Sports Car Market October 2020

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Barret-Jackson, Online Only, July 6–10, 2020

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OCTOBER 2020 Volume 32 Number 10 Auctions WHAT SOLD, AND WHY 84 Market Overview A tumultuous 2020 has changed the market — but not as much as you might think — Chad Taylor 88 Barrett-Jackson / Online Fifty of 92 lots sold for $3m total at Barrett’s second online-only auction — John Boyle 100 RM Sotheby’s / Online With 175 of 191 vehicles selling to new owners and a $21.9m total, RM Sotheby’s first online-only European auction was a major success — Daren Kloes Dirk de Jager ©2020, courtesy of RM Auctions 112 H&H / Online Profiles THIS MONTH’S MARKET MOVERS UP CLOSE FERRARI 58 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Ellena by Steve Ahlgrim $671,000 / RM Sotheby’s ENGLISH 60 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante by Paul Hardiman $711,520 / RM Sotheby’s ETCETERINI 62 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Turismo Ministeriale by Donald Osborne $119,835 / RM Sotheby’s GERMAN 64 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Six-Door Pullman by Pierre Hedary $299,587 / RM Sotheby’s AMERICAN 68 1972 Ford Bronco by Nick Jaynes $64,900 / Barrett-Jackson RACE 70 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL by Thor Thorson $174,759 / RM Sotheby’s NEXT GEN 72 2017 Ford GT by Elana Scherr $836,000 / RM Sotheby’s COVER: 2017 Ford GT Kevin Uy ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 12 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market The auction house achieved $1m, with 48 of 70 lots selling during their monthly online sale in June — Paul Hardiman 124 VanDerBrink / Stillwater, MN All 61 vehicles sold for a total of $378k at the Ken “Pinky” Seefert Collection sale — B. Mitchell Carlson 140 Bring a Trailer / Bringatrailer.com BaT bidders may not have a crowd looking over their shoulders, but we are still watching — Sam Stockham


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Peter Seabrook ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 42 Affordable Classic: Stephen Serio makes the case for why a $140k Aston Martin DBS is more “affordable” than a $55k one Columns 20 Shifting Gears / Keith Martin Bring a Trailer’s future with Hearst isn’t an automatic slam dunk 42 Affordable Classic / Stephen Serio A bargain Aston Martin DBS is probably no bargain at all 44 Collecting Thoughts / Jim Schrager Developing a deeper view of a car leads to understanding what makes an assembly of parts special 48 Legal Files / John Draneas Part II of the case of two Porsche 904s with the same chassis number 50 Unconventional Wisdom / Donald Osborne A fire-breathing 1967 Corvette custom opens Donald Osborne’s mind to new car experiences 52 American Car Collector / Jim Pickering Will all the hype over the new Ford Bronco build a new collectible? 178 eWatch / Carl Bomstead A pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn, rookie-season Air Jordans brings $369,000 Features THE ROAD FORWARD 150 Driven to Ask / Elana Scherr Dr. Cecilia Muldoon mixes lasers, cars and excellent wine into a full-bodied, rich life 152 Driving With Elana / Elana Scherr The 2021 Jaguar F-type R-Dynamic convertible is a tamer cat — but still a cat 154 Double Take SCM contributors Nick Jaynes and Jay Harden trade opinions on six Bring a Trailer sales 156 Unlocking a Car / Pierre Hedary Details make the difference when buying a vintage Mercedes-Benz 280SL 158 Road Value / John L. Stein John L. Stein picks his favorite $40k car for a fun three-day weekend 160 Roundtable Car-transport company leaders talk about the challenges of moving cars around the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic 162 Shootout B. Mitchell Carlson and Alec Cartio pick the best $25,000 BMWs from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 164 Reader Forum Vintage trucks — from the 1960s through the 1980s and beyond — continue to soar in the marketplace. Is this a fad — or are trucks now genuine collectibles? 14 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market Departments 26 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: Niello Concours, Fall Carlisle, Chico Concours d’Elegance 30 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 32 You Write, We Read: Pickering’s pickup audacity, Lotus Europas, Publisher Martin’s Mercedes Shootout 34 Display Advertisers Index 36 Speaking Volumes: Junkyard: Behind the Gates at California’s Secretive European-Car Salvage Yard 36 Neat Stuff: Marking time with Alfa and hand-made luggage for your classic 74 Next Gen Market Moment / B. Mitchell Carlson 1985 AM General M998 Humvee 76 Rising Sun / Brian Baker 1993 Toyota MR2, 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 1987 Honda CRX Si 86 Buy/Sell/Hold: Auction Analyst John Boyle’s picks for what to keep and what to move out 92 Market Moment / Mark Wigginton 1975 Ferrari Dino GT4 “Safari” 128 On the Radar / Jeff Zurschmeide Venturi 400 GT 166 Mystery Photo: “Nash Metrodendron” 168 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 170 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs


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SHIFTING GEARS KEITH MARTIN From Successful Upstart “H earst can buy the Bring a Trailer community but it can’t own it.” As the shock and awe of the sale of Bring a Trailer subsides, we asked the founder of eBay Motors, Simon Rothman, for his thoughts about the sale and his predictions for the future. He said, “Over time, Hearst will absorb Bring a Trailer, and they won’t be able to keep from changing it.” I first met Simon in 2002. eBay had just purchased the auction company Kruse International for a reported $145 million in cash and stock. That was an eye-popping number. Dean Kruse was quoted on the website of KPC News in Kendalville, IN, as saying, “When eBay Motors first asked me for a number, I figured maybe $10 million to $15 million. When they gave me their number I almost wet my pants!” In the end the acquisition was a failure, with Dean Kruse buying back his auction company just three years later for what was said to be “pennies on the dollar.” Rothman noted that the acquisition of Kruse was part of an effort by eBay to change the demographics of its customers by reaching new ones. “Prior to launching eBay Motors, the typical eBay client was a middle-aged woman in the Midwest buying and selling knick-knacks.” In any case, eBay Motors experienced meteoric growth from $1 bil- to Corporate Ownership Simon Rothman, founder of eBay Motors, says Bring a Trailer will probably lose some mojo under Hearst ownership will have to make changes to BaT to make more money from it. BaT will also have to fit within the Hearst corporate structure — they won’t have a choice. “BaT has created a beautiful marketplace,” Rothman said, “with its engaged user community. Its relatively small size has allowed it to create a bespoke website tailored specifically to its needs.” Messy and massive I mentioned that many hardcore enthusiasts view eBay Motors as a “messy place” to buy and sell, with a confusing website and a lack of curation over the cars offered. Rothman noted that eBay Motors is forced to use the Web structure that all of eBay uses. That prevents it from tailoring its site to be classic-car-friendly. “Ebay Motors is chaotic, and its current Hearst headquarters in New York, the new base camp for Bring a Trailer structure doesn’t match the evolving marketplace,” Rothman said. “But Craigslist and Facebook are messy as well. Cars are being sold on all of them. They each provide a different user experience and a different degree of comfort for buyers and sellers.” Messy or not, eBay Motors is huge. In lion in sales in 1999 to $14 billion by 2005. It also changed the profile of eBay users dramatically. “We would have succeeded whether or not we had purchased Kruse. But the acquisition accelerated our participation in the marketplace,” Rothman said. “All acquisitions look good on paper,” Rothman said. “But they rarely work out. Synergies that are put on paper to justify an acquisition don’t often play out in the real world. When a big company buys a small one, the small company goes from a feisty upstart in control of its destiny to fighting for resources within a larger organization that has its own goals. “When the owners of BaT have their ‘liquidity moment’ — and are fully paid for the sale — it is highly unlikely that they will continue with the company after any contractual obligations have been fulfilled. The people who made the magic will be gone. “You have to remember that as a startup, BaT had everything to gain and nothing to lose by taking risks. That’s the exact opposite of a successful company like Hearst. I assume they paid top dollar for BaT. Hearst is not a holding company — they didn’t buy BaT to simply let it run itself and collect profits at the end of the year.” Rothman commented that Hearst surely had a list of synergies that they believe would allow them to increase the profitability of BaT, which is necessary to justify the purchase price. In order to get a return, they 20 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market 2015, the last year that eBay Motors revenues were broken out separately from the parent company, eBay Motors did $15 billion (yes, billion) in sales. Last year, the parent company eBay reported $10.8 billion in revenue, comparable to the $11.4 billion reported by Hearst. (Sales is the gross dollar amount paid for cars sold on eBay Motors. Revenue is what eBay received in income from the sales.) In Rothman’s opinion, the worst mistake eBay Motors could make right now is to try to be more like Bring a Trailer. “The BaT experience is simply not in Motors’ DNA, and they would have a hard time succeeding.” I asked Simon what advice he would give to Hearst about the acquisition. He replied, “As a friend, I would congratulate them on purchasing a beautiful marketplace with 500,000 committed users. Take it and run it and have fun. As an investor, I would tell them to sell it and move on.” All things grow and evolve. The success of BaT has spurred a variety of new companies to leap into offering online sales. The traditional landauction players, including RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Gooding and others, have all enhanced their online offerings. Online is the new normal, and BaT has led the charge. We’ve all enjoyed the emergence and growth of BaT as a tremendous addition to the collector-car world. Now it will move from its role as a startup to becoming a piece of a huge corporation. How Hearst will absorb and evolve BaT to fit its corporate needs is the next chapter in the saga of BaT. Simon concluded, “In five years we will know the outcome of this acquisition, and the picture will be clear. It’s not impossible to build on magic, but it is very difficult.” ♦


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CROSSING THE BLOCK CHAD TAYLOR IMAGES COURTESY OF THE RESPECTIVE AUCTION COMPANIES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED BARRETT-JACKSON Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: October 22–24 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com RM SOTHEBY’S Where: Elkhart, IN When: October 23–24 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1954 Fiat 8V coupe by Vignale • 1967 Toyota 2000GT coupe • 1948 Tatra T87 sedan Star Car: 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot dual-cowl Sport Phaeton at Classic Promenade Auctions’ online sale During the novel coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that you check dates, times and locations of auctions, as they may have changed since this was printed. BONHAMS Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 4 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 40/49 cars sold / $1.9m RM AUCTIONS Where: Hershey, PA When: October 8–9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 199/208 cars sold / $15.2m Featured cars: • 1930 Cadillac V16 All-Weather phaeton • 1910 Thomas Model M 6/40 tourer • 1932 Chrysler CL phaeton MECUM Where: Schaumburg, IL When: October 8–10 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 719/927 cars sold / $16.7m BONHAMS Where: Knokke-Heist, BEL When: October 9 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 33/42 cars sold / $12.6m Featured cars: • 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe • 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 by D’leteren & Frères • 1957 AC Bristol Roadster CLASSIC PROMENADE AUCTIONS Where: Online When: October 12–21 Web: www.classicpromenade.com/auctions • Star Car: 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot dual-cowl Sport Phaeton used in the 1974 film “The Great Gatsby” starring Robert Redford BRANSON Where: Branson, MO When: October 16–17 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 153/249 cars sold / $3m Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ fastback • 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 coupe BONHAMS Where: Chichester, U.K. When: October 17 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1959 Aston Martin DB4 coupe • 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupe • 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint BONHAMS Where: London, U.K. When: October 30 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • 1924 Vauxhall 30/98hp OE Velox tourer • 1933 Lagonda M45 tourer RM SOTHEBY’S Where: London, U.K. When: October 31 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 58/85 cars sold / $12m ♦ Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.taylor@ sportscarmarket.com. OCTOBER 1–2—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 4—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 8–9—RM AUCTIONS Hershey, PA 8–10—VICARI Biloxi, MS 8–10—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 9—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 10—BONHAMS Birmingham, AL 12–21—CLASSIC PROMENADE AUCTIONS Online 14—H&H Duxford, U.K. 16–17—BRANSON Branson, MO Star Car: 1959 Aston Martin DB4 coupe at Bonhams’ Chichester, U.K., sale 26 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market 16–18—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 17—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 22–24—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 23–24—SG AUCTION Online 23–24—RM SOTHEBY’S Elkhart, IN 24—CLASSIC PRODUCTIONS Murfreesboro, TN 24—VANDERBRINK Hutchinson, KS 29–31—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 30—BONHAMS London, U.K. 31—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K.


