. For some reason, the oddball
Michelotti styling has always appealed to me. With performance
superior to an MGB and roughly comparable to all but the last big
Healeys, I think they're a bit of a bargain. After investigating the
usual local cars around St. Louis, Missouri, all of which seemed to
have a few too many stories attached to them, I found a car near Portland,
Oregon, that was being auctioned on eBay Motors.
The car caught my attention because it had so many desirable options—wire
wheels, leather seats, overdrive and the rare Surrey top (an
early Targa-type hard top). While somewhat laconic in his description,
the seller did mention that the car had won the "People's Choice" award
in its class at the Portland All British Field Meet in 1999. I was somewhat
encouraged by this. However, having never been to the event in question,
I still harbored the fear that the people who made it their "choice" consisted
of a small band of blood relatives of the seller, or those who voted
for the car after being informed that its white paint matched the color of
their cane or guide dog.
I gave the seller a call and he struck me as a decent guy. I then arranged
for an affable Englishman named Neville, at British Auto Service
Ltd. of Portland, to do a pre-purchase inspection. Neville reported the
usual oil leaks, but no major issues anywhere. Everything worked and it
reportedly had the look of a well-sorted car ready to be enjoyed by its
next owner. That was good enough for me.
By then, five days into a seven-day auction, the car had not received
any bids. In my opinion, the seller, a newcomer to eBay Motors, had
made a common mistake by setting his opening bid too high.
I asked whether he would entertain offers. He indicated that he would
and we arrived at a price of $7,800, (just a few hundred more than his
Marque specialist's eye helped ensure a smart purchase.
opening bid). Since the car had received no bids, the seller was able to
end the auction.
Payment was a breeze; a former partner of mine moved his law
practice to Portland a few years ago. He took care of exchanging my
cashier's check for the title. Then all I had to do was wait. My day job
is business development manager for Passport Transport, and we had
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I came into the office just as it was being unloaded. Initial relief quickly
turned into elation when I realized how nice the car was, with straight
sides, decent panel gaps (for a TR anyway), nice paint, fresh rubber everywhere,
nice chrome and a new professionally done interior. It fired
right up with the familiar four-cylinder TR grunt.
The closer I looked at things, the more I appreciated the careful cosmetic
attention given the car by its previous owner, unusual because the
car's market value really doesn't support much more than superficial
work. The undercarriage, although not detailed, is honest, as is the engine
compartment. Everything else is tidy. Nothing is glaringly offensive.
It won't get me onto the lawn at Pebble Beach, but overall it's
done to a very good hobbyist standard—the embodiment of SCM's frequent
and sage (but regrettably often ignored by me) advice to buy the
fruits of some else's labor.
The only hard thing about this transaction was parting with my 1971
TR6, along with the 1969 MGB-GT so beloved by my daughter Rachel,
due to its surprising ability to accommodate both her, a friend, my wife
and our pet greyhound. I didn't say comfortably, just accommodate.
I had grown surprisingly fond of the MG as well. The fixed roof, working
heater and stereo almost made it a "real" car, and its chrome wires sort
of gave it the look of a poor man's DB4.
Call now to
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Both the MG and the TR6 sold via eBay Motors in a week (the TR6
received about 25 bids and sold for $7,100, and the MG garnered more
than 30 bids and sold for $4,500). My combination of detailed photos and
descriptions, low opening bids and realistic reserves seemed to do the
trick. I also think that providing prompt and detailed answers to the many
e-mail questions I received also helped give the bidders extra confidence.
As an aside, I am surprised at how many people who list cars on eBay
Motors are unresponsive to e-mailed questions. I suppose they're the same
type of folks who dump their cars off at live auctions and disappear rather
than staying with them and answering questions until they cross the block.
In summary, I suppose my eBay purchase experience can be chalked
up partly to good car karma, partly to getting involved in the auction
process early enough to have the car looked at by a competent marque
specialist, and partly to having a seller who was enthusiastic about his car
and willing to help me get it examined.
Buying a car long distance, without seeing it in person, can be dangerous.
But in this case all the pieces fell together and I ended up with a car
that was actually better than I expected, while the seller got more than his
minimum. That's a win-win situation for everyone involved.•
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1965 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta
Chassis no. 7269
Engine no. 7269
errari's highly successful 250 series was superseded in
1964 by the 275. In Ferrari nomenclature of the period,
a model's designation reflected the cubic capacity of an
individual cylinder. The newcomer displaced 3.3 liters—up
from its predecessor's 3 liters—and was thus
called the 275. The V12 engine remained the familiar Colombo
type in standard form producing 280 horsepower at 7,600 rpm.
A higher, 300-horsepower state of tune employing six Weber
carburetors was available, and this was used for the handful of
275 GTB/C (Competition) models built.
Despite its near-perfect appearance, revisions to the original
275 GTB were soon executed: a longer hood, enlarged rear window
and external trunk hinges being introduced towards the
end of 1965. Mechanically the only major change was the adoption
of torque tube enclosure of the prop shaft.
Sold new in Ferrara, Italy, the car pictured here was supplied
in June 1965 to a good client of the factory, who specified
the six-carburetor set-up and coachwork in Rosso Chiaro
with black leather upholstery. According to the factory, he returned chassis
7269 to the works for regular servicing and went on to own numerous
other Ferraris into the current era.
This car has been uprated to "longnose" bodywork and retains its original
interior, including even the protective plastic covering over the footwell
carpets. The odometer reading of 86,000 kilometers is commensurate with
the condition of the car, which appears to be largely original. Recent maintenance
has been entrusted to Garage Symbol in Matran.
This car soldfor $141,266, including buyer 's premium, at the Bonhams
Geneva sale, March 11, 2002.
Close your eyes and imagine what a Ferrari looks like. If you're older
than 40, chances are your image is a 275 GTB, which was described by
Sergio Pininfarina as having "the heart of a lion and the shape of the
wind." Its low-profile design with fastback roof
long hood and covered headlights is the quintessential
Ferrari shape. The complementing 3.3-liter
V12 engine and stylish interior puts the 275 GTB
on most Ferrari enthusiasts' short list.
It takes a tally card to decipher the variations
of 275 GTB models. They were built with shortnose,
longnose, steel and alloy bodywork; as street and
comp cars; with two and four cams; with three and
six carbs; with open drives hafis, interim drives hafis
and finally torque-tube driveshafis. Add a chop top
and a few Speciale versions and you need an abacus
to compute the variations.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
Tune up/major service
The 275 shortnose is at the bottom of the 275
GTB food chain. Think size doesn't matter? The 2 3/4inch-shorter
nose makes for a $25,000 reduction in
add $25,000 for six-carb version
$450 (two required)
On chassis by top of right shock mount
Lower right side of block by bell housing
Ferrari Club of America,
P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358;
Ferrari Owner's Club,
8642 Cleta St., Downey, CA 90241
Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ferrari Daytona
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value. S/N 7629 was a shortnose that was uprated to a longnose. Uprating
sounds like a good thing, but it takes a pretty big stretch of the imagination
to believe someone spent the equivalent of the cost of a small car to replace
a perfectly good front clip for the sake of 2 34 inches. More probable is the
scenario that the original nose was irreparably damaged and a shortnose
clip was unavailable. The resulting Frankencar is half longnose and half
shortnose, and certainly no improvement.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB6/C
Lot #257, S/N 7269 (same car)
Bonhams; Gstaad, Switzerland; December 19, 2001
Sold at $147,000
SCM ID# 24247
In the fall of 1997, S/N 7269 showed up in the Ferrari Market Letter,
advertised as having new leather; new chrome and new paint. Nothing was
mentioned about a converted nose; the asking price was $200,000. The car
apparently sold to a German collector who must have transferred the new
leather, chrome and paint to a different car-7269's next appearance at the
2001 Bonhams Gstaad auction was with rust-scabbedfront quarter panels,
pitted chrome and a fair engine compartment. Offered at no reserve and
reportedly sold at $147,000, we're told the car was actually bought back by
the vendor and re-consigned to Bonhams for their Geneva sale.
At Geneva the car was reported as having poor chrome, original interior,
older paint and shabby carpet, which makes one wonder what the
"original protective plastic covering" in the auction company's description
was actually protecting. Already hindered by a #3 condition, probable
previous accident damage and an incorrect
front end, Robert Brooks 's podium announcement
of a gear selection problem also harmed its value.
Ferrari specialists will want $30,000 plus for
the paint, interior; chrome and gearbox repairs.
Add in a few more bucks for some suspension and
engine work and six months later you're driving a
$170,000 GTB. A tidy shortnose pulled a perfect
$178,000 at Monterey this year; so it looks like
the buyer did fine.
But what about the $25,000 premium six-carb
cars receive? You only get the $25k if the setup is
original. No proof no prize. The originality of this
setup is questionable so, without build sheets, which
apparently were not offered here, the buyer 's gain
is about equal to what the nose graft takes away
The vendor was surely disappointed with the bid, but a buyer couldn't
be expected to pay much more. There are always a few 275 GTBs available,
and their prospective buyers tend to be very well educated about the
current market values, as well as costs of repairs and restoration. As long
as the vendor had some good times with the car and the buyer has a few
more, everyone should go home happy—Steve Ahlgrim
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)•
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB6/C
Lot #1948, SN 7413
Bonhams & Brooks; London, England; December 4, 2000
Sold at $182,062
SCM ID# 24663
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Pay to Play - Restoring a 250 SWB
his 250 SWB has been the object of a $200,000 restoration,"
or a variation thereof, is an oft-seen phrase in auction
catalog descriptions. Just how can you spend that much on
a car? As the former owner of a restoration shop, I can
provide a blow-by-blow detailing of the financial misery.
Any "total" restoration begins by taking the car completely apart. In
this case, we'll assume it's a steel-bodied 250 SWB, but it would be nearly
the same for almost any vintage V12. All chrome, glass, doors and body
trim are removed; the engine, transmission and differential come out; the
suspension and brakes removed; and the complete interior, dash and wiring
harness are removed. Each component must be properly (and painstakingly)
organized, labeled and stored. Estimated time for a single mechanic
is about two weeks for a total of 80 hours at $75 per hour ($6,000).
The next step is stripping 40 years of accumulated paint and filler.
While the outer body surfaces can be chemically stripped in only a few
days, door jambs, hood troughs, fender under-panels, wheel wells, etc.
must be chemically stripped and scrubbed with wire brushes, and then restripped
and re-scrubbed to remove all paint remnants. Total time is about
80 hours at $50 an hour ($4,000), plus another $1,000 in stripping materials,
masking paper and the disposal of hazardous waste. Total: $5,000.
While procedures vary from shop to shop, most shops next sandblast
the frame and subframes to remove decades of rust. Many of the lower
panels, such as the rockers and floors, will almost certainly be replaced.
Estimated cost for frame and subframe blasting: $2,500.
Next it's time to zinc chromate, epoxy coat and paint the frame and
floor to rust proofing standards never dreamed of when these cars were
new. The bare body shell and frame must be set on jack stands, all sandblasting
debris is blown out of the nooks and crannies, the entire car is
masked, and the inner fenders, firewall, wheel wells, frame and subframe
are painted with zinc chromate and epoxy paint. Total time is 20 hours at
$50 per hour, plus materials of $500. Total: $1,500.
With our subject car in bare metal, it's now time to face the realities of
40 years of previous accidents, bad repairs, rust, poor factory panel fit
and other evils that surface when you take a Ferrari apart. While in theory
it's possible the car could be undamaged, the reality is that the owner
would be very lucky to get by with only several long weeks of panel
repair. Best case, I would figure about 100 hours at $75 an hour, or $7,500.
A much more likely scenario, however, is that our subject 250 SWB
will have been hit in the front and require substantial repairs to the nose,
new door skins, two new rocker panels and a complete trunk floor. Additionally,
steel-bodied SWBs have floors made of steel panels that resemble
very expensive cookie trays, and are packed with a jute insulation pad that
does a wonderful job of trapping water. Assume that new floors will be
needed, which will take 400 hours of metal work at $75 an hour, or $30,000
for all the necessary body work.
Next is paint work but, before we can reach for those gallon cans of
expensive red polyurethane, we have several hundred hours of plastic
filler work to do, and epoxy primer that must be applied and laboriously
block sanded. A good paint job will take 300 hours, but factor in another
100 hours at $60 an hour, plus another $3,000 for materials (a total of
$27,000) if you are aiming for that Platinum Award at Pebble Beach.
A top-quality leather interior with new carpets and headliner will add
$7,500, show-quality chrome will add $5,000, and rebuilding the wire
wheels and knock-offs will add $5,000. Accessories such as the correct
radiator cap, decals and trim, a replica tar-top battery, and new lenses will
consume another $5,000. We have just added at least $22,500 to the bill.
An engine rebuild will start at $25,000, a gearbox rebuild at $5,000, a
differential rebuild at $5,000 and a new exhaust will add $4,000. Replating
the suspension, all new suspension bushings and shocks will add
another $5,000 and a complete brake system rebuild will add $5,000.
Subtotal for mechanical work, before we talk about updated pistons, bigger
valves, short ratio gear sets and other improvements? $49,000.
Should the owner want big cams, higher-compression pistons, cylinder
head porting work, suspension sorting and other "wish list" items,
add a minimum of $10,000.
Another $35,000 to make sure wipers wipe and switches switch.
But there's more. The car has to be put back together without the slightest
scratch. The wiring, steering, engine, gearbox, differential, fuel system
and all-new brake lines must all be properly remounted. In my experience,
the real time killers are things like door trim that has to fit perfectly,
door glass that has to go up and down, a heater and wipers that are
actually supposed to heat and wipe, and switches that are supposed to
switch. There are literally dozens of minor items like this that we never
notice until they don't do what they are supposed to. It's much easier to
chrome the gas tank than to get the dash lights to work properly. To accomplish
the re-assembly, add another 400 hours at $75 an hour, or
The total for all the above? Close to $200,000, and there's still more.
We need to disassemble the grille, have it polished and refitted (at $2,500),
get all new hoses ($1,000), new tires ($1,500) and a mass of other things that
could continue for several pages. Of course we also have to test drive the car
to find the many minor oil and water leaks that will develop, door latches that
won't shut, and electrical systems that mysteriously will not cooperate. It is
virtually impossible to give an estimate for these extras.
The sum for most "total" restorations done to the highest standard?
About 2,000 hours, or an entire man-year. Then you have to add in parts,
sublet and materials. Suddenly, $200,000 makes sense.
Too expensive, you say? Visit those few shops in the US that can (and
will) undertake this very labor-intensive endeavor, see the work in progress,
ask the right questions and you'll begin to understand. There is no WalMart
option when it comes to a top-flight restoration.
And once you have your top-flight restoration, you incur the costs of
taking it to the Cavallino Classic or Pebble Beach. The truckers, detailers
and shop owners will not accompany your car for free, nor will they pay
for their own hotels, transportation or per diem.
How about a warranty? Impossible! Any show car is like Uranium-235,
and deteriorates quickly. If you don't believe it, just put your restored car
into a garage for six months and then see what the bill is to detail it for the
next show. Heaven forbid you should drive it around the block.
And, last but not least, the kicker. It costs more to do the same thing on
a lowly 250 PF coupe than on a 250 SWB, as the Pininfarina bodies are
more complicated to work on, have many more trim and detail parts, more
luxurious interiors, and simply require more hours, parts and materials.
Which, of course, is what makes a perfectly and correctly done PF coupe
at $125,000 a relative bargain, even if a market-value risk.
Of course, you don't have to go this route, and can simply take your 330
GT that runs well and doesn't smoke too much, have it sanded down and
smoothed out, and throw a $3,000 paint job on it. Add a couple of sheepskin
seat covers from Costco and get ready to enjoy that snazzy Neahkahnie
Beach Cruise In trophy you'll surely win. And who's to say that the SWB
owner at Pebble, should he fail to get his Platinum, is any happier after
spending his $200,000 and coming up just a bit short.•
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22K miles, one owner, all books and tools,
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1974 DINO 246 GTS, s/n 08326 (USA
prod), red (show quality paint), tan Daytona
seats, 36,380 miles showing on the odometer,
factory a/c & power windows, books
& tools, very detailed and complete, owner
history and documents, Cromodora wheels,
car cover. $99,900 trades? Mike Vietro, 714342-2570.
1978 308 GTS, red/tan, low miles. Jennie Kaiser,
405-969-2983. Fax 405-969-2989. OK
1980 400i, automatic, anthracite (dark gray),
on tan leather, all original car, $13,000 worth
of service in the past 4 years (documented),
new TRX tires on perfect wheels, new exhaust,
runs great, looks sharp, 68,007 miles,
all books, receipts & tools. $18,990. Franck
Freon, 609-992-3452. NJ
1981 GTBi, 7,300 actual miles, $5,000 recent
service, always garaged. $30,000 firm.
1981 308 GTS, V8, 5-spd, 18,700 miles,
Targa top, alloy wheels, tools, like new, just
inspected. $28,750. 248-548-8911. MI
1982 308 GTSi, 58,500 miles, red on tan
with Boxer trim, new interior, a/c, fresh tires,
brakes and clutch, service records, owner's
manual, near excellent condition. $33,500.
1984 512 BBi, very good condition, major
service done in 2001, full ownership history
and service records, red/black, 28,000 miles,
bargain. $65,000. Paul, 281-552-1122. TX
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inserts, 600 miles, CO, DOT, EPA papers,
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aguar's magnificent legend was enhanced
at Le Mans during the 1950s, where their
initial C-type specialized roadsters first
won the 24 Hour race in both 1951 and
1953. For 1954 a far more sophisticated
sports racing car was developed, which became
known as the "D-type." Entered at Le Mans as
factory team cars in 1954, the first D-types were
only narrowly beaten by a much larger-engined
Ferrari V12. Jaguar quickly got their revenge a
few weeks later when the D-types came in first and
second at the 12 hours of Reims at an average
speed of 104.55 mph. The works team won the
1955 Le Mans and this was repeated twice more by
the private Ecurie Ecosse team in 1956 and 1957.
This D-type hat-trick of Le Mans victories
against the strongest opposition sealed the Jaguar
marque's charismatic image, and these handsome
machines have been acknowledged ever since as
one of the greatest classic sports racing cars. In
addition to its outstanding competition capabilities,
the D-type can also be used as a remarkably
docile yet extremely exhilarating road car.
X1(13530 was tested in October 1955 at the Motor Industry Research
Association track. Finished in the traditional colors of British Racing Green
and suede green upholstery, it was dispatched on February 13, 1956, via
the Finnish agents Suomen Maanviljeligain Kauppa to the well-known
sportsman Kurt Lincoln of Helsinki. Correspondence throughout Lincoln's
ownership is held on file and makes fascinating reading.
Throughout the next four years the car was actively campaigned as
part of Lincoln's Scuderia Askolin. Files with the car include race programs
and even videos of the significant events.
In May 1959, apparently disappointed with his results, Lincoln returned
the car to Jaguar, later remembering he sent the car with a tag on
the engine asking for 100 more horsepower. The engine was bored out to
3.8 liters, a Thornton Powerlok differential was fitted, and the car was
repainted to a white Finnish livery.
During the following two years, the car was
raced successfully, on a number of occasions by a
young Finnish driver Timo Makinen, who later
became a world-famous rally driver in AustinHealeys.
Between 1961 and 1965, the car was raced in
Finland by a succession of three owners, with full
race and ownership records on file.
In 1966 the Jaguar was sold to Nigel Moores in
the UK. Paul Kelly, the mechanic and curator for
Moores, later described the external bodywork on
its arrival in the UK as "deplorable and hardly recognizable
as a D-type." The body had suffered
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
extensive damage and modifications, including cutting out the cockpit
and cutting off the back like a bobtail Cooper.
Consequently, the bodywork, including monocoque, hood and tail were
sent to Williams & Pritchard, who were commissioned to rebuild the car
in the form of a long-nose D-type. Usable metal and the original body tag
1955 Jaguar D-type Roadster
Lot #53, S/N XICD546
were attached to a new monocoque. In addition, a new 3.8-liter D-type
engine was fitted, dating from 1957 and built for use in XKD530 for the
Sebring race but not used.
The original engine and remains of the damaged bodywork were retained
in the back of the stores by the Moores collection. In 1982, the
remaining parts of the damaged monocoque and tail were sold to John
Harper who used them with a new subframe from Lynx Engineering to
build another D-type (which ultimately made claim to the same serial
After Nigel Moores' death in 1988, his collection was sold to Evert
Louwman. Six months later, XKD530 was sold to its present owners and
in 1990 they commissioned Nash Morgan & Co. Ltd. to remake the nose
and tail in its original short-nose configuration.
Stamped on right front shock tower
Stamped on block between carburetors
Classic Jaguar Association,
Jaguar Clubs of North America,
Aston Martin DB3S,
Ferrari 500 TR, Lister Jaguar
The engine and part of the gearbox originally
fitted to XI(D530 were also sold and were fitted to
the D-type build by Harper. Making claim to the
XICD530 chassis number, a subsequent owner sold
the Harper car at the Brooks Monaco sale in 1990
to a long-time Jaguar enthusiast in the US who still
After some dispute, FIA papers were issued to
both cars claiming the X1(13530 chassis number,
one set from the British FIA to the car on sale today,
and one set from the American arm of the FIA
to the US-owned car.
Owing to the fact that D-types can essentially
be split into two halves, on more than one occa-
sion two cars have evolved claiming the same identity. However, the car
on sale today is offered with the benefit of a continuous and documented
chain of ownership.
This car sold for $518,013, including buyer's premium, at Christie's
Nine Elms sale, June 11, 2002.
English Car Profile continued on page 24
RM Auctions; Amelia Island, FL; March 9, 2002
Sold at $935,000
SCM ID# 27217
1956 Jaguar D-type Roadster
Lot #97, S/N XRD545
Christie's; Pebble Beach, CA; August 19, 2000
Sold at $996,000
SCM ID# 10168
Chassis number: XKD530
1956 Jaguar D-type Roadster
he English Patient / Gary Anderson
Cheap and Easy Brits
ear Mr. Anderson: As your faithful reader, I would like to know
your opinion of buying a TR2 or TR3 as a fun, reliable little
sports car. Would either of these be a good value?—Jaime
Kopstein, via e-mail
It would be easy to jump into a discussion of the early low-door Triumphs
but, for other folks out there who have contemplated buying a
classic British sports car, it might first be worthwhile to consider some of
the factors that come into play when choosing a British sports car, along
with what other choices besides TR2s and 3s are available.
When you mention fun and good value, two of your three criteria, we
can begin narrowing the field. As you don't list rarity, collectibility or
investment potential, we can exclude Aston Martins, Bentleys, and the
rarer Jaguars, all of which would cost more than $100,000. These cars are
generally the province of people who consult specialists before purchasing
cars just as they would consult a financial manager in allocating funds
in their investment portfolio. While many of these owners do drive and
enjoy their cars, they are also quite conscious of their value.
We can also exclude concours-prepared Jaguars, as has been discussed
in previous columns, because fun isn't usually the word associated with
concours preparation and judging. Challenge, pride, satisfaction, sure;
but not fun.
At the other extreme, the goal of fun would also cause us to exclude
any car that can't run with modern freeway traffic. This means you probably
don't want to consider a T-series MG
Yes, the TC, TD, and TF are lovely cars, can usually be found for less
than $20,000, and are terrific on winding country roads at 45 miles per
hour. However, unless they have been upgraded to a modern transmission,
any long trip at highway speeds will be wearing—if you can even
get to the 80 miles per hour that traffic often runs at today. Also, while
driving one of these tiny cars, unless you've got the composure needed to
run rapids in kayaks—a close equivalent to the feeling of driving one in
traffic on an interstate—fun won't describe your feelings.
Owners of early Austin-Healey Sprites often talk about the fun and
grins they get from driving their cars, but they don't have a lot more
power than the separate-fender MGs so the same concerns apply. Also,
prices of original Bugeyes have skyrocketed in the past decade (at least in
inexpensive and fun, with prices on the rise.
Having excluded these possibilities, we are left with a few distinct
alternatives. There are MGs, both the swoopy-fendered MGAs and the
solid and straightforward MGBs, and the entire lineup of Triumphs. However,
since you specifically mentioned TR2s and TR3s, we're assuming
that you looked at the straight-fendered TR4s, TR250s, and TR6s, and
don't find them as interesting.
Perhaps you have the idea that your car should be a little quirky and a
lot British, and those TR2/3 cut-down doors with lots of space for your
elbows appeal to you. In that event, we'll exclude the MGB, and its counterpart,
the Sunbeam Alpine. They're just a little too practical, even though
they do offer fun at a good price.
That leaves us with your TR2 and TR3, but we would also suggest you
leave the MGA in the mix for now. It has comparable power, a similar
drivetrain and an equally solid, though differently designed, frame and
body. The styling has a bit more Italian influence as well, but it still has
the long hood and short tail of the Triumphs.
As for being reliable, there are no guarantees. These cars were built
during a period when the driver was expected to be involved in maintaining
his car. Unfortunately, by now they have often been in the
hands of a long succession of owners who just saw them as cheap little
used cars, and gave some of them pretty harsh treatment. Just figuring
out where to start to bring things back to stock specifications can be a
On the other hand, they are very easy to work on. You can learn to do
most of your own mechanical work, up to and including removing and
rebuilding the engine. There is immense satisfaction in learning about a
car as you work out the kinks and bugs left there by the carelessness or
well-meaning ineptitude of previous owners.
Once you get one of these cars properly sorted out, they are actually
pretty bulletproof and should something go wrong, it usually doesn't take
long to set it right and get back on the road.
a little quirky a lot British.
relative terms), so they probably wouldn't meet your definition of "good
value." Later Sprites and Midgets are certainly a possibility but their relative
size makes the traffic thing a concern for them as well.
We'll also exclude vintage Mini-Coopers. Though they're high on the
fun meter and still a pretty good value, they're closed cars and usually
most first-time buyers see themselves with the wind in their hair and the
sun on their faces.
The big Austin-Healeys fall down on the good-value measure. They
certainly are fun to drive and are more than capable of holding their own
in traffic, but their prices have increased to the point where finding a
decent one for less than $30,000 is becoming pretty difficult, and nearterm
appreciation in value seems unlikely.
As for value, the early Triumphs and MGAs are pretty terrific. They
won't cost you an arm and a leg to get into, as long as you buy the very
best car you can afford and don't get sucked down the rabbit-hole of a
restoration on your first try. Figure $15,000 to $20,000 for a really nice,
correct car, with MGAs being about 20% more expensive than a TR2/3 in
equivalent condition. All things being equal, I would look for a car with
front disc brakes, either originally equipped that way or updated. It just
makes them a little safer to drive in traffic.
Either an MGA or an early Triumph might even have some potential
for appreciation, as the Healeys price themselves out of the practical and
fun niche in the market.
So, either the TR2/3 or the MGA will meet your criteria. Learn as
much as you can, look at a lot of cars, join a local club, talk to owners, and
put yourself in a place where a car can find you. Pretty soon, one will turn
up that will talk to you in a very intimate way, and you'll be on your way
to the fun little sports car you now see in your mind's eye.
