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62 340/375 MM—Anchor of any collection
The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends
62 340/375 MM—Anchor of any collection
The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends
October 2007 .Volume 19. Number 10
What You Need To Know
44 Ferrari 288 GTO
Maranello's first modern supercar, now $594k.
48 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 ½-Liter Roadster
Fully documented provenance sets $400k benchmark.
52 1995 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupe
Accepted by Bugatti fanatics, but at $259k treading water.
54 1965 Porsche 911 Coupe
Gambling on an early 911 at $71k.
58 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty
$67k for Pontiac's last muscle car.
62 1953 Ferrari 340/375MM
Crude, hot, uncomfortable. Still worth $5.7m.
GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE
217 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales
66 Bonhams, Sussex, UK
At $12m, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings its best result.
76 Kruse, Auburn, IN
The Spring Auburn Motorfair sees 600 cars fetch $6.2m.
90 Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN
51% sell-through and $2.1m at the Back to the '50s auction.
B. Mitchell Carlson
100 RM Auctions, Lapeer, MI
McMullen's collection totals $12.7m at this no-reserve sale.
112 Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY
Numbers fall with the rain at the $410k Hamptons Auto Classic.
120 Bonhams, Northamptonshire, UK
“Proper” motor cars raise $1.5m at the RREC sale.
Cover photograph: Bonhams
126 eBay Motors
Drivers and projects for the 356-lover.
60 Comer gives new meaning to “hot lap”
10 Shifting Gears
Matter of authenticity
34 Affordable Classic
MG Midget, no room for... anything
36 Legal Files
Estate taxes or capital gains? The devil's choice
46 Sheehan Speaks
Ferrari economics explained
50 English Patient
It's Healey road trip time
56 Porsche Gespräch
Why the Porsche 356 Holiday works
60 Domestic Affairs
When my GT350 caught fire
Portland oil museum thins its collection
134 Bike Buys
Royal Enfield's mighty Interceptor
1,500 bulbs make one illuminating buy
38 Collecting Thoughts: Three-Wheeled World
40 Wagon Ho: Colony Park Comes Home
42 Vanderbilt Concours: Newport's New Event
12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar
14 The Inside Line
18 You Write, We Read: SS questions, Uncle Raymond
20 Display Advertisers Index
26 Neat Stuff: Work mats, model Model T, custom cabinets
28 In MIniature: Ferrari 375, Jaguar SS 100, Ferrari 288 GTO
30 Icons: Smiths gauges, Heuer watches, Minilite wheels
32 Our Cars: 1935 Morgan F2 Super Sports, 1958 Berkeley,
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
35 20 Year Picture
75 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Jaguar XJR Supercharged,
2008 BMW 528i Sedan
108 Alfa Bits
111 Museum Spotlight: National Automobile Museum
127 Fresh Meat: 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet,
2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, 2008 Porsche Cayenne
128 Automotive Investor: Top Porsche, French prices in 2007
136 Mystery Photo
137 Comments with Your Renewal
138 Showcase Gallery
141 Crossword Puzzle
142 Resource Directory
Shifting Gears Keith Martin
Factory Fake or
all, we are traversing uncharted waters here, as factories get into the
“repop and certification” business.
So here goes. I would assume we all agree that once a car has lost
its original engine, it will always be imperfect, and, when compared to
a car with its original engine, less collectible. There's no way around
So your question becomes which is less imperfect, a car with a
period-correct but non-original engine, or a factory repop to original
I would rather have a factory-”certified” reproduction than a swapped
engine. First, it means that another Ferrari didn't have to become a V12
castrati to make another car whole, and second, there are subtle differences
between engines for different models, although ostensibly of the
same type and displacement, and in theory, the factory repops will have
all of the nuances correct.
Finally, in a provenance-hungry world, “factory certification” is
certainly better than a note scribbled on the back of a napkin that says
something like, “SWB engine blown up, replaced with 250 GTE.”
Lerner responds: This gets into issues that are tangential to value
Self-certified factory repop coachwork
s the market continues to surge toward all-time highs and
surpass the prices made 18 years ago, questions about authenticity
and provenance continue to be one of the keys to
valuation. As we noted in our review of RM's blockbuster
$45m Maranello sale (September, p. 68), we believe cars that had a
Ferrari factory Certificate of Authenticity consistently brought better
money than they would have without.
The reasons are simple. For a Ferrari, there is no higher authority of
correctness than a blessing by the factory. And in a world of seven-digit
cars and clever fakers, every bit of expert assurance helps, even if the
assurance is that the engine in your TdF is a factory re-creation.
But the whole notion of factory-authorized re-creations is a complicated
one, as illustrated by the email exchange below.
Quality or Correctness
Perhaps I was reading your September column incorrectly, but I
was confused by a comment that seemed to give your blessing to the
factory-recast-parts program at Ferrari and, by extension, any other
manufacturers that decide to follow suit. Maybe I'm being dense here,
but I don't understand how these differ from any other repro parts.
Okay, so the head comes from the Ferrari factory. But it's not the
same factory that built the head back in 1962. I doubt it comes out of the
same tooling. None of the original craftsman laid a hand on it. Aside
from the Certificate of Authenticity, what makes it any better than any
other head from any other vendor?
The quality, you say? Okay, so let's make quality the issue, not “au-
thenticity,” as defined by a company that has found yet another way to
stick it to consumers.
Maybe I'm out to lunch, but it seems to me that a 250 GTO with an
engine that was originally found in a 250 GTE is more “authentic”
(whatever that means) than one with a brand new engine that happens
to be sold with a Ferrari Certificate of Authenticity.—Preston Lerner,
KM responds: You ask a good question, and my response is purely
my opinion, and based more on a gut feeling than anything else. After
and collectibility. I'm fascinated by the whole reproduction movement,
not so much kit cars and GTE/GTO swaps, but “continuation” cars
(which strike me as a sham) and exquisite pieces of work like the contemporary
D50 and the new Jim Hall/Jim Musser Chaparrals.
At a certain level, you could argue that nothing distinguishes them
from the real thing—except, of course, for the inconvenient fact that
they're not the real thing. I'm not sure if this is an issue of collectibility
or etymology—or even epistemology.
KM responds: You continue to ask the right questions. It is no
secret that SCM's position is that all “continuation” or “tribute cars,”
no matter how well or poorly executed, are simply fakes. The amount
of “original content” is merely a modifier, such as “complete fake,” or
“fake with a real Ferrari drivetrain,” or “fake built with some authentic
bits.” (I recall being offered a replica D-type, and the seller touting that
the car was equipped with “original spark plug wires from an original
D-type.” Do tell.)
Consider this: I'm sure it is possible to make a reproduction of the
Mona Lisa that is so accurate it could fool nearly anyone; do you care?
Or if your local museum advertised a new show that had “perfect replicas
of famous gems,” would you be interested in attending?
Anyone who collects—with any thoughtfulness—will always value
the real thing above all else. The original object is imbued with an essence
that simply doesn't exist with a replica. Of course, that is one
of the driving forces behind collecting, which is to seek out the most
original object, in its most original state.
As a group, car collectors have been late in coming to the table to
ask for bullet-proof authentication and verification; aside from Miles
Collier's biennial seminars on Connoisseurship, I know of no other
non-marque-specific organized attempts to illuminate thoughtful collecting.
As cars increase in value, we can expect to see more attempts by
factories to protect and enhance their brand heritage by engaging in
“certification” and “certified replacement parts,” including recast
original blocks, heads, and other significant parts. The task before the
collector car community is to decide how to value these certified cars
when compared with original cars and those with non-certified replacement
parts. The market speaks with its wallet, and its voice is already
being heard. ♦
Sports Car Market
Crossing the Block Jim Pickering
Carlisle Auctions—Fall Carlisle
Where: Carlisle, PA
When: October 5–6
Last Year: 87 cars sold / $1.7m
Held at the all-new Carlisle
Expo Center, this year's fall
event is expected to draw in the
neighborhood of 250 consignments
from all over the east
coast. Among the cars planned
for auction, expect to see a 1971
Dodge Challenger convertible,
a 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS
equipped with a numbers-match
ing L78 375-hp 396, and a 1957
Chevrolet 210 wagon that underwent
a full, two-year, body-off
St. Charles High Performance Auction
Where: St. Charles, IL
When: October 5–7
Last Year: 411 cars sold / $20.7m
muscle will headline at this annual
St. Charles sale in October,
and this year's event will feature
several vintage drag racers,
including the 1967 Fred Gibb
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 known as
“Little Hoss,” which dominated
NHRA Top Stock drag racing in
1967 and 1968, and “Dyno Don”
Nicholson's A/FX 1965 Mercury
Comet Cyclone, complete with
its 700-hp Ford SOHC 427.
Silver Auctions—Spokane Fall 2007
Where: Spokane, WA
When: October 6
Silver's hometown auction
will feature everything from full
classics to cars from the '60s and
'70s, with a broad sampling of
decent sports, utility, and luxury
cars expected. Plenty of decent
driver-quality examples will be
offered from each category, most
of which will be making their
automotive auction debut.
The Sportscar Auction—Geneva 2007
Where: Geneva, CHE
When: October 6
Last Year: 31 cars sold / $4.3m
Taking place alongside the
Geneva Classics event at the
Palexpo, this second annual
event will include a number of
classics and high-profi le racers.
Chief among them will be a 1979
BMW M1 Group 4 racer with
extensive European race history,
as well as a 1980 Porsche 935 K3
modifi ed by the Kremer brothers
and raced by John Winter.
The Imperial War Museum
Where: Duxford, UK
When: October 9–10
Many unique items once
belonging to U.K. race car
driver Herbert Lewis Hadley
will be offered at the Imperial
War Museum, as well as a 1938
Autovia Sports Saloon, a 1930
Austin EA Sports Ulster, a
low-mileage 1969 Volkswagen
Beetle, and a very rare Butler
Omnicycle dating from 1882.
The Hershey Auction
Where: Hershey, PA
When: October 11–13
Last Year: 139 cars sold / $5.7m
To be held in conjunction
with the AACA's Eastern
Division Fall Meet, this
Pennsylvania staple will offer
plenty of American classics,
sports, and muscle cars. A 1969
Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a
390-hp 427 and a 1935 Chevrolet
phaeton are expected, as well as
several Cadillacs, including a red
1959 Series 62 convertible and a
white 1955 Eldorado convertible.
Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
Where: Hershey, PA
When: October 12
Sixty motor cars from the
estate of Helen Swigart will
be offered without reserve
at this inaugural event at the
Hershey Lodge, including a 1911
Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger
ouring, a 1916 Winton Model
22-A 7-passenger phaeton, a
1906 Buick Model F 5-passenger
phaeton, a 1909 Cadillac Model
30 5-passenger phaeton, and a
1931 Dupont Model G Le Mans
Cox Auctions—Fall Branson
Where: Branson, MO
When: October 19–20
Last Year: 143 cars sold / $3.2m
This marks the 26th edition
of the Fall Branson auction, and
this year's event will take place
at the new 222,000-square-foot
Branson Convention Center
at Branson Landing, offering
1980 Porsche 935 K3 at the Sportscar Auction in Geneva
Sports Car Market
1957 Chevrolet 210 wagon at Carlisle
Automobiles of London
Where: London, UK
When: October 31
London's Battersea Park will
540K Special Roadster at RM London
waterfront shopping, dining, and
entertainment within walking
distance of the auction. Several
low-mileage classics and exotics
will headline the sale, including
a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT
roadster, a 1998 Porsche Carrera
S, a 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS, and a
1972 Hurst/Olds Indy Pace Car
Toronto International Fall Auction
Where: Toronto, CAN
When: October 19–21
Last Year: 181 cars sold / $3.7m
Touted as “Canada's Biggest
and Best Classic Car Auction,”
this three-day event generally offers
between 400 and 500 classic,
sports, and muscle cars, as well
as an assortment of automotive
memorabilia. The vast majority
of prices here tend to fall below
$50k, making this an excellent
place to find driver-quality classics
at affordable prices.
Where: Stafford, UK
When: October 21
The Classic Motorcycle
Mechanics sale will play host to
this two-wheeled auction, and
featured lots will include the last
Series-C Vincent Black Shadow
built, Freddie Dixon's 1928 Isle
of Man Junior TT Douglas, and
the ex-Mead & Tomkinson 1976
Laverda “Nessie” Endurance
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Sun Valley, ID
Canal Winchester, OH
Sioux Falls, SD
Little Rock, AR
Le Mans, FR
St. Paul, MN
St. Charles, IL
Pont l'Évêque, FRA
Hilton Head, SC
Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Kansas City, MO
serve as backdrop for RM in its
second European-based sale of
the year held in association with
Sotheby's. Approximately 50
cars from the private collection
of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone
will be featured, including some
rare pre-war Mercedes-Benz
models. Highlights of the collection
include a 1937 MercedesBenz
540K Special roadster, a
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL, a
1930 Mercedes-Benz SS, a 1938
Lancia Astura Special Cabriolet
A, and a 1932 Delage D6 Faux
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VIR. Each day covers about 250
miles, all on two-lane blacktop
with little traffic and stops at
some of the region's greatest cultural
sites. The cost for one car
and two participants is $4,995.
■ On October 19 and 20, the
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5–7 marks the fourth annual
Niello Concours at Serrano,
held in the El Dorado Hills east
of Sacramento. The weekend will
include a Friday night Concours
d'Elegance Gala, The Ultimate
Driving Tour on Saturday, which
will allow spectators to see the
entered cars on display at various
places throughout Sacramento,
and the concours itself on
Sunday. Kjell Qvale will serve
as Grand Marshall, and the show
will celebrate the golden era of
sports racing, with Aston Martin
as the featured marque. A fashion
show and limousine tours of
the Serrano area are included in
the $20–$30 admission price.
■ Now in its tenth year, the
Coronado Speed Festival once
again will take place during
San Diego's famed Fleet Week
celebration, October 6–7. About
225 vintage race cars will be on
display and racing at a 1.7-mile
temporary course made from
the taxiways and runways of
Naval Air Station North Island.
More than 20,000 people are
expected at the races, which this
year will honor the late Richard
Cunningham, the event's cofounder
and former co-owner of
Cunningham BMW in nearby
El Cajon. Advance tickets start
at $25, kids under twelve free.
■ Don't miss the third annual
Mountain Mille from October
14 to 19. The rally, hosted
by Rich and Jean Taylor and
sponsored by Porsche Cars North
America, will traverse Virginia
and West Virgina on some of
America's best roads. The rally
includes stops at exclusive inns
and resorts like Berry Hill
Plantation, The Greenbrier, and
The Homestead, and participants
2007 Mercedes-Benz Lake
Mirror Classic Auto Festival,
in Lakeland, Florida, will celebrate
its eighth year. The show
will pay tribute to Honorary
Chairman, Sir Stirling Moss, and
among the 100 vintage cars present,
the show will include several
cars piloted by the Englishman
during his long career. The
festival, founded by Heacock
Classic Collector Car Insurance
president Ford Heacock, packs
several events into the weekend,
so there is sure to be something
for every discerning automotive
taste. Many events are free,
while others require a small
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It may be a Honda, but…
I love SCM and read it cover
to cover every month. I have
noticed that you have not always
been kind to the Acura NSX and
I am curious why. To preface,
I have been a British car guy
forever. I have owned several
Jags and Triumphs and have had
a fully restored TR3A for over 20
My sons are both car guys and
like many young men love the
Japanese stuff. We have rebuilt a
few Honda engines and modified
their cars and had a lot of fun at
their club meets. I developed an
appreciation for these cars and
the amount of power you can get
from a relatively small engine.
To make a long story short, my
son convinced me to reach out
for “Honda's supercar” and buy
an Acura NSX. I have loved
everything about this car. It has
all the creature comforts like
a/c and a BOSE stereo, and the
performance is exhilarating.
My wife loves to go for rides
in it, while she used to cower in
terror in the British cars for fear
they would break down or she
might get burned, injured, or
have to push. When I pull up to a
restaurant or club meet I feel like
a rock star. People worship this
car, and their expressions always
seem to say, “Wow, what a car.
Too bad there's an old fat guy
I know the NSX was un-
derpowered compared to other
exotics, but when I looked at
what it cost to tune or rebuild an
engine on a good used Ferrari
308, the NSX made perfect sense
for the same money. I value your
comments on the NSX and will
remain a loyal subscriber regardless
of what you say. Come let
this old fat guy take you for a ride
and I'll pop in an AC/DC tape.
That's living!—Gary W. Brown,
Keith Martin responds:
Thanks for writing, Gary. As a
Japanese alternative to European
exotics, the NSX hit the mark.
About 18,000 were built over
15 years. It was developed with
the late F1 champ Ayrton Senna
behind the wheel, and he made no
secret of his positive impressions
of the car. As it is a Honda, after
all, it is a contemporary exotic
take whatever money was left
over and spend it on themselves
without asking for any accounting
of outstanding liabilities.
Since some part of that money
spent in such a cavalier manner
was mine, I hope they enjoyed
If I have any of my facts or
People worship this car, and their
expressions always seem to say, ‘Wow, what
a car. Too bad there's an old fat
guy driving it'
that can be lived with and even
commuted in regularly. And being
able to rev a car to the stratosphere
while driving to work has
But SCM is first and foremost
a reflective publication, which
responds to and hopefully
illuminates the trends of the
marketplace. To be blunt, NSXs
have never captured the imagination
of the marketplace. Perhaps
it is because their styling is
uninspired, perhaps because they
were built in such large numbers,
or, oddly enough, perhaps they
are simply too reliable and
therefore don't create the types of
constant breakdowns and multithousand
dollar repair bills that,
for instance, Ferrari owners get
to regale their friends with.
In terms of performance value
per dollar, the NSX ranks very
high, and for many practical
reasons, your choice of an NSX
is a brilliant one. But in terms of
pure collectibility, whether long
or short term, the market tells
us that it just doesn't care very
Here's what stinks
I think SCM's comments
about the China Rally (August,
“Legal Files,” p. 34) were inter-
esting and informative. However,
as a participant who put up
$17,000-plus and was left twisting
in the wind, I have several of my
own comments to make.
1. I never would have gotten
involved in the event without the
sponsorship provided by SCM.
To my regret, I assumed SCM
had done some due diligence and
investigated the project.
2. I was aware of the
participants from SCM who were
going to be in the group and had
discussions about the rally with
one of them where I learned about
the cars being provided to them
by the rally sponsors.
3. Due to a personal problem,
I was forced to abort the trip, and
these are my mistakes and I am
an adult and responsible for my
4. However, I am a little
shocked to learn from the writeups
that SCM staffers (or consultants)
had intimations several
weeks before the rally dates that
there might be problems. Clearly,
no one had any liability to notify
me or anyone else, but from the
notes, it is apparent that no one
made any attempt to do so.
5. Finally, I was truly appalled
at the naivety and immaturity
of the group in Hong Kong who
arbitrarily decided they could
interpretation wrong, I apologize
in advance. But as a successful
businessman, I would comment
that part of the success and value
of the SCM business franchise
is lost whenever an implied
sponsorship occurs without an
analysis of the potential impact
on the brand value of SCM.
I would recommend that the
management be much more careful
in the future about giving out
recommendations. I will certainly
be more careful in believing in
them.—RD, via email
From SCM Legal Analyst
John Draneas: I can respond to
part of this. I, too, was very interested
in how the participants took
the available money and did the
best they could. It seemed to me
a bit like the shipwrecked school
children in Lord of the Flies who
created their own society and
made their own rules. I thought
about asking a bankruptcy lawyer
to look at this and write about
the decisions they made, but the
piece was already rather long
and time had run short. Also, I
was satisfied that the ones who
took the lead had good intentions,
and I didn't think it was fair to
second guess them in print.
Don't be too hard on the SCM
staff about their suspicions. You
are correct that there probably
was no legal duty to inform anyone,
but it would be a risky legal
proposition to do so anyway.
It wouldn't be hard to imagine
the organizer responding with a
defamation lawsuit, claiming that
publication of the “unfounded
worries” sabotaged the entire
event, ruined his reputation, etc.
Many times in today's legal climate,
one ends up in a spot where
“doing the right thing” can lead
to very substantial liability.
From Keith Martin: I can
only reiterate that SCM regrets its
involvement with the China Rally,
in every way, and will perform a
much higher level of investigation
and analysis before becoming
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Does anyone at SCM actually abide bya
logical and time-tested approach when buying
a used car?
involved in any sponsorships of
this kind in the future.
Here's what's great about
Most of John Draneas's article
about the China Rally, which we
were participants in, was right on
the money, but I disagree with the
section about the drive itself. By
getting off the freeways and the
beaten path, my co-driver, Fred
Nelan, and I were able to find
some great scenery and enjoyable
drives through countryside
and Chinese villages filled with
friendly people. The drive to
Beijing was worth it and we don't
regret a thing, except for the
money sting.—Jim Taylor, via
In defense of the XJS
When I read Rob Sass's biased
article in the June issue of SCM
(“Affordable Classic,” p. 28), my
reaction was that he condemned
the total XJS range without, in
fairness, pointing out their many
virtues. Then for you to follow
this up with letters in the August
edition (“You Write,” p. 18),
which gave personal negative
views, made me aware, as a long
time SCM reader, that I would
have to treat any future articles
For Mr. Sass's education, the
XJS was produced by Jaguar
from 1975 to 1996. In volume,
it was their biggest seller. There
were many different models
and engine variations including
the coupe, the cabriolet, and the
convertible, with straight-6 or
V12 engines. The V12 versions
have been praised by many top
car magazines as a premier
Grand Tourer. Both versions have
been extensively driven very
successfully and in volume in
racing circles, both in the U.S.
and Europe, with the most notable
being Bob Tullius's Group 44.
I am a member of the
Delaware Valley Jaguar Club, and
we have a number of owners of all
the varieties available who have
nothing but good experiences
with their cars. I have owned
a 1992 V12 convertible for 13
years, with only one poor experience
when the air conditioning
failed. It has never failed to
complete a journey.
It is a fact that early cars had
problems and also during the
British Leyland experience, but
in the 1980s and 1990s, there
were improvements made every
year. In the U.K., the XJS is much
sought after and we have seen
that happening here in our club. It
is becoming a true reliable classic.—Michael
Tate, Malvern, PA
Rob Sass responds: Thanks
for your letter, Michael. In fact,
the reality of the XJS was that
there were far more bad years
As you admit, the cars built
under Leyland control (1975–84)
and during the independent years
(1984–89) were problematic. I
am reminded of a quote from Sir
John Egan after his retirement
that went something to the effect
of: “We built 23,000 cars in
1984, and not one of them was
any good.” The period 1975–89,
unfortunately, constitutes the
majority of the years the XJS
was produced, so it was logical
to focus on the car's problematic
I did mention that the Ford-
era cars were vastly improved,
and that any year XJS benefits
from a silky-smooth engine,
an excellent ride, good brakes,
and decent performance by any
As to the letters from readers
relating to negative experiences,
those were the only letters we
received concerning the XJS.
Yours is the first to have positive
things to say, and I am glad your
experience has been a good one.
What are you guys
Jim Pickering's p. 137 “SCM
Garage” column in the August
issue tells three sad and similar
used car tales. In addition to that,
there is the irony of your (and
Publisher Martin's) apparent total
disregard for the very advice that
SCM continually spouts: Money
spent first on checking out the
car is money well spent. Does
anyone at SCM actually abide
by such a logical and time-tested
approach when buying a used
car?—Norman Vogel, San
You Write We Read
Jim Pickering responds: You
make a good point, Mr. Vogel.
However, a 35- or 40-year old car
can be completely functional one
day, with no real signs of impending
doom, and it'll leave you
stranded the next. Pre-purchase
inspections are important for
locating major problems; they
won't necessarily locate a lot
of smaller wear and tear issues
that can pop up later and ruin
your day. If you buy and use a
collector car, unless every part
on it has been restored, things
will wear out. Further, when cars
have not been driven regularly,
putting them into regular service
causes things that have not been
properly maintained, like wheel
bearings, to fail. Keeping up with
all of this, and learning just how
worn-out most unrestored old
cars are by now, is just part of the
We are happy SCM sub-
scribers, in addition to being a
specialty automotive dealership.
As such, we often find items from
our current or past inventory
within your pages.
My question relates to the
1961 Impala SS, lot S82, featured
in B. Mitchell Carlson's piece on
the Mecum's Spring K.C. Dream
Classic (“Market Reports,” p.
96). In his brief comments on
the car, Mr. Carlson's description
makes reference to the Impala
being an SS, of which 142 were
produced—quite desirable based
on its rarity. However, as we have
reviewed the car since, it appears
quite unlikely that the seller's
representation of the car as an
SS is correct. Despite common
assumptions to the contrary, we
therefore cannot represent the car
as an SS if it is not, and are currently
advertising the Impala as a
tribute—though we purchased it
My essential question for
Mr. Carlson is this: Was his
description of the car as an SS
based on direct observation of
characteristics defining the car
as an SS, items which in my research
I may have been unable to
produce, or was this description
based principally on the seller's
representation? I intend no odor
of criticism by my question, but
on their shopping list. But there
are, I'm sure, thousands of guys
who would love that truck for the
price paid. For the cost of a new
Kia, they can own and drive a
part of their childhoods.
As Serio says, “there is a butt
Was his description of the car as an SS based
on direct observation ofcharacteristics
defining the car as an SS?
seek simply to know if there is
something I may be missing.
While there are obviously types
of vehicles that we have very
considerable knowledge of, from
the necessity of a diverse inventory
we must spend much of our
time as generalists and as generalists
Caplinger, Classic Car Studio,
B. Mitchell Carslon re-
sponds: Thanks for bringing your
observations to our attention. It
does, indeed, appear that we both
have discovered more later about
this car than we were able to discern
at the auction. In your case,
you have had the luxury of more
time to study the car and in more
detail than I did on a weekend of
examining in one way or another
every car that crossed the block.
At the time, I made the “SS”
call based upon what I saw on
the car rather than taking the
consignor's word in total. Mecum
makes a valiant attempt to hold
consignors to the fire for what
they claim, and I will admit, such
knowledge did influence my call.
As for secret discoveries I might
have made that conclusively
proved the car to be an SS, there
were none. I likely used the same
observations on site that you did
for your purchase.
As we know, a '61 SS package
was a dealer-installed option,
so apart from something like an
original dealer's invoice (none
was presented with this car), it
is impossible to say definitively
one way or another that the
SS pieces were installed by the
selling dealer when new, or at a
You are to be commended
for your candid and realistic
approach to your merchandise.
We all do the best we can to understand
what we are buying and
selling, and sometimes things just
don't turn out the way we thought
Don't hate it, sucka
I think Steve Serio was far too
dismissive in his comments regarding
the recent sale of the “ATeam”
van for $18,032 (August,
“Etceterini Profile,” p. 50).
While he is correct that to
most people that sum is a fairly
good amount of money, in the
collector car world, it doesn't buy
much (and even less in the U.K.,
where the vehicle was sold). And
yes, there is a long list of desirable
cars you could buy for that
small amount. The trouble is, he
assumes everyone has his taste.
The television series ran from
1983 to 1987. A 10-year-old fan
of the show back then would be
in his mid-30s now. Using Serio's
list of alternatives as an example,
I'm not sure many 34-year-olds
have a TR6 or Lancia Fulvia high
for every seat,” but not everyone
wants an aging sports car. My
Mercedes, Mini Cooper, 1963
Avanti, CJ-5, and Barris TV
cars prove that people have very
eclectic tastes. Who knows,
perhaps the van's buyer already
has a garage full of “SCM-correct”
cars and wants a cool parts
runner with a bit of history. With
the show's worldwide audience, it
might even be a good buy.
So a GMC van with custom
paint may not be his (or my)
liking, but let's not be dismissive
about someone who would find it
a nice reminder of his childhood.
Don't underestimate the power of
childhood dreams. I'm sure the
James Bond fantasies of many
boys have helped Serio sell a lot
of Aston Martins.—John Boyle,
Steve Serio responds: John,
thankfully everyone has his own
taste with regard to our hobby,
and I desire to convert no one to
mine. I don't have any Kool-Aid
to hand out, nor is that my wish.
And fair enough to your point,
maybe I should have used 1980s
cars as more appropriate comps
The bigger issue I tried to get
across was that this GMC van
seems to be a run-of-the-mill
example with some “A-Team”
graphics slapped on, and it very
well could have been built up by
a fan of the show who wanted
to pay homage to his childhood
dreams—fair enough for him.
With no “proof,” and with the
vague auction catalog wording,
I think the new buyer got
suckered into paying extra for
the chance the van was the real
Barris deal. For a great deal
less than 18 large, you can buy a
1980s van painted black and do
the conversion yourself. Do not
assume a car in a catalog has
any great provenance by virtue of
being sold in that type of forum.
Without the documented Barris
provenance, this car is fool's
A great many of us collect
cars from our youth or cars we
You Write We Read
simply couldn't afford at a different
time in our lives; you do what
makes you happy. My column was
more about not being a rube in an
ever-growing worldwide hobby.
in three parts
I was amazed to find a photo
of one of my old cars in the
August edition of SCM. It's the
1978 Ferrari 400 GT in “Sheehan
Speaks,” in the bottom left hand
picture of p. 45. I sold this car,
s/n 22569, in late 2003 for some
ridiculously low figure just before
leaving the U.K. to become a
temporary resident in Virginia.
I see the car was in a Bonhams
auction at some time and would
be grateful if you could tell me
when this was and how much the
car sold for.—David Wheeler,
Stefan Lombard responds:
The picture we have of your car is
from a Bonhams sale at Henleyon-Thames
from July 16, 2004.
The car had 61,678 miles and was
bid to $20,570 against a $24k
reserve. It did not sell. That is the
only record we have for the car,
Here is what our analyst,
Richard Hudson-Evans, said
about it at the time:
“One of just 27 RHD 400s with
5-speed manual box. Restored in
late 1980s. Fuel filler and driver's
screen pillar paint-marked.
Alloys very clean. Claimed to be
original leather, slightly creased
at the driver's side.
Bid short of the $24k reserve,
which was a bit too high.
Certainly worth at least $22k
I should probably be pleased being referred to as ‘a local
dealer' by someone as seasoned as Raymond; I prefer to
believe it indicates a bit of acumen
with manual-shift, though. There
are lots of depreciating 400s for
sale, but nearly all of them are
David Wheeler responds:
Many thanks for your speedy
reply—fascinating information. I
bought the car in February 1997
for $27,350. It had very little history
and had been exported from
the U.K. at some point. Someone
had obviously spent a great deal
of money on it during the restoration.
Details were correct except
for some underhood paintwork. It
had recently been repossessed by
a finance company and acquired
by a dealer who knew of my
fondness for these cars; I had
previously owned another manual
400 GT and a 365 GT4 2+2. The
interior was indeed original and
the two paint blemishes were
the result of my clumsiness, I'm
As I was leaving the country, I
sold the car to a dealer in January
2004 for $15,500, who put quite
a lot of preparation work into it.
The car only had minor work and
regular oil changes during my
ownership, so seven years of V12
Ferrari motoring at about $2,500
per year was not too bad a deal,
I guess. In comparison, my two
“modern” Ferraris—a Testarossa
and a 550 Maranello—were both
nightmares. Come to think of
it, a nice manual 400i would be
perfect for Virginia, if I could
A note to
Nice article by Raymond
Milo on the Arnolt-Bristol Coupe
(August, “American Profile,”
p. 56). Some clarification is in
order though. I should probably
be pleased being referred to as
“a local dealer” by someone as
seasoned as Raymond; I prefer
to believe it indicates a bit of
In looking back on the cars
The interior was indeed original and the
two paint blemishes were the
result of my clumsiness, I'm afraid
I've owned over the last 30 years,
the average period of ownership
is about seven and one half
years. Not much turnover for a
“dealer.” However, I have managed
to support my enjoyment of
automobiles and vintage racing
with the profit of past acquisitions.
The motivation for selling
varies. Occasionally, the value
of a particular piece goes up far
enough that it seems ridiculous to
own it any longer. Then there is
the sudden lust for something else
that prompts a sale to free cash.
Finally, there is the point where
nothing else needs to be done to a
particular car, and I'm just ready
to move on. This formula has
allowed me to own a number of
very desirable automobiles.
I only buy cars I really like
and want to own. If the market
goes south, I'll enjoy it just as
much and own it longer. The only
time this formula doesn't work is
when you find the one piece you
just can't part with. Suddenly,
true love hijacks liquidity and
there is one less spot in your collection.
I only have one of these,
so if you know of a “birdcage”
stuffed in a barn somewhere…
My favorite collection quote
is Milo's answer to an inquiry
about his “collection.” He said, “I
collect my mistakes.” Now that is
a bit of honesty from a dealer.
Finally, two observations on
the A.B. Coupe: The numbers it
wears are the same ones it wore
at the 2003 Historics, and the
chrome trim at the wheel lips
and hood scoop have been added
Bennett, Seal Beach, CA
In September's “Automotive
Investor” (p. 144), we incorrectly
spelled art and car collector Jon
Shirley's name. ♦
by Stefan Lombard
Does your wife complain you spend too much time in the
garage? Is she right? In that case, why not decorate it the
way you'd like, so it's not just a messy workshop, but has some
style. Unique Garage offers a way to customize new cabinets
with images you photograph, or you can choose from a number
of designs they have. The state-of-the-art graphics on the cabinets
are embedded directly into the substrate finish, creating a
durable image that's scratch- and chemical-resistant. Cabinets
are 30 inches wide up to total of 120 inches, upper cabinets are
17 3/4 inches high, and the workbench is 36 inches high. Total
height is 84 3/4 inches. Prices start at $3,250. Check it out at www.
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WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT
As if the Busted Knuckle Garage Mini-Toolbox wasn't
enough to clean up the clutter on your work bench, take
a look at their new Work Bench mat. A non-slip project mat
protects and keeps your work area clean. Imagine being able
to find things you just put down? What a concept. The mat has
molded trays for holding hardware and other parts and has a
conversion chart and angle guide etched into the material. It
is chemical-resistant and holds liquid spills up to 32 oz with
a notched lip for easy pour-off. Measures approximately 24
inches long by 16 inches wide. If there's got work to be done,
take it to the mat. $21.95. www.BustedKnuckleGarage.com.
Remember that Disneyland song that used to
drive you nuts, “It's a Small World…” Well
here's the perfect car for that small world, a 1/4-size
all-brass 1912 Model T Ford Roadster that actually
runs. It was built to Ford blueprints by a retired
engineer (with a lot of time on his hands) and has
a working 4-cylinder engine and 2-speed transmission,
with reverse gear. The car is 35 inches long by
18 inches tall and can be yours for $150,000 (which
represents about $1 an hour for the guy who built it).
See it at www.olstuff.com, or visit it at the Conger
Street Clock Museum, 700 Conger Street, Eugene,
OR 97402, 541.510.2079.
When you gotta go, go in
and Genuine Hotrod Hardw
two bathroom accessories the
hot rodder can't do without. C
on, think of yet another thing th
could be made of billet aluminum
but hasn't. Give up? How about
a toilet roll holder. Yes, made to
exacting tolerances, guaranteed
to hold that roll of paper with
precision and save weight as we
Yours for only $39.95. But w
there's more. How about a machi
aluminum 4-speed shift lever to fl
the toilet? Positive action, fam
shape, “falls easily to hand,” as
testers say. And for only $29.95.
both items at www.genuinehotrod
Sports Car Market
In Miniature Marshall Buck
How Much Will You Pay For Details?
BBR spent most of its research time looking at restored cars and very little
Jaguar SS 100
Another car that has been
375 Plus and MM
variants have been
modeled by many,
and now along
comes BBR with three versions in 1:18 scale.
My sample is the 1954 Le Mans winner,
which is mass-produced in China, the new
route that BBR is going. At first glance this
375 Plus appears to be a very fine model.
There is a wealth of detail along with numerous
working parts. But for all of that there are
many areas sorely lacking.
It's pretty obvious that BBR spent most of
its research time looking at restored cars and
very little historical documentation. I have
to say that all of the oh-so delicate working
hinges are superb. As nice as the laced wire
wheels are, they should have been painted
silver. Having done some quick research,
I can't find anything that supports their
choice of painting the air box black; it most
definitely should be dull aluminum, and the
shape is all wrong too.
As far as I know, time travel has not yet
been perfected. So, why is there a modern
cooling fan in front of the radiator? The
model has beautiful leather hood straps with
quasi-functional buckles, which this professional
model maker had one hell of a time
undoing. Bottom line? Very good model with
a lot of detail.
Even with many faults, this would be a
good addition to most collections, unless
you're very picky; at around $300 maybe you
Available from: Motorsports Miniatures,
P.O. Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554;
modeled in many scales and
by numerous manufacturers.
You can find a selection of
these from many dealers
across the Internet. Most of
them have been 1:43-scale
diecasts along with a 1:18scale
offering by Burago at
a measly $20, more or less.
If you want to build one
yourself (in miniature), there
is a good basic kit produced
by Minicraft in 1:16-scale
available through most hobby
shops for around $40. As
mentioned, the kit is basic, but put into the hands of a pro builder
or anyone with good modeling skills, you get one like the one pictured
after approximately 175 hours. Price? At an average hourly
rate of $50 from a professional builder, you do the math. This one
was built for an SCMer, replicating his car.
Available from: Minicraft, 1501 Commerce Dr., Elgin, IL
60123. 800.322.3692; www.minicraftmodels.com.
There is no definitive
model out there; numerous
choices abound. If I had to
pick one model for my own
collection, then it would be
the 1:14-scale limited-edition
hand-built from A.B.C., Carlo
Brianza models of Italy. It's
not exactly limited, since it is
a production run of 1,000 and
has been available for a number
of years. It's about twelve
inches in length and Brianza
captured the shape very well.
The 288 is one of A.B.C.'s better efforts in their 1:14 Carlo
Brianza series. The model features all opening panels with okay
engine detail. It could be better, but still displays very well.
Interior suffers from “looks a bit like a toy” syndrome, so display
it with the doors closed. Tires don't look quite as low-profile as
they should. Paint finish on most of their models is excellent—highly polished and very glossy.
You can order these with or without contrasting black and red interior and in most any body
color you'd like. Yes, there certainly is room for improvement, and at approximately $2,100,
it's expensiv. But after all, it is a Ferrari and made in Italy.
Available from: ABC s.n.c., Via Mazzini 23, 22070 Locate Varesino- CO, Italy.
Tel: + 39-0331821350. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.abcbrianza.com. ♦
MARSHALL BUCK is the founder of Creative Miniature Associates (www.cmamodels.com). He has been involved with high-end automotive
miniatures since 1982 as a collector, model maker, manufacturer, and broker. He wrote a featured model column for Vintage Motorsport
magazine from 1988 to 1999.
Sports Car Market
Icons Smiths, Heuer, and Minilite
Gauges, Dials, and Wheels
Few of the hardcore among us have not had the pleasure of a Smiths
mechanical oil pressure gauge piddling oil on a clean pair of khakis
by Rob Sass
Smiths started out as a U.K. clock and watchmaker around 1860. A blatantly col-
lusive agreement in the 1930s between Smiths and Lucas found the two companies
agreeing not to compete in the automotive instrument business. The only exception
was that Lucas would continue to make ammeters, which ironically often served to
warn of the failure of one of Lucas's other components. After the war, Smiths would
continue to be the dominant supplier of gauges to British car manufacturers. Few of
the hardcore among us have not had the pleasure of a Smiths mechanical oil pressure
gauge piddling oil on a clean pair of khakis.
By the end of the '70s, Smiths Industries, PLC, began to focus on its aerospace
division and car instruments no longer fi gured into its plans. The instrument division
was sold to VDO and then to a new company called Caerbont Automotive
Instruments, www.caigauge.com. The latter continues to manufacture classic Smiths
instruments to the relief of fake Cobra builders everywere. The U.S. distributor is
Nissonger Instruments in New York, www.nisongerinstruments.com. Used instruments,
some still in the wrapper, can be found on eBay, www.ebay.com, from $20
If any timepiece is synonymous with motor
sports, it's Heuer (now TAG Heuer). Heuer of
Switzerland manufactured a line of elegantly
simple stainless steel two- and three-register
wrist chronographs, mainly with manual wind
movements by Valjoux, who also supplied
movements for the Rolex Daytona.
The Autavia, Carrera, and Monaco
were iconic wristwatches. The last is best
emembered as the outrageous, huge square
imepiece worn by Steve McQueen in the
movie “Le Mans.” Expect to pay between
$1,800 and $3,500 for an original at www.
vintageheuer.com or www.ebay.com. TAG has
eissued both the Monaco and the Carrera,
www.tagheuer.com. The originals are simply
Originally cast in magnesium, U.K.-made Minilite alloy wheels were the
ompetition wheels to own in the mid-1960s. They were available in a huge range
f sizes—from 12-inch Mini sizes on up to 15- nches—in both bolt-on and splinerive
models. Manufacturers were slow to offer alloy wheel options and non-cometition
owners often turned to a set of Minilites to both reduce unsprung weight
nd to provide a racier look to their street car. Even today, Minilites are often
mitated, but the originals are still available in aluminum from Minilite. Further,
s using often-hard-used vintage wheels of any kind on a sports car today is not a
ood idea, new is the way to go. From approximately $200 per wheel and up, www
minilitewheels.com. They are among the only wheels still on the market that look
ight on a vintage sports car. ♦
Sports Car Market
SCM Our Cars
Three Cars, Eleven Wheels, and Four Bodies
I'll not fail to mention that the dash of the 300SL was a rancid shade of
lemon lime metallic green—double nice
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
Owner: Stephen Serio, Contributor
Purchase date: June 2005
Price: Full retail at that time
Mileage since purchase: 300 miles
Recent work: Restored cobbled-up dashboard and
rebuilt all original gauges, full service, new tires,
and sourced out all missing trim pieces.
I wrote on this car in October 2005, so I'll start
Owner: Geoff Archer, eBay Auction Analyst
Purchase date: July 18, 2007
Price: $3,535 ($35 for delivery)
Mileage since purchase: pushed it about 40 feet
Recent work: Stacked 200-lb replacement body
on top of it for storage
This is an example of what you find when
you search “restored” on Craigslist in Eugene,
Oregon. That's not to say that it was advertised
as “restored,” just that it needed to be
“restored.” This condition is clear from the
fact that there is no hood, engine, or interior,
the paint color is akin to aged buffalo hide, and
there is a gaping hole punched through the boot
where King Kong reached through the fiberglass
to get a better grip on it before hurtling
it into oblivion.
What's more, the seller freely admitted to
paying $600 for this car fairly recently. He
trailered it up from California, bought a bunch
of expensive and hard-to-find parts, and then
lost interest in the project. Why then would
our value-savvy hero pay him more than a 5x
Check out that beautiful yellow block of
Velveeta peering out of the minivan. That is
one of (supposedly) four reproduction bodies
built in the 1970s by some fiberglass experts
with Cobra kit car and speedboat experience.
Two-inch flares all around, a squarish mouth,
and a plump yet masculine butt evidence that
venom mixed into the resin. Headlight openings
are tough-looking, laid back and squared
off…like a Marcos (if that's not too obscure a
reference). That awesome yellow color is also
in the gelcoat, so she'll never need a paintjob.
Several times the seller reiterated to me that
“the idea is that you take all the parts off this
one car, and you clean them up and put them
onto the new body.” My wife just rolled her
eyes. Knowing that it probably will be a decade
before I convince the kids to care about this
thing, I am just going to hang it on the wall and
stare at it as I ponder possible powerplants.
with the quickie synopsis. I bought the 300SL in California from the son of the original owner,
who fancied himself a bit of a Cal-Kustom kinda artist. The good news was that the car was 97%
complete, extremely well cared for, and nicely optioned with low miles. The odd news was that
it was painted (almost from new) copper metallic, and the dash was customized with loads of
extra gauges, an Iron Cross, and 1970s-esque stereo knobs and switches—nice. I'll not fail to
mention that the dash was a rancid shade of lemon lime metallic green—double nice.
I embarked upon righting the wrongs of the interior and, with even less haste, performed a full
major service to give myself a new baseline that every owner of a new classic should possess. That
included changing the shortened gear lever, removal of extra sound-deadening material, fitting a
restored Becker Mexico, and 50 other “this and thats.” Three hundred miles of effortless and dead
correct motoring later, and all seemed fantastic. But that dashboard...
After the reality check that it would cost twice as much to repair than to replace, the search was
on for a new NOS dash—no easy task. Four months later, I located a dash in Germany, along with
countless knobs and trim pieces, thanks to HK Engineering. Kudos also to Alex Finigan and Jack
Stiles from Paul Russell and Company, who also proved to be invaluable in their help with locating
a great many of the “you'll never find it” odd pieces. Bigger kudos to Paul's paint and leather shop
for perfectly restoring the dash. Looks like I've committed to painting the car white one day.
1935 Morgan F2 Super Sports
Owner: Norm Mort, Auction Analyst, Canada
Purchase date: April 2007
Mileage since purchase: about 100 miles
Recent work: relocated rear light, with brake and transmission adjustment
With excess cash burning a hole in my pocket after the sale of my
Allard, I thought I'd take the plunge and get something impractical to
indulge my eccentric fantasies.
While web browsing I came upon a 1935 Morgan F2 offered by a
Morgan dealer, Northshore Import Sportscars, just north of Chicago.
After numerous emails and phone conversations with the amiable
owner, Norbert Bries, I purchased F234.
Only 113 F2 models were built from 1935 to 1939. Mine was built on November 26, 1935, and
is therefore one of the earliest examples. That information was confirmed by the factory, which
provides production data on every Morgan built.
The owner who completed the restoration had seen F234 on Northshore's site and contacted me
with all the details. Originally black and white, it was repainted red when restored in 1982.
The engine is original and had been fitted with speed equipment from Aquaplane, an aftermar-
ket supplier in Britain, and the 1,172-cc Ford engine features a period aluminum head and intake
sporting twin SU carbs.
Driving any three-wheeler at speed is a unique adventure. Slow as molasses off the line, the
Morgan easily winds itself up to a great flying speed, but one should never forget the F2 only has
cable brakes. Bumps are easily handled by the front wheels, but the single wheel at the back tends
to launch itself.
Once the brakes have been adjusted, I'll see if it really does have an estimated top speed of 80
mph. That should be sufficiently invigorating on three 4.50 x 18 tires with a fold-down windscreen.