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CONCOURS & EVENTS SCM STAFF SEND NEWS AND EVENT LISTINGS TO INSIDELINE@SPORTSCARMARKET.COM Andrew Welsh, Carlisle Events You can find anything automotive at Fall Carlisle — but you must adhere to the mask and social-distancing health precautions EDITOR’S NOTE: In a normal year, October is the last big splash of the collector-car year. Concours fields go well with fall color — and warm, golden afternoons. This year is different. The coronavirus pandemic forced many concours and events to cancel, and the ones that remain on the schedule could very well cancel. In any case, the events listed below are carrying on — with changes for safety. Remember to keep checking event websites for updates during this uncertain time. — Chester Allen, Executive Editor Niello Concours Celebrates 17 Years The 17th Annual Niello Concours at Serrano takes place on October 4 in El Dorado Hills, CA. This year’s concours celebrates Shelby Cobras and the History of Sacramento Auto Racing. More than 200 cars are expected to fill the show field. Add in the famous fashion show and great food, and this low-key concours shines brightly. The gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate. www.theconcours.net (CA) Carlisle’s Last Bash of the Year Fall Carlisle, which runs from September 30 through October 4, features a massive 28 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market swapmeet, with 8,100 vendor spaces selling everything and anything automotive. The Manufacturers Midway offers new parts. Buyers and sellers strike deals in the Car Corral. And, of course, there is the October 1–2 Carlisle Auction. Carlisle has these regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19: • Everyone must wear a face mask or face shield. • Lines will have six feet of space between people. • Carlisle employees will wear face masks and gloves. • Hand-washing stations will be plentiful and easy to find. • Additional seating to help spectators maintain social distance. • Additional disinfection of bathrooms. Admission is $12 from Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday admission is $7. Kids 12 and younger are admitted at no cost. An event pass is $35. www.carlisleevents. com (PA) Chico Concours d’Elegance Marks 41 Years The Chico Concours d’Elegance will usher gleaming cars onto the fairways of the Butte Creek Country Club on October 11. This concours has celebrated cars since 1979. The original Chico Concours program from 1979 Gates open at 10 a.m., and the concours closes at 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free. For more information, visit www. chicoconcours.com. (CA)


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL PUBLISHER Keith Martin | keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Erin Olson | erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Chester Allen | chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 ART DIRECTOR Kirsten Hegg | kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 ART DIRECTOR David Tomaro | david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 MANAGING EDITOR Jim Pickering | jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 AUCTION EDITOR Chad Taylor | chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 EDITOR AT LARGE Donald Osborne COPY EDITORS Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro DIGITAL AND BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Brian Baker | brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO CONSULTANT Michael Cottam | me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 CONTROLLER Cheryl Ann Cox | cheryl.cox@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 STRATEGIC PLANNER Bill Woodard EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SCM TELEVISION Roger Williams | roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING DISPLAY ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Darren Frank SENIOR AUCTION ANALYSTS B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) AUCTION ANALYSTS Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield, Sam Stockham CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) CONTRIBUTORS Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Elana Scherr, Kevin Whipps, Alexandra Martin-Banzer, Nick Jaynes SUBSCRIPTIONS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE HEAD OF SUBSCRIPTIONS Susan L. 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All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue. © 2020 by Sports Car Market Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525. PRINTED IN USA SCM CONTRIBUTORS JIM SCHRAGER, SCM Contributor, has written about Porsches for SCM, the 356 Registry, Panorama (magazine of the Porsche Club of America), Excellence magazine and has spoken at Porsche Parades and 356 Holidays. In addition, he wrote two well-received books predicting the rapid rise in values for the 356 and early 911 models. With a warehouse full of old cars he attempts to keep running, Jim tries to drive a vintage Porsche every day. In his day job, he teaches a popular course in business strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Check out “Collecting Thoughts” on p. 44 about a drive in a very original Porsche 356. CHAD TAYLOR, SCM Auction Editor, brought home his first project car, a 1974 Porsche 914, when he was 11 years old. Favoring European makes, he drove a vintage Mini and a V12 Jaguar to high school before enjoying a couple of modern Mercedes-Benz cruisers. The second Mercedes cruiser almost burned itself to the ground in the SCM World Headquarters parking lot. He turned his passion for cars into a career when he began working at Portland, Oregon’s only Ferrari dealership. Since joining SCM, it is the unique, rare and weird that have grabbed his attention — including coachbuilt ’50s Ferraris and custom-bodied French masterpieces. If you think it’s ugly, Chad probably likes it. He’s still awaiting the day a Delahaye is parked next to his favorite tractor in his garage. Chad recently became SCM Auction Editor, and you can find his market musings on p. 84. 30 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market LARRY TREPEL, SCM Contributor, is a longtime cartoonist. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Lampoon, Playboy, and now here in Sports Car Market, along with his auction Market Reports. After graduating with a worthless degree in psychology, Larry decided to pursue his dream of becoming a 500 Grand Prix motorcycle racer, launching his career at the legendary Bridgehampton Race Circuit on his RZ350. When that didn’t work out, he pursued the more sensible career path of cartooning. Now, when not out buying Ferraris and Duesenbergs with his vast cartoon earnings, he still goes to racetracks with his Suzuki 650 and enjoys the thrill of being passed at high speed. Check out “Light-Hand Drive” on p. 34.


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YOU WRITE WE READ All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Pickering’s Pickup Audacity To the Editor: A pickup truck is now a collector car per Jim Pickering (September 2020, “American Car Collector,” p. 56). Just because someone lost control of their senses and paid stupid money ($88,475) for this pickup is no reason to call it collectible! At times like this, it would behoove all of us to cross the street, turn and take a good look at this collectible from the other side. My fear is that one of these days some bidder is going to pay crazy money for a Ford Pinto! How could you deny it col- lectible status? Some buyer could find the Pinto just as attractive as the pickup. Of course, the buyer would have to be locked up for their own safety. I must confess to a recurring nightmare from my time working in Los Angeles. For all my sins relating to cars, when I die, my punishment will be to drive a Ford Pinto back and forth across L.A. on Interstate 10 (one of busiest freeways in the world) with a full tank of gas and only in the fast lane. For the time being I will keep driving my Maserati. — Ed Wootton, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Wootton, thanks for your thoughtful note. Here at SCM, we try to cover the market as it happens, and trucks are happening right now. Still, your note inspired us to ask SCM readers whether they believe trucks are collectible. You can find a sampling of their opinions in this month’s “Reader Forum” on p. 164. One startling hint — we included every letter that said trucks are NOT collectible. Lotus Europas Wobble — But Don’t Fall Down To the Editor: I read Jeff Zurschmeide’s article on Lotus Europas with interest (September 2020, “Affordable Classic,” p. 42). It covered many of the important points of Europa ownership, including the excellent steering and handling, which have to be experienced to be truly appreciated. I think it was a Road & Track writer who said, “A master chassis-tuner has been at work.” 32 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market If you can get in and out, and have size 10 or smaller feet, a Europa is a very entertaining driving experience. I raced Formula Fords and Sports 2000s in SCCA National events for many years as my frame of reference. I’ve owned two 5-speed Europa Specials, one of which I purchased new. My friends laughed at me when I replaced my L82 Corvette with a Europa. I drove it nearly every day for two years — save on snowy roads. I also competed in the SCCA Solo II program, and did very well. Driving to the Solo II Nationals in Salina, KS, from Chicago, I recorded over 35 highway mpg. In addition, the ventilation system in the later cars is actually pretty good. I found the cars easy to work on, and not unreliable if you maintain the electrical connections. With a fiberglass body, virtually everything has a separate ground. One of the other issues with Europas is the outer rear axles, which fatigue and can cause wheel wobble and/ or eventual “wheel departure” if neglected for too long. As for the door-hinge issue, it’s just a badly designed hinge. The doors are neither heavy nor long. Most people could carry one under each arm. My ’74 Europa had a government-required sticker on the windshield stating that it didn’t comply with federal sideimpact requirements. I was in my 20s and didn’t care. As for the body design, it’s certainly not a classically beautiful design, but is quite functional and aerodynamic for its time. The article did it no favors with its pictures of a heavily modified example. If you can get in and out, and have size 10 or smaller feet, a Europa is a very entertaining driving experience. — Alan Andrea, Highland Park, IL Publisher Martin’s Mercedes Shootout To the Editor: I thoroughly enjoyed read- ing “Publisher Martin Wants a Mercedes” (September 2020, p. 162) and the commentary by Laumbach and Hedary. I am a former owner of several Mercedes, including a 1963 220Sb, 1997 SL320, and a 2004 SL500 (with the sports package). I currently own a 2000 SL500 “Sport” with both SL1 and SL2 option packages — and a panoramic roof. Since I own or have owned two of the three cars under consideration, I thought I would throw in my two cents’ worth. A basic question for Publisher Martin is how he wants to use his Mercedes. Does he want a comfortable driver that he can take on occasional long trips, or just something sporty to drive around town? I had been quite happy with my SL320, but when I saw a lightly used Aegean Blue, Parchment interior, sport-package R230 on a dealer lot, I fell in love. I thought it was perhaps the prettiest car I had ever seen and could not get my checkbook out fast enough. Within a year, the folding-top mechanism started to give me fits, and after spending thousands at a large Northern Virginia dealership and never resolving the issues, I traded it in on an ML350. Living with the R230 reminded me of Lord Chesterfield’s reputed admonition regarding having a mistress: “The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.” After considerable soul searching, I decided my next sporty car should be a late-model R129 SL500. I could never get over the bumpers of the R107, I