Mr Anderson is publisher of British Car magazine. Please direct your
English car questions to email@example.com; fax 650/949-9685.•
English Car Profile continued from page 22
Confused? I suppose that understandable. Two D-types exist, both
claiming the same chassis number. One has an unbroken existence and
documented ownership, though during its lifetime much of the body as
well as the engine and gearbox have been replaced by new parts or original
parts intended for other cars. The other has the engine, most of the
gearbox, and much of the bodywork from the original car, though during
some of the intervening period, those parts were simply a pile of metal in
a storeroom behind an auto collection.
Someone might argue that precedence in claiming identity should be
given to the car with the greatest amount of original content. However, in
the world of classic and valuable collector cars, the rule is different It is
the unbroken sequence of ownership with documented transfers of title
that gives a car claim to the identity of an originally produced car, rather
then its content.
We're reminded of the ax that a museum curator claimed was the original
ax with which George Washington chopped down the cherry tree. "Of
course," he noted, "the handle has been replaced five times and the head
In fact, though this car was in good racing condition when sold, it
fetched just over half what a D-type with unquestioned provenance might
have obtained at the same sale. Clearly, the cloud of challenged identity
cost the car a significant amount of its value.
Not to worry, however; since everyone is now living happily ever after
The American enthusiast and long-time SCM subscriber who bought the
other XKD530 in 1997 for just over half of its then-current market value
was the happy buyer of this car at the Christie 's sale. If we've done our
arithmetic correctly, he did quite well. He has been able to buy both halves
of the identity at approximately half-price each. Now, once he swapped
all the original pieces from the American car with the Christie 's car he
will own one car with unquestioned provenance and a good amount of
original content. As a bonus, he will also have a very nice D-type replica,
valued at perhaps $150,000, that he can use as an everyday driver.—
Editor's note: In Monterey this year I had the chance to speak with the
subscriber who owns "both halves" of XKD530. Our advice to him was
to create one good, complete car; and then to send all the other nonauthentic
pieces to the crusher The last thing the vintage car world needs
is another faux D-type running around. There are just too many unscrupulous
types who would take the "parts-left-over" D-type and begin to
make claims of originality.
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Sports Car Market
SCM Market Report
t was neither the best of times nor the worst
of times in Monterey this year.
Prior to the auction-laden weekend, the
conventional media was abuzz with the
prospect of a collapsing stock market leading
to an exuberant resurgence in collector car
prices. In the space of a few days, I was interviewed
by USA Today, the Robb Report,
MSNBC and CNN concerning this possible repeat
of 1989 euphoria.
Across the US, collectors looked at their
1986 Testarossas, 1980 MGBs and 2002
BMW Z8s, and fervently hoped a new rush of
wealthy but uninformed collectors would
sweep into the market and take away their
It didn't happen. It wasn't a bad weekend;
in fact, overall sales were, at $33m, up about
$1m from the previous year. Compared to the
fiscal reports posted recently by many corporations,
the increased grand total should be viewed
as a major success.
$33m is not a trifling amount, and it represents
at least 450 bidders and highest-underbidders
who were ready to turn their cash into cars.
There were some magnificent sales, such as
the burgundy XK 140 MC that Christie's got an
astounding $161,500 for, the weekend-leading
$6.5m that RM obtained for their 1962 Ferrari
330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa, and the Lambo 400
GT for which Bonhams got a current worldrecord
But overall the mood amongst bidders was
one of cautiousness, as if they were wary of
another shoe dropping, of some new alarming
event that will cause buyers and sellers alike to
scurry deeper into their caves and simply wait
out the current period of uncertainty.
At this point in time, the auction companies
can't count on a free ride from the depressed
stock market. There appears to be no
irrational cascade of money flowing from securities
into collectible cars. For the foreseeable
future, the auction companies are going
to have to make their money the old-fashioned
way, putting one nicely prepared car, appropriately
reserved, at a time in front of at least
two enthusiastic bidders.—ED.
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: A non-running car in wretched physical condition
that is probably only good for parts.
What S75,000 Buys
You in Monterey
'84 Lamborghini Countach, $74,179, RS
'48 Delahaye 135M Cab, $76,375, C
'18 Packard Twin Six Touring, $70,500, C
'66 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 coupe, $69,850, RM
'73 Ferrari 246 GTS Spyder, $75,900, RM
"Top sale bragging rights go to
RIV1 with the 56.5m ex-Phil Hill
330 TRI/LIVL" Page 46
Top 10 Ten
Sales This Issue
1. '62 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM, $6,490,000, RM
2. '54 Ferrari 250 Monza Spyder, $1,705,000, RM
3. '59 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, $1,217,500, C
4. '37 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cab, $946,000, RM
5. '31 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix racer, $942,500, C
6. '55 Jaguar XKD Sports Racer, $924,000, RM
7. '65 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, $759,000, RM
8. '28 Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK roadster, $731,250, B
9. '66 Gurney Eagle/Weslake Fl racer, $700,500, C
10. '54 Maserati A6G Sport Spyder, $610,250, B
Four Years of Monterey
"The mood amongst bidders for
the weekend was one of
cautiousness, as if they were
wary of another shoe dropping."
We Call These
'51 Allard K2 roadster, $26,400, RM
'73 Lamborghini Espada Sll coupe,
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
'16 Stutz Bearcat roadster,
III Bonham s
'28 Stutz BB Black Hawk speedster,
'49 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith DHC,
Raising the Bar
Elst Century world records, or close.
'56 Jaguar XK 140 MC DHC, $161,500, C
'66 Lamborghini 400 GT coupe, $174,650, B
'62 Ferrari TRI/LAII, $6,490,000, RM
'50 Chevy 3600 1/4-ton pickup, $40,150, RM
'59 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite, $19,800, RM
Pebble Beach, California
August 18, 2002
Auctioneer: Dermot Chichester
Number of automotive lots: 92
Number of automotive lots sold: 59
Sale rate: 64.1%
Sale total: $10,026,875
High: Lot #117, 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB
California Spyder, sold at $1,217,500,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
17.5% on first $100,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Dave Brownell and John Apen
Market opinions in italics
t Christie's annual auction at the Pebble
Beach Equestrian Center, a number of
high-dollar lots beat expectations and
there were a few "out of the park" sales,
such as the XK 140 DHC at $161,500.
And for most companies, the $10,026,875 total
and 64% sale rate would have been stupdenous.
But this is Christie's, the world's largest
land-based auction house, and once the uncontested
king of the Monterey weekend. Their
sale total was down for the third year in a row,
and their arch-competitor RM achieved twice
There were some great sales, including the
most-original 1959 Ferrari LWB California
Spyder that brought $1,217,500, the ex-Bill
Serri 1931 Bugatti Type 51 that went for
$942,500, a 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Short
Chassis two-seater that made $326,500 and Dan
Gurney's 1966 Eagle-Weslake T1G Formula
One race car, which achieved $700,500.
SCM reports on auctions, and doesn't conduct
them, so we don't pretend to have the same
cumulative knowledge as the experts at a reputable
house like Christie's. Nonetheless, we
can't help but wonder if sprinkling the noreserve
cars from the Ruger Collection throughout
the evening, rather than offering them as a
group, might have kept bidders' spirits up.
Certainly the long line of over-reserved cars
that failed to sell in the early stages of the
evening had a distinctive dampening effect on
the mood of the crowd.
And while the traditional Christie's technique
of auctioneering is refined and low key,
perhaps adding just a little sizzle to the steak is
in order here. Some expert commentary on each
car might help, along with some encouragement
to bid and bid again. After all, this is America,
land of P.T. Barnum, and we Yanks really do
like to be sold.
It would also be helpful if the large video
display screens offered more than a lot number
and a currency converter. Having the model
name and a photo couldn't hurt, especially for
those not able to clearly see the stage.
Christie's has worked long and hard to make
its Pebble Beach event one of the showpieces
of the annual automotive auction calendar. We
can only hope that next year the cars on offer
slight wear on front seat, fuel tank has been leaking—all
minor problems on a good-looking car
with lovely replica coachwork. Ruger Collection,
no reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $315,500.
About half the price of an authentic LondonEdinburgh,
and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club
allows replica-bodied cars in competition. New
owner got a splendid Roller at a big discount.
#36-1914 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
GHOST Torpedo Skiff. Body by ScheberaSchapiro.
S/N 54 PB. Eng.# 45J. Green/teak
wood/green leather. RHD. Second body in the
RHD. Odo: 38,299 miles. Older restoration with
fresh front seat leather. Worn upholstery in rear.
Entire car looked a bit tired and ready for some
attention. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $85,000.
Offer seemed about right considering car 's present
condition. PIs trade in an increasingly thin market.
They are visually imposing, but less than thrilling
to drive, especially on today's motorways.
#100-1927 BENTLEY 61/2 LITRE SHORT
CHASSIS Tourer. S/N KD 2115. Eng.# KD
2110. British Racing Green/tan leather. RHD.
#111-1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP SILVER
GHOST REPLICA London-Edinburgh
Tourer. Body by Wilkinson. S/N 39 NA. Eng.#
56 X. Green/green leather. RHD. Hubcaps rusty,
Christie's - Pebble Beach, CA
will come with more aggressive, realistic reserves,
and that the lots will be offered with perhaps
a bit more enthusiasm.—ED.
blocks, brakes, kingpins, front axle and steering
box about 300 miles ago. No reserve, Ruger Collection.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $128,500. A little
on the low side for a nice, authentic Piccadilly
that's ready to tour with CCCA or RROC.
#29-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I
Boattail Tourer. Body by Barker. S/N 21UF.
Eng.# ZC55. Natural aluminum/blue leather.
style of Labourdette installed in 1919. Sharp
stylish one-off. Older restoration still competitive
at shows and eligible for all kinds of rallies
and tours here and abroad. Cond: 1-. NOT
SOLD AT $350,000. Estimate of $500,000 to
$700,000 was ambitious despite the car's
uniqueness. A bid of around $400k would have
been in the ballpark (or cricket pitch).
#115-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
GHOST Piccadilly Roadster. S/N S335 RL.
Eng.# 22355. Black and gray/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 75,647 miles. Older restoration
showing a bit of wear all around. Few paint
chips. Backup lamp lens missing. New cylinder
Odo: 10,074 miles. Replica coachwork a la
Vanden Plas, replacement engine uprated to
Speed Six specs. Fair paint, runs very well,
lumpy front fenders. A good "driver," which is
how Bill Ruger liked to use it. No reserve. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $227,500. Replica bodies and
hopped-up engines aren't a big sin in vintage
Bentley circles, but they do affect the value negatively.
Price was about right, and perhaps a relative
bargain when you think about the performance
and visual appeal.
#91-1931 BENTLEY 8-LITRE SHORT
CHASSIS Tourer. Body by Vanden Plas. S/N
YR 5097. Eng.# YR 5097. Green/black leather.
RHD. Odo: 16,154 miles. A few small paint
chips and cracks. Rear section of body a bit
shaky. Left hubcap missing. Some gauges not
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working. Still, an impressive Big B. Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $480,000. Extra-rare short
chassis (ifyou can call this monster short) and
an open car to boot. Runs very well, but not
quite sharp enough to get past the $500,000
mark and into selling territory. A decade ago
this was a $1m car.
#44-1934 LAGONDA 3-LITRE Tourer.
S/N Z10710. Eng.# 2459. Black/red leather.
RHD. Odo: 3,621 miles. Excellent door fit, very
Robert Montgomery. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$326,500. Sale price was a tribute to the
car 's splendid styling, outstanding restoration
and WO. Bentley's magnificent mechanical
#34-1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
WRAITH Drophead Coupe. Body by Gurney
AT $387,000. Sensational style combined with
robust performance is an unbeatable combination
for a sports car, and this one-off had it in
spades. Worth the price.
#62-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 MC Drophead
Coupe. S/N S818074DN. Eng.# G5933-8. Deep
burgundy/beige leather. LHD. Whitewalls,
clean and done right inside and out. Top a bit
tired, but a very attractive car. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $117,500. Sold at no reserve for money that
approaches the level of 3-litre Bentleys.
#105-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
II CONTINENTAL Drophead Coupe. Body
by H J Mulliner. S/N 27 TA. Eng.# VS 95. Silver
and gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 48,501
Nutting. S/N WGC 41. Eng.# M 240C. Dark
blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 13,580 miles.
Paint presentable but getting tired. Very good
door fit, rear reflectors missing. Ready for touring
rather than concours. Formerly owned by
Henry E.I. du Pont. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$64,625. A decent buy. Car could have sold
for $15,000 more.
#45-1953 MG-TD Four-Seat Tourer. Body
by J.S. Inskip. S/N TD26606. Red/fawn leather.
LHD. Odo: 22 miles. Carried rare Inskip lion
mascot and chrome wire wheels. Fresh paint and
miles. Stone chips, mismatched paint on body
and cracked headlamp lens all subtracted from
the car's appearance. Very original Roller needing
some tidying and a repaint. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $128,500. Fairly bought from Ruger Collection
at no reserve. Selling price leaves room
for improvements without going upside-down
in the investment.
#39-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II
Tourer. S/N 10 UK. Eng.# UU 65. White and
black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 22,411 miles. New
body in 1989; looks to have been skillfully converted
from a closed car. Few paint cracks, very
good door fit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,750.
Second bodies on R-Rs don't carry the price penalty
they do with most marques. Fairly bought.
#59-1939 LAGONDA V12 RAPIDE
SHORT CHASSIS Two-Seater. Body by
Vanden Plas. S/N 14115. Deep blue and magenta/tan
leather. RHD. Odo: 20,148 miles.
Totally legit and superbly restored. Pebble Beach
class winner in 2001. Originally built for actor
upholstery done very well. Long doors exhibit
some looseness. Body built in New York by exBrewster
craftsmen. Formerly owned by Lee
Majors, TV's "Fall Guy" and "Six Million Dollar
Man." Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,250. One of
12 built, three of which are known to exist at
this point. Very good-looking conversion, but
likely a sedate performer Where the price would
go was anybody's guess, but the end result
seemed fair enough. Sold with no reserve.
#52-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I
Drophead Coupe. Body by Bertone. S/N LML
502. Eng.# VB6J/83. Red/biscuit leather. LHD.
Odo: 81 miles. Fresh, gorgeous restoration.
leather. LHD. Odo: 32,369 miles. Ex-King
Hussein. Totally original and factory maintained,
except for repaired right rear fender
and new Borrani wheels. Super door and panel
fit. Exactly right in and out. Cond: 1. SOLD
AT $194,500. Sold for a good 20% higher
than SCM Price Guide top dollar for these
cars. Perhaps the royal connection helped
make the difference; more likely the Price
Guide needs to be reevaluated given the recent
strength of DB5s.
#53-1966 FORD GT40 Mk I Coupe. Body
by J. W. Automotive. S/N GT40 1065. Eng.#
SGT 27. Silver blue/black leather. RHD. Odo:
2,707 miles. Excellent cosmetics, door and panel
chrome wires. Fully and completely restored to
the highest standard, all numbers match. Can't
fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $161,500. In a normal
venue, this might have been a $120,000 car
But the superheated atmosphere ofthe Monterey
weekend, added to the prestige of Christie :s, got
at least two bidders very, very excited. A hard
price to repeat.
#64-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5
Drophead Coupe. Body by Touring.
S/N DB5C/1290/L. Eng.# 400/1497. Red/tan
Originally built for famous car importer S. H
"Wacky" Arnolt. The most beautiful AngloItalian
marriage imaginable. Cond: 1. SOLD
fit. Fresh repaint from red to correct colors.
Halibrand wheels added. Mileage believed to
be genuine. No race history as it has always
been maintained for street use. Cond: 1.
SOLD AT $436,500. Priced right for a car
of this caliber and history. Repainted in correct
livery since offered here last year (no sale
#77-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III
PHASE 2 Convertible. S/N H-BJ8-L/4 1852.
Eng.# 29K-RU-H/16406. Red/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 92,298 miles. Another extremely
#33-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 51 Grand Prix.
S/N 51129. Eng.# 11. Blue/black leather. RHD.
Few paint chips, small crack in boattail, some
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#31-1957 PORSCHE 356 CARRERA GS/
GT Speedster. S/N 83735. Eng.# P90890GT.
Silver/black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 7,914 miles.
well-restored big Healey. Virtually flawless
except for incorrectly mounted license plate
lamp. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,275. This is a
market-correct price for really, really good late
Healeys like this one. The BJ8s continue to bring
the most, as they have the most power and the
most luxurious interiors.
#87-1967 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 SI Roadster.
S/N 1E14277. Black/black leather. LHD. Odo:
13,123 miles. Meticulous restoration, was
claimed to have cost more than $100k. Hard to
honest wear from being campaigned in vintage
racing. Carries original coachwork. Engine
needs careful checking after teardown/loose reassembly.
Ex-Bill Serri. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$942,500. Good history, highly original, very
desirable model with quintessential Bugatti race
car appearance all add up to a strong selling
price. Contrast this car with provenance to the
Type 51 bitsa that didn't get past $220k at RM
Monterey on Friday (page 43).
#57-1938 TALBOT LAGO T23 Convert-
ible. S/N 93465. Light and dark blue/red leather.
RHD. Odo: 1,805 miles. Incorrect ignition
wires. Figoni et Falaschi styling hints and overtones,
four-speed preselector transmission. Well-
Restored in 1996, engine rebuilt by Jim
Wellington of Rennsport International. Cosmetically
better than new. Uses later 356B gearbox
and linkage. Original tranny goes with car.
Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. Strong estimates
of $180,000 to $220,000, strong bid.
Maybe it should have been accepted. The GS/
GT is the Holy Grail of 356s; RM sold Richard
Freshman's car for $173,250 in June 2002.
#27-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900C Sprint.
Body by Ghia. S/N AR19000O2186. Gray and
black/black and white leather. LHD. Odo:
89,648 kms. Catalog claimed this was a Paris
fault in any area. Desirable 4.2 Series I with
covered headlights. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$82,250. Perfect SI 4.2s have been crossing
the $100,000 barrier of late, so this might
even be called a bargain. Average E-types
with needs are still languishing in the $30,000
to $40,000 range.
#106-1928 BUGATTI TYPE 43 Grand
Sport. S/N 43234. Eng.# 114. Blue with red
chassis/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,239 kms.
Rebodied back to Type 43 spec after having its
presented car throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$103,400. A conservative design compared to
many Talbots of the period, some of which will
bring $250,000 plus, thanks to their great style.
Price was right for this body and model.
#89-1948 DELAHAYE 135M Cabriolet.
Body by Saoutchik. S/N 800858. Eng.# 800858.
Burgundy and cream/brown leather. RHD. Odo:
41,942 kms. Shabby top, tired upholstery,
overspray on body. Dent in left rear fender,
Salon car. Good door fit, some paint chips and
cracks especially to nose, paint worn on trunk
lid, fair to good plating. Another time-warp car
preserved in nearly original condition. No reserve.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,250. Sold to an
eastern US dealer who bought it right enough to
turn a good profit after some detailing. However,
single-carb models will never be as much fun to
drive as the dual-carb SSs.
#117-1959 FERRARI 250 GT LWB California
Spyder. Body by Scaglietti. S/N 1581
GT. Eng.# 1581 GT. Red/black leather. LHD.
original body replaced with a grotesque coupe
by a former owner. Veteran of Monterey
Historics. Clean but not concours condition.
Original engine, which is somewhat unusual for
a competition Bug. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$238,500. A very fair buy on one of the more
desirable Bugatti models. We expected it to make
at least the low estimate of $300,000.
fender trim missing, incorrect color scheme.
Converted to wires and whitewalls, Buicktype
"portholes" added to hood. What more
can be wrong? Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $76,375.
Fright pig of the auction. This was originally
a beautiful car that some perps had "restored"
to a mockery of itself Price was more
than enough for what is really a major project
waiting to commence.
Odo: 25,513 miles. The most original driving
Cal Spyder left. Ruger owned it and kept it hidden
and unshown for 41 years. Seats show wear,
stone chips and cracks in paint, bumper and
windshield chrome going downhill. US aftermarket
replacement items. Kmart shag carpet.
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This 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible has enviable roots.
It has always been kept in the same family since it was bought in
1956. It features the 265 V8 engine with dual tour-barrel
carburetors. It runs smooth as silk. The Venetian Red paint has
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This 1939 Bentley Royale is a personal salute by the builder, to
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acknowledged as the "Best Cars in the World" The Bentley
Royal is not a car for the faint of heart, as it incorporates two
phantom four, 6 litre engines coupled together front and rear
with gearing to give a V 16 configuration of 12 litres capacity.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,217,500. Stratospheric
selling price should be no surprise, given the
current fascination with preservation. Great,
correct time-warp car with two owners from new
and no stories. Just detail it and then leave it
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#84-1963 FERRARI TR59/60 Spyder Rep-
lica. S/N 5005. Red/tan leather. LHD. Bob
Norwood re-creation on a burned-out Ferrari
Christie's - Pebble Beach, CA
think he was buying a very rare (i.e., nonexistent)
330 2+2 with "independent rear suspension,"
as was touted in the catalog.
#51-1972 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV
Coupe. Body by Bertone. S/N 5064. Eng.#
30726. Lime green/blue leather. LHD. 750 miles
engine. Factory accessory Rushmore starting and
lighting systems installed. A few small dents in
radiator shell. Most important of all, a real, verifiable
T-head Raceabout. No reserve. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $865,500. Another no-reserve Ruger
car Absolutely real and a strong runner Price
reflects the authenticity of this car and the fact
that for many car collectors the Type 35J Mercer
is the Holy Grail ofpioneer American sports cars.
#109-1918 PACKARD TWIN SIX Touring
Car. S/N 154680. Eng.# 154680. Blue and
black/black leather. LHD. Odo: 39,451 miles.
330 4-liter America chassis. Alloy body. Nicely
done with many authentic reproduction parts,
tall-shank shifter. Six Webers on correctly replicated
intake for Type 209 engine. Many ribbons
and trophies. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$110,000. Sold at Christie 's 1998 PB auction
for $167,500. Very meticulous re-creation, but
two TR replicas were on auction this weekend
and no one was interested here. Only 4% of
the cost ofa real one, but you '11 always be driving
#81-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 10707. Eng.# 10707.
Navy blue/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 31,700 kms.
on restoration. Interior flawless, as is exterior.
First in Class at Newport Beach
Concours, First in Class at California
Concours d'Automobile. Full history book
included with sale. Surprisingly likeable color
combination. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $270,000.
Sold by an SCM'er, post-block. Recent high
for a Miura SV at auction. The combination
of the striking Gandini shape and the ultimate
mechanical configuration will always cause
great SVs to bring top dollar.
#66-1894 DURYEA MOTOR WAGON
Buckboard. S/N N/A. Wood/tan canvas. RI-ID.
Incredibly original pioneer American car. Quite
Few minor paint scratches, otherwise an excellent
and correct restoration on this 12-cylinder
road locomotive formerly in the Harrah Collection.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,500. The Twin
Six provided a balance between weight, horsepower
and torque. The right kind of money
#114-1919 STUTZ SERIES G Roadster.
S/N G 4342. Eng.# G 4151. Red and black/tan
leather. RHD. Odo: 28,497 miles. Rip in seat,
paint going dull, damaged headlamp rim, paint
scratched and chipped. Less than 50 miles since
Original mileage. Borranis. Preservation award
at Cavallino Classic, but in 1993, when competition
wasn't that stiff. A car that has no horrible
sins, but one that is certainly showing its
age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $381,500. One
Ferrari broker felt that the 1993 award was
not that significant, that the last nine years had
not improved the car, and that it wasn't that
nice of an example overall. Price was all the
money in the current market.
#93-1967 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 8523. Eng.# 8523.
Silver/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 50,000 miles. Two
possibly the "missing link" between the first
Duryea of 1893 and the production Duryeas of
1896. First car with actual differential and other
innovations. Astonishing find, very well documented.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $220,000.
Who knows what it worth? The car belongs in
an important museum and perhaps some angel
will pay the price to donate it to the proper institution
some fine day.
#101-1913 MERCER TYPE 35J
Raceabout. S/N 1281. Eng.# 35J 1005. Cream
and gray striping/black leather. RHD. Odo: 171
miles. Incorrect color scheme. Loud and lusty
full engine rebuild. Modern oil pressure and temperature
gauge installed under the dash. No reserve.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,775. Literally a
Bearcat with doors, but for half the money. One
of the genuine bargains of the Ruger Collection.
Drive and enjoy as is or upgrade the cosmetics.
#104-1920 STUTZ SERIES H Bearcat.
S/N 5959. Eng.# 6001. Yellow and black/brown
owners. Recent restoration of cosmetics, no
mention of any mechanical work. Chassis and
engine compartment cleaned and new leather
interior fitted. Original and ugly factory slotted
mag wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,500.
High price, even for a nicely presented twoheadlight
car. Hope the new owner didn't
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leather. RHD. Odo: 19,469 miles. An older restoration
done correctly, including Spanish
leather. A little honest wear here and there, but
still a good looker and strong runner. Used very
sparingly since a 1996 restoration. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $64,625. Another no-reserve Ruger
Stutz. Buyer got a new car in terms of mechanical
condition. Half the price of a comparable
Mercer Raceabout from the early '20s.
#108-1921 STUTZ SERIES K Touring Car.
SN 10273. Eng.# K 10255. Red and black/black
leather. RHD. Odo: 10,961 miles. Some wear
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black/green leather. LHD. Odo: 53,247 miles.
Electric fuel pump. Rumble seat. Restored in
1980, only 100 miles since. Full CCCA Classic,
very well restored in all areas. Potential
national prize winner. No reserve, Ruger Collection.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,650. An
engineer's automobile with a sophisticated
overhead-cam engine and early application of
four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Loaded with
quality and bought right.
#116-1927 STUTZ AA Four-Passenger
Speedster. S/N AA C1886581. Eng.# 87594.
Black/black leather. LHD. Odo: 3,330 miles.
Cost $3,495 when new. Purchase price cheaper
than a full restoration in today's market.
#102-1928 STUTZ BB BLACK HAWK
Four-Passenger Speedster "Special." S/N
BBC18-BB23S. Eng.# DV33171. Two-tone
gray/red leather. LHD. Odo: 1,825 miles. Bill
on running boards and seats. A generally good
older restoration. Top and trunk recently installed.
Cond:2-. SOLD AT $44,650. K series cars shared
many four-cylinder Bearcats 'mechanical components,
and were among the last Stutzes to use the
T-head engine. A good-looking car that appears
ready for shows and touring. Fairly bought.
#99-1923 KISSEL GOLD BUG Speedster.
S/N 7245. Eng.# 45-6874. Yellow and black/
Very well restored with just a few paint
scratches showing. Looked infinitely better
with top down instead of up. Participated in
1993 Copperstate 1000, which was the last
time it was campaigned. No reserve. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $82,250. AAs offered a low
profile courtesy of their worm drive, and
strong performance from their 299-c. i. single
overhead-cam straight-eight. Handsome
Classic Stutz bought at a fairly low market
price from the Ruger Collection.
#103-1927 PACKARD 443 Phaeton. S/N
227378. Eng.# 227483A. Black/brown leather.
LHD. A very well-preserved older restoration
Ruger's grand experiment in squeezing optimum
power out of a Stutz DV32 engine, done
in collaboration with Reeves Callaway of Corvette
fame. Car had a few paint chips, carried
modern bucket seats. The sleeper of sleepers
and a true Q-ship. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$76,375. A giveaway price. Ruger had invested
more than $300,000 in engine development
alone. The lucky new owner should
have scads of fun embarrassing modern hotshoes
at stoplights and on the road.