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Affordable Classic Midgets
1961–79 MG Midget
These are truly small cars. Anyone larger than 5'9” driving one looks like a
trained circus bear in a parade
by Rob Sass
he early '60s were the golden age of the British
sports car. The British Motor Corporation (BMC)
aimed to have a product for every possible driver
MG dealers were clamoring for a car smaller and
cheaper than the MGA. A badge-engineered version
of the Austin-Healey Sprite Mk II seemed like just the
thing. A different grille and a piece of bright trim on the
hood and on the sides turned the Sprite into a Midget
a name revived from the 1930s. But
the cars are so
similar that they are known by the collective appellation
Both cars shared the basic underpinnings of
Austin A30 and the BMC A-series engine displacing
948 cc, which put out around 45 hp. Mk I Midgets also
shared the side curtains of the Sprite Mk II. These were
incredibly basic cars with slab sides and few compound
curves. The characteristic upswept seam on the side just
below and forward of the wind screen was a holdover
from the Bugeye Sprite.
the Abingdon factory turned out
a quality product, and most early Midgets had decent
panel fi t, nice paint, and Spartan but charming interiors,
with seats featuring contrasting piping and a set of
Smiths gauges. In 1963, displacement increased to 1,098
cc and front disc brakes were added.
By 1964, the Midget came perilously close to becoming
a real car. Opening quarter windows, roll-up
windows, and outside door handles became part of the
program and horsepower increased to 59 hp. One thing
however, that would be impossible to address throughout
the 18-year production life of the car was the lack
of cockpit space. These are truly cars for small people
No matter how far back you adjust the seat, the wheel
is in your face. Footwell space is limited and is further
intruded upon by a massive fl oor stiffener that runs
horizontally through the middle of the fl oor. About 5' 9”
and 160 lbs is the upper end. Anyone larger driving the
Midget looks like a trained circus bear.
After 1966, Midget development is marked by a series
of displacement increases designed solely to keep
pace with ever-tightening U.S. emission regulations
The fi rst bump was to 1,275 cc; it was a detuned version
of a saloon motor—that of the Mini Cooper S. The
“Leylandization” of the car in 1970 saw all of the nice
BMC touches eliminated, including the pretty grille, side
trim, and nice upholstery. An odd split rear bumper was
added for 1971 only. Wire wheels, formerly common,
became scarce in favor of Rostyle styled steel wheels.
What was generally accepted as a pretty styling
change came about from 1972–74. The rear wheel
arches, which always looked odd, went from a fl attopped
design to rounded full arches. These so-called
“round arch” Midgets looked great; however, nobody in
the new Leyland crew seemed to remember that the fl at-
top arches were essential to the way the rear crumple zone (such as it was) absorbed
a hit. Without them, the cars folded up like a cardboard box. And so they went away
The 1975 model year brought twin atrocities for MG fans. First, the venerable A-se-
ries motor was replaced by a Triumph 1,500-cc engine with a single Zenith carburetor
in the U.S., and next, the infamous rubber-bumper solution to U.S. 5-mph impact laws.
For some reason, the Midget seems to have come out slightly better looking than the
MGB in this regard, but still, condition is the only reason to buy a rubber-bumper car.
One positive came with the change to the 1500 engine—for the fi rst time, the Midget
had a fully synchronized gearbox. Even with the “big engine.” 0–60 times were still
around 15 seconds. Still, they seemed quicker because of their size. And there is fun to
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Years produced: 1961–79
Number produced: 212,476
Original list price: $3,750 in 1976
SCM Valuation: $4,800–$10,000 (1967 is
Tune-up cost: $250
Distributor cap: $10
Chassis #: Plate on bonnet lock panel
Engine #: Stamped on plate, right side
Club: MG Driver's Club of North America
18 George's Place
Clinton, NJ 08809
Alternatives: 1964–80 Triumph Spitfire,
1967–73 Fiat 850 Spider,
1961–70 Austin-Healey Sprite
SCM Investment Grade: D
be found in driving a Midget on a twisty road where
you can explore the car's limits at the same speed at
which the stock broker in his leased BMW 3-Series is
drinking his latte and texting someone while steering
with his knees.
Midgets are generally mechanically robust, espe-
cially the pre-Triumph-engined cars. Lack of smoke,
oil pressure around 60 psi, and no ominous noises
usually means all is well. Cars with a crash first often
suffer from a noisy first gear. Within reason, this is
okay. Everything is cheap and straightforward, with
an emphasis on cheap. Invariably, when you see
Moss ads touting “fuel pumps from $39.95,” it's the
Midget part they're referring to. The 155/80/13 tires
are likewise the loss leaders in every weekend paper's
Like every other British car from the era, the
Midget's semi-unit structure is rust-prone. Floors,
trunk floors, fenders, fender wells, you name it, it'll
rust. Western cars are almost always better in this regard. On chrome-bumper cars, the
bonnet lid protrudes and has almost always been tapped. Look for excessive filler in
the nose. On wire wheel cars, check to make sure the splines don't have play in them
and that they are greased. The only thing more annoying than being passed by one's
own wheel that has detached itself from an axle is not being able to get a frozen wheel
off an ungreased spline when the tire has flattened in the middle of nowhere.
As with nearly every affordable classic, paradoxically, the most affordable ones are
always the most expensive examples of the marque. Even with parts prices as cheap as
a Midget's, buying a cheap, bad Midget and restoring it is beyond folly; it's downright
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idiotic. Especially when there is a decent supply of good
cars out there.
Midgets, because of their size, were often bought
by petite women who tended to take good care of them.
There are still cars in the hands of long-term female
owners. Look for a car that has always been properly
cared for (i.e. hasn't been sitting in a yard and used as a
rolling dog kennel), drive it, and fix the little things that
will inevitably go wrong, but at small expense.
Top dollar is around $4,500 for a rubber-bumper car
and $6,000 for a chrome-bumper, round-arch car. Over
the last five years, they have appreciated modestly, but
still represent the absolute entry-level of traditional
British sports cars, with the added benefit that it is virtually
impossible to get much less than 30 mpg out of one
and you can park it almost anywhere. If you can squeeze
into a Midget, it can make an entertaining, cheap, and
disposable urban car for those not willing to plunk down
twenty grand for a Smart car. In fact, if you've been
looking for an excuse to shed a few pounds, buying a
Midget and slimming down until you fit into it could be
just the ticket to fiscal and physical fitness. ♦
ROB SASS has been collecting and repairing affordable
classics since he was 16. His latest “credit card
car” is a 1976 912E. His work has appeared in the New
York Times and on businessweek.com
1961–79 MG Midget
1966–70 Datsun 1600
1961–71 Austin-Healey Sprite
Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com.
Legal Files John Draneas
Sell Now or Leave the Ferrari to the Kids?
The IRS can't tax you after you're gone, so they tax you on the way out
Of course, the state income tax is deductible on your federal return, but it is treated
as an itemized deduction. After jumping through the hoops of the itemized deduction
limitations and the alternative minimum tax, you might not really see much benefit at
all. So let's say the average net state tax cost is 6%, or $58,500, making the total tax bill
$331,500. That leaves John with $668,500 in his bank account.
That calculation will surely sober you up (or drive you to drink), but will waiting
make it better? Waiting to sell defers the tax for sure, but we don't know what the tax
rate is going to be later. The current ultra-low capital gain rates are set to expire in
2011, and they may well go up then, especially depending upon which party controls the
government after the next election. But collectibles are already taxed at 28%, so their
rate might not change as much.
1966 365 Cal Spyder—the IRS wants its share
ast month, Publisher Martin made some insightful
observations about the current state of the collector
car market and how collectors should act in
(September, “Time to Buy, Sell or Hold?” p. 10). I
won't question Keith's views of the market, as I've developed
great respect for them since he and I actually made
money on Lucky, our 2-stroke Saab. But I will add that
the many layers of taxation that affect this decision play a
pretty big role in your final decision.
Take John's Ferrari
Let's take my friend John as an example. He acquired
a wonderful 1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder back
in the '70s at the then market-correct price of $25,000.
Today, let's call its market value $1 million, although he
could probably get more for it given how values are skyrocketing.
John has enjoyed the car for many years, but he
doesn't drive it as often as he used to, and it's getting time
to downsize his collection. Further, while he is fortunate
not to need the money, he sees the future of the collector
car market as uncertain. He wonders what would be the
best investment decision here. That is, should he take the
money and run? Hold the car and let his family inherit it?
Give it away?
Capital gains taxes
If John sold the Spyder, his $975,000 profit would be
taxed as a long term capital gain. That is a good deal,
because capital gains are currently enjoying their lowest
ever rates of tax. However, the rate is not the 15% most
would expect it to be. That is the tax rate for capital gains
with respect to stocks, real estate, and most everything
else. But collector cars are treated as collectibles (along
with art, jewelry, antiques, rugs, and other tangible personal
property), and the tax rate is 28%, or $273,000 to
But the IRS is not the only tax collector with its hand
out. Your state probably expects to receive a share of your
profit as well, unless you live in one of the few states that
do not have an income tax. The tax rates vary considerably
from state to state, with an apparent low of 3% in
Illinois and an apparent high of 9.3% in California. That
adds another $29,250 to $90,675 to John's income tax bill.
Estate tax uncertainties
The IRS can't tax you after you're gone, so they tax you on the way out. The estate tax
applies to the full fair market value of everything you own at your death, less your debts.
Under present law, most collectors are probably in the 46% bracket. That produces a
federal estate tax of $460,000, but there are a lot of changes upcoming to keep in mind.
Under present law, each of us is allowed a $2 million exemption against our estate
tax, which increases to $3.5 million in 2009. In a political coup de grace, the estate tax is
repealed altogether in 2010. But it returns in 2011 with a reduced exemption of $1 million
and even higher tax rates.
Very few estate tax professionals believe that the scheduled 2010 and 2011 events
will really occur. However, Congress is not doing anything to change that. One reason is
that we don't know which party will control the government after 2008, and both parties
want to wait and see. Another is that both parties have learned that the need for change
has triggered huge amounts of political contributions to both parties, and neither wants
to stop that cash inflow any sooner than necessary. Nonetheless, the prevailing view
among tax professionals is that we will see a law change in 2009, which will preserve the
estate tax and establish exemptions in the $3m–$4 million range. Maybe.
Once again, the states are looking for their share as well. Not all impose inheritance
taxes, but about a third do, with typical rates in the 6%–8% range. Let's say that's 7%,
or another $70,000, bringing the total estate tax bill to $530,000.
Income tax connection
The estate and income taxes are connected in a very important way. Once your col-
lector car passes through your estate, your family inherits it with a new “stepped up”
basis equal to its market value. That is, once the Ferrari is exposed to estate tax at its $1
million value, whether or not any tax is actually paid, the family gets a $1 million income
tax basis and can sell it at that value without any income tax. But if the estate tax really
does go away in 2010, so will the stepped-up basis rule, and John's family will inherit the
Ferrari with the same $25,000 income tax basis.
It is impossible to know what the law is going to end up being, so let's compare the
overall income and estate tax results under current law. The alternatives are to sell the
Spyder and let your family inherit the proceeds, or to hold the Spyder until your death
and let your family sell it.
Capital Gains Taxes (34%)
Less: Estate Tax on
proceeds at death (53%)
Net to Family
($331,500) Less: Estate tax (53%)
$668,500 Net Proceeds
($354,305) Capital Gains Taxes
$314,195 Net to Family
Hold Until Death
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Give it to the kids
Giving the car to his children probably doesn't work very well for John. The gift will
use up $1 million of his exemption, so it's initially estate tax neutral. The benefit is that
the future appreciation in the car accrues to the benefit of the children, and skips John's
estate altogether. However, the price tag is that John's children take the Ferrari with his
same $25,000 basis—it didn't go through his estate so it didn't get a stepped-up basis.
Consequently, they assume the $331,500 current income tax burden, and John's estate
tax exemption is partially wasted on the portion of the value that will ultimately go to
the IRS in income tax.
Give it to charity
Giving the car to a charity could be an attractive option. For certain, the Ferrari will
be removed from John's estate and reduce his estate tax bill by $530,000. In addition,
John becomes entitled to an income tax deduction for the charitable gift, which can save
him even more.
The amount of the income tax deduction depends on what the charity does with the
car. If the charity immediately sells the car, John's deduction is limited to his $25,000
basis. But if the charity uses the car in furtherance of its charitable purpose (say, it's a
non-profit museum created by John or someone else and it puts the Ferrari in its permanent
collection), John gets an income tax deduction for the full $1 million value of
the Ferrari. That could be worth as much as $450,000, depending on one's individual
circumstances and place of residence, although saving $450,000 of income tax could
increase one's estate tax by $238,500.
Avoiding capital gains tax by holding the Ferrari until death produces substantial
savings under current law, but there are two very substantial risks here—not knowing
what the tax law is going to be, and not knowing what the
collector car market is going to do.
The income tax rules are now probably as good as
they are ever going to be. The estate tax rules either are,
or soon will be, as good as they are ever going to get. The
unpredictable factor is how long they will stay that way. If
taxes play a big role in your decision, and the current rules
work for you, the next couple of years would be a pretty
good time to act.
If holding the car until your death is the most appeal-
ing option, bear in mind that if the income tax rules get
tougher, you might end up in an irreversible long-term
hold strategy. And remember that the collector car market
has its cycles, and they can be fairly long ones. John's
California Spyder has been a very strong financial performer,
but it lost a lot of its value in the early 1990s, and
it took nearly two decades to recover.
Bottom line, if you've reached the point that you don't
really use the car any more or you don't get the same enjoyment
out of just owning it, it's probably a good time to
let it move on. An adverse tax change can easily outweigh
the last bit of market appreciation.
JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in
Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no
substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be
reached at email@example.com.
Collecting Thoughts Morgan Three-Wheelers
Why Like Trikes?
Whether it's Anzani, Blackburne, Blumfield, MAG, or Matchless-powered,
buyers are just happy to find one for sale
by Norm Mort
Mort's Morgan F2
lmost 97 years ago, the Morgan Car Company
balanced its reputation on three wheels. For 40
years, it built trikes that are still loved today
by sporting enthusiasts, collectors, and—ec-
In 1909, the British government announced it would
tax road vehicles based on piston size and theoretical
horsepower. H.F.S. Morgan saw a marketing opportunity,
and two economical Morgan “trikes” were shown at the
first Olympia International Motor Cycle show in London
Production began in 1911, with Morgan trikes pow-
ered by a variety of 2-cylinder engines, both water- and
air-cooled. Some were designed for economical motoring,
but Morgan also built highly competitive sporting
vehicles. By 1913, Morgan held the record for the flying
kilometer and mile in the 750-cc class.
In 1921, the Motor Taxation Act was rewritten to
Morgan's benefit. Three-wheeled vehicles were to be
taxed at a flat rate of $20 a year, like motorcycles, so
long as they weighed less than 1,000 pounds and had no
reverse gear. This was half the tax rate of a small light
car, and when a London borough worker might make $4 a
week, it gave Morgan quite an edge.
Morgan continued to reel off competition successes and established a reputation for
fast and reliable three-wheelers. For example, in 1925, Morgan was the fastest un-supercharged
car in the world under 1,500 cc, with a flying kilometer record of 104.6 mph.
By 1933, it became evident that a 4-cylinder model would be required to compete
with rivals like Raleigh, BSA, and Sandford. The new British Ford 8-hp engine (designed
in the U.S., by the way) powered a new Morgan, which was unveiled at the Olympia
Motor Show in November 1933. Known as the F4 (Ford engine, four-seater), this model
would remain in production fundamentally unchanged until 1952.
Changing V-twins for 4-cylinder Fords
Late in 1935, the sportier two-seater F2 was introduced, powered by either the 8-hp
Ford or the slightly more powerful 10-hp 4-cylinder engine. The F-type front end and
Rubery Owen pressed-steel frame would become the basis of the new Morgan 4-4.
In 1935, for the first time since 1910, there was no JAP-powered (for John Alfred
Prestwich) Morgan. Frustrated by the fragility of the JAP engine when highly tuned,
Morgan turned to Matchless V-twin engines in air-cooled or water-cooled guise. BroughSuperior
motorcycles made the same decision.
In 1936, the twin-cylinder Family economy models were phased out and Morgan
concentrated on sports cars. Both the Matchless twin and F-type models were continually
upgraded. The F2 was replaced by the F Super at the end of 1938, while the familysize
four-seater continued to be referred to as the F4.
Times were changing anyway and three-wheelers with their limitations (no room
inside, no trunk, drop the top to get out) were relics of a past age. Even the new Fordpowered
trike didn't help. Sales peaked at 659 cars in 1934, but dropped 50% to 286 units
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the grid and three more on display.
Beer calculates there are about 70 Morgan three-
wheelers in North America. Not surprisingly, a numbers-matching
car is more valuable, but with many
Morgan trikes having been raced, that's most often not
Recently a clean Morgan Anzani-powered V-twin
Aero model was offered for sale at around $40,000 in
Britain, while a Matchless twin in need of TLC was
priced at $30,000.
In Britain, at Bonhams's July 2006 Goodwood auc-
tion, a #3 Matchless SS sold for $31,935. In London in
December 2005, Bonhams sold a 1938 Matchless “bitsa”
in #2- condition for a remarkable $41,780.
Beer figures his very fast vintage race-ready F2,
which was built from an F4, would sell for $30,000.
As far as maintenance is concerned, the Ford models
in 1935. In 1937, just 110 Morgan three-wheelers were built; 70 in 1938; 29 in 1939 and
only ten from 1940–45.
Last trike built in 1952
Following WWII, a handful of the V-twin models were built out of leftover spares
and then shipped to Australia. The Ford-powered trikes soldiered on in an ever-declining
market, finally fizzling out in 1952.
Today, production information on any Morgan, including trikes, can be supplied
simply by filling out a form found on the Morgan company web site. For a token fee you
receive a certificate noting the correct model designation, production date, chassis and
motor numbers, as well as the original colors and sales outlet.
Anyone owning a Morgan trike would be foolish not to join the Morgan Three
Wheeler Club (www.mtwc.co.uk), which remains a key source of information.
As far as collecting is concerned, the V-twin-engined versions are the most desir-
able. In part this is based on sheer numbers and availability, but the overall performance
of the twins in trials, hillclimbs, and vintage racing make it the choice of the Morgan
Canadian Morgan Importer Martin Beer's family has been involved with Morgans for
decades. He restores Morgans and owns an F2, as does his brother and partner Steve.
Beer feels that although not all the V-
twin engines are equally reliable or easy to
maintain, those looking to buy usually don't
care. “Whether it's Anzani-, Blackburne-,
Blumfield-, MAG-, or Matchless-powered,
or if it's water-cooled or air-cooled, they're
just happy to find one for sale.”
The Ford-powered F2 and slightly more
plebian F4 are next in the pecking order,
followed by the JAP Family models. The barrelback
or cork-in-the-bottle styling may be
preferred over the turtleback or aero, but it is
not a deciding factor among enthusiasts.
Super Sports most desirable
Super Sports models cost more when new
and that premium holds true today, as most
trike enthusiasts are looking to compete in
club and vintage racing events.
Although only imported privately into
North America, Morgan trikes are not overly
difficult to find at events. At a vintage meet
at Road America in 2004, there were nine on
1938 Matchless “bitsa” sold for $41,780
are the easiest, but even the V-twins aren't difficult with
the motorcycle connection. Yet many V-twin Morgan
owners tend to be very adaptive. One vintage racer I
know fitted Kawasaki pistons after a minor mishap and
was soon competing again. Beer noted that the watercooled
engines are generally more reliable than the aircooled
There were 2-speed and 3-speed versions built. Beer
knows of only a couple of 2-speeds in America with the
shifter on the steering wheel. The 3-speed versions introduced
in 1932 are preferred. The transmission can be
expensive to repair, but parts are available, particularly
for Ford models.
He also noted that a common upgrade for safety rea-
sons on all trikes is the fitting of hydraulic brakes like
those offered by the factory in 1937. This is particularly
common on trikes that are raced, for understandable
As far as replicas such as the JZR and Lomax are
concerned, these vehicles are Morgan-inspired, but not
Morgans. Like Cobra, MG, and other kits, they serve a
different market and are priced accordingly. ♦
NORM MORT is a regular writer for the Toronto Sun
and columnist for Old Autos, and owns a 1935 Morgan
F2 Super Sports.
Last fall we asked SCMers to help get our 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon back
home to Portland from Illinois. Lots of you offered to help and we got it as far as Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, before winter clamped down. SCMer Bruce Eide kindly put the
wagon up for the winter, and we planned to bring it west this spring.
While we got many requests for vintage wagon seat time, unfortunately they all
seemed to come from east of the Mississippi, and even the most creative SCM staffer
couldn't fi gure out how to draw a reasonably straight line from South Dakota to
Portland that included Syracuse, New York, and similar geographic points.
Summer waned, and we really wanted the car home, so when SCMer and long-time road-trip co-conspirator
Doug Hartman offered to bring it home in a “straight shot,” the task became his.
Thanks again to all of you eager volunteers; perhaps you can assuage your disappointment by reminding yourself
of the key words, “What? No a/c?”
Westward Ho Comes the Wagon
It was 100 degrees when I ran into road construction. A wagon that can
handle stop-and-go at 10,000 feet will go anywhere
by Doug Hartman
Class of '68, Hartman on far right
was born in Miller, South Dakota, a farming community 70 miles east of the
Missouri River. It is the source of my longest friendships, and the weekend before
last July 4 (2007) was my 39th high school reunion.
Coincidentally, Publisher Martin groused that Sioux Falls had swallowed his
Wagon Ho project. Could I retrieve his 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon?
SCMer Bruce Eide emailed that the wagon would be waiting at National car rental
at the airport. Nearby in Mitchell, my contact Shorty, of Shorty's Locker, reported
that my SD-certifi ed steaks would be ready.
I walked to the Sioux Falls Airport rental desk and requested a 1968 Mercury
Colony Park station wagon. The agent raised his eybrows. I asked if he knew Bruce
Eide? He did. Had they talked recently? No.
Bruce answered his cell phone immediately and recited his commitment to have
the car ready when I arrived. “I am at the airport now,” I interjected. After a long pause
he noted that I was to arrive on the 28th… of July, not June, and this was a disaster.
Bruce was on vacation but said he could be at the airport in an hour. My phone rang 45
minutes later; the wagon ran out of gas and he was walking to a gas station.
Bruce arrived, and after quick pictures and apologies I was pointed at I-90. The
wagon looked brand new as I headed for Mitchell and Shorty's 5:30 deadline.
I made it at 5:20 and Shorty gave me a tour of the meat packing plant, fi ve minutes
from the famous Corn Palace. Years before, that Byzantine-looking arena was home
to my mother's 15 seconds of fame as she spun around the
dance fl oor in the arms of Lawrence Welk. She made the
front page of the local paper.
I had another hour and a half home to Miller. The
car showed a couple of quirks—a noticeable clunk when
starting and it occasionally died at a stop. At fi rst I thought
the clunk might be a brake pad or a sticking shoe. Maybe
The prairies were lush after nearly a decade of drought,
and after Mitchell, I slipped easily through vanishing
small towns. I found the wagon cruised easily at 75–80
mph. The leg room was immense, the steering vague.
Thankfully, there were few curves on the prairie.
Gravel road lessons remembered
My childhood friend Roger at the Gerdes Cow Camp
had offered freezer space for my steaks, and I turned onto
the gravel road a mile from his house. My driving education
many years ago entailed driving big cars on gravel
roads. How fast before it starts to drift? It's a skill that
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Corn Palace, where Mom made the front page
“83 mph? Honest, Offi cer, she'll only do 40 knots”
has served me well. Rogers's wife Marcia greeted me,
as Roger was out delivering some prize bulls. Five more
miles and I was home.
Friday morning I was referred to the Community Oil
station, once adjacent to the blacksmith shop of my childhood.
Tim serviced the wagon and 45 minutes and $36
later it had new oil, fi lter, lube job, aired tires and washed
windows. The old oil was black as coal. Interested oldtimers
mentioned an equally low mileage twin for sale
nearby. Out of deference for my friendship with Publisher
Martin, I passed.
The weekend event for the Class of '68 was at the
Gerdes Cow Camp, with a lot of reminiscing about the
cars of our youth. The Mercury became a time machine
and three days went by in a fl ash.
I'd put a hundred miles on the car and it had gained
my trust. Monday morning I headed west to Scenic, a
trading post and mineral shop. This is on Highway 44,
one of the most beautiful routes across the Badlands.
The trading post survives on Indian jewelry and prehistoric
fossils. John, a Lakota from Pine Ridge, greeted
me with necklaces of .22-caliber magnum casings and
beads strung on deer hide.
The temperature hovered in the mid 90s and I looked
forward to the Black Hills. The absence of a/c precipitated
use of my air travel ear plugs, which muffl ed wind noise
from the open windows. I wished for a temperature gauge,
even though Tim had inspected and tightened the hoses.
Blisteringly hot and construction
Few tourist magnets rival Mt. Rushmore. This day
was no exception, even as the outside temperature
headed for 100. Crazy Horse still looked as unfi nished
as it did in 1960. Heavy traffi c and hills slowed my
way to Custer and Newcastle, Wyoming. At Newcastle,
I continued across desolate high plains ticking off 70
miles between towns, past the largest coal mine in North
America, by oil and gas wells. I fi lled the tank at every
opportunity and spent my fi rst night in Casper, WY.
Early next day I headed for the 9,658-foot Togwotee
Pass pass above the Wind River, toward Jackson Hole
and the Tetons into Idaho. It was blisteringly hot and
I ran into major road construction. If the wagon could handle stop-and-go in 100
degrees at 10,000 feet, it could go anywhere.
I had lunch with fellow SCMer Mark Hassler in Jackson and pressed him for a
picture in front of the Jackson Elk antler arch, but Detective Sergeant John intervened.
Jackson proved to be a three-hour detour between lunch, tickets, and traffi c.
July 3 is probably their busiest day of the year.
Next stop was Idaho Falls, with the fi rst electricity-producing atomic power
plant, and dinner at the Craters of the Moon. I debated using the radar detector, but
didn't want to drag it out of my luggage. I stopped in Mountain Home, 40 miles east
of Boise, fi nding a downtown motel next to a sportsman's bar.
Up early for the last leg of the journey, I marveled at how easy this trip had been.
I'd spent the previous week in my E320 Mercedes, which didn't provide many more
creature comforts, outside of a/c. I had forgotten about the value of wing windows
in hot weather.
A good word for the OSP
At the fi rst gas stop, I realized I was in Oregon. The pump refused my credit
card; no pumping your own here. I once traversed this route in an Alfa Milano
Verde at high speeds, but on that day, I was radar-equipped. I drove with similar
intensity, hills rising and falling as I entered the Blue Mountains. My usual 75 to 80
became 80 to 90 and I was fl ying into a curve when I spotted a State Trooper parked
in the ditch. He said I was doing 83 in a 65.
I handed over glovebox papers, license, magazines, photocopied articles, and
disjointed explanations. He noted the out-of-date insurance and went back to his
cruiser. I couldn't miss a photo opportunity, but several pictures later he asked if I
had pictures of him. “Might my picture be published in the magazine?” he asked.
That would present a problem for his supervisors were he not wearing his hat. “Mr.
Hartman, I am just giving you a warning today, and I expect a good word for the
Oregon State Police,” he concluded.
Cabbage Hill, above Pendleton, offers a dramatic introduction to eastern/central
Oregon. From here the road becomes a long ribbon west to the Columbia Gorge. I
pulled off at Boardman and immediately found myself in the lineup for the July 4th
parade. The attendant informed me I had less than fi ve minutes to fi ll up or I'd join
the parade. I fi lled.
My fi nal stop, at Biggs Junction, landed me in Maryhill Park along with families
gathering for July 4 picnics. Just up the road was a favorite winery and a great
produce stand. Refreshed and with produce in hand, I entered one of the most gorgeous
routes in North America and remembered my fi rst trip from South Dakota as
if it were yesterday. Back then, I was on my way to a new adventure in a '55 Chevy
station wagon, but that's another story. Suffi ce to say, the SCM Colony Park Wagon
is now claiming its rightful (two) parking places in the basement of the magazine's
world headquarters in the City of Roses. ♦
Event Vanderbilt Concours
Vanderbilt's Premier Concours
The sponsoring Preservation Society of Newport County maintains
22 historic homes, three of which hosted concours events
by Bill Scheffler; photos by Ann Sheffer
Stately grounds well suited for the inaugural event
he inaugural William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. Concours d'Elegance, held in Newport,
Rhode Island, July 27–29, will be remembered as worthy of its namesake.
The weekend promised to be a “celebration of all things automotive,” including
“legendary drivers, competition cars, and grand classics from all eras,” and
Named in honor of “Willie K” Vanderbilt, who famously championed early
American motoring, and originated the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race in Garden City,
Long Island, the concours was three shows in one. There were competition cars on
the lawn of The Breakers, one of Newport's best-known summer cottages, classic cars
on the lawn of Chateau-sur-Mer, and a “Car Corral” of local enthusiast and collector
vehicles driven to The Elms at Newport.
A dazzling depth of display
The competition car display was headlined by the winning Gurney Eagle Formula
One race car from Spa in 1967 and the winning Birdcage Maserati, s/n 2461, driven by Sir
Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney at Nurburgring, which came from the Collier Collection.
Add to this an additional seven cars from
the Gurney collection, and you begin to get
a sense of the depth of the exhibit.
Representing the breadth of the dis-
play were cars as varied as one of the
only Bizzarini roadsters ever produced at
the factory, a 1949 Allard J-2 prototype,
a 1957 Chevrolet 210 2-door post La
Carrera PanAmericana car, and a 1915
Plan ahead: Late July, 2008
Where: Newport, RI
Duesenberg Boardtrack Racer.
The main show field was reserved for the classics,
with entrants ranging from the Brass Era—a 1907
Panhard that took noisy and enthusiastic part in the
Friday morning Tour d'Elegance, a 1908 ALCO and a
1907 Renault—through full classics like Clark Gable's
modified 1934 Packard Speedster with coachwork by
LeBaron, and the Best-of-Show-winning 1937 Bugatti
Type 57C owned by SCMer Malcolm Pray.
The Concours was, by any standard, an ambitious
undertaking: a pre-Concours Tour from Portsmouth
to the show field, two and a half days of vehicle display,
two celebratory dinners, and serious judging on
the field. The sponsor and beneficiary was the august
Preservation Society of Newport County, one of Rhode
Island's largest employers and the guardian of eleven
historic sites containing 22 historic homes, three of
which hosted concours events, and two of which, The
Breakers and Marble House, hosted the dinners.
Attention to detail impressive
Their attention to detail was impressive. A pro-
gram supplement corrected a minor misspelling of one
exhibitor's name, and their infrastructure of historic
venues, a deep volunteer base, and considerable experi-
Sports Car Market
Awards to Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney. Moss and Gurney exchanged comments
both complimentary and competitive, and Gurney became visibly emotional at the
presentation of his award.
If there are quibbles about this show, they revolve around the judging, the profusion
of venues, and the field-covering tents. The judging appeared less organized than the
balance of the event—there was no schedule, and judges and exhibitors rarely found
themselves at a judged vehicle at the same time.
The two main show fields were located about a ten-minute walk from each other
and, while there were shuttles, many opted to walk, and found the going tough in the
August-like humidity. Finally, the Preservation Society elected to cover each primary
show field with a tent, with lighting that made photography almost impossible. A
solution for next year might be to aim lights at the ceiling of the tent. The tent also
diminished the open-field feeling customary at a concours of this level, but did provide
overnight protection and security for the vehicles.
But these nits couldn't dim the overall experience. The first annual William K.
Birdcage was a big draw in the tent
ence in producing large events gave them a leg up on
other inaugural ventures.
The Friday night dinner was held at The Breakers and
designed to be a vehicle for the presentation of the first
annual William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. Lifetime Achievement
SCMers at the Vandy
Tony Angotti—Westport, CT
1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster, 3rd in Class
Robert Bahre—Alton, NH
1934 Packard 1106 LeBaron Runabout Speedster,
2nd in Class; Vanderbilt
Whit Ball—Exton, PA
1925 Bentley 3-Liter
Andy Boone—Dallas, TX
1968 McLaren Eagle M6B, 1st in Class
1970 AAR Plymouth 'Cuda, Vanderbilt
Stephen Brauer—St. Louis, MO
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley, Vanderbilt
Peter Braun—Norwalk, CT
1963 Austin-Healey BJ7 3000 Mk II,
1st in Class; Vanderbilt
Marc Cendron—Newburyport, MA
1969 Maserati Ghibli SS, 3rd in Class
Luigi Chinett, Jr—Stuart, FL
1956 Bardahl Ferrari Indy Car
Thomas R. Coady, Jr.—Paxton, IL
1953 Cunningham C-3, 2nd in Class
Oliver Collins—Toronto, CA
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS, 2nd in Class; Vanderbilt
Alex Dearborn—Topsfield, MA
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible
Matthew DeGarmo—Norwalk, CT
1954 Bentley Continental Fastback, 3rd in Class
Vin Di Bona—Hollywood, CA
1956 Continental Mk II
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Vanderbilt
William T. DiCiurcio—Mt. Laurel, NJ
1956 Packard Caribbean
Joe Dockery—Cos Cob, CT
1965 Shelby GT350 R, 1st in Class; Vanderbilt
Walter Eisenstark—Yorktown Heights, NY
1955 Siata 208S Spider, 1st in Class
Gene Epstein—Wrightstown, PA
1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Roadster, 1st in Class
Howard Fafard—Framingham, MA
1930 Duesenberg Model J, 2nd in Class
1927 Isotta Fraschini Type 8A-SS Phaeton, 2nd in Class
Gary J. Ford—Pipersville, PA
1958 OSCA S187 Roadster, 2nd in Class
Stuart Forer—Warwick , RI
1951 Jaguar XK 120
Bob Gett—Boston, MA
1966 Alfa Romeo GTA Autodelta, 1st in Class
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Dan Ghose—Norfolk, VA
1937 Aston Martin Speed Model, Vanderbilt
1913 Fiat Tipo 55 Speedster
Thomas Goddard—Newport, RI
1949 Hillegass Spring
Jim Grundy—Horsham, PA
1912 National Race Car
1913 National Semi-Racing Roadster
Lawrence Hardy—Dayton, OH
1908 Buick 14B Runabout
Weston Hook—La Jolla, CA
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, 1st in Class
Donald Koleman—Portsmouth, NH
1932 Bugatti Type 51/51A Grand Prix, 1st in Class
1925 Rolls-Royce Picadilly Silver Ghost, 3rd in Class
Gerald Lettieri—Rocky Hill, CT
1949 Allard J2 Prototype
David Letterman—New York, NY
1965 Ferrari Superfast, 2nd in Class
Richard Lisman—New York, NY
1936 Lagonda Rapide LG45
Tom Malloy—Villa Park, CA
1975 AAR Gurney Eagle 755, 2nd in Class
1967 Ford GT 40
1991 AAR Toyota Eagle Mk III, 3rd in Class
1953 Kurtis Kraft 500S Roadster
Michael Memi—Narragansett, RI
1952 Daimler DB 18 Convertible, 3rd in Class
James W. Millegan—Lake Oswego, OR
1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, 2nd in Class
Carl Moore—Malibu, CA
1959 Maserati Birdcage, 1st in Class; Founder's Award
Richard Myers—Voorhees, NJ
1955 Jaguar XK 140MC DHC, Vanderbilt
Malcolm S. Pray, Jr.—Greenwich, CT
1937 Bugatti Type 57C, 1st in Class; Best in Show
1939 Delahaye 135M Roadster
Jerry Robinson—Mt. Kisco, NY
1951 Jaguar Mk V DHC, 1st in Class
John Robert Romano—Duxbury, MA
1955 Aston Martin DB3S, 1st in Class; Vanderbilt
Don Rose—Salem, MA
1960 Aston Martin DB4, 3rd in Class; Vanderbilt
Christopher Sanger—New York City, NY
1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Vanden Plas Sport Coupe, 1st in Class
Bill Scheffler—Westport, CT
1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton Convertible
Louis Sellye, Jr.—Reno, NV
1966 Gurney Eagle Formula One
Frank Spellman—Chevy Chase, MD
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 2nd in Class
Joshua Teverow—Providence, RI
1961 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet, Vanderbilt
Jack Thomas—St. Louis, MO
1955 Ferrari 375 America Coupe Special, 1st in Class
Stan Zagorski—Mt. Tremper, NY
1956 Ferrari 500 TR, Vanderbilt
John Zambetti—Malibu, CA
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano, 3rd in Class
Vanderbilt, Jr. Concours d'Elegance has to be considered a success, and is on its way
to becoming a major player in the world of American concours. ♦
BILL SCHEFFLER is a collector and enthusiast who co-founded the Fairfield
County Gold Coast Concours d'Elegance in 2004. It was held this year on
September 16 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, CT.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
It's no surprise to me that this GTO brought $594,000. Parts of the Ferrari
market are red-hot, and the 288 is a prime target
by Steve Ahlgrim
Years produced: 1984–85
Number produced: 272
Original list price: $83,000, though most
sold for much more
SCM Valuation: $500,000–$550,000
Tune-up cost: $3,500
Distributor cap: $450
Chassis #: Rear right corner of frame
Engine #: Top of block toward the front
Club: Ferrari Club of America
P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358
Alternatives: 1987–88 Porsche 959,
1984–86 Ford RS200,
1988–91 Ferrari F40
SCM Investment Grade: B
Chassis number: 57701
hen the new FIA Group B Race and Rally
regulations were introduced in 1984, Ferrari
endeavored to create a model that would hark
back to the glory days of the 1962–64 250
GT models. The 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 288 GTO
of 1985 was the result. It benefited from the intensive race
and rally experience the Michelotto Company had gained
from their successful and active campaign of the Ferrari
To fulfill Group B regulations, 200 examples were
required to be built; however, the popularity of the new
model necessitated the construction of another 72 cars.
Accordingly, the 288 GTO models found new homes as
rapidly as they circled any track.
The 288 GTO's wheelbase was 100 mm more than that
of the 308/328 series. The bodywork was made in GRP
and carbon-compound material with aluminum doors,
boot, and bonnet, and featured flared wheelarches to accommodate
the eight-inch wide front wheels and ten-inch
wide rear wheels. The rear wheelarches had three slots
behind the wheel, a small tribute to the slots found on the
original 250 GTOs. At the front, four driving lights were
set in the radiator intake and were complemented by a
deep chin spoiler.
Although spartan, the interior was fully trimmed.
Air conditioning and electric windows were the only options
available on the car. Following the theory used in
the 308 GT/M's engine placement, the new V8 engine,
Tipo F114B, was mounted longitudinally instead of
transversely. This 400-horsepower engine featured four
valves per cylinder and twin IHI turbochargers plus twin
Behr air-to-air intercoolers as well as a Weber-Marelli
electronic injection and ignition system. All cars were
delivered in left-hand-drive configuration and came
finished in one classic color combination—Rosso
Corsa with black interior.
The example offered here was delivered new in
Canada to the Ferrari dealer in Toronto for his personal
collection. The car remained in his personal
collection until his death in 1994 and with his estate
Today, as a result of fastidious care, this remark-
able 288 GTO may be the lowest mileage and highest
quality example remaining, with just 1,231 kilometers
since new. This car has both factory air conditioning
and power windows.
Finished in Rosso Corsa, as expected, 57701 fea-
tures a black leather interior with red cloth inserts,
and a black dash. In addition, a full set of tools and all
factory manuals are included, in new condition. The
car has been serviced recently by a marque specialist,
including fuel system, ignition, and brake services,
and replacement of all fluids. A full belt service was
performed, all service schedules are up to date, and
the car is understood to be in top condition.
The 288 GTO was the first modern Ferrari su-
percar, and collectors are finally recognizing the
exceptional value they represent in the market today.
The example offered here must certainly be one of
the very finest remaining, and worthy of the most
SCM Analysis This car sold for $594,000 at
RM's Maranello, Italy, auction
on May 20, 2007.
If you were over twelve in 1984, you've probably
Sports Car Market
1984 Ferrari GTO
Lot# 206, s/n 52741
Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/2005
1984 Ferrari GTO
Lot# 226, s/n 53303
Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/2005
1985 Ferrari GTO
Lot# 260, s/n 53769
Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/19/2003
Photos: RM Auctions
It was the supercar of its time, and a Road & Track
test found it took just 5.0 seconds to get to 60 mph, faster
than a heavily modified Ruf Porsche. The quarter mile
results were the same. Of course, today the GTO would
be severely trounced by any of the new Ferrari models
and embarrassed by the likes of a four-passenger Bentley
GT, or even the 4-cylinder Lotus Exige.
It was no surprise to me this GTO brought $594,000.
lusted after a Ferrari 288 GTO. They were the fastest, most beautiful and baddest ride
you could buy at the time and they still are a standout in the exotic car world. You probably
already know the story of the 288 GTO and its origin as a homologation special
designed for Ferrari's entry into Group B competition.
You also probably know that the series was abruptly canceled after the deaths of
several competitors and spectators. What you may not realize is that first-glance appearance
to the contrary, the 288 is not just a warmed-over 308, and you probably
aren't aware of
the important part the 288 GTO played in Ferrari's history.
The early 1980s was a low point in Ferrari history. Ferrari's U.S. offerings consisted
of the underpowered 308 GTBi and 308 GTSi models and their underwhelming fourseater
sibling, the Mondial 8. Jimmy Carter's economic
follies had temporally raised interest rates so high that
even if you wanted to buy a new Ferrari, it was crazy to
borrow money to buy one and even crazier to take money
out of the bank to buy one.
In Europe, the Boxer was over half a decade old and
the 400 series was only a small step evolved from its 1972
origins. There wasn't any excitement in the brand and the
dealers were suffering. The 1983 introduction of the 308
Quattrovalvole added some sizzle to the steak, but Ferrari
needed more than a couple of extra valves to put itself back
on magazine covers and dorm room walls.
The 288 was front page news
In Europe, some of the savviest automobile manufac-
tures had discovered a way to get more free press than they
could have dreamed of. The World Rally Championship, an
always-popular European series, was notching up the excitement
with the creation of the Group B class. The manufacturers
found the mere announcement of their intention
to build a Group B car would guarantee press coverage,
and the introduction of an actual car would often get them
a cover story. Ferrari's decision to build a supercar for
Group B racing was front-page news, and when the actual
car came out, the magazines couldn't say enough about it.
The 288 drew people to Ferrari showrooms like nothing
before it. The excitement was back and so was Ferrari.
The 288 is often blown off as a 308 on steroids, but its
silhouette is where any real comparison stops. The chassis,
body, suspension, gearbox, and brakes are all unique
parts. Windows, interior, wheels and as much as 90% of
the car is made from parts that fit no car before or since.
Parts for the 288 are not just unique, they are premium.
Since the 288 was designed for competition, its assemblies
are lighter and stronger than Ferrari's normal street car
parts. Despite the high performance nature of the car, it
has proven itself to be extremely well engineered and reliable.
DW, via email: The GTO is really very useable. I just did a 1,000-mile road trip with a friend in
another car, mostly in great weather, but we did have some rain. It's docile to drive around town, and the
clutch is great.
It's plenty exciting in performance—the on/off nature of the way the boost comes in is pretty hilari-
ous. I'd describe it as 308, 308, 308, oh my god. 3,500 rpm comes up and suddenly by 4,000 you've got
full boost. Give it full gas in second or third and you'd better have the wheel straight, because when the
wheel spin hits you are going to be pointing a different direction.
It's a very satisfying car to drive on back roads. One can leave it in third and have a cracking time.
The handling is pretty benign if you're careful about the boost. It is possible to learn to meter it out as it
comes on, but it pays (especially given its value!) to be careful.
A few drawbacks come to mind:
You're not going to fit if you're big. I'm 5'7” and I fit OK, but I have a friend who's 6'5” (very tall,
admittedly) and he can only get in if he points his face at his lap.
In common with 308/328 of the period, the windshield defogger is useless. On my road trip, the car
was parked outside in the Berkshires and thus had a nice coating of condensation in the morning. The
only way to get rid of this is a cloth.
For me, the 288 is a thing of beauty. It's a true classic and one of Ferrari's supercars. No one on the
road really knows what it is, so relatively speaking, you don't attract too much attention. Not so with an
F40, F50, or Enzo.
I'm personally surprised they took so long to be worth more than F40s, especially since they only
made 272 (273 including the yellow prototype sold at RM) versus 1,300 odd F40s. AND it has electric
windows and a/c, which is just about acceptable for a trip.
Without traction control, ABS, or power steering, it is a real occasion to drive—just you and the car.
I love my modern F-cars (having just got a 599), but the GTO is truly a special car to own.
There are puddles of red-hot activity in the Ferrari market,
and the 288 is a prime target to throw money at. If
people buy what they lusted after when they were young,
then the 288 is the right age to attract some strong demographics.
Rarity in itself does not make value, but when a
car is rare, significant, and desirable, then market value
has to follow. Neither performance nor beauty by themselves
make a car important, but as a combination they
are hard to beat.
Fast, beautiful, historically significant, and at 272
units, the smallest production of any contemporary street
Ferrari, the only important criterion missing from the
288's pedigree is a narrowly missed competition history.
The 288 GTO is the price leader in 8-cylinder Ferrari
street cars, and the only way prices are going is up. ♦
STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved
in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory
description courtesy of RM.)
Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan
Banking on Ferraris
From $17 million in 1990, 330 GTO s/n 4561would have to sell for
$47 million today just to keep pace with the cost of money
365 GTB/4 Daytona, s/n 14265: Still half price from 1989
ne doesn't have to be Fed czar Ben Bernanke's
tennis partner to know the world's economic
markets are volatile, but how does that relate
to the present and future Ferrari market?
As aspiring Ferrari-socio-economists, we always
look at the past to gaze into the future. Let's begin with
the first fuel crisis of late 1973. As a gallon of gas went
from $.33 to $1, exotic cars went from being desirable to
just “Who cares?” stupid. Near-new Daytonas, Dinos,
and Miuras cluttered Southern California used car lots
with Daytonas priced at $15,000 and Dinos at half that.
But all cycles end; consumers grew comfortable
with $1 gas, and from 1975–79, America's economy and
real estate markets boomed and inflation soared. The
Ferrari market rallied and in only five years, from
1975 to 1979, that $15,000 Daytona became a $75,000
Daytona, a 400% run-up. In August 1979, party-crasher
Paul Volcker became the Fed Chairman, cranking interest
rates to 21%, killing inflation, the economy, the real
estate market, and the Ferrari market.
When Volcker eased interest rates in the early/mid
1980s, the $15,000 Daytona of 1975 that had become the
$75,000 Daytona of 1979 was now the $50,000 Daytona
of 1985. But as interest rates dropped, money markets
stabilized, liquidity returned, the economy again took
off in 1985, and Baby Boomers celebrated their big
“Four-O” with a buying binge. When the Japanese came
to the party in 1986—with all their money extracted
from their inflated real estate values—Ferrari prices
spiraled upward. By the end of 1989, a nice Daytona had
reached $500,000, a run-up approaching 1,000% over
What went wrong?