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You Write We Read Aerovault .......................................................... 141 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ........................... 123 Allard Motor Works LLC ................................... 93 Allard Sports Cars Ltd ...................................... 115 Audrain Auto Museum ....................................... 67 Authentic Classics, LLC .................................. 120 Avant Garde Collection .................................... 122 Baldhead Cabinets ............................................ 129 Barrett-Jackson ................................................... 25 Barrett-Jackson ................................................. 123 Bennett Law Office .......................................... 165 Beverly Hills Car Club ..................................... 131 Boca Raton Concours ......................................... 46 Branson Collector Car Auction .......................... 27 BridgePoint Risk Management ........................ 123 Buy Sell Hold .................................................. 159 Camaro Central ................................................... 54 CarCapsule USA................................................. 38 Cars Yeah .......................................................... 151 Cars, Inc. ............................................................. 37 Centerline Alfa Parts ........................................ 118 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival ........................ 125 Chequered Flag International ........................... 105 Classic Auto Mall ............................................. 179 Classic Car Capital ............................................. 31 Classic Promenade ............................................. 15 Collector Studio ................................................ 137 Copley Motorcars ............................................. 109 Daniel Schmitt & Co. ....................................... 129 Dobson Motorsport........................................... 138 Driversource Houston LLC ............................... 6-7 EPAS Performance ........................................... 142 ETS Racing Fuels ............................................... 43 European Collectibles....................................... 119 F40 Motorsports ................................................. 39 Fantasy Junction .......................................... 16-17 Finarte ................................................................. 23 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................... 153 GAA Classic Cars ............................................... 75 Gaswerks Garage .............................................. 153 Gooding & Company ......................................... 11 Grundy Insurance ............................................... 77 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ............................... 137 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ......................... 95 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .............................. 101 Hortons Books Limited .................................... 133 Hyman, LTD ....................................................... 22 Intercity Lines ..................................................... 49 JC Taylor ............................................................. 80 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................................ 167 JJ Rods ................................................................ 79 Kevin Kay Restorations ..................................... 10 Kidston ................................................................ 13 La Macchina Molto Bella Auto Show ............... 24 Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts ............ 87 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ............................. 135 Legendary Motorcar Company ........................ 153 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................................ 139 Luxury Brokers International ............................ 8-9 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .............................. 41 Manns Restoration .............................................. 29 Matthews Auctions ........................................... 131 McCollister’s Auto Transport ........................... 111 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .......................... 35 Metron Garage .................................................. 103 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ............................ 165 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .................. 81 Mouse Motors, LLC ......................................... 144 Northwest European ......................................... 147 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ..................... 91 Paramount Automotive ..................................... 127 Passport Transport .............................................. 97 Paul Russell and Company............................... 141 POR-15 ............................................................... 78 Porsche 356 Registry .......................................... 47 Prince Vintage, LTD. ........................................ 119 Private Garage. L.C. .................................... 18-19 Putnam Leasing ................................................ 180 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd................................. 113 RB Collection ................................................... 133 Reliable Carriers ................................................. 85 RM Sotheby’s .................................................... 4-5 RMD bvba .......................................................... 45 Ronald McDonald House ................................. 116 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions ............................... 99 SCM Live! ........................................................ 159 Stoddard NLA-LLC ......................................... 107 Streetside Classics .............................................. 53 StreetWorks Exotics ........................................... 40 Symbolic International ....................................... 21 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. ................... 89 The Stable, Ltd. ................................................ 117 The Werk Shop ................................................. 132 Tony Labella Classic Cars ................................ 165 Torque Classic Cars ............................................ 33 TYCTA ............................................................. 135 Vintage Car Law ............................................... 146 Vintage Car Works.............................................. 51 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .............................. 104 Vintage Rallies .................................................. 143 Volunteer Vette Products .................................... 66 WeatherTech ....................................................... 55 West Coast Classics, LLC ................................ 145 White Post Restorations ................................... 169 Worldwide Auctioneers .................................... 2-3 Ad Index LIGHT-HAND DRIVE LARRY TREPEL 34 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market “Here to talk endlessly about his Corvette is Governor Andrew Cuomo.” really missed my SL320, and I wanted to avoid as many electronics as I could and at the same time have a reliable, versatile, comfortable fun car with a bit more power. I avoided the SL600 as hav- ing too many features that could prove bank-breaking should they fail. My search criteria included maintenance history, known ownership, an interior that is not black, and a panoramic hard top. A pano hard top was a must for me after having sat in a 129 with one several years previously on a dreary winter day and marveling at how it brightened up the interior. After a two-year search, I located the “95% solution” car in Florida in white, not my favorite color, but acceptable. I still have the car and am very happy with it. It came with the SL1 (sport) and SL2 (comfort) packages and included the original staggered AMG wheels. Incidentally, when I first drove the car, the wheels were shod with non-standardsize tires; hence, the cruise control would not work beyond 35 mph. Installing Michelins in the correct size solved the problem. Having lived with the car for five years and more than 20,000 miles, here is what I have found: The car is very practical and roomy, and to me is likely the last really practical 2-seat Mercedes. I can put two sets of full-size golf bags in the trunk and still have a package shelf behind the seats for soft luggage. The paint is original (Glacier White, code 149) and the Parchment interior surfaces are in excellent condition. I feed the car ethanol-free 93-octane gasoline, which is readily available where I live, and the engine, currently with 103,000 miles, runs like a sewing machine. The advertised 300 hp moves the nearly two-ton car smartly, and the smooth and forceful acceleration up to and beyond legal speeds always makes me smile. Routine maintenance has included replacing an idler pulley for the belt system, replacing the brake pads, replacing the windshield-washer pump, having the top’s hydraulics rebuilt, and replacing a light switch in the overhead console. The ride is firm compared to my SL320 and the R230, and as I do not drive the car anywhere near its design limit, the sport suspension and staggered, lowprofile tires are overkill. If I had it to do over and had a choice, I would probably not opt for the SL1 sport package, even if it offers more investment potential. Also the molded-plastic trim pieces in the interior around the windshield oxidize easily, become quite brittle, and are expensive to replace. The panoramic top is perhaps my favorite feature and I am tempted to leave it on year round rather than put it on and take it off seasonally. It gives the interior a wonderful light and airy feeling even on dark days in the winter, and the retractable sun shade, augmented by the a/c, keeps the car comfortable even on sunny, 90-plus-degree days. The panoramic top also has a slightly different profile from the regular hard top, and to my eye, enhances the car’s looks. Bottom line: I recommend the R129, and strongly suggest Publisher Martin consider holding out for the panoramic top. I recommend the SL2 package but remain on the fence regarding the SL1 sport package, at least as far as driving comfort is concerned. Sports Car Market and its contributors continue to be a class act and it is a publication I eagerly look forward to each month. Well done! — John Cardwell, via email ♦


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SPEAKING VOLUMES MARK WIGGINTON Junkyard: Behind the Gates at California’s Secretive European-Car Salvage Yard by Dieter Rebmann and Roland Löwisch, 176 pages, Motorbooks. $31.21 (Amazon) T here is undeniable mystique to the barn find. You, intrepid old-car private eye, pull back the sagging wooden door of the remote, sagging farm outbuilding — the only sound the wind across the fields. Inside, under a tarp and archaeological layers of respect left by pigeons, is the gem you have always sought. But mostly it’s a snipe hunt these days. The barns have been emptied, the cars restored and even Indiana Jones is retired. However, there is a place known to contain amazing booty, the epicenter of barn-find nation, hiding in plain sight — a mystical foreigncar wrecking yard in Los Angeles. Rudi Klein started gathering up wrecked European cars in 1967 — in sketchy South Central Los Angeles. He called the business “Foreign Auto Wrecking.” An open secret, yes, but Klein controlled access, charged exorbitant prices and mostly kept prying eyes from his four-acre site. It was filled with hundreds of Porsches, Mercedes, Ferraris and all manner of rusty, crashed, burned and neglected vehicles. But, as the collector market exploded, Klein’s trash turned to treasure. Photographer Dieter Rebmann and author Roland Löwisch finally talked their way into the hallowed ground, and Junkyard is the result. It’s a high-end example of barn-find porn, which may or may not be your particular jam. Rebmann spent days photographing the stacks of cars, the removed parts, the patina of cover-free storage (i.e., rust and decomposition) in that quite specific and hazy light of Southern California. With the knowledge NEAT STUFF JIM PICKERING Alfa Anniversary Alfa owners will tell you that there’s just something special about the brand — an X-factor that’s hard to pin down but charms you into being a believer. Show off your appreciation for that automotive soul with Eberhard & Co.’s limited-edition Alfa Romeo chronograph, created to celebrate the Alfa’s 110-year anniversary. Only 110 of these special automatics will be made, each featuring a 43.0-mm case with a transparent sapphire back, a face featuring Alfa Romeo logos and three counters, and a piston-shaped push button. They’ll be available at the end of September at authorized Eberhard & Co. dealers. MSRP is 6,700 CHF, or about $7,300. Learn more at www.eberhard-co-watches.ch. Luggage That Fits Alan Taylor Co. of Temecula, CA, has introduced a special line of custom-made luggage to fit your classic. Taylor Made Automotive Luggage can be designed and fit to any car, new or old, and offers a wide range of options to suit your tastes and your car’s interior — from matched leather or vinyl to exotic leathers. Prices start at $1,200 per case in vinyl and $2,500 in leather and go up from there, depending on options and complexity. Contact them for more information at accounting@ alantaylorcompany.com. ♦ of an antiquarian and eye of a fine-art photographer, Rebmann documented as much as possible before Klein had enough of the intrusion. That was 20 years ago, and finally the images are in book form. As to the yard, Klein died in 2001, and his sons have taken over — while retaining their father’s secretive nature. What remains are Rebmann’s images, allow- ing you to pore over backgrounds, through broken windshields and over dusty fenders to spot your own heart’s desire. PROVENANCE: There isn’t much text, not much beyond an intro and the captions. Real cars, real location, real photographer — there is nothing more to say. FIT AND FINISH: This is a lovely book. Originally published in German as Junk Yard in 2017, it’s now available here (as an imprint of Motorbooks as well as a compound word). Nice design and layout, and solid reproduction. DRIVABILITY: Rebmann accomplished a lot photographically in the short amount of time he had to document the piles of cars and parts. Junkyard gives you a pretty good sense of what is there, the treasures still to pry from the owners, the cars that will head to museums or the lawn at Pebble. But it also means that while enjoying paging through this book, I kept thinking the book I want to see is the one Rebmann would have produced with a couple of weeks to shoot. That hazy/bright L.A. light is a featured player, and it’s used to good effect, as is his eye for detail. But it all feels as rushed and overwhelming as it was on that day 20 years ago. ♦ 36 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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AFFORDABLE CLASSIC ASTON MARTIN DBS Spend More for Your DBS Stephen Serio steps out of his COVID-19 isolation and explains why paying more may be the cheaper option by Stephen Serio Peter Seabrook ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2010 Aston Martin DBS, sold for $55k but most definitely not the bargain it may seem car world? Is the auction result of $55k for a 2010 Aston Martin DBS (Lot 352, RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale) now the new cheap collectible du jour? Consider this my cautionary tale of “Don’t be lulled and lured into E the suckers’ moment.” I marvel (sometimes in amazement but more often in confusion) at the shifting sands of popularity and value trends in this universe of our car addictions. But first let me share my view of the worldwide climate. The daily crazy The world around us is on a bad acid trip that makes Woodstock seem like just another day with kids running around Yasgur’s farm. I don’t know about you, but my routine has become filled with incredulity amid stupefying moments that somehow manage to keep playing an Olympian form of one-upmanship on the daily. 2020 may very well become the year where I come home after a long day and find my French bulldog Louis puffing a Montecristo, sipping a Chiltern Negroni and scrolling through his iPhone, marveling at the photos he shot of the squadron of pterodactyls that just enjoyed a fly-by over the house. “And how was your day, Steve?” If Louis does start talking, I do hope he sounds like Michael Caine circa 1965. Parts of the car world are as insane and wholly unpredictable, Gov’nuh. This is 2020, after all. Really, what’s so crazy about a talking dog anymore? This lethal combination of travel lockdown, homestead imprison- ment and the cancellation of all events held holy and sacred related to our two- or four-wheel enjoyment has led to some unquantifiable behavior with regard to impulse auction buying. 42 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market verything proper and correct has a price of entry. Everything has fine print. There are no deals. On top of that, the world is exactly upside down — bizarro. What is affordable anymore? What defines value within the I had no idea there are so many itches that need scratching with a chainsaw to be satisfied. A smattering of things that have surprised me this month on Bring a Trailer include $250k spent on a 1988 BMW M3, $84,500 dropped on a 1985 Chevy K20 4x4 and $50k thrown at a 2000 Honda Civic Si. These are remarkable results for rather pedestrian cars — albeit all of the above are top-of-the-food-chain examples. Hand me the chainsaw — values are bouncing and bouncing hard. Why a $55k DBS is a minefield — not a deal So is the $55k Aston DBS a deal, then? Here’s what the auction write-up had to extol, verbatim: “Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as Aston Martin’s new flagship in 2007, the DBS retained similar looks to the DB9 yet was visibly more masculine and muscular in form, hinting at its increased power under the bonnet. A direct yet more gentlemanly competitor to Ferrari’s 599 GTB, the DBS pulled at enthusiasts’ heartstrings from the moment it was announced, and it was arguably one of the most desirable cars that money could buy when it was new. Featuring on the silver screen as James Bond’s car of choice in both ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace,’ the DBS’s place was cemented in Aston Martin and movie history, becoming a must-have for any Aston Martin collector and a dream car for James Bond fans around the world.” Do you notice anything missing within the auction description? Nary a letter, consonant, observation on the actual condition of the car. The photos, however, tell the story. The crystal key is shattered, every panel is marred and it looks like oil riggers from the North Sea kept it on a platform with the doors open during the entire winter. There were 86 detailed photographs in the auction description. RM Sotheby’s was not hiding the utterly trashed disposition of this car at all. The buyer should have been well aware of what he/she was get