#25-1930 PACKARD 740 Roadster. S/N
183667. Eng.# 183358. Yellow and black/brown
leather. LHD. Odo: 42,404 miles. Few paint
black leather. LHD. Odo: 116 miles. Dual
sidemounts. Fair reupholstery. Older restoration
now in need of some detailing, but still quite an
okay car. A few paint chips. No reserve from the
Ruger Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,250.
A rival of the Mercer and Stutz during the roaring
'20s. Great looks and high performance for its
time. A fair enough price for a rare car, especially
in light of its completeness and correctness.
#110-1925 WILLS SAINTE CLAIRE W6
Roadster. S/N 20448. Eng.# 20512. Beige and
of a correct, unmolested 443. Twin spares, period
disc wheels. Walnut dashboard. No reserve.
Ruger Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$64,625. Well bought. The 443 series are the
most desirable of the late '20s Classic
Packards, and this was an excellent example
in all respects. Sold for perhaps $15k below
#112-1928 STUTZ BB BLACK HAWK
Four-Passenger Speedster. S/N N/A. Eng.#
92177. Red and black/tan leather. LHD. Odo:
69,202 miles. Tear in driver's seat, few paint
chips, okay door fit. Generally very good appearance
for touring; not quite sharp enough for serious
show work. No-reserve Ruger car. Ex-A.K.
Miller Collection, restored in early '90s from a
#4 car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,625.
chips, passenger door fit off Older restoration
that still shows quite well, and a very desirable
year, model and body style. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $58,750. Seventh series, 140.5-inch wheelbase
(thus the name 740). Remember when cars
like this regularly used to crack $75,000 at auction?
Those days may be long gone.
#83-1931 DUESENBERG J Convertible
Victoria. Body by Rollston. S/N 2463. Eng.#
J104. Green/green leather. LHD. Odo: 107
miles. Engine swapped from another Duesy. ExHomer
Fitterling, Ed Weaver, Dr. Joseph
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Murphy collections. Recent new paint and
top. Ready for touring or show. Cond: 1-.
NOT SOLD AT $450,000. The most expensive
car in America during its debut. Simply
not enough money for this highly attractive
J-Berg. $550,000 would still have been fair.
#107-1931 DUESENBERG J Tourster
Replica. Body by Billings. S/N N/A. Eng.#
J206. Two-tone gray/red leather. LHD. Odo:
Dark blue with white stripe/black. 3-liter V12
engine, 410 hp, five-speed. One of three built.
Some period race history. Totally restored,
race ready. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $700,500.
Dan Gurney is the only American to win a
Formula One race driving a car of his own
design. This car represents a unique and important
piece of '60s American racing history,
and was bought at a fair price.•
Classic LaSalle. Sold for $55,080 at BarrettJackson
#46-1940 BUICK SUPER Estate Wagon.
Body by Biehl. S/N 13787637. Maroon and
wood/red leather. LHD. Odo: 23,214 miles.
'57 Ferrari TRC Spyder replica,
'86 Porsche 928 4-door sedan,
'63 Fiat Abarth coupe replica,
'49 Mercury Custom convertible,,
2,257 miles. A few paint flaws and a poor hubcap,
otherwise car was presented well. AACA
national first-place winner in 1981. Converted
to magneto ignition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$194,500. Good-looking bitsa with a replica
chassis and a replica Derham Tourster-style
body. Engine was originally installed in
Murphy convertible sedan. Bought for less
than the cost of its construction.
#113-1933 PACKARD TWELVE Convertible
Victoria. S/N 64721. Eng.# 901372. Twotone
gray/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 70,460 miles.
Some small paint and wood flaws, excellent
door fit, very correct restoration inside and out.
AACA first place winner. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$82,250. One of 501 Super wagons built in
1940. Selling price was cheaper than building
one to first-prize condition from a bunch of
matchsticks and rusty metal.
#54-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY
Convertible. S/N 7407248. Palomino
brown/brown leather. LHD. Odo: 75,656 miles.
Meadow Brook, MI
An older restoration that is starting to show
its age. Cracked and scratched paint, some
upholstery wear, sagging door panels. Ready
for cosmetics inside and out. No-reserve
Ruger car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $128,500. The
top-of-the-line Packard in 1933, only 520
were built. If the car had been sharper it may
have landed somewhere between the $150,000
and $200,000 estimate range. Bought at a
price that allows needed upgrades without a
#67-1936 LASALLE 50 Convertible. S/N
365067553. Red and burgundy/red leather.
LHD. Odo: 68,833 miles. Incorrect two-tone
paint, door fit off, otherwise a sharp example of
a relatively rare car. No reserve. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $58,750. All the money for a non-
Ex-Leo Carillo, and complete with steer's head
mounted on front as well as "stirrups" so the
popular TV star could "ride" the steer in parades.
As-new condition, ex-Harrah Collection,
a real Hollywood kind of car. Cond: 1. NOT
SOLD AT $170,000. Estimate of $200k to
$240k was just silly, top bid was sillier and the
seller refusing it the silliest of all. Really just a
very nice Town & Country with a goofy steer's
head protruding from its considerable prow.
#98-1966 GURNEY EAGLE-WESLAICE
T1G FORMULA 1 Monoposto. S/N AAR 103.
Fall Auburn, IN
Paging for Ponies
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'69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 coupe,
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Bonham s- - Carmel, CA
Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
August 17, 2002
Auctioneer: Robert Brooks
Number of automotive lots: 64
Number of automotive lots sold: 30
rt''...... Sale rate: 46%
Sale total: $3,434,800
High: Lot #316, 1954 Maserati
A6G Frua Sport Spider, sold at $610,250,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 15% on
first $50,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Scott Featherman, Donald
Osborne, John Apen and Carl Bomstead
Market opinions in italics
venthough going head-to-head with
RM's Saturday night premier offerings,
Bonhams has continued to draw a respectable
crowd of bidders and spectators
at its Carmel Valley venue. This
year's event resulted in a moderately successful
sale, with a 46% sale rate (30 automotive lots
sold from 64 offered), slightly higher than last
year's 43%. The sale total, however, was down
significantly from last year at $3.4m compared
to 2001's $5.8m. The lack of million-dollar
sales, which in 2001 included a '37 Bugatti 157
at $1.5m and a '73 Ferrari Daytona competition
coupe at $1.1m, certainly affected the outcome.
However, Bonhams did field a good assortment
of cars, with a sprinkling of sports, luxury,
prewar, collectibles and racers, allied with the
charming, witty style of auctioneer/principal
The anticipated star lots, from the collection
of former NBC Orchestra leader Don Ricardo,
featured four Mercedes-Benzes. Two 300SLs,
one a former Bonneville racer, the other highly
decorated from many show wins, were joined
by a 1928 SS modified to SSK specifications
and a 1923 28/95PS Targa Florio. The Targa
Florio and the Bonneville record cars failed to
sell; the SSK sold near its low estimate at
$662,500 and the show car sold in the middle
of its estimate at $244,500. Another of the featured
attractions, the Pininfarina-bodied Bentley
Cresta Continental also failed to find a new
home despite being bid to $100,000. The exSir
Paul McCartney '65 Austin Mini Cooper S
also was returned to its vendor despite a healthyenough
bid of $41,000.
Highlights of the sale included a new "postcraze"
high price for a Pebble Beach and
Concorso Italiano prize-winning Lamborghini
400GT ($174,650) that was sold by an SCMsubscriber,
and a 1954 Frua-bodied Maserati A6G
tool kit. One owner for first 45 years. 11,000
original miles, still on original tires. Never restored,
only maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$100,840. Buyers continue to pay premiums for
unrestored cars. Then they own a true piece of
history rather than paint and leather put on a
few years ago.
#312-1960 LOTUS CLIMAX TYPE 19
Sports Racer. S/N N/A. White/red. RHD. Reportedly
restored in late '80s. Paint cracked in
Taillights from an Aston, interior map light,
Webasto sunroof, Cibie halogen lights, twin
fogs. Gaps all off, especially the hood. Tired
interior. It's been a hard day's night. Cond: 5+.
NOT SOLD AT $41,000. At more than twice
the price of a regular Mini S, what is the owner
waiting for? The add-on for celebrity ownership
is often much higher in pub chats than when
money is actually being spent.
M8FP Racing Sports Prototype. S/N M8-F 0372.
Orange/black. Chevrolet Reynolds-block
510-c.i. V8, rebuilt in 1992. Top speed reportedly
220 mph. Inboard rear discs. Moncoque
Sport Spider that made the huge price of
$610,250. Most of the lots were sold near or
slightly below the low estimates, including a
'55 Porsche Speedster ($63,000) and a '63
Allemano-bodied Maserati 5000GT ($198,850).
While Mr. Brooks had in some ways the most
personal and entertaining style of the weekend,
it was also the most confusing. "Pass," "sold"
and "your guess is as good as mine" seemed to
occur with the same frequency. With the sale of
a couple of big cars, the outcome of the day
would have been quite different. Nonetheless,
the tent was full and the bidding often spirited.
Every year can't be 1989, and every auction
can't be a rousing success. Given current economic
conditions, we would call this a decent
result for a hard day's work, even if they only
achieved a distant third in this four-horse weekend.—D.O.
#311-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 MC Road-
ster. S/N S812255. Olde English White/black
leather. LHD. Painted wire wheels, complete
nearly $30,000 more to get into a sign fficantly
nicer car, this would have to be considered a
#276-1965 MORRIS MINI-COOPER S
Coupe. S/N K-A2S4/732224. Eng.# 9F-SA-Y/
36735. Green metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo:
44,528 kms. Originally owned by and customized
for Paul McCartney, who sold it in 1970.
both front fenders, nose section and around
gas cap, but still presentable. Original interior
well worn, but not hatefully so. Windshield
scratched. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$52,900. History includes many owners, many
rebuilds and many replacements. No-reserve
sale price was miles away from the high estimate
#306-1964 JAGUAR XKE S13.8 Roadster.
S/N 880661. Eng•# RA 4460-9. Metallic blue/
gray leather with blue piping. LHD. Odo: 65,044
miles. Same owner for past 27 years. Complete
restoration in 1999. Modified engine accessories.
Concours-level undercarriage. Recent highquality
repaint. Panel fit good overall. Very good
interior, though the dash trim is a bit scruffy.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $65,750. A well-presented
and good-looking example. Considering the
quality of this restoration and that it would cost
tub chassis. Paint chips on body panels. Tidy
interior. Underhood clean and not detailed. Veteran
of CanAm and Interserie racing scene.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Considering
history and spec, bid was a bit under what
it should have been. Another $10k or so should
have gotten the job done. These are the true bad
boys of vintage racing; a serious car that takes
a serious driver.
#279-1923 MERCEDES 28/95PS TARGA
FLORIO Convertible Coupe. S/N 26721.
Gray and black/red leather. LHD. Odo: 325
miles. Older repaint is presentable, but has many
small flaws overall. Chrome and trim nicely
patinated. Interior very clean. Detailed
underhood. Painted wire wheels in fine
sters bounce around between $40,000 and
$100,000, depending on condition and correctness.
This was a handsome car and brought a very
#282-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
GULLWING Coupe. S/N 198.040-55.00628.
Eng.# 198.980-55.0066. Red/black leather.
LHD. Raced by Don Ricardo at Pomona where
shape. Undercarriage recipient of recent cosmetic
going over. Past Pebble first places. Cond:
3. NOT SOLD AT $720,000. Ex-Don Ricardo.
Reported to be only one offour known to exist.
Reserve was about $80,000 higher than bid.
#280-1928 MERCEDES-BENZ SS/SSK
Roadster. S/N 36246. White/black leather.
RHD. Odo: 6,132 kms. Reportedly restored
once in 1950s, with its original frame shortened
to SSK specs. Roadster coachwork is believed
to be period correct. Fenders appear to have been
recently repainted. Brightvvork still nice. Leather
seats show well. Ex-Don Ricardo. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $731,250. Market-correct price for
an imposing car that will be welcome at any
event in the world, even if it is a "modificato."
#281-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
ALLOY Gullwing. S/N 198.043-55.00426.
Eng.# 198.980-55.0044. Red/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 54,771 miles. Ex-Don Ricardo. Set
its best standing quarter-mile was 13.86 seconds.
Shown by Ricardo at many concours. Recipient
of 120 trophies, including 21 Best of Shows. Both
famous and fabulous. No serious sins. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $271,450. New owner has a car ready
to use, and with some interesting history to boot.
A fair deal for buyer and seller both.
#310-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 3005L
Gullwing Coupe. S/N 198.040-65.00021.
Eng.# 198.980-55.0045. Silver/blue leather.
LHD. Odo: 57,892 miles. Poor panel fit, especially
on hood. Older substandard repaint. Most
Reported recent restoration by former Porsche
factory technicians with guidance from Porsche
Museum. Clean interior and underhood, great
paint. Finished second at Road America in 1971
with Jo Siffert. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$400,000. Soldfor $660,000 at Christie 's Pebble
Beach in 2000 (SCM# 10173). If the
mechanicals are as well-sorted as the cosmetics,
this 917 should be a great vintage racer
High bid was way off. Where's that chandelier
when you need it?
#317-1973 PORSCHE 911 RS 2.8 Coupe.
S/N 9113600347. Eng.# 6630368. Yellow/black
cloth and vinyl. LHD. Odo: 74,377 miles. Hood
Bonhams - Carmel, CA
#297A-1971 PORSCHE 917/10 CANAM
Race Car. S/N 917-10-02. Eng.# 917-02. Orange/black.
5-liter, flat-12, air-cooled engine.
a record for Class E/Grand Touring at
Bonneville in 1967, with 153.711 mph average.
In as-raced condition. Paint shiny, but flaws
abound. Interior well worn and aged. Headliner
hanging. Clean underhood with plenty of duct
tape. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $580,000. One
of 29 factory alloy-bodied Gullwings. With its
overall condition being "well aged" and in real
need of restoration, this coupe will need a special
buyer to pay a premium for its unique
Bonneville history. Bid was not insulting.
#318-1955 PORSCHE 356 SPEEDSTER.
Body by Reutter. S/N 80669. Red/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 1,063 miles. Reported full restoration
in mid-'80s with limited use. Concours
rubber trim below average. Chrome fair. Carpet
incorrect and dirty. Well-worn leather in rear
cracked, stitches pulling out of seats. Many incorrect
parts under hood. Oil leaks. Ex-George
Tilp. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Reported
to have factory sport options including
shocks, springs and special engine parts. However,
the proof was unclear. Even if the claim is
true, it is unlikely this car will bring more in its
rough condition. Generous bid.
#294-1963 PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 2
Coupe. Body by Reutter. SiN 122494. Eng.#
97760. White/brown vinyl and cloth. LHD.
Odo: 92,289 miles. Reportedly stored after
fit off, as is bottom of right door. Rust bubbles
on lower edge of passenger door. Paint drips in
door jambs. Decent interior worn in spots, not
detailed. Underhood clean. Air cleaner connecting
hose missing. Claimed matching numbers.
Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Considering
condition, this was an appropriate bid. With
the low estimate of $50,000, it's a mystery why
this car didn't sell.
#316-1954 MASERATI A6G Sport Spider.
Body by Frua. S/N 2110. Eng.# 2110. Black/
black leather. LHD. Odo: 74,918 kms. Presentable
older repaint. Much of panel work done
winner. Paint very nice overall with minor flaws.
Good panel fit, though the doors are off a hair at
bottom corners. Interior almost new, brightwork
very good. Engine compartment and chassis clean.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,800. The prices ofSpeed-
theft for about 20 years, then resurfaced in '90s.
Repainted, reupholstered, engine rebuilt. Recent
replacement of seats, door panels and carpet. Panels
straight. Left door bubbling at bottom. Fresh
undercoating. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,250.
Claimed matching numbers, but no Kardex presented
A strong price, but reflective ofthis model's
increasing status among collectors.
with filler. Gaps okay, doors off a bit. Seats and
carpets good, door panels worn and torn. Undercarriage
clean. Chrome wires and brightwork
good. Reportedly has a competition-based chassis
and engine. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $610,250.
This was the surprise of the Bonhams sale, as
the estimate was just $300,000 to $350,000. We
can only think that the special chassis and engine
got two bidders very, very excited
#267-1956 APOLLO CONVERTIBLE.
S/N 2010. Blue/black leather. LHD. Odo: 380
miles. Many small paint flaws, including cracking,
sinking and rub-through. Panel fit okay.
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Leather and carpet in good presentable condition.
Underhood clean. Very nice wire wheels.
Doesn't look as fresh as 2001 AACA National
First at Hershey would imply. Cond: 3. NOT
SOLD AT $65,000. One of 11 convertible
Apollos, assembled by owner from crates.
$80,000 low estimate may be overambitious.
#266-1961 ABARTH RECORD MONZA
Coupe. Body by Coma. S/N 984384. Red/black
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 47,712 luns. Rear of driver's
sion. Missing original alloy wheels. Very good
panel fit overall, though trunk lid is slightly off.
No rust. Excellent paint, chrome, glass and interior.
Spectacular presentation, hard to fault.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $102,050. They rarely
come up for sale, but the Monterey weekend offered
two: this restored model and one largely
original. They sold for about the same price,
this one ready to go, the other appeared more
authentic. Both were fair deals.
#265-1962 FIAT 600 JOLLY Beach Car.
Body by Ghia. S/N N/A. White/tan wicker.
LHD. Odo: 33,655 lcms. Older paint with some
Bonhams - Carmel, CA
refurbished body. 1,000 miles since. Wrong
steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $283,550.
Striking car Last seen at B-J in January with
150 fewer miles, where it sold for $264,600
(SCM# 26916). Sold in August 2000 at Brooks
Quail Lodge for $255,500 (SCM# 10129). Jolley
rebody could indicate disastrous shop accident.
#289-1966 LAMBORGHINI 400GT
Coupe. Body by Touring. S/N 0454. Dark gray
metallic/red leather. LHD. Superb paint, excellent
shut lines, great interior. Small crack in right
door recessed, rear of passenger door stands
proud of body. Some sanding marks in paint,
stone chips on nose, scratches on roof and rear
valence. Cracked fender over right front wheel.
Plexiglas windshield, other windows glass.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,160. This is a transition
car with the 850 engine from the earlier
Zagato Record Monza in the body of the later
1000GT Bialbero. Although fully priced for a
non twin-cam Record Monza with some needs,
a cool-looking car for not much money.
#307-1961 ABARTH 1000GT BIALBERO
Coupe. Body by Beccaris. S/N 1290244. Eng.#
ABA-47761. White/black vinyl. LHD. Odo:
92,639 miles. One owner. Fitted with a pushrod
stress cracking. Excellent chrome trim. Wicker
seats nicely patinated. One owner, California
registered. Older restoration to driving standards.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,160. Every
Monterey auction seems to have one of these
cute little things. They often end up being bought
as a cheap consolation prize for guys who
couldn't quite bid high enough to land one of
the "real" (read that as expensive) cars.
#297-1963 MASERATI 5000 CT Coupe.
Body by Allemano. S/N 103.026. Red/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 7,232 miles. Heavy undercoating
in fender wells. Chassis looks okay.
of rear bumper, one screw, missing from driver's
door sill kick-plate. Otherwise impossible to
fault. Restored by Rod Drew at Francorchamps
of America in Costa Mesa. Scores of awards.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $174,650. Sold by an
SCM'er. These Lambos have been underpriced
for a decade, and only recently are fully restored
cars making this kind of money Average 400s,
however, are still a tough sell above $60,000.
1967 FERRARI 330 GTC Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 10475. Eng.# 10475.
Red/tan leather. LHD. Air conditioning. Documented
early '80s bare-metal repaint, engine,
850cc engine, missing the superb dual overheadcam
engine (bialbero). Rust bubbles at edges of
front trunk panel and lower body seams. Thick
paint with a number of stress cracks. Replacement
driver's seat fair. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$33,063. Without the original engine and identification
plate, as well as having a strong smell
offresh spray paint in engine compartment, this
car was fully priced.
#305-1961 OSCA 1600GT Coupe. Body by
Zagato. S/N 0093. Dark blue/red leather. LHD.
Odo: 50,972 krns. Twin-carb single-plug ver-
Underhood clean and detailed. Chrome very nice.
Recently reupholstered interior strong. Some
carpets still original. Few small cracks in paint
on roof and quarter panels. Hood fit quite off.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $198,850. Formerly owned
by musician Joe Walsh. Car's top speed is actually
175 mph, not the 185 mph he claims in "Life's
Been Good" Sale price market correct. One of
just 32 5000 GTs, the "car of kings."
1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/6C
Berlinefta. Body by Scaglietti. S/N 8091. Eng.#
8091. Red/black. LHD. Odo: 17,616 miles.
Longnose, open driveshaft, alloy body, incorrect
competition fuel filler, painted Borranis, six
Webers. Terry Hoyle restored engine and running
gear in early '90s, Rod Jolley stripped and
transmission and brake overhaul. Chassis and
engine clean but not detailed. Rusty half shafts
may mean car has been sitting too long. Cond:
3. NOT SOLD AT $82,000. If mechanicals are
as good as documentation suggests, car is worth
slightly above the amount bid. Even so, could
have been let go without losing sleep.
#314-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 "NARTLike"
Spyder Conversion. Body by
Pininfarina. S/N 9987. Eng.# 9987. Yellow/
black leather. LHD. Odo: 33,963 miles
Converted to NART specs and cut by Straman
in 1980. Nice car overall. Engine compartment
could use a better detailing, small waves in right
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door. Chassis clean but not detailed. Excellent
wires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $410,000. One
of 14 cut, but non-NART, four-cams. Excellent
examples bring close to $450k, a real NART
Spyder is worth $1m. Bid wasn't unreasonable.
#285-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4
DAYTONA CONVERSION Spyder.
S/N 12863. Black/black and tan leather. LHD.
Odo: 60,132 miles. Euro coupe converted by
gray interior. Good panel fit, nice paint, some
cracking on black windshield header. Window
felts faded, as is wood on console. Dash very
nice. Chassis clean, some rust on Borrani hubs.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. These make
grand V12 sounds and are great GT cars as well.
The dark gray exterior makes the ugly black
bumpers less conspicuous, too. The market tops
out around $65,000 for C/4s; bid was light, but
#277-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO
Spyder. Body by Pininfarina. S/N 8112. Black/
black with red inserts. LHD. Odo: 49,589 miles.
Sheehan. Engine may have been rebuilt in the
'80s, transmission done three years ago. Carpets
appear to be incorrect. Wire wheels fair,
some surface rust. Seats show wear. New Ansa
exhaust. Panel fit okay. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD
AT $98,000. Car hadn't been coddled, so it was
just a run-of-the-mill converted Spyder Bid was
close to market value for an average car
#295-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA
P400S Coupe. Body by Bertone. SN 4833.
Eng.# 30606. Purple metallic/gray leather. LHD.
Odo: 6,646 miles. Reported cosmetic restoration
in 1995, when the color was changed from
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canvas tire covers not up to standard. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $368,250. The opportunity to acquire
an honest V16 Cadillac in an attractive body
style such as this doesn't come along very of
ten. Money still needs to be spent, but it will be
well worth it. One of the most desirable cars
from the 1930s.
#303-1967 SHELBY MUSTANG Coupe.
SN 7R01K188183. White with red stripe/black.
LHD. Odo: 1,969 miles. A completely documented
Shelby American with four original
"Chairs and flares." New paint, chrome, seats
and carpets. Two owners with recent major service.
No air conditioning. Original dash fur,
while nice, has a few stains. Chassis is as-driven
and engine compartment could use detailing.
Ansa original-type exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $89,950. In 1990 these cars hit $250,000.
They fell to $60,000 in '91 and have been recovering
since. This was fair market for a car
in this condition.
#284-1966 TOYOTA 2000GT Coupe. S/N
MF10-10218. Red/black vinyl. LHD. Odo:
41,322 lcms. Very good paint and chrome. Poor
yellow. Paint nice, though there is some cracking
on deck lid seams. Clean interior. Driver's seat
touch-up not done particularly well. Good glass.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Sold at RM
Monterey in 1998 for $136,000 (SCM# 15375).
High bid here well below that, and not enough
considering the car very nice overall condition.
#309-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 14763. Red/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 49,151 miles. Restored in
'86, freshened in '91; driven 4,500 miles since.
twin-choke Weber carbs. Impressive engine
compartment highly detailed, fit surprisingly
good. Few minor paint chips can be easily corrected.
Ex-Neil Allen. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$126,250. Racing history, though Australian, is
legitimate and extensive. Considering it is one
of 26 such Shelbys and the only one delivered
with Weber carburetors, this 'Stang will be welcome
at any vintage racing event. A real
Corvettes that found new owners_
panel fit, windshield separating. No rust. Faded
trunk badge. Replacement door rubbers not well
fitted. Exhaust system poorly redone. Nose
panel repaired incorrectly. Missing mirrors,
seatbelts, jack plates. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD
AT $95,000. A good basic car with excellent
potential for a knowledgeable collector Lots of
little bits incorrect, but nothing too serious. If a
great 2000GT is worth $140,000, is $95,000
wrong for a driver? We don't think so.
Books and tools, but no records mentioned.
Good panel fit, and straight, but paint has cracks
and bubbling around windows. Taillights pitted,
chassis clean. Borranis nice but missing
stickers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000.
An okay Daytona, but nothing special. $ 120k
low estimate was just out of reach.
#315-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 15773. Grigio/gray
leather. LHD. Odo: 50,059 miles. Air conditioning.
Very attractive color combo with unusual
#292-1930 CADILLAC V16 Roadster.
Body by Fleetwood. S/N 701031. Silver/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 40,316 miles. Time spent
'61 Abarth Record Monza coupe, $21,160, B
'61 Abarth 1000GT Bialbero coupe, $33,063, B
'61 OSCA 1600 GT coupe, $102,050, B
'54 Ferrari 250 Monza Spyder, $1,705,000, RM
in a European museum has taken its toll on this
magnificent and desirable Full Classic. Fit and
finish has suffered, with paint chips and deteriorating
plating. Door fit needs attention and
Riding the Woodg Wave
'41 Chrysler T&C, $132,000, RM
'49 Ford custom wagon, $66,000 RM
'40 Buick Super Estate Wagon, $82,250, C
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'54 convertible, $42,900, RM
'64 XP-819 convertible S148,500, RM
'67 427 coupe, $64,900, RM
'69 L89 convertible, $50,600, RM
'69 L88 convertible race car, $130,680, RS
Old friends cross the block, again_
'37 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cab A, $946,000, RM
'65 VW 21-window Microbus, $38,500, RM
'66 Ford G140 Mk I coupe, $436,500, C
'66 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, $283,550, B
- Monterey, CA
ing around the corner. The-pre auction jitters in
Monterey were noticeable in all quarters. When
the final gavel for the weekend was struck, the
sigh of relief was audible.
RM AUCTIONS INC.
DoubleTree Hotel, Monterey, California
_ 000) August 16-17, 2002
Auctioneer: Peter Bainbridge
Number of automotive lots: 183
Number of automotive lots sold: 126
Sale rate: 69%
Sale total: $20,030,755
High: Lot #143, 1962 Ferrari 330 TRAM
Testa Rossa, sold at $6,490,000,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 10%
Report by Dave Kinney, John Apen,
Dave Brownell and Carl Bomstead
Market opinions in italics
t's Monterey 2001 redux, at first glance.