The 1985–89 boom was built on what was, in hind-
sight, faulty economics. The Bank of Japan's interest
rates were at a ridiculously low 2%–3% and massive
330 GTO, s/n 4561: From $17m to $3m and now back to $12m
liquidity flooded the Japanese market. If a Japanese had a pulse and a piece of property,
he could borrow staggering amounts of money, with the Japanese banks offering
an unbelievable 115% financing against the appraised value of real estate. As the yen
strengthened from about 300 to the dollar in 1985 to about 150 to the dollar by 1989,
anything outside Japan was half-price. Because of this perceived wealth, the Japanese
became major players in high-end markets they knew nothing about, including real
estate (Japanese investors purchased Pebble Beach and the Rockefeller Center) and
Back in the U.S., on what is now known as Black Monday, October 19, 1987, the
Dow started down and by the end of October had lost 22% of its value, following
the lead of the Hong Kong exchange, which fell 45%, Australia, which fell 41%, the
United Kingdom, which fell 26%, and Canada, which also fell 22%.
While most people would guess the Ferrari market would be hard hit by the dip in
the Dow, the opposite happened. Investors transferred money from the stock market
into collectibles such as art, real estate, and autos, and so the Ferrari market kept
climbing through late 1987 and 1988 to the end of 1989.
As other stock markets headed down, the Japanese Nikkei index kept rising through
1988 and 1989, reaching a peak of 38,915.87 on December 29, 1989. While Americans
and Europeans had started to pull back from the Ferrari market, the Japanese were
very aggressive buyers, driving the market upward. The crash of the Nikkei index over
the next 18 months, coupled with the following implosion of the Japanese real estate
market, brought everything to a halt by 1992.
How high was high?
In 1989, my company, European Auto Sales, sold 275 GTB/4 s/n 10371 to Yoshi-
kuni Okamoto for $965,000 and GTB/4 s/n 10565 to Hajime Tanaka for $1 million. In
the same period, we sold 288 GTOs s/n 56777 and s/n 57693 to Kazahiko Kura for
$875,000 each. We also sold 365 GTB/4 s/n 14265 to Kimio Yokoyama for $446,250.
Both 275 GTB/4s found their way back to the U.S. in the mid-1990s for about
$250,000 each, and 288 GTO S/N 57693 came back in 1997, with a price tag of
$275,000. We re-imported 365 GTB/4 s/n 14265 in 2006 for $235,000.
Today the 275 GTB/4s would bring about $850,000, the 288 GTOs would bring
about $575,000, and the 365 GTB/4 would bring about $300,000, all below their 1989
highs, and absolute bargains when compared to the parallel run up in real estate or
stocks from 1989 to today.
An even wilder example of Japanese market excess is 330 GTO s/n 4561, a special
4.0-liter GTO built to the order of Michel Paul-Cavallier. At the peak of Japanese
Sports Car Market
madness in January 1990, Bert Steiger, a Swiss collector,
purchased 330 GTO s/n 4561 for $17 million and
sold it to Mitsubishi Bank, which had jumped into the
exotic car market. Mitsubishi bank backed out, Steiger
was stuck, and when everything collapsed, s/n 4561 was
finally sold to another Swiss, and SCMer, for 5 million
Swiss francs, or about $3.2 million. Because this 330
GTO has no race history, it would probably bring about
$12 million today, well below the $17 million of 1990.
Where do we go from here?
The Ferrari market has been in a slow but steady
climb from 1995 to today, and 250 GTO and other supercar
prices are now back at 1989 levels of $12m–$15
million and beyond.
Production Ferraris, such as a 288 GTO at $575,000,
a Daytona at $300,000, and a 275 GTB/4 at $850,000,
are still below their 1989 highs and are cheap thrills
compared to today's increases in real estate prices, art
prices, or the stock market. In 1989, the Dow hovered
around 2,000; today it's about 13,000. Industrial buildings
in my area were $100 a square foot in 1989, yet are
well over $200 a square foot today. Simply put, the more
collectible street Ferraris are still underpriced.
As for the inflationary-monetary “value” of 330
GTO s/n 4561 today, to have kept pace with the cost of money, from 1990's sale of $17
million, at a compounding cost of money at, as an example, 7 % (which causes your
amount to double every ten years) 330 GTO s/n 4561 would have to sell for about $47
million today simply to keep pace with the cost of money.
The Ferrari market's growth over the last ten years has been orderly and predict-
able, and while the Japanese have long since left the party, a whole new group of
buyers from China, Russia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are becoming market-makers,
and they will buy more as the planet's supply of multi-millionaires and
Unlike any other manufacturer, Ferrari has had a proven record of almost 60 years
of international racing success with wins and Championships in Formula One, GT racing
and Sports Prototypes, all the while building the ultimate transportation for those
both sporting and wealthy. Classic and collectible Ferraris offer an inherent value
based on the same essential economic fundamentals that have governed market values
from the dawn of civilization—decades of championship wins, decades of celebrity
ownership, famous coachbuilders, leading-edge technological sophistication, and
international recognition as the automotive icon of the 20th century.
I've said it before, but here is my philosophy again when it comes to exotic cars:
Life is short, live your dreams, buy the Ferrari you always wanted, and if it goes up in
value, even better. ♦
MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and race driver for 30 years. He has
raced in the Mazda Pro Series as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel Lite, with
three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
288 GTO rollercoaster—$85k new, $875k in 1989, $275k in the mid 1990s, and $575k today
1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 1/2-Liter Roadster
Once favored by impecunious young Spitfire pilots and cads about town, the
SS 100 is now a blue chip collectible with price to match
by Simon Kidston
Years produced: 1936–40 (3 ½-Liter
engine option from 1938 onward)
Number produced: 198 (2 ½-Liter), 116
(3 ½-Liter), almost all factory-bodied
roadsters and one coupe
Original list price: £395 ($1,975 for 2½Liter),
£445 ($2,225 for 3 ½-Liter)
SCM Valuation: $150,000–$200,000
Tune-up cost: No fixed price, but allow
$600–$700 for a simple service
Distributor cap: Welcome to the law of
supply and demand, but assume $100
Chassis #: Right side chassis rail,
9-inches behind leaf spring mount, in
line with starter motor
Engine #: Top rear right side of block (on
raised boss for 3 ½-Liters)
Alternatives: 1934–36 Bentley 3 ½-Liter
Vanden Plas open tourer,
1936–40 BMW 328 roadster,
1948–49 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy roadster
SCM investment guide: B
Chassis number: 18054
ounded in Blackpool by William Walmsley, the
Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company
branched out into motor manufacture in 1926,
its first major success being an attractive sports
saloon on the Austin Seven chassis. The design was the
work of Walmsley's partner, William Lyons.
Ten years later, in 1936, the SS 100 Jaguar sports car
was launched and marked the company's first use of the
“Jaguar” name. Around 190 2 1/2-Liter and 118 of the
3 1/2-Liter cars had been made by the time SS 100 production
ceased at the outbreak of war.
A superb and fully restored 2 1/2-Liter example,
chassis number 18054 is listed in the SS 100 Registry and
known to the Classic Jaguar Association. Its history file is
truly extensive and includes period pictures, correspondence
between various owners, renovation photographs,
original buff logbook, numerous bills, expired MoT safety
The original owner was Colonel Gray-Cheape in the
U.K. The car acquired its special bronze-coated cylinder
head early in its life. Factory records indicate that only
eleven cars had these special heads and were primarily
for competition use.
The car contested many rallies in 1938–39, driven
by Mr. John Barlass, before being stored during the
war years. Purchased by a Mr. R. Swarbrick in 1946,
it was taken on numerous continental holidays during
his ownership, including a trip to Le Mans, where
it was timed at 98 mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
The history file contains some splendid photographs of
these various trips including pictures taken on Alpine
passes in Switzerland. The car was next sold in 1951 to
Performance Cars (a dealer) and subsequently appeared in
1955 in Motorsport magazine (a copy of the advertisement
is enclosed with the history file). The car then passed
to a Mr. A. Lawrence in Portsmouth. He sold the car
in 1960 to a Mr. M. Beard in Buckinghamshire.
In 1961, the car passed to Capt. Hunter Moore
Alverston, stationed at the U.S. air base in Denham,
who exported it from Dover to Ostend (the original
ferry invoice is with the history). The Jaguar was
driven to Marseilles and then two years later taken
to Turkey, where it was temporarily impounded by
the Turkish Government. It went to the U.S. via San
Francisco in June 1968.
The car spent the next 17 years in the U.S. in
Captain Alverston's ownership (there are many bills
dating from this period) and in 1988 was bought from
U.S. dealer Terry Larson by Bob Heppel, who brought
it back to the U.K. Its new owner then commissioned
a meticulous restoration (Jack Buckley/Fullbridge
Restoration Company), changing the color back to the
original metallic grey.
Accompanying photographs clearly show every
detail both before and after restoration. The quality
of the work is quite superb and the car has recently
been serviced by Davenports. Representing a rare
opportunity to acquire a fine example of the model
that can be said to have started the Jaguar legend, the
car presented here possesses one of the most comprehensive
history files imaginable as well as undisputed
SCM Analysis This car sold for $399,000 at
Bonhams's Goodwood Festival
of Speed sale on June 22, 2007.
What became the Jaguar marque can be said
to have come of age with the SS 100 series of sports
1938 Jaguar SS 100
Lot# 244, s/n 39002
Sold at $296,228
Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006
1937 Jaguar SS 100
Lot# 65, s/n 18054
H&H Auctions, Cheltenham, UK, 2/21/2006
1937 Jaguar SS 100
Lot# 424, s/n 18106
Sold at $153,405
Coys, Monaco, MCO, 5/15/2004
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cars (the “SS” initials were dropped after WWII for
obvious reasons). Inspired by the swooping lines of the
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato roadster, company boss and
stylist William Lyons created a car that combined grace
and pace (the “space” came later) with a £395 price tag
($1,975), which put the SS 100 within the reach of mere
If recent generations of Jaguars have conjured up
solid British middle class images of gin and tonic and golf
clubs, the genesis of the Jaguar legend comes from the SS
100, which for many Brits of a certain age brings to mind
Spitfire pilots turning up for action at the wheel with a
black Labrador or giggly girlfriend in the passenger seat
Competition success adds credibility
Of course, even back then there was nothing new
about car manufacturers using rakish styling to sell midmarket
chassis (Figoni & Falaschi-bodied cars were nicknamed
“Phoney and Flashy” in Britain, whilst Lagonda's
extrovert LG45 Rapide gained the “Promenade Percy”
sobriquet), but the SS 100 backed up the looks with competition
success, which today gives it added credibility.
Results included victory in the 1936 International Alpine
Trial followed by class wins in the RAC events of 1937
and 1938, and the Alpine (outright) again in 1948.
The demand among collectors for SS 100s is generally
consistent, and values, in line with the overall market,
are moving perceptibly upward. Although converting
European prices into dollars will give a skewed result
due to the current record weakness of the dollar, for much
of the past 20 years, a 2 1/2-Liter SS 100 typically commanded
£75,000–£100,000 ($150,000–$200,000) and
a 3 1/2- Liter £100,000–£125,000 ($200,000–250,000).
Today, as can be seen from this Bonhams result, prices
have strengthened, although I would emphasize that not
all 2 1/2-Liters will match the Goodwood price.
Why? Well, for starters, this same SS 100 was sold
at an H&H auction just over a year earlier for $243,165
($50,000 above the then-estimate), without any major
work subsequently done to it by the buyer (a U.K. dealer)
before Goodwood. Whether you put that down to luck,
marketing, or (partly) inflation, it confirms that prices can
vary significantly from one sale to another, even for the
very same car. Consider also that Bonhams sold a tarty
red 3 1/2-Liter SS 100 from the Rosso Bianco collection
at their Goodwood Revival sale last year for $296,228
($67,628 above top estimate), and you see what I mean.
In the case of “DUV 71,” the price was determined
by a variety of factors: First, this is a matching-numbers,
original-bodied car. It's surprising how many SS
Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL: Introduced over 70 years ago, the SS 100 was as stunningly beautiful then
as it is today. I owned a 1938 SS 100 3 1/2-liter from the mid-1990s until 2005.
Mine was metallic gray, with black leather seats. In their day (1936–1939), these were successful race cars,
but I used mine strictly as a road car. While I generally prefer cars from the late '40s to early '70s, I just could
not resist the classic styling of the SS 100, with its big iconic headlamps, long hood, folding windscreen, swooping
fenders, and large spoked wheels.
The car is a tight fit by modern standards, and you sit well up in the cockpit, rather close to the big steering
wheel. Since they are all right-hand drive, you shift left-handed. The straight-6 engine emits that wonderful
characteristic Jaguar “rorty” sound that carried over to the XK 120, and pulls strongly to cruising speed, easily
reaching above 85 mph. (It will supposedly do over 100, hence the name, but I never got mine there). The ride is
“firm,” as they say, and the handling at speed requires your attention.
100s lost their original motors, many receiving XK 120 blocks later in life. The same
goes for front fenders, often replaced. Secondly, the car had a well-documented
history with some colorful-sounding characters and places—names like Colonel
Gray-Cheape and USAF Captain Hunter Moore Alverston make for a better story
than, say, a Birmingham accountant followed by a Warren Street used car dealer.
Intrepid exploits and documents
Equally, the thought of this SS 100 rallying in pre-war Britain, visiting Le Mans in the
1940s, touring Alpine passes down to Marseilles, and then being impounded in Turkey
brings to mind rather more intrepid exploits than a cruise down the local high street.
Thirdly, the car came with meticulous documentation, something to which European
buyers attach great importance; no less than three bulging lever arch files invited prospective
bidders to share the car's story.
Finally, “DUV 71” was well presented, correct in all respects following restora-
tion by the best firms (such as Fullbridge Engineering), with no obvious needs, and
liveried in what many will consider the best color combination. My former colleague
Tim Schofield, now head of Bonhams's car department, described it as “a high 80s/ 90%
car that attracted plenty of pre-sale interest and at least five serious bidders in the tent
before being hammered down to a U.K. collector.”
Taking also into account its wide eligibility, good looks, robustness and usability,
I'd say that although the price was 25% above the bottom estimate, time will prove this
car's new owner to be right. ♦
SIMON KIDSTON served for a decade as head of Bonhams Europe and is now president
of Kidston SA (www.kidston.com), a financial services consultancy specializing in
managing high-end auto collections. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)
English Patient Gary Anderson
Constant attention is part of the experience of English cars. When you arrive
at your destination, you have achieved something
by Gary Anderson
firmed there was no fuel flow. An old membrane and hot weather had caused the points
in the pump to hang up. So when we got to Richland in Eastern Washington, (which
required one more judicious off-on of the key to goose the fuel pump back to life), I
ordered a new electronic SU pump from Moss, had it overnighted, and installed it before
we drove home; I readjusted the old pump to carry as a back-up. Constant attention is
part of the experience of English cars. When you arrive somewhere, you have achieved
Company welcome and possibly vital
The only other repair involved rebuilding my electronic distributor on the sidewalk
outside our hotel after I had crossed the wires and fried it. Luckily, I carried a spare with
points and condenser—always a good idea if the component is small, cheap and critical.
The excuse for the trip was a Healey meet in Eastern Washington. A buddy was plan-
ning to drive up with his teenage daughter and was looking for one or two other Healeys
to join him, reasoning that the company would be welcome (and possibly vital).
Since I hadn't driven my Healey on a long trip for over five years, I was happy to go.
Just about any British model built after WWII can manage highway speeds on secondary
roads and still cope with freeway transits.
Calling British cars “agricultural” is a compliment, since they can be maintained
easily with hand tools and a shoebox of spares. Best of all, they're pretty enough to
attract attention and familiar enough to encourage passersby to tell you their stories of
“a car just like this one.”
The plan was simple: We would set aside four days to cover the 1,200 miles up to the
meet and three days to return, we'd stay near the coast to avoid the high temperatures
and high-speed freeways of the center of the state, and we would find a motel whenever
we felt we had done enough driving for the day.
We went over our cars carefully
We might not have planned in detail, but we did prepare. On other club trips, I've
ost gearheads agree that a classic car
doesn't come to life until it's driven on the
open road. Highly organized thousand-mile
tours have allowed many owners to put some
miles under their classic wheels, but don't hold a candle to
a plan-as-you-go long-distance road trip with one or two
friends in old British cars.
I can say this after recently completing a two-week,
2,300-mile trip up the coast of California and along the
river roads of western Oregon in my Austin-Healey 3000.
The scenery was spectacular along the rugged Pacific
Coast and among the redwoods, the pace was relaxing,
strangers admired our cars, and we couldn't have had a
We even got to repair my car along the way, surely an
essential part of any English car road trip. We were on
Highway 97, in central Oregon, when my car hiccupped
then started again. An hour later, when we found a few
shade trees, we replaced the distributor on the theory that
it was either spark or fuel that had gone wrong, and the
distributor was easier to replace than the fuel pump, since
it didn't require the removal of luggage.
But the car died again while sitting there, and we con-
noticed that most breakdowns occur in cars that haven't been well-maintained, and they
usually happen during the first day of a trip. To avoid that, we went over our cars carefully
a few weeks before the trip, changing fluids, tightening fasteners, tuning them up, and
replacing or rebuilding parts like fuel pumps and distributors, which most often cause a
mechanical failure. We then took the cars for day-long drives to make sure everything
was working. And still there were surprises.
We packed a basic set of spare parts between the two cars, including hoses, gaskets,
tune-up kit, radiator and gas caps, and miscellaneous mechanical and electrical fasteners
and wire, plus a completely wired and tested distributor. The nice thing about touring
in North America is that you're only an overnight delivery away from Moss Motors and
We both had basic tool kits. I carry a large, transparent plastic zippered make-up bag
in which I have all the stuff I need to reach on the road, including a flashlight, tire gauge,
pliers, screwdrivers, crescent wrench, test light, and electrical wire with alligator clips
in several lengths.
Two other pieces of equipment turned out to be essential to the pleasure of our trip,
one almost obsolete and one just introduced. These were our CB radios—standard
trucker Cobras hard-wired into the cars—and my Garmin Nuvi navigation system.
With the CBs, we were able to chat back and forth, a nice feature when you're driving
alone. Without that communication, I think we would have lost touch in the Portland rain
on the one major freeway transit we had to make.
We weren't too concerned about getting from one specific place to another, the pur-
pose for which a nav system is usually used. For us, its most useful function was to
locate the next gas station, motel, or restaurant, critical information when you're driving
unfamiliar back roads at twilight, getting hungry, tired, and looking at a gas gauge that's
semaphoring from empty to half-full.
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Without the Garmin we never would
have found Mom's Kitchen in North Bend,
Oregon, on a Saturday morning. Not only
did “Mom” serve us up wonderful western
omelettes with fresh-baked biscuits and
hashbrowns, but she also told us there was
a local car show at the bowling alley three
blocks away. We were the only British
sports cars in the lot among the custom hot
rods and classic Fords.
Nav system and CB both helpful
Having the freedom to stop when-
ever we wanted allowed us to learn the
story behind the theatre marquee in
Orick, California, which was advertising
“Cowgirl Mud Wrestling,” and also check
out the Palm Tree Restaurant next door,
which served seven kinds of fresh-baked pie.
There are amazing roads in Northern California. We'd particularly recommend the
Healey committee holding daily spares assessment
30-mile stretch of Highway 1 from Fort Bragg to Leggetts and the 85 miles of Highway
101 from Eureka to Crescent City. Though the Avenue of the Giants that bypasses 101
between Garberville and Fortuna shouldn't be missed, these two stretches have as many
redwood trees as one could wish.
In Oregon, the small beach towns offer coffee, an ice cream cone, or a night's lodg-
ing, but the secret of this state is the river roads. Trace the Umpqua River along Highway
38 from the coast to Cottage Grove, or the McKenzie River along 126 from Eugene
toward Sisters, to experience the Oregon's forests.
Regardless of where you live, the experience of finding your own routes away from
the main highways, in classic British cars with just one
or two like-minded friends, just can't be beat. You don't
need five-star hotels or a following crew of mechanics in
a car-hauler to enjoy your British car on the open road,
where it belongs. ♦
GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC2 (www
.mc2magazine.com). the magazine for Mini owners and
a three-time participant in the Monterey Historic Races.
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1995 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupe
That Club Bugatti France actually welcomes owners of the EB110 is
testament to the members' regard for Artioli's effort
by Donald Osborne
Years produced 1992–95
Number produced: 154 (some sources
Original list price: $350,000 approx.
SCM Valuation: $180,000–$300,000
Tune-up cost: $1,900–$3,100 approx.
Distributor cap: $275 (2)
Chassis #: Door jamb
Engine #: Between cylinder heads
Club: Club Bugatti France
14bis boulevard Voltaire 92130
Issy les Moulineaux, France
Alternatives: 1986–88 Porsche 959,
1991–93 Jaguar XJ220,
1994–98 McLaren F1
SCM Investment Grade: B
Chassis number: ZA9AB01E0PCD39022
orty years after Ettore Bugatti's death in 1947,
the once legendary marque—one of the most renowned
in automotive history—was acquired by
ambitious Italian businessman Romano Artioli.
His aim was nothing less than a resurrection of Bugatti as
a state-of-the-art supercar.
Designated “EB110” (signifying 110 years after
Ettore's birth), the first new Bugatti since the 1950s was
an advanced mid-engined supercar acclaimed as worthy
successor to its formidable antecedents.
The Bugatti EB110 was designed by none other than
engineer Paolo Stanzani and stylist Marcello Gandini,
co-creators of the exotic Lamborghini Countach. Beneath
the skin there were similarities too, the short-stroke V12
engine with forward-mounted gearbox having been pioneered
on the Countach.
To the already outstanding specification, Stanzani
added five valves per cylinder, four turbochargers, a bespoke
6-speed gearbox, and four-wheel drive. Despite the
complexity, the EB110 worked well on the road; its compact
dimensions, combined with four-wheel drive, made
for exceptional agility and excellent grip and balance no
matter what the conditions. The 3.5-liter V12 developed
561 hp, good enough for a top speed of 212 mph, a figure
recorded at the Nardi test track in Italy that placed the
EB110 on par with that other “World's Fastest Car,” the
While headline writers emphasized its performance
to the exclusion of almost everything else except the price
($456,000), the EB110 was nevertheless a very well-built
product possessing a roomy and lavishly equipped interior.
Unfortunately for Artioli and his collaborators, the
EB110 launched just as the early 1990s recession took
hold, and the company entered receivership in 1994.
Perhaps 154 of these exotic cars were built (different
sources offer varying production numbers), Michael
Schumacher being the most high-profile owner.
This left-hand-drive EB110 GT is one of the final
three cars completed at the factory in 1995. It was
bought by Bugatti director Jean-Marc Borel and roadregistered
in Luxembourg in 1996. In July 2001, the
car was imported into Holland where it formed part of
second owner Mike Dawud's private collection until
purchased for Gran Turismo Classic in 2003.
Finished in silver gray metallic with matching
two-tone leather interior, the vehicle is presented in
excellent order throughout, appearing as if it left the
factory only yesterday. It comes complete with tool
kit, owner's wallet, warranty/service booklet (recording
all three owners), full service history, and owner's
manual, and has covered a mere 11,000 kilometers
(approximately 6,800 miles) from new.
SCM Analysis This car sold for $259,200
(€199,913) including premium at
the Bonhams Monte Carlo auction held on
May 21, 2007.
Romano Artioli was an Italian who owned
Autoexpò, the Suzuki import franchise for the country.
His announcement in 1987 of his purchase of
the rights to the Bugatti name and intent to revive
the marque with the most technologically advanced
supercar ever seen was greeted with a combination
of curiosity and skepticism.
Since the death of the founder Ettore in 1947, and
indeed, some might say, the death of his son Jean in
1939, there had been little hope that the company
would be able to return to anything approaching its
1994 Bugatti EB110 GT
Lot# 73, s/n 1A9BC66B6RA398046
Sold at $258,500
Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005
1992 Bugatti EB110 GT
Lot# 47, s/n 2A9ABO1EOPCD39040
Sold at $223, 250
Christie's, London, UK, 4/19/2005
1994 Bugatti EB110 GT
Lot# 280, s/n 2A9ABO1SORCD39071
Sold at $283,500
Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/16/2005
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glory days. Bugatti's other son Roland was thwarted in his attempt in the mid-'50s,
while Virgil Exner's design study built on the last Type 101 chassis in 1965 failed to
excite sufficient interest and, more importantly, financing. The name passed along
through a number of aircraft manufacturing businesses and ended up at MessierBugatti
in 1977, from whom Artioli bought the name.
The first carbon fiber road car
To bolster his audacious plan, Artioli engaged Stanzani and Gandini to design
the car, later adding ex-Ferrari engineer Mauro Forghieri as technical director. The
body structure was developed by aircraft manufacturer Aérospatiale, which created
it in carbon fiber, the first time ever for a road car.
The initial offering was the EB110 GT, unveiled to the world in September 1991 in
Paris. Built in a spectacular, cost-no-object state-of-the-art factory, it was everything
Artioli clamed it to be. With its sophisticated specification, high performance, and
high-dollar price tag, it was at its release the ultimate in a sports car for the road.
The styling was the only question mark, with many considering it rather unattractive;
however, at least Artioli got some value for the money he paid Gandini, as it was one
of the more original ideas from his pen in this period.
The EB110 GT was at first enthusiastically received in spite of its almost half-
million dollar price tag, but ultimately became another victim of the bursting of the
speculative bubble in the high-end auto market and the coming of yet another ultimate
supercar, the McLaren F1.
A second model, the Giugiaro-designed EB112 four-door, was shown in 1993 and
one was even crash-tested, but it never saw production. The purchase by Artioli of
Lotus Cars from GM in the same year certainly didn't help the cash flow, either.
More than a stripped-out racer
The EB110 GT offered considerable value for money,
as it is a surprisingly usable car. It's no stripped-out
racer for the street, having an interior that boasts lots of
leather, wood, and a high-end stereo. You are cosseted
while enjoying the outrageous performance. The EB110
generally impresses as a well-developed production car,
not a slapped-together prototype show special designed
to attract attention.
They are solidly built, with a chassis more than able
to handle the prodigious power. The fact that they came
with a three-year cost-inclusive service plan, like an Audi
lease, showed that the makers had confidence in them and
intended the cars to be used, not posed in. (It's not known
who handled the service calls after the bankruptcy.)
The fact that the Club Bugatti France actually wel-
comes owners of the EB110 is testament to the regard even
traditional Bugattistes have for Artioli's effort. While
these cars are highly thought of by those who know them,
their values have not appreciated in the past few years.
They generally sell in the mid $200,000 range. Even this
example, with its Bugatti director ownership history and
very low mileage, reached the same number. It's hard
to see a real opportunity for any immediate increase in
prices, although you probably won't lose money owning
a good one for a few years.
The slightly ironic footnote to the EB110 saga is the
fact that Artioli retained rights to the Bugatti name even
after his company folded. There is little doubt that the
move paid off in 1998 when Volkswagen paid to take it
off his hands. It's good to know that someone has made
money from Bugatti recently. ♦
DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers
Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector
cars have appeared in the New York Times.
(Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)
1965 Porsche 911 Coupe
What's so special about the original 235 911s? Not much, and most of it
is bad. But they are different and that was enough
by Jim Schrager
Years produced: 1964–68
Number produced: 10,634
Original list price: $6,000 approx.
SCM Valuation: $20,000–$35,000
Tune-up cost: $300
Distributor cap: $20
Chassis #: On horizontal bulkhead under
Engine #: Stamped into alloy engine
block near right side of cooling fan, on
vertical support bar
Club: Porsche Club of America,
5530 Edgemont Dr.,
Alexandria, VA 22310
Alternatives: 1968–74 BMW 2800/3.0 CS,
1968–71 Mercedes 280SL,
1961–71 Jaguar XKE coupe
Chassis number: 302795
n the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what
would be a new model to entirely replace the 356.
The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared
by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son,
“Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an evolutionary
design and continue in the established Porsche
tradition (Dean Batchelor from the Illustrated Porsche
The new Porsche was designed in a remarkably short
time. Its unveiling took place at the Frankfurt Motor
Show in 1963, and it was met with great enthusiasm. The
new model initially carried the number 901; however,
in 1965, it was renamed the 911 due to a conflict with
copyrighted Peugeot production codes.
The new car featured an entirely new and larger en-
gine than the 356. The chassis was designed with greater
control and better handling in mind. The result was the
creation of one of the longest running and most successful
sports car models in history.
The car offered here is one of 235 original 911 short-
wheelbase examples from 1965. While little history
about the car is available, this 911 was sympathetically
restored to driver standards approximately two years
ago. Sprayed in the attractive color of Irish Green and
trimmed in the desirable black and white houndstooth
fabric, this 911 has a lovely varnished wood dash and
Complete with the correct steel wheels, hubcaps,
and period-correct tires, this car is presented today
from a passionate 911 collector who drives his cars.
Not commonly seen on the auction market, this 911
represents a rare opportunity to acquire the first year
of the legendary 911 production run.
SCM Analysis This car was sold at Christie's
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
sale on June 3, 2007, for the staggering sum of
$71,500, against an optimistic pre-sale estimate of
$25,000–$35,000. This is not a clarion call for every
#3 condition 1965 production 911 to be worth quadruple
what it was last week. It is, rather, a highly
Although the auction catalog description above
notes this to be one of 235 cars produced in 1965, a
look at the serial number shows this is an unfortunate
error. The original 235 cars were built in 1964 and
carry the first three digits of “300.” The early 1965
cars have the prefix of “301” and the second batch
of 1965 cars have “302,” as does this example. In
addition to these sets of early production cars, there
were 13 prototypes built in 1963 and early 1964 with
entirely different serial number sequences.
The first 235 1964 production 911s built have
slowly acquired a cult-like following among Porsche
cognoscenti, always anxious to stay one step ahead
of the others in the crowd. If this were one of the
1967 Porsche 911
Lot# 462, s/n 307662S
Sold at $33,253
Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/9/2006
1966 Porsche 911
Lot# 647, s/n 304287
Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007
1965 Porsche 911
Lot # 235, s/n 300379
Sold at $46,552
Bonhams, Silverstone, U.K., 7/30/2005
Sports Car Market
We were very
pleased to offer the
1965 Porsche 911,
302795, as Lot 10 in
our June sale. The
price realized on the
sale, $71,500 (with
strength of the market
for early Porsche 911s,
and is comparable to
the price realized in
February for a 1966
In the course of
original 235 cars, even given its humble condition
and complete lack of history, it would have been fairly
bought at the hammer price.
I applaud the catalog for correctly noting this
example as a “driver,” what with so many cars overdescribed
these days. In this case, the car showed a few
rust bubbles, old undercoat on the chassis, non-original
seat coverings, improper painted steel wheels (all early
911s had chrome wheels), and a host of other small issues.
To make this a special car, you'd have to take it
apart and mostly start over, typical of a car rated in #3
The pace of the bidding cycle is interesting to note
here, as it quickly made its high estimate and then
continued in $5,000 increments between a bidder on
site and a phone bidder. My understanding is that both
bidders were aware this was a 911 from the 1965 model
year, and both were in the U.S. The increments slowed
down to $2,000 after awhile, but those were still large
jumps. This result was the classic case of two people
wanting the car almost no matter what the price, and my
great concern is that neither of them was aware that this
is not one of the original 235 produced, but rather
a fairly ordinary early production 911.
So what is so special about the original 235
911s produced? Really, not much, and most of
it is bad. It isn't that these cars are better, they
are just different and that was enough to start the
How to spot one of the original 911s
Here's a rundown on how to spot one of the
original 235 911s: If it is still as delivered, the car
will have the troublesome Solex carburetors and
self-destructing open-jointed half shafts. Both of
these are fine for museum cars but difficult to live
with for cars that are driven further than on and
off the trailer at concours events. The bulkhead
panel below the engine cover that carried the release
mechanism will be of a slightly different pressing than
those used on subsequent 1965 models. The knee pads
under the dashboard will not turn up at the edges, as
done on later models.
Note that most of these design features carried on,
for various periods of time, through the 1965 and early
1966 models. So there isn't anything wildly distinctive
about these first 235 cars that makes them instantly
important, with one exception—the chassis number. But
for some, apparently, that is more than enough.
Don't recalibrate your 911 price chart just yet. At
every market top there are excesses, and this may be one
of the best examples in the Porsche world we've seen recently.
Let's watch a few more of these cars sell before we
reach any new conclusions about the values of regular
production 1965 911 Porsches in #3 condition. ♦
JIM SCHRAGER'S latest book, on the early 911, will
be published in late 2007. (Introductory description
courtesy of Christie's.)
preparing the catalog
for the auction, our
to two independent
Porsche sources, each
of which suggested
this car was part of
the first 235 cars
produced in 1965,
and this information
was reflected in our
catalog notes. As
it turns out, those
sources were inaccurate,
and the car we
offered was actually
produced later in
At no time did we
suggest that Lot 10
was manufactured in
1964. It was not. It
was, as the catalog
clearly stated, a
1965 911, and its
appearance at auction
to acquire the first
year of the legendary
run.” The excellent
price we achieved
at the auction was
consistent with the
car's 1965 vintage.—
Head of Car Sales,
Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager
Living the 356 Dream
One of the best things is just banging around local roads and pretty scenery
with a few 356s running along with you
Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager
he Gathering of the Faithful. That's what they
used to call the annual meeting of 356 owners 30
years ago. Everyone got together, looked at each
other's cars, swapped tall tales, and generally just
hung out. The title of the event was meaningful, because
in the old days, you had to have faith to own a 356. Parts
were harder to find with each passing month, most cars
were rusty and patched together, and mechanics were inexorably
losing interest in cars that were rarely driven.
You'd work all year just to get your car ready to make
the annual trek, and even then, one of the more popular
ways to spend time at the event was fixing hobbled 356s.
Values were abysmally low, everyone was upside down
in their cars, and when you wanted to sell one, you had
to work hard to find someone who knew you and the car
to move it. You really had to have “faith” to carry on,
and no one, outside of a handful of 356 zealots, much
Ideas that stood the test of time
The 356 Registry was formed in 1975 when a group
of 356 owners felt the Porsche Club of America wasn't
giving them enough attention. It wasn't much of an organization
then, but a few of the founding ideas have
stood the test of time. Today, the Registry has over
8,000 members and is one of the largest and most active
single-model car clubs anywhere.
Times have completely changed for the 356. It's now
a highly desirable vintage car and the Registry magazine
classified ads often have no cars for sale. It's so easy to
sell a 356 today, there is little need to work hard at it.
While the PCA annual gathering—the Porsche
Parade—remains the largest event and ultimate test
for concours cars, a modern 356 Holiday has stayed
true to the roots of the founding members. Winning at
a Parade Concours is a big deal, often requiring years
in preparation. It means you will not be able to drive
your car during the extended preparation period and it
will be driven very little at the Parade. You will face
world-class competition and be judged by some of the
most knowledgeable Porsche experts. While the judges
are unfailingly polite, the competition is very serious.
There are a few winners and many losers.
At a Registry Holiday, everyone is encouraged to
enter his car on the concours field. Judging is done by
the participants, rather than by appointed experts. It is
called “People's Choice,” and while it is a great honor to
win, it isn't taken too seriously when you don't. No one
looks under the car, there are no white gloves wiping
the wheelwells, no careful scrutiny of the underside of
the spare tire. There are no questions from the judges
about if the handle on the screwdriver in your tool kit is
painted the correct shade of blue. It is simply a contest
of whose car everyone likes the best. It's a simple idea.
No one needs to “improve” the event for next time, and
no one does.
When a Porsche reaches 50 years old, it is able to
No white gloves in this crowd
enter a single judged class, but not everyone does. This year it was any 1957 model,
and there were a handful of cars entered.
Seeing how wonderful you look in your car
In the old days, part of the fun at either the Parade or the Holiday was driving
your car to the event. With the level of concours competition at a Parade these days,
serious contenders drive the Suburban, with the Porsche packed away in an enclosed
trailer. For a Holiday, most people drive their 356. It is a part of the challenge that
makes the event special. Once there, people use their cars for all kinds of events and
One of the best things is just banging around local roads and pretty scenery with
a few 356s running along with you. I'm not sure why that is such a kick, except that it
gives you a chance to see how wonderful you must look in your own car. It's something
you can only do by getting together with other 356 owners.
The Registry has two Holidays most years—one for the eastern half of the U.S.
and one for the west. The East Coast Holiday this year was held at the resort of Boyne
Highlands in Northern Michigan. Events included a hill climb, a gymkhana, several
drives on great local roads, a field trip to Mackinac Island (where cars are not allowed),
the People's Choice Concours, and three Tech Sessions.
One of the central missions of the Registry is to help us keep our cars on the road.
To that end, much of the Registry magazine content is technical in nature. One Tech
Session was dedicated to restoration and reviewed the latest products and methods
used to make our old cars look and feel like new. One was dedicated to introducing
new members to the ins and outs of the special Porsche alphabet soup of models, such
as As, Bs, Cs, and Ds. I presented a Tech Session on the values of 356s, the Porsche
market as it exists today, and what the future holds for our cars.
What makes a Holiday so special is that no one has decided to fix what was never
broken. Competition at all levels remains friendly, people are there to drive their cars,
and everyone enjoys the entries, from the beater Speedsters driven on the concours
field to the cost-no-object 4-cam restorations. Everyone is encouraged to drive his car
every day, in different ways, while at the event.
What a clever idea for a club built around old cars—doing things the way they used
to be without anyone trying to make it better. Sometimes, it seems, you can go home
JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and
writes for the 356 Registry magazine.
Sports Car Market
1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty
The Trans Am was not without options, and one in particular made this Trans
Am the king of the no-horsepower kingdom
by Dave Kinney
Years produced: 1973–74
Number produced: 1973, 252; 1974, 943
Original list price: $4,446 (Base Trans AM)
SCM Valuation: $45,000–$55,000
Tune-up cost: $385
Distributor cap: $36
Chassis #: Visible through windshield on
Engine #: Near passenger side cylinder
head, close to timing chain cover
Club: National Firebird and T/A Club,
P.O. Box 11238, Chicago, IL 60611
Alternatives: 1971–74 Camaro Z/28,
1971–74 AMC Javelin AMX,
1971–74 Dodge Charger
SCM Investment Grade: C
Chassis number: 2V87X4N131678
he year 1974 was a tough time for American automakers,
with many legislated changes. The results
were not good.
New emission regulations, which had gone into
effect in 1968, gradually sapped horsepower by the early
1970s. They also added additional weight, further inhibiting
performance. In addition. the government enacted
Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE) requiring
incrementally higher mileage for all automakers
across the entire passenger car line-up. Finally, the Arab
oil embargo hit in 1973, and suddenly gas was expensive
and national speed limits were imposed.
Cars were required to use unleaded fuel beginning
with the 1972 model year, and cars that had sported a
conservatively rated 400-plus horsepower in 1970 were
neutered to the point of having only 250 horsepower two
However, all was not bad in the performance car
world. One exception was the 1973 and 1974 Pontiac
Trans Am Super Duty. This little-known option produced
290 horsepower, more than the contemporary Corvette.
In 1973, the lightly marketed Super Duty would find
homes with only 252 people. However a handful of international
buyers were not subject to all the American
regulations and an export Trans Am SD sported ten additional
The Worldwide Group enthusiastically presents
one of the two known export 1973 Pontiac Trans Am
Super Dutys. Originally exported to Lebanon, the
car now resides in the sunny and dry atmosphere of
This Cameo White numbers-matching car comes
with only 59,571 miles on the odometer, its original
300-hp engine, and its original Muncie M-40 3-speed
Other major options include D58 factory rear con-
sole, U69 AM/FM radio, B85 sill and hood moldings,
N33 tilt wheel, A31 power windows, C60 air conditioning,
AU3 power door locks, and U57 8-track player.
This restored Super Duty has benefited from one
correct repaint and is in mint condition. Starting with
an unmolested and correct car, the owner set out to do
a concours restoration, resulting in what is possibly
one of the finest examples extant.
The car comes with the original GM export
papers verifying the provenance of the car. It also
comes with a PHS certification, further adding to its
This is a truly special SD T/A for the serious
collector. Of the second chapter in the history of the
Pontiac Trans Am, it is certainly of, if not THE, most
desirable example available.
Sports Car Market
1972 Pontiac Trans Am
Lot# S694, s/n 2V87X2N503723
Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
Lot# U36, s/n 2W87W6N596831
Sold at $23,625
Mecum, Kansas City, MO, 12/1/2006
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Lot# SP52, s/n 2W87Z7N228806
Sold at $5,885
RM, Novi, MI, 4/23/2004
Photos: The Worldwide Group
SCM Analysis This car was sold
for $67,100 at the
Worldwide Group auction in Houston,
Texas, on May 5, 2007.
Forget everything you know about
the 1970s as it applies to cars. Let's also
just forget the Trans Am part, the discoera
design cues, and all the abundant
baggage that goes along with it.
Drop the geegaws, the decals, the
fake or real scoops, the spoilers, the
early attempts at ground effects known
to all the world as wheel opening air
Poor build quality? Just get it out of
your mind for now. Forget the phony engine-turned
dash, or the fact that for all
their efforts, the sporty car as we knew it
was on its way out, killed by both an oil
embargo and the rumor of looming $1per-gallon
gas prices. It really is time to rethink what
we know about cars of this ilk.
Camaros, Trans Ams, and Corvettes from the 1970s
were clearly not the cars from just a generation earlier.
The horsepower wars were over—anemic numbers were
the norm. Styling and design had become slave to the
bumper regulations mandated for cars from model year
1973. The requirement that safety systems not be affected
by a 5-mph hit to the front bumper and 2 1/2-mph
impact to the rear took styling out of the sketchbooks of
designers and put parts of it into the hands of engineers.
(The 5-mph mandate was later rolled back to 2 1/2 mph
front and rear).
Meanwhile, over at the Blue Oval, the Mustang,
once a reasonably-sized pony car, had shrunk in size
starting with the 1974 model year. The Mustang II lost
any remaining sizzle that the previous body style held.
It went from an object of automotive desire to an item of
derision, a shrunken shell of its past glory—from a sexy
pony car to a rebadged Pinto. Aside from my college
dorm mate, (a future dentist), no one was fooled. Oddly,
the Mustang's stablemate, the Mercury Cougar, went
in the opposite direction, growing in size and heading
to the “personal luxury” market that was defined by the
Chevrolet Monte Carlo). Such was the era.
Super Duty, less than super car
Still, in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man
is king. One of the few performance cars still around
for 1974 was the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Still the
accepted size for a pony car, still with a big—if not all
that powerful—V8 up front, the Pontiac, along with the
Camaro, survived without shrinking or growing, as the
Mustang and Cougar did.
The Trans Am was not without options, and one in
particular made this Trans Am the king of the no-horsepower
kingdom. By ticking the correct box, a standard
Trans Am could become a 290-horsepower, 455-cubicinch
Super Duty. In 1973 and 1974, only a handful were
The 1974 total was 731 automatics and 212 manual-
transmission cars—943 units out of a total of 10,255 1974
Trans Ams. With less than 10% of total Trans Am production,
they were as desirable as was possible at that time.
Not all 455-ci motors were Super Duty, resulting in
the usual confusion and attempts at clones. The fifth digit
in the serial number of the
Super Duty cars is X, the “standard” 455 carries a Y in
the same place.
Our subject car is a low-miles example that was at first
Cleveland, OH: I just sold a
Pontiac SD455 in June. Mine
was Admiralty Blue with
a white interior and was a
great car in and out. I have
owned a number of '70s era
muscle cars, and the SD455
had something a little extra;
it would actually go around
corners. While the engine was
rated at only 290 hp, it pulled
almost as well as my '70 LS6.
Overall, the car ran great. My
car was equipped with an
automatic tranny, and it was
a nice match to the engine. It
sure did rattle a lot, however,
and the brakes left much to
exported to the Middle East when new and at the time of
the sale was a Texas car. It carried a pre-auction estimate
of between $85,000 and $105,000. The catalog stated that,
as an export car, it actually carried an additional ten
horsepower, 300 as opposed to 290. When the hammer
fell, the car was sold for a more realistic $67,100, a good
representation of actual market price.
A 1973 or 1974 Trans Am Super Duty will never have
the panache of a first-tier muscle car. Born too late, it's
the younger sibling that tried hard yet could never get the
grades—or the chicks—of its older brothers and sisters.
So if you can't afford a ticket to the pricier, earlier motor
car party, you'll have to accept the '73 or '74 as your
entry-level ride. ♦
DAVE KINNEY is a senior SCM Auction Analyst and the
author of Cars That Matter. His writing appears regularly
in the New York Times, Octane, and Automobile.
(Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.)
Domestic Affairs Colin Comer
When The Fire System Fails
I could see the paint bubbling on the hood, the Lexan windshield melting,
and the paint burning off the transmission tunnel
Comer returned to the track (and the grass) post BBQ
lthough SCM isn't a racing publication, a large
number of SCMers are vintage racers, including
yours truly. A recent racing “close call”
has made me rethink a few things in my racing
endeavors. I want to share what I discovered so others can
learn from my mistakes. The worst that can happen is that
you waste a few minutes reading this column; the best is
that it may save your life.
I race a 1966 Shelby GT350 B/Production car in
the “take no prisoners” Group 6 of Sportscar Vintage
Racing Association and the Vintage Sports Car Drivers
Association. We have a lot of fun going way faster than
we should in these over-developed remnants of vintage
Trans Am racing. Strapping into a Group 6 car, you know
there is a high probability you may bend some metal,
swap some paint, or take an off-track excursion when you
exceed the limits of drum brakes and bias ply tires, or just
your own abilities.
However, serious injuries are very few and far be-
tween. These are inherently safe cars, with strictly regulated
safety features including roll cages, fuel cells, driver
restraints and protective gear, and fire systems. The last
three items gave me trouble recently.
A little background: My GT350 was built by the fore-
most Shelby race shop in the U.S. It has the best equipment
available, and was built to the highest standards with an
emphasis on safety, even incorporating a NASCAR-style
roll cage with additional side impact protection and cross
bars from rocker to rocker across the floor pan. Nothing
was left to chance with safety, including a properly
plumbed remote actuated fire suppression system with
the required engine, passenger, and trunk compartment
The shop that built the car also maintains it and pro-
vides trackside support. This eliminates thoughts such
as “Did I torque the lug nuts?” while racing at 165 mph.
Being the “driver” rather than the “wrench” has its advan-
tages from the perspective of being able to focus on your job behind the wheel.
From July 19–22, I was racing in the Kohler International Challenge at Road America,
one of the best vintage events of the year. During Thursday practice, we decided we
needed to re-jet the carb. The technician did this Thursday night. Friday morning I went
out for a qualifying session. On the first lap I noticed a moderate driveline vibration but
decided to finish the session and see how the engine was working after the jet change.