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ting — should he or she have looked at the pics. I assume he/ she bid on a BlackBerry without a viewing screen — just guessing. Or maybe he/she had a budget. Okay, fair comment. Budgets and very expensive cars get along like Donald and Nancy — not gonna work together. If the budget argument holds water, then a great DB7 Vantage or DB9 should have been considered. I wrote the profile of a DETAILS Years produced: 2008–13 Price when new: $280,000 Number produced: 2,534 Current SCM Median Valuation: $133,153 Pros: Mega performance, killer looks, serious Aston cred. Cons: Massively expensive to fix a neglected one, and you’d better like gray, light gray, dark gray, medium gray, silver, bright silver, black or black metallic with a hint of gray. Best place to drive one: To visit your ex-wife or girlfriend — or on a cross-country trip since you can’t fly. Worst place to drive one: To NAPA Auto Parts or Jiffy Lube looking to cut corners on service. beautiful DBS offered by RM at Amelia Island in the June 2020 edition of SCM (English Profile, p. 56). I wanted to own that car at $140k after I wrote about it! A typical owner is: An Aston aficionado or someone who already has a 550 Maranello or Bentley Continental GT Speed. 75% less condition as the gentleman who went to a spy movie starring Rowan Atkinson. No bueno. Hear that ticking? It’s not the sound of your Molex. The price for a proper, low-mileage, coveted manual-transmission Why a $140k DBS is an Affordable Classic In stark and blunt comparison, the person who spent $50k for the Honda on BaT was better off than the new owner of the $55k DBS sold in the U.K., as at least the Honda is mint. This shows a wide disparity of where proper — and not-so-proper — true “value” lies in the DBS (or any exotic car) world. For $140k (should this now be deemed affordable), you will enjoy the correct Aston Martin DBS experience as the gentleman spy would have in 2009, à la Daniel Craig. Enjoy. For $55k, you can experience approximately 50% of the thrill in DBS that was well preserved versus the beat-like-a-rented-mule, highmileage, automatic-transmission DBS that will no doubt have needs was clearly showcased here. There are no deals (except on Tom Brady Patriot jerseys). As a closing statement, let’s agree on this: The Aston Martin DBS could be considered an Affordable Classic on the basis that it is a halo car that gives fantastic performance and has killer looks (it’s sort of that Gina Carano package of strength, intelligence and beauty). Owning an Aston Martin DBS may very well have little monetary downside if you pick the right example: manual transmission, good color and 2+0 seating. I can endorse the expensive example and give fair warning to the cheaper car. It’s 2020, where $140k versus $55k is much, much more affordable. I think I hear my dog mixing a drink. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 43


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COLLECTING THOUGHTS LOVING THE PORSCHE 356 Beauty More Than Skin Deep The simplicity and harmony of individual parts working in concert takes time to appreciate by Jim Schrager Jack Lamon’s 1959 Porsche 356A coupe holds the secret of the model’s appeal: Its bone-stock configuration exposes the purity of the driving experience A s a kid growing up, I could not understand what people saw in a Porsche 356 or why they would pay “Corvette money” for such an odd-looking car with an engine seemingly built of stamped tin. Yet I saw experienced car enthusiasts writing about how wonderful the 356 was without ever really explaining why. I never figured it out until much later in life when shopping for my own 356. Even then, driving cars for sale on short hops, I didn’t get it. It wasn’t apparent what all the fuss was about. What was I missing? Or was it all just a charade? Was the real thrill of ownership no more complex than saying “I own a Porsche”? A very good friend has a bright and charming son, Max, who also can’t understand the allure of a 356. He’s 15, just starting to drive, and the 356 puzzles him. As he’s noted, the car is kinda dumpylooking, doesn’t really go that fast, and just seems outclassed in every measurable way when compared to other vintage — and new — cars in the same price range. Developing a deeper view Max is caught up in the same problem that affects all novices, which is that beginners can only see the visible outlines of unfamiliar objects. They haven’t developed a deeper view that comes with owning and driving cars. The 356 is not a visual sensation. It is not built of exotic materials, it doesn’t have a massive engine and it sets no records in measured speed tests. Yet another friend of mine, Jack, is now an expert in the Porsche sports-car game. He now owns a 1959 356A coupe, a 1984 Carrera, a 1971 911S Targa, and a 2015 GT3. He’s seen and done it all and remains absolutely in love with the 356 he’s owned for a decade. He recently mentioned to me that he could happily drive that car every day for the rest of his life. How can that be, especially against the lineup of great 44 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market cars he owns? Perhaps it’s because of what cognitive scientist Herbert A. Simon, winner of the Nobel Prize, wrote decades ago: “Experts see more than novices.” Notice Professor Simon didn’t say that experts “know” more, as that would be a tautology. Rather, Simon noted that in the same object or set of facts, experts see things that novices simply don’t observe. He added that in many cases when novices are shown what experts see, they can’t make sense of what they are told. While each car has a clearly visible exterior, those who really know cars realize much of the joy is a result of the driving experience. And that feeling is not fully captured by just how fast a car can go. In daily driving, being fast isn’t the most important attribute. For most drivers it is the way the car responds, how it “feels.” What’s beneath the skin I’ve had the chance to drive Jack’s 356 on a few occasions. To look at it, it’s nothing special. The color, Guards Red, is wrong for a 356A. The body gaps are good, the car isn’t rusty, the paint is older but still shiny, the wheels painted rather than chromed. The interior is first-rate, with well-restored leather seats. The engine is a “Normal” with just 60 DIN horsepower at work. The whole package looks fine — yet nothing special stands out. It all changes when you spin the key and go for a drive. The difference in this car is apparent from the first few blocks. The steering seems frictionless yet highly communicative. The shifter is as smooth as can be, direct and precise. The clutch is light, as are the accelerator and brake pedals. The power is readily available just off idle, so you can ease out the clutch and smoothly pull away. Yet when you step into it, the engine


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easily revs to redline with power building as the revs climb. The higher the RPM, the more the engine urges you to keep going. This engine makes you want to zing it to redline on each shift. The ride is never harsh yet the car handles beautifully, and the brakes are strong with excellent feel. Visibility is excellent, the seats are comfortable, the interior amazingly roomy. The entire car appears to be optimized for your driving pleasure on regular roads at legal speeds. The dead-stock secret Only when driving this car do you begin to understand how the Porsche legend was built, why people paid so much when the cars were new — and why it charms owners to this day. How unusual is Jack’s car? When other 356 owners drive his car, many ask: “How did you get this car to drive so well? My 356 doesn’t drive like this one.” Jack’s secret: The car is dead-stock. No harsh Koni shocks for “better handling,” no big aftermarket carbs for “more power.” No fat wheels and oversize tires for “extra grip.” No aftermarket “big bore” pistons — but stock Mahle parts instead. The correct distributor with a carefully calibrated advance curve. The steering wheel is the correct 420-mm diameter as selected by the factory — not a modern, smaller, “sport” design. Attention to detail is lavished not on making things “better,” but instead realizing the engineers knew what they wanted and made masterful choices back in the day the car was built. Few of these things are apparent by looking at the car. Most only come into play when you use it. The simplicity and harmony of individual parts working in concert takes time to appreciate. Even when driving an old car like this makes us feel good, we have to dig deep to explain that “feeling” to others. Like every meaningful endeavor we undertake, it happens in real time and we work hard to unpack it. As Kierkegaard noted: “Life is lived forward, but understood A surprisingly roomy interior with leather seats enhances the comfort factor in reverse.” It took me and Jack, and so many others, lots of time to see the beauty that is far beyond skin deep in our 356s. I hope my friend’s son Max and those of you not yet experienced will also get the chance to savor the multidimensional reality — rather than a two-dimensional image — of these old cars. Only once you have taken the controls in your own hands and watched the car perform in ways that don’t grow old will you begin to understand. The right old car can rightly feel like magic. And I suppose the real magic of old cars is that the best ones never feel old at all. ♦ JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 911, wherein he attempts to explain why these old cars are so special. Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 45