The sales results were great, the cars for
sale were first rate, the sellers' expectations
were high, and the buyers paid
In many ways, it is. But just under the surface,
it isn't. This is a nervous market. Even
with continued low interest rates, the lack of
good economic news has translated for some
into the unmistakable concern about what's lurk-
That's certainly not to say that many sales
weren't record-breakers. Looking for a Triumph
TR4 with a surrey top? That will set you back a
cool $26,400. How about a 1950 Chevrolet
pickup truck? Get ready to open your wallet and
watch $41,150 float away. And, of course, the
1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa was sold
for $6.5m, the highest price paid at auction for
a car since 1991.
RM continues to find the cars the buyers
want. The part of auction marketing that almost
no one but auction promoters dwell on is getting
good cars with reasonable reserves to the
sale. Finding the right cars is the foundation of
any auction, and without this base, the auction
can attract all the qualified buyers and all the
excited spectators and still fall flat on its face.
The world of garnering consignment is a dark
and mysterious one, complete with the sellers
of large collections playing one auction company
off the next, backers financing highprofile
cars, and auction companies guaranteeing
values for certain consignments. In short,
it's exactly the same with cars as it has been in
the art market for over 100 years.
As you were told in school, doing your
homework will pay off in results. RM did its
homework, and the results, compared with the
other auctions this weekend, paid off in spades.
Class dismissed.—Dave Kinney
#150-1933 INVICTA 4.5 S Low-Chassis
Tourer. Body by Carbodies. S/N S157. Blue/
red leather. LHD. Chrome plating on wheels
incorrect, top boot faded, stone chips on rear fenders,
otherwise a stunning car of great style. Cond:
1-. NOT SOLD AT $310,000. The quintessential
classic English sports car design of the early '30s,
rivaled only by the likes of Squire, SS100 and a
handful of other marques. High bid slightly below
market. $15,000 more should have done the deal.
#5-1951 ALLARD K2 Roadster. S/N
91K1842. Green and yellow/tan leather
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with green piping. LHD. Frame-off restoration
in 1996 with Cadillac motor rebuild. Aluminum
body, fuel cell, roll bar, Auto Meter reproduction
gauges, plywood floors. Most gaps are poor.
Some cracking in metal around hood on passenger
side. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,400. Already
painted in a livery to match your racing John
Deere tractor The K2 Allards generally bring
about half what the J2 models do. This one
brought even less. A very good buy, even better if
you can get the paint redone on the cheap.
#12-1952 MG-TD Roadster. S/N TD11329.
Black/red leather. LHD. Odo: 207 miles. AACA
Senior first place in 1980. A very nice and correct
older restoration, well preserved. Paintwork
slightly off, otherwise a well-presented car with
very good interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$48,400. Until a short time ago, 120 coupes in
this condition could be had for less than
$30,000. However Jag coupes in general seem
to be on the upswing.
#65-1954 MG-TF 1500 Roadster. S/N
HDP461395. Red/tan leather. LHD. Odo:
94,087 miles. Chromed wire wheels incorrect,
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2-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. One of 51 built.
Perhaps 30 still exist. Consignor claimed more
than $200,000 spent on professional restoration.
High bid was on the button.
#11-1958 AC ACE Roadster. S/N AEX456.
Burgundy/gray leather. LHD. Odo: 27,806
miles. Original leather shows plenty of patina
very acceptable; no flaws worth noting. Excellent
chrome, leather has great patina. Correct
and impossible-to-find dash and door panel covering.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,650. No bargain,
but well bought nonetheless. This car is
more of a time warp than one is likely to see on
any other TD, as plenty of the tough-to-find
original bits were present.
#134-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 Roadster.
S/N W77558S. Black/red leather. LHD. Odo:
44,716 miles. Gorgeous paint. Excellent door,
hood and trunk fit, but what's with the modern
racing seats and no top or top bows? Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $47,300. A proper 120 bench seat
and a top most likely would have increased the
high bid. Not a bad buy, even with the weird
#145-1953 JAGUAR XI( 120 Coupe. S/N
W73418. Silver/red leather. LHD. Odo: 64,776
miles. Lumpy front bumpers, hood and door fit
throughout. Phil Reilly restoration after crash
at Laguna in 1980. Very well known and thoroughly
documented D-type. Fair paint and worn
leather, which is not unexpected on an older race
car. Nice patina. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $924,000.
Winning bid right on the money. The reason we
call D-types blue-chip collectibles is because
they always bring strong money, and the amount
is always in line with their provenance.
#159-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S Road-
ster. S/N AHS3707. Eng.# 1B222731. Olde
English White, blue sides/blue leather with
Wide whitewalls, BMC AM radio. Shows all
the signs of a recent restoration with no use.
Paint cracked on leading edge of hard top corner.
Windshield brightwork has some flaws.
Still, this Bugeye is very appealing. No reserve.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,800. A Bugeye in this
color has just about got the worldwide patent
on cute—and obviously others thought so too.
Not a world-record price, but a weekend charttopper
at least. Well done.
#175-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 VANTAGE
SS Convertible. S/N DB4C1064R.
Eng.# 370/1016/SS. Dark blue/dark blue leather.
LHD. Odo: 66,028 miles. Power windows,
excellent door fit, interior and top. Oversize
tires. Upgraded to 1500 engine from original
1250 unit. Good-looking car. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $29,700. Neat little car for Sunday
back-road cruising. New owner paid all
the money plus a bit.
#148-1955 JAGUAR XICD Sports Racer.
SiN XKD528. Silver blue/gray. RHD. Odo:
12,575 miles. As new, or a little better than new,
and wear. Interior looks quite lived in, carpets
are weak. Paint has plenty of flaws, including
stress cracks and divots. Chrome wire wheels
are a recent addition. A very likeable car, warts
and all. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $49,500. Sold right
in the middle of the estimate, which is to say at
high retail. No harm done, though, as finding
one this original and complete for less might
have eaten up $5,000 in air fares and long distance
calls, not to mention time and frustration.
#56-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE
SPRITE Roadster. S/N AN5L16278. Medium
green/green vinyl. LHD. Odo: 27,968 miles.
white piping. RHD. Odo: 38,903 miles. Older
restoration that is well preserved. Too nice to
re-restore. Good gaps, noticeable wear to
leather, very good paint with no noticeable
flaws. Plexiglas windshield, competition-style
gas filler neck. Wood steering wheel. Cond:
Motorola AM radio. Very nice repaint shows
some waviness to panels at low angles. Good
chrome and leather. Pirelli Cinturato radials.
Converted from RHD at some point. Unusual
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covered-headlight example. Underhood not detailed.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $192,500. Reportedly
one of 11 DB4 Vantage SS convertibles.
Handsome covered headlights. Remember the
last Aston run-up in prices, in the late '80s?
Well, we 'rejust about to those prices again. Fair
buy and sell here.
#32-1963 TRIUMPH TR4 Surrey Top.
S/N CT20787L0. Red/red leather. LHD. Odo:
9,907 miles. Unusual body style with removable
roof panel. Present dealer owner has known
stored in Jamaica. Miles said to be original.
Power antenna and windows, factory air conditioning.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $81,400. I liked
the car, its the story that sticks in my craw. LHD
car in a RHD country? Prince Philip? It's all
plausible; I just want more info, please. Fully
priced for a nice but not great DB6. They continue
#70-1966 TRIUMPH TR4A Roadster. S/N
N/A. Black/black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 3,626
miles. Aftermarket Indy shifter knob. Wood
could be found in the back row of 50 British
car repair shops nationwide, for much, much
#54-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 51 Grand Prix.
S/N BC32. Medium blue/black leather. RHD.
Slight upholstery wear, few stone chips, fair
the car since new. Very nice wood dash, extremely
original interior. Very good paint and
chrome, some cracked gaskets. Original radio.
A likeable car with good history. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $26,400. Time to throw away the
price guides or just another example of
Monterey magic? About twice what might have
been expectedfor a non-surrey-top example, but
a very solid appearing TR4 in desirable colors,
and no bad stories. Pricey, but not hurtful.
#185-1966 JAGUAR XICE SI 4.2 Coupe.
S/N 1E31551. Silver/red. LHD. Odo: 126 miles.
Second place at San Diego JCNA meet, August
steering wheel, Craig AM/FM cassette. Except
for the more recent Dunlop D60 tires,
this one has the look of a well-maintained example.
Good paint, weak chrome. Top boot
looks original, has some loose stitching.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,750. We see TR4s
continuing to climb in value. Many were built
(68,718 TR4/4As) but, as is often the case with
cheap cars, few remain. Ready to enjoy immediately.
Price a bit on the high side, but
#78-1966 MGB Roadster. S/N HN3L73680.
Dark blue/blue leather. LHD. Odo: 34,670
miles. Your basic old car with fresh seats and
decent paint. Top section of rear taillight missing.
Dirty and incorrect interior with sagging
carpets. Most chrome is decent, some is weak.
Sides mostly straight. Lipstick on an old cow.
Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $17,050. Oh, boy. This is
the part where I might say something about the
"Magic of Monterey." Not this time. This car
2002. Very recent restoration. Well done. Very
nice paint and chrome, fresh interior. Overall a
very likeable car with tons of eyeball. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $69,850. This restorer traditionally
gets over-the-top money for his coupes, but
deserved by the quality of his restorations. If
this had been a convertible, it would have
#199-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Coupe.
S/N DB62542LN. Silver/dark blue. LHD. Odo:
12,200 miles. Nice presentation, but falls down
tires. Generally well-presented Bug with vintage
racing history. Built-up bitsa with Bugatti
Owners Club chassis number assigned. Excellent
workmanship. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$220,000. The Type 51 is considered one of the
ultimate Bugattis in terms of high performance.
0f40 built, it's believed 25 remain and of these
it is literally impossible to find a "pure" example
that hasn't been melded or messed about.
Bid was simply too low.
up close. Paint has some dropout spots. Rear
bumper has some pitting. Ex-Prince Philip car,
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#165-1933 DELAGE D8 S Sport Coupe.
Body by Freestone & Webb. S/N 38220. Black/
tan leather. RI-ID. Odo: 18,273 miles.
#160-1937 FRAZER-NASH BMW 328
Roadster. S/N 85.035. Silver/dark red leather.
RHD. Odo: 5,081 miles. One small dent on
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Brightwork on left door slightly misaligned, a
few paint bubbles in cowl area and bottom of
left door. Absolutely beautiful design; low,
sleek, sporty but possessing great dignity. The
epitome of a sport coupe. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$167,200. The successor to the D8, the S was
lighter, lower, sleeker and quicker Worth every
penny. Well bought.
#115A-1951 DELAHAYE 135MS
Cabriolet. Body by Henri Chapron. S/N
801741. Maroon/cream leather. RHD. Odo:
46,996 miles. Chrome wire wheels, excellent
body, hood fit off, otherwise an excellent appearance
throughout. Veteran of 1937 Le Mans,
1938 Tourist Trophy and 1939 RAC Rally.
Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. Very
strong estimate of $225k to $275k. High bid was
fair as cars like this consistently trade in the
$175,000 to $200,000 range.
#186-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Gullwing Coupe. S/N 1980404500089. Eng.#
M194/21. Silver/black leather. LHD. Odo:
62,961 kms. Very good paint, excellent chrome,
Sunroof. Nice restoration with, new rubber gaskets
and floor mats, excellent chrome, fresh tires.
Minor problems include faded grab points on top
of seats. Appealing, if you don't mind using your
kneecaps as the front bumpers. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $38,500. A top price, but deserved. Unsold
at 2001 B-J Petersen at $29,000, then sold for
$24,480 at 2002 Petersen. Two months later;
having been brilliantly detailed with a luggage
rack added, RM got $38,500 for it, a pre-commission
profit of $14,000.
#76-1965 PORSCHE 356C Cabriolet. S/N
161046. Dark blue/gray leather. LHD. Odo:
21,588 miles. Headrests, blank-out radio plate,
interior and panel fit, small bit of cracking paint
on rear splash shield, otherwise ready to show.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $127,050. Another
Delahaye with ambitious estimates ($150,000 to
$200,000), but a realistic consignor who saw the
money on the table and took it. Delahayes had a
bubble last year; but seem to have slowed recently.
#124-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K
Cabriolet A. Body by Sindelfingen. S/N
154084. Yellow/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 56,832
interior shows some slight wear after restoration
Wood steering wheel. No radio. An honest example,
well displayed. Replacement motor.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $209,000. A tad expensive
for a non-original-numbers car Presented within
context (incorrect motor; recent restoration), the
seller and buyer should have no complaints.
#64A-1957 PORSCHE 356 1600 SUPER
Speedster. Body by Reutter. S/N 83140. Black/
black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 56,365 miles. Headight
guards, bumper overriders. Nice paint that
leather-wrapped steering wheel, trunk rack. Gaps
aren't great, good paint with some chips, older
rubber gaskets cracking. No reserve. Cond:
SOLD AT $45,100. Even though it just made it
over the low estimate of $45,000, this example is
at the very least fully priced for condition. These
colors are an acquired taste; I liked them.
#9-1970 PORSCHE 911 CLUB RACER
Coupe. S/N 9110200777. Leaf green/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 23,047 miles. Fuel Safe racing
miles. Sold at Christie's Pebble Beach auction
in 2001 for $1,051,000, including premium.
Driven 1,200 km since and still in superb condition.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $946,000. Consignor
took a $105,000 whack for a year 's ownership,
or about $875 depreciation for every kilometer
the car was driven. Still, that performance looks
pretty good compared to Global Crossing stock.
falls apart at the edges. Good brightwork that
would benefit from some polish. All signs
present of an older restoration. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $56,650. Good looking, but with plenty of
flaws. The perfect car for someone looking for
a driver; and who doesn't want to spend another
$40,000 for a perfect car Drive without fretting
over that first scratch.
#198-1965 VOLKSWAGEN 21-WINDOW
MICROBUS. S/N 255115238. Dark and light
green/ivory vinyl. LHD. Odo: 30,423 miles.
cell, Crow seat belts. Polished trim, plexiglass
window, drilled door handles, fiberglass hood
with whale tail. Good paint. Very clean, almost
bare, interior. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$21,450. Hats off to the former owner who had
the guts to repaint his Porsche in one of the
ugliest colors imaginable. That decision, instead
of the de rigeur resale red, might have cost him
$5,000, but he earned my respect.
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#3-1986 PORSCHE 928 FACTORY
CUSTOM 4-DOOR Sedan. S/N
leather. LHD. Odo: 6,175 miles. Automatic.
provenance includes 1954 Carrera Panamericana
Mexico, driven by Franco Cornacchia. Ex-Bill
Serri. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,705,000. With only
four made, a market-correct price is an academic
debate. Nonetheless, winning bid fit squarely
within the SCM Price Guide range of$1,500,000
Good paint, but with lots of respray work evident.
Blackout trim has previous paintwork
showing through. Good fit and finish to custom
work. No door problems evident. Good interior
has more of an American car feel than a German
one. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,000. The
answer to a question no one dared to ask: what
would a four-door 928 look like and who would
want one? Unfortunately, the answer is it looks
like a Porsche swallowed a Pacer Your chance
to own a four-door Porsche before the Cayenne
#18-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS
Cabriolet. Body by Pininfarina. S/N 915810.
Green and silver/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 85,503
kms. Door fit off, few chips on older repaint,
its limited racing history. Paint now has a few
bubbles. Above-average for an old race car,
but will need a full restoration before it hits
Pebble. In the US by 1964 and restored by
1978. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $590,000.
One of nine Series 1 PF Mondials in existence.
It is hard to say what a fair price is for a fourcylinder
race car with very little racing history,
but today it wasn't the $700,000 the owner
was hoping for
#174-1954 FERRARI 250 MONZA
excellent interior, very clean engine compartment.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,375. Selling
price includes 2.5% import duty. Price was
market-correct for all concerned. Not very
pleasant to drive, these cars really belong on
the show field. And it will take a lot of money to
make this one a prize-winner
#187a-1951 FERRARI 212 EXPORT
Spyder. Body by Vignale. S/N 0125EL. Maroon/tan.
LHD. Odo: 3,014 miles. Euro instruments,
appears very complete and with a nice
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Spyder. Body by Scaglietti. S/N 0442M. Eng.#
0442M. Red/tan. RHD. Paint cracked, interior
worn. Painted competition wires. Impressive
restoration to high standards. Panel fit and paint
very good. Carpets appear correct. Chrome a
little thin on a couple of places. Low racing
windshield. Late addition, with no info on car
card. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $500,000. One
of Vignale's better designs. But why do people
think they can ask $600k to $700k for a car and
not provide supporting info and documents?
#164-1954 FERRARI 500 MONDIAL
Spyder. Body by Pininfarina. S/N 0434 MD.
Eng.# 0434 MD. Red/black. RHD. Neat and
tidy, and amazingly original—probably due to
chrome pitted and worn, windshield trim pitted.
Lenses faded, panels wavy. Original, but with a
$50k engine restoration by Zaremba/Reilly just
2,000 miles ago. Car had sat dormant for 25 years
in Indiana. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $285,000.
These are fairly attractive coupes but, since they
were never intended for competition, they aren't
highly sought after by collectors. Low estimate
of $300k Fair enough bid.
#72-1957 FERRARI TRC TESTA ROSSA
REPLICA Spyder. S/N 3887. Eng.# 3887.
Dark red/brown. LHD. David Cottingham replica
based on a 250 2+2 right-hand-drive chassis,
shortened and converted to left-hand drive.
#196-1954 FERRARI 250 EUROPA
Berlinetta. Body by Pininfarina. S/N 0345EU.
Eng.# 0345EU. Red/red with black piping.
LHD. Odo: 37,200 miles. Paint showing defects,
Very nicely done, good fit and finish. A nice
little fakey-doo to impress the Gazelle owners
at the next replicar convention. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $140,000. One of about four Cottingham
replicas, all of which are excellently done. Price
paid was slightly below what they usually bring.
Originally cost more than twice this amount.
#43-1958 ALFA ROMEO 750 SPRINT
VELOCE Coupe. SIN 149306552. Silver/bluegray
corduroy and vinyl. LHD. Early "eyebrow"
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paint, chrome and interior. Sunroof. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $12,100. These cars sell on cuteness
alone as, even i fthey 're correct, there is no venue
for them in the US. You really don want to drive
one in traffic—even a BMW Mini seems twice
as big. An emotional buy, not a crazy price.
#35-1964 FERRARI 275 GTB Berlinetta.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 07197. Black/brown
leather. LHD. Odo: 36,800 miles. Very original
car. Correct factory-built, numbers-matching
Veloce with dual Webers. Restored to a very
high standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,300.
Many Sprints had Veloce features added later;
to find a car that is complete with all its original
factory performance bits intact is very unusual.
A very high price, but justified by this
Alfa's superb condition.
#179A-1958 FERRARI 250 GT TdF
Berlinetta. Body by Scagletti. SIN 789. Red/
red. LHD. Odo: 46,494 miles. Single-louver car.
Still carrying its numbers from the Mille Miglia
808. Eng.# 808. Red/blue. RHD. Factory racer
that evolved from early TR design and power to
the ultimate front-engine sports racer. Hill drove
to victory in 1962 Le Mans. A monument to
Ferrari's determination and ability to marshal the
best. Immaculate externally. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$6,490,000. The most important, most highly promoted
and highest-priced car of the entire weekend
Although $6.5 million is a lot of money, the
auction company was hoping for nearly eight.
So in some ways, this might be considered a bargain
for a very important car
SUPERAMERICA Coupe Aerodynamico.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 3931 SA. Eng.# 3931
SA. Gray/black. LHD. Odo: 55,543 miles. Comprehensively
restored in the early '80s. No
shortnose two-cam, one repaint. Owner has had
for over 25 years. Maintained by FAF Motorcars,
driven infrequently last 15 years. Nice, but
showing age. Slight wear on interior, believed
to be original. Rare and correct "Sunburst"
mags. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $178,200. A great
car to drive for a few years and then restore to
whatever level desired Fair price for unmolested,
original and undamaged car
#53-1964 FERRARI 250 GT/L "LMB
COMPETITION" Coupe Conversion. Body
by Williams & Pritchard. S/N 5521 GT. Red/
black leather. LHD. Lusso rebodied in England
in lightweight alloy to resemble LMB/GTO.
retrospective. Has been driven hard. Cosmetics
fairly rough: pitted window trim, paint
bubbled and cracked. Strange aftermarket rear
springs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $875,000.
One of 77 TdFs. A true dual-purpose GT car.
Another late entry with little information provided.
Still, bid was not unfair given the used
condition of the car.
#154-1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB
SEFAC Berlinetta. Body by Scaglietti. SIN
2701 GT. Eng.# 4039 GT. Red/blue. LHD. Odo:
55,169 miles. Nicely done older restoration in
records mentioned. In Japan for last 20 years.
Restoration showing age. Seats and dash showing
wear. Missing lower rocker trim strips.
Chrome now below average. Incorrect sized tires.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $363,000. Lots of money for
a car that may have sat idle for several years
and isn't ready for a concours. One of only 14
covered-headlight Aerodynamicos, however, so
there aren't many chances to buy one.
#101-1963 FIAT 500 ABARTH REPLICA
Coupe. S/N 1100496018. Light blue/blue and
white cloth and vinyl. LHD. Odo: 85,198 kms.
Cute as can be, but a total fake as far as the
Abarth heritage is concerned. Owner claims
$1,000 invested in Abarth trim alone. Some
problems in lower door sills, but good or better
the early 1980s. Paint has a few blisters. Original
engine for sale in Italy—how many
$100,000 bills will it take to buy it? Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $1,450,000. One of 20 lightweight,
highly modified factory race SWBs. Also
the most desirable of the SWB variations, and
worlds apart from an ordinary steel-bodied car
Reserve ofapproximately $ 1.7m was in line with
today's market. Owner was right to pass.
#143-1962 FERRARI 330 TRI/LM TESTA
ROSSA Sport Racer. Body by Fantuzzi. S/N
Sports Car Market
Extensive race development for amateur use.
Many expensive mods, including aluminum radiator,
fuel cell, roll cage, Lexan windows. Competition
two-plate clutch. Retired past 15 years.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $220,000. A pseudo-GTO/
LM on the cheap. Last seen at B-J 2002 in January
where it sold for $189,000. A lot of money
then for someone's fantasy racer, even more this
time around Big question: will Steve Earle accept
it in 2004?
#184-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB/C
SPECIALE Berlinetta. Body by Scaglietti. SIN
7437 GT. Eng.# 7437 GT. Red/black. LHD.
Odo: 1,817 miles. Fourth of the second series
cars built. Alloy bodywork, rear fender vents,
shortnose coachwork, faired-in driving lights,
side and rear plexiglass, racing fuel filler, 37gallon
tank. Not much competition history. Restored
several times. Car looks superb. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $759,000. One of 12 racing versions
of the standard 275 GTB. Lots of money
paid, but significantly less than the one (S/N
09063) RM sold for $1.1m at their 2001 Amelia
Island sale, and probably just as fast.
#115B-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA
P400 Roadster. Body by Bertone. S/N 3498.
Eng.# 1642. Dark green/saddle leather. LHD.
Odo: 7,259 miles. When originally completed
same money, would you rather have a cut
Daytona or this visually challenged car? I'm
curious to know what the buyer saw in this 365
to value it so highly.
#166-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400
S Coupe. Body by Bertone. S/N 4593. Red/
black. LHD. Odo: 18,900 miles. Recent cosmetic
restoration. Understood to be mechanically
fit with a recent service. Slight gap on trunk
Nothing here to inspire confidence. No reserve.
Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $7,700. There has been a
flood of these cars on eBay Motors recently,
perhaps as enterprising entrepreneurs discover
just how many they can cram into a container
and ship from Italy. Fair price.
#57-1973 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA SII
Coupe. Body by Bertone. S/N 9128. Green/
brown leather. LHD. Blaupunkt AM/FM radio,
as a silver-blue example with tasteful interior
this car was a handsome one-off roadster. Later,
modified for the International Lead Zinc Research
Organization, it grew into the taste-challenged
car we see here. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD
AT $320,000. If this car was returned to its
original colors, and the hideous chrome trim
and van-style interior removed, it might bring
$400,000. As is now, deduct $100,000 for restoration.
#177-1969 FERRARI 365 GT CHINETTI
NART Spyder. Body by Chinetti. SIN
12611GT. Red/black and red leather. LHD.
Decent quality work on this Ferrari hot rod,
which has a certain kit-car air about it. Almost
slab-sided design. Replacement gauges. Few
Ferrari parts remain in the interior. Plug ugly to
boot. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $132,000. For the
1971 Porsche 911E
Insured Value: $25,000
Liability - $300,000
Annual Premium: $209
panel, otherwise close to perfect. Only flaws
are on wheels that appear to be powder-coated
over heavy corrosion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$143,000. A market-correct price for the second
most desirable of the Miuras. If it had been
an SV, you could have added another $100,000.
#39-1971 FIAT 500L Coupe. S/N
110F6049600. White/tan vinyl. LHD. Odo:
65,560 miles. Sunroof. Repaint with some rust
bubbles. Plenty of chips and orange peel. Speedometer
looks nice. Poor chrome, but has ultradesirable
bumper overriders to front and rear.
air conditioning, fog lights, power steering. Neat
and tidy condition. One of the best designs ever
for an Italian exotic 2+2. Offered at no reserve.
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Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,900. Nice car for no
money. Was this because it's: A. green, B. not a
drop top, C. a Lambo, D. a 2+2? Answer is
probably E., all of the above.
#109-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS Spyder.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 06134. Red/black.
LHD. Odo: 37,473 miles. Daytona seats and
#180-1995 FERRARI F50 Coupe. Body by
Pininfarina. S/N 104799. Black/black. LHD.
Odo: 40,000 miles. If not the highest mileage
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ish-built version of the H6C. Hispanos, like several
other great Classics, don't bring the kind
of money they should. You can't buy more quality
and finer engineering in a Full Classic car
#136-1909 SIMPLEX 50 Toy Tonneau.
Body by Holbrook, Singer & Co. S/N 5009325.
Green/black leather. RHD. Older restoration
Cromodora mags, but not a "chairs and flares"
car. Owned for 15 years. Paint good, interior
leather shows cracking, dash fur stained. Very
original, though incorrect Talbot mirrors and nicely
installed headlight covers. Driver chassis. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $75,900. A fair price for a fairly
good rust-free Dino from Atlanta. Is it my imagination,
or are the prices ofDinos starting to soften
ever so slightly? Or perhaps only the absolute top
rank ones will bring the $100k prices.
#41-1975 MASERATI KHAMSIN Coupe.
Body by Bertone. S/N AM120US1096. Red/
saddle leather. LHD. Odo: 11,634 miles.
F50 in the world, it sure looks like it. Two-owner
car, with last owner racking up 37,000 miles in
four years. Although never involved in an accident,
the paint has been touched up. Interior
shows wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $528,000.
Cars with no miles can bring around $750,000,
so this car with 40,000 miles, would have to be
considered fully priced and then some.
#106-1973 DATSUN 240Z Coupe.