The car literally exploded in flames
Problem #1: About four laps into the session, exiting turn eight, a sharp right-hander,
the car literally exploded in flames. As near as we can tell, a fuel leak went unnoticed
after the jet change and fuel had accumulated on the engine until it splashed onto the
right header in the hard left turn and erupted. There was lots of fire at the base of the
windshield coming through the open cowl vent, through the shift boot, and through the
I could see the paint bubbling on the hood, the Lexan windshield melting, and the
paint burning off the transmission tunnel and passenger's floor. I quickly went into
preservation mode, deciding that a crash and a fire was worse than just a fire. I killed
the electrical power, pulled off the track near a fire station, pulled the pin from the fire
system, kept my gloves on and face shield down to protect my eyes and gave the handle
a firm pull.
Nothing. Hmmm, every time I practiced my fire drill with imaginary flames this
damn thing worked. Maybe it is a push handle?
Nope. It's a pull-to-discharge system like I thought. I glanced at the bottle, gauge still
in the green, fire gaining momentum, another tug on the lever for good measure, still
nothing. Time to get out!
My first race with new belts
Problem #2: This was my first race with new belts that had a Velcro sternum belt
rather than the lever-lock arrangement of the old belts. I remembered: pop the lap,
shoulder, and anti-submarine belts, tug the sternum strap…
I could get the top layer, but the Velcro wrapped under the shoulder belts wouldn't
release, so my HANS device was locked into the belts, tying me to the seat. Not
I took a breath and thought—steering wheel off, window net off, inside door handle
has always been tricky and doesn't work. I reached outside and popped the door. Back
to the sternum belt… no go.
Okay. I disconnected the HANS tethers from the helmet and yanked the shoulder
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belts up over the helmet along with the HANS device. How long before a fire crew gets
here, and will they beat the fire to the fuel cell?
Watching the fire-proof shift boot burn through like somebody was under the car
with a plasma cutter was not reassuring.
Finally, I managed to fight my way out of the car, helmet and HANS in tow, and
remembered the Cool Suit hoses attached to me. I popped them free and ran for the
wall to take cover, just as the fire truck showed up. On later inspection, we found the
fire had spread so far to the rear of the car that the rear brake cooling ducts (under the
fuel cell) were melted off. The Hurst shifter was de-chromed, and the detent springs
melted out. Fire spreads fast, and cars like to burn.
Making it out alive
So what did I do wrong? A number of things. Even though I had done fire drills in
the past with this car, I didn't do one with these belts and the recently added Cool Suit.
That could have made the difference between making it out alive or not. A lot of us
have raced since before HANS devices, Cool Suits, and Velcro belt closures became
These are all things we need to know: how to work intuitively in a time-sensitive
situation such as a crash or fire. Feeling safe in this gear can lull one into a false sense of
security. Most importantly, no matter how good your fire system is supposed to be, either
service it yourself regularly or insist whoever maintains your car does. Keep a log, even
a sticker on the bottle with the date of last service.
In my case, it was found that the head on the bottle was seized, a common issue I have
since learned. Had my fire system worked properly, the fire would have been out within
seconds, the damage to the car minimal, and the risk to my life nearly non-existent.
We all look for that little demon tweak or better line to gain a few seconds. In the end,
what really matters is our safety—not winning, or a track record, or the race win that is
forgotten by all within days.
The moral of the story is to plan for the worst. Make sure, if there is an equipment
issue, safety gear you are not familiar with, or an untested fire system, that it is attended
to. Know how everything works even with your eyes closed. Don't leave anything to
Fire retardant, not fire proof
chance. I've been racing for almost 20 years and was
guilty of being lulled into a false sense of security.
Luckily, I made it out unscathed and my car, although
crispy, was able to race again the next day; I finished
the weekend with a fairly good showing. This sure beat
the alternative that flashed through my mind that Friday
Check your car, know your gear, work an escape plan
drill into your pre-race routine, and know what to do
should the unthinkable occur. ♦
COLIN COMER is president and founder of Colin's
Classic Automobiles and a longtime vintage racer.
Race Car Profile
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM
340/375MM coupes are hot, claustrophobic, cacophonous, and demanding
to drive. The spyders are simply demanding
by Thor Thorson
Year produced: 1953
Number produced: 10 (3 coupes, 7
Original list price: $8,000 approx.
SCM Valuation: $3.7m–$4.5m
Cost per hour to race: $1,000
Chassis #: Left frame rail, at third header
Engine #: Right rear near magneto drive
Club: Ferrari Club of America
P.O. Box 720597
Atlanta, GA 30358
Alternatives: 1950–53 Jaguar XKC-type,
1953–54 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport,
1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S
SCM Investment Grade: A
Chassis number: 0322 AM
errari has been called a racing company with a
production department, and nowhere is that emphasis
more evident than in the production sports
cars of the early 1950s. Not only was Enzo Ferrari
passionately dedicated to victory on the world's Grand
Prix circuits, but his sports cars—which were supposed
to fund the operation—quickly became dominant racers
in their own right.
The heart of the 340 MM and 375 MM cars were
their engines. Designed by Aurelio Lampredi, they were
intended to provide a large-displacement alternative to
the original Colombo-designed V12. The engine's broad
power band and rock-solid reliability made it an ideal
weapon for sports car racing. The 340/375MM's chassis
was conventional Ferrari, based on two parallel oval
tubes in a welded ladder structure. Front suspension was
independent by parallel unequal length A-arms with a
transverse leaf spring. The usual Ferrari solid rear axle
with semi-elliptic springs and parallel trailing arms was
both well proven and reliable.
The cars were brutally powerful, and soon proved
their worth on long, high-speed tracks where their torque
and power gave them tremendous speed, but where
their weight and period brakes didn't handicap the cars
against smaller and more nimble competition. On the
track, these Ferraris were not for the faint of heart.
SCM Analysis This car sold for $5,717,250 at RM's
Maranello, Italy, sale on May 20,
The 340/375 series of competition Ferraris poses
an interesting conundrum for vintage racing car col-
lectors. As collectors, we get all itchy about Italian
coachwork, thundering V12 engines, often huge and
impressive competition resumes, and the aura of
history that seems to emanate from every pore as
the car crouches in front of us.
As racers, we are addicted to the adrenaline and
sheer, joyous, emotional rush as a great car speeds
down the track, with car and driver united as the
curves uncoil in an oncoming rush. We live for the
joy that comes from driving a great and wonderful
car very quickly. The problem with these Ferraris
is that though greatness is a given and they ooze
collector lust, they're just not wonderful cars. As a
matter of fact, from a driver's perspective, they're
really pretty awful.
Ferrari started business after the war with a chief
engineer named Colombo and the concept that a
supercharged 1.5-liter V12 was the way to win in the
Grand Prix circus. They developed the basic architecture
we know as the Colombo, or “short-block”
engine. In 1947, they hired a man named Lampredi
to serve as Colombo's technical assistant. Though
not a trained engineer, he was a brilliantly intuitive
one, and he came to believe that a 4.5-liter normally
aspirated engine made more sense.
He designed one, and it was developed into what
we know as the Lampredi or “long-block” engine. It
was physically larger and heavier than the Colombo
engine, but it made tons of horsepower. The shortblock
engine was effectively limited to 3-liter capacity,
while the new long block went from three liters
up to almost five liters.
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM
Lot# 51, s/n 0322AM
Not sold at $3,650,000
Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005
1953 Ferrari 375 Spyder
Lot# 118, s/n 0366AM
Sold at $1,925,000
RM, Amelia island, FL, 3/9/2002
1953 Ferrari 340/375 Spyder
Lot# 95, s/n 0294AM
Sold at $1,080,500
Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/17/1997
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Photos: RM Auctions
Possibly as a result of entreaties from his friend Luigi Chinetti, who had moved
to New York, Ferrari started to wonder what cars would sell and be competitive in
the lucrative American market, with its wide-open spaces and preoccupation with
horsepower. The obvious decision was to put the long-block engine into cars bound
for America, and the result is that all sports cars using the Lampredi engine are designated
with an “A” (AM, AL, AT) following the chassis number, standing for “America.”
If you see a 340 MM, its chassis number will end with AM. “MM” was reserved for
the Colombo-engined cars.
Ferrari's all about the engine
The old saying that early Ferraris were all about the engine holds particularly true
with the 340/375 cars. The engines were enormous, intimidating aluminum packages
of horsepower generation, and the bodies were hand-built examples of the Italian
coachbuilder's art. But the chassis and suspension were only slightly better than
Don't get me wrong, the workmanship was fine, but I don't think anyone at Ferrari
in the early '50s ever thought about chassis dynamics or design. They just hung
different engines on minor variations of the same chassis and sent them off to the
coachbuilders for bodies. The 212 and 250 cars pretty much got away with it, staying
relatively balanced and agile, but the weight and huge horsepower of the Lampredi
engines completely overwhelmed the chassis and brakes.
The result was cars that were brutally fast in a straight line and merely difficult
and uncomfortable as long as the turns were open. When the roads narrowed down,
the turns tightened up, and the conditions got nasty, these cars were a supreme challenge
to drive fast. With way too much weight on the front axle, they were hard to steer
and difficult to slow down and turn in. Having done all that, they were still challenging
to drive through the corners.
This brings us to one of the most visually impressive components of the engine, the
carburetors. I've dealt with a lot of these, and when people look at the engine there's
a sharp inhalation, followed by “Ohmygosh! Four-barrel Webers?” Yep. They are
impressive, they're beautiful, and they're extremely rare. Have you ever wondered
why they're so rare? They're absolutely awful. As soon as engine designers had a
reasonable alternative, they dumped those carbs like week-old fish.
The problem is that with tiny little side-mounted float bowls, they go like jack the
bear in a straight line, but as soon as you side-load them in a corner the floats lock up
and they go lean, shutting down the engine until the car straightens out and the float
bowls refill, at which point it comes back like gangbusters. You can understand how
this would inhibit cornering technique and the joy of hard driving.
Fabulous collector cars, lousy drivers
Back to my original thesis. These cars are fabulous collector cars, but they're lousy
drivers. The coupes in particular are hot, claustrophobic, cacophonous, and demanding
to drive. The spyders are simply demanding. I've got quite a few tour miles in both
an open 375 MM and a Jaguar C-type, and the difference
is astounding. The Ferrari is far more powerful, but you
have to will yourself to go fast. It's happy and willing at
speed but not exuberant; it will go as fast as you make
it go. The Jag, on the other hand, just loves to run. It is
light, agile, and balanced. It loves to dive into a corner,
storm through, and leap back out, sharing the joy with the
driver. You'll get more envious stares while driving the
Ferrari, but the starers don't have to live with the car.
So there you have it. 340/375 Ferraris are among
the greatest and most collectible of all post-war racing
cars and anchor many of the great collections, but nobody
I know who owns them actually drives them much.
This was a hugely desirable collector car, and the price
reflected the combined judgment of a number of very
knowledgeable bidders, so I have no doubt that it fairly
reflects today's market and was fairly bought. Just keep
something else around to go play with. ♦
THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing
Motors of Bellevue, WA, and is heavily involved with
vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector cars.
He has been an active vintage racer for 25 years.
(Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)
Jon Shirley, Medina, WA: With only two 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MMs in
the world, asking for information on owning one is going to a very thin set of
sources. One is in England, and the other is the car profiled here, which I sold at
auction in Maranello in May.
Like all 375 MMs, they are heavy, powerful, crude cars. The big engine
makes the handling difficult compared to the lighter 3-liter Ferraris of the same
period. You have to wrestle them around the corners, but when you hit the open
road they are quite fun. They get very hot inside, so best to drive when it's cool.
I drove mine in the Mille Miglia, the Colorado Grand, and other vintage
events, but died when the sun was blazing. At least we were always one of the
very fastest cars. There is also an issue with the three 4-barrel Webers in that
they cannot flow enough fuel and starve the engine in a fast tight corner. On a
race track, suddenly the engine nearly stops and your heart does too, but they
always seem to catch just in time to keep you on the track. All of the above are
reasons I sold the car, as I have other Ferraris that are just more fun to drive on
the street or track.
Market Reports Overview
Summer Sales Raise $35m
Collections and marque-specific events brought big numbers, while sales
lacking a central focus struggled
by Jim Pickering
ummer sales of 2007
have brought with them
some relatively solid
results for the collector
car market, and specific marquebased
sales—those events made
up of consignments from a single
collector, or sales held in conjunction
with high-profile race
events—have expectedly lead the
pack in results across the globe.
Conversely, annual sales lacking
a central focus either struggled
or just managed to maintain consistency
with numbers realized in
Auction Analyst Norm Mort made his way to Indiana for Kruse's 16th Annual
Mecum, St. Paul, MN
RM, Lapeer, MI
Kruse, Auburn, IN
Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY
Bonhams, Northamptonshire, UK
Bonhams, Sussex, UK
Spring Auburn sale in the first week of June, where he found the final sell-through rate
of 42% to be in line with numbers from past years at the venue. The high sale of the
weekend went to the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” movie car at $545,400, while plenty
of other classics struggled to find bidders willing to pay market-correct money to own
Sales made up of consignments from a single collection have been big this year,
and RM's sale of the McMullen collection on June 9 was no exception. Senior Auction
Analyst Dave Kinney was on the grounds to see all of
the no-reserve lots bring a total of nearly $13m, and he
noted that while many cars from the collection brought
over-the-top prices, not everything sold for crazy money,
and several very good buys were present for the taking.
On the same weekend in Bridgehampton, New York,
Contributing Editor Donald Osborne braved the rain
and mud at Kensington Motor Group's Hamptons Auto
Total Sales Percentages
St. Paul, MN
Sports Car Market
Mecum Auctions (M)
St. Paul, MN, p. 90
Auburn, IN, p. 76
RM Auctions (RM)
Lapeer, MI, p. 100
Classic, where 31% of the cars on offer sold for a final
total just over $400k. Although consignment quality
was mostly excellent this year, poor weather dampened
bidding considerably, resulting in sales down 9% and
$171k overall from last year's numbers.
Auction Analyst Julian Shoolheifer made his way to
Northamptonshire for Bonhams's annual Rolls-Royce
and Bentley sale on June 16, where 23 of the 28 stately
lots on offer raised just under $1.5m on the grounds of
Kelmarsh Hall. Shoolheifer noted pre-war cars to be
thin this year, with a quarter of the entries consisting of
later-model Shadows and Bentley T2s. This year's event
grew almost $400k from last year, with a 13% rise over
last year's 69% sold.
SCM 1-6 Scale
1: National concours standard/
2: Very good, club concours,
some small flaws
3: Average daily driver in decent
4: Still a driver but with some
5: A nasty beast that runs but
has many problems
6: Good only for parts
Bridgehampton, NY, p. 112
Sussex, UK, p. 66
Northamptonshire, UK, p. 120
June 22 saw Shoolheifer in Chichester for Bonhams's sale at the Goodwood Festival
of Speed, where final totals grew an astounding $9.5m from last year's $2.4m haul,
and nearly hit $12m. This event has become more of a draw in the U.K. motoring
community, with more cars on offer and bidders in attendance than in previous years.
An Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spyder was the high sale at $2.8m, which alone outdid
last year's total results, and 14 other cars raised prices above the $200k mark.
Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson was present at Mecum's Back to the
'50s Auction in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 23, where he found the sales rate down
just 3% from last year's 54%. Less-than-perfect American muscle has had a weak
showing in the market over the last few months, but the same cars that have had trouble
selling elsewhere saw some slight movement here, with several modified muscle cars
bringing decent prices.
Finally, the Porsche 356 was SCM eBay Analyst Geoff Archer's inspiration this
month, with both excellent and not-so-complete examples rounding out his report. ♦
Top10 Sales This Issue
(Land Auctions Only)
1. 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spyder,
$2,819,000—BG, p. 74
2. 1931 Duesenberg Model J tourster,
3. 1904 Panhard-Levassor 35hp open,
4. 1926 Mercedes-Benz K Supercharged
Torpedo transformable, $883,000—BG, p.72
5. 1959 Lister-Jaguar Costin Sports racer,
6. 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl phaeton, $572,000—RM, p.106
7. 1968 “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” boat tail roadster, $545,500—K, p.88
8. 1954 Bentley R-type Continental Sports saloon, $509,000—BG, p.70
9. 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, $495,000—RM, p.109
10. 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, $495,000—RM, p.109
1. 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
drophead coupe, $172,854—
2. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible,
3. 1901 U.S. Type A Long Distance
runabout, $46,750—RM, p.102
4. 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 2-dr hard
top, $17,850—M, p.94
5. 1990 Jaguar Sovereign 4-dr saloon,
Bonhams Sussex, UK
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Although there were some unanswered questions about its history, the Alfa
Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spyder still made high sale honors at $2,819,000
June 22, 2007
Automotive lots sold / offered
65 / 89
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Corto Spyder, sold at
Alfa 8C lacked total originality, but bidders responded to the tune of $2.8m
Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer
Market opinions in italics
t's hard to believe that the Goodwood
Festival of Speed is in its 15th year. In
that time the event has grown beyond
all belief, for there was for a few years
the wonderful feeling that any visitor had
stumbled across one of the most amazing and
best-kept secrets in the motoring calendar. The
event is now mass-marketed and vast—if only in
sheer numbers of visitors alone—and the major
manufacturers are now taking an increasingly
large stake in the festivities. While the event has
become accessible to a much wider audience,
some feel that it is losing some of its exclusivity.
Bonhams was a founding co-sponsor of the
Festival of Speed, and the growth of the Festival
has in many ways echoed the growth of Robert Brooks's
company and undoubtedly assisted the firm's profile
considerably over the years. The auction held at this
year's event was the best ever, totaling nearly $12 million
and producing a sold rate of consigned lots of 73%.
It also happened to be the fourth highest-value motoring
auction held this year in the U.K.
Best result of the day was $2.8 million achieved for
the Alfa 8C 2300 Corto Spyder, very carefully cataloged
to not mention the word “Monza,” and with the
chassis number “attributed to,” but nevertheless a very
well presented car. Fourteen cars sold over $200,000,
and the Alfa aside, the highlights included the 1904
15% on the first $60,000
10% thereafter, included in
sold prices (£1=$2.00)
Panhard Levassor 35hp at $905,000, the 1926 Mercedes-Benz Model K Torpedo
Transformable at $883,000, and the 1959 Lister-Jaguar Costin sports racer at
Although a commercial truck, one of the most fabulous vehicles in the sale was
the 1957 Leyland Royal Tiger Grand Prix transporter, which achieved an excellent
result. The ultimate accessory for the vintage racer, it was wonderfully original
and with perfect provenance. After much bidder interest, it soared to five times
its estimate to make a well-deserved $124,000.
There were a number of notable unsold cars as well, including a 1968
Shelby GT500 that failed to make its estimate of $140,000–180,000.
The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5R, ex-Ron Fellows/John O'Connell,
was unsold with a guide of $500,000,
and a DB6 Volante didn't sell despite
the generally huge interest in these cars
elsewhere. Though in very fine order, this
no-sale can perhaps be a little better explained by the
fact that it was presented in an interesting combination
of Storm Red with green leather interior appointments.
This year's result at the Festival of Speed out-
shined last year's $2.4m performance many times
over, which was due in no small part to the number of
high-profile and high-quality cars on offer, as well as
the event becoming more of a draw for U.K. bidders
and spectators in general. Twenty-three more cars
were available, pushing the sales rate to 73% with an
increase of over $9.5m. Bonhams was able to bring
the right collection of cars and bidders together—and
the results speak for themselves. ♦
Sports Car Market
Bonhams Sussex, UK
#405-1911 BELSIZE 10/12hp roadster.
S/N 4857. Eng. # K245. Yellow & black/black
cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,082 miles.
Body shows some general denting. Older
repaint weathered on body, better on more
recently repainted fenders. Cracks and chips to
wheels, brassware original and largely undam-
headlights and side lights. Radiator plating thin.
Tidy upholstery, carpets dirty and lifting. Engine
bay grungy and in need of detailing. Spare tire
cracked and hard. From the Furlane Collection.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $289,000. This was proof
that the ubiquitous VdP tourer bodies were not
the only pretty ones made, and it was a refreshing
sight. Said to start and run well, it came
from long-term ownership and required plenty
of recommissioning before being road worthy
once again. Sold squarely mid-estimate. Right
on the money and worth every penny.
built as a saloon with Carbodies coachwork,
this car was rebuilt with replica Vanden Plas
coachwork. Updated in many ways, it was far
from its original build, but ultimately now to
quite marketable specification. There were no
surprises with this one, and it made market-correct
#390-1928 BENTLEY 6 1/2-LITER
aged. Wooden parts poorly finished, thick paint
on dashboard and fuel tank. Interior complete,
but only fair. Tired overall. Cond: 4+. SOLD
AT $25,300. Not especially rare, as more than
ten are listed with the V.C.C. This one was past
patina and well into worn out, and therefore
ready for a complete restoration. As such, the
mid-estimate hammer price was spot on.
#358-1925 AC ROYAL 12hp Rumble
Seat roadster. S/N 21229. Eng. # 4448. Black
& cream/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo:
12,470 miles. Restored in the 1950s. All parts
of this car show issues, but it is in fine timewarp
condition. Cracked interior believed to be
original. Last on the road in the 1980s, part of
this car was reconstructed to Le Mans specs in
the 1980s, with the chassis shortened, replica
Vanden Plas-style coachwork fitted, and various
engine modifications completed by respected
U.K. specialist D.H. Day. Well executed, but
nevertheless slightly sterile in appearance. The
hammer came down on the low estimate and the
car was fairly bought and sold.
#359-1929 BENTLEY 4 1/2-LITER Four
the Saddleworth Museum exhibition for many
years. From the Furlane Collection. Cond: 4.
SOLD AT $15,640. In its current ownership
for over 50 years, this should be a very straightforward
project whether for total restoration or
careful recommissioning. These are great cars,
this one was very well bought at this price.
#421-1926 BENTLEY 3-LITER tourer.
S/N RT1537. Eng. # RT1539. British Racing
Green/black cloth/burgundy leather. RHD. Very
good paint to metal parts, excellent fabric to
body. Front seats appear to be trimmed in vinyl,
rears leather. All brightwork replated and in very
good condition. Nicely restored wire wheels,
engine bay unexceptional and workmanlike.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $218,600. Originally
Seat tourer. S/N DS3570. Eng. # DS3568.
Smoke blue w/ gray fabric/black cloth/red leather.
RHD. Coachwork by Cadogan. Reasonable
bodywork, fenders rippled in places. Good
older repaint, chrome plating worn and pitted at
Last seen at H&H Cheltenham in February '06,
where it sold at $243,165 (SCM# 41316). An
exceptional example with undisputed provenance,
this car reset the market for SS 100s, which has
been boiling away outside the auction arena over
the last twelve months, and exceeding the high
estimate by 25% proved the point. Very well sold.
#355-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N A30136A.
Eng. # A2013651. Old English White/green
leather. RHD. Restoration work carried out in
2002, very little left to do. Excellent bodywork,
well-applied paint. Instruments and dash really
nicely detailed. Leather interior just right,
not overstuffed as in many other restorations.
tourer. S/N MD2474. Eng. # WT2264. Green
& green cloth/black cloth/green leather. RHD.
Very good fabric-covered body, metal parts
all nicely painted. Chrome plating fair overall,
with some light scratching. Nicely restored
wire wheels, thickly painted chassis. Well-fitted
interior, carpet in good clean condition. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $443,000. Originally a saloon,
#377-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 2 1/2-
LITER roadster. S/N 18054. Eng. # 252018.
Metallic gray/black cloth/black leather. RHD.
Excellent bodywork, very good paint. Older
brightwork still presentable. Interior wellfitted,
top and top boot in very good order.
Wheels nicely finished and damage-free.
Engine bay smart and complete. Nice in all
respects. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $399,000.
Nicely restored throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $35,650. The work on this car stopped with
what seems like a morning's worth of tasks to
be carried out, and as such, it was not legally
roadworthy at the time of sale. Despite this,
there was huge interest in it, and while it was
offered without reserve, it sailed $10,000 over
its high estimate. Very well sold.
Sports Car Market
Bonhams Sussex, UK
#354-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N
HDP264470. Eng. # XPAGTF34344. Red/tan
cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 961 miles. Nice
bodywork, decent paint shows minor use and
very slight orange peel in places. Interior very
this car had no recorded racing history of note;
it just had all the tell-tale signs. Hastily painted
and with new wheels, it looked a little “tarted
up.” While achieving a top-estimate price, this
was a bit too expensive for what it was.
#375-1964 DAIMLER V8 convertible.
unmolested, it was bought by the seller directly
from Vandervell Products in 1982 and thus had
the perfect provenance. The pre-sale estimate
of $20,000 was perhaps a joke, and the selling
price was extremely serious. Very well sold.
presentable, but not perfect, with some creasing
to leather and wear to driver's side carpet.
Hood sides show several rust marks, but overall
complete and relatively solid. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $36,800. This car was cataloged as not
having been used for some time and in need of
recommissioning prior to road use. All this was
reflected in its general condition, so $10,000
over the high estimate was a very strong price.
#367-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE
CONTINENTAL Sports saloon. S/N
BC76C. Athenian Blue/Oxblood Red
leather. RHD. Odo: 78,000 miles. Coachwork
by H.J. Mulliner. Exceptional bodywork, perfect
paint. Chrome plating slightly thin on radiator
shell and headlamp rims. Very bright glass, soft
window rubber. Excellent leather interior plump
six fitted. Nicely prepared throughout. Fitted in
period with Chevrolet V8 and Jaguar power, and
raced by both Pete Harrison and Michael Bowler
on both sides of the Atlantic. Reportedly on the
button and ready to race. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$762,000. This was one of the stars of this auction
largely because of its devastatingly agressive
looks, excellent history, and stunning preparation.
The price bid was very fair for this car, and both
the buyer and seller should be pleased.
#388-1959 LOTUS ELITE coupe. S/N
and un-touched and with fabulous woodwork to
dash. Engine bay finished to as-new factory standards.
Originally purchased by Lord Carnegie,
three owners from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$509,000. Fastbacks are always in demand, and
this was an exceptional example. Its impeccable
provenance and quality saw it achieve an appropriately
firm bid at the top estimate.
#389-1957 LEYLAND WORLDMASTER
Royal Tiger Grand Prix transporter. S/N
5708914RT32399. Black & white/black vinyl.
RHD. Generally tired bodywork with scruffy,
possibly original paint. Still carries original
Vanwall writing along the bodywork. Interior
very original and crude, rear compartment retains
original ramp system for loading Vanwall racing
cars. A wonderful period piece in largely original
condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $124,000. The
ultimate accessory for the historic racer these
days is a period-type transporter, and this one
was the real McCoy. Wonderfully original and
1165. Eng. # 10253. White & green/black
leather. RHD. Reasonable body fit, thick repaint
features lumpy racing stripe. Windshield delaminating
at corners, minimal chrome nice. Shiny
72-spoke wheels show no issues. Stripped-out
interior with only one racing seat and roll cage
fitted. Generally ex-race condition throughout.
new. Engine bay just good by comparison, but
still very nice. Generally brilliant throughout.
Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $110,800. One of the best
presented cars in the auction, this one really
stood out. Unusually fitted with a fixed glass
panel over the driving compartment, this was
the only feature that might not have appealed to
buyers. The market for these is on the move in
the U.K., and this one was very well bought.
Highly-modified Coventry-Climax engine fitted.
The whereabouts of the original wheels and
engine are known, but they do not come with the
car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,450. Believed to
have been converted for racing early in its life,
#391-1972 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert-
ible. S/N 1S20537BW. Eng. # 7S6418SB. Silver
metallic/black cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Odo:
49,612 miles. Very good bodywork, great panel
gaps, nice repaint shows no flaws. Chrome
either excellent original or recent replacement,
Sports Car Market
COSTIN Sports racer. S/N BHL133.
British Racing Green/black leather.
RHD. Perfect bodywork despite compound
curves, glass-like paint finish. Excellent black
leather bucket seats in Spartan race interior,
perfectly finished wheels with nice knockoff tribar
spinners. Beautiful engine bay with Jaguar
bright trim. Owned by Chris Evans of U.K.
TV and radio fame. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT
$146,000. Reportedly costing around $270,000
new, it could be argued that the price paid was
a bargain in comparison to the build cost. Why
has it had three owners in the three years since
its conversion? Because it was still a chop-job,
and you could have bought the best XK 150S
roadster for the money.
#407-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD III 2-dr saloon. S/N SJR599C. Masons
Black/Bordeaux leather. RHD. Coachwork by
H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. Excellent bodywork
with perfect paint finish. Spotless chrome,
superb interior leather and carpets. All glass
and window rubbers appear new, all glass looks
S/N 1A7045BW. Eng. # 7A11469. Black/black
cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,606 miles.
Convertible conversion by Vicarage. Flawless
throughout, equipped with a/c, power top, pw,
ps, and special independent rear suspension.
Presented in as-new condition throughout.
Excellent paint and interior, nice chrome, and
Bonhams Sussex, UK
SOLD AT $20,126. With so much interest in
the new BMW version, it was an interesting
excercise to see one of the last Rover-built
Cooper S Works cars going under the hammer.
I thought this would struggle with its strong
estimate, but it sold right at the upper end.
with no issues to speak of. Interior well finished
and clean, engine compartment correctly fitted.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,250. A reasonably
low-mileage and beautifully presented example,
it was difficult to fault except in one major way:
the automatic transmission. Although this was
a good price, a manual box would have raised
#364-1973 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert-
ible. S/N 1S1941. Eng. # 7S13462SB. Azure
Blue/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo:
42,549. Very good body with excellent gaps,
superb paint, wonderful original leather. Nice
brightwork includes perfect chrome wire wheels.
moved and partially stripped. From the Furlane
Collection. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $13,800. Sold
below the low estimate of $20k, which ultimately
reflected the huge costs involved with a project
like this as well as the final value of the car when
Engine compartment and chassis clean, top
well-fitted. Well done throughout. Cond: 1.
SOLD AT $97,600. A two-owner, low-mileage
example with the desirable factory hard top, this
car firmly achieved its strong low estimate. The
Azure Blue paint, although nearly perfect, looked
bad on an E-type, which seemed to cheapen the
overall effect. Condition alone sold this car.
#379-2000 ROVER MINI COOPER S
Works saloon. S/N SAXXNPAZEYD184907.
Eng. # 12A2LK70397872. Anthracite Blue/
black & silver leather. RHD. Odo: 7,500
miles. Presented in genuine showroom condition.
Flaws limited to a very small amount of
tire wear and some marks on pedal rubbers.
Engine clean, glass and trim as-new. Cond: 1.
bay. Believed to be the only surviving 7.3-liter
Panhard built before 1905. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$905,000. London-to-Brighton-eligible cars
of substantal horsepower have always been in
demand, and particularly so at present. Being
only a two-seater, this car was slightly handicapped,
but it did have the advantages of being
both chain driven and having sporty bodywork.
Very well sold.
#360-1923 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B Dual
Cowl tourer. S/N 10525. Eng. # 300571. Yellow
& green/black leather. RHD. Coachwork by
Carrosserie Kellner. Fair bodywork and paint
from a much older restoration. Much chipping
and cracking to body, wheels tired-looking
and very dirty. Tires cracked and perished,
brightwork poor all over, leather very worn but
original. Complete instrument panel, nice wood,
#386-1926 MERCEDES-BENZ K
Supercharged Torpedo transformable.
Eng. # 60616. White/brown leather.
Coachwork by Saoutchik. Doors show poor fit,
paint heavily pitted all over. Varnish cloudy and
lifting on many areas of woodwork. Nice older
interior retrim has survived well and still looks
good. Very light pitting on brightwork, generally
fair throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $883,000. In
35hp open. Black & red/black cloth/
black leather. RHD. Coachwork by
Labourdette. A quality older restoration. Repaint
starting to show cracks in various places, all
black parts appear more recently redone. Nice
older retrim still presents well. All brass bright
and largely dent-free. Canvas windshield in very
good order, presentable dash panel and engine
double its low estimate. While the price was
brilliant news for the market, I also consider it
fair, as this car was a rare commodity in both
model and condition.
#363-1930 TALBOT DARRACQ
TWENTY TYPE K74 2.4-Liter Foursome
drophead coupe. S/N 72920. Eng. # 81159.
Cream/red cloth/brown leather. A total restoration
project. Lower body seriously rusty, chassis
seemingly sound. General denting all over
bodywork, paint very poor throughout. Terrible
interior with incorrect seats and trim. Engine re-
exposed floorboards. Delightfully unrestored.
From the Furlane Collection. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $311,000. Last on the road in 2005, this
car leaves the new owner with the choice to
restore or recommission, and either way it will
respond well. The catalog estimates stated circa
$140,000–$200,000, and the car made nearly
theory, Transformable torpedo coachwork offers
the best of both open and closed motoring. This
one had been executed using the best materials by
one of Europe's premier coachbuilders, but it was
somewhat challenged in the looks department.
Sitting in the car, the sides of the coachwork were
somewhere above head height for the average
person. The technical specification of this car
and the enormous power available were virtually
extinguished by its troubled looks, and at this
price, it was exceptionally well sold.
Sports Car Market
Bonhams Sussex, UK
#370-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
convertible. S/N 12104220022491. White/black
cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 55,859 miles.
Decent bodywork, fair paint shows only a few
small bubbles. Nice top, wheels chipped and
painted very thickly. Well-fitted interior displays
perfect plump seats and clean carpet. Not the
best, but not the worst example either. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $52,900. A generally very average
example that sold well. The buyer hopefully had
a good look in all the right places before bidding,
as sorting this car could get expensive very
#401-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
sedan. S/N 1122294620. Kansas Beige/black
vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,496 miles. Perfect body
with great gaps throughout. Well painted with
excellent wheels and chrome. Nicely trimmed
interior, quality fit to the headlining. Slightly
lowered, fitted with aftermarket tach and fire
Chrome thin and pitted all over, original worn
interior still sal vageable. From the Furlane
Collection. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $190,000. Of
exceptional quality but with coachwork from
a virtually unknown British manufacturer, this
was a great buy and a bargain in comparison
to the Hispano Suiza from the same collection.
It's always a shame to remove original enclosed
coachwork, but this was so poor and so obscure
that restoring it as an open car would be a serious
option and likely add considerable value.
#366-1932 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 Corto
spyder. S/N 2211051. Eng. # 2211111. Red/red
leather. RHD. Excellent bodywork and paint,
although purposely not overdone. Brightwork
and glass unmarked. Interior and engine bay
perfect, but carefully restored to retain a period
feel. Found engineless, partially bodyless, and
missing its front axle in the 1970s, the car was
restored by the late David Black for his own use.
Exceptional detailing adds consistency to the
racing car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $179,000. All
of the original factory aluminium lightweight
racing B20s were broken up by the factory. This
was one of five reputedly built up by Luciano
Basso to emulate the originals. Based on a
genuine Aurelia GT chassis, this was nicely
executed, and a potential 250 SWB beater. That
said, this was still a copy, and it was expensive
for a racer without FIA papers.
#365-1954 MORETTI TIPO 750 Gran
Sport GT coupe. S/N 1291. Eng. # 1291S.
Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 564. Coachwork by
Michelotti. Excellent bodywork, very good paint
with no chips or faults. Beautifully trimmed with
nice glass and chrome. Engine compartment
extinguisher. Immaculate engine bay with a
Porsche-sourced 2.2-liter Type 4 engine. Perfect
underneath with excellent detailing throughout.
Exceptional and understated. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $23,576. Looking nothing more than a
slightly lowered stock example, it was refreshing
to see a Beetle done so nicely without being
wild. Everything about it was well-executed and
clearly the result of a lot of forward planning
and expense. Worth every penny of the sale
#361-1928 ISOTTA FRASCHINI
TIPO 8A 7.4-Liter saloon. S/N 1153.
Eng. # R53IF. Blue/blue leather. RHD.
Odo: 61,462 miles. Coachwork by Morgan &
Co. Fabric body requires total restoration but
looks OK at ten yards. Generally dented and
cracked fenders and hood. Brush painted in most
places, with lumps and chips visible throughout.
spotless, interior clean and well fitted. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $190,000. These are always a
surprise when seen in person, as they really are
small, but they're also handsome and potent.
This one was stunning in its attention to detail,
which is lost on so many similar cars. Well sold
at the top end of its pre-sale estimates.
restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,819,000. Very
carefully cataloged by Bonhams with particular
regard to the attribution of the chassis number
and the history associated with that number, but
the actual number could not be found stamped
on the car anywhere. Participated in the 1933
Mille Miglia, possibly a works car or Scuderia
Ferrari team car from new. Considering the
huge gaps in this car's history, it made 50% more
than the market would dictate, so the buyer must
have been confident in his own research.
#372-1951 LANCIA AURELIA B20 2-
Liter GT Da Corsa Aluminum coupe. S/N
B201082. Powder blue/black cloth. RHD. Odo:
37,062 miles. Good body with nice gaps, pale
paint hides a few slight dents well. Finish shows
slight orange peel, purposeful interior holds no
surprises with the exception of a horrible modern
steering wheel. Engine bay done for working
rather than looking pretty. A nicely prepped
Sports Car Market
#409-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 Record
Monza Bialbero coupe. S/N 670435. Eng. #
727964. Red/black leather. RHD. Coachwork
by Zagato. Excellent body, decent paint,
panel gaps superb. Chrome plating worn and
scratched in places, alloy bumpers dull, slight
corrosion to wheels. Interior only fair. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $82,200. Believed to be just one of
three right-hand-drive 750 Zagatos, this matching-numbers
example sold exceptionally well,
making over the seemingly optimistic pre-sale
high estimate of $64k with ease.
#396-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe.
S/N 15999. Eng. # 15999. Chiaro Blue/black
leather. RHD. Good body with no obvious
faults, fair paint shows some age and recent use.
Trim slightly creased at the driver's side, glass
and brightwork nice. Purposeful engine bay has
no surprises, tires and rims unmarked. Cond: 2-.
#383-1991 LAMBORGHINI LM 002 SUV.
S/N 12280. Gold/black leather. Odo: 28,488 km.
Excellent throughout, no dings or dents to body.
Paint very good, with only very small chips
to leading edges at the front. Wheels perfect,
engine compartment clean. Some light creasing
is the only interior complaint. Cond: 1. SOLD
A brief look at cars of interest that have
passed through the SCM stable.
HHHHH is best
2007 Jaguar XJR Supercharged
Bonhams Sussex, UK
SOLD AT $73,400. First seen at Coys London
in February '86, where it sold at $270,544
(SCM# 8114), later sold at Bonhams Sussex
in September '04 for $57,316 (SCM# 35073).
This was one of only 32 built in RHD, but it had
small issues evident just about everywhere. With
recent servicing by a respected U.K. specialist,
this was a fair example that raised what can be
considered fair money in this market.
#350-1977 FIAT 124 spyder. S/N
124CS10114172. Dark blue/tan vinyl/tan vinyl.
RHD. Odo: 50,071 miles. Good rust-free body,
nice paint and trim. Wheels bright, soft top appears
new. Engine bay is filthy and would benefit
from a steam clean at least. Driven to the auction.
AT $128,400. Land Rover might have thought it
was covering new ground with the Range Rover
Sport, but Lamborghini had done better and a
long time before. The only downside to these is
servicing, as the last service on this excellent
example with no problems cost $32,000. These
seem to be seeing some sort of resurgence in
popularity, and this one was very well sold.
#393-1964 SHELBY COBRA Mk II roadster.
S/N CSX2423. Green/black leather. Odo: 2,998
miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent bodywork,
perfect paint shows no marks whatsoever,
brightwork appears fresh. Interior shows only
very slight creasing to the seats. Windshield trim
Price as tested: $82,850
Likes: “So it's stoplight drags you like, you little
whippersnapper? I'll teach you to mistake me
for a Buick. Hand me my inhaler, Mabel.” 400
hp, no-brainer V8, beautiful paint, fine panel
fit, very tight, and handles well.
Gripes: Feels like a Lincoln, costs like a Mercedes.
Cream puffy seats with tacky piping,
minimally informative gauges, touch-screen
looks like cheesy 1980s game, shiny wood
looks fake, even though it isn't. Fire the guy
who split the word Jag*uar on the trunk with a
Fun to drive: HHH
Fun to look at: no stars
Overall ownership experience: H
Verdict: Jaguar has no one to blame but their
styling department for their dismal sales. Look
at how handsome Aston is, by comparison.
Car is criminally dull after esteemed heritage.
Like discovering Sophia Loren's daughter is a
frumpy, 250-pound technical writer, who lives
for dungeons and dragons; this Jag is for those
whose fantasies of the leaping cat outweigh the
current reality.—Paul Duchene
2008 BMW 528i Sedan
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,500. Occasionally the
first lot in a sale is one to watch because the room
is asleep. This was an OK example remarkable
only in the fact that there appeared to be little
visible rust. Estimated fairly at $4,000–$6,000
and at no reserve, it nearly doubled the estimate.
The seller should be overjoyed.
bright, dash and gauges look new. Wheels
and engine bay superb. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$454,000. Originally delivered to Los Angeles,
but its early history is not known. Rebuilt by
David Sanderson in the U.K., took first place
in the Hillsborough Concours, participated in
Tour Auto in 2006. Right on the money for a
very nice example with good history and excellent
Price as tested: $55,525
Likes: Feels like you're really getting more than
230 hp from the 3-liter straight-6,
6-speed manual is crisp and a refreshing
change from the ever-more-speeds automatics
that are prevalent in this class, multi-adjustable
seats are pleasing for big drives and supportive
for sporty ones, iDrive gets easier with every
turn of the knob.
Gripes: BMW's mid-size sedan is hard to fault
these days. With cleaner styling and a more
efficient iDrive, I really have to wrack my brain
to nit-pick, so I won't.
Fun to drive: HHHH
Fun to look at: HHHH
Overall ownership experience: HHHH
Verdict: Had the car been an auto, then I might
have complained. But it's not, and for that it
stands out among the Jags, Mercedes, Inifiti,
Lexi, and others. Besides, at a $44k base price,
this entry-level 5-series seems reasonably
priced, something that gets more difficult to
say about most German-built cars with each
increase in the Euro.—Stefan Lombard ♦
Kruse Auburn, IN
Spring Auburn Motorfair
The “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Movie car built in 1968 outsold the classics on
offer, making a full $545,400
May 31–June 3, 2007
Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse,
Mitchell Kruse, Stuart Kruse,
Jim Richie, James Dyess,
Jonathan Krafft, Al Updike,
and Kenny Garman
Automotive lots sold / offered
259 / 611
Oh you Pretty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you. Near, far, in a motor car, oh what a happy time we'll spend...
Report and photos by Norm Mort
Market opinions in italics
ruse returned to its hometown of
Auburn, Indiana, at the end of May
for its 16th Annual Spring Auburn
sale, which traditionally takes place
at Kruse's home auction facility on the outskirts
of town. The site is located just off the
main highway and rivals most state fair and
exhibition grounds in size.
Kruse first advertised “over 2,000 cars,”
which was later dropped to “1,200 cars expected!”
Neither of these numbers were met,
but ultimately 600 cars were there for bidders
to compete for. Kruse has the ability to
run three auction blocks at any one time if
necessary, which can make bidding a little
tricky, as you have to make sure you're
in the right place at the right time. Still, I
heard no complaints.
There was surprisingly little interest in Ernest
Hemingway's 1929 Rolls-Royce, which was one of
Kruse's headliners. The Weyman-bodied 1929 Phantom
II Short-Coupled Saloon had been in storage for the
past 20 years and was relatively clean throughout. The
proceeds from auction were to benefit children's charities,
yet the car sold for a mere $18,144. Fairing better
was the late Princess Diana's 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver
Spur limousine, which sold at no reserve for $70,200.
The high sale over the weekend was the “Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang” movie car, which was bought by a collector
at a very high $545,400. It didn't appear to be in running
1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
movie car, sold at $545,400
and driving condition, but that didn't matter
to the high bidder, who was clearly a fan of
Some bargains were present for the taking, including a 1923 Kissel
8% (included in sold prices)
Gold Bug that sold for just $66,960. An exceptional bright red Austin
Atlantic convertible went for market value at $33,480, while a 1931
Stutz SV towncar in need of a complete restoration managed to bring
$17,280—likely a good buy considering the car's value once restored.
There were numerous other well-restored 1930s classics offered, but
few bidders were willing to offer the kind of dollar amount each of them
required. A rare 1931 Henney roadster failed to sell at a high bid of
$270,000, while a nice 1937 Cord Sportsman convertible remained with
the seller at $230,000. The same lack of
action applied to muscle cars here, although
many sellers ended up parting with their cars
for a few thousand dollars less than they initially
expected. Several high-dollar Mopars were among
the group of no-sales, including a 1970 Plymouth
Superbird with its original 440-ci Six Pack; it didn't
sell at $190,000. A 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda failed at
$85,000, and a 1969 Dodge Super Bee stayed with the
seller at $70,000.
Kruse sold 259 of 611 cars for a $6,230,763 total.
In the two previous years the percentages have been
similar, at 44% and 41%, respectively. While sub-50%
results are certainly not remarkable, Kruse has shown
that it can produce consistent numbers at its spring
hometown event, and in a market where many lessthan-perfect
cars have trouble finding new homes,
that alone can be considered a success. ♦
Sports Car Market
Kruse Auburn, IN
#2759-1951 AUSTIN A-90 Atlantic con-
vertible. S/N 1B84710. Red/tan cloth/tan
leather. Hard to replace curved A-pillar glass
broken. Poor body fit throughout, particularly
at A-pillars. Decent paint shows dirt and a chip
on trunk lid. Generally excellent chrome other
than pitted and peeling front bumper and dulled
rear bumper. Non-original interior door handles
and dash controls with some incorrect detailing.
Well painted and detailed engine and compartment.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,480. Last seen
at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in April
'03, where it sold for $14,000 (SCM# 30720).
Austin Atlantics broke all kinds of speed and
endurance records when launched in America,
but they were a flop in the showroom. Numerous
minor wrongs didn't help this otherwise decent
example. The selling price was substantially
less than the asking price, but it was spot-on
#725-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SPUR saloon. S/N SCAZN42A8HCX16815.
Metallic green/tan leather. Recent respray shows
dirt and minor flaws, scratches and blisters visible
around windshield. Sprayed black underside
with no detailing to engine compartment.
Original chrome scratched throughout. Leather
plastic grayed, yet easily restored. Like-new
white vinyl interior, except for worn and stained
driver's seat. Original and solid under hood and
on chassis, several oil leaks present. A low-mileage
example in an uninspiring color combination.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,100. Last
seen at Kruse Auburn in August '05, where it
sold at $4,000 (SCM# 39257). The only serious
fault with this Fiat was in considering buying it.
I like Fiats, but the numerous oil leaks didn't inspire
a lot of confidence. The later 1500 version
provides a little more power, and thus, slightly
more enthusiasm. A market-correct bid.