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LEGAL FILES JOHN DRANEAS There Can Be Only One, Part II Two teams of lawyers — one in Oregon, one in London — dig out the convoluted story behind a fake Porsche 904 L ast month, “Legal Files” started the story of two Porsche 904s, one owned by “Dieter” in Germany and the other owned by the estate of Ken Allison in Kentucky, each claimed to be chassis number 904054 (September 2020, p. 52). Our firm partnered with the London firm of Goodman Derrick to represent Dieter. At the end of last month’s column, North Carolina DMV representative Robert Sawyer had suggested that the Allison 904’s title might be a fake. Digging deeper We needed to keep Sawyer engaged. After all, we had only paid $13 for the title research, and it would be very easy for him to simply say, “Sorry, that’s all we have.” So, I took a calculated gamble and told him what was going on. I could tell he was totally engaged by the prospect that one of these cars was a $1.5 million Porsche 904 and the other was a worthless imposter. He seemed offended that someone would use a North Carolina title to try to pull off that kind of a scam. He was happy to get his people to dig deeper. Only problem was, they had just closed down again due to another COVID-19 exposure, so it might take a little while. Negotiations continue Meanwhile, my litigation partner, Cooper, was making good progress with the estate’s attorney. The estate was being administered by Allison’s widow, who we were told didn’t know very much about the cars and didn’t want to get wrapped up in a major lawsuit in federal court. The lawyers agreed to share information, hoping to prove to the other side the strength of their cases. We agreed to a stand-still agreement whereby we would provide information to each other in hope of reaching a resolution without litigation. We provided a partial copy of Dieter’s extensive history about his car. We thought it was easily sufficient to make the Allison side aware that Dieter’s car was the real deal. The estate provided copies of their North Carolina title, the Selbach registration, the Porsche CoA, copies of correspondence with Porsche regarding the frame blueprints, and a few other documents. They also provided photographs with 904054 conspicuously stamped into chassis parts and the chassis tag. The package was clearly insufficient to contradict Dieter’s provenance history. But could it be that the Allison 904 was built partially from discarded parts from Dieter’s car? 48 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market X More back-and-forth Meanwhile, North Carolina DMV reopened and Sawyer called back. They had searched everywhere. North Carolina has DMV records going back as far as 1920 on microfiche (if you don’t know what that is, ask your mother or father). Nowhere in any of that could they find 904054. We pressed the estate and received more documents. Of greatest interest was a document from North Carolina DMV dated April 2019. It was a form letter with blanks that were filled in separately. It was signed by Portia (perfect name, eh?) Manley, Director in Charge of North Carolina DMV’s Field Services, addressed “To Whom It May Concern.” The letter stated that the documents enclosed were certified copies of the actual DMV title records for “1965 Porsche C, VIN: 904054.” It was accompanied by the front and back of the title we already had, signed by Allison, along with a copy of Mrs. Suttles’ Letters of Administration in her son’s probate. This raised a number of questions: 1. Who requested it? Allison died in 2018, so it couldn’t have been him. We had a pretty good suspicion who it was, but we don’t have enough evidence to say. 2. While the letter referred to “true and perfect” copies of the North Carolina DMV title records, the documents themselves did not contain any certifications. Thus, it was impossible to say that the documents provided to us were actually provided to the estate by the North Carolina DMV. 3. It made no sense for the North Carolina DMV to have the back of the title signed by Allison. The only way they would have that document would be if Allison had titled the car in his name, either in North Carolina or any other state. If he had done that, he would have surrendered the North Carolina title issued to Suttles for cancellation. But we knew that 904054 had never been titled by Allison, so North Carolina DMV could never have received the back of the title signed by him. When Sawyer called back, I teased him that his team must be losing its touch because less than a year ago, Portia Manley had found the 904054 title records and sent them to the estate. “What are you talking about? Send me a copy!” Sawyer said. A few days later, we received a package from North Carolina DMV. The first page was another official Title Certification signed by Portia Manley. It described “1965 Porsche C, Vehicle Identification Number 161441.” The Title Certification was accompanied by 10 pages of documents, some in German, some in English, that documented the sale of a 1965 356 SC cabriolet VIN 161441 to Roger Suttles on April 11, 1972, for $1,800. The seller was Klaus Petermann and the sale occurred at the Bad Kreuznach U.S. military base in Germany. I called Sawyer and asked why he had sent me documents on a 356. “That is all we have.” When I half-jokingly pointed out that the Allison estate had North Carolina documents on a 904, he responded, “All I can say is, we sent you exactly what we sent them.” The pieces start to fit together The 356 purchase made total sense. Suttles had to have purchased some Porsche, and this one, at $1,800, seemed to fit within his budget as an SP4. That also squared with the $500 sale from his estate for the “inoperable” Porsche. So we now had four lawyers, two on each side of the Atlantic, poring over two stacks of documents. Here is what we reasoned must have happened:


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1. Suttles purchased the 356 while stationed in Germany, brought it to North Carolina, titled it in North Carolina, and parked it after it was damaged. 2. Ken Allison found the 356 and purchased it from Mrs. Suttles for $500. For whatever reason, she did not sign off on the title. 3. Someone used the 356 title to create a bogus North Carolina title for a 904, using VIN 904054 — we have no idea why anyone chose to use that number. Perhaps they thought that 904054 did not exist. 4. For some reason, North Carolina DMV did not send us a copy of the 356 certificate of title. However, they did send a copy of the application for the title, which showed a title number of 11338446, which was curiously only one digit different from the 904 title number of 1338446 — a simple erasure. 5. At some point, these documents were paired up with the original of Selbach’s canceled German registration for 904054, lending another tinge of confirmation. 6. In 2019, someone requested documents from North Carolina DMV, receiving the same 356 documents we received. They modified the Title Certification sheet by changing the description of the car it identified with an incorrect format and substituted the estate’s documents for the 356 documents provided by DMV. 7. Since that happened after Allison had died, we knew there had to be at least one co-conspirator. Again, we had a strong suspicion who that might have been, but we don’t have sufficient evidence to name anyone. The last piece One last piece was missing — what happened to the 356? We had learned that Allison had owned two 356s. Could one of them possibly be VIN 161441? We contacted the estate’s attorney and requested copies of the title JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www. draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. documents for Allison’s two Porsche 356s. That brought immediate howls of protest: “Those cars are irrelevant to this dispute, and we aren’t providing anything on them. Not only that, but they have both been sold.” We took that as a yes — one of Allison’s two Porsche 356s was VIN 161441 — but we also thought it was worth trying to find independent corroboration. We asked our investigator to see if he could find a registration anywhere for 161441. He couldn’t, but he contacted a friend who is an avid 356 collector and maintains an extensive database of 356 information. He asked if he could tell who owned 161441. The quick response was, “Sure. It’s Ken Allison in Lexington, Kentucky.” Checkmate! Settlement Before we could do anything else, we received a settlement offer from the estate. Their preferred resolution was that Dieter buy their car. If he did not want to do that, they would agree to eliminate all references to chassis number 904054 and sell it as a replica. We agreed to try and work out a purchase, but clarified that we would expect the chassis plate to be removed from the car and all 904054 identifying marks ground off it. The immediate response was, “That has already been done.” Wow! We were unable to agree on a purchase price, so we took the second approach of stripping all identifying marks off the replica 904. The estate would not give Dieter the parts that were removed — or the title documents — for fear of their being used as evidence against the estate. So we sent a representative who assisted in their destruction. Now there is only one Porsche 904 chassis number 904054. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 49


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UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM DONALD OSBORNE The Infinite Pleasures of the Open Mind An unexpected drive in a custom Corvette reveals unexpected pleasure in grunt and screaming horsepower vertible. That would be my ride. The car in the Audrain Collections is a car with a 454-ci engine with custom Hooker headers, high-performance ported heads and high-lift roller cam producing 550 hp and a monstrous 600 ft-lb of torque. The 17-inch wheels put the power to the road through a lowered F41-specification Camaro Z28 suspension. Flared fenders, a 427 stinger hood, deleted front bumpers and main- sewer-sized chromed sidepipes complete the package. All in all, not a car for the shrinking violet. As expected, the car makes a dramatic noise, which is part and parcel of the designed appeal. I had often walked past it in our storage garage and not really given it much of a second glance. For my tastes, the customs that I am drawn to are those that were built in the 1940s or 1950s — or contemporary vehicles that show careful and subtle detailing, usually inspired by custom-built cars of the ’30s or ’40s. This Corvette seemed a bit too “in your face” for me — a car for posing in rather than driving. A rolling rocketship When I got behind the wheel — after a stern admonition to avoid the Good old all-American grunt. It’s almost enough to lure a guy away from 1950s European sporting sedans never” crowd, conventional wisdom most often leads to rock-solid opinions based on sand. For me the surest remedy for assumptions is an honest and genuinely Y open mind. If I do not have first-hand experience of a car, I make an effort not to have an immovable position on its merits or faults. I am — shockingly enough — human, so I also must admit that I have thoughts about various vehicles I have not yet driven or ridden in that may have been influenced by what I have read in reputable books or magazine articles or conversation with friends, colleagues or acquaintances for whom I have respect. Nevertheless, nothing is as powerful as being in the moment in a place with a car. And like the summer sky in Montana, a truly open mind is practically limitless. I was recently made strikingly aware of this when I was asked to drive a car that probably would not have been my first choice for a video shoot. The occasion was a special Fourth of July production for our YouTube channel at the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, RI. My team had come up with a very clever concept to celebrate the holiday in one of our twice-weekly posts. The conceit was that I was sitting at my desk working when the phone rang to remind me that I was late for an important appointment. Lights, cars, singing Dashing out of the museum, I would hop into a car and drive to the date, preparing as I went along. Once I arrived onsite, I would then fulfill my obligation. The conceit was that I was on the way to an Independence Day commemoration at historic Fort Adams. It would be me singing “America the Beautiful” against the backdrop of Newport Harbor and a red, white and blue trio of American cars. The blue was represented by a 2017 Ford Mustang, white by a 1923 Studebaker tourer and red by a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom con- 50 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market ou may recall the reason why I chose the name “Unconventional Wisdom” for this column — it was because I had long ago tired of assumptions mistaken for presumptions that so often arise in the collector-car world. Usually the province of the “always/ sidepipes at all costs after the car had been running, unless I wanted a permanent calf tattoo — I turned the key. The noise was indeed dramatic — I had to have a mic check to be sure I could be heard as we rolled video on the drive. I turned the wheel to begin and the first revelation hit me. The handling was far better than I could have ever imagined, immediately responsive and linear. Also more linear than the lumpy idle would suggest was the power delivery. It pulled fairly smoothly off the line and gained speed easily and without fuss. I was impressed — and glad I had not totally dismissed this car out of hand. As I drove down the street, the brilliant red Corvette drew admiring glances and lots of thumbs-up from other drivers and pedestrians. It is an eye-catcher. Just when I was beginning to think I was completely taken by it, I decided to press down a bit further on the throttle. Things became exciting very, very quickly. All that torque was fine for low-end grunt, but the horsepower joined the party as the cam came on. And all I could do was hold on, as that was the same moment that the lowered suspension and the fat tires decided they wanted to attend different parties at the same time and the body began to protest in the way only an open mid-1960s fiberglass car can. It was clear at that point that this was an old-fashioned custom/hot rod, not a modern tuner car. Tuners — good ones, at any rate — always start with the suspension and work their way up. Next come wheels and tires, then seats, then more engine power. This was a car built from the engine down. Once I realized and accepted that, I could enjoy it for what it is — a rocketship roller coaster for the road. This car was designed for enthusiastic middle-aged drivers to amuse themselves — and young onlookers on the sidewalk — but not for covering very long distances or for driving on broken pavement. When I made my peace with the car, I saw the fun it could deliver — even to me, who finds delight most readily in well-balanced 1950s European sporting sedans. Every dog has its day, and there are horses for courses. When we open ourselves to possibilities, enjoyment and satisfaction can be found in more places. Is that not a worthy goal in itself? By not looking past a potential pleasure, I am surely bound to find more. I suggest we all should give it a try. ♦