S/N HL530128853. Orange/black. LHD. Odo:
42,000 miles. Same family since new. Excellent
original interior. Original window sticker,
with fresh engine work, ready to tour. Oldest
authentic Simplex 50 extant and formerly in the
well-known Whitney Snyder collection. The
first American muscle car. Capable of startling
performance with great reliability. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $429,000. So brass cars are dead,
eh? Someone forgot to tell the bidders on this
lusty old bolide. Going to a West Coast collection
where it will join other large-displacement
cars of the pre-WWI era.
#135-1913 ALCO SIX Five-Passenger
Touring Car. Body by Fleetwood. S/N 275.
Deep blue/dark red. RHD. Odo: 15,201 miles.
Campagnolo mags. Some rust bubbles in rear
deck lid. Rubber gaskets in good shape, but
some dryness to blackout trim. Fresh tires. Some
lumpiness to seats, but no serious harm done.
No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. Not
a bad price for a Khamsin that has some problems.
Although the Khamsins and Indys are interesting
cars, they will always be in the shadow
of the Ghiblis, Boras and Mistrals.
#2-1977 MASERATI MERAK SS Coupe.
S/N AM122AUS2266. Yellow/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 30.099 kms. Decent paint, interior
owner's manual and all service records. Electric
rear window defroster, complete tool kit and
jack. Superb panel fit, glass and chrome. Has
avoided home-boy mods. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$18,700. The dumpy front end of the new 350Z
only emphasizes just how successful the design
of the original is. Few 240s survive in original
configuration, and prices of good, correct Zs
continue to climb. This would have been a
$12,000 car a year ago.
#190-1935 HISPANO-SUIZA T56 H6C
Tourer. Body by Fiol. S/N 3416800. Black/
black leather. RHD. Odo: 341 miles. Hard to
Superb restoration throughout. Some clever,
hidden mods such as disc brakes for touring in
modern traffic. Believed to be 1913 New York
Show car. Big, powerful, impressive supercar
of its time. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $330,000. Consignor
had well over the top bid invested. New
owner got a fantastic, thoroughly proven car
for brass-era tours and rallies.
#137-1916 STUTZ BEARCAT Roadster.
S/N 4C 4127. Eng.# Al 2479. Yellow and black/
black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,892 miles. A real
factory Bearcat restored and maintained by Stutz
has wear above what miles would indicate. Good
stainless trim. Runs quite rough, but is complete.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $25,025. Above-average
price for a slightly below-average car. The SS
Meraks generally bring a $3,000 to $6,000 premium
above the earlier non-SS models. This price
represents all the money for this condition.
fault this 2001 Pebble Beach class winner in
any area. High doors and low windshield gave
car a Teutonic appearance. Jacques
Harguindeguy restoration to a very high standard.
Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Span-
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experts. Accessory Houk wire wheels add to its
allure. Steering wheel wood broken, otherwise
hard to fault. Wonderful, throaty engine sound.
Runs like a bear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $169,400.
If this car had been one year older, chances are
it would have reached or exceeded the high estimate
of $200k, because it would then be eligible
for all the US brass car activities. Someone
got a big, beautiful buy.
#142-1930 MILLER LION HEAD SPECIAL
Race Car. S/N N/A. White/red leather.
LHD. Leaking oil from engine. Excellent paint
has excellent paint and chrome, and very good
wood. Leather and carpets well above average.
Chrome trim is weak in places, some cracked interior
gaskets. Interior needs some very light reconditioning.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $132,000.
Unusual body style, even for a woody. 1996 Pebble
Beach entry. Sale price was no surprise as woodys
remain white-hot in the collector car marketplace.
#132-1949 FORD CUSTOM Station
Wagon. S/N 98BA446331. Black and wood/
gray cloth. LHD. 350-c.i. LT-1 Corvette V8,
plating, upholstery. Very sharp car all around
with an enviable Indy 500 history, including second
place in 1932 and 11 more Brickyard starts
through 1947. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $297,000.
Old race cars, even ones with illustrious histories
like this, are tricky to price. Winning bid
seemed like a bit of a bargain to us.
#133-1941 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY
Barrel-Back Woody Wagon. S/N
7706908. Maroon and wood/maroon leather.
LHD. Odo: 3,243 miles. Exceptional exterior
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#120-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER Phaeton.
S/N N/A. Eng.# P21477. Red and black/gray
vinyl. LHD. Nice, fresh restoration done just
to pay for a one-off collector car? This one sold
for the price of a high-point Skylark convertible,
but for the Buick nut it will garner more
attention than its topless sibling.
#16A-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Convertible. S/N E54S003943. Polo white/red
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 1,387 miles. Automatic. No
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and complete restoration. Sale price is in 427
territory. Either I'm missing something here or
289 prices have made a jump.
#37-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
XP-819 Convertible. S/N DR138001M0. Medium
blue/blue leather. LHD. Odo: 3,087 miles.
right. Floor mat incorrect, excellent door fit.
Ready to show and go with flathead four/overdrive
combo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,400. A
bit more than we expected, but this open-air
funster seemed worth it. It can certainly take
you more places than a Fiat Jolly can.
#34-1950 CHEVROLET 3600 3/4-TON
Pickup. S/N 3HRA2114. Green/saddle vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 16,470 miles. Wood side rails, full
radio. Older restoration a few years ago, some
wear through use. Typical factory-style less-thanperfect
gaps. Very complete and correct. Very
good paint, excellent chrome. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $42,900. A solid buy on a solid 1954 Corvette.
Better cars bring above $50,000 in today's
market. This was an example that could be used
and enjoyed with no financial harm in the offing.
#8B-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Convertible.
S/N VC57J216531. Orange/silver and
orange vinyl. LHD. Odo: 752 miles. A very nice
Running prototype. Frame cut, then put back
together. Rear-mounted 327/350 V8, two-speed
automatic transmission. Independent suspension.
Lots of wear and tear. Sold for $155,100
at eBay/Kruse's Atlantic City sale, February
2002. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $148,500. With
transportation, auction fees and the like added,
this represents a minimum of $20,000 less than
the sale price from earlier this year. I'd love to
hear the rest of the story on this one. Purchased
by an SCM'er and certified Corvette junkie.
#141-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Coupe. S/N 194377S110663. Yellow/black
leather. LHD. 427/435 V8. Three owners from
chrome grille and bumpers, wood deck, wide
whites. Good restoration, but only to driver standards.
Very nice paint, chrome and upholstery.
No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,150. Attention
pickup truck owners: if by some chance
you haven't gotten word of this sky-high sale by
now, here's your official notification. Way above
market price; don't expect this sale to be duplicated
anytime soon. Still cheaper than a
#113-1953 BUICK SKYLARK Prototype
Hardtop. S/N 16823408. Robin's egg blue/blue
and white. LHD. Odo: 52,434 miles.
restoration, now with some shopworn aspects
Top is pulling loose at right rear. Wide whites
stoplight finder, Kleenex box, twin antennas
overriders, fuel injection. Still very nice. A few
hours of prep work away from #2 condition.
No reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,700.
Market-correct price. The '57 Chevy convertibles
represent a classic case of supply meeting
up with demand. Now $15,000 off their former
high, a good number have shaken loose from
their former owners. Adam Smith rules!
#181-1964 AC COBRA Roadster.
S/N CSX2290. Red/black leather. LHD. Odo:
2,413 miles. Halibrand mags, 289/350 V8. Sold
new. Power steering, 3.36 posi rear end, fourspeed.
Fantastic restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$64,900. Corvette was the featured marque at the
Historic Races, leading some to think that auction
prices of 'Vettes would soar Didn't happen—
this car price was in line with the current market
#50-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
L89 Convertible. S/N 194679S736275. Orange/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 74,986 miles.
Restored in the '80s. Carries the fit and finish
issues associated with Skylark convertible. Car
has not been driven in several years, so expect
a visit to the transmission shop. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $83,600. Built to test the feasibility
of offering a Skylark coupe. What is too much
on bill of sale only. Extensive race history, restored
to "as raced in 1964" condition in 1997.
Very nice bodywork, clean interior. Restoration
tidy but not overdone. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$264,000. Race history includes a privateer
effort by Randy Hilton (of Hilton Hotels), full
427/435 Tr-Power V8, Rally wheels, fourspeed.
AM/FM radio. Side pipes. Valves replaced
to run on unleaded. Excellent paint and
chrome. Good gaps. Interior needs some detailing.
Falls down with some flaws. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $50,600. In 1969 the L89 option cost
$832. One of 390. No mention was made in the
catalog whether this was a numbers-matching
example, and the sale price indicates that it was
not. If the numbers are correct, a major bargain.
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Russo and Steele - Monterey, CA
Russo and Steele
Marriott Hotel, Monterey, California
August 17, 2002
Auctioneers: Dennis Wisby,
David Woods, Frank Bizzaro
Number of automotive lots: 76
Number of automotive lots sold: 28
Sale rate: 37%
Sale total: $1,610,670
High: Lot #1528, 1969 Chevrolet
Corvette L88 race car, sold at $130,680,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 6%
Market report by Trevor and Jeff Clinard
Market opinions by the above
and Keith Martin
usso and Steele made their second
foray into the high-profile Monterey
auction arena this year, and, like
Christie's and Bonhams, came away
with a glass that was either half empty
of half full depending on your perspective.
The number of cars offered was more than
twice the previous year's (76 vs. 35). The sale
total was down by $300k, however, and it's
tough to call an auction with just a 37% overall
sale rate a resounding success.
You have to give auction co-owner Drew
Alcazar credit for having spunk. By holding his
events in Monterey during the Historic Weekend,
and in Scottsdale during January, he is going headto-head
with Barrett-Jackson, RM, Christie's,
Bonhams, Silver and Kruse, a murderer's row
lineup of competition if ever there was one.
Even so, in Monterey, Alcazar managed to
attract a few quality consignments, and enough
bidders to move some consignments at substantial
prices. Top honors went to the "Kosher Corvette,"
a race-prepped L88 driven by Herb
Caplan in many SCCA events that brought
$130,680. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible
sold for $82,343, a 1984 Lamborghini
Countach made $74,179, and a 1963 Ferrari 250
GTE was hammered down at $44,865. Of the
28 cars that sold, 20 were American muscle,
Alcazar's area of expertise.
Russo and Steele's buyer's premium was
attractive—a mere 6%—compared to
Christie's 15% on amounts below $50,000. But
one must wonder if R&S can make ends meet
at that lower figure.
Alcazar is still the new guy on the block,
and has his work cut out for him. Nonetheless,
it all comes down to cars. If he can consign
desirable cars at attractive reserves, he
will get bidders and move iron. Let's hope
his two years of hard work pays off, and his
overall rate in January nudges the 50%
Some paint chips, but good overall. Strong
chrome. Interior used but clean. Vinyl soft top
has nasty patches. Clean underhood and undercarriage.
Missing antenna. Chipped wheels. A
driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,840. Number
five of 100. A model that is more complicated
than a map of the Viet Cong tunnel system. Still,
until it breaks, lots of performance and visual
panache for not much money.
#1547-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB
Limousine. S/N 10001212000607. Gray/gray
leather. LHD. Odo: 60,400 miles. Parts of dash
#1518-1993 JAGUAR XJRS Convertible.
S/N SAJSW4341PC186641. Black/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 49,821 miles. 6-liter V12.
Black/black leather. LHD. Odo: 8,237 miles.
Nice convertible conversion by Claudio.
Great gaps, wonderful paint, superb chrome.
Driver's seat showing use, but not terribly so.
Clean undercarriage. Good Borranis. CD
changer and new stereo. Part of the Michael
Anthony Collection. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $101,000. Your only other choice for an
open Ferrari 2+2 is the much-maligned
Mondial. Fair enough bid for what appears
to be a quality conversion. And in black, you
can't see the clown lips.
#1587-1984 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH
Coupe. Body by Bertone. S/N
ZA9C00500ELA12673. Black/black leather.
missing. Dirty undercarriage. Scuffed chrome
on doors. Some weatherstripping deteriorating.
Paint chipping around doors and under
the hood. Even gaps. Leather looks new, wood
trim without fault. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$24,885. A lot of car by the pound per dollar
and, so long as it runs well, a statement of
taste and refinement. But when it starts to
melt, best bet is to push it off the end of a
dock. Don't try to fix anything.
#1541-1963 FERRARI 250 GTE Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 4305. Red/dark red
leather. LHD. Odo: 14,802 kms. Restored in late
LHD. Odo: 6,737 kms. Delivered new to Kenneth
Behring, converted by Straman. Some noticeable
paint nicks. Front valance very damaged.
Driver's seat shows some wear, but perfect
otherwise. Glass all very good. Back engine
cover would close randomly, frightening
observers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $73,000.
A car unloved by the market that's had its head
cut offand then been driven hard Doesn't sound
very appealing, does it?
'80s. Some paint cracks, chips and dents. Clean
chrome. Good interior, although modern
Blaupunkt CD player sticks out like a sore thumb.
Borranis need polishing. Undercarriage slightly
dirty. Could detail to a #2- condition. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $44,865. Reportedly sold in 1990 for
$80,000. Price paid here was fair; if the
mechanicals are strong, it was a small bargain.
#1583-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 Convertible.
Body by Pininfarina. S/N 15497.
#1501-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Roadster. S/N E54S001906. Polo white/red and
white vinyl. LHD. Odo: 59,164 miles. Panel fit
good for age. Paint poor but completely original.
Original chrome faded. Hard top pretty, but
worn. Missing taillights. Undercarriage worn.
Characterful interior showing age. Cond: 5+.
NOT SOLD AT $29,000. A great barn find.
LHD. Odo: 19,591 kms. Claimed original
owner. Seats good but tired. Some chips to rear
wing, paint otherwise fine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$74,179. The right price. Now, does the new
owner go on AOL, try to find Farrah Fawcett
and ask her for a date? Owning a Countach
today sends a very mixed message to the world.
Rich? Tasteless? Rich? Tasteless?
#1570-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA
Spyder Conversion. Body by Pininfarina. S/N
ZFFSA17A460060479. Red/black leather.
Russo and Steele - Monterey, CA
ing gauges, distance kit. No-nonsense interior.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $130,680. The L88 427c.i.
V8 produced in excess of 430 hp and was a
$1,032 option. If the Corvette line were a family,
this would be the scary older brother A huge
price, but a unique and imposing 'Vette.
#1534-1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302
Coupe. S/N 0R144856. Red and yellow/black
cloth and vinyl. LHD. Converted into a racer
Perfect for a man with money and time on his
hands. Bid was not unreasonable.
#1560-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA Convertible.
S/N F59B198775. Gray blue/blue and
gray vinyl and cloth. LHD. Odo: 60,610 miles.
Automatic. California car. Some imperfections
to chrome. Interior dirty but solid. Moldings are
a little worn. Gauges fading. A small amount of
rust on undercarriage. Some worn paint around
doors. Part of the Bonfante Gardens Collection.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. These later
Impalas are developing afollowing of their own,
and they are often priced at half of the earlier
Bel Airs and Impalas. Not an unreasonable bid.
#1517-1965 SHELBY GT350 Coupe. S/N
SFM5S374. White with blue stripes/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 44,011 miles. One owner since
during 1972 by Kiwi Jim Richards. Plenty of
New Zealand racing credentials. Used in the
States by Parnelli Jones. A clean racer, with only
a few expected chips. Clean chrome with some
scuffs. Titanic racing slicks. Excellent engine
bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,520. Big money
for a non-factory-built 302, but has good provenance,
and appears ready to go.
#1575-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS
Z/28 Coupe. SN 124379L527093. Hugger
orange/black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 57,988 miles.
302/ 290 V8. Power steering and brakes, con-
V8, pistol grip four-speed, rally gauges. Door
jambs scratched and worn. Fresh vinyl interior,
faded faux-wood trim. Outstanding paint.
Side windows slightly scratched. Cond: 2-.
NOT SOLD AT $44,500. Most of these 'Cudas
were thrashed when new; this one appears not
to have had a hard life. Bid wasn't out of line
with current market.
#1519-1991 SALEEN MUSTANG SC
Hatchback Coupe. S/N 1FACP41E5M
F140368. Black and gray/gray and black. LHD.
Odo: 2,843 miles. Some minor corrosion on
happy ("Hey, let's go adjust the linkage on the
3x2s! ') while still being able to melt the rear
tires at every light. Fair price here, maybe even
a small bargain.
#1539-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA AAR
Coupe. S/N BS23J0B300440. Green and black/
black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 2,553 miles. 340/290
1978. Lots of paint cracking around seams. Clean
seats, underhood and chrome. Some swirl marks
on glass. Undercarriage detailed. Cragar mags
worn. Recent exercise at California Speedway.
A driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $76,185. We assume
at this kind ofprice that this car checks out
fully with the info in the Shelby Registry Nice
'65s with no bad stories continue to do well.
#1528-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
L88 Convertible. SN 194679S711387. Blue/
black vinyl. LHD. "The Kosher Corvette."
sole with gauges, black vinyl top. Rear spoiler
hovered above the trunk and the doors didn't fit
properly at the bottom of the body. Some chips
to repaint. Very clean stainless trim. Freshly detailed
undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$31,250. Z/28s, along with Boss 302s, are the
quintessential balanced performance pony cars.
Bid was in line with current market.
#1538-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 440/6
Coupe. S/N BS23V0B178807. Rallye Red/
black. LHD. Odo: 69,039 miles. Rally gauges
brake calipers. Solid panel fit all around. Interior
looks like new. Nothing missing. Looks like
it has barely been driven, which supports the
original mileage claim. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$23,180. One of ten 1991 SCs built, which sold
for $32,000 when new. As good as any Saleen
around, and worth the bid
#1515-1998 PANOZ AIV Roadster. S/N
1P9PA1825WB213018. Blue/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 9,526 miles. All aluminum chassis
Impressively campaigned by Herb Caplan on
the West Coast-46 wins in 49 starts. Paint
proudly displays rock chips from many on-track
encounters. Huge Goodyear racing slicks. Rac-
dual exhaust, AM 8-track. Slight paint imperfections
over some creases, some cracks near
the edges. Interior not great, but solid. Scratches
on the driver and passenger windows. Clean
underhood and mags. Chipped undercarriage.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,240. 440/6s have just
enough carburetors to keep the sporty car guys
and body. Some chips on nose and headlight
trim, but paint and chrome are otherwise very
good. Interior perfect. Side windscreen
scratched. No surprises to undercarriage. Car
like new because it is. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $29,000. Scads ofperformance, limited production,
and it can be serviced at any Ford dealership
to boot. All things considered, bid was
shy by at least $10k.•
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July 8, 1934-August 25, 2002
at Braden was born the son of an
automotive factory worker in a
blue-collar neighborhood of
Flint, Michigan. His unexpected
death occurred at his home in
Placentia, California. The 68 years in between
were filled with emotional fullness
and professional achievement.
Pat was an accomplished author, internationally
recognized for his knowledge
and love of automobiles and held a B.A.
and M.A. and had completed the coursework
for his Ph.D.
Perhaps most important to Pat were his
children. He was the proud father of five children, born over a period of
34 years. Four children (Mark, 44; Leslie, 42; Kay, 19; and Patty, 10) and
one grandchild (Sarah) survive him.
He married Marie Elsie Kobrehel in 1956. To the chagrin of his new inlaws,
Pat used the dowry from his marriage not to purchase a home or
furniture, but rather an Alfa Romeo. Pat and Marie's life together in Ann
Arbor, Michigan, was rich in academia and the arts, especially baroque and
early classical music and opera. It was here that Pat first began to collect
and to write about cars, and helped found the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club of
America. In the late 1960s he worked for the United Serviceman's Organization
in Naples, Italy and Rota, Spain, becoming fluent in both Italian and
Spanish. Upon the family's return to Michigan they lived in Dexter, finally
buying a small farm where they remained until Marie died in 1978.
Pat moved to California in 1979, and was made an honorary life member
of the Alfa Owner's club the same year. He married Cheryl Lee in
1980. It was here that Pat's prolific career as a writer was established. He
authored seven books (The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, Abarth, Weber
Carburetors, Toyota Performance Handbook, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa
Romeo Owner's Bible) and one untitled work currently being published.
His book Weber won the internationally recognized Moto award in 1988.
Pat served as editor for four magazines, wrote numerous magazine and
journal articles about an amazing variety of automotive subjects, and was
September '01, 1939 6C 2500 Cabriolet. "There should be a law that prohibits
invoking the ghost of Vittorio Jano every time an Alfa crosses the block."
the Alfa Romeo specialist for Sports Car Market. He was among the first
to desktop-publish his own books, self-publishing an automotive parts
catalog, and more recently a pocket history of Alfa Romeo entitled From
Portello to Arese. A skilled photographer, he frequently took his own
photos for his work. Pat and Cheryl suffered the difficult death of their
six-year-old son Lee in 1993.
An avid collector, Pat owned scores of exotic automobiles and motorcycles
during his lifetime, including more than 50 Alfa Romeos, Fiats,
Lancias, a Maserati, a Moretti, BMWs, Mercedes and Abarths. At his death
he owned 40 cars and motorcycles. He also collected cameras, clocks and
computers. His expansive automotive library is widely known.
April '02, 1966 2600 Sprint "The
fantasy of an inexpensive restoration
looms large here, especially for those
whose enthusiasm exceeth their means."
December '01, 1950 6C 2500 Competizione."The buyer who anticipates a 'wolf
in sheep's clothing' may be in for a shock the first time he floors this car in
fourth. A 'sheep in wolf's clothing' might be a more appropriate description."
August '02, 1967 Giulia Sprint Veloce.
"There's a lot to like about the GTV,
including the fact that it is one of the
last Alfas that can be maintained with
a standard set of hand tools."
The diverse professional positions
Pat held during his career demonstrated
his immense talent. These
included corrections work, teaching,
writing, technical editing, marketing
and advertising, creative direction,
management and administration.
Pat Braden's multi-faceted life
has left a remarkable legacy. The impact
of the body of his written work
is international and lasting. His love
and knowledge of Alfa Romeo automobiles
is legendary. His passion
for music, the arts, photography and
computing continues through the
lives of his children.—Mark Braden
Contributions to an educational
fund for his daughters Kay and Patty
may be made as a check payable to
Cheryl Braden and mailed to:
Eileen Eimerman, Hyundai Motor
Co. of America, 10550 Talbert
Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 927280850.•
October '01, 1995 RZ Zagato."It was
a commercial failure, controversial,
not high-tech and inherently
impractical over speed bumps (i. e, for
July '01, 1959 Kellison J 4R Coupe.
"With a totally new chassis and
drivetrain, it a sharp sword
sheathed in an old scabbard."
May '02, 1970 GTAm. "The Alfa GTAm is a car that stirs the boy racer in all of
us. Based on a standard production chassis, it represents what every GTV owner
wishes his car were."
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1955 1900 CSS SERIES III, Touring body
to restore, best candidate you could ever
hope to find. $30,000. 949-650-3445. CA
1960 GIULIETTA, convertible, pieces
missing. $975. 620-653-4531. KS
1961 GIULIETTA SPIDER, runs, complete,
needs frame, rails, rockers and floor
work, material included. firstname.lastname@example.org
$750. 262-780-0039. WI
1962 SPIDER, rebuilt 1600 engine, new
cloth top, new brakes, rebuilt hydraulics,
rechromed bumpers, needs assembly and
paint. $2,400 262-780-0039. WI
1963 SPRINT SPECIALE, Giulia, cardinal
red, very good mechanicals, complete
car, body, exterior needs upgrade of previous
restoration, sound, strong, beautiful, historic,
mechanical rebuild 2002, Tipo 120,
highly tuned, priced to sell. $16,000. 802365-7674.
1966 2600 SPIDER, not too rusty for an
Alfa, solid body on a rolling chassis with
engine and transmission, lots of pieces still
attached, comprehensive list of missing parts
included, breed this with your rusty driver.
email@example.com $2,500. Tom Watling,
1966 DUETTO SPIDER, #744, white.
$11,500. 651-221-9883. MN
1967 2600, Sprint Zagato, black, one of 105
Zagato versions, older restoration on an excellent
CA car, eligible for most events, outstanding
driving and cosmetic condition,
unique! 914-997-9133. NY
1968 SPIDER, boattail, red/black, rust-free,
great condition, books and records, low
mileage. $9,500. 770-751-6735. GA
1974 GTV 2000, red/black, 53,000 miles,
Pirellis on Cromodoras, Ansa, a/c, Weber
40s, meticulously maintained and detailed
throughout, drive, show or delivery available
to anywhere, 2nd owner car with known
history, perfect condition inside and out.
$18,000. 305-672-6615, 9am - 7pm. FL
1974 VELOCE SPIDER, runs well, no rust,
red/black, great driver. npatrick
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1975 GTV BERTONE, Euro version, carbs,
red, Konis, Ansa, Momo steering wheel, runs
well. Chris Gennone, 201-417-5766. NJ
1977 SPIDER VELOCE, complete cosmetic
restoration, red with tan upholstery
and black carpet, new canvas top, 41,000
original miles, runs great. $6,900 obo. 847970-9887.
1985 GTV 6, Callaway, twin turbo, 1 of 35,
red w/black leather, 67K miles, 2nd owner
since 1987, firstname.lastname@example.org
$28,000. 203-481-0834. CT
1986 GRADUATE, white with black top,
76,700 miles, very good condition, always
properly serviced, garaged, purchased from
club member, growing family forces sale.
$7,000 obo. Steve, 301-229-8445. MD
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1962 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
he definitive Gran Turismo of its era, the Maserati 3500 GT
debuted in 1957 and was the company's first genuine seriesproduction
road car. Maserati's three decades as constructors of
perhaps the world's finest racing cars showed in every detail of the
elegant Touring-bodied coupe, from its exquisite, race-derived
3.5-liter engine through its impeccable road manners, fine brakes and
faultless build quality. Here was a car to rival the best that Stuttgart,
Newport Pagnell and Maranello had to offer.
This Norwegian-owned Maserati 3500 GT is an older US restoration,
described by the vendor as a totally reliable driver in presentable but not
perfect cosmetic condition. The owner has driven the car three times from
Norway to the south of France and the only problem he has ever encountered
is a windshield wiper blade falling off during a British rainstorm.
The car is ideally specified, with carburetors, front disc brakes and a fivespeed
ZF gearbox. It has alloy Borrani wheels, black carpets and leather
upholstery and gunmetal gray paintwork. In 1999 the car successfully
completed the Monte Carlo Challenge and is offered here in full working
order, with the minor exception of its radio.
This car sold for $19,562, including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams
Niirburgring auction, August 10, 2002.
Following a disastrous racing season in South America in 1956, Maserati
needed a commercial winner to avoid receivership, and the 3500 GT was it.
The car became the best-selling Maserati ever for the struggling company.
Underneath the subdued Touring body, the car was classic Maserati: a
twin-cam, twin-plug, triple-Weber six-cylinder engine, displacing just under
3.5 liters, and providing adequate horsepower and excellent torque.
The suspension was typical for the period, with front coil-over shocks, while
the rear had a solid axle with leaf springs and shocks. The frame was tubular;
with good brake drums all around, and an underdeveloped and troublesome
four-speed gearbox. The evolution of the model was one of those
good news/bad news deals: the good news being the front disc brakes and
excellent five-speed ZF gearbox that came along,
the bad news being the stupid Lucas fuel injection
that never worked. With typical Maserati owners
ingenuity, this marketing aberration was gleefully
removed and thrown in the garbage, and magnificent
Webers were bolted on. And what you ended up
with was a great touring car; having nothing to
apologize for to its other Italian rivals.