#1039-1908 LANCASTER STEAM CAR
runabout. S/N 16. Brown/black. RHD. Ancient
paint with scratches, chips, and fading... not to
mention an offensive color combination on a
wood-framed, boxy body. Brightwork consists
of aluminum strips along running boards that
are local hardware-based. Old black leatherette
seats with kitchen tile flooring. Propane generated
with boiler taps under rear panel. Old side
lamps with broken glass. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD
AT $15,000. This looked like the original kit car.
Nicely detailed and restored engine with minimal
wear. Rear mounted spare. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $26,028. Painted brightwork should tell you
something. Apart from that, this was a handsome
open Packard that went for very reasonable
money as long as a costly mechanical rebuild
wasn't necessary in the near future. It appeared
to be a very good driver, and at that price, it was
a good buy.
#1038-1923 KISSEL GOLD BUG speed-
interior worn and cracked, tinted glass delaminating.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $70,200. Princess
Di's bulletproof Roller, used for Washington visits.
Built to British embassy specs, maintained
by the same. Wavy dirty black bumpers did
nothing for this car's looks. Most Spurs in this
condition would go for a third of the price, but
with armor and the Princess Di connection, this
price was justified.
#1091-1974 FIAT X1/9 targa. S/N
128AS0012555. Tan/black/white vinyl. Odo:
12,000 miles. Original tan paint still decent.
Minimal chrome decent, black rubber and
A true oddball original with questionable heritage.
Stored for fifty years and handed down to
grandson from the original owner. Purportedly
built in 1908 by the Lancaster Steam Co.,
but with no documentation to substantiate it.
Considering this Steamer was sold on bill of
sale only and had no title, its rough condition
and possible leveling of any garage when firedup
made this bid seem more than fair.
#2721-1913 FORD MODEL T Runabout
roadster. S/N 184843. Red & black/black
vinyl/black leather. Paint decent aside from
visible polishing marks. Wood varnish starting
to dry and crack, lots of brass has minor wear
issues only. Black leather interior shows minor
nicks on driver's side only. Flat black underside
and detailing under hood aging. Rare Ruckstell
Sports Car Market
ster. S/N 7245. Yellow & black/tan cloth/black
leather. Twin sidemounts, roll-out seats. Older
yellow paint with minor scratches. Nickel plating
still decent, black leather interior too tight
with broken stitches and minimal padding in
armrests. Basic engine detailing, minor oil
leaks evident. Painted black underside, nice top
2-speed rear axle. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT
$32,000. Apparently driven for only one year
after restoration before being put in a time
capsule for the next 26 years. This was still a
sharp Model T, but high bid should have easily
#753.1-1921 PACKARD SINGLE SIX
touring. S/N V3622. Green & black/black
cloth/black leather. Presentable older respray
shows minor touch-ups and scratches. Fenders,
radiator, and headlamp bezels painted black.
Windshield frame chipped. Black cloth top
shows wear, with cracking on edges. Excellent
interior panels, some wear to driver's seat.
Kruse Auburn, IN
fitted. Ex-Ruger Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$66,960. Last seen at Christie's Pebble Beach
sale in August '02, where it sold for $82,250
(SCM# 29003). Dusty and dirty as if just pulled
out of storage, this Kissel was still a good buy
for an unusual but highly acclaimed sporty
1920s model. Well bought, and easily brought
back to show condition.
#768-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster
pickup. S/N A3707543. Burgandy & black/tan
cloth/brown vinyl. Fitted with dual sidemounts,
grille guard, etched windwings, chrome spare
wheel covers, cowl lights, and whitewall tires.
Excellent paint other than a few polishing marks
and chips on edge of hood. Fresh chrome slightly
wavy in places. New brown vinyl interior and
fresh rubber floor mat. Engine fully detailed.
tion, but still a stunner. Perhaps not a high-end
concours winner at this point, but it would still
be a pleasure to own. These big LaSalles tend to
command Cadillac prices, but this bid was well
within market value considering the patina.
#2785-1930 AUBURN MODEL 125 4-dr
sedan. S/N 125A2234. Two-tone green & black/
black vinyl/green velour. Auburn Motometer,
trunk and rack, driving lights, dual and sidemounts
fitted. Dirt and minor flaws in paint,
good wood finish on dash. Chrome present but
mostly pitted, glass delaminating all around.
Non-original green velour seats and panels with
radiator shell and cap. Original worn-out interior
needs everything. Original rear end, shocks, and
exhaust still fitted. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $17,280.
Missing many parts, including the transmission,
dash, instruments, hood sides, etc. This was a
project for the true Stutz enthusiast, but it might
have a Pebble Beach future after siginificant
money is spent on it. With that in mind, this was
perhaps a very good buy.
#2764-1931 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD
Red wire wheels repainted, but not sandblasted.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,940. Although four
rearview mirrors and etched windwings were a
bit over the top, this was a very nice example
of a most desirable Model A, although “Won't
find a better one!” was a slight exaggeration.
After surviving a downturn in popularity, Model
A prices are on the rise again. This was a lot
of money, but it was well worth it considering
the quality... the owner just needs to buy a
Motometer or a quail radiator cap.
#2765-1930 LASALLE 340 phaeton. S/N
608514. Gray and burgundy/grey cloth/burgundy
leather. Equipped with windwings, runningboard-mounted
spotlight, dual sidemounts,
and wide whitewalls. Paint has minor scratches
and feathering on edges of beltline. Burgundy
leather seats show wrinkles, minor aging on
matching wool carpets. Still well detailed under
green nylon carpeting show some age. Painted,
detailed engine, driver's side apron worn. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $31,320. The unusual two-tone
green and black color combo probably didn't
help this car's result, and the non-original interior
surely was a factor as well. This was not the
classic Auburn most enthusiasts dream of, and if
it had been equipped with more original bits, it
would have brought more money.
#2766.1-1931 CHRYSLER SERIES CD
Dual Windshield roadster. S/N CP5378. Tan/
tan cloth/brown leather. Optioned with rumble
seat, dual sidemounts with mirrors, trunk, and
wide whitewalls. Minor chips and scuffs in paint.
Scratched chrome still decent overall. Engine
detailing showing minor wear, underside gloss
and matte black. Seat and door panel stitching
phaeton. S/N 808721. Two-tone gray/gray
cloth/red leather. Fitted with driving lamps, dual
side mounts, dual spotlights, trunk, and wide
whitewalls. Excellent two-tone gray paintwork
showing minimal wear, like-new red leather
seats. Black mats with red piping over red wool
carpets. Concours chrome with a fully detailed
engine and painted underside. Cond: 2+. NOT
SOLD AT $140,000. Last seen at eBay/Kruse
Ft. Lauderdale in January '02, where it sold at
$61,000 (SCM# 25168). This classic Cadillac
phaeton scored 98 points at Pebble Beach in
2005, and had clearly seen little abuse since.
The market is a little hesitant at the moment,
and this price was on the light side. The owner
was wise to pass.
#2783-1931 HENNEY roadster. S/N 2723.
the hood, chrome and accessories show quality.
Rear trunk rack with no trunk fitted. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Last seen at
Bonhams Brookline in May '04, where it sold
at $51,750 (SCM# 33740). An older restora-
splitting in places, door windlace pulling away.
Rubber floor mats still good. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $68,000. This older restoration had a
nice patina and was still impressive overall. Many
minor flaws were an easy fix. Apartment complex
beige was not a spectacular color on this car, yet
it was inoffensive and will always be acceptable.
This high bid was well shy of market value.
#1030-1931 STUTZ SV towncar. S/N 30768.
Primer & rust/. Needs a full body restoration,
including wood. Engine supposedly rebuilt
in 1990. New chrome bumpers, headlamps,
Green & yellow/black cloth/black leather. Fitted
with rear trunk, grille screen, driving light, and
wide whitewalls. Decent paint, spotty pinstriping,
nice chrome and trim. New black leather
seats, interior padded door panels don't look
original. Chromed and detailed engine, no strap
to stop door from hitting sidemount. Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $270,000. The Henney Motor
Car Company is better know for its funeral cars,
but dabbled in taxi and car production from
1921 through 1931. Built to prove a Henney
could be as beautiful as a Cord, only four were
finished. Only one is believed to exist, so rarity
was there, but classic beauty wasn't. Awkward
styling around the windshield and trunk lacked
Sports Car Market
Kruse Auburn, IN
SOLD AT $37,800. Hudson Terraplanes were
stylish cars in the late 1930s, and few are seen
today. This was a decent driver with plenty of
needs, and the price was a bit on the high side
considering its overall condition. Still, if you had
to have one, where would you find another?
#1034-1937 CORD 812 Sportsman con-
proper proportions, giving it a rough, kit-car
look—and the strange lime green and yellow
color combo didn't help. With all this in mind,
this bid was more than fair.
#753-1932 AUBURN 8-100 Custom cabri-
olet. S/N 8100A10443F. Silver metallic & red/
black cloth/burgundy leather. Rumble seat, dual
sidemounts, and trunk rack fitted. Spectacular
paintwork, beautiful burgundy leather interior
spoiled by poorly finished steering wheel. Like
new black carpet, nice black cloth top. Good
having an eight-year “ACD-watched restoration”
by a senior ACD member with Pebble
Beach accomplishments. (Yeah, but did he win?)
This was a beautiful example in very stunning
blue colors and was ACD-certified, so the
money offered was on the light side.
#2766-1938 FORD DELUXE convertible.
chrome, nicely detailed engine, painted chassis.
Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. This
was a fine example, but it had been spoiled in
some respects by its metallic paint combo and
unfinished B-posts with Robertson screw heads.
Obviously well restored to the owner's specs,
but it won't please the purists. Price was shy of
the mark regardless of how picky you were.
#847-1937 HUDSON TERRAPLANE
convertible. S/N 7136716. Yellow/brown
cloth/brown leather. Older yellow paint showing
minimal wear. Chrome mostly original
and pitting, even rechrome to rear bumper,
wooden hood ornament fitted. Newer brown
leather seats, decent brown carpet. Original
rubber includes running boards. Maroon trim on
brown cloth top looks good, but wheels are red.
Engine painted silver with little detailing. Solid,
clean underside painted matte black. Cond: 3.
S/N 4562217. Black/tan cloth/caramel vinyl.
Fitted with twin fog lights, rumble seat, dual
spots, mirrors, wide whitewalls, and bumper
guards. Decent black paint shows polishing
marks, like new rubber on running boards.
Vinyl interior still shows well, older chrome
matte black under hood, chassis shows wear.
Still a great, solid driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$42,660. Last seen at eBay/Kruse Ft Lauderdale
in January '01, where it sold at $28,500 (SCM#
25144). This older restoration would still bring
admiring looks in shows and on cruises. It still
had lots of miles left in it as it was, and it could
be easily upgraded for little money. Buyer and
seller both did well.
#836-1949 FORD GEORGE BARRIS
inside and out is starting to pit and wear. Mirror
scratched on dash. Painted engine with all-black
undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$53,000. Described as a 100-point restoration,
but that wasn't according to a Pebble Beach
judge. The work done on this car may have been
completed a while ago, but time had taken its
toll. Very nice, but the price offered should have
#2784-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62
convertible. S/N 8347486. Black/tan cloth/tan
leather. Restored in 1984. Minor scratches in
presentable glossy black paint. Good panel fit,
nice chrome with minor pitting on trunk hinges.
Tan leather seats, panels, carpet, and cloth top
show little wear. Nicely detailed engine, original
wheels, hubcaps, and trim rings. Minimal wear
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Custom Replica wagon. Gold metalflake/
lambs wool. Fitted with ps, pb, pw, a/c, cruise
control, tilt wheel, electric doors, and air suspension.
Wood and metal custom Barris body.
Wood requires some refinishing, rear seat removed
and carpeted for serious hauling. Lambs
wool interior beginning to show wear, engine
compartment grungy. Only one built by Barris
Kustoms, and for that we should be thankful.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,320. Let's see... do I
vertible. S/N FC2138. Blue/blue cloth/blue
leather. Appears recently restored throughout.
Excellent blue paintwork, blue cloth top, and
matching blue leather interior. Detailed engine
compartment, basic detailing to chassis. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Described as
overall. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $76,000.
The owner felt this Caddy should still easily win
awards at club and local events, and I have to
agree. Price was well off current market value,
and the owner was wise to pass.
#829-1941 FORD DELUXE convertible.
S/N 186551370. Maroon/maroon cloth/brown
leather. Equipped with wide whitewalls, fender
skirts, radio, and heater. Minor chips and scrapes
to older paint. Chrome bumpers pitting, wear on
grille and fender lights. Brown leather and vinyl
interior show split stitching in places. Sprayed
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Kruse Auburn, IN
hate the rear spare tire bulge and split window
more, or the puckered front end with the world's
largest badge replacing the entire grille? This
golden retro design was based on a 1998
Mercury Cougar platform. I have admired most
of Barris's work, but this was one gawdy behemoth.
Still, it was a show stopper with its Vista
Cruiser roof and long list of options and custom
features. If you wanted attention, this was cheap
for one of the master's cars.
#2737-1951 FORD F1 pickup. Powder
Blue/gray leather. Nice paintwork with minor
flaws and polishing marks. Like new gray
leather seats and panels and gray nylon carpets.
New chrome with minor wear. Chrome
American Racing wheels and fresh rubber added
265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with wide whitewalls,
wire wheel hubcaps, factory AM radio,
and a Continental kit. Poor door fit on passenger
side, OK elsewhere. Chips and minor
dirt in paint, older replacement chrome still has
lots of luster. Fresh two-tone matching interior
and red carpet. Nicely detailed under the hood.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,160. Considering the
current market for GM's Tri-Fives, this decent
example was a bargain. It had everything most
Chevy enthusiasts would clamor for, not the
least of which was a good price. Well bought.
#2798-1955 BUICK CENTURY convert-
to appeal. Nicely painted engine, compartment
and underside. Well presented. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $29,700. A very clean and well-built pickup,
but without a lot of glitter. Little chrome and an
inoffensive all-gray interior were bland, and it
appeared it had been built to sell. This was a
fair price for its condition, and both the buyer
and seller should be happy.
#1035-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN
convertible. S/N 55881144. White, red, &
black/white vinyl/white & red leather. 352-ci
V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older white paint has cracks,
splits, and is lifting. White vinyl convertible top
still good. Chrome pitting and scratched at front
bumper. White steering wheel and dash worn.
Carpets and seats still nice despite minor wear.
ible. S/N GB8025178. Light blue metallic/white
vinyl/dark blue. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted
with bolt-on knockoff wire wheels, wide whitewalls,
and radio. Decent paint not to concours
standards, door fit needs attention. Pitted center
grille with minor wear to rechromed bumpers.
of rust. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,668. The 50th
Anniversary of Edsel was enough of a reason
to buy this driver. Apart from the strange musty
smell inside, it was a solid driver that could
provide transportation to all the forthcoming
celebrations. At this price, just enjoy it and sell
it for about the same money next year.
#848-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI
Stylish cream and blue leather interior, new
blue carpets. Painted matte black inner fenders
and chassis. A good restoration/refurbishment
in an attractive color combination. Cond: 2+.
NOT SOLD AT $46,000. This was a very stylish
looking Buick, but minor flaws stopped it
from achieving full market potential. This high
bid was on the low side.
Engine detailed, but showing age. A decent
driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,336. In 1955,
Packard featured its new Senior line styling.
This example was painted in the optional and
most desirable three-tone combination. One of
just 500 built, it was a rare car, but definitely
little more than a driver at this stage. Price reflected
condition, and the new owner can make
improvements and still come out ahead. Well
#2813-1955 CHEVROLET BEL
AIR convertible. S/N VC55T225269.
Orange/tan vinyl/orange & beige vinyl.
#2742-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible.
S/N F58J211172. White/white vinyl/
red & silver vinyl. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto.
Equipped with ps, pb, pw, ps, power top, 45rpm
record player, tissue dispenser, Wonderbar
radio, Continental kit, and wide whitewalls.
Decent white paint spoiled by dirt, orange peel,
and thin spots. Chrome and stainless polished,
but not perfect. New correct period interior,
non-original style red carpet kit. Nicely painted
engine and underside. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD
AT $75,000. This was a nice '58 with a highquality
frame-off restoration. The '58 Chevys
are now moving closer to the traditional '55'57
price leaders, and although this one was
loaded with all the goodies, it still had plenty of
needs. The owner wanted more than this high
coupe. S/N 63R1471. Red metalflake/brown
vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently resprayed
red metallic with dirt evident. Poor rechroming
shows sanding marks, much is worn original.
Modern aftermarket knockoff wheels look out
of place. Brown vinyl and suede interior worn
and scruffy. Dash fitted with newer stereo and
bid, but this money was close to market value
considering all the minor imperfections.
#1049-1959 EDSEL RANGER 2-dr hard
top. S/N 89UW723723. Red & cream/black
vinyl. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent paint shows
dirt, door fit poor on both sides. Newer bumpers
and bits, some original and worn chrome, very
pitted mirrors. Black vinyl bench seat wrinkled,
like-new black nylon carpets. Original curb feelers
and rubber. Original chassis shows evidence
Grant aftermarket steering wheel. Original and
worn under the hood. No supercharger to fuel
appeal. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,000. This
tasteless color combination of red and brown
with aftermarket gold knockoffs sold surprisingly
well. Somebody thought this was a great
car, and hopefully that person will be happy
with it. The seller did well in my book.
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#2744-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS
convertible. S/N 41467L109727. White/white
vinyl/white vinyl. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Equipped with ps, pb, pw, power top, tilt wheel,
and a/c. Nice paint shows some orange peel.
Marks on chrome door handles, windshield surround,
and original headlamp bezels. New white
vinyl bucket and rear seats. Carpets and console
the buyer can sell it for the same money down
the road. No harm done.
#831.1-1965 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE
good, seat belts worn out. Painted and detailed
engine and chassis. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,820.
I can't recall seeing one of these Impalas with
Redline tires, but it breaks up the triple white
well on this car. Subject of a three-year frameoff
restoration, this was a good straight example
of a desirable 409 convertible. Minor flaws can
be easily fixed. A fair price, so both buyer and
seller should be happy.
#781-1964 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE
Max Wedge Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N
3241207885. Red/red cloth. Odo: 79,594 miles.
426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fresh red paint suffers
from minor prep issues. All chrome and
brightwork refinished, rechromed, or replaced.
Original-style red vinyl cloth interior, factory
fresh red carpets. Added Sunpro tach and gauges.
Clean matte black engine compartment, rebuilt
V8. Bolt-on Lincoln wire wheels. Solid and
different. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $19,000.
Claimed to be restored, but really just refurbished
in 2005. Originally this well optioned
wagon was built for a Ford dealer's wife in
Napa Valley, California. A rare “Polo” Edition,
it came with a photo history of its rebuild. This
price seemed like more than enough, but the
seller might have thought an SCMer would pay
more to use it on a cross-country trip.
#438-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
Fully detailed Wedge engine in concours condition.
Dual exhaust, American Racing wheels,
fresh dash, new rubber. Few faults aside from
being a replica. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$65,000. From Town and Country Motor Sales
in Billings, Montana, this was a ground-up restoration
to concours condition. The price might
have been considerably higher last year, but not
#2757-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert-
ible. S/N 5F08T3092. Red/white vinyl/white
vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally powered
by a 200-ci straight 6. Decent red respray
and white vinyl top showing slight age wear.
Chrome a combination of new and original,
pitted taillight bezels. New black carpet, decent
white vinyl seats. Basic detailing under hood,
resprayed black underside. A solid Florida
Mustang. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,384. Frameoff
restorations of popular Ford ponycar convertibles
continue to find new owners despite a
troubled musclecar market. Values remain constant,
and this one made a very nice driver for
the new owner to enjoy. If it's well maintained,
coated headers. Not completely original, but still
very nice inside and out. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD
AT $35,000. This well built and very straight
Chevelle ragtop was noted as a frame-off restoration,
and it certainly looked the part. Other
than a small ding in the windshield trim and
some minor scratches, there was little to criticize.
The price bid for this pristine Malibu was
not far off, but the car really deserved more.
#2465-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
Malibu SS convertible. S/N 138676B106145.
Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl,
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Malibu convertible. S/N 1AK066302. Red/
black vinyl/black vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Flawless red paint, decent panel gaps, new
chrome and window rubber. Fresh black interior
and top. Nicely detailed under the hood with
chrome air cleaner, valve covers, and ceramic
Nicely detailed throughout. A well optioned,
good-looking RS in an eye-catching black and
red combination. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$47,000. An older restoration that remained
fresh. Correct 327-ci V8 and little to criticize.
The high bid was not far off the mark for this
high-quality Camaro coupe, even though it
wasn't especially rare.
#780-1967 DODGE DART GTS 2-dr
hard top. S/N LP23D72138476. Green/white
vinyl/green vinyl. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Door
and hood fit issues present, paint touched-up
along fender crowns and chipped on cowl.
White vinyl top still looks good. Some chrome
replaced, original stainless still fitted. Interior
wagon. S/N 5J78Z166321. Green metalflake
& wood/green vinyl. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Equipped with ps, pw, tilt column, swing-away
wheel, electric mirrors, and narrow whitewalls.
Metalflake repaint shows some dirt. Side woodgrain
slightly too dark. Interior fitted with T-Bird
seats, center console, and third-row seating.
auto. Red paint like new. Freshly painted Rally
wheels sport new trim rings and caps. All new
chrome, original windshield stainless nicely
buffed. Interior fully replaced and spotless. Well
detailed under the hood. “Everything in the car
was either refurbished or replaced with NOS or
GM parts.” Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $41,000.
Another frame-off rotisserie restoration that cost
plenty and had only been driven several miles
since being completed. The seller noted over
$37,000 in receipts and had fully documented
photo history of rebuild. Still, there was nothing
concours about a matte black underside and
non-matching numbers on this real SS. The price
offered was in line with the current market.
#2741-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO
RS coupe. S/N 124377L117741. Black/black
vinyl/red & black vinyl. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Equipped with ps, pb, a/c, and tilt wheel. Deluxe
interior with fold-down rear seat, console with
gauges, and the Rally Sport package. Excellent
paint, interior and chrome show minimal use.
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shows a small cut to lumpy driver's seat. Steel
wheels sprayed green, detailed engine compartment.
A decent driver. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD
AT $18,000. From a distance, this car looked
cherry... but up close the many minor flaws became
very apparent. A good, solid example, but
it required upgrading that would add up quickly.
The GTS version is the most desirable, but the
price bid for this green example was market
#2750-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-door
post. S/N 113117W188592. White/black vinyl.
Decent white paint with fresh chrome front
to back. New black vinyl interior and carpets.
Combo of replacement and questionable door
rubber. Featured electronic ignition, aluminum
heads and stroker 425hp V8 engine under the
New black vinyl Yenko seatcovers and carpet.
Beautifully detailed engine, painted black underside.
American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels
on Goodyear Polyglas tires. Cond: 1-. NOT
SOLD AT $12,500. There was no excitement for
replicas around here. Bidders sat on their hands
as this almost flawless Yenko-spec Camaro
failed on the block. Correct stripes, decals, 7blade
fan, shifter, and 140-mph speedo weren't
enough—just like high bid. It wasn't real, but it
faced the same no-sale fate as most other replicas
in this market.
#790.1-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback.
hood. Well detailed. Factory steel wheels and
hub caps not in tune with power. Cond: 3.
NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Described as being
in “one of the most desirable body styles” this
very straight Nova did deserve more respect and
attention. White color didn't help. Owner was
wise to wait to sell another day.
#743-1968 CHITTY CHITTY BANG
BANG boattail roadster. Black, brown,
& silver/tan leather. Unique movie prop
from the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Original paint chipped, touched-up, and flacking
in areas. Wood on body cracked and chipped,
veneer broken. Steering wheel cracked, as are
visible in body and fender seams. Fresh interior
includes threshold plates. Engine repainted
Ford blue, but looks to have been done post
assembly. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $95,040.
Basically a decent low-mileage Shelby with
minor fixable flaws and matching numbers.
The price paid was fair, and it reflected this
car's condition. The buyer can easily improve
this one without spending a whole lot.
#749-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr
red leather seats. Brass scratched, tarnished, and
worn. Wooden wheels appear recently resprayed,
spare tire petrified. Underside scraped, cloth
wings ripped. Cond: 3-4. SOLD AT $545,400.
Yes, we know it won't really fly, but does it run?
Even if it did, a drive down the street would tear
its near 40-year old wings to shreds. Fresh from
the Kruse museum, this famous movie car from
the Ian Fleming book and film of the same name
is just fun to look at. Hotly contested, it sold for
what I figured it should... but I'm a fan.
#766-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO
Yenko Replica coupe. S/N 124379N544819.
Hugger Orange/Black vinyl/black vinyl. 427-ci
V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint flawless except for minor
polishing marks. All trim refinished, excellent
chrome excepting minor marks on bumpers.
hard top. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl.
Odo: 43,168 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto.
Equipped with ps, pb, lift-off hood, factory tach,
Rallye dash, Dana rear end, and Redline tires.
Excellent repaint, some new chrome. Original
trim and door handles scratched and worn. New
black interior. Engine clean and painted, but not
pristine. Recent rotisserie restoration. Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $70,000. One of just five 1969
Super Bees painted Y2 yellow. Advertised as
“two-year spare-no-expense” restoration, but
they forgot the door handles. This rare 1969-1/2
with popular options was perhaps a bit shy of
current market value, but still well below last
season's prices. The seller was wise to pass, but
he might be kicking himself for not selling it last
#2717-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD
2-dr hard top. S/N RM23VOA167161. Blue/
S/N 9F02R482989. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo:
41,668 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent
paint cracked and touched up in places, nice
gold side stripes. Poorly rechromed bumpers,
door handles pitted and worn. Black sealant
black vinyl/blue & gray vinyl. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Equipped with ps, pb, a/c, and the original
spare tire. Mostly original paint scratched in
places, some touch-ups and dirt evident. Factory
blue and gray vinyl interior still passable. All
original chrome shows typical wear and original
scraped wheels. Numbers-matching V8 in good
condition. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $118,000.
This low-mileage Superbird had its issues, but
originality wasn't one of them. The touched-up
engine compartment was not concours, but it
was close and easy to improve. It came with
original documentation, manuals, jack, etc. A
few years ago this would have been a decent
price for a Superbird in this condition, but even
with a softening in Mopar prices, this wasn't
#2743-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD
2-dr hard top. S/N RM23V0A181268. White/
black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,200 miles.
440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Near flawless white
paint, well-fitted vinyl top. All black vinyl interior
shows minimal wear. Niceties include Tictoc
tach and AM 8-track. Original chrome still
presentable. Clean and original under the hood.
Rust-free, never titled. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT
$190,000. A rare 20,200-mile car that was still
owned by the original Chrysler dealer, Crouch
Motors. It was originally a 16th birthday gift
for the dealer's son. Lots of documentation was
available, and it had everything most enthusiasts
are looking for in a Superbird. This price
reflected the uncertainty of the current market.
The current owner seems to have missed the
wave, and he may live to regret turning down
what seemed like a low bid.
#2789-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr
hard top. S/N BS23U1B199912. Curious
Yellow/black vinyl. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp.
Dana rear end, Rallye dash, sport mirrors, ps,
pb, rear spoiler. Paint features minor prep issues,
orange peel, light scratches, touch-ups, and Apillar
runs. Combination of new and original
chrome and brightwork. Newer black vinyl seats
and carpet show slight wear. Engine painted and
detailed, underside repainted over original factory
spray. Factory steel wheels. Cond: 3. NOT
SOLD AT $85,000. One of just 108 built. Full
rotisserie resto, but the card didn't state when.
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Plenty of imperfections were still present. This
bid was fair considering this example was tens
of thousands of dollars away from ever being
#2754-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 1787L8S439966. Red/red leather.
Odo: 500 miles. 350-ci 175-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Fitted with ps, pb, a/c, cruise control, and tilt
wheel. Resprayed nose, overspray on bumperettes.
Swirl polishing marks in finish, glass and
trim nice. Original red leather interior shows
no wear, seat foam deteriorating. Almost new
inside and out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,920.
This super low mileage 'Vette came from longterm
storage, yet it still needed a respray. Either
something happened to it during storage, or
the front bumper lost its color and cracked
over time, a known problem with the urethane.
Regardless, the price was way over market for a
regular C3, which had to be due exclusively to
its low miles.
#2850-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Callaway convertible. S/N 1G1YY3189K5105247.
Blue/white/blue leather. 350-ci 382-hp twin-turbo
fuel-injected V8, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, pw, ps,
power top, a/c, cruise control, and tilt wheel.
Non-matching painted Greenwood rear spoiler
and body kit. Carpets wearing on sills, blue
leather interior has foam deterioration inside
lumbar areas. Clean and tidy under the hood
with Callaway twin turbos. Of the 67 built, one
of only two automatics. Fast and rare. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $41,040. This Corvette, with its
Callaway-tuned and -installed intercooled twin
turbo system and mag wheels, was rare, but
these 'Vettes just don't do it for everybody. It did
for one Corvette enthusiast, who paid top dollar
to own it.
#2844-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J5L5800169. Red/
brown leather. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6sp.
Equipped with pb, pw, ps, a/c, cruise control,
tilt wheel, CD player, and two tops. All original
with very minor imperfections in bright red
paint. Like new original leather interior, spotless
under hood and on chassis. Like new in every
respect. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,120. Another
one put away with hopes of a big return. This
was a brand new ZR-1 that had never been registered
or reported sold with full documentation.
The price was higher than many, despite the odd
brown and red color combo. ♦
Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN
Back To The '50s Auction
This was a buyer's sale, with plenty of decent lots available under $50k
Mecum Collector Car
June 23, 2007
St. Paul, Minnesota
Mike Hagerman, Mark
Delzell, Bobby Delzell
Automotive lots sold / offered
111 / 218
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
roadster, sold at $74,550
At $38,850, this 1961 'Vette was one of the better buys of the sale
Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson
Market opinions in italics
or 2007, the venue for Mecum's
Back to the '50s sale returned to
its old location—right next to one
of the main spectator's gates at the
Minnesota state fairgrounds. There was a
major capital improvement for the company
in doing so. The auction was conducted in
the newly constructed CHS/FFA Miracle
of Birth building, which has to be the most
unique name for a building ever to host a collector
While the name made many look twice, the layout of
St. Paul, MN
$300 on the first $5,499, $500
from $5,500 to $9,999, 5%
thereafter (Included in sold
whole undertaking worked out overall.
This was a buyer's sale. The top money for the day was a 1954
Corvette, which had crossed the block but failed to sell in St. Charles,
Illinois, at Bloomington Gold the weekend before. While the roadster sold
here at $74,550—what should be considered market pricing—another Corvette,
a 1961 283/275 car, was a relative bargain at $37,000. A 440-powered 1967 Dodge
Coronet R/T in decent condition sold at $17,850, while a well-built 1969 Chevrolet
Camaro SS replica managed to bring $27,300.
There were also some cars that went for astoundingly high prices for
their respective conditions. One of my favorites, 1961 Corvair Monza
coupe, found a new home for $4,800, which is pretty strong money for a
the new structure worked out quite well. The consignments
entered the through the south garage door and
were auctioned in the southwest corner of the building.
This way, the auctioneer's podium was tucked away on
one side of the car lane, while the seating for the crowd
was on the opposite side of the lane in the remaining
northeast two thirds of the building. When a consignment
had its three minutes of fame, it made its way out a
large door on the southwest side.
Parking for the consignments was a bit cramped,
however, and was confined to just a couple places,
which made viewing slightly difficult. While the State
Fair Board won't allow the auction to be conducted in
the adjacent Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum due to
ventilation issues, they did acquiesce this year to have
the “special consignments” displayed there. It was a
little tight at times shuffling cars during the sale, but the
weak #3 car. A ratty 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible
in #4 condition sold for #3 money at $12,000,
raising many eyebrows in the process.
The same trend of too-high reserves seen elsewhere
in recent months continued here, with notable no-sales
including a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that didn't sell at
a correct $28,000, a 1964 Pontiac GTO convertible in
rough condition that failed at a very high $35,000, and
a nice 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe that went
home with its seller at $35,000.
Compared to the previous year's total sales rate
of 54%, this year's 51% sold showed this event to be
in a groove of consistency. The decision to move the
auction was likely a smart one for Mecum, as while
it might not bring substantially greater results right
off the bat, it will make the event run more smoothly
overall—and that should be considered reason enough
for the change of location. ♦
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#S25-1971 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 SIII
coupe. S/N 1S71200. Red/black vinyl. Odo:
43,894 miles. California market emission configuration,
factory-installed a/c, fender-mounted
mirrors. Old repaint heavily buffed, original
chrome lightly scuffed and scratched. Grubby
engine bay has light overspray from exterior
repaint. Aftermarket Crane ignition, rust speckled
exhaust system. Typical lumpy seats from
crumbled-up inner padding. '70s vintage aftermarket
AM/FM/8-track stereo. Note on dashboard
states “no clutch—don't move.” Cond: 4.
NOT SOLD AT $13,000. The hydraulic clutch
issues pretty much made this an on-the-block/
off-the-block affair. There was no real interest
on this car, including the bottom-feeder dealers.
We can't take any values too seriously until it's
back to being functional again... but then again,
it is a British Leyland product, so that might be
#S171-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW 4-dr saloon. S/N SRK37582. Tan
& black/tan leather. Odo: 72,063 miles. More
than 40 trim pieces have been gold toned, including
the headlight bezels, turn signal bezels,
body side moldings, tail light surrounds, license
plate brackets, and of course, The Spirit of
Ecstasy. Gold leaf embellishments also added to
body side moldings and wheel covers. Limo tint
on all glass behind the windshield, film gouged
three-quarters has been expertly repainted and
matches well, remaining 24-year-old paint
shows lots of polishing swirls. All chrome and
trim original, bumpers cloudy. Heavily tinted
side and rear glass, small stick-on fisheye mirrors
added to stock side mirrors. Older engine
bay clean-up and detailing dingy. Some very
light driver's seat bottom and bolster wear
evident to interior. Mileage claimed original.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,163. This sale price is
about right for a lower-mileage example of a
Silver Spur, and cars like this aren't all that difficult
to locate. It had some service records, but
it wasn't highly trumped up as being regularly
maintained, so I won't call it a great deal—
except for the seller.
#S190-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
2-dr sedan. S/N 1122498886. White & light
blue/black vinyl. Odo: 99,997 miles. Non-stock
two-tone paint is quite good, even if the body
prep was not. Engine not stock and only marginally
clean. Mediocre seat reupholstery job
and generic carpet installation, soiled headliner.
Loaded up with a plethora of near-clichéd accessories,
including stainless headlight visors,
nice dash and console wood. Seems to run out
quite nicely. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,600. The
later production 560 SLs are now dropping down
to the more realistic prices of their 380 and 450
brethren. This one, while it did have a few things
that should have been tended to, was basically
an original that hadn't been messed with much.
It was too good to be a bottom feeder car... but
it's also only one expensive repair away from
on driver's side from lift mechanism. Older
repaint has a few light cracks forming throughout.
Moderate wear on the driver's position of
the seat and carpet, other interior components
OK. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,750. A white trash
magnet. Every bottom-feeder dealer in the place
must have bid on it at one time or another. The
winner may well have a bit of a surprise when
something expensive lets go, and that might not
be too long. Perhaps he can salvage the gold
leaf to finance the future repair work, assuming
there is actually some real gold in it.
#S64-1983 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR
LWB saloon. S/N SCAZN42A6DCX06844.
Light & dark brown/brown vinyl/dark brown
leather. Odo: 40,181 miles. Most of the front
wide whitewall radials, widened and chromed
steel wheels, white window gaskets, and a surfboard
roof rack. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,000.
The reserve fell when the bidding stopped. A
good thing, as this older redo is hard pressed
to be worth what it brought here. Next to Novas,
Beetles are becoming one of the hardest cars to
find restored completely to stock. Never mind
that a stock Bug really is a slug with mediocre
gas mileage of 20 to 25 mpg. Well sold.
#S209-1979 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER
BEETLE convertible. S/N 1592011881.
Yellow/black cloth/2-tone tan vinyl. Odo:
10,256 miles. Repaint looks great from the outside,
horrible in door jambs. Freshly replaced
trim, original weathered bumpers. Newer Haartz
cloth top with rear defog glass. Unspectacular
engine compartment with no amount of cleanup.
DIN-mount CD player installed in the stock
#S189-1938 FORD 81A STANDARD
Tudor sedan. S/N 54408794. Gray/gray broadcloth.
Odo: 544 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Restored to stock a couple of years ago to a
good standard, then converted to a street rod.
radio location. Replacement seat upholstery
generally looks stock, but doesn't fit nearly as
well as the originals. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT
$8,000. Why bother bidding $8k on someone's
home-spun redo when nice originals can be had
for this money? Just as the New Beetles have
been floundering on the market, so have the old
ones, and the $9,500 reserve was way out of line
#S20-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL
convertible. S/N WDBBA48D8HA064554.
Light brown metallic/tan leather. Odo: 107,265
miles. Good original paint shows slight dulling
and several scratches. Original chrome and trim
serviceable. Aftermarket window tint lifting in
places. Dusty, dirty, unkempt undercarriage,
coat hanger holding muffler up. Near rock hard
leather seating surfaces, heavier wear to carpet,
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Painted a nice generally stockish gunmetal gray,
passenger side rear fender chipped, creased, and
gouged from a door hit. Light delamination of
replacement driver's side door glass. Expertly
installed LeBaron-Bonney stock full interior
kit, to include door panels, headliner, and seats.
Nice muted rumble from restrained dual exhaust.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,688. That whack in the
rear fender probably cost the seller at least $5k
across the block, even if it will cost less to fix.
As 1938 was the year that Henry finally joined
the rest of the industry and put juice brakes on
all FoMoCo products, it gave less justification
in my mind to hot rod the car. To each his own,
but be prepared to take a hit (hopefully not literally,
as was the case here) when it comes time
#S85-1944 CHEVROLET G-7133 1 1/2-
ton 4x4 pickup. S/N 8NJ2922253. Light gray
& silver/gray velour. Odo: 22 miles. 350-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Originally a military-spec fire truck.
Modern two-speed transfer case and 3/4-ton live
axles fitted. Poor cosmetic finish to some powdercoated
bits, nice paint. Reupholstered Chevy
S-10 seats, cast urethane dummy M1 Carbine
mounted in a repainted WWII-vintage cabmounted
scabbard. Very recently completed,
length, and individual air cleaners. Authentic
repaint looks dull. Chrome and trim lightly pitted,
although the driver's side is slightly better.
Chrome peeling on the lower edge of windshield
frame. Raspy straight 6 has a slight lope at idle.
High quality interior restoration clean. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $74,550. Seen previous weekend as
lot S80 at Mecum's Bloomington Gold auction,
where it didn't sell at $69,000. With two more
miles in and out of the trailer and nothing else
done to it, it managed to bring $5k more at a
street rod event. It still could stand to be detailed
for a couple of days, but all in all this was a
fair enough deal, and both parties should be
#S135-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD
convertible. S/N P5FH209326. Red/white
vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 38,674 miles.
292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built when new with
Raven Black paint. Factory options include
ps, pb, 4-way power seat, and both tops. Good
quality older repaint, replacement door handle
gaskets cracked. Door gaps off, driver's door
latch loose. Bumper plating has several light
with no indications of use or wear. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $18,900. The seller claimed to have
$35k into it, but was hammered sold at nearly
half of that. Not everyone's cup of C-rations,
and not even mine, as I prefer my Mil-specs
correctly restored rather than done up as fourwheel-drive
street rods. Not a show vehicle, and
definitely not a work truck or boonie-stomper.
The seller must have figured out the laws of
supply and limited demand, and dropped the
reserve at the end of the bidding. This was good
deal if you are one of the few who likes this sort
#S87.1-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
roadster. S/N E54S001241. Polo White/tan/red
vinyl. Odo: 611 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl,
auto. Described as Bloomington Gold certified,
but over a decade ago. Early model year production
pieces, such as wheel covers, exhaust outlet
missing chunks. Replacement dash pad and
carpet. Lots of paint chips to lower edge of dash
radio pod. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,800. While
'61 Monza coupes rarely survived, I figured this
to be a $3k car, but the seller proved me wrong
panels warped from moisture. Top vinyl stiff,
torn, and frayed. Apart from a puff of smoke
upon startup, it does seem to run out well. Cond:
4. SOLD AT $12,600. I became interested in
this one when I discovered that it was built two
days after I was born and four days after my '64
Ford Country Sedan was built, with the same
Sports Car Market
scuffs. Older replacement soft top, seat upholstery,
carpet, and door panels have heavier wear.
Circa mid-1960s accessory under-dash oil pressure
and ammeter gauge pack. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $28,000. Last seen at Mecum's St.
Paul sale in June '06, where it sold at $28,350
(SCM# 42097). Since the first year 2-place
'Birds are also the only ones with a 6-volt electrical
system, they are also the least popular.
$28k was more than generous for this somewhat
inconsistent, albeit regularly enjoyed example.
#S156-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR
Monza coupe. S/N 10927K118627. Tuxedo
Black/red vinyl. Odo: 64,736 miles. 145-ci 6cylinder,
2x1-bbl, auto. Very solid body without
blisters in the usual places. Serviceable original
chrome not perfect, but looks like it belongs.
Seat vinyl discoloring unevenly, with no two
panels of vinyl in exactly the same hue. Original
door panels in good shape, armrests worn and
to yellow within vinyl pleats. Older replacement
carpet and seat upholstery kit shows limited use.
'70s vintage Cragar wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $38,850. Even with some of the done-onthe-cheap
work over the years, this was one of
the better buys of the sale. Apart from a repaint,
it wouldn't take much to get this car sorted out
correctly. With a solid, good running original
powertrain, this could be a runner for quite
some time before it would need to be redone. As
it sat, it had quite a bit of eyeball. Considering
how solid axles continue to appreciate ahead of
the curve, this was bought well.
#S153-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL
convertible. S/N 4G64X181699. Rangoon
Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,019 miles.
352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old repaint shows
several chips, nicks, and scrapes. Rear bumper
chrome peeling off in sheets. Used car undercarriage
shows that the body has been patched
in several places—especially the rear quarters.
Ooriginal leather seats replaced a long time ago
with loosely-fitted vinyl seat kit. Lumpy original
dash pad and console armrest, original door
when it went past his $4,500 reserve. Hardly a
minty time capsule, but still quite original. Chalk
this up as more evidence that Corvairs are getting
noticed in the marketplace—and buyers are
willing to fight over the right ones.
#S43-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
convertible. S/N 10867S104087. Red & white/
white/red vinyl. Odo: 85,846 miles. 283-ci 275hp
V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Minimal prep work to
respray over original paint. Base original paint
and repaint have cracking around lower edge of
windshield seal, and along body contours. Older
rechromed bumpers, mostly original trim and
stainless. Newer average-grade soft top. Engine
bay generally glossy black, older repainted orange
motor. Cheaply redone door panels starting
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Two owner time capsule example.
Great to drive with strong engine and sharp handling. 43,313
miles. Lovely original interior with excellent mouse hair dash.
Full manual set, jack and tool case and records. $295,000.
1930 Chrysler Indy Roadster. Fun, exciting car with
track performance to match Alfa Romeo 8Cs. Believed to be car
constructed by Luis Viglione for Juan Guadino and run at Indy
in'32 and “33. FIA papers pending. Excellent value at $159,500.
1967 Corvette 427/435 Roadster. Beautiful, fresh frame-up
restoration. Gold Spinner winner. Matching numbers with original
equipment including J56 brakes, F41 suspension, M21 suspension,
4.11 posi rear end and hardtop. Complete documentation from new
and restoration photographs. $245,000 Serious Offers.
1991 Jaguar XJR-15, #020. Derek Warwick's Monaco
winning car. Mechanically outstanding with very good race
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alternative to 956 and 962. V-12 with carbon fiber tub. $295,000.
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color combo to boot (the wagon, not me). But
alas, my plans for ratty driver birthday bookend
'64 Fords went awry when the thing went for
stupid money. Even a dealer I know quit bidding
and started shaking his head past the $7,500
mark. Very well sold.
#S181-1964 PONTIAC GTO convertible.
S/N 824P38430. Marimba Red/black vinyl/
white vinyl. Odo: 12,823 miles. 389-ci V8,
3x2-bbl, auto. Originally restored at least two
decades ago. Light paint cracks at corner openings
of trunk, blisters on quarter panels. Doors
don't shut properly, side glass out of alignment.
Idles horribly due to overly rich mixture, smells
like gas even when shut off. Superficial cleanup
of engine bay. Old redye job on door panels,
cracked dash pad and seats. Cond: 4+. NOT
SOLD AT $35,000. When old restorations unwind,
they can be grotesque. This had to be one
of the worst unwinds that I've ever encountered.
I'd much rather have a barn find than this,
simply because the barn find hasn't been messed
with and would have much less of a chance of
self-immolating. The consignor really should've
taken the money and run.
#S90-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS
convertible. S/N 166675J276334. Red/white
vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 34,066 miles. 396-ci
V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well prepped body, expertly
applied repaint. Acceptable panel gaps, all
bumpers and trim original and showing minor
pitting. Sanding scratches to lower windshield
trim, light cracking of vent window seals.
Reproduction Rally wheels with Redline radials.
1970s vintage HEI distributor and ignition
system, high-gloss engine paint. Odd dashboard
color combination of red lower panel with black
upper panel and dash pad. Newer top, seat upholstery,
door panels, and carpet. Pitted console
trim. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. This
was a decent 20-footer, which also gave one
the impression that it has had some color and
component changes since 1965. Plenty bid for
what it was.
#S74.1-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 194375S121046. White/black
leather. Odo: 31,113 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8,
4-bbl, auto. Ordered new by a GM executive.
Fitted with a/c, pw, pb, and telescoping steering
engine compartment, light pitting of most interior
chrome and trim. Carpet faded and getting
threadbare in driver's area. Older replacement
door panels, dash pad, and seat vinyl showing
minimal wear and aging. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$23,100. This car surpassed its $21k reserve
without too much difficulty. As a base-engine
final-year 389 with an automatic and a color
change, this was market price. A good cruisenight
driver or light project for someone new to
#S6-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/
SS coupe. S/N 124377L110855. Black/black
vinyl. Odo: 93,374 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl,
4-sp. Non stock pieces include '70s vintage
Camaro steering wheel, Hurst shifter, in-dash
bowtie AM/FM/cassette stereo, and triple gauge
pack mounted under dashboard. Nicely prepped
body, decent thick repaint. Door gaps OK, trunk
and hood gaps varied. Mostly non-stock under
the hood. Cosmetically quite clean. Cond: 2-.
NOT SOLD AT $35,000. The seller claimed
Sports Car Market
column with teak wheel. Originally Goldwood
Yellow, changed to generic white in the mid'70s.