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AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR JIM PICKERING Modern Collectible? Can a new Bronco forge a fresh trail in the collector world? in some way. We have assigned value to that one big thing. The ’64 Pontiac GTO brought muscle to the masses. The ’65 GT350 showed what ingenuity and drive could accomplish. The ’66 Bronco made a Jeep livable. You could drive all of them anywhere, sure, but they all did something well, or were key in changing the car world. But transport back to when those cars were new, and the view’s a bit different. The transition from appliance to collectible largely only happened after these machines made impacts on their owners — and I think in most cases, it had little to do with the builders’ intent. After all, Shelby was trying to win races and make money, not build a legion of followers with paint-pen-signed dashes, right? Jack of all trades… If we’re looking at Ford’s current offerings on a It’s finally here, but will it take its place as an “instant colletible”? I f your social media profile is anything like mine, you’ve been seeing a lot of new Ford Broncos lately. It’s always been a slow burn in the background — typically some friend of a friend posting a back-corner Internet story built on a few Photoshopped images of what the Bronco might look like — if Ford ever decided to build it again. The refrain was always the same: It’s coming! No, really! Sort of like the Portuguese Barn Find story, the dream of Bronco III simmered in the background, bubbling along lockstep with a booming old-Bronco market. Then, finally, Ford started to actually develop what its fans had been asking for, and Bronco fever grew. In July, 2020’s worst-kept secret finally crested a hill in the distance and rolled into everyone’s feed, direct from FoMoCo. Off-road dreams turned to reality in one evening. Four-by hype went nuts. My phone buzzed with updates as I was trying to barbecue on my back deck. I imagine that at that very moment, the person who slapped “Blazer” on Chevy’s newest mall-rated crossover was tearfully sliding family photos across their desk and into a cardboard box. Dreams turned reality indeed. Instant collectible? Hype is one thing, but collectibility is something completely different. Are special-edition Broncos the newest “Instant Collectibles” — 2021’s Pace Car Corvettes, or Eldorado convertibles, or Prowlers, or PT Cruisers? That’s quite a list, and it begs another question: Can an auto builder ever success- fully build cars with the intention of future collectible status? How do you, as Ford, ensure you’re building a new Bronco and not a new Bronco II? That last question is kind of silly, because while you and I might think that way as car collectors, Ford probably doesn’t. Building cars people want to collect is good for a brand, but so is simply selling a lot of cars over a long weekend. After all, while Dodge’s current “Hemi everything” policy is great, don’t forget that it took an army of cringe-worthy Reliants and Caravans to save Chrysler in the 1980s. Regardless, dredging up icons from the past has proven to be a good method for generating public interest these days, from the GT to the new Mustang Mach-E. We, as collectors, get to reap the rewards that the public’s focus on heritage within newness provides. New Mustangs with retro style make people look to old Mustangs, for example. But any hope for real collectibility of these new heritage-style models, I think, relies upon their specialization within our “one size fits all” world. In short, they have to do something really well to qualify. Job One: one job If you look at the high points of the American cars we call collectible today, one thing is pretty obvious: They each had an X-factor that set them apart and made them unique 52 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market spectrum of specialization, one side would have Shelby GT500s, the new GT, the Raptor, and probably the Bronco. They’re all usable daily, but they’re also special tools. The other side? Flex, Edge, Explorer, Escape. Appliances well suited to a bunch of tasks. From a pure specialization standpoint, it doesn’t take long to figure out which ones are ’65 Falcons and which ones are ’65 GT350s, if you get my meaning. Obviously there’s a lot more to it than that, but if we’re trying to derive any hope of future collectibility in current models, that’s a place to start. As for the Bronco, early adopters won’t care about anything other than hype. They’ve already lined up with cash in hand and dreams of dirt. Ford will build rigs and those people will use them up, and if those user experiences are good ones — and not too many end up built — those of us in the collector world may see these new Broncos again in the future, cresting a rise in value after a long dip of new-car depreciation. We all know that story because we’ve all seen it before. What I think is notable right now, however, is what will likely happen to already-inflated classic-Bronco demand. Vintage rigs are about to ride another wave of interest that the fresh Bronco has created. Buying in now and selling soon makes some sense — at least in the short term, until the new Bronco starts to age like a 2005 Mustang GT. For all the new Bronco’s hype, for a collector, that’s really the take-away. As for me, my feed is now full of Photoshopped Blazers. What does that tell you? ♦ Images courtesy of Ford Motor Co.


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Ellena p. 58 ENGLISH: 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante p. 60 ETCETERINI: 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Turismo Ministeriale p. 62 GERMAN: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Six-Door Pullman p. 64 AMERICAN: 1972 Ford Bronco p. 68 RACE: 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL p. 70 NEXT GEN: 2017 Ford GT p. 72 56 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI PROFILE Juan Martinez ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Ellena The buyer got a nice car at fair market value — and can now play in the 12-cylinder Ferrari sandbox without spending millions by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 0861GT Engine number: 0861GT SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 168, sold for $671,000, including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving into Summer Auction on May 29, 2020. Both Ellena and Boano carrozzerias built similar 250 GT coupe models. One company is known for building theirs with a low roof and the other company is known for building a high-roof model. Which company built the high-roof version? From Boano to Ellena Felice Mario Boano was one of the most influential designers in the Italian coachbuilding business, yet he is most famous for his association with a minor Ferrari model that he didn’t even design: the 250 GT coupe. Following World War I, Giovanni Farina gave Felice Boano a job at his coachbuilding firm, Stabilimenti Industriali Farina. Boano gained experience turning designs into fabrication, a skill that defined his entire career. Boano left Giovanni to become chief designer at the company owned by Giovanni’s younger brother, Battista “Pinin” Farina. That company would become Italian design powerhouse Pininfarina. During this time, Boano developed a strong bond with Giacinto Ghia. Carrozzeria Ghia was one of the most famous Italian automobile design and coachbuilding firms. Ghia’s factory was nearly destroyed during World War II. On his deathbed, Ghia instructed his wife to contact Boano to save his company. Boano and his partner, Giorgio Alberti, purchased the company and presided over its revival. Boano formed an alliance with Chrysler to help fund Ghia. Together they designed several models under the Ghia name. These cars are best remembered for their low-roofline designs. 58 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market After losing a bluff to a temperamental designer, Boano reluctantly sold Ghia to that same designer. That signaled the start of Carrozzeria Boano, a firm Boano founded with his son, Gian Paolo. Pinin Farina’s design During the early 1950s, Ferrari was building several models. They offered different engine options and bodies from an assortment of coachbuilders. A decision was made that Ferrari needed to standardize production and build a series of similar cars. The Ferrari 250 GT coupe was the first designated model. The new model would be built in series production using similar bodies and a 3-liter V12 engine. Pinin Farina was assigned the styling of the 250 GT coupe, and they didn’t waste a lot of time on the project. They had previously designed and built a 3-window coupe body that Ferrari was using on some of


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their 375 America and 250 Europa chassis. The design was adaptable for series production and was accepted for the 250 GT project. Ferrari needed to sublet the body construction to an outside firm. Pinin Farina built a few prototypes, but they were in the middle of an ambitious expansion plan. Construction at their new factory prevented the actual production of the new car. Pinin Farina contracted Boano to build the bodies, and these cars became known as the 250 Boano to differentiate them from other Ferrari 250 GT models. A one-off Fiat that Boano built for Gianni Agnelli would lead to an offer to put Boano and his son in leadership positions at Fiat’s new Centro Stile department. Boano jumped at the position and sold the coachworks to his son-in-law Ezio Ellena. Carrozzeria Boano became Carrozzeria Ellena, and the construction of Ferrari’s 250 GT coupe continued uninterrupted. A nice, bland Ferrari Ellena made some subtle changes to the model, such as eliminating the vent windows and slightly raising the roof. The Ellena-built 250 GT coupes became known as 250 Ellenas or high-roof Boanos. In an era of flamboyant offerings from Vignale, Ghia, and some of the other Italian designers, the Pinin Farina-designed 250 GT coupe might be called elegant, graceful, tasteful or attractive, but that’s just a kind way of saying the design is bland. The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and that’s where the 250 GT coupe doesn’t disappoint. While the America and Europa models featured powerful-but-complicated Lampredi long-block V12s, the 250 GT coupe got a 220hp version of Ferrari’s Colombo-designed V12. The 250 GT engine is legendary for its power and smoothness. In the Boano, the engine lives up to its billing. The car’s top speed was just short of 150 mph, dwarfing nearly every other car in production at the time. Our subject Ellena coupe Even a somber design from Pinin Farina can tower over the best design from a lesser coachbuilder, and our subject 250 GT “Ellena” coupe proves the point. A silver roof highlights an elegant black body. Inside, green leather with complementing carpet adds an unexpected pop to what could have been a drab space. The excellent mix of colors makes this one of the more interesting 250 GT coupes I’ve seen. There was a time that 250 GT coupes looked like they were solidly in the million-dollar club, but that’s no longer the case. A Boano last made the mark in 2018, and an Ellena just missed it later that year. Between those sales, an Ellena seller passed on a $625,000 bid. In early 2019, a Boano seller passed on a million-dollar bid and later that year another Boano seller accepted a $522,000 bid. Our subject Ellena failed to sell for $560,000 last August. The erratic pricing of 250 GT coupes is in part due to the different quality of the offerings, but that’s not an issue here. There’s nothing I see about 0861GT that would make it a second-string car. The provenance is good, the restoration is good and the mechanical condition is good. There was no COVID-19 fire sale here. RM Sotheby’s estimate was right on the money. The pre-sale estimate was $625,000 to $725,000, and the bid split the difference. The seller got a fair market value and the buyer gets to play with the big boys for a value price. Everyone goes home happy. ♦ STEVE AHLGRIM served as general manager and vice president of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano coupe Lot 59, s/n 0581GT Condition 4 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $522,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2019 SCM# 6907057 DETAILS Years produced: 1956–58 Number produced: 130 (40 by Ellena, 90 by Boano) Original list price: $10,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $802,500 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $450 Transmission: 4-speed manual Chassis # location: On frame tube next to engine Engine # location: On a boss at the right rear of engine Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 3-window coupe, 1955 ArnoltBristol Mark II coupe, 1954 Cisitalia 202 coupe, 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II coupe Lot 33, s/n 18236GT Condition 2 Transmission: 4-speed manual Not sold at $574,236 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/11/2019 SCM# 6911721 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena coupe Lot 209, s/n 0819GT Condition 1Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $378,125 RM Auctions, Ferrari Leggenda e Passione, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/2009 SCM# 120496 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 59


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ENGLISH PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Many modern parts now ride in this car, but that appears to be the new normal in the Aston Martin world by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: DBVC3623LC SCM Condition for this car: 2- Adding the thrill of open-air motoring to an already sophisticated motorcar, the DB6 Volante was the perfect convertible tourer for four. Prince Charles was gifted a DB6 Volante by his mother on the occasion of his 21st birthday in 1969, perhaps the ultimate endorsement of the model. F SCM Analysis This car, Lot 408, sold for €627,000 ($711,520/ £562,200), including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale Featuring the Petitjean Collection on June 11 2020. Our subject car, DBVC3623LC (on the chassis plate: the chassis is stamped DBVC3623L), has a fascinating early history. One of 140 DB6-based Volantes following the 37 interim cars built on the shorter DB5 chassis, it was one of two of its type delivered new to Mr. and Mrs. John “Jack” Dorrance Jr. Dorrance’s father, also John, had invented condensed soup and headed up the Campbell Soup Company from 1914 to 1930. Later, Jack himself was chairman of the company from 1962 to 1984. Delivered alongside chassis number 3644 in August 1967 through Aston Martin’s distributorship in King of Prussia, PA, this car is thought to have been finished in triple black when new and fitted with factory air conditioning, while 3644 was said to have been finished in triple white. 60 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market irst shown at the London Motor Show in October 1965, the Aston Martin DB6 proudly followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, now famous for starring alongside James Bond on the silver screen. The drop-top DB6 Volante was released a year later. English Aston Martin collector Anthony Moody bought the car in the 1990s from a classic-car dealer in Philadelphia and shipped it to Import Classics of Marietta, GA, where its automatic gearbox was replaced with a ZF 5-speed. Then the car was refinished black. That done, Moody shipped the car to the U.K., where Aston special- ist RS Williams was commissioned to perform a complete mechanical overhaul, including a 4.2-liter overbore, which appears almost mandatory these days — though one often wonders why, as it adds only 5% to the capacity so the difference must be negligible (says the owner of a 2-liter Escort bored to 2094...). Moody used the finished car on a number of vintage rallies, including the Rally du Maroc in 2003, Rallye de Slovenie, and the Rallye des Alpes.