The selling price of this example caused me to
reflect on the pricefluctuations of this model over the
past few decades, and what those ups and downs tell
us about the public's perception of these noble cars.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
SCM Investment Grade
When new, and equipped with Borrani disc wheels they had a list price
ofaround $11,400. Ifyou wanted Borrani wires, the price shot above $12,500,
making the 3500 GT as expensive as Ferrari's comparative models, the 250
GTE and Lusso. The 3500 GT outsold them both. In my humble opinion, the
Ferrari myth that exists today did not exist then—people bought the cars
for what they were, and not for the image they carried. The cars were valued
for how well they performed as high-speed GTs and, at least in this
case, when consumers voted with their wallets, Maserati came out on top.
In the '70s and early '80s, the common models of both premier Italian
makes were mostly worthless. Rust, neglect, and a poor to non-existent
parts situation were only partially to blame. I think the real reason was
that car collecting was in its infancy. Appreciation of these exotics was
confined to a small, eclectic but very erudite group of people.
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Lot #58, S/N 101992
Sold at $30,298
SCM ID# 28363
Chassis number: 1011144
Maserati Club International,
Box 1015, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Alfa 2600 Sprint, Ferrari 250 GTE
Side of the block
Then came the gold rush of the late '80s, when
everything painted red and ending in a vowel was
skyrocketing like a telecom stock. In my greedy
heart, I long for those days, when I would buy six
3500 GTs fresh out of an Iowa cornfield (with the
driver's. compartments full of corn stalks), gladly
pay $120k cash for the lot and double my money in
30 days or less.
But those days are gone forever Maseratis seem
to have fallen irretrievably into the shadows of
their 12-cylinder brethren from Maranello, and the
extraordinary cost ofparts and service on the 3500
GTs, coupled with a low market value, means that we see fewer and
fewer of them on the street. "Daily driver" 3500 GTs are far rarer than
similar 250 or 330 GTs, and the buyer of a 3500 GT has to be prepared
for the life of a collector car ascetic, someone who doesn't mind being
lonely in his passion, and is able to see value where others see only an
oddball Italian car.
Assuming the catalog description of this car, as a nice runner with no
apparent needs, is correct, then the new owner should be happy After all,
for little more than the price of an MGA, he has a rare Italian GT. However,
I'm afraid that when he goes to sell it, he will find offers hard to
come by, and they will all be about the same as he paid here. The 3500 GT
is an emotional investment, not a financial one.—Raymond Milo
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company.)•
Barrett-Jackson/Coys; Monaco; May 17, 2002
1962 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe
Lot #78, S/N 1012334
Pebble Beach, CA; August 19, 2001
Sold at $16,450
SCM ID# 23316
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red/red, reduced for quick sale. $99,000.
1967 DS 21, convertible, red/black leather
interior, completely restored. retrogarage
firstname.lastname@example.org $54,000. SWITZERLAND
1972240Z, one owner since December, 1972,
45,200 actual miles, rare automatic, garaged
and pampered, orange exterior, white interior
which was kept under seat covers since
new, excellent original engine and transmission.
$9,975. 859-224-8155. KY
1983 DMC-12, all original, 3,500 miles, an
excellent value for the individual wanting a
low-mileage DeLorean, must sell. $20,000
firm. 763-425-5325. MN
1973 PANTERA, black/black, fully restored
and updated, over $30,000 invested
in 2-year restoration, original 351 Cleveland
engine, show paint, Wilwood brakes, stainless
lines and water tubes, silicone hoses,
Etoia wheels, Michelin Pilot tires, 2nd
owner over 20 years. $39,500. Tom Eldridge,
1961 HK500, lovely to look at, lovely to
drive, everything works, 100% stock and
authentic, history to new, I'm the second
owner, discs, ps, pb, pw, 383, automatic.
$33,900. Steve Snyder, 714-279-0174. CA
1962 FACEL H, best in the world, First
Place at Pebble Beach, metallic burgundy,
beige interior, 2 owners from new, rare 4spd
with 390 hp, disc brakes, a/c, Borranis.
email@example.com $110,000. 310478-0555.
1981 X1/9, original, correct car.
Cromodora wheels. 5-speed. 130K miles.
$1,200 obo. 503-232-0842. OR
1968 GRIFO, 427-cid Corvette, restored to
perfection, shown Pebble Beach 1995.
$75,000 obo. 303-393-1424. CO
1969 GRIFO, Fidia, rare 4-dr body by Ghia,
Corvette 350/350 hp with 4-spd and a/c,
beautifully restored car, silver with red
leather, low mileage. firstname.lastname@example.org
$23,500. Dr Ziegler, 310-275-8156. CA
1972 GRIFO, Can Am car with factory 454
and ZF 5-speed, one of only 20 produced,
1973 LELE, fast, comfortable & reliable
Bertone-bodied gran tourer, factory-fitted
Ford 351 Cleveland motor, cold a/c, automatic,
full power, 43,882 miles, excellent
throughout. $17,900 offer. 954-522-9900. FL
1965 350 CT, original and correct, older
restoration, runs extremely well, best offer.
1983 COUNTACH, 5000S, white (nonpearl)
over black, 13,691 miles, wing, all
documents, excellent throughout. $67,000.
1957 AURELIA B24S, convertible, blue
Azzuro, brand-new black leather interior,
body stripped to bare metal and repainted,
new rebuilt engine, kept original by Lancia
technician of the day. $65,000. 914-6324039.
1961 LANCIA, Appia Zagato GTE, ASI
certificate, aluminum body, Fab Torino,
chassis #4947, 2-door hardtop, new cream
interior and navy exterior, 3C Sport, 152
small bhp version of 2.8-liter engine.
$49,000. Fax 785-266-4991 KS
1970 GHIBLI, 4.7, #AM 115-1584, red
with new cream/black Italian leather,
38,000 mi, 5-spd, pb, a/c, top end done '99,
new radiator, water pump, all hoses and
belts and valve clearances rechecked in
'02, SCM "file photo" car March '01.
Scott, 253-566-8332. WA
1962 3500 GT, coupe, no motor/trans.
great body, 90% complete. $4,995. 310285-8252.
1967 QUATTROPORTE, with Ford engine
and trans. $3,000. 617-783-3078. MA
1979 MERAK SS, blue Sera metallic, blue
interior, 65,000 miles, excellent condition,
enthusiast owned and driven. $19,500.
Mark, 303-825-1481. CO
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Total package. $80,000. Knox
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German Car Profile
1961 Porsche 356B 590 Coupe
Chassis number: 115202
Engine number: 600501
lthough Porsche did not make a serious
works effort in international rallying
until the arrival of the 911, the 356
in private hands proved very competitive,
being strongly constructed, light
in weight and adequately powerful, especially in
four-cam form. Early successes included private
entrants Helmut Polensky and Walter Schuler's
victory in the 1952 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally and
the same duo's European Touring Championship
the following year. And as late as 1961 the
356 proved good enough to bring works-assisted
privateer Hans Walter the European Rally Championship.
Today, these versatile Porsche GTs are
among the most competitive cars in their class at
historic circuit racing and rallying.
This left-hand-drive 356B coupe was exported
new to the US, and in the 1990s was
prepared and campaigned in classic sports car
races in California. The car was imported into the UK in 2000 and in
2001 was acquired by the present Portuguese owner, who maintains
that in his opinion this is one of the best prepared race/rally Porsche
356s in Europe.
Since restoration, the car has competed in circuit races and rallies in
South America. Competition modifications include roll bar, fire extinguisher
system, wide rear tires, ducted larger-than-standard oil cooler,
electronic ignition, and fuel tank with central Le
Mans-type filler. Included in the sale is a spare engine
and transmission, both rebuilt, one new set of
Koni shock absorbers and six Continental Contact
tires, two of which are mounted on wheels. In addition,
the car comes with all parts necessary to
return the car to factory specification, including
complete interior, chrome trim, front and rear
bumpers, one new set of factory pistons and cylinders,
and other items.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
This Porsche 356B sold for $23,097 at the
Bonhams Niirburgring sale on August 10, 2002.
The price is well under what it would take to duplicate
the car, but reflective of the very narrow
market for current vintage race cars.
son. And since this is, after all, racing, there is the constant temptation
to spend ever-increasing amounts of money for ever-decreasing incremental
increases in performance.
On horizontal bulkhead under
front lid, forward of fuel tank
On rear-most engine case below
generator and above crankshaft pulley
27244 Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48092
Alfa Romeo Sprint,
Mercedes 220 SE coupe, MGB-GT
SCM Investment Grade
356s are quite user-friendly race cars, being reliable enough when not
over-stressed or stupidly driven, and the list of aftermarket parts and folks
who know how to install them properly is long. In fact, at their current
$20,000 to $30,000 price range, they probably offer a lot more fun for the
money than a million-dollar Jaguar D-type or Ferrari SWB. At the very
least, the financial pucker factor you'll experience as you go sliding backwards
off the track is going to be less in your 356.
Prices of current vintage race cars stay low for two reasons. First,
think of a race car as fresh produce. If the car is going to be competitive,
the engine, transmission, tires and brakes need to be recently rebuilt
and carefully prepared. Race car engine life is measured in hours,
not miles. This is an expensive hobby if you are going to be a serious
competitor. Last year's hot machine could be well off the pace this sea-
Next, the market for used race cars is very small. These are not
the dual-purpose machines we all read about from the '50s. These
cars need to be trailered to the track, with a full set of spares, extra
tires and plenty of tools. You '11 need the ability to make running repairs
or have the bank account to bring along
your own mechanic. Racing these cars is great
fun, but very few of us have the time, money,
desire, talent and nerve needed to show up at
the track. And you can double most of the foregoing
expenses if you need to be at the front of
your race group.
This 356 looks to be afine one, and was bought
for far less than it would cost to replace it. However,
without a detailed understanding of the exact
condition of the drivetrain in the car and the
spare components as well, we can make no serious
judgment about the value here.
If all the information in the auction catalog
is correct, this could be a very astute buy. But
realistically, anyone who buys a vintage race car that hasn't been thoroughly
inspected would be crazy not to spend hours going over the
suspension and brakes—at least—before trusting their life to them on
the track. And as far as the drivetrain goes, it's rare to find a vintage
race car that is completely and properly rebuilt and then offered for
sale. More often, the owner completes a season, decides he wants to
move on to something else, and you get the chance to own a tired old
car with a detailed engine bay and shiny paint.
In some ways, race cars are the most difficult types of vehicles to buy
at an auction, as so many of the condition details that determine value are
simply unavailable. Which means for the brave, there can be great buys
to be had Let's hope that's what happened in this case.—Jim Schrager
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)•
Lot #131, S/N 110476
1960 Porsche 356B S90 Coupe Co m parables 1961 Porsche 356B S90 Coupe
Lot #57, S/N 116712
RM Auctions; Amelia Island, FL; March 9, 2002
Sold at $18,700
SCM ID# 27241
Chrisitie's; London, England; December 4, 2001
Sold at $21,691
SCM 1D# 24422
Porsche Gesprach / Jim Schrager
Choosing Restored vs. Original
ear Mr. Schrager: I am looking at two 1958 356A Speedsters,
both ofwhich are powered by correct 1600 Normal engines. One
is Ivory with a red leather interior and has been rebuilt from the
ground up with about 250 miles on a fresh restoration. The
chassis was completely redone with all new metal where needed,
and the engine and transmission were rebuilt by one of the finest shops in
the US. The paint is gorgeous and the interior is as fresh as can be. The
price is $75,000.
The other car is a nicely preserved original car, Signal Red with a
black vinyl interior. The paint seems original and has flaws, but has held
up well. The interior is also original and shows wear, but isn't a disaster
The car runs and drives well, but has no rebuild history. The owners are
also asking $75,000. Both cars are correct as per the build records. Both
cars have very good gaps on all the movable body panels.
Which is the right car to buy, restored like new or original with patina?
I am leaning toward the former because every square inch of it is
perfect, new, clean and rust-free. Yet I keep reading that nothing can replace
the patina of an original car—J.A., Scottsdale, AZ
Dear J.A.: Which car you select depends on how you envision this
Speedster fitting into your life, and how you plan to use it. At $75,000,
either one represents a large chunk of change, so you don't want to make
this decision lightly.
First, realize that you are making some major assumptions here. With
the restored car, you are assuming it was done correctly, and that the
quality of what you can see is the same as what you can't see. The seller
should be able to provide complete photos of the restoration, something
you can reasonably expect at a $75,000 asking price. Further, it's always
better if the work has been done by a shop with a name you recognize,
Restored car more likely to be driveable from the get go.
and that has a lot of experience redoing 356s. Remember, just because a
shop is good at Ferraris or Jaguars doesn't mean they understand the intricacies
of a 356. Let's also assume the car has been "fettled," that is, driven
a couple of hundred miles to ensure all the various subsystems work as
they should. If you are comfortable with the above issues, then you can
deal with the next question, which is how you want to use the car.
But before we get to that, let's consider the "original" car. It's extremely
rare to find a 44-year-old car that is completely "original." I would
have an expert go over the car to be sure that it really is still in its original
paint, and that it has never been patched anywhere. This matters because
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of the way the 356 series cars were built when new.
Little thought was given to rust prevention in the '50s and '60s at Porsche.
Raw metal seams in the chassis and the insides of the doors were protected
with a soft gooey paste called "seam sealer." It worked for a few years but
eventually became brittle and allowed moisture to invade these unpainted
metal seams. This is why we see rusty floors and door bottoms even on dry
Arizona and California cars. When buying an original, there is no way to
really determine if rust may be brewing under the skin.
Has the original car been patched before? It can be hard to tell. We
once restored a very nice roadster that had just its second coat of paint,
which we estimated to be about 20 years old. There was not a single rust
bubble on the entire body, so we believed it was completely solid under
the old paint. When we took it to bare metal we found a series of patches.
They were well done, but we were still quite surprised to see them on
what we felt was an all-original body.
Further, there is the issue of mechanical deterioration. Everything from
suspension bushings to shift and carburetor linkages will need inspection
on the "original" car. Hopefully, it has been properly refreshed as necessary
over the years without being altered. If various bits show a lot of
wear, you'll have to decide whether you want to live with a 44-year-old
car or if you will need to start fixing things up.
But can you really keep your hands off all the little imperfections that
define an original car? I speak with many potential owners who look at an
original car and immediately begin planning what to change. "That old
carpet is a bit tattered, it just has to go. And the paint on the dashboard has
a few scratches, we need to redo that as well. I wonder what shape the
engine is in. Are the rings getting tired? Do the synchros feel quite right?
We'd better get in there and have a look."
vation" classes at concours, I can't help but wonder if the ideal car isn't
one that has its original paint and interior in decent but worn condition,
over a freshly renewed drivetrain and suspension. That way the owner
gets the thrill of patina and is freed from the tyranny of rock-chip fear,
while enjoying the crisp performance that makes 356s so desirable.
While I haven't answered your question, I hope I have given you some
things to think about. In both cases, at the $75,000 price point, the sellers
should be able to prove the various claims they are making for their car. Once
that is done to your satisfaction, it will come down to your spending some
time behind the wheel of each one, and deciding which makes you happier—
driving a brand-new old car, or driving an old, but nicely kept, old car.
The only way you can really go wrong is to buy the original car and
then decide to restore it. Then you will have managed to buy the car
twice, paying for both the original car and a restoration of it as well. And
when you're all done, it won't even be original anymore.
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And once you start doing that, the path from just messing with a couple
of things to a full restoration is a short one indeed.
If you're planning to drive your car a lot, then the restored one is
probably the better deal. Again, assuming that it is truly and properly
restored, it's ready for you to get into and go right now.
The original car is a more complicated question, and, once again, it all
hinges on just how original the car is. As I note the resurgence in "preser-
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1956 ISETTA, European 250, bubble window,
small European head and taillights,
1999 restoration on very original car.
$13,500. 502-499-7459. KY
1956 190SL, new shocks, tie rod ends, tires,
engine rebuild, shift bushings, steering
wheel, show-quality chrome, black German
fab top, silver wired interior, Solex carbs,
exc cond. $23,500. 413-543-6986. MA
1959 190SL, white, red int, black soft top,
recent cosmetic restoration, mech excellent.
207-793-4530 eve. ME
1963 190SL, red with black interior, black
soft top and big window hard top, over
$35,000 invested. Will trade for 1993 or
newer 400SL. $29,500. 541-469-9686. OR
1964 230SL, Euro, 4-spd, 2-top roadster,
complete w/o interior, usual rust, floor,
rocker and quarter panels, includes 230SL
parts (113 body), engine, trans (auto), doors,
trunk lid, front grille w/o star, complete f&r
bumpers, fuel pump, more. $6,500 for package.
1968 250SL, hard top, white, tan interior,
CA car, no rust, 4-spd, 90K miles, excellent
condition. 201-489-8176. NJ
1968 280SL, cony, silver, 6-cyl, 20K miles,
all original, both tops, brand new convertible
top, complete restoration in Y2K, all
mechanicals rebuilt OEM, automatic trans,
new tires, excellent chrome, black leather interior,
all records and manuals. $36,000. 315656-7910
eve. 315-449-6116 fax day. NY
1970 280SL, hard top, burgundy, beige,
black, new paint, 4-spd, 73,435 miles, many
new parts, strong driver, rust free Tennessee
car. $14,500. 203-322-2787. CT
1972 350SL, AMG styling, pearl white, rare
car in US, both tops, ready to enjoy. $19,800.
1978 450SL, convertible, silver, red interior,
82,000 original miles, auto, recent stainless
steel exhaust, new original radiator and
battery, great mechanicals, rust-free car, can
use complete paint job as well as seat covers,
hard top included. $8,500 offers. 201505-0626.
1959 356B, Cabriolet, 1600S, red/tan, blk
top, new interior, carpet, top liner, tires,
chrome, wheels, excellent condition.
$29,000. 610-434-8778. PA
1959 356D, cony, silver/red, blk top,
Kardex, third D manufactured. $36,000.
1962 356B, coupe, a 25K complete groundup
restoration, all mechanical, engine,
brakes, etc, ruby red/tan, less than 600 miles
since restoration. E-mail: appleshredders
@aol.com $22,500 obo. 251-344-5062. AL
1963 356B T6, #119864, silver/red int, new
paint orig, 1-owner car, complete, needs
work, engine not running. $4,800. Peter,
1964 356C, coupe, very original car, sitting
in storage for a long time, needs restoration.
$4,500. Gullwing Motor Cars Inc, 718-5450500.
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Outlaw 356, red/ black interior, designed and
built by Don Emory, steel 911 Turbo flares
and front spoiler, Carrera rear valance, rare
911 RSR polished wheels, engine, trans,
brakes rebuilt, e-mail: alcar@acronetnet
$24,500. 262-694-5554. WI
1965 C, ruby red, tan interior, mechanics
excellent, body beautiful, CA car, no rust,
new $5,000 paint, physician maintained for
35 years, luggage rack and car cover.
$18,500 firm. Jim, 518-587-7880. NY
1970 911E, family owned since new, great
paint, good interior, maroon/black, super
driver, runs beautifully, Weber conversion,
top end rebuilt, meticulous service, 183,000
miles, hate to sell. E-mail: sandymorgan 1
@yahoo.com $18,000. 858-279-9931. CA
1971 911T, mint, 34K miles, Signal Orange/black;
zero rust, modifications or
paint work; books, records, tools, Kardex,
PCA Preservation winner, parade 01.
$26,500. 414-964-4974. WI
1972 911T Targa, Sport-o-matic, health
considerations compel me to sell this 90%
complete, frame-up restoration, 2.4 fuel injector,
most parts replaced with new, engine,
clutch, and transmission overhauled in CA,
Recaro seats, stainless steel heat exchangers,
etc, more than $20,000 invested. $6,500
1973 911S, coupe, 1 owner, original CA
car, in excellent condition, sport seats, a/c,
numbers match, no rust ever. $27,500. 866270-9778.
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American Car Profile
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria
Chassis number: 2300
Engine number: .1277
he model J Duesenberg has long been regarded as the
most outstanding example of design and engineering
of the classic era. Introduced in 1929, trading was
halted on the New York stock exchange for the
announcement. At $8,500 for the chassis alone, it
was by far the most expensive car in America. With coachwork,
the delivered price of many Duesenbergs approached $20,000,
a staggering sum at a time when a typical new family car cost
Few would argue that the car's features did not support
its price. Indeed, the Model J's specifications sound current
today: 265 horsepower, double overhead camshafts, four
valves per cylinder, power hydraulic brakes and, eventually,
an optional supercharger.
The new Duesenberg was tailor-made for the custom-body
industry. It had the power and stance to carry imposing
coachwork, and the style and grace of the factory sheet metal was ideally
suited for the execution of elegant custom coachwork. One coachbuilder
that crafted such beautiful Duesenberg bodies was the Paris-based firm of
Hibbard & Darrin, founded by Americans Tom Hibbard and Howard
"Dutch" Darrin in 1922.
Hibbard & Darrin was one of the few coachbuilders to modify the
Duesenberg hood sheet metal, and J277 is one of a handful of cars on
which they modified the body side moulding to end in a delightful sweep
After a documented series of owners, noted collector Andrew Darling
bought J277 in August 1970. Although complete and serviceable, the car's
age was showing. In the early 1970s, Mr. Darling commissioned the premier
restorer of the day, Beaver Colver, to undertake a full body-off restoration.
It is a measure of the quality of this restoration that it has received
only maintenance since, and remains in high-point condition today.
The paint and chrome are still very good. The interior, while not damaged
in any way, no longer looks fresh, and is perhaps
the area of the car that would benefit most
J277 is an original car, including engine, chassis
and body. The car is well equipped, including
twin taillamps, luggage rack, chrome wire wheels,
twin cowl-mounted spotlights and a Pilot Ray driving
In late 1996 the Darling collection was sold at
auction and J277 was acquired by a dealer, who
resold the car in December of 1997 to Otis Chandler
for his vintage collection. A substantial col-
Original list price
Tune up/major service
Thomas 1 Hibbard and Howard "Dutch" Darrin were two exceptionally
talented Americans with aflair for automotive design. Working out of
their offices in Paris during the pinnacle of demand for fine custom
coachwork, they provided distinctive and pleasing body designs to some
of the most illustrious names in Europe and to Americans who lived part
of the time in Europe, such as the original owner of this car
In commissioning this body Mrs. Honore Palmer a Chicagoan who
maintained a residence in Paris, received coachwork with some unique
touches such as the quarter-window treatment in the Victoria top and the
sweep spear at the beginning of the car 's hood. This is also one of the
Hibbard & Darrin bodies featuring their innovative "Silentlyte" construction,
which virtually did away with traditional wooden framing in favor
of lighter-weight aluminum castings to support the sheet metal. And while
the odometer showed a little over 60,000 miles on the day it was auctioned,
this Duesy appears to have led a fairly easy life in the hands of its
$8,500 (chassis only)
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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club,
536 McClean Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305-3644
Bentley 8 Litre, Hispano-Suiza H6B
lection of invoices from noted Duesenberg expert Randy Ema document
the maintenance and care the car has received since joining the collection.
J277 is certainly one of the period's most creative designs. Although it
is a close-coupled convertible Victoria, its long-wheelbase chassis makes
the car even more dramatic; it is simply stunning from any aspect.
One of the few foreign-bodied American classics, and one ofjust twelve
Duesenbergs by Hibbard & Dart-in, it represents an exceptional marriage
of the pinnacle of American engineering with the epitome of French style.
This car sold for $770,000, including buyer's premium, at RM's
Meadow Brook Hall auction held in Rochester; Michigan, August 3, 2002.
Lot #74 SN J340
Sold at $671,000
SCM ID# 27263
1931 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible
RM; Amelia Island, FL; March 9, 2002
Minnesota collector Andrew Darling commissioned
the restoration of this car in the early '70s
and its superior, show-ready condition today is a
tribute to his meticulous stewardship, along with
that of Otis Chandler, who consigned the car to
With a fully known provenance from the day
Mrs. Palmer ordered the car to the day it was auctioned
in August, the new owner could be confident
that he was buying an absolutely "real"
Duesenberg in all respects. This fact alone is an
increasingly rare occurrence in today's classic car
milieu, where rebodied cars with swapped engines and embellished histories
hardly raise an eyebrow any more.
With just the right number of shiny period accessories to complement
the car 's lovely styling, this Model Duesenberg sold at a price that really
is a borderline bargain. The quality of the restoration, the attractive,
one-off appearance of the body, the no-excuses history of the car and the
cost of purchasing and restoring a similar car from the frame up nowadays
all argue that $770,000 was not an excessive amount to pay for a
Duesenberg of this caliber—Dave Brownell
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)•
1929 Duesenberg J
Hershey, PA; October 6, 2000
Sold at $530,000
SCM ID# 24888
Murphy Convertible Roadster
Lot #319, S/N 1147
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1981 COUPE DEVILLE, 2-dr, pink/white
leather, V6, 4.1, 252 ci, 4-bbl, automatic,
pw, ps, pb, a/c, cassette, original owner,
Mary Kay car, stored. 780-458-6255.
1956 CORVETTE, VIN 2540, one of
Nicky Chevrolet's race cars, log books, pictures,
street driven, 327/350 hp, six point
roll cage, 355.1 rear, very strong, ran warmup
laps at Homestead Motor Speedway
2001, private owner, reduced price.
$29,900. 305-235-2400. FL
1966 CORVETTE, convertible, silver/silver,
427/390, M-21 4-spd, 3:70 posi, power
brakes, 2 tops, body-on restoration, original
drivetrain, lost of documentation including
orig P-o-P, that runs and drives
excellent, will consider Corvette trades up
or down. $52,900 neg. 302-234-7974 before
1967 IMPALA SS, 327 engine, auto, Holley
carb, duals, Rallye wheels, red inside and
out, recently restored, owned since 1977
ready to show, owner's manual. $9,500 obo.
1967 CAMARO RS/SS, 350, 295 hp, auto,
fully restored original, 56K miles, rare factory
color, royal plum, white top, parchment
in, a/c, pw, ps, pdb, tilt, folding rear seat,
deluxe int, console gauge package. $20,500
firm. 734-458-8136. TX
1969 CAMARO SS, 2-dr hdtp, 396/350 hp,
auto, ps, power disc brakes, fact air cond,
buckets, console, gauge package, tilt wheel,
numbers matching motor, exc ground-up
restoration, LeMans blue, black int. $21,900.
Bob, 507-289-8640. 507-269-3506. MN
1970 EL CAMINO SS, 396, loaded, pa, pb,
air, tilt, SS wheels, cowl induction, buckets,
console, auto, gray/black, gauges work, new
chrome, engine detailed, #s match, garaged
#2 show winner. $17,900. 502-549-0995. KY
1970 CORVETTE, T-top, 28K original
miles, LS5, 454/390 4-spd, pw, ps, a/c, all
numbers match, beautiful classic white with
black interior, all original, trades considered.
609-926-4645. 609-645-9445. NJ
1973 CAMARO Z/28 RS, 8,700 original
miles, never restored or altered, original
paint, underhood decals and tags, 100%
matching numbers, always garaged, A-28
350 Turbo 400, a/c, 342 posi, F-41 suspension,
front and rear spoilers, smog system.