Paint lifting in crevices, such as drip channels
and door jambs, body cracking in several
places. Original chrome is serviceable, if mildly
crazed. Interior has just enough wear to make
it difficult to discern if it's a good original or
heavily worn old re-pop. Odometer inoperative,
speedometer works. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$43,050. Last seen at Mecum St. Charles in
June '07, where it didn't sell at a high bid of
$42,000. Seen prior at Mecum's Des Moines
sale in July '06, where it didn't sell at $41,000
(SCM# 42445). Not much had seemed to change
when it was on the block here, and it was sold at
just over its high bid from St. Charles. The deal
was put together by the end of the day for not
much less than its reserve on the block.
#S71-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top.
S/N 242176Z100488. Red/black vinyl/black
vinyl. Odo: 62,523 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Pontiac Historical Services documented,
originally gold. Factory a/c, ps, pb, pw, console,
reverb AM radio, and Rally II wheels.
Nice paint presentation outside, weak at door
jambs and inner body panel gaps. Most exterior
chrome either replated or replaced. Undetailed
on console with some cracks in top cover. Older
replacement seat upholstery, door panels, and
carpet with moderate wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$17,850. As the Govier generated broadcast
sheet and body tag decoding confirmed this
car to be what it was, it was even easier to pick
out the add-ons, and making this a more correct
car would be pretty easy. Similar '67 R/Ts
with cloudier pasts in similar condition have
sold for more, so this was a good buy. I can
almost hear Rosemary Clooney singing that old
jingle: “extra value is what you get, when you
#S193-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard
top. S/N 338177M128126. Dark aqua metallic/black
vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,446 miles.
400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older mediocre repaint
that this had been a calendar car for BarrettJackson,
but didn't get into detail apart from
heavily using the misnomer of the car being
“Barrett-Jackson material”. Re-run later in the
day as lot S125, which was also a no-sale at
$31k. With a $45k reserve, the consignor needed
to get off his Barrett-Jackson fixation and get
back to reality.
#S118-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T
2-dr hard top. S/N WS23L77215436.
Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 37,307 miles.
440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, 3.23 Sure
Grip differential, tinted windshield, undercoating,
and remote driver's door mirror. Thick old repaint
with visible masking lines and red primer on vent
window rubber. New bumper rechrome, other
brightwork original and crazed, badly masked
off non-stock black-out pattern on grille. Clean
non-stock engine compartment. Original finish
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now has nicks and chips, although the shine is
quite good. Chromed half headlight bulb covers
are the best brightwork on the car, as all of
the rest is original and mildly frosted or pitted.
Aftermarket interior tidbits include a Sun tach
clamped to the steering column, 1980s vintage
AM/FM/cassette stereo in the stock location, rear
shelf speakers, a pair of 2-inch diameter gauges
neatly cut into dash trim, carpeted floor mats, a
Hurst shifter, and a few performance parts stickers.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Built for
speed, not for authenticity. The seller also noted
that all of the stock engine bits would go with
the car. Nice gesture, but who really wants used
pistons and connecting rods, even if they are all
circa 1967? I'm not sensing a real pent-up desire
for most potential buyers to do this car back
up to bone stock, but rather to keep it a runner.
The consignor wasn't too far off the mark with a
reserve just over the crest of $20k.
#S33-1968 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442
Replica convertible. S/N 336678M161298.
Light blue metallic & white/white vinyl/white
vinyl. Odo: 47,697 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Factory-type options include ps, tilt
wheel, and AM/FM stereo. Mediocre repaint
shows overspray in various locations and poor
masking to door glass, vent window frames,
and windshield frame. Rechromed bumpers,
almost all emblems are reproduction pieces.
OK, but with light orange peel in compound
curves, mediocre masking, and slight overspray.
Older, lower budget bumper rechrome. Good
original emblems, pitted vent frames, ill fitting
windshield trim. Engine shows an aftermarket
performance intake manifold, ignition components,
battery, and radiator cap. Brake pedal pad
missing, no door lock plunger bushings fitted.
Newer reproduction seats, carpet, and dash pad
show minor wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,163.
It shouldn't be too surprising to find out only
one red California Special was made, since
they were dealer specials built to move out the
slower selling coupes. $20k seemed more like
what I would've expected the car to do, but this
was pretty darn close.
#S157-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 194378S421670. LeMans Blue/
black vinyl. Odo: 54,228 miles. 427-ci 390-hp
V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory big block with a/c,
telescoping steering column, and wheel covers.
Ancient repaint has a slew of nicks, chips,
and scratches. Original chrome follows suit.
Engine compartment somewhat grubby, nonstock
engine bits include a Flamethrower coil,
motor components either milled billet aluminum
or chrome plated. Decent original-style interior
includes well-fitted seats and nice carpet. Cond:
2. SOLD AT $27,300. This was quite a jump
from stock under the hood, but this was still a
very good deal for a well-built resto mod... and
it was all the better because it wasn't modified
in a way that was overly, ahem, unique to the
builder. It will likely be quite easy to someday
sell a well-built red Camaro that looks generally
stock. Very well bought.
Engine desmogged and fitted with aluminum
valve covers and intake manifold. Door panels
and top yellowing from age, older replacement
seat upholstery starting to develop tears. Surface
rusted top bows, heavily yellowed plastic backlight.
Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,488. Per the
seller's info sheet: “THIS CAR WILL GET YOU
NOTICED.” True, but for all the wrong reasons.
Simply put, a used hard and done on the
cheap fakeydoo that didn't even have $15,488
worth of utility value. Well sold.
#S98-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT
California Special coupe. S/N 8R01C150267.
Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo:
79,396 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti report
confirms it as the only red GT/CS. Older repaint
performance distributor, and non-stock air
cleaner with 427 emblem. Smog pump and
emissions plumbing intact. Al Knoch replacement
seats show light wear. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $22,000. The consigning dealer was
pretty steadfast to me about this being a $30k
car, and in the right condidion, it might have
been. However, as it was, it pretty much died
on the auction block at $22k. The seller made
a hasty retreat off the grounds within fifteen
minutes of being on the block.
#S66-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1
fastback. S/N 9F02H160423. Dark green metallic
& gold/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 41,156
miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Minimal options
include an AM radio and Sport Deck rear seat.
Thick repaint has made dataplate on the driver's
door jamb illegible, significant orange peel visible
in several spots. Poor hood gaps, fenders
#S79-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379A325451.
Lipstick red pearl/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo:
72,356 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Featured
in the main article and the on the cover of the
January 1985 issue of Super Chevy magazine.
State of the art 25-year-old repaint still holding
up well, rechrome work still decent. Sanding
scratches on rear window, freshly applied matte
black undercoating. High-temp white painted
Sport Deck. Dusty original dashboard and
gauges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,300. Minimally
equipped, one minor step above the base level
motor, and painted in perhaps the least desirable
and most bland colors, the consignor did
well to turn this first year Mach 1 loose at this
price. Well sold.
#S44-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS
Replica coupe. S/N 124379N620304. Red
& white/white vinyl/white houndstooth cloth
& vinyl. Odo: 5,188 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. “Show car” quality body work, paintedon
graphics decent. All new chrome, stainless
trim, and weatherstripping. Engine and cylinder
heads painted gunmetal metallic, remaining
pinch in toward the nose. El cheapo bumper
rechrome ripply and shallow, side window trim
pitted. Reproduction carpet, door panels, and
seat vinyl, with faded original carpet on folded
exhaust headers with smog pump tubes on the
motor, MSD box on passenger side cowl, aftermarket
race tachometer clamped to steering
column. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,875. Last seen
a month ago at the spring MidAmerica auction
in Blaine, Minnesota, where it didn't sell at $23k
(SCM# 45328). It proved to be worth the wait
for the consignor, as this $25k car fetched him
an extra $4k here. With the older mods that were
done back in Reagan's first term, this was all the
money in the world.
#S45.1-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-
dr hard top. S/N WM23V0A100509. Blue
metallic & white/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo:
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C Orange & black/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo:
43,426 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage
claimed original. Featured in several Mopar buff
magazines after it was restored over a decade
ago. Excellent quality repaint and reskinned
roof. Good quality rechromed bumpers, mostly
original and generally good trim. Base-level
1,564 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Noted
by Govier as the first identified Six-Pack car in
his Chrysler Registry. High quality body and
paint work, good panel fit, redyed roof vinyl.
Decent chrome mostly reproduction. Despite
being a real Six-Pack car, it wears an Edelbrock
intake manifold installed and painted when
the motor was rebuilt. Engine still smells like
gasoline. Otherwise, all is clean, looks stock,
and is as neat as a pin. Most of the interior made
up of recent reproduction components. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $53,550. A frequent flyer with
Mecum, as it appeared here last year at a nosale
bid of $58,500, and was seen before that at
Mecum Des Moines in July '06, where it didn't
sell at $56,000 (SCM# 42285). The consignor
had been looking for $65k, and I was getting
sick and tired of seeing it pop up at more Mecum
auctions than even I attended. I'm pleased as
punch it finally moved down the road, and the
seller clearly got a market price.
#S119-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA
2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B222674. Vitamin
#S46-1973 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr
hard top. S/N JH23G3B297050. Sublime &
black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,505 miles.
318-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Average quality repaint in
an incorrect color for the year. All original chrome
and trim pitted or lightly cloudy. Original motor
with 4-bbl carb added on an aftermarket performance
intake manifold. DIN-mount AM/FM/
CD stereo installed in stock radio location, older
dashboard without a tachometer. Older replacement
interior vinyl soiled and starting to yellow
ever so slightly. Light wear to steering wheel
rim. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. Last
seen at Kruse Scottsdale in January '93, where
it sold at $38,750 (SCM# 5641). The consignor
was perhaps hoping that those of us in fly-over
country were thinking that Barrett-Jackson
pricing still ruled the day for Hemi values. The
market said $250k, the seller wanted at least
$300k, and the car is consigned for Mecum's
next sale in Des Moines. Anyone want to take
bets on how it does out there?
rear package shelf aftermarket speakers. Cond:
3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. As a commodity
of a local used car dealer, this was previously
seen at the spring MidAmerica auction a month
earlier, there bid to a $19,000 no-sale. On this
day, it was said to have a $20k reserve, but it
was spotted in the local paper's classifieds the
next week with a $22,500 asking price. All these
prices were more than plenty for a car that had
more than its share of issues. The next owner
will probably pay for it with money from his
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#S56.1-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 1Z37Z3S434461. Yellow/black
leather. Odo: 75,026 miles. 454-ci 275-hp V8,
4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include a/c, AM/FM
radio, and tilt/telescopic column. Nice door and
hood fit, although not perfect. Fresh repaint decent,
nose mismatched to the rest of body. Door
glass seals stiff, other rubber OK. Excellent
rear bumper rechroming, other trim still decent.
Clean and somewhat detailed engine bay,
although not to concours standards. Recently
replaced leather seats, reproduction replacement
carpet and dash pad, redyed door panels. Cond:
2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Our man Rob Sass
has been looking for a C3 of this era configured
like this one. Our example here could've met his
expectations, however, the consignor would like
to see more out of it than anyone within earshot
would be willing to pay for it.
#S210-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 1Z37J3S412469. Dark blue metallic/dark
blue vinyl. Odo: 89,590 miles. 350-ci
190-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original options include
a/c, ps, pb, full tinted glass, and dealer installed
luggage rack. Older repaint with uniform orange
peel across roof panels, several chips throughout
body and on door edges. Nose piece rippled
and mismatched. Trim and glass OK. Driver's
door handle sticks open. Heavier interior wear
Chassis and engine compartment show superficial
clean-up. Door panels siliconed in place.
Seat cloth pulling off of padding on outboard
bolsters. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $7,500.
C4s are now about as cheap as you can get a
Corvette, and this one whispered that it had
been dealt with on the cheap for some time.
The amount bid can be considered somewhere
between correct and generous, and the selling
dealer should have taken it.
includes lumpy seats and carpet fading. Console
T-bar pad doesn't match door panels or seats.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,900. The dealers generally
kept away from this car, due to its automatic
transmission. However, someone got a reasonable
deal if they are mechanically adept and are
willing to do some work on the car. One could
easily get out of balance at this price, but at
least these are finally going up in value.
#S197-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Indy Pace Car coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S905610.
Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 33,243
miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage
claimed original. Very good original paint and
graphics show only a couple of light chips on
the nose and four light cracks to forward edges
of the doors. Better than average original paint
recently buffed. Original engine compartment
#S93-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
convertible. S/N 1G1YY3181J5113289. Bright
Red/white/red leather. Odo: 17,392 miles. 350ci
240-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Optioned with
Delco/Bose stereo, 4+3 manual transmission,
and Delco-Bilstein shock absorber package.
Original owner traded it in after two years, kept
by the Chevy dealer until recently. Exceptionally
grimy and in need of detailing. Some light wrinkling
to both seat bottoms, moderate discoloration
of steering wheel rim leather. Cond: 3+.
NOT SOLD AT $16,000. This was one of the
higher mileage Pace Cars out there, as it seems
most were bought new as long-term investments
rather than drivers. I own a 1978 vintage car
with similar miles, and it keeps active enough
to generally keep things from going sour from
sitting, but still will throw you a curve ball,
with things like dried out seals leaking once in
a while. Rightfully a $20k car, but not a penny
more in today's market.
#S16-1987 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 1G1YY2181H5111434. Red/red
cloth. Odo: 85,200 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuelinjected
V8, auto. Quick repaint shows minimal
prep work, with lots of orange peel and texture
in areas that could not be buffed out easily. Door
glass seals frayed and chewed up on both sides.
Rear bumper dented near license plate recess.
panel carpet getting loose, seat wear noticeable
on driver's side as patches of high gloss leather
at wear points. Good condition for a 97k mile
car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,813. Used car market
price for a used car, plain and simple. Nicer
‘96s can easily be had if you really have to have
a final year C4 for your collection. However, as
an imported driver from the desert, this buyer
could have definitely done worse—I've seen
them, and I'm still in therapy because of it.
CORVETTE Lingenfelter coupe. S/N
1G1YY22G6W5130404. Black/black leather.
Odo: 36,062 miles. 383-ci 500-hp fuel-injected
V8, auto. Full suspension kit with Lingenfelter
alloy wheels. Most LPE body components installed.
Superb paint, heavily tinted glass, highly
well preserved original paint, top, and interior.
Light flash rust specks on exhaust, driveshaft,
and rear axle half shafts. Used car dealer gloss
coating over entire engine compartment, black
accessory floor mats worn, minimal scuffing
of driver's seat bolster. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$21,000. This was the final year for the odd
4+3 manual transmission, and the third for the
reinstated convertible. The consigning dealer's
buck per mile on the odometer reserve was
quickly surpassed, as someone got a car that
could likely become Bloomington Gold Survivor
#S205-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P5T5118191. Bright
Red/red leather. Odo: 97,211 miles. 350-ci
300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Good quality
older repaint with a few light chips on the nose.
Driver's door sits too far back on the body, body
panels around it have several cracks forming.
Fitted with a Dynomax exhaust system. Door
detailed clean engine bay. Driver's seat has light
wear to outboard bolster, more along the lines
of faded leather dye. Remaining interior components
like new with almost no wear. Cond:
2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Fastidiously cosmetically
maintained, and continually detailed
before crossing the block to the point of being
annoying. Later, as it crossed the block, it was
revved to the redline several times... At least it'll
look nice enough to justify an engine swap after
the motor lets go. Apart from being at the end of
the auction, no one here was really interested. ♦
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RM Auctions Lapeer, MI
The McMullen Collection
Almost everything in the catalog brought retail or above, again showing the
strength of single-consignor sales
June 9, 2007
Automotive lots sold / offered
83 / 83
1931 Duesenberg Model J
Tourster, sold at $1,485,000
10% (included in sold prices)
1930 Cadillac V16, a strong seller at $374k
Report and photos by Dave Kinney
Market opinions in italics
'm a veteran of literally thousands
of automobile auctions,
but RM's sale of John McMullen's
collection was the first of the modern
single-consignor sales I've attended. We've
all heard stories about similar sales with
through-the-roof prices and new money
chasing old money to see who can bring
home the most toys, but unlike the way
some have described it—a feeding frenzy of
willing buyers—I found it to be more of an
interesting exercise in emotions and desires.
Yes, a good number of cars did get away at expensive to
very expensive prices, but there were a few bargains in
the mix, as well as some cars that were quite appropriately
Mr. McMullen was not getting out of the collect-
ing game, merely paring down his purchases to a few
of his favorites. During the sale, I did allow my mind
to wander and guess at what his feeling would be upon
waking up the morning after the sale. I'm sure he was
disappointed in the values of a handful of cars, but I'm
also sure he had to restrain a bit of a laugh for more than
a few of the realized prices.
As a no-reserve sale, everything on offer found a new
home. A few of the less surprising results were found
among the oldest and newest cars on offer. Those cars that were Londonto-Brighton-eligible
all did well, and among them there were few
surprises. My favorites included a 1902 Curved-Dash Oldsmobile
that sold for a now market-correct $66,000 and a 1901 U.S. Long
Distance Type A runabout that sold for $46,750, which was
possibly the lowest amount you could expect to spend to enter
Almost everything in the sale brought retail or above, and the list
of those cars was literally the run of the catalog. Some notable examples
that brought jaw dropping prices included two Cadillacs: A 1957 Eldorado
Biarritz convertible sold for $357,500, and a 1953 Eldorado convertible came
in $5,000 short of half a million dollars—a record-shattering amount. If that
was not enough, the car that sold one before the Cadillac, a '53 Buick Skylark convertible—brought
the same money. Just think—two 1953 American production automobiles
that together brought $10,000 short of $1,000,000.
Other sales of note included a 1910 KRIT Four Model A roadster that raised $66,000,
a 1930 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood Transformable Towncar that brought $374,000, and a
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl phaeton that sold at an expensive but correct
$572,000. The high sale of the day belonged to a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster
in excellent overall condition that brought $1,485,000—likely a few hundred thousand
dollars better than it would have done just a few short years ago.
Collection-based sales have had solid results over the last year, and this one was
no different, with 83 lots totaling nearly $13m. In the auction market today, no one is
doing this type of sale any more consistently or better than RM. The market currently
loves them as much as the auction audience does, and the final totals achieved were a
reflection of that. ♦
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#273-1975 BRICKLIN SV1 Gullwing
coupe. S/N 00031BX5S002338. Red/black
vinyl & houndstooth cloth. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl,
auto. A customized Bricklin coupe. Original
hydraulic doors have been replaced by conventional
ones, extra gills added to the bodywork,
spoiler fitted. Custom interior well done, but
incorrect. Factory gauges replaced with whitefaced
units, Grant GT steering wheel installed.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,700. As a general
rule, originality counts on cars like Bricklins.
It seems that half of the Bricklin production
is for sale in any given year, but this is slowly
changing, as many of the good ones have been
snapped up into collections. A full price paid,
and well over the top considering the modifications
#274-1941 PLYMOUTH DELUXE
coupe. S/N 11141036. Dark red/gray cloth.
Odo: 693 miles. Just a bit better than average
presentation. Good paint could present stronger
with some careful detailing. Nice chrome,
good glass, fresh gaskets. Nice interior is well
throughout. The most basic of designs. Rear
wheel chain drive, front steering, passengers
mounted high. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $77,000.
You might have remembered these as coming
from Mercedes-Benz; a number of them were
produced in celebration of the vehicle's 100th
anniversary. In his August profile (p52.), Miles
Collier assessed these as $50k vehicles all day
long, and I'd have to agree. Well sold.
done, but not all that special. Cond: 3+. SOLD
AT $18,700. Today's example of a no harm
done price on a highly-styled pre-war coupe.
Plymouth was hitting their stride when the
Second World War broke out, as its blend of
popular price and attractive coachwork made
the company a major automotive force. A market-correct
#211-1899 DE DION QUADRICYCLE.
S/N 13586. Green/black leather. A fourwheeled
motorized bicycle with room for a
passenger in the front. Confused yet? Excellent
and as new in all respects, no wear or bluing
of any kind visible. Excellent presentation,
fully pinstriped and ready for show. Cond: 1.
#256-1966 AMPHICAR convertible. S/N
106522755. Red/white vinyl/white & gray
vinyl. Odo: 201 miles. Older restoration. Very
good paint, some brightwork is dull in places.
No problems found other than use and age wear.
Very good interior in correct style. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $77,000. The vehicle that swims like
SOLD AT $77,000. These fully London to
Brighton-eligible overgrown bicycles have a
worldwide following. The good news: your
front seat passenger is your crumple zone; the
bad news: a modern compact could wipe out
your investment in a parking lot incident. Price
paid was fair in light of its condition, rarity,
and event eligibility.
MOTORWAGEN Replica. S/N JBE120395.
Dark green/black leather. As new, looks to
have no miles. Built in England by John
Bentley Engineering, who made these replicas
between 1986 and 1997. Outstanding quality
a car and drives like a boat strikes again. This
price was right in the market-correct range at
auction; privately, they tend to change hands
for a bit less. The new owner might have overpaid
a bit, but I'm sure he'll look better in this
than a red Speedo.
#252-1901 U.S. TYPE A Long
Distance runabout. S/N 91. Light &
dark green/black vinyl/black leather. A
rear engine runabout built in Jersey City, NJ
Very nice paint in handsome colors, excellently
restored throughout. All-white tires help the
presentation. Clean brightwork, nicely done
interior with superb trim. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$46,750. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind
status in a London-to-Brighton-eligible runabout,
it would be tough to do any better than
this. Finding parts might be a problem, but hey,
that's what your local blacksmith's shop is all
about. Well bought.
#245-1902 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R
Curved Dash runabout. S/N 6785. Black &
maroon/black leather/black leather. One of
a series of early cars in this sale, the curved
dash Oldsmobile is likely the best known early
production American automobile. Very good
all the way through, this old timer looked ready
for its next jaunt down to the general store or
blacksmith shop. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000.
Sold at the top end of its estimate, and with
commission added, it was $6,000 over. The
estimate was a bit light for this car in this
condition, so the final sale price came as no
surprise. Let's call this an average result.
#258-1903 MARBLE SWIFT runabout.
S/N 003. Red/black leather. RHD. Very good
paint shows some slight orange peel and a few
divots. Excellent brass, all trim well detailed.
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restoration showing no major issues. Straight
body work throughout, brass shows a few light
dings to radiator surround. Includes a great
set of Allite lights. The top shows the most on
this car, all other trim is very good or better.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. Just the thing for
a KRIT collector, should there be any of them
left. An interesting, but hardly unusual or highpowered
brass runabout. Nicely restored and
very well sold.
Nice seats, well detailed dash area. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $82,500. A cute and small runabout
said to be the only three-cylinder prototype
example. Again, London to Brighton eligibility
made this car much more valuable than had it
been produced just two years later. The threecylinder
engine was an unusual setup, but it
likely provides more horsepower and a little bit
more flexibility than the standard one-cylinder
cars of the era.
#225-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A ton-
neau. S/N 1070. Burgundy/black vinyl/black
leather. RHD. Four-passenger rear-entrance
body. Full top for the front occupants. Well
equipped with lots of options, including three
brass headlights and side gaskets. Excellent
wood trim to interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$82,500. Very much the definition of a jaunty
little runabout from the brass era, and it
didn't hurt that it was red with black as well.
At over twice the low estimate, it seemed a bit
expensive, but still much less than the cost of
its quality restoration. A good buy for the end
#242-1915 OAKLAND 37 roadster. S/N
throughout, top in show condition. Cond:
1. SOLD AT $148,500. The resurgence in
brass-era cars seems to have trickled down
to the horseless carriages. Two years ago the
$90,000 top estimate would have been optimistic.
This sale at close to $150,000 didn't seem
like a bargain, it was more of an indicator of
where the London to Brighton-eligible cars are
moving in the market.
#240-1910 KRIT FOUR Model A road-
ster. S/N 2350. Light green/tan cloth/tan
leather. Odo: 6,651 miles. A well-done older
catalog described this as a roadster, but I think
it would be more appropriately referred to as a
speedster. Oakland was the name that preceded
the Pontiac nameplate, and this car is said to
be the last surviving example of its type. Worth
the high bid for the serious GM collector.
#251-1928 PONTIAC RUMBLE SEAT
roadster. S/N P351248. Blue & black/tan
cloth/tan leather. Odo: 37 miles. Older restoration.
Very good paint with some age and use
wear evident. Top shows some wear, chrome
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372702. Gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 39
miles. A high quality older restoration with little
use since. No issues to paint or brightwork,
excellent top. Beautiful dash, leather, and floor
boards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,500. The
only 5,010 L29s built in four years of production.
This older restoration still looked quite
presentable, the paint being the major issue
that needed to be dealt with. The front-drive
L29 is a car that falls into the love or hate it
category, as very few are without an opinion of
its beauty. Expensive, but not a bad deal.
#254-1930 CADILLAC V16
FLEETWOOD Transformable Towncar
cabriolet. S/N 700492. Black/black vinyl/black
leather & gray cloth. Odo: 1,477 miles. A very
nice older restoration with some age starting
to show. Light cracking can be found in well
done paint, chrome all without flaw. Excellent
leather to the driver's compartment, well done
cloth to the rear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $374,000.
#216-1910 HUPMOBILE MODEL 20
runabout. S/N 13871. Red & black/black
cloth/black leather. RHD. A very nice restoration.
Excellent paint, excellent brass. Looks
to be low miles since completion as no wear
or chips can be found. Nice top, high-quality
still good. Very nice leather seats front and rear,
excellent trim throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$41,250. A happy alternative to a Model A for
some, older Pontiacs are much rarer and this
car had two more cylinders to boot. I think I
might have been a bit happier had the car sold
within the $25,000 to $35,000 estimate, but
overall, no harm done.
#246-1930 CORD L29 cabriolet. S/N
FD2927175. Light & dark blue/dark blue
cloth/off-white leather. Odo: 9,182 miles.
Excellent paint, superb chrome and trim. Some
unfortunate bubbling under the paint near the
rear deck, otherwise no flaws visible in outer
finish. Interior shows well, with good fit to
leather seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $231,000.
One of 1,873 Cords built in 1930, and one of
1959 Porsche Convertible
D Race Car-Fresh Engine
& Paint $69,500
1966 Austin Healey 3000
4 Speed with O/D
Too many modifications to list.
1953 Porsche 356 Outlaw
1987 Porsche 930 Turbo
Blue/Blue 66k miles $34,900
1972 Porsche 911E
California Car in Excellent Condition
1962 Austin Healey 3000 Tri-Carb
1954 MG TF
1973 Triumph TR6
Triple carb setup
Older restoration still in excellent
condition-fresh engine rebuild-gas tank
cleaned and resealed.
1969 Zink Formula Vee
Cricket Farm Motor $11,500
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Pebble Beach Most Elegant Closed Car Award
Winner and Second in Class in 1993, and if you
saw it in person, you'd understand why. This
one pretty much has it all for a 1930s rolling
display of wealth. Not handsome, but certainly
a car with a presence. A fair deal.
#238-1930 CADILLAC V16 All-Weather
phaeton. S/N 700991. Burgundy & black/black
cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 91,881 miles.
Coachwork by Murphy. The restoration to this
car, although a quarter of a century old, is holding
up extremely well in all areas. You have to
look quite hard to find any imperfections in the
paint or brightwork. Inside shows just as well.
#262-1931 DUESUENBERG MODEL
J tourster. S/N J444. Black/tan cloth/
tan leather. Odo: 61 miles. A well done
restoration now showing age wear. Excellent
paint, brightwork in good shape, in place, and
correct. Whitewalls show some age, light stains
to convertible top. Excellent interior, jewel-like
finish to dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,485,000. I
has some pinholes and needs replacing. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $99,000. This one deserved a
much closer look. I'll admit I thought the high
estimate of $70,000 was way out of line. For
this car in this condition to bring a grand less
than $100 large was exceptional, and I don't
think it will happen again soon. Perhaps not
astonishing, but certainly eye-opening.
guess the results are in after some slumping due
to over supply in the marketplace. Duesenbergs
have recovered, if not strongly, at least evenly.
Selling at nearly the top end of its estimate, this
handsome example did well—and likely a few
hundred thousand dollars better than it would
have done just a few years ago.
#276-1931 FORD MODEL A roadster.
Not brand new, but as close to no excuses as
you would want. A magnificent car presented
in magnificent condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$1,056,000. Despite all the hype, the ranks of
million-dollar cars are still rarefied territory.
This car was desirable from the day it was
built, it had long passed its unpopularity period
by the early 1950s. An absolute testament
to the quality of its restoration. With only light
recommissioning, this car might look this good
twenty-five years hence.
#237-1931 CHRYSLER CG
IMPERIAL Dual Cowl phaeton.
S/N CG2737. Maroon/black cloth/ox-
blood leather. Odo: 39 miles. Coachwork by
LeBaron. Pebble Beach Class winner in 1994.
A full and complete no-excuses restoration.
Excellent throughout, with high-quality paint,
chrome, top, and bright trim. A bit dusty in
places, but easily detailed. Excellent interior
well executed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $572,000.
stored with some age, driver's door sits a bit
low. Nice paint shows no issues, whitewall
tires not yet yellowed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$44,000. Everyone says Model As are back.
If this result could be duplicated a few times,
I would have to say they're back with a vengence.
A well-done example, but certainly not
the nicest in the world. This money will be
tough to duplicate.
#221-1932 FORD V8 cabriolet. S/N
18T72946. Dark blue/tan cloth/brown vinyl.
Older restoration has very good paint with
only minor chips and divots. Decent chrome
and glass, nice detailing throughout. Older top
When the worst you can say is “a bit dusty in
places,” you probably are looking at a very
nice example. The CG Imperial is arguably
the most important Chrysler of all time, and it
certainly stands in the same class as all of the
great classic marques. I was very surprised to
find this car's restoration was not fresh, as the
quality of the job has let it age without revealing
any flaws whatsoever. Expensive, but still
desire, Bantams have come up in the world
over the past few years. As early micro cars,
they have all kinds of visual appeal. To the
modern eye, they look like a shrunken version
of numerous other cars of their era. They are
often prized members of collections that generally
include many important (a.k.a. bigger)
automobiles. This price will be very tough to
duplicate anytime soon.
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S/N A3230887. Blue/tan cloth/brown vinyl.
Fitted with all the toys, including dual side
mounts, grille guard, headlight visors, cowl
lights, and wind wings. Rumble seat. As re-
a First in Class at Meadow Brook in '00 after
what was described as a complete concours
restoration. Brought more than expected. The
new owner paid a bit more than market, but in
return he got an excellent example.
#267-1939 AMERICAN BANTAM road-
ster. S/N 6379063877. Burgandy & red/tan
cloth/tan leather. Odo: 157 miles. An overthe-top
restoration, easily one of the best ever
seen. Excellent bodywork shown off by highly
detailed paintwork. Chrome is without visible
flaws, glass nice. Well-done cloth top shows no
dirt or stains. Leather shows well, all interior
components are top notch. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$60,500. From auction also-rans to objects of
#224-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. S/N
SC81232013H. Black/tan cloth/brown leather.
Odo: 77 miles. Older restoration with decent
hard goods. Only the soft top shows signs of
age and wear. Excellent paint and brightwork,
very good glass, superb trim. Interior unworn,
with excellent leather and a nice dash. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $297,000. Both attractive and
good looking, the coffin-nose Cord's design
has truly stood the test of time. This car won
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#150141516785-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Barchetta
Conrero roadster. S/N 17283. Red/black. 18 Photos.
Belgium. “Alloy Body, Borrannis Wheels, twin plugs. New
Electric system, new carpets. Engine Rebuilt, Drums Brakes.
Very Good Condition. Car in Italy.... If car sold, only a deposit
#241-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 60
towncar. S/N 6343167. Black/black vinyl/
black leather & black cloth. Odo: 99,873
miles. Coachwork by Derham. Excellent paint,
brightwork, trim, and glass. No visible flaws
noted to coachwork, the interior is another high
spot with excellent fit to matte-finish leather in
front. Very cool and unusual black cloth to passenger
compartment. The first owner was Bette
Davis, so I guess we don't have to ask if it's
and grandparents had to work with in an emergency
vehicle. Well bought and sold.
will be ask, the sold will be paid when car is with the shipping
company.” 137 bids, sf 13, bf 169. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$200,100. Seller, www.classicscars.com, is known for inventory
heavy on Etceterini. (inventorini?) These pictures are
pathetic, and eBay is an odd venue for a Mille Miglia-eligible
car. One might then think this was a steal, but that's not likely
with an expert seller.
#220131492052-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint
coupe. S/N 149324148. Red/black leather. Odo: 86,914
miles. 16 Photos. “Vintage Rallied in Europe before I bought
it....Strong runner with FIA papers.” Webers fitted. “New wool
carpets, restored gauges, Cobra seats, helmet storage rear
#220-1953 PACKARD CARRIBEAN
convertible. S/N L411858. Burgundy/tan
cloth/White & brown leather. Odo: 28,491
miles. 327-ci straight 8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent
paint shows some cracking where hood scoop
meets hood. Chrome nice as well, aside from
been smoked in. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $198,000.
An excellent and well-known history, celebrity
ownership, and the Cadillac and Derham
nameplates all combined to make this an exceptional
motorcar. Not the most beautiful of
all body styles, but still handsome. Sold at midestimate
money, and I'd say this one was worth
the high bid. Unlike many postwar towncars,
this one was not too big... let's just say it was
Bette Davis size. Well bought.
#279-1949 PONTIAC SILVER STREAK
shelf, full roll cage and as new steering wheel. Running gear is
stock..” Truckee, CA. 13 bids, sf 260, bf 41. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$21,789. A practical entree to so many different automotive
driving events, I say well bought while focusing less on what it
was and more on what you can do with it.
#180140484828-1959 ALFA ROMEO 2000 spider. S/N
AR1020400407. Red/black/black. Odo: 60,973 miles. 24 Photos.
Ft. Worth, TX. “The boss has decided to thin out his collection of
over 50 cars (classic and some newer cars).” Description incorrectly
cites SCM and mentions two prior sales at physical auction.
“The car continues to present and drive well.” Condition inferred
sedan delivery. S/N F6RS13303. Burgundy/
gray vinyl. Odo: 861 miles. Excellent everywhere.
Mirror-smooth paint, several small
dings in beltline brightwork keep it from being
perfect. Interior is fully furnished in vinyl that
one strange flaw in side crest. Well done interior
features excellent seats, steering wheel,
and dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. Last
seen at Kruse Auburn in September '92, when it
didn't sell at $35,800 (SCM# 16082). This was
one of the rare cars here that sold between its
high and low estimate, as most cars went well
above. Caribbean buyers seem to like either
the early body styles such as this or the later
ones, but not both. As a non-Caribbean owner,
I'll take either one, as they both represent '50s
luxury styling. Well bought.
stretches from top to bottom in the panel areas.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. I'm a sedan
delivery fan, and I must say that this Pontiac
was as unusual as it was nice. The price paid
says a lot, fully $12,000 above an aggressive
high estimate. Still, well bought considering its
condition and rarity.
from SCM database. 16 bids, sf 46, bf 24. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$37,350. This very car sold for $45,475 at RM's Boca Raton
sale in Feb '04 60,249 miles (SCM# 32253). It was bought by
this owner at RM's Monterey sale in August '05 for $35,750 with
60,868 miles (SCM# 35750). OUCH in 3 directions: 1) eBay
pulls more than a Monterey auction (albeit 11 months later),
2) Who knew old Spiders had tanked by 25%?, and 3) our eBay
winner will soon find out why nobody drives this thing anywhere
before reselling it. ♦
#239-1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN
ambulance. S/N P8XS5736. Red/red & gray
vinyl. Odo: 56,562 miles. 268-ci straight 8,
2-bbl, auto. Good paint, decent chrome shows
a few flaws. Ambulance kit complete, with
lights, sirens, and a stretcher. Interior not correct,
but still nice. Decent seats, door panels,
and carpet. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,250. A
lucky survivor, as many of these were driven
hard and put away wet. Working vehicles like
these are fun to take to shows, as they serve as
a direct tie to times past. It would also give a
modern EMT a glimpse into what their parents
#226-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible.
S/N 539M41579. White & blue/white
vinyl/white & blue leather. Odo: 10,047 miles.
303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older restoration,
but not to the quality of a number of other cars
on offer at this sale. Driver's door actually
sits in where the body meets; a nice change
from bowed-out doors normally seen, but
still wrong. Very good older paint, excellent
chrome. Interior has some wear and scuffing,
but all components are still good. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $242,000. I'm sure someone would
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be happy to start an argument pertaining to
this car's condition, I looked it over carefully
enough to stand at 3+, which we are going to
call “nice... but.” Just a year ago, this money
would have been hard to fetch for a #1 car.
Very well sold.
#227-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible.
S/N 16747635. White/white
& black leather. Odo: 33,203 miles.
322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, all
trim well fitted. Chrome shows no wear or
scratches anywhere. Underhood well detailed
in gloss black. Interior shows some wear, with
usually represents the ultimate even if fewer of
the Fiestas were built. Astoundingly expensive.
Speaking of Grand Slams, how many Denny's
breakfasts would this buy?
#233-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible.
S/N VC55F143116. Red/tan vinyl/
white & red vinyl. Odo: 28 miles. 265-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. A nicely restored example. Some
light waviness to the bodywork in places,
finish work could be better. Excellent paint,
excellent chrome and trim. Underhood is well
detailed and correct. Interior top notch. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $71,500. As one of the few cars
at this sale that brought under the estimates,
weak door panels in places. Cond: 2 -. SOLD
AT $495,000. The sale price you just read is
not a misprint; throw in $5,000 for a wash
job and you're at a cool half mil. If irrational
exuberance was the best description of Mr.
Greenspan's over-inflated stock market, I can't
even begin to think of what to call this.
#229-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
roadster. S/N E53F001157. Polo White/black
cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 98,431 miles. 235-ci 150hp
straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Nice presentation.
Good and correct color to the paint, gaps are
good but not excellent, which is correct for
an early ‘Vette. Clean underhood, but not
overdone. Restored to as-expected quality.
I'm sure the new owner must be wondering
if his car has some hidden problems he didn't
see. I saw this as a well-bought example at
a sale where few things went anywhere near
close to cheap.
#257-1956 PACKARD CARIBBEAN
convertible. S/N 56991224. White, red,
& brown/white vinyl/white, red, & brown
leather. Odo: 7,187 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4-bbl,
auto. World class paint is as close to perfect as
I've recently seen. Excellent chrome and trim,
nice side glass, replacement windshield. Well
fitted soft top is correctly grained. Excellent
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $440,000. 1953 was the
first year of production for Corvettes, and these
were the only models built in Flint, Michigan.
The $125,000 to $175,000 estimates seemed a
bit light with current prices in mind, but this
price was over the top even considering this
car's condition. No, Elvis didn't have a tryst
with Marilyn in the front seat, it was just sold
#228-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO
convertible. S/N 53637781. White/red
leather. Odo: 60,647 miles. 331-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and brightwork.
Very good gaps on a car notorious for bad hood
fit at the triangle where it meets the door and
fender. Light wear to excellent interior. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $495,000. One of 553 built. For
the collectors of the so-called Triple Crown or
Grand Slam ('53 Eldorado, '53 Buick Skylark,
and '53 Oldsmobile Fiesta), the Cadillac
interior shows little wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $132,000. An over-the-top price for an
over-the-top restoration. These cars do crack
the $100,000 mark in #1 condition, and with
some recent price increases in '50s cars, over
$100,000 for #2 is not quite as much of a
shock. This price will be tough to duplicate, at
least for a while.
#260-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO
Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762053757. Red/
white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 72 miles.
365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Glass-like paint,
factory a/c, excellent body work excepting
one door that bows out 1/8th inch at bottom.
Great chrome throughout. Top slightly dirty,
but showing excellent fit. Interior shows nearperfect
leather and a beautiful dash. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $375,500. We kmow that the
Biarritz convertible was the top of the pecking
order in 1957, and when done well, we know
they are a beautiful piece of rolling sculpture.
What we didn't know was that they could bring
this much at auction—easily $200,000 above
what might have been expected. Well sold.
#223-1958 BUICK LIMITED convert-
ible. S/N 8E6019709. Copper/white vinyl/offwhite
leather. Odo: 37,679 miles. 364-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some color variations
between hood and fenders in otherwise excellent
finish. Nice chrome, unmarked glass and
gaskets. Interior shows well, with well fitted
leather seats and a beautiful dash. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $236,500. Last seen at RM's Amelia
Island sale in March '03, where it sold at
$110,000 (SCM# 30608). One of 839 built.
Another big dollar result, and way more than I
expected considering the evident repaint work.
Forgetting that, this was a beautiful car, and
would be an integral part of any serious '50s
collection. Beautiful, but perhaps in the way a
Wurlitzer jukebox is attractive.
#259-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
convertible. S/N 860W6504. White/white
vinyl/red & brown leather. Odo: 47,907 miles.
389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory a/c. Very
good paint, excellent brightwork. Very light fit
issues to the top are not enough to cause worry.
Excellent interior, chassis and engine compartment
better than new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$170,500. Great equipment as well as nice
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presentation almost always guarantee a winner
at auction. This car had plenty of both, and the
result was nothing short of astonishing. Fully
$50,000 more than I might have expected,
possibly even a bit more than that. This should
provide impetus for any owner with a 1960
Bonneville convertible that has needs to get his
#248-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convert-
ible. S/N 841313182231. Red/white vinyl/tan
leather. Odo: 43,893 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl,
auto. Paint well applied and finished.
Brightwork appears without flaws, top well fitted.
Interior is well done, with excellent leather.
#2- instead of a straight #2. Yes, it was triple
black, and yes, it was a Tri-Power. However,
at a full $186,000 over the estimated high bid,
one can only guess that two people wanted this
car badly. Really badly.
#263-1967 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
convertible. S/N 26677X116351. Red/white
vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 5,937 miles. 428-ci
V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent quality repaint with
no bodywork flaws noted, nice chrome and
stainless brightwork. Well equipped with a/c,
8-lug wheels, 8-track tape player, and hoodmounted
tach. Nicely done interior features
excellent vinyl, carpets, and dash. Cond: 2.
All chrome trim outstanding. Underhood is
fully and correctly detailed, but not overdone.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. With both
great condition and great colors I might have
thought this car would go above the $120,000
high estimate; as it happened, this car will
have to go into the well bought column.
#270-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR
Monza Spyder convertible. S/N
40667W228743. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl.
Odo: 21,493 miles. 164-ci turbocharged 6cylinder,
4-sp. A nice car with cosmetic issues.
Older paint really hurts here. Decent older
chrome shows well, glass nice, top clean and
SOLD AT $82,500. One of 5,856 built, with
an original sticker price of $3,813. Presented
as an original-miles car in the catalog, or at
least with condition consistent to the odometer
reading. Equipped with great options, and the
color could not have hurt much either. More
than double what might have been expected at
another venue... Another extremely well sold
#275-1970 PONTIAC GTO convertible.
S/N 242670P193081. Red/fawn vinyl/fawn
vinyl. Odo: 40,000 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Fully restored, presents as new. Original
down to the tires. Excellent paint, some light
flaws to brightwork, unmarked glass. Spotless
well fitted. Decent interior had no “pop,” but
it's still nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,700. I
thought the estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 was
way over the top in terms of optimism... little did
I know. My best guess was to assume that hidden
somewhere in the car were diamonds, gold
coins, or crisp hundred dollar bills; otherwise, I
don't see the value here. Very well sold.
#222-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible.
S/N 237675P173948. Black/black vinyl/black
vinyl. Odo: 67,018 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl,
4-sp. Said to be factory triple black. Excellent
paint with no visible flaws. Brightwork better
than new. Perfect fit to convertible top, interior
is as new with excellent seats and dash. Cond:
2. SOLD AT $286,000. Nothing short of a jawdropping
result. It was nice, but it was no #1
car, and I was even teetering on calling it a
Excellent paint, all trim and brightwork as new.
One of perhaps five Trans Ams known still in
the wrapper from this era. Very good equipment
includes mirrored silver T-tops. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $57,750. I'm feeling much better
about my '79 Trans Am since watching this one
sell. Some of the auction attendees thought the
$30,000-$40,000 pre-sale estimate was outrageously
high; today, the market thought this
car this nice was worth close to $60k.
#230-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM
kammback. S/N 2W87K9L180562. Silver/red
vinyl & cloth. Odo: 36,540 miles. 403-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Coachwork by Pininfarina. Fully
restored. Excellent paint, as new brightwork
and trim. One broken side glass to the
Kammback, but the seller has an extra. Unlike
the later Kammback, this car has additional
bodywork to create the look, not a pop-on
back. Very good interior shows no excessive
wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,000. One of
two prototypes built with help of Italian design
and coachbuilding firm Pininfarina. Fully
restored and still looking good; if there was
any age wear it was well hidden. One-off cars
are rather notoriously hard to price. In a few
years, this might look cheap... in a few dozen
years, it certainly will.
#234-1981 PONTIAC TRANS AM
The Bandit Special Edition coupe. S/N
1G2AW87T5BN117682. Black & gold/gold
cloth. Odo: 69 miles. 301-cu turbocharged
V8, 4-bbl, auto. As new with original miles.
Excellent brightwork, no issues to repaint on
the exterior except for one or two areas where
gold trim has flaked loose. Underhood nice,
all-GM engine compartment. Interior shows
well, with good fit to the seats. Carpets wrinkled
in places, 8-track tape player in console a
nice touch. Factory hood-mounted tach. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $90,750. Selling for one-third
above the high estimate, this well-optioned
example pretty much had it all, including the
right colors and a complete restoration.
#218-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM Silver
Anniversary coupe. S/N 2X87K9L142029.
Silver/silver leather. Odo: 38 miles. 403-ci
V8, 4-bbl, auto. As new, miles are original.
but will need a full detail to bring to show condition.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. At first
believed to have been purchased by Detroit's
own Kid Rock, who seemed at home among the
crowd in Lapeer. There can't be more than a
handful of Smokey and the Bandit-style Trans
Sports Car Market
Ams left in as-new condition, and this 69-mile
example had the honor of being sold just a few
days past the 30th Anniversary of the movie's
#280-1983 PONTIAC TRANS AM
Daytona 500 25th Anniversary Special
Edition coupe. S/N 1G2AW87S1DN210791.
White/gray leather & cloth. Odo: 71 miles.
305-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Another as-new
Pontiac. Miles claimed original. More orange
peel than expected in factory done paint and
trim. Some windshield glass delamination
by Jennifer Davis
The EX in the VIN stands for experimental;
meaning you have very little hope of driving
this on the street unless you have a dealer
plate. For collectors of one-of-a-kind experimental
and prototype cars, this was a rare late
model escapee. Well bought and sold.