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Back to an automatic The last owner bought the car from Moody through RS Williams in 2004 and three years later commissioned a restoration with Aston Martin Works — which is never going to be cheap — adding a number of upgrades: a modern 4-speed automatic transmission, power steering (only the Mk2 had it as standard), modern a/c and satellite navigation. The car was repainted Dubonnet Red over an Oxblood interior. The suspension now wears Koni adjustable dampers. It has done less than 800 km since the restoration and still presents well, except where the front valance had been crunched into a curb or similar. That’ll be a few hundred dollars to straighten and repaint. Luckily, the damage is in an area where it won’t be noticed too much, in case the paint’s not a perfect match. It looks like a DB5, but it’s different First appearing as a convertible at the 1966 London Motor Show, DB6s are built differently than the DB5, although they look superficially similar. The DB5 car shares the Superleggera (super-light- weight) construction of the DB4, which wraps aluminum paneling around a tubular steel frame welded to a steel platform chassis. The DB6, four inches longer in the wheelbase, uses a folded-sheet-steel inner structure (although it still wears Superleggera badges), but surprisingly, it’s claimed to weigh only 17 pounds more than the DB5 and is only two inches longer overall. A complete DB5 or DB6 restoration at Aston Martin Works is in the region of £500k/$600k, although we don’t know exactly how much work this car had. Sorting through the numbers After those first 37 DB5-based cars known simply as Short-Chassis Volantes, just 140 DB6-based Volantes were built, including 29 325-bhp Vantage versions. Our subject car is one of the regular 282-bhp ver- sions. Numbers appear rather confusing. The 140 figure (longtime Aston dealer Byron International says 148) is variously applied to all DB6 Volantes, or sometimes just the Mk1s. But given that there were only 240 Mk IIs (DB6Mk24101R–4345R), added to a total production of 1,327 Mk1s, few can have been ragtops. Britain’s very own King-in-waiting Prince Charles owns one, famously given as a 21st birthday present by his mother and lately converted to run on bioethanol — reconstituted surplus wine — from his Duchy of Cornwall estate. Originally, the convertible cost the same £4,998 as the coupe, and the customer could specify a Powr-Lok limited-slip differential, chrome wire wheels and an automatic gearbox at no extra cost. An electric aerial was fitted as standard, although the radio, which would be a customer choice, was considered an extra and was charged accordingly. Swapping parts is the new normal Upgrades with modern parts are popular on old Astons and to a lesser extent, Jags, because, frankly, in their original form they’re too much like hard work for some owners to cope with. If you’ve only operated modern motors, the physical- ity of a 50-year-old sports car can be a bit of a surprise — as Publisher Martin has been discovering with his detuned left leg. DETAILS Years built: 1966–71 Number produced: 140 (long-chassis cars) Original list price: $13,995 Current SCM Median Valuation: $625,000 Although the DB6 Mk1 had the option of power steer- ing, this one evidently didn’t, but it’s relatively easy and cheap to add electric assistance, whose heft can be turned up and down at will, as here. I’m not a fan of automatic transmissions, and if you’ve driven one of the 3-speed BorgWarners of the type the DB6 was originally lumbered with, you’d see why. A modern, responsive auto brings the car into a differ- ent age and, nicely, this conversion uses the original-style gear selector so the interior still appears stock — apart from the modern Blaupunkt stereo and the steering-wheel spokes rather fussily painted in body color. Factory a/c would have meant that to make room for the receiver/evaporator behind the rear seat, the single main fuel tank would have been ditched, replaced by twin tanks in the rear wings, which this car still has. It’s also got 123 electronic ignition, which should make the need for tune-ups less frequent, a high-level brake light mounted on the trunk lid, and a modern alternator to run it all. As we observed last month, in the current market it’s correctly priced. Discreet-(ish) modifications of this type don’t gener- ally affect values much either way, the degradation of originality no doubt canceled out by enhanced userfriendliness. However, it looks as though the last owner has invested (and lost) a bundle shelling out for the restoration and upgrade works, so for that we probably ought to kick this one up into the “well bought” column. One anomaly of the online auctioning system is that the cars no longer have to be tied to wherever the bidding is taking place. Although this “European” sale was nominally located in Essen, Germany, with transactions in euros, the car needed collecting from Surrey, England, home of RS Williams, although it did not have its taxes paid in the U.K. Finally, perhaps, the collector-car auction market has truly gone global. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) PAUL HARDIMAN has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $81 Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to alternator Transmission: 4-speed automatic Club: Aston Martin Owners Club, Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire OX10 7BG +44 1865 400400 Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1964–65 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, 1964–67 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2, 1965–66 Ferrari 365 GTC SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Lot 163, s/n DBVC3677R Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $670,000 RM Sotheby’s, Olympia, London, U.K., 10/24/2019 SCM# 6916390 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante Lot 337, s/n DBVC3618R Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $592,097 Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sussex, U.K., 7/13/2018 SCM# 6874899 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Lot 209, s/n DBVC3659R Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $657,845 Bonhams, Aston Martin Sale, Reading, U.K., 6/2/2018 SCM# 6872486 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 61


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ETCETERINI & FRIENDS PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Turismo Ministeriale This is perhaps the stodgiest 6C 2500 on the planet, but it’s also a significant historical relic by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 914073 SCM Condition for this car: 4+ P resented is a fascinating pre-war Alfa Romeo, underpinned by the final 6C 2500 Turismo chassis built in 1939. Its rare Ministeriale six/seven-seater coachwork was only built for 1939–40, and its coachwork was designed and built by Alfa’s own Carrozzeria Alfa Romeo. Only 81 examples of this body style were completed. It is believed that two examples remain in existence, and this is the only roadworthy example. It boasts details synonymous with early 6C 2500s, including a ladder-type chassis, floor-shift transmission and an early 6C 2500 engine. While its exact ownership during the war is unknown, the Alfa was listed by the P.R.A. as being registered in Milan in 1946. The Alfa Romeo was sold in December 1950 to Princess Donna Laura dei Principi Ruspoli, who was residing in Rome at the time. She passed away in 1960, but her family retained the car for another decade. In 1970, chassis 914073 was sold to Fernando Cartocci, who sold it four years later to his nephew. It remained in that family for a remarkable 48 years until 2018, when it was acquired by the current Dutch collector. During long-term ownership by the same Italian family, the car is said to have been used in over 80 films. Today, the car remains in remarkably original condition throughout, having never been fully restored. Its paintwork has been redone over the course of its life, and the seat upholstery, door panels and roof lining were renewed about three years ago. However, many other parts of the interior, including the carpets, remain untouched. The car has many rare and original details, such as the S.I.A.T.A suspension system, Carello headlights and Fergat wheel covers. 62 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SCM Analysis This car, Lot 405, sold for $119,835 (€105,600 €1=$1.135), including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale on June 11, 2020. Where to begin? This is a fascinating transaction — an almost per- fect example of a perfectly functioning market. It illustrates why objects are valued by collectors in a certain way and how a very precise set of attributes determines where a vehicle sits in the market. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 is a remarkable car, a milestone in the his- tory of the marque as the last of the pre-war luxury and sporting cars powered by the engines based on Vittorio Jano’s designs — which also served as Alfa’s first product of the post-war period.


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DETAILS Years produced: 1939–40 Number produced: 81 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $119,835 (this car) Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on side rail Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Of course, when it comes to Alfa, “pre” and “post” are relative terms. The company quite famously built passenger cars during every year of the war-torn 1940s, a feat few other manufacturers share. Perhaps the proper division would be “vehicles built before the near-total destruction of the Portello factory and those built while it was being rebuilt.” The cooking version In any event, another distinguishing factor of pre-war Alfas was the very different character of the models dependent on the state of tune in which they were built. From the fire-breathing racing triple-carburetor Super Sport Corsa with 125 hp and the hottest road-going model, the 105-hp Super Sport, to the single-carb Sport at 95 hp, the 6C 2500 was a genuine 100-mph car, clothed in the coachwork of Italy’s greatest carrozzerie. At the base of the pyramid was the Turismo, as my British friends might say, “the cooking version.” Equipped with a single carburetor and a lower compression ratio, it produced 87 hp. It was also the engine most often fitted to chassis with sedan or limousine bodywork — the heaviest to be mounted. Our subject car, bodied with in-house Alfa factory coachwork, is one such model. The “Ministeriale” was, as its name implied, a model created for official transport. With the formality of a limousine but possessing a sobriety of form better suited for a high-level civil servant, it could certainly never be accused of being either flashy or dashing. Those who would appreciate this style would lean towards the type attracted to historical monuments. It is certain that its early history would make fascinating reading, but as is so often the case with passenger cars delivered during World War II, the catalog stated, “Its exact ownership during the war is unknown.” A long movie career After the conflict, it passed through the hands of some minor Italian nobility — then into the long-term ownership of a family in Italy who perhaps found the Alfa’s highest calling, as a period movie prop. Its film resumé is a long one, with some features more well-known than others. I have to admit that as catalog copy goes, I have never seen an Academy Award nomination list used as a selling point for a car that was not a principal character in a film. Nevertheless, the other fairly amusing part of the pitch is the mention of this slow, staid sedan’s “eligibility” for the Mille Miglia Storica. Given the current rules for entry to the Italian classic, which involve inscription on the Mille Miglia Registry, open only to those cars which actually ran in the original 1927–57 events, and sporting interest, I would be somewhat surprised to find it welcomed in Brescia. Even if it were accepted into the Mille Miglia Storica, it would almost certainly be a very leisurely, if supremely cushy, manner of covering the distance and a very memorable mount for the rally. I doubt very much that the new owner had that in mind when submitting their bid. And all this gets us to the price realized. A low price — for a reason This was, without a doubt, an absolute bargain price for a 1939 Alfa 6C 2500 — until you factor in the discounts taken for the state of tune and stodgy bodywork. And it’s not just that it’s a sedan — Pinin Farina and other carrozzerie built lovely — and sometimes even sexy — 4-door bodies on this chassis. This isn’t one of them. The car’s film history is interesting — but not compel- ling. Unlike sitting in your media room and playing the opening of “Le Mans” for your friends and stepping into your garage to gaze on the 911 you all just saw Steve McQueen drive into town before the race, it’s unlikely that screening “The Last Emperor,” in which your newly acquired Alfa Romeo rated two stars on the Internet Movie Car Database for “Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene,” would have the same effect. It is, however, a transaction I would categorize as ap- propriately bought — the car is neat in its square-rigged way and is an historical artifact, as a survivor of the period. If the owner is brave enough to do the research into its early ownership, it could prove to be even more interesting — even if potentially a bit frightening. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) DONALD OSBORNE, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: The Alfa Romeo Owners Club USA Web: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1942 Packard Clipper Eight, 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier, 1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre Saloon SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Tipo 256 coupe Lot 120, s/n 915014 Condition 2+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $2,755,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2019 SCM# 6907122 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S sedan Lot 144, s/n 917122 Condition 2 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $177,358 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/2018 SCM# 6858265 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 cabriolet Lot 46, s/n 913014 Condition 3 4-speed manual Sold at $397,323 RM Auctions, Paris, FRA, 2/5/2014 SCM# 232244 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 63