$24,500. 215-364-4991. PA
1968 CHARGER, R/T, second owner, all
original, barn kept, 440 Magnum engine,
727 auto, console, all numbers match, has
never been hit, plus extra hood and doors,
s/n SX29L8B416054, 140 miles. $8,900.
1970 CHALLENGER, R/T convertible,
440 hp, auto, Plum Crazy, black interior, top,
numbers match, magazine feature car, just
complete rotisserie restoration, over $97,000
in receipts, car is perfect. Six Pack or Hemi
trades welcome. $75,000. Bill, 23 1-8983660
day. 231-898-4495 eve. MI
1970 SUPER BEE, 440 Six Pack, 4-spd,
Dana 354, N96 fresh air hood, all matching
numbers and all original panels, 3 broadcast
sheets, dark green metallic, white vinyl top,
excellent original rust-free car with 1 repaint.
$30,000 WM2VOG Mike, 914-332-5522. NY
1972 DEMON, 91K, 4-spd, posi, ps, pdb,
100% original, all dealer paper work, build
sheet, tags, matching numbers, original
paint, runs and drives, undercarriage solid,
needs restoration. $5,250 neg. 973-7646416.
1964 MUSTANG, fantastic condition, 1st
year offered, 289 engine, rebuilt transmission,
original pony interior, Rally-Pac, red
over red interior, white power top, the list
goes on and on, runs great and ready to go.
firstname.lastname@example.org $14,000 obo. Rusty,
1965 MUSTANG, coupe, K-code 289, restored,
matching #s, 4-speed, ivy green,
clean, runs great, stored. $17,500. 330719-9440.
1966 MUSTANG, K-code convertible,
candy red/red, rare documented automatic,
GT options: pony, Rally-Pac, console,
wood wheel, styled steel wheels, 4 seat
belts, white top, meticulous rotisserie restoration,
37,000 original miles, detailed undercarriage,
$37,500. 714-848-9255. 714721-3547.
1970 MUSTANG, Boss 302, VIN
OF02GXXX, restored, candy apple, black,
many new parts installed. $22,000. Richard
Spain, 217-429-1834. IL
1966 CYCLONE GT, convertible, 390, 4speed,
one of 604, red with black interior,
numbers matching, power top, runs and
drives great, needs restoration. mdswany
@smig.net 507-477-3396. MN
1970 442, pace car, 44,000 original documented
miles as well as documentation that
this car was at Indy, a very solid #1 car.
$42,000 obo. Larry, 508-778-6527. MA
1969 ROADRUNNER, Hemi convertible,
meticulous rotisserie restoration of rust-free
documented original, 4-speed, 1 of 4 made,
numbers matching, 4.10 Dana, Super TracPac,
F5 limelight metallic, black top and
interior, bucket seats, pdb, air grabber, tachometer,
AM 8-track $250,000. Dave, 810326-1969.
1971 'CUDA, original red, shaker, billboard
car, I have the broadcast sheet, VIN
BS23H1B358709, options include colorkeyed
grille, roadlamps, 15" wheels, S74
quick ratio steering box, ps, pdb, front &
rear sway bars, Rally dash, black vinyl
int, 340 engine. $15,000. 641-816-3875
1975 DUSTER, only 7,400 actual miles,
always garaged, never wrecked, unmolested,
showroom condition, 6-cyl, a/c, ps, dark
green, all factory paint and markings.
$9,500. Denny, 419-423-7400 day. 419 4236683
1966 GTO, convertible, triple black, 4speed,
tri-power, Milt Schornack rebuilt
SX Bobcat, very rare, completely restored,
documented. $31,500. Craig, 202-3618839.
1967 GTO, 2-dr hardtop, gold w/matching
gold interior, 4-spd, 3:73 posi, buckets, console,
stunning, unrestored and in exc condition,
PHS documented, all numbers matching.
$19,500. 231-882-0426. MI•
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1949 HEALEY, Silverstone, very fast,
strong engine, rebuilt gearbox and steering,
new tires/brakes, body like new,
matching numbers, Mille Miglia eligible,
spare engine included. 239-261-9266. Fax
1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY, 100M, vintage
raced since 1971, Isky cam, J&E pistons,
12 to 1 compression, gas flowed head, 4spd
o/d, 3.9 rear locked, 60-spoke wires, cell
and fire system, Guldstrand seat, new
Dunlops, 5-point roll bar. $25,000. 937-7439259
after 8 pm. OH
1956 KIEFT, sports racer, alloy body, needs
total restoration, very rare car, can qualify
for Mille Miglia, LeMans retro and any vintage
race group. $9,500. 618-222-1122. IL
1957 DEVIN, wide-bodied Special, beautiful
lines, undisputably fastest sports racer
of 1950s era, turnkey and all fresh
mechanicals, 283 or 327 SBC, extremely
reliable, multiple Concours winner.
$200,000. Jahimiak, 608-788-8678. WI
1959 LOTUS, Formula Junior 18, front
discs, Hewland, Ford, Cosworth, Class J,
this machine has never lost a race in 9 years,
fresh motor plus spare, fresh Taylor gearbox,
logbooks, vintage, ready to win.
$32,000. 941-485-0080. FL
1960 SAAB 93, vintage raced since 1988,
GT engine, Sonett alloys, room full of
spares. Car is in Florida. $4,500. R Cook,
1960 MGA, roadster, project car, tube chassis,
built for BBC, needs finishing, call for
info. Al Keller, 330-877-9189. OH
1961 LOTUS, Formula Junior 20, 1962
Sebring winner, Team Rosebud, zero time,
Ivey engine, nicer than new, great history,
Monterey and professional, etc, completely
restored. Trailer available. $38,500. Jay, 805565-1336.
1964 BUICK, 425 Super Wildcat package,
dual 4s, 4-spd, console, buckets, tachometer,
ps, pb, road wheels, positrac, runs and drives
great, easy restoration on this rare car.
$14,500. Jim Wicks, 918-256-7121. OK
1965 CHEVROLET, Bel Air, factory
muscle car, 396, 425 hp, 4-speed, posi, very
rare, limited number made, frame-off, will
trade up or down. $30,000 obo. Frank, 707746-1883.
1970 PALLISER, FB, MWE Lotus Twin
Cam, specs available, FT 200 with spare ratios,
2 sets wheels, fast and reliable, ok for
big and tall drivers, delivery eastern USA.
$32,500 US. 705-324-1992. CANADA ON
1972 LOLA, T-242 FB roller, in need of restoration,
701 bare block, bare Hart big valve
head, FT-200 with new adapter, new 45 dcoes,
timing chest. email@example.com $18,000
firm. 218-828-8134. MN
1972 MARCH, 722, new ally, 2-litre BD,
dyno time only, rebuilt FT200, too much to
list, ready to assemble. f2march722
@aol.com $30,000. 503-663-5789. OR•
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London-Lisbon Classic Rally, 5-14.
Starting from London's historic Hampton
Court Palace, spend 12 days driving
the roads of France, Spain and
Portugal. For more information, contact
Historic Endurance Rallying Organization,
phone 01144 1886 833505,
fax 011 44 1886 833144. (UK)
The London to Athens World Cup
Rally, 5-17. New enlarged category for
classics, sponsored by Holden Vintage
and Classics, with the World Cup Trophy
for cars up to 1400-cc (of any age)
and a route that takes in sections from
the Monte, the Alpine, the Liege Sofia
Liege, and the Acropolis. This is the
event for drivers who enjoy a competitive
drive. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax: 011 44 1235 851292. (UK)
Texas 1000, 3-8. Pre-1975 sports, racing
or GT cars, or any Ford-powered
(interpreted to be Aston Martin, Jaguar,
Panoz, Talbot, Saleen, SVT, and Cobra
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HERO Holland Winter Trial, 9-13.
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Legal Files / Alex Leventhal
I Love It When You Smack Me
ecently I have heard from several individuals who have been
involved in what appeared to be exceedingly minor accidents
that have turned into expensive ordeals. In each of these cases the
other driver has, in hindsight, appeared to be a professional
fender-bender, a person who makes his or her living, or at least
supplements his income, by being involved in automobile accidents.
Here's the most egregious incident. A fellow driving a twin turbo
Porsche 996 had an economy car pass him on the right, pull in front of
him, and then stop unexpectedly and hurriedly. Caught unaware, the
Porsche driver hit the hatchback, but not hard enough to damage the
Porsche any further than a scratch in the bumper cover. The economy car
too, had some scratches—perhaps new, perhaps not—but no further damage.
At the scene of the accident, both parties agreed that no harm was
done and went on their way, incident closed. Or so the Porsche driver
thought, until the police arrested him that night for leaving the scene of an
injury accident and assault. It seems that the driver of the econobox had
driven herself to the hospital claiming grievous injury. Furthermore, she
told the police that the Porsche had hit her vehicle from behind, that the
driver had then assaulted her physically and fled, leaving her injured and
with no choice but to drive herself to the hospital for treatment since she
had no cell phone. The woman, upon examination at the hospital, was
badly bruised and her car was badly damaged from a rear impact.
If we believe the Porsche owner's version of the accident (which,
in this case, I am inclined to do), it's hard to say what really happened
with the other car and driver. Did the woman have another accident
after the first one and decide to pin it on the Porsche driver as a result
of a perceived deeper pocket? Or was it premeditated, and she sought
out an expensive car to have an accident with on purpose, and then
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rushed home where a co-conspirator inflicted her injuries and further
damaged her vehicle?
In either case, the Porsche driver is in a tough spot. The local constabulary
has taken a liking to the poor injured woman, and evidently
wants to see the "rich bastard" get what he deserves. The small town
police have further stated that the woman's story seems credible, and as
such they do not see any reason to spend the money to have a forensic
scientist determine whether the Porsche was, in fact, the vehicle that caused
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the damage to the econobox, particularly, they say, since the Porsche driver
admits to having the accident. The woman, for her part, has offered to
drop the charges and not bring a lawsuit, in return for a cash settlement.
What does the driver do? Well, assuming he is unwilling to pay the
"settlement" (read blackmail), he and his insurer will need to spend a lot
of money defending against both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit,
including an expert's time to document the impossibility of the injuries
and damages from the accident in question, and to educate the police and
district attorneys accordingly. This will be an uphill battle in the community
in question, which has a large amount of animosity between the haves
and the have-nots. In short, the Porsche driver's situation is not an enviable
one, and he has a long battle ahead of him to correct it.
There is not space in this article to outline all that the hapless Porsche
owner will need to do to extricate himself from his terrible situation.
As so often happens in our justice system, if you are involved in a
lawsuit (or are arrested on criminal charges) you have already lost.
Very often the ultimate legal victory does not begin to compensate for
the damage done by, or the cost of, litigation. It is much more valuable
to outline some simple steps that readers can take if they find themselves
in a similar situation.
The first rule seems like a time-wasting annoyance at first glance but,
as the above example expounds, it is absolutely critical: Always call the
police and wait for them, whenever you have an accident, even if no
damage is done, and even if the other party does not want to. In the case
of a minor accident, you will feel silly, the other party will be annoyed,
and the officers on the scene will probably act as if you are wasting their
time, but it is imperative. The consequences of not waiting for an officer
can be much worse than your waste of time. Make sure the officers examine
both vehicles, and get them to put the level of damage and lack of
injuries in their notes or report.
The second rule is to keep a cheap disposable camera in every vehicle
that you own. In the event of an accident, while you are waiting for the
police, use the camera to photograph all four sides of both vehicles, the
accident scene and, if possible (discreetly), the driver and passengers of
any other vehicle(s) involved. This will be of great use if anyone later
claims that the damages are greater than they actually were.
Finally, follow all the other common sense rules that your insurance
company tells you: never admit fault, and try to take notes so you can
remember the statements of all the other parties, driver(s) and passenger(s).
Driving an expensive sports or luxury car may mark you as someone
with good automotive taste, but it also puts you in the position of being a
highly visible target for an intentional accident. By following the simple
rules outlined above, you will have gone a long way towards minimizing
the chances of someone attempting to take advantage of you.
Alexander Leventhal is a car collector and attorney in New York. His
comments here are general in nature, and are not a substitute for consultation
with an attorney.•
Next Month's Profiles:
1967 Shelby Mustang Competition Coupe
$126,250, Bonhams/Quail Lodge
1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder
$1,217,500, Christie's/Pebble Beach
1962 Fiat Jolly 600 Beach Car
$21,160, Bonhams/Quail Lodge
1995 Rolls-Royce Flying Spur LWB Sedan
$37,100, Kruse/Mandalay Bay
1986 Porsche 928 Factory Four-Door Sedan
1964 Pontiac Tempest LeMans GTO Convertible
ontiac's Tempest went through a major
transition in 1964. No longer a
shirttail relative of the Chevrolet
Corvair, it was fattened up and marketed
as a family car. The "sporty"
LeMans model featured standard bucket seats
and unique trim moldings, but had the same
engine combinations as all other Tempests.
To enhance their image, the product development
folks at Pontiac Motor Division wanted
to install the 389-c.i. V8 from their full-size cars
into the LeMans. However, GM had a corporate
edict that imposed a maximum engine size for a
car of no more than one cubic inch for every ten
pounds of weight. The heaviest Tempest crossed
the scales at 3,260 pounds, so the 326-c.i. V8
was the largest allowed.
To sidestep this, Pontiac's engineers simply
let the corporate brass approve the LeMans with
the 326 engine in the fall of 1963. Since approval
was only required on new models, the
389 engine was added as a $295 option package
shortly after introduction, and named the
GTO. Besides the 389 engine, it added special
exterior and interior badging, simulated engineturned
dashboard and glovebox facings, and
simulated hood air vents. Thus the age of the
muscle car was born.
The 389 GTO used high-compression heads
from Pontiac's 421 HO engine, and was fed by
either a single four-barrel carburetor (325 horsepower)
or triple two-barrel induction (348 horsepower).
While a three-on-the-tree manual transmission
was standard, four-speeds and the Hydra-Matic
were popular options.
The car turned 15-second quarter-mile runs
at 91 miles per hour, and had an alleged top
speed of 122 miles per hour. Even with substandard
brakes, the GTO's high power
weight ratio and affordable price gave it widespread
appeal. In 1964 32,450 of all body styles
The majority were driven hard when new,
and have not often had pampered lives since.
Cars with any type of story or numbers mismatch
to them, while possibly making interesting
drivers, should in no way be looked upon
as a safe investment. Verifiable original cars,
on the other hand, have nowhere to go in value
except up. GTOs are a cultural icon for the early
'60s (helped in no small part by Pontiac's own
PR department), and convertibles have recently
sold at auction for as much as $35,000.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
6,644 (1964 convertibles)
Right front of block
Pontiac/Oakland Club International,
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1965-67 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396,
Buick Skylark, Plymouth GTX
it on, wind it up, blow it out...
A word of warning, though. Created almost as
a covert operation, the 1964 GTO is not difficult
to fake. If there has ever been a car that exemplifies
the saying "there are more red convertibles in
existence now than were originally built," it's the
GTO. All the GTO-specific trim pieces are readily
available from aftermarket catalogs, so someone
with a GTO-specification block (1964-66 was one
of the few times that Pontiac didn't serialize their
engines), heads and an eight-cylinder LeMans
body could build a very convincing fakey-doo.—
B. Mitchell Carlson•
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1971 Harley-Davidson FX 1200 Super Glide
ith a bike-customization craze
blossoming out of the "Easy
Rider" anti-establishment mood
of the late '60s, it was a nobrainer
for Harley-Davidson to
exploit the situation. To replicate the rakedback,
chopper look that owners and back-alley
aftermarket shops had been creating throughout
the '60s, Willie G. Davidson and his team mated
the front end of the XLH Sportster with the
heavy-duty frame and powertrain (including the
newer 60-horsepower Shovelhead engine) of
the FLH. They then added a fiberglass, boattailstyle
mudguard with stepped seat, creating a
"sport cruiser" that had a different look than
anything the company had ever produced.
Despite the sales success of the Super Glide,
the early '70s was truly a dark era for HarleyDavidson.
Owner AMF was making frequent
changes to the company's operations to boost
production and profitability, production locations
had been switched around, and H-D's survival
was uncertain. To say the very least, there
were some quality control problems. "The worst
of all was when a new bike arrived at my shop
without an alternator. It got so bad that I would
follow a tech out for a 25-mile test drive with
each bike to see what was missing or not yet
properly adjusted," mused a former Harley
Specialized in 'tail= car parts Jr pre-war car parts.
Harley's response to Captain America.
dealer from that period.
The good news is that most of these issues
were sorted out on Super Glides when they were
nearly new, so you won't have to deal with them
on a 30-year-old bike. Nevertheless, there are a
few common problems. The transmission can
jam in low gear, sometimes requiring a complete
teardown to repair. The brakes are especially
weak and fast-wearing.
On the plus side, the electrical system is actually
quite reliable and trouble-free compared
to other bikes of the time, and the Shovelheadera
engines have proven durable.
Most Super Glides have by now been customized
to varied degrees. With many different
"far-out" color schemes and official accessories,
it's often difficult to figure out how these
bikes were delivered. Having the original fac-
tory paperwork is about the only way to assure
the pedigree (and justify a high-end price).
Though it isn't completely devoid of sporting
pretenses, the Super Glide is most in its element
cruising along an empty stretch of twolane,
just as in "Easy Rider." The engine has so
much low-rev torque that running through the
gears seems pointless. Just sit back, enjoy the
sound of the bellowing engine, and take in the
scenery as you make your statement of individuality
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Rating: ***** is best
Ease of maintenance
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The 944 is a very competent car, and just
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356, 914 and 924 models, the 944 could really
hang with the 911 on the track or on the
autobahn. Especially in turbo guise, the 944
delivered true Porsche-level performance. It had
a completely new four-cylinder engine that displaced
2.5 liters and bore a great family resemblance
to one-half of the superlative 928 engine.
Brian Long does an excellent job explaining
how Porsche continued to develop the 944
series, including turbocharging.
The 944 also left behind the uninspired lines
of the 924, having a more aggressive body, taken
from the 924 Carrera GTS.
How well did it all work? Road & Track positively
gushed over the 944 Turbo in an unusual
comparison test of the entire Porsche line that
included the 944, 944 Turbo, 911 Cabriolet, 911
Turbo and 928S. They found the 944 Turbo to
have the highest top speed, second lowest fuel
consumption and the best skidpad numbers.
This book includes a wealth of excellent factory
photos in both black-and-white and color,
and useful appendices, one of which shows a total
series production for all 944 models of more
than 173,000 cars. There is also a brief chapter
on buying a used 944, which offers helpful tips
on common trouble areas.—Jim Schrager
Mitchell's styling exercises. This book is fascinating
reading on a number of levels. First, there's
the story of how a model, rushed into production
with more faults than virtues, was refined to become
America's premier sports car. There's the
struggle to maintain a performance image in the
face of an incremental series of performance-limiting
federal regulations. There's the interplay
between strong executive personalities and the
intrigues they fostered. And finally, there's a revealing
look at a basically dysfunctional family
called Chevrolet Motor Division, where engineering
and marketing waged perpetual holy war on
In addition to providing a complete chronology
of the Corvette's development, the author
also explains the challenges standing between
a designer and his dream car. Chapters
on chassis dynamics and engine management
systems help the reader appreciate the complexities
of modem automotive engineering. These
tutorials are written at a level that will engage
neophytes and instruct even the most avid car
buffs. The final chapters of the book analyze
the technical maturation of the Corvette and act
as a basis for the tantalizing look at future prospects,
given in the last chapter.
Typically, engineers are lousy writers;
McLellan is a noteworthy exception. More than
a good writer, he's also a fine artist, and his
portraits of automotive luminaries appear
throughout the book. Only one person could
have written the story of the modern Corvette
with such authority. Enthusiasts everywhere
should be thankful that Dave McLellan took the
time to do so.—Pat Braden
Modern Sports and GT
Cars Under $20K
MBI Publishing Company
91/2 x 71/2 inches, paperback. 160
Lookingfor a modern sports car
in all the right places 13Fans
of side curtains a
Matt Stone's Modern Sports and GT Cars
Under $20K is a useful tool for those buyers
who are looking to purchase a fun car without
putting a major dent in their budget.
The book dedicates four to six pages of coverage
to each of 28 different cars manufactured
since 1990. History, driving experiences and
typical Buyer's Guide hints compose the bulk
of each chapter. A sidebar outlining the pros
and cons of the models makes the book easy
to browse through, and a report card—with 19
different categories, including reliability, club
support and market availability—offers a wellrounded
and standardized way to evaluate the
cars. A number of pictures accompany each selection.
This entertaining book would have been
even better if an appendix containing head-tohead
graphs of some of the data had been included.
As it stands, to find out which car has
the best acceleration, you have to thumb through
all 28 chapters.
Stone writes about
some very competent
cars, including the
BMW M3, the Toyota
Supra Turbo, the 199296
Nissan 300ZX Turbo,
and the Mazda Miata,
all of which provide
mance and a sports car look and feel, while fitting
nicely under the $20k ceiling.
On the other hand, some of the cars are simply
boring. The Ford Probe GT may cost less
than $20,000, and it very well may be modem,
but it hardly merits four pages of attention. Similarly,
the Nissan Sentra SE-R and Dodge Neon
R/T are cheap and have decent performance,
but aren't really sports or GT cars.
Modern cars are better performers in
nearly every way than the fabled sports cars
of the '50s and '60s. So, if you're ready to
leave behind the world of side curtains, mechanical
fickleness and a complete absence
of safety features, this book is a good guide
to what children today probably think are
"real sports cars," instead of Dad's old twoseater
that always seems to be at the shop.—
Sports Car Market
by Carl Bomstead
How High Is Up?
Object: 6-foot Washington Chief Gasoline porcelain sign
Auction: Iowa Gas Auction; Des Moines, Iowa; August 3, 2002
Estimate: None given
Sale Price: $12,700, including buyer's premium
uality porcelain signs in good condition with desirable images—
such as Native Americans or airplanes—and multiple colors are
just coming into their own. However, given what comparable
Country Store advertising pieces have been bringing for years, I
believe gas, oil and automotive advertising still have a long way
to go before they are fully valued.
A Washington Chief Gasoline sign was offered at the auction that
followed the Iowa Gas Bash, and it pulled $12,700, a price far beyond
Big sign makes large price.
Washington Chief was one
of the brands of the Wasatch
Oil Company that originated in
Salt Lake City, Utah. The company
also operated under the
Idaho Chief, Oregon Chief, and
Montana Chief brands and was
bought out by Phillips 66 in
1947. Large signs—this one is
six feet in diameter—historically
have been a hard sell. Recently,
though, as more collectors
are building large display
buildings, they have become
more sought after. About six
months ago a set of all four
Chief Gasoline signs sold for
what was then thought to be a remarkable $24,000. As a result of this
earlier private sale, most attendees expected the single sign offered here
to bring around $6,000.
The price of $12,700 was an indication new collectors are entering the
market, and they are prepared to pay top dollar to get what they want.
For instance, the buyers in both the Indian Chief transactions have
been collecting signs for only a few years; the fellow who bought the
four Chief signs has taken some heat from us old-timers for paying too
much. However, four times $12,700 compared to $24,000 makes him
look like a pretty smart guy.
Note: An independent firm that normally focuses on farm-related events
conducted this auction. Once you get used to the auctioneers' midwestern
pronunciations, this sale is rather entertaining. What is most frustrating,
however, is that the items are not cataloged or numbered, so you have no
idea when anything will come up for sale. If you step out for a break, the
piece you are chasing may cross the block in your absence, possibly making
your whole trip in vain.
But this is typical of the way the Iowa Gas Bash (www.iowa
gas.com) is being run. At one time the premier event of its type in the
country, it has been badly mismanaged the last few years, to the point
where many of the main players in the field are now passing it up.
With the proliferation of desirable items available on the Internet, landbased
events that hope to succeed must offer increasing user-friendliness
and organization. Those organizers who think their events have
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No matter how many times he warned them,
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A half assed truck for a half assed driver.—
Jeff Hepner, Houston, PA
Rusty hopes to sell his tail dragger and start
a new life in Alaska as a bush pilot.—Bill
Alexander, Mission Woods, KS
Every FBO (Aviation Operation) has at least
one tail dragger lying around, but this is ridiculous.
John King, Libertyville, IL
Half off all pickups, bed not included.
Randy Zussman, Las Vegas, NV
"Damn, Rusty, that was close!"
Wilken, Newport Beach, CA
Now we know why fares have gotten so
L. Robert Lynn, Kewaskum, WI
01' Rust learned to fly in a tail dragger, he
flew tail draggers in the Navy, so this minor
modification to his truck is totally logical.—Ed
Pasini, Henderson, NV
A clear case of putting the cart before the horseSteven
Sperber, Woodland Hills, CA
And this month's winner of a 1/18th scale
model from Dave Kinney's USAppraisal is Jeff
Hepner, for his perceptive insight concerning
the relationship between truck and owner.—Ed.
Sports Car Market
Comments With Your Renewals
Looking forward to another great year of
reading about well-bought cars and fright
pigs.—John Kesich, Sacramento, CA
It just keeps getting better. An excellent
magazine!—John Peak, Auburn, WA
More stories of purchases and restorations
gone awry. A wise man learns from others' mistakes.—Bob
Ostlund, Saint Paul, MN
More cars featured in Affordable Classics.—
Graham Greene, Wilkesboro, NC
More race cars if possible.—Dean Morris,
San Diego, CA
Keep covering the budget Italians—Alfa,
Fiat, Maserati, Etceterini. Skip the motorcycles.—Eric
van Nice, Laguna Miguel, CA
Great magazine. Keep up the articles on the
cars that are attainable for us mere mortals, ex-
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Calendar of Events
*Sun Valley, Idaho
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cept for Ferraris, of course—you can never get
enough information on them.—Michael Nolan,
Mission Viejo, CA
Keep it like it is. Slow on the changes.—
Glen Lanham, Marion, IN
What other magazine can give you the vicarious
thrill of buying a classic—or the sense
ofschadenfreude at someone else getting a fright
pig? Thanks for the fun!—Greg McKim and
Stephanie Edwards, San Diego, CA
Through the covers of SCM, you have really
helped spread appreciation of automotive
art. Thanks!—William Mihalic, Rochester, MI
More auction results, fewer articles.—
Hobbit, Inc., Fayetteville, NC
Keep the comments as pithy as in the past.
More on garage-type auctions. We all know the
way to Christie's, we just don't have the million
dollars.—C.J. Johns, Santa Teresa, NM
My wife thinks I'm nuts when I get each
new issue in the mail. She knows I'll be disappearing
for a while. Thanks for such a great
magazine. I didn't know you existed until I got
Auto Week.—Paul Berry, Santa Maria, CA
More Ferrari stuff, please.—Jim Maloun,
I like the new design and layout of sections.
Legal Files is a must. Perhaps other tales from
the experiences of buyers and sellers to illustrate
the pitfalls of our affliction. Rock on!—
Paul Dart, Lafayette, CO
And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful
comments and renewals.—Keith Martin and
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call. Also have other English cars, including
Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI/
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
Aston Martin Owners Club East
Coast and Canada Contact: Robert Stockman,
Chairman: 386/446-8081 386/
445-6000 RMSAMRAD@PCFL.com 20
Marbella Court, Palm Coast, Fla. 32137
Sponsors many events including social,
concours and speed throughout the year
from the east coast to the Mississippi. Historical
information, technical resources and
sales information relating to old and new
cars available to members.