#271-1988 PONTIAC FIERO GT coupe.
S/N 1G2PG1196JP218745. Red/tan cloth. Odo:
64 miles. T-top coupe, miles claimed original.
Factory paint and brightwork still decent under
close inspection, assuming you can live with a
little orange peel in places. Interior is as new,
with untouched carpets and no wear to seats.
on the passenger side, as-new interior sports
Recaro seats from the factory with no wear
issues noted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,400. If
this sounds expensive, remember it's a brand
new, 25-year-old car in time-warp condition. I
probably will have to go on the defensive here
when challenged, but I think this car was extremely
well bought. Not my favorite bodystyle
and not my favorite year, but still one that will
count in the future.
#277-1984 PONTIAC FIERO Indy Pace
Car coupe. S/N 1G2AF37R3EP255804.
White/gray leather & red cloth. Sunroof coupe,
miles claimed original. As new, with no touchups
or flaws found. Paintwork very good, but
nowhere close to perfect. Blackout trim shows
no issues, tires as-new. No wear visible in close
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Cond: 1. SOLD AT $22,000. I'm not a big Fiero
fan and I'm certainly not going to call this well
bought, but I won't call it stupid money either. I
did think this car could reach the upper teens,
and a few thousand more wouldn't have been
too much of a stretch. If you wanted a new '88
Fiero, you missed your chance.
#272-1994 PONTIAC TRANS
AM 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N
2G2FV22P9R2238883. White & blue/white
leather. Odo: 858 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected
V8, auto. Mileage claimed original. All factoryoriginal,
paint on trim pieces starting to discolor.
Typical GM orange peel issues throughout,
blackout trim excellent. Interior is without
wear in white leather—a miracle even at these
to perfect interior. A time warp, but not from
too far ago. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $22,000. One
of two no-miles Fieros at the sale, this early
example with Indy Pace Car livery was likely
the one to have. Bought for MasterCard money,
it's not a car that will count in the pantheon of
all-time greats... but it will be a car that matters
#265-1985 PONTIAC TRANS AM
Experimental kammback. S/N 000EX4796.
White/gray leather. Odo: 36,212 miles. 305-ci
fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. A one-off experimental
Kammback. Fully restored, with excellent
paint, trim, and details. Superb glass, no
exterior issues noted. Inside is well done in
leather, headrests done in cloth. The “trunk”
area is fully refurbished and fitted as an interior
storage compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$66,000. One of the better buys at this auction,
but only for the long-term investor or museum.
miles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. Don't let
the 2+ condition rating confuse you... it was
just a major detail job away from being a 1-.
Again, a good long-term buy and hold, pricey
if you consider that you could replace the car
with another higher-mileage example for quite
a bit less. Still, this was a great opportunity for
a serious Pontiac collector to get his hands on a
car that might be worth a bundle someday. ♦
he National Automobile Museum sits on
the banks of the Truckee River in Reno,
Nevada. Walking in offers a welcome respite
from the constant clattering of the casinos,
and is like stepping back in time. The museum
displays over 200 cars in four period
street scenes, with cars dating back to 1892.
The museum itself opened in 1989, and
the collection it houses once belonged to
gaming tycoon Bill Harrah. Upon his death
in 1978, Harrah's heirs sold the casino
network and car collection to Holiday Inn's
parent company, which culled the best of the
collection and began selling it off. In 1987,
a California consortium paid $28.7 million
for the 82 top vehicles, including a Bugatti
Royale. Reportedly, the top culls brought
enough money to cover the purchase cost of
the Harrah empire. Many Nevada residents
spoke out and called for the remainder of
the collection to remain in the state. In 1981,
then-governor Robert List convinced the
Holiday Corporation to donate the collection,
and the gift was, at that time, the largest act
of corporate philanthropy ever in the U.S.
The museum hosts Trick or Treat in the
Streets every year. Kids enjoy the not-soscary
haunted house, games, and even a
pumpkin patch, all amid the classic cars of
10 South Lake St, Reno, NV 89501
Over 200 vehicles located in a 105,000-
sq-ft building and a large automotive
Mon–Sat, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sun, 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Members: Free; Adults: $9; Seniors 62+:
$7; Kids 6–18: $3; Kids 5 and under: Free. ♦
Kensington Bridgehampton, NY
Hamptons Auto Classic
At one point the color commentator read from his prepared notes that “the
car has never been driven in the rain”—and he quickly added “until today”
Kensington Motor Group
June 9, 2007
Bridgehampton, New York
Scott Adcock, James
Pendleton, Michael Adcock,
and Justin Highley
Automotive lots sold / offered
17 / 55
1967 Alfa Duetto, a good deal at $6,600
Report and photos by Donald Osborne
Market opinions in italics
Saturday in June at a swank beach resort
conjures up images of sun,
sand, surf, light sea breezes,
and cocktails on a terrace
with a broad umbrella overhead. At
this year's Hamptons Auto Classic
auction, there was indeed sun over the
town of Bridgehampton, New York, but it just happened
to be well above the thunderstorm clouds that dumped
near biblical rain across the south fork of Long Island on
June 9, just hours before the sale was to begin—and the
umbrellas weren't shading cocktails.
A fair sized crowd was on hand at the start of the
proceedings, and it seemed as if things would go well
in spite of the uncooperative weather. However, as the
sale progressed and the rain continued to fall, the challenges
of the battle with the elements began to assert
themselves. All but a few of the lots were staged outside
and driven across the front of the tent to be sold. The
rain flowing across the field and into the ground under
the tent quickly made negotiating the drive in and out
somewhat perilous as deep ruts in the mud began to
form. At one point the color commentator, introducing
one car, read from his prepared notes that the “car has
never been driven in the rain”—and he quickly added
“until today” as the mud-splattered vehicle slid onto the
The assortment at the sale was a mixture of the
expected and the unusual with the Hamptons favorite
1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster,
sold at $93,500
Mercedes-Benz leading the count with no fewer than twelve on offer. Rather
more unusual was a superbly restored 1926 Ford Model T pickup, an equally
lovely 1937 MG TA, and the star lot, a rare 1949 alloy Jaguar XK 120 in
full vintage race trim. Unfortunately, the alloy Jaguar failed to sell with a
high bid of $117,500. The TA also didn't find a new home, with the bidding
petering out at a clearly insufficient $24,000. The Model T fared rather better,
bringing a strong $19,800. The high sale of the day did go to another
Jaguar, this one a nicely restored 1953 XK 120 roadster that realized
$93,500. Rounding out the top five sales was my favorite, a rare 1955
Alvis TC21/100 drophead coupe. I had plans to add it to my collection had the
price been right, but my hopes went unfulfilled when perhaps the most energetic bidding
of the day pushed it up to a market-correct $34,100.
One can't be in the Hamptons without a celebrity
component, and that was fulfilled by a 1966 Morris
Mini Traveller consigned by the “Today Show” host
Matt Lauer. A local resident, he was on hand with his
two children at the Friday preview but did not attend
the sale. In spite of the announced celebrity ownership,
his little red woodie stalled at $11,000 and went
back home to him.
It must be frustrating for the Kensington Group to
continue to put on auctions that don't quite come off,
and one has to admire their sheer persistence in sticking
to their goals of providing another outlet for collectors
in the Northeast to buy and sell cars at auction.
Even against the 2006 volume of $581k and 40% sell
through, this year's numbers were not encouraging.
Perhaps next year the sun will shine, both literally and
figuratively, on this sale. ♦
Sports Car Market
Kensington Bridgehampton, NY
#41-1949 JAGUAR XK 120 Alloy racer.
S/N 670025. Britsh Racing Green/brown
leather. Odo: 10,559 miles. Variable panel fit.
Older paint shows plenty of chips and wrinkles.
Freshly chromed wheels, decent exterior trim.
Very worn wraparound racing bucket seats,
cracking paint on instrument panel. Later 3.8
but it didn't quite make it to the top level. Well
bought, as a bit of sorting will likely make it
#24-1955 ALVIS TC21/100 drophead
coupe. S/N 25755. Silver & blue/gray vinyl/
red & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 56,689 miles.
Excellent panel fit. Shiny paint shows cracking
on trunk lid, touched-up chips, rubs, and some
corner stress cracks. Very good chrome, interior
shows great wood and some sagging of door
Premier removable cassette stereo. Cond: 3-.
NOT SOLD AT $47,000. The SIII E-type is a
fabulous touring sports car, and interest continues
to grow in the model. This one showed
more wear than the indicated mileage would
warrant, but it still presented well in good colors.
The high bid was appropriate to sell, but
the seller wanted more.
#12-1979 MG B convertible. S/N
GHN5UL4879359. British Racing Green/black
vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,040 miles. Variable
panel fit. Older paint dull and showing subsurface
sanding marks. Weathered bright trim and
rubber bumpers. Good original interior slightly
dirty. Weber carbs, chrome luggage rack, and
engine, chassis replaced. Cond: 4+. NOT
SOLD AT $117,500. A rare early alloy 120
with much vintage racing history. The star lot
of the sale. As a tool to be used, the chassis
work and engine replacement made sense...
but as a historical document, it left a bit to be
desired. A bid $15k-$20k higher would have
put it in the proper range.
#1-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N TD8349.
Red/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 6,068
miles. Nice panel fit, decent paint has a few
visible touched-up chips. Chrome shows a bit
of waviness on the radiator shell, well done
elsewhere. Very good interior had some small
panel trim. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. Last
seen at this same venue in '03, where it didn't
sell at $24,000 (SCM# 31339). A handsome
and rare drophead Alvis, and the last of the
“pre-war” style. I loved this car and wanted to
go home with it in the worst way, but as strong
bidding drove it to where it should sell, I went
home empty handed. Priced exactly right.
#42-1961 JAGUAR XKE convertible.
S/N 875330. Red/tan canvas/beige leather. Odo:
84,878 miles. Very good panel fit, excellent
paint and chrome. Wire wheels as new, chassis
and engine compartment spotless. Very good
interior shows a bit of soiling on metal console
tonneau cover fitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$6,050. This was a well-used rubber-bumper
B. Nothing more, nothing less. About six grand
was exactly where these cars sell, and with
its needs, the consignor was smart to let it go
#25-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage
convertible. S/N SCFCV81C7KTL15709.
Mercedes Impala/parchment Everflex/parchment
leather. Odo: 23,804 miles. Excellent
panel fit. Very good original paint shows a few
small chips on door edges and mirrors. Creased
cracks in steering wheel. Later aftermarket
driving lights fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$22,000. A very nice driver-quality TD, ready
to use and enjoy. This price was right on the
money, so both the buyer and seller should be
#27-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N
S677128. British Racing Green/beige canvas/
beige leather. Odo: 76,410 miles. Variable
panel fit, door edge gaps wide at rear on both
sides. Very good paint has a few stress cracks.
Excellent chrome and interior, clean engine
compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500.
Lots of money was spent restoring this car,
trim. Later radio blanking plate. Cond: 1-.
NOT SOLD AT $85,000. A beautifully presented
welded louver, outside latch, flat-floor
E-type convertible. Since the later cars are
regarded as much better to actually drive, this
one's likely just for show. This high bid was
reasonable, but the seller wanted more.
#33-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert-
ible. S/N 1S24885. White/dark blue canvas/
dark blue leather. Odo: 25,071 miles. Very
good panel fit. Paint shows rust in fuel filler
cap opening and a touched-up scratch on left
door. Light pitting on bumpers, trim still decent.
Seats show creasing and some flaking as
well as perished foam cushions. Weber carbs,
seats are somewhat soiled, as is steering wheel
rim and lower dash trim. Well-fitted woodwork.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. A great
color combination on one of Aston's heavyweight
contenders. In spite of the size, these
bruisers can still run with the best of them. The
high bid was at least $10k-15k light.
#59-1990 JAGUAR SOVEREIGN 4dr
saloon. S/N SAJHY1742LC625286.
Silver/gray leather. Odo: 58,130 miles.
Sports Car Market
Kensington Bridgehampton, CT
Very good panel fit. Decent paint appears
mostly original. Nice chrome, trim, and glass.
Clean interior with some minor cracks in
console wood varnish. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$2,640. Appeared to be a well-maintained car.
Driven to the auction with no visible smoke
or strange noises, and at this price, it was the
absolute bargain of any auction I've ever attended.
Very well bought.
#44-1999 BENTLEY AZURE convertible.
S/N SCBZK14E6XCX61737. Black/black
canvas/tan leather. Very good panel fit, decent
original paint shows two small dings and one
touched-up chip on radiator surround. Good
seats recenty redone, remainder of interior
original and showing much wear. Wood trim
dull and dirty. Later factory alloy wheels fitted.
Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. Presented
as one of the “California Coupe” models,
delivered with the pagoda hard top only and
no soft top. The hard top was equipped with
the rare sliding sunroof, and the car featured
single-lens headlights and a km/h speedometer.
This was generally a bit tired looking,
and the lack of a soft top would be a problem
anywhere outside of Southern California or the
Southwest. It would have been wise to sell at
interior has chipped and missing wood trim
on console near seat control buttons. Cond:
2-. NOT SOLD AT $124,000. Very dramatic
mostly new Bentley in striking colors. As a
well-maintained car, this high bid was at least
#3-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB
2-dr hard top. S/N 11102110063074. Dark
brown/beige leather. Odo: 112,086 miles.
Trunk lid high on left side, other panel fit
decent. Good paint has much orange peel and
some touched-up chips on door edges. Fair to
good chrome lightly pitted in places, window
rubbers perished. Interior shows baked wood
#15-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL
convertible. S/N 11304410004603. Burgundy/
tan canvas soft top / burgundy hard top/Cognac
leather. Odo: 7,166 miles. Decent panel fit,
well-applied paint shows a few small touchedup
chips. Fair to good chrome has some pitting
tires fitted. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $7,500.
Last seen at this same venue in 2006, where
it sold at $9,350 (SCM# 42119). The 6-series
coupes are massively capable, though lightly
loved at the moment. They're not “vintage”
enough for some, and they can be too expensive
to use considering their values. This was a
very nice one, and it was worth a bit more than
was bid here.
#54-1963 ALFA ROMEO 2600 spyder.
S/N AR191842. Silver/beige canvas/natural
leather. Odo: 87,719 km. Variable panel fit, left
door very hard to close. Paint shows a large
mismatched area on left front fender bottom,
both sills wavy. Fair to good chrome has pitting
on headlight and taillight trim. Recent
seats and carpet soiled. Dashboard recovered
and now somewhat lumpy. Cond: 4. NOT
SOLD AT $16,000. The 2600 Spyder is a great
touring car, in spite of, or perhaps because of
its weight. This car appeared to be casually
refurbished, and it will take a great deal of
money to put it right. This high bid should have
sold the car.
#2-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO
and fading in places. Nice interior has some
wear on soft top lid trim, a slightly warped right
sunvisor, and missing trim on the left door window
crank. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,200. Great
colors on a 4-speed 280. Sold by an SCMer
who does his own restorations. Not a show car,
but a nice driver. Well bought and well sold.
on dash and some evidence of water leaks at
corners. Cracked steering wheel. Equipped
with sunroof and Mitsubishi cassette stereo.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,810. Stated two owners
from new. A great color combo with the rarely
seen sunroof and 4-sp manual combination.
A nice cruiser, but any attempt at restoration
would be a very expensive idea. No harm done
at this price.
#5-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL
California coupe. S/N 11304312001945.
White/cognac MB-Tex. Odo: 9,188 km. Good
panel fit. Decent paint shows evidence of
bodywork on both rear quarter panels. Chrome
mostly unmarked, trim and glass nice. Front
#6-1987 BMW 635 CSi coupe. S/N
WBAEC8408H0613868. Red/black leather.
Odo: 96,128 miles. Nice panel fit, mostly
original paint shows a few scratches and small
chips. Front spoiler valence cracked, scratched,
and loose on right side. Rubber bumper trim
somewhat faded. Clean interior has some minor
touched-up scratches on driver's seat. TRX
Interior clean, but shows tears on driver's seat.
Replacement vinyl on passenger seat in incorrect
grain. Glued-on dash cover has frayed
edges. Nardi wood wheel and contemporary
CD player fitted. German data plate. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $6,600. Not a bad looking Duetto,
refurbished rather than restored. The left side
panel fit issues hinted at past bodywork, but
even so, it can be considered well bought at
Sports Car Market
spider. S/N 10503665360. Red/black canvas/black
vinyl. Odo: 66,054 miles. Left door
out at rear edge, trunk wide on left side. Good
paint shows some polish swirl marks. Fair
to good chrome has pitting and scratches on
bumpers. Headlight covers somewhat cloudy.
'53 NASH HEALY ROADSTER Perfectly restored in original colors (Willow Green,
yellow hides) with desirable options: big engine, wire wheels and factory hard top.
'53 FERRARI BARCHETTA 166/53 Competition Barchetta by Oblain The
only thing more stunning than its present condition is its documented provenance
in major international events.
'56 PORSCHE SPEEDSTER Probably one of the last barn finds. Straight, in need
of complete restoration.
'48 DELAHAYE 135M by Southchik A superb two door cabriolet in good running
condition, featured in several books on French coachbuilders.
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8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
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Kensington Bridgehampton, NY
#34-1997 FERRARI 456 GTA coupe.
S/N ZFFWP50A0V0106629. Black/natural
leather. Odo: 22,076 miles. Very good original
panel fit. Original paint shows few touched-up
chips on door edges. Clean interior has deep
abrasions on left bolster of driver's seat and
at eBay/Kruse in Ft. Lauderdale in January
'02, where it sold at $44,500 (SCM# 25174).
This car had great presence and terrific colors.
Its older restoration was holding up well, and
as it was, it would have been a great touring
car. The bidding stopped at least $10k too soon
to let it go.
#19-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS
Replica convertible. S/N 11867L168616.
Metallic blue/white vinyl/two-tone blue cloth
& vinyl. Odo: 83,999 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Nice panel fit, very good paint shows a
few small scratches and spots. Decent chrome
puckering in base of climate control panel on
console. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $72,600. Just a
used car, and not aging that well in terms of
wear. A bargain to buy, but not to actually use.
This one was in the middle of the SCM price
range, and it was properly valued for both the
buyer and seller.
#55-1926 FORD MODEL T pickup.
Eng. # 14380080. Black/black vinyl/black
vinyl. Odo: 28,072 miles. Excellent panel
fit and paint. Very good interior shows
some wrinkles on cowl dash top. Crack in
pitted on left door handle, some glass delamination
on trailing edges of vent window panes.
OK original-style interior. Fitted with power
top, a/c, and a single Holley carburetor. Cond:
2-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. A very nice
restoration of an Impala convertible in good
colors. Why they decided to put SS emblems
on a standard car is anyone's guess, and that
didn't help it here. The high bid should have
been cheerfully taken.
#20-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible.
S/N 6T08C177998. Robin's Egg Blue/white
vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 72,247 miles.
289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Variable panel fit as
per factory. Very good paint and chrome, GT
light bar in grille quite misaligned. Nice seats,
bleach stain on transmission tunnel carpet,
steering wheel trim. Fitted with water pump,
alternator, and starter. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$19,800. A very well done, almost over-the-top
Model T pickup. Very flashy in a quiet way. A
strong price, but the right price. Well bought
#53-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible.
S/N 8449518. Burgundy/beige canvas/beige
leather. Odo: 9,664 miles. Variable
panel fit. Very good paint has a few small chips
to panel edges. Excellent chrome, trim, and
glass. Front seat cushion shows a nice patina,
back seat newer and showing less wear. Carpets
worn, the remainder of interior very good.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Last seen
pitting on steering wheel trim. Fitted with a/c,
Pony interior, and Rally Pac gauges. Cond: 2-.
NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A nice V8 convertible
in appealing colors. There had clearly
been money spent on the restoration, but the
details still needed work. Nowadays, the midtwenties
is entry level for a V8 drop top, and
this example was better than many. The seller
was wise to pass on this bid.
#30-1966 SHELBY GT350 Replica fast-
back. S/N 6T09A100100. White & blue/black
vinyl. Odo: 76,603 miles. Decent panel fit,
paint just OK, with some layering, seam rust,
and red primer visible in door sills. Bumpers
appear to have subsurface marks under plating.
Clean interior features Nardi wood wheel
and faded carpets in rear compartment. Hurst
NOT SOLD AT $60,000. The ultimate spec
'67 Corvette coupe with side pipes. Very well
restored, but something here didn't pass the
smell test. A genuine car in this condition with
this engine should be a $175k item. Either the
punters knew something I didn't, or this was a
fish well out of water.
#29-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert-
ible. S/N 344679M42832. Yellow/black vinyl/
black vinyl. Odo: 91,250 miles. 400-ci V8, 4bbl,
4-sp. Excellent panel fit, very good paint,
superb chrome. Nice original-style interior
with some peeling on a/c controls and console
bright trim. Fitted with pw and a power top.
shifter, original equipment 289 V8 engine
included. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000.
Nice from ten feet, but pretty ordinary up close.
Someone went through a fair amount of trouble
to make this Shelby look-alike, but the job
didn't go far enough. Really nice replicas sell
at this price, so this bid should have been taken
in a heartbeat.
#31-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 194377S119193. Rally Red/black
vinyl. Odo: 3,432 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8,
3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent panel fit and paint,
very good chrome shows some slight waviness
under plating on rear bumperettes. Excellent
interior fitted with AM/FM radio. Cond: 1-.
Nardi wood rim wheel. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $47,000. Offered by an SCMer, this was a
handsome and well-optioned car. Offered in
the Hershey auction in October '06, where it
was a no-sale at $47,500 (SCM# 43149). At
that time it was stated to have a 500-hp engine,
but no mention of that was made here. A rare
car in great shape, but getting more than this
high bid might be a difficult task. ♦
Sports Car Market
Bonhams Northamptonshire, UK
Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars
Pre-war cars were thin and numbered only five, while almost a quarter of
sale entries were made up of Shadows and their Bentley T2 counterparts
June 16, 2007
Automotive lots sold / offered
23 / 28
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp
Silver Ghost landaulette, sold
One of a few pre-war lots, this 1927 40/50hp Phantom I dual cowl tourer sold at $155,430
Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer
Market opinions in italics
onhams's annual pilgrimage to the
Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club rally
took them once again to the grounds of
Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire, in
the middle of June. In the distant past, Sotheby's
held the reins of this sale, and Bonhams has
been wise to continue the tradition. While
the sale suffers in some ways from sale
competition at the rally itself, including
dealers' trade stands and a Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's
Club sale area, the auction has become a prestigious
cornerstone in the company's calendar, helping to
divide their jam-packed auction schedule up into
Appalling weather was a feature during the
15% on the first $59,400,
10% thereafter, included in
sold prices (£1=$1.98)
ribly boring, they were at least nice examples, with two of them being particularly
Four cars made it into six figures. The highest of those was the 1920 40/50hp Silver
Ghost open-drive landaulette at $242,550, the lovely 1961 Silver Cloud II drophead
coupe at $172,854, a 1927 Phantom I dual cowl tourer with replica coachwork at
$155,430, and an amazing 1939 Silver Wraith hearse at $116,226 (with auctioneer
James Knight commenting how he “would love to see the new owner in it” as the
hammer came down). Below these there was a good spread of figures, the lowest
price being the first lot of the sale, a 1976 Shadow at $8,425. Although
only a Shadow, it was not a bad one at all, showing yet again that the room
was asleep when the first lot came up for
The remarkably high sales rate at
least means that it is easy to list the unsold
cars, and those included the ex-Jay Kay
auction setup as well as into sale day, and both
Bonhams and the rally organizers struggled with
waterlogged grounds. Apart from the very occasional
tell-tale ring of mud around the edges of a few tires
in the sale line-up, the presentation of all the cars was
immaculate and the sale enjoyed—as it always does—a
wonderfully cozy atmosphere.
Both 20hp and 20/25hp cars were poorly represented,
perhaps symptomatic of struggling prices for these in
the U.K. at present. Pre-war cars were thin on the ground
this year, numbering only five, while almost a quarter of
sale entries were made up of Shadows and their Bentley
T2 counterparts. While on paper this would seem ter-
(of pop band Jamiroquai) 1999 Park Ward limousine
and a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports saloon. The
Park Ward limousine, while excellent in condition, was
just as exceptionally difficult to place in the market and
failed to sell at a high bid of $60,000. The Bentley S2
Continental stayed with its owner at $120,000 due to
what appeared to be a very disappointingly finished
Bonhams should be very pleased with this result, as
although there were few show-stoppers, to sell nearly
$1.5 million in just 23 cars at a club event is very good
form, and that the sale-rate was over 80% was great
news for both the Rolls-Royce and Bentley markets. ♦
Sports Car Market
#320-1920 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50
SILVER GHOST Open-Drive landaulette.
S/N 89CW. Eng. # J190. Burgundy & black/
black leather/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,819
miles. Original coachwork by Arthur Mulliner
Ltd. with a nice period feel. Paint best described
as fair, edges of fenders heavily chipped and
thick with over-painting. Leather top in nice
order, cloth seats very good in both front and
rear compartments. Wood cappings thickly
varnished. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $242,550.
Prices for post-World War I Ghosts seem to
be all over the place at present, with dealers
asking some stratospheric figures. Bonhams'
estimate was very sensible for coachwork of
this type, and the market agreed.
#303-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE 20hp saloon.
S/N GHJ68. Eng. # J9Q. Black & red/red
leather. RHD. Odo: 3,493 miles. Restored
at vast expense in 1995, and reputed to have
been kept garaged since. Paint orange-peeled,
brightwork worn through in many places, some
parts that should be nickel are chrome. Cracks
around rear fenders, older restored interior just
OK. Woodwork better than expected. Entire car
seems very tired. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,740.
Known to have spent some time in Canada, the
low catalog estimate of $23k was justified in
seeing the car in the flesh. On the one hand,
you seem to get lot of car for your money with
a 20hp saloon these days, but on the other, the
people who could keep one of these on the road
for a few coins have all gone, and now upkeep
is very expensive.
#305-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp
PHANTOM I Dual Cowl tourer. S/N 70EF.
Eng. # OL95. Metallic silver/black cloth/red
leather. RHD. Coachwork by Jacobs. Well
done rebody with no flaws. Paint thick around
rivets, pinstripes cheaply done with tape.
Leather in rear compartment appears like new,
front compartment shows cracks and wear.
Wood dash panel looks weathered. Nasty brake
drums coated in hammer-finish paint. Many
Bonhams Northamptonshire, UK
details need attention. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$155,430. Originally carrying Hooper open
tourer coachwork and used as a Rolls-Royce
development car, this was rebodied later as this
dual cowl tourer. Very pretty at 20 yards, but
close inspection was disappointing. Tidying
most of it could be done fairly cheaply, but
the bid price reflected the possibility of what it
could be rather than what it actually was.
#323-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP 3.6-
Liter landaulette. S/N GXO111. Eng. # Y3G.
Dark blue/black leather/black leather & tan
cloth. RHD. Odo: 1,689 miles. Sound original
body work, fenders may have been modified in
the past. Paint cracking around body molding
and at some edges. Top leather original and
still nice. Chrome pitted in places, including
the headlights. Leather in front lightly cracked,
cloth in rear possibly original and still nice.
It was nice to see a Wraith in such super condition,
as they are quite often tired and unloved.
This I suspect is due to the fact that their tall
radiator lends itself to quite upright, formal
styling, so they are hardly an exciting prospect.
If you are going to do the “formal” thing properly,
it might as well be a full-blown Park Ward
on a long chassis. A nice car, and sold right on
#310-1961 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL
Ancient tires cracked all around. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $52,371. Uncertainty of the exact
coachbuilder held the value of this car down,
although the build sheets suggested Binder—
and that is almost certainly the case as the
quality and styling reflect the company's other
cars. Establishing the history of this car a little
better would undoubtedly add value, although
the market for 20/25s is very hard at present
with a diminishing number of buyers. Cheap if
the history ties up.
#306-1939 ROLLS-ROYCE 4 1/4-LITER
WRAITH hearse. S/N WRB71. Eng. # F3WT.
Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 85,126 miles.
Excellent throughout, with perfect panels and
swirls. Interior leather badly cracked. Engine
bay nothing special, but not bad. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $63,756. Last seen at Christie's
Beaulieu sale in March '86, where it sold at
$105,539 (SCM# 4351). No famous owners or
thrills with this one, but worthy of the retrim it
really deserves. Not bad at all and the pre-sale
estimate reflected the need for some work. The
high bidder agreed and paid the guide price.
Flying Spur saloon. S/N BC17CZ. Eng.
# SU317F. Black/cream leather. RHD.
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. Good gaps and
no dents shown by decent black paint. One
small bubble on the edge of hood, another
on front driver's side fender. Brightwork is
original and very good, showing only polishing
very good paint. Brightwork generally very
good, some slight spotting on radiator and tops
of headlamps. Hearse body beautifully prepared
and exquisitely appointed with superbly
cut glass and silver-plated fittings. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $116,226. Many Rolls-Royce
hearses lost their bodies in the '50s and '60s,
so it's nice to know that at least one has been
returned to the road. Getting the most interest
of all the cars on view in this sale, this car easily
surpassed its top estimate of $98,500.
#329-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
WRAITH Long wheelbase limousine. S/N
ELW96. Dark gray metallic/gray leather. RHD.
Coachwork by Park Ward. Very nice all-around
condition, quite difficult to fault. Arrow-straight
body painted very nicely, excellent brightwork
and glass. Interior shows superb leather and
perfect woodwork. Monogrammed doors. Very
tidy engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,666.
#311-1961 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL
Sports saloon. S/N BC58BY. Dark blue/light
brown leather. RHD. Odo: 58,648 miles.
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. Very good
bodywork, nice repaint still fresh and slightly
orange-peeled. Needs wet-sanding. Windshield
trim bent, rear glass cracked and sticking out
from the body. Chrome decent, interior retrim
is saggy. Brown carpets new. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $120,000. Cataloged as having a
$60k restoration, but with cracked and nonfitting
glass, alarm bells rang on this one. It
looked like either the restorer (or the owner's
checkbook) had given up 100 yards from the
finish line. Estimated high, and even a sale
room notice promising the supply of new glass
was not enough to change minds.
#314-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD II saloon. S/N SXC403. Eng. #
506. Silver metallic/gray leather. Odo: 14,246
miles. Excellent bodywork with superb paint.
Unmarked original chrome, original interior
shows only very slight cracking. Slight cosmetic
rust on the front apron, small chip in the
center of the driver's door. Engine compartment
original and would benefit from detailing. Nice
overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $94,446. With
just over 14,000 miles from new and regularly
serviced, this was a great car and reputed to
be the lowest mileage Cloud II in the world.
The strong $60k-$80k estimate would pale into
insignificance with the cost of restoring a poor
one. A great price for a great car.
#326-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD II drophead coupe. S/N
SZD43. Eng. # 296DS. Midnight Blue/
dark red cloth/dark red leather. RHD. Odo:
10,341 miles. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner.
Decent paint shows no flaws in bodywork. Very
good original interior, walnut cappings superb
throughout. Worn carpet lets the interior down.
Wood picnic tables slightly bleached, flag
poles fitted to rear overriders. Engine bay very
dusty, although generally still decent. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $172,854. A well-travelled example,
this car was bought by its original owners for
Sports Car Market
Bonhams Northamptonshire, UK
still good. Dash shows well, carpets still nice.
Mileage believed genuine. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $79,200. Prices for S3s are on the move
upward. As better cars are moving beyond the
reach of some, restorable examples are being
snapped up. While this was unquestionably a
really good car, it fell into neither the megarestored
nor fit-for-resto category. Several
unrestored cars needing work have made this
recently, but it's not exactly what the market
wants, so the price was fair.
continental touring and travelled as far as
Morocco, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and Lebanon,
covering huge mileage. A recent repaint to
dark blue from its orignal white must have
transformed its appearance hugely for the better.
I love cars like this with huge history, and
this one was very well bought.
#317-1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD III saloon. S/N SDW559. Eng. #
SW279D. Burgundy/cream leather. RHD. Odo:
18,750 miles. Good body with reasonable gaps,
paint looks great at 5 yards, but some very light
pitting evident up close. Brightwork generally
good with only polishing swirls visible.
Leather nice, but slightly saggy at rear. Walnut
cappings bright. Scruffy under hood, but
complete. Two owners from new. A generally
nice example. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,695.
The car appeared much lighter in the catalog
and was actually better in real life, being a rich
deep burgundy instead of bright red. Restored
in 1992 and fitted with power steering, and
because of that, not expensive.
#327-1964 BENTLEY S3 CONTINENTAL
2-dr saloon. S/N BC80XC. Eng. # 40CBC.
Metallic Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 49,322
miles. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner and Park
Ward. Recent repaint shows a healthy amount
of orange peel and a slight bubble on left front
fender. Chrome plating swirl-free and still
bright around light fittings. All glass nice and
sharp. Leather slightly saggy but otherwise
average throughout. Cracked indicator lenses,
leather dry and cracking to front and rear.
Reasonable condition overall. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $72,666. The first Phantom VI off the production
line and used at the Queen's Golden
Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Its high estimate
of $60k was at the lower end of Phantom VI
prices, but interest wasn't overwhelming and
it ended up selling over the phone. Price paid
#312-1970 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW 2-dr saloon. S/N CRH7461.
Eng. # 7461. Green/cream leather. RHD. Odo:
34,297 miles. Excellent throughout. Superb
paint, chrome, and interior fittings really
set this apart. Slight twisting of the rubber
indicates a recent replacement windshield.
Virtually flawless, with period driving lights
fitted. One of the best available. Cond: 1.
#309-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
VI limousine. S/N PRH4108. Eng. # 4108.
Metallic blue & silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo:
94,647 miles. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner
and Park Ward. Nice straight bodywork shows
some slight bubbling at lower edges of doors.
Crazing to the paint on the trunklid, chrome
pitted on front bumper and generally just
SOLD AT $37,571. Ex-Richard (now Lord)
Attenborough, this car had some celebrity
provenance and was perfectly presented. A
good deal of money had been spent, but in all
the right places. Two-door saloons always attract
a premium, and this was a good one to
buy. Sold squarely mid-estimate.
#321-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW saloon. S/N SRH16589. Eng. #
16859. Shell Grey/dark blue leather. RHD.
Odo: 12,432 miles. A low-mileage original
example. Slight dent on the hood and to one
of the fenders seemingly from heavy elbows.
Blistering in paint around one door lock, fine
elsewhere. Very good brightwork, nice glass.
Interior shows slight sun bleaching to seat
backs. Engine bay tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$39,848. With older Shadows now over 40
years old and many examples put through the
hands of careless owners, a clean low-mileage
example will always attract attention. This one
was not quite as good as I was expecting, but it
was a very nice unmolested example nonetheless.
Minor tidying would make it excellent.
Expensive, but worth it.
#301-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW saloon. S/N SRH26568. Eng.
# 26568. Dark green metallic/cream leather.
Bonhams Northamptonshire, UK
good. Interior fair, with no stains or major
wear marks. A good all-around driver. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $11,385. A tidy example, but not
all that special and with unremarkable history.
The market hasn't changed for cars like this in
a long while now, and the price achieved here
was right in line with expectations.
RHD. Good paint in a nice color combination.
Straight body, original brightwork polish
marked and thin in places. Reasonable
interior shows light wear only to driver's seat.
Workman-like engine bay leak-free. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $8,425. Not the world's worst or
indeed the world's best Shadow, but at least it
was done in a tasteful color combination. Not
a bad car at all and a long way from the devil's
own bronze-with-rot-and no-brakes examples
sometimes seen. Some needs were more obvious
than others, as they always need a brake
overhaul. Still, very cheap and knocked down
before everyone woke up to the fact the sale
#324-1977 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE
coupe. S/N JRH31290. Eng. # 31290. Paprika/
cream leather. RHD. Odo: 76,072 miles. Nice
bodywork, great paint, terrible color. Brightwork
shows no dents or dings, glass bright and
scratch-free. Both front seats saggy and with
deep creases from use. Seemingly solid and
#304-1980 BENTLEY T2 saloon. S/N
SBH39987. Eng. # 39987. Exeter Blue/cream
leather. RHD. Odo: 7,000 miles. Ding-free
body, micro-blistered paint on the hood, some
chipping and cracking around rear window.
Decent original chrome all around. Engine
compartment dirty, cream leather interior is
age example, but still no show winner and with
no famous history. As a useable driver, this
seemed to be a fair car. Prices are still very
predictable for average cars, and this one
didn't appear to have any surprises.
#319-1983 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE
convertible. S/N SCAZD0009CCH06604.
Eng. # 06604. Larkspur Blue/cream cloth/
cream leather. Odo: 14,648 miles. Coachwork
by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. Good paint
finish, color-keyed bumpers don't fit well. No
blisters on body, dash leather cracked in places.
Front seats in nice order although the backs
creased but not worn. Carpets dirty. All in all,
a fair example. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,939.
Painted in a really nice non-metallic blue with
a nice bright interior, this made a pleasant
change from the garish metallics often seen on
Shadows and Ts of this period. If a Shadow in
this condition is worth $10k, then this was the
right premium to pay for a Bentley variant.
#318-1980 BENTLEY T2 saloon. S/N
SBH39882. Eng. # 39882. Brewster Green/red
leather. RHD. Superb condition overall, little to
fault generally. One or two stone chips below
the headlights visible, some light wear to interior
components. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,324.
Formerly the property of Victor Gauntlett and
without rust. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,848. It
doesn't matter how much these are pushed as
being “exclusive” and “expensive when new,”
they are challenged in the looks department—
and when painted in a garish color, they don't
improve much either. In all fairness, this was not
a bad one at all, but this is still a limited market.
Well sold at mid-estimate money.
#322-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW II saloon. S/N SRH37509. Eng.
# 37509. Caribbean Blue/navy blue leather.
RHD. Odo: 77,600 miles. Good panel gaps,
fair paint shows no major flaws. Bumper end
caps slightly scuffed, other brightwork still
are cracked—too much sun and no-one sitting
on them? Convertible top bag very cracked
and tired-looking. Presentable engine bay.
Good overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,817.
Restored in 1996 and converted from right to
left hand drive at that time. The price guide in
the catalog of $53k-$60k was on the money,
but this fell just below, reflecting the right-toleft
#328-1999 ROLLS-ROYCE PARK WARD
limousine. S/N SCAZY20C4WCH80530. Eng.
# 89224L10MTIV. Dark blue metallic/cream
leather. RHD. Odo: 15,000 miles. Excellent
all-around condition with great body. Paint
shows slight orange peel on roof, otherwise
very good. Lights, glass, chrome, bumpers all
maintained to a very high standard by specialists
P&A Wood. The T series cars always
command a premium over their Shadow stablemates,
and this was a very good one. As the
rough ones that are generally holding prices
down are filtered out of the system via wrecking
yards, the better ones will improve in value. A
good buy on condition alone.
#325-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW II saloon. S/N SRH40877. Eng. #
40877. Two-tone green metallic/beige leather.
RHD. Good bodywork with no obvious issues.
Wheel arches blister-free, paint fair overall
with minor swirling throughout. Interior fair,
with light creasing to the driver's seat. Recent
use visible in mostly clean engine bay. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $14,801. Another better-than-aver-
excellent. Interior shows little wear, wheels
and tires scuff-free. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$60,000. Offered for sale by pop star Jay Kay
from the band Jamiroquai. The provenance
here really added little to this car's value, and
it fell somewhere between the “too old to show
your wealth off” and “too young to be a classic”
brackets. The high bid in the room was
market value. ♦
Sports Car Market
eBay Motors Online Sales
356 Runners and Rust Buckets
VW replaclements really slam a Porsche's value, but the sculpture-by-Sawzall
was probably a bigger problem
Report by Geoff Archer
Market opinions in italics
his month's collection
focuses on Porsche's first
sports car, including
both original examples
as well as a few that changed a
little over time.
Condition inferred from seller's
descriptions; cars were not physically
examined by the author. All
quoted material taken from the eBay
listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's
#190130912046 -1953 PORSCHE 356 Pre-
A convertible. S/N 60848. Black primer/black
canvas/red leather. 24 Photos. Duluth, GA. No
title. New pans. Opening panels all “chemical
cleaned.” No rips in German canvas top. “very
little to no Bondo on this car.” 12 volt and disc
brake update with Fuchs alloys. Engine bored
to 1,720 cc. “This Porsche that you are bidding
on is not a show car; however, with very little
money you can have this car on the road with
the confidence knowing that you are driving a
real 1953 porsche 356 pre-A that can stop well,
drive whell and have plenty of power.” 20 bids,
sf 29, bf 746. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $41,350.
The fact that the engine is pictured next to the
car does tip us off to the non-show-car element,
yes. In rat rod purgatory, this very rare,
open, bent-window car had not been modified
enough to be considered an “outlaw,” and it
was still stock enough to be restored correctly.
Fair price considering, um, funkiness.
#280135582838-1956 PORSCHE 356A
coupe. S/N 58194. Eng. # 65356. White/
brown leather. Odo: 15,950 miles. 24 Photos.
Sausalito, CA. Restored eleven years ago with
a color change from Graphite Metallic, then
parked outside for a decade. Door bottoms
and floors now rusty. Non-numbers-matching
“correct looking early 1600 Normal engine
#65356.(Very Cool Engine # !)” Recent tune-
Sports Car Market
up and brake rebuild. “The gear box is the
original 644 and ...it shifts well up and down
through the gears and is not noisey.” Needs
signal relay and steering box. 57 bids, sf 157,
bf 13. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $29,500. On a
recent California trip I could not make the time
to see this car. That's just as well, because I
can't see paying this much money for a tired
white coupe that needs everything. Even in the
hunt for a “driver” condition car, I would have
held out for a nicer or more intersting car for
10%–20% more money.
#260099005764-1959 PORSCHE 356A
Special roadster. S/N 105369. White/red.
Odo: 95,295 miles. 18 Photos. Leesburg, FL.
“Not a VW or a kit car.” Top chopped off a
coupe. “The paint is not the best has cracks on
a couple of spots, chips and the hood is a little
different color.....No door glass, reg etc, no cov
top I have an old MG conv top frame that the
winner can have if they want.” Removable roll
bar and white steering wheel. “The motor is a
1776CC big bore VW with external oil cooler
and filter... runs and pulls strong, at start up puff
of smoke like an 911 then clears right up.” 30
bids, sf 24, bf 5. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,450.
Although old 356 engines are only a few grand,
VW replacements really slam a Porsche's value.
Here the sculpture-by-Sawzall was probably
the bigger problem. Seller was asking $20k
on cctol.com. A couple trips through eBay and
we see what someone was really willing to pay
for this home-made drop top. A fair price for a
sunroof clip outlaw candidate.
#190129366220-1959 PORSCHE 356A
coupe. S/N 108224. Guards Red/black leather.
Odo: 74,000 miles. 15 Photos. Daytona,
FL. Rare manual sunroof. “THIS CAR IN
NOT A CONCOURS PIECE BUT IT IS
IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT IS AN
ESTATE SALE AND STILL NEEDS A FEW
DETAILS TO COMPLETE...” Repainted 5
years ago in Porsche Guards red. “ENGINE
AND TRANSMISSION ARE ORIGINAL
AND RUN GREAT....NEW ABARTH/ANSA
EXHAUST AND A NEW CLUTCH....
ENGINE SHOWS VERY WELL WITH NEW
STICKERS (SEE PICTURES).” 49 bids, sf 0,
bf 175. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,100. I can't
say a car with any rust is a #2-, so I have to call
this a #3+, but it did look very nice. This wasn't
a big bargain because of the potential cost of
remaining detail work. Given the value of the
OEM sunroof, and the overall nice-ness, it can
be considered well bought.
#260125625987-1960 PORSCHE 356B
Drauz roadster. S/N 87616. Rust/rust. 21
Photos. West Winfield, NY. “this auction is for
a once and perhaps future great porsche ...this
item is clearly a restoration item, or any other
project you might want to embark on with it.”
Online sales of recent production cars.
Includes: “rear cowl, front cowl, both doors
with workings windows, the glass is intact,
many assorted pieces, steering wheel with column,
trunk, hood, hood ornament - see pictures
for a good idea of what is there.” 1 bid, sf 752,
bf 398. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $12,000. I would
scream WELL SOLD here, but the buyer is a
dealer and a purveyor of similar crusty clumps
called “rusty tubs.” If anybody knows what
this was worth, he would know. Furthermore,
since it was a dealer, we are looking at a
WHOLESALE price. I think I am going to have
to go for some hikes with a metal detector.
#290052826720-1960 PORSCHE 356B
convertible. S/N 87301. Ruby red/tan leather.
Odo: 14,457 miles. 24 Photos. Falls Church,
VA. “This is a one-owner car with 14,457
miles on the odometer that was parked in a
garage in 1964 or 1965. The roof of the garage
failed several years ago and the car has been
subjected to the elements since that time. The
engine is seized, the brakes are locked up, and
a select few obsess about them. Pro-built outlaws
usually cost and sell for low six figures.
In the $80k range, this was a great buy on a
one-of-a-kind custom from the poobahs of the
#140139340236-1962 PORSCHE 356B
T-6 Notchback coupe. S/N 202212. Eng. #
744180. Silver/red leather. Odo: 74,465 miles.
18 Photos. Cedar Flat, CA. “a true 20 footer.
Very few T-6 Karmann Notchbacks were produced
and there are very few left as many were
cut into cabriolets making this one of the more
rare 356 production cars existing today....Floor
is mostly original and solid with some work
done on it. The body is not swiss cheese but
has been patched in places and there is filler
Date sold: 04/24/2007
eBay auction ID: 200099937096
Seller: Private party in Los Angeles
Sale Type: BIDDING ON AMOUNT OVER
MSRP, NOT CAR ITSELF
Details: Basalt Black/black top/brown leather.
Tiptronic S, Sport Chrono Package, Carbon
Sale result: $6,100, 4 bids, sf 44, bf 44.
Other current offering: Dennig Cars Worldwide,
www.dennigcars.com, now taking orders on
new cars at MSRP plus $15k.
2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
the car has extensive rust damage. Major structural
elements, such as longitudinals, torque
tubes and suspension mounting points, appear
to be solid.” 14 bids, sf 56, bf 218. Cond: 5+.
SOLD AT $26,100. This is what happens when
the spread between the value of a restored #2
condition car and a rusty #5 project gets so
wide. It engulfs people and their life savings.
If the buyer had the $100k it will take to make
this car right, he should have simply bought a
restored Ruby Red one to begin with. Well sold.
#220046401022-1962 PORSCHE 356B
Special roadster. Silver/silver leather. 6
Photos. McMinnville, OR. “This is an opportunity
to be the owner of the next Emory Outlaw
Special...based and titled on a 1962 Porsche
356. It will be a show stopper.” Shaved hood,
A headlights, rolled rockers, pre-A Speedster
dash, upper horn holes filled, big disk brakes,
reshaped wheel arches, hot rod 914 2.0.
18 bids, sf 1519, bf 72. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$87,100. Though most people have no idea
about outlaw 356s and some people shun them,
in the car. It is an older paint job and I'm sure
if you stripped it down you would find it's
share of flaws.” 28 bids, sf 103, bf 145. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $20,300. What does a 356 have
in common with “dolphin-free” tuna? Well,
before the campaign, you probably had no idea
something fishy was going on. Is it time for a
“notchback-free cabriolets” campaign, or do
we not care yet? Five will get you ten that this
roof will be chopped off, doubling the value of
this awkward rarity. Will Seinfeld do a PSA for
the PCA? Market price.
#120142778644-1963 PORSCHE 356B
T-6 coupe. S/N 212162. Red/black leather.
Odo: 91,023 miles. 13 Photos. Albuquerque,
NM. “Obtained from the second owner, a
Continental Airline 777 captain, after many
years of cajoling. The car has no rust, runs
strong and tight, the 20 year old paint is still
shiny and in the original color, doors shut better
than a new one, gaps per factory... present
engine is not the original super 90, which was
2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Date sold: 07/28/2007
eBay auction ID: 140141622775
Seller: Richmond BMW, Richmond, VA, www
Sale Type: Used car, 1,800 miles
Details: White/black, 22-inch Rinspeed wheels,
Sale result: $93,250, 16 bids, sf 93, bf 0.
Other current offering: Northland Motors, Cincinnati,
asking $105,090 for new, all-black Cayenne Turbo.
2008 Porsche Cayenne
traded for the then freshly rebuilt 65 HP version
some years ago. Everything works, rubber
is great, no disappointments. “ 12 bids, sf 0,
bf 7. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,975. What is it
with Porsches and pilots? Anyway, this was
last year's pricing. Even with B coupes on the
bottom of the 356 food chain, several have
crossed the $30k barrier as of late, with CPI
pricing #2 cars in the high $30k range. Well
bought by $3k–$5k. ♦
Date sold: 07/30/2007
eBay auction ID: 320142115034
Seller: Park Place Porsche, Dallas, TX, www
Sale Type: New car in stock
Details: Marine Blue/Havanna Sandbeige, 3.2-L
V6. Tiptronic S, navigation, trailer hitch, Bose
Sale result: $54,000, 1 “best offer” bid, sf 11, bf 21.
Other current offering: Jack Ingram Motors, Montgomery,
AL, www.jackingram.com, asking
$59,820 for a new Cayenne in silver ♦
Eight of the ten top-selling Porsches and French cars so far in 2007 have
colorful, detailed competition history
hat makes a car valuable these days can be answered in the same way as
the cabbie's question about how to get to Carnegie Hall: “practice, practice,
practice.” In this case, high value in collectible cars comes down to “provenance,
Of the top five sales this year in two categories (French-built cars and Porsche), all but
Top French Sales to Date in 2007
1951 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Barchetta
$1,743,938. Sold by Christie's in Paris, France, on February 17
An important car that ran at Le Mans four times from 1951
to 1954 with Froilan Gonzales and Pierre Levegh. In '52, Levegh
nearly drove the whole 24 hours by himself to victory, but an
engine failure ruined the feat. The effort earned him his 1955
Mercedes-Benz drive, with tragic consequences.
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special
$1,320,000. Sold by RM in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 18
The factory team car, stunningly elegant, and with suitable
patina. The direct Rene Dreyfus link is doubtful, but the car
raced in European GPs before and after WWII, before being
shipped to Argentina. Might seem like a great buy in the future.
two have competition history, and the history of all ten is
extensively documented. However, even at today's rather
stratospheric prices, these A-list Porsches are downright
bargains selling for half the price of top-level Delahayes
1991 Peugeot 905 Group C Racer
$1,226,742. Sold by Artcurial in Paris, France, on February 19
A works racer, in which Philippe Alliot headed Le Mans
qualifying in 1992. Virtually unmarked, and still a working example
in 1992 World Sportscar Champ specifications. A record
for a Peugeot or French Le Mans car of this period.
1926 Bugatti Type 39A Grand Prix Racer
$1,175,000. Sold by Bonhams & Butterfields in Brookline,
Massachusetts, on April 21
A former works racer and one of just ten built. Two GP 2nds
and a 3rd driven by Constantini. Wears a factory replacement
frame, with very good paint and a correct engine compartment.
Real money for a real car.
1951 Bugatti Type 101 Coupe
$990,000. Sold by RM in Marshall, Texas, on April 21
The '51 Paris Salon car, and one of just a handful built.
Awkward styling is polarizing, but it's passed through the
garages of some serious collectors, including Harrah,
Harguindeguy, Nick Cage, and Gene Ponder.
Sports Car Market
Top Porsche Sales to Date in 2007
1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder
$880,000. Sold by RM in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 18
Beautifully restored, super-complicated, giant-killing,
and even the non-original engine doesn't hurt it much.
Very well bought. Might have done better at Monterey.
1964 Porsche 904 GTS Racer
$684,072. Sold by Artcurial in Paris, France, on February 19
Restored by marque specialist Benoit Couturier, but
looks original in silver over red leather. Good money for
a car with a wrong 906 engine, even if the damaged
original is included.
1976 Porsche 934 RSR Racer
$464,070. Sold by Artcurial in Paris, France, on February 19
A Kremer team re-shell of Bob Wollek's 1977 Le Mans
class winner. Unusual paint is marked but correct. Serious
money for a 934, but the Wollek connection boosted the
1981 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick Race Car
$440,000. Sold by RM in Amelia Island, Florida, on March 10
Designed to be the fastest 935 ever, “Moby Dick” was
built for Le Mans in 1978 but had oil problems and finished
8th. This car is one of two copies raced successfully by
Jochen Mass and Giancarlo Moretti in IMSA from 1981 to
1983. Originally reported as a no-sale at $680,000.
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe
$208,869. Sold by Artcurial in Paris, France, on February 19
Complete provenance. Paint and panel fit are near
perfect, with a sharp interior and spotless engine. It was
driven to the auction from the South of France. These
rarely show up at auction, and it could have sold for
Motobilia Carl Bomstead
A Portland oil museum scales down its collection, while 642 signs net
$500,000 in an Illinois sale
lenn Zirkle began collecting early gas pumps, signs, oil cans, and other gas-station related
memorabilia in the early '80s and displayed the ever-growing accumulation in his petroleum
distribution business in Portland, Oregon. In time, as signs covered every wall in the business, his
building became The Historical Museum of Early Oil Days. Many of his customers added to the
collection, and by the year 2000, it was one of the more extensive displays in the country.
Recently, Glen made the decision to sell all but 60 of the huge collection of gas company related signs.
Mathews Auctions was selected to handle the sale and the two-day event took place in Collinsville, Illinois,
a few miles north of St. Louis, on July 13 and 14.
The financial results exceeded expectations as the 642 lots generated over $500,000, with over 30% sell-
ing to Internet bidders. Here are some of particular interest. All results include 10% buyer's premium; ratings
are from Matthews and based on a 1–10 scale, with 9.5–10 being perfect and 7.5–7.9 being heavily worn.
Oil Ltd, which was acquired by
Texaco. This sign dates to the
late '30's–early '40s and would
have sold for three times what
was paid here if it had not been
completely restored and clear
sign was almost five feet tall and
very striking, with the “running
man” logo. In the past, larger
signs were not very desirable but
that is no longer the case. Due to
the unusual shape and striking
colors, this one sold for the right
LOT 30. MOHAWK
LOT 1. TEXACO DIESEL
CHIEF PORCELAIN PUMP
PLATE. Condition: 8.5. SOLD
AT: $2,090. This rare pump
plate dates to 1940 and had the
“wide spray.” It was quickly discontinued
after Pearl Harbor as
it closely resembled the Japanese
flag. When they appear for sale
they go for a substantial premium.
The later version sells for
about half what was paid here.
LOT 23. WEED CHAINS
“FOR SAFE DRIVING” TIN
SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$3,190. This is one of a series
of three Weed Tire signs and all
have a gas pricer wheel. This one
had some very minor edge wear
and sold for the going rate.
LOT 27. MARATHON
PRODUCTS 29-INCH ROUND
SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$770. This double-sided sign had
been touched up and one side
clear coated. A 42-inch version
of the same sign, which had not
been messed with, sold for twice
what was paid here, so originality
brings the money.
“ARROW” NEON SIGN.
Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$25,300. This is a spectacular
neon sign that has it all. Great
graphics, neon, and exceptional
condition generated strong
money and this could have easily
sold for another ten grand and
not been out of line.
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
7.5. SOLD AT: $2,750. This
striking double-sided sign, with
the Oilzum Man, would hang
in a bracket outside of a service
station. Condition was off a bit
with numerous chips but the sign
retained decent gloss and luster.
Sold for under the money due to
LOT 31. SUNSET
LOT 18. RED INDIAN
MOTOR OILS PORCELAIN
SIGN. Condition: 9.5 SOLD AT:
$1,100. Red Indian was the brand
name for McColl-Frontenac
LOT 24. MARATHON
GASOLINE DIE CUT
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
8.5. SOLD AT: $6,490. This
LOT 29. OILZUM
MOTOR OILS LUBRICANTS
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
6.5. SOLD AT: $10,450. This
sign is extremely rare due to the
blue sunset. Sign is trashed but
the rarity brought the money.
I hate to think what it would
have sold for if it were in decent
Sports Car Market
mobile at the bottom. In decent
condition with some edge touchup.
This was a good buy as two
others in the series, both with
cars, sold for a bunch more.
LOT 61. VELTEX MOTOR
LOT 32. SUNSET
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
9. SOLD AT: $7,150. One side
of this sign had been restored
and the new paint was starting
to lift, which is a concern with
restored signs. The other side
was trashed. In decent original
condition this is at least a
LOT 42. MAGNOLIA
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
9. SOLD AT: $1,870. Magnolia
was a Texas oil company that
was acquired by Mobil and this
was a transitional sign. Both
sides had been completely restored,
which, again, held down
LOT 57. HUSKY SERVICE
SHIELD. Condition: 9. SOLD
AT: $3,300. This desirable
Husky Oil sign was restored on
both sides, which had an adverse
effect on the price. In original
decent condition they sell for
almost twice what we see here.
LOT 62. VELTEX
LOT 33. SUNSET
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $4,950.
This sign would have been
mounted on a tall pole in front
of a service station. It had been
completely restored, which
again held down the price. It is a
rare West Coast sign that would
have sold for a lot more if it was
LOT 49. PARAGON
GASOLINE CURB SIGN.
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $9,900.
This is a rare and desirable curb
sign but it had been restored to
an inch of its life and there were
a couple soft spots in the paint.
I have to say that the price was
excessive as I have seen another
one, which was in excellent
original condition, sell for about
the same money.
LOT 59. GASCO MOTOR
FUEL 30-INCH PORCELAIN
SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD
AT: $2,090. Gasco was a small
independent oil company that
was located in Portland, Oregon.
It is of interest to West Coast
collectors but this example had
been restored so the price paid
was well under the money.
FLETCHER OIL COMPANY
16-INCH ROUND SIGN.
Condition: 9.5. SOLD AT:
$6,050. This sign went on the
door of a Veltex delivery truck
and they are popular due to the
striking colors. The Veltex name
seems to bring strong money
of late. A few years ago $2,500
would have been all the money.
OIL DOUBLE SIDED
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
9.5. SOLD AT: $3,190. This
seven-by-eleven inch sign had
different slogans on each side. It
was in excellent condition and
sold under the money, as two
other examples have recently
LOT 65. GILMORE
LIONS HEAD MOTOR OIL
EMBOSSED TIN SIGN.
Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT:
$3,300. This was an original
sign as compared to the reproductions,
which are fairly
common but still bring as much
as $1,000. No surprise here as
the colorful sign sold for the
LOT 34. HARBOR
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
9. SOLD AT: $28,600. This is
the Holy Grail in the sign world.
Great graphics with a seaplane
taking off, strong colors, and
exceptional original condition
equals big bucks. Sold for strong
money but could have gone for
five thousand more without raising
LOT 60. STANOCOLA
LOT 51. SUPREME AUTO
OIL 60 X 28 PORCELAIN
SIGN. Condition: 8.5. SOLD
AT: $3,300. This was one of a
series of five similar signs for
Gulf Oil products. Very cool
graphics with a vintage auto-
30-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN.
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $3,575.
This was from the Standard Oil
Company of Louisiana and is
very desirable due to the strong
bright colors. This sign was
completely repainted and, as we
have seen, therefore sold for far
less than an original example in
LOT 66. RICHLUBE
MOTOR OIL DOUBLESIDED
Condition: 7.5. SOLD AT:
$4,950. This is a desirable sign
Motobilia Carl Bomstead
as there is a race car at the top of
the sign. Condition was off a bit
with a few large chips, light crazing,
and a loss of gloss. Easily a
$7,500 sign in better condition.
This desirable sign was heavily
stained and had some serious
edge wear. The back side was
trashed. Even so it is a cool sign
and should have sold for $1,000
that expensive to add neon to a
sign and I've been seeing a lot of
LOT 151. MOBIL PLEDGE
LOT 101. SIGNAL
LOT 71. MUSTANG OIL
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
8. SOLD AT: $3,575. The
raring horse adds excitement to
this sign, which is not common.
That said, the price paid was on
the light side, as the condition
and graphics warranted another
$1,000 or so.
LOT 85. CONOCO
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $3,410.
This sign was in very nice condition
with no chips or serious
damage but it had been clear
coated. If left alone it would have
been worth a thousand or two
more. In the sign world original
condition brings the money.
PUMP PLATE. Condition: 9.5.
SOLD AT: $3,300. Signal gasoline
stuff with the traffic light is
always in demand but the condition
here brought the money.
Sign was close to perfect, and
as a result, the price paid was
up there. Buyer paid a premium
of $1,000 or so for the condition
and it was worth it.
Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT: $462.
There are East and West Coast
versions of this sign but this
style with the light blue border
was one that the Mobil guys had
not seen. Considering that it is
so unusual, I'd have thought it
would bring more money.
LOT 210/211. WILSHIRE
LOT 119. STANDARD
LOT 99. MOBILGAS
LOT 76. TIME GAS
CLOCK FACE 6-FOOT SIGN.
Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT:
$3,025. Another version of this
sign has the hands of the clock at
ten to two but the Time Gasoline
slogan of “Ten to one you can't
find a better gas” resulted in the
change to this version. This was
the buy of the sale, and should
have sold for about $5,000.
WOOD SIGN WITH
PEGASUS ON CLOUD.
Condition: 7.5. SOLD AT:
$1,870. This sign was used
during the war as metal was not
available. It was made from a
large sheet of marine plywood to
withstand the elements. Rarely
do you find them in decent
condition and this one had been
repainted in a few places.
OIL CLOUD PORCELAIN
SIGN. Condition: 8.75. SOLD
AT: $2,750. This sign was from
Standard of California and was
12 inches long. It is the next-tosmallest
size and there are three
that are larger. Price was fair as
it was in decent condition.
Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$3,000—PAIR. Wilshire Oil
was based in Los Angeles and
marketed their oil products under
the Polly brand name. These
flange restroom signs sold for
a lot, considering they are not
uncommon and the graphics not
LOT 219. SINCLAIR
OPALINE MOTOR OIL
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
7.5. SOLD AT: $495. This small
sign went on a lubster or oil cart.
Condition was off a bit, which
had an adverse effect on the
Lot 144. ASSOCIATED
LOT 99A. MOBIL 5-FOOT
LOT 77. MARINE GAS
PORCELAIN SIGN WITH
GAR WOOD SPEEDBOAT.
Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $3,300.
SHIELD WITH NEON.
Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT:
$6,325. Neon had been added
to this sign and it went on in
alternate stages on the wings of
the Pegasus to give the appearance
of movement. It is not all
OIL RESTROOM “OUR
CREED” PORCELAIN SIGN.
Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT: $770.
There are four different versions
of this sign and this one, with the
smiling station attendant with
the colored badge on his cap, is
unique. Condition was decent
and I was surprised it did not sell
for $200 more.
LOT 228. UNION OIL
DIE-CUT TIN SIGN.
Sports Car Market
Condition: 8.75. SOLD AT:
$1,650. Unusual early small tin
sign with the Union Ethyl logo.
Condition was better than OK
but price was high for a tin sign
that was rather bland.
Condition: 9.75. SOLD AT:
$4,400. Condition here was
as-new, with brilliant color and
deep luster. There are serious
Shell collectors who will pay
whatever it takes to hang a piece
of this quality on the wall.
LOT 502. OAK MOTOR
LOT 230. UNION OIL
CARDS ACCEPTED HERE
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $1,430.
The edges of this sign had been
restored and it had been clear
coated. The sign is favored by
Union Oil collectors and could
have sold for twice what was
paid here if it were unmolested.
LOT 389. DUNLOP TIRES
BLOND DIE-CUT TIN PINUP
GIRL. Condition: 8.75.
SOLD AT: $1,265. Over a dozen
of these European tin pin-up
girls who advertised all sorts
of automotive products were
offered here. Prices were all over
the board but none came close to
the $5,200 that another example
of this one brought a few years
LOT 252. TIDEWATER
SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$715. These little signs went
on the door of delivery trucks.
Years ago I ran across a couple
of dozen when I lived in Texas. I
sold them for what was paid here,
so I guess I did okay.
LOT 397. RISQUE SHELL
TIN PIN-UP GIRL. Condition:
9. SOLD AT: $1,540. Rarely do
major international corporations
offer advertising this racy. For
that reason, it brought serious
LOT 456. MOBIL
LOT 266. PRIDE OF
OREGON ETHYL PUMP
PLATE. Condition: 9.5. SOLD
AT: $2,420. High quality porcelain
pump plate that brought
serious money as it referenced
a specific state. The search is
on for the matching one for the
LOT 401. SUPER SHELL
GASOLINE PUMP PLATE.
SHIELD PUMP PLATE.
Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $1,430.
The last one of these I saw went
for $4,400, which made no sense.
This one had a small chip at the
lower mounting hole but was
very presentable. Sold for the
LOT 595 MOBILOIL “ASK
HERE FOR GARGOYLE”
CURB SIGN. Condition: 9.5.
SOLD AT: $1,320. These signs
were placed outside service
stations and were subject to all
kinds of abuse. They are not
often found in this condition, so
price paid was correct. ♦
LOT 452. MOBIL
SHIELD PUMP PLATE.
Condition: 8.75. SOLD AT:
$2,200. This is the rarest of the
couple of dozen different Mobil
pump plates but it is the second
one we have seen change hands
at this price in the few months,
so that's the market-correct
LOT 402. SHELL NIGHT
Condition: 7. SOLD AT: $4,950.
This seldom-offered sign was
lacking a bit, with numerous
chips in the center of both sides.
It was also lacking in the gloss
department but rarity trumped
condition and two serious Shell
collectors decided they had to
OIL 21-INCH PORCELAIN
SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT:
$1,980. Very desirable smaller
double-sided sign with a large oak
sign. Both sides had been completely
restored and clear coated,
which hurt the final price.
LOT 508. STANDARD OIL
OF NEBRASKA 30-INCH
PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition:
9. SOLD AT: $710. Desirable
sign had been completely
restored. In acceptable original
condition, it would have sold for
three or four times as much.
Bike Buys Paul Duchene
Royal Enfield's Mighty Dud
The 736-cc Interceptor should have been a Bonneville-sized hit, but it was
fumbled away by poor distribution and lack of support
oyal Enfield may be the only
motorcycle manufacturer to
span three centuries, beginning
in England in 1899 and still
making motorcycles today.
A cynic might observe that time has
stood still for the last 50 years while
1955 Bullet singles were made in India,
but new developments are afoot in
England (5-speed gearboxes, lean burn
engines, and disc brakes), and the company
is easing into the 1980s at least.
The Indian Enfields are develop-
ments of the 1955 Bullets of 350 cc
and 500 cc, but while those workhorses
thumped away in the dust of Madras, the English parent company developed what
might be called England's first modern superbike.
The 736-cc Interceptor of 1962 was aimed squarely at the American market—a
52-horsepower, 120-mph twin developed from the 700-cc Meteor and Constellation. It
was rare during its ten-year production and it's rarer today, but it's a worthy competitor
to the 1969 Honda CB750 and proof that not all British bike makers died with a
The Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Redditch, Worcestershire, developed from
a bicycle maker, as did many in England. It also made rifle parts back in 1890, which
explains the cannon on the badge and the motto “Built like a gun, goes like a bullet”
(though those same cynics say, “Built like a gun, occasionally goes bang.”) The
company dabbled in lawnmowers and stationary engines and even made quadricycles
with De Dion engines in 1898.
Royal Enfield made a dizzying number of models in the early years, everything
from 225-cc 2-strokes to 1,000-cc, side-valve Vtwins,
but settled into solid Bullet singles, the first
appearing in 1932. The company was a regular TT
competitor from 1911, but the 4-valve, 500 cc of 1935
was its last entry, and it retired without a single win.
Wartime work was divided between 250-cc and 350cc
military bikes and the odd 125-cc “flying flea,”
designed to be dropped by parachute.
The 500-cc Meteor twin appeared in 1949—essen-
Honda 750s—then breaks
Perfect Interceptor owner:
Rating (HHHHH is best):
Fun to ride: HHHH
Ease of maintenance: HHH
Appreciation potential: HHH
Attention getter: HHH
Years produced: 1962–72
Number produced: 2,990 (including 130
Original list price: $1,224 in 1965
SCM Valuation: $2,000–$12,500
Tune-up cost: Under $100 DIY
Engine: 736-cc, four-stroke, air-cooled twin
Weight: 420 lbs
Engine #: Left side of case below
Frame #: Head stock
Colors: Black, red, or blue with chrome
SCM Investment Grade: B
tially two 250 singles—and was gradually developed
through the 1950s to 700 cc, offering a reliable 100
mph. Royal Enfield also tinkered with streamlining at
this time, offering a quite handsome Airflow fairing.
As a footnote, Enfield singles and twins were sold
in the U.S. between 1955 and 1959 as Indians—another
benighted attempt to revive the name. However,
the agreement expired in 1960, just in time for RE's
big chance in the U.S.
Royal Enfield had enjoyed trials success since
their introduction of the rear swing arm in 1949,
and in 1961 Eddie Mulder won the Big Bear Enduro.
Elliot Shultz dominated the half-mile dirt track in Los
Angeles, and Enfield won 31 of 39 races.
The stage was set for a Bonneville-sized hit, but it
would be fumbled away by poor distribution and lack
of support. Royal Enfield was pretty much a cottage
industry at this point, with bikes built
by hand in a damp, subterranean WWII
The first 211 Interceptors headed
for the U.S. in 1961. They were 700-cc
models in Enduro form—minus lights,
alternator, gauges and muffler, and with
a skid plate and 3.25-gallon tank. By
all accounts, they were a real handful
in the dirt and many were retrofitted
to street form. But only 18 have been
found, which makes them worth seeking
out. The clue is the “VAX” prefix
before the engine number.
The Mk I Interceptor arrived in 1962
with twin pipes and a lot of chrome—tank, fenders,
headlight, and gauges. It had a hefty 25-pound crankshaft,
located by a roller main on the timing side and
ballrace on the drive end. This was opposite to common
practice, but effective. Separate barrels and heads made
for easier maintenance, but dry-sump oiling pressurized
the entire system and timing cover leaks were inevitable,
leading to the “Royal Oilfield” sobriquet. There were
979 Mk Is built, including the “VAX” bikes.
Significant mechanical updates arrived with the Mk
IA in 1967. Magneto ignition was changed for coils, and
Amal concentric carburetors replaced Monoblocs, trading
smoother performance for poorer gas mileage. In all,
759 Mk IAs were built.
Big changes came with the Mk II in March 1969. The
Interceptor adopted a Norton Atlas front fork and wheel
and a wet-sump engine to cure some of the oil leak complaints.
In all, 1,122 Mk IIs were produced, but the writing
was on the wall for the British motorcycle industry,
and the factory closed in June 1970.
At the very last, yet another attempt to revive the Indian
name led Floyd Clymer to order a run of Interceptor motors,
but he died with the engines on the dock and they
were snapped up by the Rickman brothers, who were
always looking for motors. Between 1970 and 1972 the
Rickmans built 130 Interceptors with Metisse frames.
These are notable for having footpegs actually welded to
the exhaust pipes, which nonetheless works.
The chances of finding a good Interceptor are slim
outside the club, though Barber Motorsports Museum curator
Brian Slark says that poor parts supplies in the U.S.
must have stranded bikes in barns and garages. The main
thing, he says, is to find a bike as complete as possible.
“They were quite innovative but sold in such small numbers,
I haven't seen a twin for sale in years,” he says. ♦
PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing
about motorcycles for 45 years. His work has appeared
in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
Sports Car Market
Mystery Photo Answers
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contest, Publisher Martin replied, “Absolutely none,” and referenced this
month's example to prove his point.
—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT
And here we have a protoype built by Domino's in the '80s. It can
make and deliver 100 pizzas in less than 30 minutes.—Roland Aviles,
And to think that some folks still prefer a Ferrari…—John Bryans
Fontaine, Westport, CT
Always willing to experiment, Smiling Bob tries out Enzyte for tire
shine.—Dale Pope, Plymouth, IN
Nissan, eager to follow in Toyota's footsteps, sent its engineers deep
into middle America to develop their Nextel Cup Car of Tomorrow.
Wheelwells shouldn't be a problem on this one.—Joe Loduca,
Aw, crap. It's got 110 horsepower, I wonder why it won't move?—
Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA
Tired of the drifting scene, Omar attempts to break 7 lateral Gs on
the skidpad.—Steve Will, Springfield, MO
You see, Rodney, I told you you wouldn't get into three separate
racing classes with only one car—Daniel Brenzel, Menlo Park , CA
Last minute entry in the not-so-super Modified Class—Del
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car.—Stephen Miller, Muncie, IN
Research indicates the Global Warming Shield protects the vehicle
well, with the exception of the tires.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA
Bowman, Rancho Mirage, CA
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Series I. Silver/ black. Exceptional. Current owner
owned 36 years! Hardtop, books, tools, and more.
$84,500. Steve Ahlgrim, email@example.com,
1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible
1967 Jaguar XKE Convertible
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible
Ultra rare factory delivered with a ZF 5-speed
transmission; better yet, Bob Platz restored at a cost
in excess of $150k. All documented. Dark green,
cognac leather. None better. $85,000. Matthew L.
deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd
1976 Porsche 914 Roadster
1948 MG TC
s/n CSII/6/56, engine # FWA400-6/69/75. Important
and attractive sports racer. The “wide body”
version of Cooper's innovative mid-engine F-II car
from which sprung the past fifty years of race cars.
Ready to race with some spares. $175,000. Fantasy
Junction, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.653.7555,
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I
Fully restored to show level and fully sorted for
spirited use. Finished in yellow with green leather,
all weather equipment, this gorgeous car features
a synchromesh 5-speed transmission making it a
true pleasure to use. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd.,
1950 Jaguar XK 120
Ground up, nut and bolt restored to national
show standards. Flawless both mechanically and
cosmetically and numbers matching. Healey blue,
blue leather and top. A superb car in every detail.
$55,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. , 203.852.1670,
1963 Morgan 4-4 Roadster
JCNA 99pt car. Absolutely spectacular, drives
flawlessly. Silver, red leather. Matching numbers.
Books, tools, fitted luggage. Body off restored by
marque specialist on excellent, rust free original car.
Expensive. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670,
1953 Jaguar XK 120 DHC
Red, Black Connolly Leather. All weather equipment.
A great driver from a private collection. Clean and
straight, nice paint, mint interior. Runs and drives
without fault. $27,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd,
203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT)
1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
Nicely preserved older restoration in spectacular
colors. Recent majorservicing to make sure the car
is perfect mechanically. All originalcomponents
add to the unique charm of this car. $75,000. Steve
Markowski, email@example.com, 802.877.2645 /
802.598.0385. www.rpmvt.com. (VT)
1956 Cooper T-39 Bobtail
Concours Registry Certified, Matching NumbersSpectacular
professional documented frame
off restoration. Less than 600 miles since.
Healey Blue/Ivory coves, blue leather. Wire
wheels, Michelins,Overdrive, Original 6 blade fan
/rare car jack.Private Collector seller. $77,500.
Garforth54@aol.com, 941.366.5754. (FL)
A spectacular car we have known and loved for
many years. Immaculate throughout, sorted to the
nines by a fanatic 356 owner. Silver, blue leather,
blue top, factory removable roll bar, correct radio,
correct wood wheel. Ready now for touring. $85,000.
Matthew L deGarmo, 203.852.1670,
All factory recalls performed, every record and
repair order. Non-Dual Mass flywheel. Doesnt leak
one drop of oil! No paint work, great colors. 40,000
documented miles. $32,000. Steve Markowski,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.877.2645 / 802.598.0385,
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2.2 liter with E cams & Dell'Orto carbs, 5 speed,
new clutch & cable. New front rotors & pads,
Yokohama tires, sunroof. Body & interior very
good. 59,000 miles. $5,995. 503.641.1537 or
1961 Porsche 356B Roadster
White/tan, 17,100 miles. Collector quality. Last
year of the bulletproof classic 560SL. 2 owners.
Exceptional. $32,500. Steve Ahlgrim 678.361.7997.
1990 Audi V8
Gold, perfect tan interior, rare survivor, mostly
original showroom condition, loaded. Has to be
the best car anywhere. $5.995. Russ Alexander,
1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
Restored in Calif. 1990. Driven summers only and
meticulously cared for since by two fussy owners.
Teal green, saddle leather. lovely car, ready to
enjoy now. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd.,
203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT)
1976 Bristol 411 Mk V
42,000 Original Miles. Absolutely NO rust, meticulously
maintained. Original Mahle wheels
+ 4 Fuchs, Full set of factory repair manuals.
$12,500. Mick Krause, email@example.com,
1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Convertible
The Gentleman's Express. Solid example of a very
special marque's strict adherence to the principles
of fine engineering and quality workmanship.
Aluminum body, factory sunroof. $35,000. Fantasy
Junction, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.653.7555,
1977 Lotus Eclat
Bob Hatch prepared, original, flawless car. White,
black interior, rare 4-speed transmission. Original
tools, books etc. Perfect in every way. $35,000.
Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. ,203.852.1670,
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
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2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
1968 Maserati Mexico
The V-8 “Pantera GT Coupe”Fast, Ford powered,
super exotic by De Tomaso. Rare, beautiful, 140
mph plus and affordable! $25,000. Bill Hair,
email@example.com, 805.466.1015. (CA)
1982 Ferrari 400i
6speed, BBS wheels, sport suspsension, quattro,
chipped to 300HP, synthetic oil only, 15k miles,
CD changed, Indigo Blue Pearl/Dove gray leather.
$18,900. Michael Iannelli, 305.248.1700, (FL)
2005 Mercedes-Benz S430 sedan
Loaded, one owner, immaculate. 33k miles. Black
and Black Jerry Shapiro, 816.210.6311, (MO)
1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Zagato
For restoration or fix up. Rough, runs and drives
but unreliable - probably fuel pump. Black, 5 speed
convertible. $1,788. Tom Gray, 651.429.5559, (MN)
1989 Maserati 430
1 of 250 built. Fully detailed engine compartment.
As Henry Manney pointed out “Every cigarette
smuggler in Italy owns a Maserati”. Greatly under
appreciated. With its 4.7 V-8 and ZF 5-speed this
is a truer Gran Turismo. $65,000. Fantasy Junction,
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe
Original blue paint/tan interior, 41k miles, reliable,
Bosche injection, rebuilt GM auto, alternators and
water pump. The 4 can timing of this V12 is driven
by double roller chain - not belts. $24,900. Rockwell,
1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi
Silver/Blue Metallic With Light Gray Bottom, Blue
leather & Suede Interior, Power locks, power
Windows, Power Seats, Alpine radio And Speakers,
23,000 Original Miles, 5 Speed2nd owner, New
ansa exhaust, ICE COLD A/CAlways serviced At Algar
Maserati & Ferrari Dealer, “PROBABLY THE BEST
430 IN AMERICA” Berardino, 215.783.3225, (PA)
True example of Alfa/Zagato synergy combining
lightened body work with straight six performance.
Phenomenal mechanical condition with excellent
original interior. 1 of 105 built. Recent work.
Weber carburetors. $92,000. Fantasy Junction,
V12, 5-speed, 60000, Fly Yellow, Black, 14791.
Excellent touring car for rallies and vintage events.
Daytona seats, Cromadora wheels. $95,000. Susan
Dixon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860.485.5051, (CT)
1976 De Tomaso Longchamp
Always kept in air conditioned garage. Original paint.
In very good condition. $39,500.Hormoze Goudarzi,
email@example.com, 910.395.6442 (NC)
1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
1975 Datsun 260Z
151k miles 1st owner in ATL sold to cousin/ my
college pal in California. No rust or dents, carefully
maintained, new Bridgestones, cold AC. Enjoyable
300 mile trip last summer. Easy cosmetic restoration!
Nick, NickCandee@aol.com, 617.962.2498,
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Race, Fiberglass, 2, 350, Racing T-10, Metallic Blue/
Black. This car is an excellent vintage “B” production
Corvette from the glory year of 1969. Originally a
Randy Peterson car, it is built for winning vintage B
Production racing, with a tall driver at the wheel. The
current owner is 6' 9”, but the seat can easily moved
Sports Car Market
Mint restored. $110,000. Dan Knight,
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Steel street rod. Chevy drive train p/s, disc brakes, tilt,
cruise, air, heat, Midnight blue/leather and a killer
stereo. $55,000. Mike Moses, 630.980.9510. (IL)
1946 Ford Super Delux Woody
forward to accommodate smaller drivers. It has been
professionally rebuilt and maintained by one of the
top vintage racing shops in the country. Equipped with
the best racing equipment and a very strong motor, it
is a class-winner in the right hands! The car is readyto-race
in HMSA, SOVREN, and many other Vintage
series. It can be inspected in the Seattle, WA area.
$65,000. Dominic, firstname.lastname@example.org,
1971 Ford Mustang Mach I
Yellow with black stripe, black, 1f02h125065,
Runs great! in great condition! angie stevens,
email@example.com, 757.870.1148. (CA)
1973 Ford F-350
One owner, 50k miles, always garaged, electric
winch, 10-ft aluminum ramps. $5,500. Robert
Aronson, 203.215.4846 / 203.874.7916. (CT)
Cobra Replica Roadster
Hi-tech 427 SC Cobra. Just completed. Everything
fresh. A top-of-the-line replica of a million dollar
car. $75,000. Jack Richards, 928.771.9375. (AZ)
2006 Corvette Z06
RARE -ONLY 282 produced in Daytona Sunset Orange,
2LZ Package, plus ALL options including Navigation
and SAT Radio, Immaculate throughout and
like New Condition, Adult owned (non-smoking).
Only 6-k Miles. You won't find a nicer example.
$64,500 or best offer. 585.749.4600. (NY)
Porsche Sport Annuals
1. Historical ship associated with the Plymouth
6. 1956 Plymouth limited production line
8. Self concept
11. 1950 Plymouth concept car: __ 500
15. French for sea
17. Design plan
18. Company, for short
19. 30th state, abbr.
21. Carry out, as a task
22. Keyboard getaway key
24. Plymouth fit for a prince
26. Come first
28. Race start word
29. See 32 across
30. Billboard maker
31. Hawaiian wreath
32. 1960 Valiant alternative (with 29 across)
34. Plymouth Model __ 4-Door De Luxe Sedan
35. Football org.
39. TV medical drama
40. Of the earth
41. Street, abbr.
42. Hillman Avenger nationality, abbr.
1972–73. Very good condition. Other automobilia,
brochures, posters, programs Frank Battaglia,
43. 14th letter
45. Each, abbr.
47. Plymouth's 1990s compact
51. Province of Western CAN
53. Not using much gas, e.g.
60. Nonverbal “yes”
61. Plymouth's 1939 touring sedan (with 48 down)
63. Girl Guides, abbr.
64. Catherine ___ Jones
65. Original manufacturer's model, briefly
67. 16th President
68. Alien who was too good for earth?
69. Plymouth SUV
1. Plymouth name evolved from this car
3. Plymouth sport-compact built by Diamond Star
4. That's great!
5. Giving new shape to
6. Exner's late '50s styling theme (2 words)
7. Measured on the tach
9. ATL locale
10. Plymouth roadster of the 1990s
13. Climate control option
16. Text amender, for short
17. The rascal Plymouth
18. Pebble Beach state
20. Obsessively absorbed in
23. Mediterranean, for example
24. Late '70s Plymouth
25. Des Moines's state
27. Prosecutor, briefly
33. 1970s Plymouth similar to the Demon
34. 1934 __ 4-Door sedan
36. Oversees federal elections, for short
37. Hillman Avenger became this Plymouth
38. Grand Voyager ___
42. 1990s Plymouth sedan
44. Small car shared Plymouth and Dodge
48. See 61 across
54. Tie up the boat
56. Trucks haul this
57. Beware of these in March
58. Look lovingly at
62. ___ Dhabi
66. Flint state
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Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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Bonhams & Butterfi elds.
415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San
Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA
94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA)
Branson Collector Car Auction.
800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316
W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO
65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO)
Mecum Collector Car Auction-
eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615.
950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015.
Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford,
Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des
Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody
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Palm Springs Auctions Inc.
Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290,
760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon
Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www
ing over 35 auctions per year. Home of
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and antique cars with experience and
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auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com.
Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750.
ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or
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Alfa for over 25 years, we have
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items, so check in often for the
latest updates. www.centerlinealfa
Jon Norman's Alfa Parts.
510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street,
Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of
parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi
cient, personal service. 510.525.9435.
Shelby American Automotobile
Carlisle Collector Car Auctions.
717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road,
Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions.
High-line cars cross the block.
Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector,
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310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly
Hills, CA 90210. www.christies
RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371,
519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi
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of experience will perform complete
classic car collection appraisals. Your
collection will be assessed by superior
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Russo and Steele Collector Auto-
mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260.
5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ
Gooding & Company.
310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August
18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction
has added a Saturday evening auction to
the week's events. Now offering more of
the fi nest cars traditionally available on
Sunday's famed auction following the
Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco
H&H Classic Auctions.
Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4
4BZ England. www.classic-auctions
Kensington Motor Group, Inc.
631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O.
Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.
The Worldwide Group.
866.273.6394, Established by John
Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide
Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and
Brokers —is one of the world's premier
auction houses, specializing in the procurement
and sale of the world's fi nest
automobiles and vintage watercraft.
Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM.
Kruse International. 800.968.4444,
5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest
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MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC
28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte,
NC: April, September, and January.
Selling Southern muscle, collector,
Santiago Collector Car Auctions.
405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky:
Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485,
2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205.
Auto Appraisal Group.
800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide.
Pre-purchase inspection service,
insurance matters, charitable donations,
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testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed,
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web site for locations and service descriptions.
California Dream Cars Apprais-
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Specializing in pre-purchase inspections,
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testimony. For more info, visit our web
site. www.caldreamcars.net.. (CA)
Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO
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 magazine, bi-monthly
newsletter as well as a registry. (CT)
Solvang Antique Center.
805.688.6222, California's Premier
Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary
dealers. Quality 18th and 19th
century furniture, decorative accessories,
fi ne art and estate jewelry. One
of the fi nest selections of antique clocks,
watches and music boxes in the world.
Gooding & Company.
310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's
experts are well qualifi ed to appraise
automotive and collectible estates.
Whether it is the creation of a foundation,
living trust, or arrangement of a
charitable donation, we are able to help
you. www.goodingco.com. (CA)
RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371,
519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi
ed professionals with over 25 years
of experience will perform complete
classic car collection appraisals. Your
collection will be assessed by superior
appraisers who are exceptionally
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value from your collection. RM is the
world's largest vintage automobile
house specializing in vintage automobile
restoration, auctions and appraisals.
USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over
25 years experience with collector automobiles,
available nationwide. David H.
Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser,
American Society of Appraisers).
GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers
the best value possible in accurately
detailed diecast models through exhaustive
research and development followed
by uncompromising quality control
standards in design, modeling, and
manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders.
Your collection starts here. www
Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335,
831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious
collectors with the fi nest selection
of authentic, original vintage posters,
pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused
on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and
racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,”
with 38-page list of memorabilia
available. email@example.com www
Steve Austin's Automobilia &
Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European
Car Collector tours including
Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private
collections, and car manufacturers.
Automobile Art importer of legendary
Sports Car Market
artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas
classic European sports and touring
models from pre-war through 1960s.
Successfully brokering MercedesBenz,
Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW,
Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with
emphasis on building long-term relationships.
Sales Manager Alex Finigan:
49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based
in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting
buyers and sellers of collectible
cars in a global market place. International
Classic Car Events. Serving our
clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15
years of experience. Your trusted partner
in Europe! www.2-shores-classics
925.736.3444, 925.736.4375. Purveyors
of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection
is one of the world's foremost companies
specializing in the acquisition
and sale of both American and European
classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-akind
ProTeam Corvettes. 888.592.5086,
419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes
1953-2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free
Classic Car Transport
Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear.
717.859.1585/321.287.9368, Born 1941,
car nut since 1943, transporting since
1994. For answers to all your questions,
call the guy that loads and drives the
truck. www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA)
Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936,
413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-coast
service. Insured enclosed
transport for your valuable car at affordable
prices. State-of-the-art satellite
transport tracking. Complete service
for vintage races, auctions, relocations.
The Carcierge. 561.541.6696,
461.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our
facility has been designed to provide secure
storage at appropriate temperature
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CarCare program, designed to protect
your automobile from the damage that
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Motor Auto Express, Inc..
360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport.
MAX cares for what you care for. We
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vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley,
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Collector Car Financing
J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800.
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199,
760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice
restorations. Creating show
winners in a world-classic restoration
facility. Specializing in European
classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail;
great craftsmanship. “Where great cars
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Legendary Motorcar Company.
905.875.4700, North America's premier
muscle car center, specialized in restoring
and trading the fi nest and rarest
American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft
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ultimate car heaven and the home of
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Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777,
Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005,
Paul Russell and Company.
978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since
1978, offering restoration and sales of
With 60 years of experience in servicing
and preserving the collector vehicle
hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold
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480.951.3339. Restoration Center
623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix,
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JWF Restorations, Inc..
503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman,
11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland,
OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist.
35 years experience. Partial to full
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Collector Car Insurance
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Kevin Kay Restorations.
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AC Owner's Club Limited.
503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar:
Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest
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Randy Simon. 310.274.7440,
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If I don't have what you seek,
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Baldhead Cabinet Company.
877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection
of quality metal garage cabinets suitable
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SS and custom colors available.
Many modules to choose from. Call for a
custom quote and drawing. See ad in this
issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA)
Aston Martin of New England.
781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street,
Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed
Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the
USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins
are our specialty. Please contact us
when buying, selling or restoring. www
Austin-Healey Club USA.
888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002
NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver,
WA 98665-8813. Oldest national
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Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644,
978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA. Buying,
selling and trading vintage Mercedes.
Specializign in 300SLs. Large database
of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com.
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199,
760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice
restorations. Creating show
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1,500 Bulbs Make For Bright Idea
Mazda display pays for itself, Sinclair buckle makes bogus frame,
Polly Parrot can at full value
Carl's Ever notice how you can often solve one problem only to create a different, but equally serious
one? A case in point is eBays's recent attempt to minimize fraud and protect the buyer's identity
by identifying them by bidder number rather than their eBay handle. One problem solved, but now you can
tell a buddy what your reserve is on an item you are selling and have him bid like crazy up to that amount, and
no one is the wiser that the hyperspace chandelier is busily at work. Sometimes the best of intentions…
EBAY #320122033188—RACINE TIRES
LOT 22—COLLECTION OF
SHELL OIL SERVICE PINS.
Number of Bids: Unknown.
SOLD AT: $770. Date Sold:
6/8/2007. This collection of
15 early Shell pins included a
few with diamond chips and
cloisonné enameling. One was
dated 1937. At a touch over $50
apiece, these were well bought
as the winged examples are
worth about $100 each, as is the
orange Shell service pin. Price
paid does not even count the
leather that was used in mounting
this collection together.
TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: Buy It
Now. SOLD AT: $2,400. Date Sold: 7/8/2007.
This early tin tire sign was in very acceptable
condition and unique in that it had different
slogans on each side. Seller sold another example
in slightly better condition a few weeks
earlier for $2,600. Early tire advertising is
always of interest and the price paid here was
EBAY #150138557001—MARX TIN
P CANNONBALL KELLER
E & RACER WITH BOX.
mber of Bids: 21. SOLD AT:
504.99. Date Sold: 7/9/2007. This
oy dates to 1949 and the driver,
ailer, and race car were made of
. The box was in decent condition
and pictured the coupe, trailer and a rather goofy looking
Cannonball Keller. Seller stated the windup mechanism was in good
working order. The car and packaging were both in good condition so
the price paid was not out of line.
EBAY #140133939316—MAZDA AUTOMOBILE BULB DEALER
DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $685.99. Date Sold: 7/9/2007. This
four-drawer dealer auto bulb display contained 140 boxes of bulbs and the seller
stated there were about 1,500 included. The display appeared to be in excellent
condition and was nicely presented with 30 high resolution pictures. It even had
a dual bulb tester in front. Cool display piece, and by selling his car buddies
needed bulbs at 50 cents apiece, the buyer will be quickly ahead of the game.
MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 170—STANDARD OIL NAME BADGE. Number of
: Unknown. SOLD AT: $1,155. Date Sold: 6/7/2007. Oil company name badges were
the hot ticket when, a few years back, two determined and well-heeled collectors paid
whatever it took to own the ones they coveted. One of the two collectors recently
passed away and now his badges are back in circulation. This one sold for about what
one would expect but for far less than he paid for it in the heyday of badges.
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SINCLAIR LICENSE PLATE
TOPPER. Number of Bids: 14.
SOLD AT: $308. Date Sold:
7/24/2007. A buddy bid on this
and got cold feet, then called to
ask my opinion. I said I thought it
looked like a new enameled belt
buckle I had seen at swap meets,
adapted as makeshift license
plate attachment. He agreed, but
before he could remove his bid,
someone took him off the hook.
In my opinion, the buyer wasted
his money on a phony piece. ♦
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POLLY PENN 5 QUART
FULL CAN. Number of Bids:
27. SOLD AT: $2,032. Date
Sold: 7/22/2007. There are only a
handful of these cans known and
this one was in very acceptable
condition. Can guys debate the
desirability of emptying vintage
cans or keeping them full of the
original oil. If full they dent if
dropped and often leak over time
but are, of course, more original.
In the end they sell for about the
same either way. Price paid here
was a touch on the light side, as
this graphic can is very scarce
and anything with the Wilshire
Oil Company Polly Parrot brings
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