Jaguar Clubs of North America.
888/CLUBJAG, Write: JCNA, Dept. SCM,
9685 McLeod Rd., RR#2, Chilliwack, BC,
CANADA V2P 6H4. Join the primary organization
ofJaguar enthusiasts in US/Canada.
52 local clubs provide social and other activities.
JCNA sponsors championships in
concours, rally, slalom. Members receive
bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine.
Northshore Sportscars Authorized
Agent for Morgan Motor Company. Sales,
Service, Restoration for all vintage British
Marques. Always buying clean original
and restored examples. Austin-Healey, Jaguar,
MG, Triumph. Visit our Web site
northshoresportscars.com Lake Bluff, IL
Automotive Restorations, InciVintage
Racing Services, Inc. (ARIJVRS), 203/
377-6745, fax 203/386-0486, 1785 Barnum
Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special
interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and
transportation. VintageRacingServices.com ,
Peter Hageman, Vintage Automobiles.
206/954-1961, fax 425/287-0660. P.O. Box
554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Prewar European
autos, Bentley and Rolls-Royce,
specializing in vintage Bentleys.
Alfa Ricambi. 626/281-7933, fax
626/281-7931. Comprehensive supply of
parts that puts authorized dealers to shame!
To maintain and restore your Alfa, vintage
or current. 431 S. Raymond Ave., Unit 101,
Alhambra, CA 91803.
Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510/525-
9435, fax 510/524-3636. Large selection of
parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient,
personal service. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley,
Centerline. 303/447-0239, fax 303/
447-0257. Restoration and replacement
parts, Giulietta through 164. Free catalog.
International Auto Parts 800-788-
4435, 434/973-0555, fax 434/973-2368.
Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/ Fiat/ Lancia
parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to
ship. Fast, knowledgeable service + same
day shipping! FREE 76 page catalog. 4351
Seminole Trail, P.O. Box 9036, Charlottesville,
Black Bart's Emporium. 800/473-
0078, 219/471-7278, fax 219/471-6359.
2639 Goshen Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46808.
America's largest supply of badges and
emblems for Alfas and other exotics, plus
other interesting special parts. Complete
Performance Motoring Associates
831/338-9703, fax 831/338-2031. Former
Alfa Romeo dealer and 20-time SCCA
racing champion, Al Leake, has accumulated
over 30 years of experience and
racing knowledge to compliment his new
restoration shop in Boulder Creek, CA.
Specializing in Giulietta/Guilia. PMA has
an extensive inventory ofcars, racing components
and parts. Lightweight body
panels, Sebring racing suspensions and
complete restorations now available at
PMA Racing. E-mail Alleake@aol.com ,
12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA
95006. alfaromeorestorations.com (CA)
The DiFatta Brothers, LTD. 800/
638-7656. Info, 410/426-7524, fax 410/
426-8194. 5928 Belair Rd., Baltimore, MD
21206. Largest importer of Alfa, Fiat and
Lancia parts on the East Coast. Decades of
experience—we know these cars, and we
know the right parts. VISA/MC. Orders,
Re-Originals. 281/807-1945, fax
281/807-1946. THE US source for original
upholstery materials, original rubber mats
and gaskets, and original, new European
taillights, headlights, grilles and door panels
for most Italian cars ('47-'78). Additional
distributors wanted. (TX)
Repairs / Restoration
Britalia, Ltd. 510/548-0240, 2210
San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702. We
are SPICA and Bosch fuel-injection specialists
with 25 years ofexperience servicing
Alfa Romeo. We are also intimate with
Nasko's Imports. 503/771-1472,
5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Oregon's
oldest and most respected Alfa repair
and performance tuning facility. Milano
spoken here! Ask about our used Alfas for
sale. Fast work, fair prices.
Italian Performance/GTV City.
Don, 650/508-8178. 565-A Bragato Rd.,
San Carlos, CA 94070. Performance modifications,
service, repair and restoration
for Italian automobiles. Allow us to do a
restoration for you.
Dan Sommers's Veloce Motors.
503/274-0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Port-
land, OR 97209. More than two decades of
helping Alfa, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini
owners keep their cars on the road
while not emptying their bank accounts.
Other foreign cars serviced as well.
FERRARI / MASERATI /
Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. Sales,
800/547-4455, 503/255-7560. Service and
Parts, 800/944-6483, 503/257-9655. America's
oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer.
New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts
department with fast, fast service. 203 NE
122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97203.
Garry Roberts & Company. 949/
650-2690, fax 949/650-2730. 922 Sunset
Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Specializing
in sales of Ferrari and other exotics. Consignments,
brokerage services, references
available. Extensive computer database.
Whether buying or selling, call.
ItalParts. Fax +31 172 240536. Specializing
in Italian car parts and prewar car
parts. 25 years of experience in finding all
kinds of parts. Lots of spare parts in stock.
Look on my Internet site: www.italparts
.com. If you don't find the part there, send us
an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy Italian
engines/parts/cars ofpre-war period and '50s
and early '60s.
I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris,
Maseratis and Lamborghinis. 310/
274-7440, fax 310/274-9809, simon
email@example.com. If I don't have what you
seek, I can usually find it for you (at low
prices). Please, call anytime for straight
advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly
paid. Randy Simon. (CA)
Gentry Lane Lamborghini. 416/
535-9900, fax 416/535-8152. Also Canada's
largest Ferrari parts inventory. Under
new ownership. Call today with your needs.
Jason Popovich. (ON)
Brian D. Moore Restorations. 916/
635-3559, fax 916/635-5824. 2347 Gold
River Rd., Gold River, CA 95670. Specializing
in restoration and reconstruction of
exotic and vintage racing motorcars. Appraising
service also available.
Symbolic Motor Car Company.
619/454-1800, fax 619/454-1890. 7440 La
Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92307. Largest
dealer of exotic Ferraris, Jaguars, Alfas and
other cars in the world. Always a superb
array of important cars on display. Interesting
trades always considered. By
appointment only, please. www
Gran Turismo Motors. 818/546-
2971, fax 818/546-2812. 741 W. Broadway,
Glendale, CA 91204. Ferrari service, sales
and concours-winning restorations. Enthusiast-owned
and operated with an
experienced and friendly technical team
ready to deliver the complete Ferrari ownership
Michael Sheehan. 949/646-6086,
fax 949/646-6978. Always looking for cars
to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production
ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini,
Lotus—call me first or call me last, I'll
make you the best cash offer. Buyers—let
me use my thousand-plus car database to
help you find a car, or verify the history of
one you are looking at. (CA)
Thomas Shaughnessey Consulting.
949/366-6211, fax 949/366-6827.
Professional buyer of Ferraris, primarily
'50s, '60s and '70s. Also have extensive
Lambo and Maser experience. Additionally
deal in Ferrari engines. Plus—have
more than 350 Ferrari wheels in stock.
Call today for straight talk and honest
advice. San Clemente, CA.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI/
VRS). 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
Alex Dearborn in Topsfield, MA.
978/887-6644, fax 978/887-3889. Buying,
selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing
in 300SL. Large database of older
MBs. Free listing of your car.
Gull Wing Group International.
Gary Estep, 530/345-6701. 776 Cessna,
Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment
and preservation of 1954 to 1963
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupes and Roadsters.
You do not have to be an owner to
belong. Member benefits include: twelve
monthly magazines per year plus a national
convention that rotates its location
around the country. Also, reproduction
parts and much more.
Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
800/637-2360. MBCA, 1907 Lelaray St.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80909. World's largest
Mercedes-Benz club, 33,000 members,
all models, 1886-onward; excellent 120page
color magazine, The Star, with how-to
tech articles, history, new models, racing,
hundreds of cars for sale, ads free to members,
much more. New car raffle, tech
assistance, national events, more; dues $45/
Tony LaBella Classic Cars. 856/
424-1500. 280SLs exclusively. 20 plus
2805Ls in stock for sale in any price range
from above average drivers to show quality.
Not a broker, we own all our inventory
and are aggressively looking to buy topquality
280SLs. Technical and restoration
advice always just a phone call away. Locations
in New Jersey and Arizona.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI/
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
Porsche Market Letter. 888/928-
9111, fax 505/838-1222. Send check or Visa/
MC to PML/SC, P.O. Box 567, Socorro,
NM 87801. Find the Porsche you've been
looking for. Over 1,000 Porsches for sale in
every issue. 1 year, 12 issues only $55. (Can/
Mex $65, overseas $100). phil@
pmletter.com ; www.pmletter.com.
356 Registry. 356 Registry, 27244
Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48092. A club for
those interested in 356 Porsches. The Registry
Magazine is published six times a
year. 356 ownership not necessary. Dues
$30 annually. Membership information:
Barbara Skirmants. www.356registry.org .
Porsche 356 used parts, 717/865-
6661, fax 717/865-7172. Mechanical and
body parts, we ship worldwide. 12 Park
Drive, Grantville, PA 17028. E-mail;
Shelby American Automobile
Club. 860/364-0449, fax 860/364-0769.
P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over
5,000 members, 50 Regions throughout
the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation
of the cars that Carroll Shelby
produced. Two national conventions a
year, semi-annual mOagazine, bi-monthly
newsletter as well as a registry.•
1973 Maserati Bora. Black, black Connoly leather, 45k,
excellent condition. Drive anywhere. Fresh engine and
hydraulics. Jack (925) 284-9000; (209) 295-4591 or e-mail
HQBMW@aol.com, CA, Bay Area. (Oct)
1949 Bentley Mark VI Sedanca Coupe by Hooper. Chassis Alfa TZ-1. Autodelta competition model (S/N 750056). Very
number B47EW. Built for the Maharajah of Mysore. One of original; FIA documentation. Chiapparini restoration; fresh Dan
two built. Very original and impeccably maintained. Comes Marvin motor. Vintage Raced Italy, NZ, West Coast. $220,000.
with extensive documentation, handbook and a complete set (707) 568-3379. (CA) (Oct)
of tools. Shows 39,202 miles, which is believed to be correct.
Reasonably priced. Charles S. Crail Automobiles, (805) 5681934.
www.charlescrail.com . (CA) (Oct)
1975 XJ-6 Coupe. One owner, not restored.
53k original miles. No scratches or nicks.
Garaged since new. Black/biscuit w/sunroof.
$16,500. (760) 872-4242. (CA) (Oct)
1968 Alfa Boattail Spider. Red/black, low
miles, rust free, 2 tops and extra spares, own
the car Hoffman drove in The Graduate.
$9,500. (770) 751-6735. (GA) (Oct)
1965 Mini-Cooper Radford Conversion, R-R
& Bentley amenities, PW, wood dash, full
gauges, new 1380, impeccable condition. (360)
943 3462. firstname.lastname@example.org . (WA) (Oct)
1950 Cisitalia Abarth 204A. S/N 06 E/N 017.
MM history by Nuvorari. 1 of 4 built, the most
complete car. The car is in Japan. $350,000. ,
(818) 761-8084. (CA) (Oct)
1990 Testarossa. S/N 87137. Rare silver with
red interior and Ferrari luggage set. 30k
service completed. 512TR wheels. $72,000 or
trade for 355. Joe (562) 697-4188. (CA) (Oct)
1969 RHD Land Rover. Short wheelbase, sky
blue/black, hard top, brush bar. Great
condition. $7,850.00. (770) 751-6735. (GA)
1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS. American
version. Extremely rare. Class number
THGTNE07006, 32,000 original miles and in
lovingly restored condition. Not a ground-up
restoration, but rather an unmolested
automobile with recent paint and a number of
costly upgrades. We feel that this is one of the
best GTS cars on the market today in this level
of condition. $40,000 OBO. jrh.now@
worldnet.att.net . (Oct)
1974 TR6. You would be the third owner of
this 54,000-mile car. Garaged since new, no
rust. $7,500. (605) 343-2782 or
Schmidins@yahoo.com . (SD) (Oct)
1957 AC Bristol. Stunning restoration, two
extra sets of wheels. An "E-ticket" ride to any I
event, Mille Miglia, etc. All receipts on restoration.
$85,000. Dean Watts, (775) 883-1936 or
e-mail email@example.com . (NV) (Dec)
1926 MASERATI 26B. Serial number 35, 8cylinder,
twin ohc, supercharged 2.1-liter engine;
2-seater Grand Prix body; sold new to Juan
Malcolm in Argentina and with the original family
until the late '90s; perfect restored condition;
located in Italy. ALSO: 1957 FERRARI 500 TRC,
very original "matching numbers" car with
significant racing history; 1959 FERRARI 250
GT TdF Berlinetta, correct but non "matching
numbers" engine, full FIA papers. Christian
Philippsen (Monaco) Tel + 377-9350 9610, fax
+ 377-9350 9612, CJPhil@aol.com . (Oct)
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So do all the other SR readers,
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Sports Car Market
Union Jack Headlight Covers
Neat Stuff / Bengt Halvorson
Show your allegiance
motor cars with
these (definitely not
look great for show
on your MG, Triumph, Jaguar or Austin-Healey.
Come to think of it, we're surprised we didn't
see Austin Powers driving around with these.
Price: $19.95. Moss Motors, 800/667-7872,
300SL Desk Clock
If you're a classic
desk clock, inspired
by the instrumentpanel
clock from the
original 300SL, is a
must-have. Part of the
collection from Stuttgart's Classic Center, the
clock is modern and reliable, with an integrated
alarm, quartz movement, attractive brushed aluminum
housing and mineral glass crystal. Price:
$49. The Mercedes-Benz Collection, 800/3676372,
Virtual Race Car
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Take proper care
of the fine leather in
your luxury car with
this Hide Food leather
conditioner, made by
Connolly, the same
company that supplies
leather upholstery to
Ferrari, Jaguar and
luxury leather has less
of the plasticky pro-
tective coating that's too common on newer,
mass-market vehicles, leaving the leather's natural
surface exposed, so routine care is especially
important for this expensive material. Applying
this cream conditioner sparingly to your
leather once a month will help keep it clean,
soft and pliable. Price: $29.95. Superior Car
Care and Auto Accessories, 800/215-4160,
These full-color collector
make a tasteful and interesting
in the office or home of
anyone who appreciates
the seductive curves of
classic Jaguars. The collection
of six postcards is
uniquely framed for
viewing the back side as
well, where each card contains a description and
specifications of the vehicle depicted. Cars included
on the postcards are XK 120, D-type,
Mark II, E-type, 420, and XK 150. Price: $70.
Park Place Jaguar, 832/249-2101,
Forget watching the race on TV; have an Fl
experience in your living room. Professional
drivers use this simulator unit, which interfaces
with your PC's graphics card, to familiarize
themselves with the layout of various driving
circuits throughout the world. You can race
against up to 30 computer-generated opponents
or network with other simulators. The machine
is built to the same size specifications as an actual
Formula One race car. Features of the car
are realistic and over the top, with a chassis
shaker to simulate bumps, a progressive pedal
braking system, and programmable adjustments
for the car's dynamic qualities like sway bar
calibration, brake bias and turbo boost. The
steering wheel is adjustable and the cockpit can
fit drivers up to 6'6" tall. The driver sits in a
professional racing carbon-fiber seat, and there's
a built-in six-point racing harness and aluminum
drink bottle—just like the real thing. Made
of composite wood with a metal frame. A very
large monitor, TV or projector is a must. Price:
$6,525.99. Hammacher Schlemmer, 800/3211484,
Buick GS Stage 1 Colledible
Celebrate the understated Buick Skylarkbased
GS muscle car with this 1/18th-scale, limited-series
die-cast collectible affiliated with the
GS Club of America. The first of the series,
based on the 1970 model, comes in either Glacier
White or Diplomat Blue. Only 1,002 cars
will be produced of each color. Price: $69. GS
Send Neat Stuff recommendations to
SCM, P.O. Box 16130,
Portland, OR 97292
Price as tested: $80,795
Likes: No matter what gear you're in, torque,
torque, torque; 500-hp, 8.3-liter V10 ups the ante;
excellent brakes, now with ABS; new top is easy
to raise or lower; clean interior design no longer
a parts-bin disaster; better cowl aerodynamics
now keep the bugs out of your face; raspy new
engine sound finally fits the Viper's character.
Gripes: Cumbersome clutch and shifter action
still feels big-rig derived; rear end gets very
nervous on pockmarked pavement surfaces;
choppy ride over all but glass-smooth roads; headroom
is tight with the top in place; a high-involvement
car that tires you out on longer drives.
F1111 to drive: 1:(-1:fl:f*
Fun to look at: *****
Overall ownership experience: 1:reerer
Verdict: We're glad the crew in Auburn Hills
didn't change it too much. More refined where
it counts, but still a savage beast that doesn't
know finesse. Like no other current production
supercar; it's easy to see why the Viper has a
loyal enthusiast following.—B.H.
A brief look at cars of interest that have
passed through the SCM stable
*cc*** is best
2002 Honda 52000
Price as tested: $32,860
Likes: Eager VTEC engine shrieks to nearly
9,000 rpm and feels like it's borrowed from a
sportbike; six-speed transmission clicks neatly
from gear to gear; stiff body with almost no cowl
shake; stable, crisp kart-like handling; Fl-style
gauges easy to read at a glance.
Gripes: Cockpit cramped for anyone above
six feet tall; interior rattles unusual for Honda;
seats lack support; very little storage space;
engine feels flat below 3,500 rpm.
Fun to drive: *****
Fun to look at:***
Overall ownership experience: ****
Verdict: The S2000 doesn't have the valetparking
status of its German competition, but it
gives more spine-tingling sports-car sensations
from behind the wheel. At more than $10,000
less than a Boxster, it's a lot of car for the money,
if you don't mind the bland styling and having
Accord and Civic owners giving you thumbs
2003 Dodge Viper SRT/1
iming is everything. Take the 1953
Corvette that was offered by BarrettJackson
at their January 2001 sale. The
description stated that the car, the 14th
off the line, was rumored to be the first
retail delivery to the public of the new Corvette.
Reportedly the first two were destroyed and
numbers 3 to 13 went to company bigwigs and
celebrities. The car was a no-sale with a high bid
of $95,000. A year and a half later the same car
showed up on eBay Motors with documentation
of the first delivery story, but 47 bids could only
garner $82,200, less than the "Buy it Now" price
of $89,000. We'll see this one again, and I'll bet
the seller has had some sleepless nights thinking
about the $95,000 bid.
A Lalique Vitesse hood ornament, offered
on eBay, received 42 bids and reached $10,100,
but didn't sell. Bonhams sold two examples at
a live auction during the past year and both went
for close to $20,000, so the 50-cents-on-thedollar
offer here was light. Bonhams consistently
gets big numbers for the Lalique mascots
they offer; lots on the Internet just don't fare as
well. At least for high-end mascots, land auctions
seem to be the venue of choice.
Another interesting mascot that joined the
ranks of the no-sales on eBay was a 1927
Chevrolet Quota Making Airplane trophy. In
perfect condition, these have been selling for
more than a grand. As four of this mascot's eight
pot-metal engine cylinders were broken, the
$536.99 that 11 bids pushed the offer to could
have been taken without regret. As with most
every collectible, condition is key.
Austin-Healeys were a tough sell the past
month or so. EBay Motors offered several and,
with one exception, they failed to change owners.
A 1959 100-6 with a stated $60,000 in restoration
costs failed to receive an opening bid
of $22,000, about the going rate for prime examples.
Perhaps the respray, in 1976
Thunderbird green, made Healey purists wonder
how the rest of the $60,000 had been spent.
A very nice 1958 100-6 two-seater received 15
bids, but the final offering of
$22,201.01 was about $5,000
low considering the quality of
restoration of this example and
what similar Healeys have been
bringing at auction. A 1967 3000
Mk III BJ8 passed through a
couple of times, the first time receiving
three bids and topping
out at $26,100. The second time it achieved
$2,000 more with five additional bids, but the
result was the same: no sale. Here is one that
did sell, along with a few other interesting pieces
that caught our eye.
EBAY MOTORS #1845087150-1953
AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1. First bid:
$2,000. Number of bids: 40. SOLD AT:
$13,801. Date sold: 7/28/2002. All this car needs
this stuff buy in bulk and bet on future demand.
The bloom seems to be off the rose, though, as
the vast majority of items on this new site, which
is slightly reminiscent of the defunct
Mobilia.com, failed to receive any bids.
BOMBER HOOD ORNAMENT. First bid:
of bids: 17.
sold: 8/5/2002. In
Great Britain, airplane-related
were very popu-
lar during the war for obvious reasons. This example
of a Wellington bomber has two engines
compared to the Lancaster, which has four. It appears
to be in excellent original condition, retaining
most of the decals and with the propellers still
intact. Lesser examples have sold in the $500
range, so this was an excellent purchase.
EBAY MOTORS # 1845074029—NOS
DINAN BADGE FOR 5 SERIES BMW. First
bid: $75. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT:
$522.22. Date sold: 7/28/22002. This seems like
is paint, bumpers, glass, an interior and some
mechanical work. Accomplish all that for less
than $10k and the new buyer will be just fine. It
was interesting to note that 27 of the 40 bids
were from bidders with no feedback.
EBAY #2127362730-1918 IVORY
PIERROT HOOD ORNAMENT. First bid:
$900. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $4,400.
Date sold: 8/11/2002.
This is as delightful a
mascot as you will find.
It depicts a pierrot
holding a mandolin and
is signed by Mino. It is
finished in a combination
of ivory and silvered
gilded highlights, and
is stated to be in excellent
condition. For the
advanced mascot collector
this is an absolute
treasure that, while
expensive, is well
worth the money.
MICROBUS. First bid: $1.99.
Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT:
$15.50. Date sold: 7/10/2002. I
still find it hard to believe that a
run of 5,000 makes anything a
limited edition, but collectors of
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a whole lot of money for a badge that will turn
your Bimmer into a fakey-doo pocket rocket.
You'll be looking good sitting in the parking lot,
but you better make a right turn if someone challenges
you at a stoplight. If, however, posing is
your thing, the price of the badge is cheap compared
to Dinan's high-performance components.
EBAY #2119142974-1946 ORIGINAL
GLIDDEN TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT. First
bid: $5. Number of bids 1. SOLD AT: $5. Date
sold: 7/10/2002. The
first Glidden Tour was
held in July of 1905 as a
test of reliability and to
promote the practical
use of automobiles. The
event still takes place today,
sponsored by the
AACA. This announcement
was for the first
revival of the tour after
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WWII and was presented by the Veteran Motor
Car Club. The buyer of this piece has an extensive
collection of early automotive memorabilia
and, for $5, could not pass this by.•
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"We Covet the Rare and Unusual, Whether Pedigreed or Proletarian"
1968 Alfa Romeo GT Jr., Straight, Complete, Runs
1969 Alfa Romeo GTV, Driver
1969 Alfa Romeo GTV, Restored to Club Concours Specs ..
1981 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, Brown
1936 Austin 7 Roadster
1939 Delage D6 Drophead 3.0, Figoni et Falaschi
1936 Delahaye 135 Labourdette, 3-Position Drophead
1946 Delahaye 135 MS, Gentleman's Racer
1952 Delahaye 235 Chapron, Former P.B. Entrant
1960 Dodge Pickup, 01' Yeller
1963 Austin London Taxi, Barn Find
1993 BMW 850Ci, Black/Black, 33K Miles
1974 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1966 Chrysler 300 Hardtop, Black, 383
1999 Dodge Viper RI/b, Hand-painted by Lassen
1964 Facet Vega Facel III, Driver/Project
1966 Ferrari 330 GTS, Long-term Owner
1982 Ferrari 400i A, Black, great driver
1984 Ferrari Mondial, Quattrovalvole/40k
1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead, 3.4 Litre
1959 Jaguar Mark I, Recent Partial Restoration
1961 Jaguar Mark H Custom Cabriolet, Project
1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2, Restored, Silver/Black
1970 Jaguar E-Type 2+2, 4-spd, Restored, Red/Black
1953 Jaguar XI( 120 DHC, Restored, Red/Tan
1958 Lancia Aurelia Convertible, 2.8/3C V-6 SSZ Motor .
1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato, SeriesV
$5,500.00 1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato, 1600cc
$17,500.00 1931 Mercedes-Benz 370 Manheim Cabriolet
$375,000.00 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280SLC, 5-spd
$115,000.00 1968 Mercury Montego MX Convertible
1965 Pontiac Tempest Convertible 326
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, White
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, Rococo meets T. Leary ..
$175,000.00 1959 Rover American Conversion, Sweetie Pie
$7,500.00 1979 Trans Am, Tired Project
$37,000.00 1947 Harco 40' Mahogany Pleasure Yacht
1947 Western Fairliner Torpedo
Fully restored to Lake Tahoe specs
Twin 440s. Cruises at 35 kts. Art Deco head turner. Very
expensive when new.
1955 Chriscraft 29' Beautiful ex-Tahoe Mahogany Speedboat $48,500.00
Twin Hercules 6 cyl. Small galley and head. Recent
re-fitting. Fascinating history.
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe, Black/Fitted Luggage ...
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Ex-Paul O'Shea ....
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300d, Ivory/Red, Restored
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SEb, Nice Driver
1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL, Nicely Restored
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, Restored Silver/Black
1958 Richardson 41
Formerly of the Miller Brewing family, hence its name
"High Life". Very nice boat.
PUR SANG DE ARGENTINA
The world's best Bugatti replicas, hand made in Argentina, Type 35B with
supercharger. Virtually all parts are interchangeable with original. Blindingly
fast as experienced by Phil Hill. Type 52 children's electric cars, Testarossa
electric cars. Bugatti vices and spare parts. Expertly crafted and finished by
our brothers down south in the land of silver and metal crafting masters.
Cosmopolitan Motors LLC is proud to be the Exclusive Importer for Pur Sang
in North America.
Expensive, extensive, eclectic collection of significant wines of Bordeaux,
Burgundy, California, Washington, Oregon, and Italy. Old vintages to recent
RECYCLED OLD GROWTH TIMBER
Hundreds of thousands of board feet of old growth Douglas Fir. Tongue
and groove, clear vertical grain with no nail holes. Eighty years old
from five hundred year old trees, also California Redwood, 2x4, 2x6,
4x6, 6x8, 3x12, perfect original condition, previously used in food
production never exposed to toxins or chemicals. Impossible to find
on today's market. Inquire.
Always Buying - Experts in Shipping.
We appraise collector cars world-wide
for insurance or settlements.
(206) 467-6531 Fax (206) 467-6532
2030 8th Avenue - Seattle, Washington 98121
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C9LLECT9R CAR AUCTI9r1
OCT9BER 18, 19 & 20, 2002
We invite you to attend the
twentieth annual Branson Collector
Car Auction when we will offer a diverse
selection of three hundred antique, vintage,
classic and sports cars as well as customs and
street rods. Branson, Missouri is a destination
resort area catering to over 7,000,000 visitors annually
and provides our customers with a wide selection of
accommodations, dining, and entertainment
venues. Each sale day concludes at 6:00 P.M. to allow
participants time to enjoy the many attractions and to allow
us to provide the kind of service we feel our customers deserve.
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