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GERMAN PROFILE Dirk de Jager ©2020 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Six-Door Pullman This is a serious car, and it will not tolerate bounders with dreams of modifications and big-screen televisions by Pierre Hedary Chassis number: 10001612000892 SCM Condition for this car: 2- • Delivered new in 1967 to the Ivory Coast for President Felix Houphouët-Boigny • Presented in original colors of black over natural leather • Replacement engine fitted • Restoration work by Koster and Karl Middelhauve • Supplied with spare engine SCM Analysis This car, Lot 387, sold for $299,587, including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online-Only: The European Sale on June 11, 2020. This writer has been itching to inflict his commentary on the impor- tance of preserving the originality of the Mercedes W100, so if you have bad taste or are easily offended, you are my target audience. Every 600 represents a piece of history It could be argued that every Mercedes-Benz 600 built — even the most humble short-wheelbase model — has some kind of connection to the development of the world between 1960 and 1980. The 600 repre- sents obvious wealth and power — and success, control, intelligence and importance. While prices of these cars may have fallen over time, their presence has not diminished. Like ownership of a key historical artifact, a Catholic relic or a dangerous weapon, pursuing and buying a 600 should not be taken lightly. There is a code of conduct associated with the W100, and owners should adhere to it. A list of sacrilegious acts against the W100 All of us are likely familiar with a certain comedian whose 600 has become somewhat of a fixture on YouTube. This car is tastelessly modified into a goofy limousine with a plethora of crass upgrades. It has bothered me that other 600 owners have contemplated these same modifications. So in case you are a new 600 owner — and particularly a long- wheelbase-600 owner — here is a list of things you should not do: Don’t have your 600’s colors and interior retrimmed to match your personal whims. I have seen these cars painted all sorts of horrible colors — including French Blue and modern, ugly gray metallics — with ugly interiors to match. One would not alter a historical artifact to make it more aesthetically pleasing, and this is the case here. Such whims only yield disappointment when sales time arrives. Don’t do weird things to your 600’s interior. Don’t try to reconfigure the interior seating, add a minibar, a big-screen TV — or turn it into a “party pad.” This sort of foolish behavior obliterates the historical and collectible value of the car. This also makes the car unserviceable when all of the garbage added to it fails. The 600’s interior is best described as private — a place where one would engage in contemplation or critical planning. It isn’t some kind of adult playground. Don’t carry out ridiculous mechanical alterations to your 600, such as adding modern electronic fuel injection (the equivalent of castrating a stud horse) or even modern wheels. The engineering on the 600 was perfect from day one. Your 600 is not a toy for your amusement. Just like you would not bathe with a real Monet hanging in the shower, these cars must be taken seriously and preserved with dignity. This brings me to my first point about our subject car. It had not been tampered with. Even the much-hated divider window was left in place. If you are considering selling your 600, this car should be a 64 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1964–81 Number produced: 428 long-wheelbase versions Current SCM Median Valuation: $98,000 Tune-up cost: If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. (In reality, about $1,200 for ignition service, spark plugs, valve adjustment, oil service and fuel filters) Chassis # location: Stamped into right frame rail adjacent to front of engine, under a/c compressor bracket lesson to you. Well-documented history and original presentation yield the strongest market result. With all 600s, historical influence wields a notable influence on market values. And history must be presented authentically and accurately. No modifications mean fewer headaches Our subject 600 has never been the victim of another person’s foolish whims. Inside, it is fairly consistent, with what appears to be replacement leather on the front seats, its original intercom system and its original radio. Anyone who is serious about purchasing a 600 will pay up for details such as these. Cars that have had divider windows removed, seats reconfigured and inches added will likely suffer serious hydraulic-system issues. Ahh, that hydraulic system. It is as pervasive in a 600 as the veins are in the human body. Everything — from the sunroof, to the shock absorbers, to the climatecontrol air flow — is tied to this system. If you remove one item, you risk failure of all the components. Every hydraulic control in the W100 is calibrated to work at a specific pressure. Add or remove one of them, and your carpets could be soaked in red hydraulic fluid. It’s almost as though the Daimler Benz engineers de- signed the car to punish those who think they know better. I am sure a few of you are worried about that non- matching engine. It is highly likely that President Papa Houphouët’s complex car may have run into mechanical issues from the inevitable lack of maintenance in a developing country. Mercedes’ standard practice at the time was to HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $377,778 $400,000 $300,000 $236,500 $200,000 $100,000 $0 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman $157,500 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 $361,088 $335,000 This sale: $299,587 replace the engines and not rebuild them. Hopefully, this was the case. However, if this engine was replaced following the car’s exodus from the Ivory Coast and swapped for a better used unit, then shame on whoever did it. With so much extra mass to drag around, it is quite possible that this early 600 was ailing mechanically by the time its stint as a presidential car was over. The 600 compared to the modern Maybach If you’re wondering, the Maybach 57 and 62 are not a worthy successor to the 600. They will never be the 600, and they are not a substitute for the 600. I often find that most Maybach owners may have considered a 600 — but wisely acknowledged that they could not withstand the responsibility and cost of ownership. The 600 is an unrepeatable technical tour de force, a car that will never have an equal. Heads of state at the time understood this, which was why these cars were highly sought after in period. The exclusivity of the 600 is firmly established in the Mercedes-Benz model range. Originality, history create a noteworthy sale These monoliths often quietly show up at auction, frequently sitting in a dark corner with sinking air suspension. While Ferraris or Maseratis might tell tales of racing and Porsche 356s might tell personal success stories, if these megalithic automobiles could talk, they would tell stories of world history and development, parts of which unfolded in their backseats. Our subject car doesn’t just represent the best money can buy — it is a part of the African independence movement, a culmination of Mercedes’ greatest era and a relic from a significant period of world history. From a practical standpoint, replicating the fit and finish of this car would cost at least $600,000 today, so this restoration was purchased for pennies on the dollar. And a long-wheelbase 600 in any condition starts at just under $100k. So if you must have a long-wheelbase 600 for personal reasons, this car was well bought. I only hope the new buyer is prepared to be a responsible custodian of this historically important Mercedes. ♦ Pierre Hedary, who owns and operates a Mercedes-Benz repair and restoration shop in Titusville, FL, lives and breathes vintage Mercedes. 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Lot 197, s/n 10001445004546 Condition 2 Transmission: 4-speed automatic Sold at $335,000 RM Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, CA, 12/8/2018 SCM# 6887629 Engine # location: Behind left cylinder head, stamped on pad in top of bell housing Transmission: 4-speed automatic Club: International Mercedes-Benz M-100 group Web: www.m-100.co Alternatives: 1968–90 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, 1968–92 Daimler Limousine, 1967–78 ZIL-114 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Lot 154, s/n 10001412000402 Condition 3 Transmission: 4-speed automatic Sold at $261,501 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/7/2020 SCM# 6922396 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Lot 246, s/n 10010412001065 Condition 3+ Transmission: 4-speed automatic Sold at $148,500 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2017 SCM# 6817075 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 65


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AMERICAN PROFILE Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 1972 Ford Bronco A very nice, fairly original Bronco fetches great money, but the insane prices go to the crazy, modified versions By Nick Jaynes Chassis number: U15GLN06404 SCM Condition for this truck: 2+ SCM Analysis This truck, Lot 145, sold for $64,900, including buyer’s premium, during Barrett-Jackson’s Online Only July 2020 Auction on July 6, 2020. When my SCM editor assigned this profile to me, this bucking Bronco had not yet crossed the digital auction block. Given that the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco had just been revealed a few days prior, I was bracing myself for a staggering result. “Get ready to vomit with rage, Nicky,” I muttered to myself. That’s because, around a decade ago, I turned down the opportunity to purchase a 30,000-mile 1968 Bronco for $11,000. I’ve kicked myself ever since. When I reviewed this excellent example, I conjured images of triple- digit auction results. Imagine my surprise when it failed to crack $65,000. Meanwhile, a hodgepodge 1968 Bronco fetched $83,000 around the same time over on Bring a Trailer. What’s going on here? I figure it’s a case of misaligned tastes. But before we get into that theory, let’s have ourselves a refresher on the first-gen Bronco, shall we? International envy The original Bronco was created as an answer to the International Harvester Scout and Jeep CJ-5. Ford built the first Bronco for ranchers, outdoorsmen and utility-company workers who had to get off the beaten path with regularity. Ford likely didn’t anticipate it being a hit among the general populace, who spent most of their time on pavement. We can intuit this because a 170-cubic-inch, 105-horsepower inline 6-cylinder 68 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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engine borrowed from the Falcon, backed solely by a column-shift, 3-speed manual gearbox, was the only engine-and-transmission combo offered on the Bronco at launch in 1965. Although it is perfectly adequate, this is the kind of drivetrain duo you offer when you aren’t expecting much of a vehicle. This lackluster, less-than-total-commitment attitude is further evidenced by the myriad parts borrowed from other contemporary Ford cars’ parts bins that composed the Bronco’s interior. The original design has aged well, which is why much of the 2021 Bronco’s design replicates that of the ’66. But it wasn’t really awe-inspiring, either. The drivetrain was not the only Falcon carryover that designers bestowed upon the Bronco. It received the Falcon’s fascia, too. At the time, this would have waved the “don’t expect much from this one” flag to onlookers; the Falcon didn’t really inspire confidence in the carbuying public. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. In college, I owned a 1961 Ford Falcon with that 170- ci inline 6-cylinder engine and three-on-the-tree. It was perfectly adequate. But you definitely got the impression nothing about it was designed for longevity. The Falcon was a miserly economy sedan for low-income folks. I see the first-gen Bronco in the same way. Popularity During the past five years or so, the first-gen Bronco has exploded in popularity. A handful of diverse groups are responsible for this outlandish event. They are: Gen-X moms in the midst of mid-life crises. The “mommy needs to rediscover her cool side” types have flocked to the Bronco. These moms don’t actually want or like the Bronco, I’ll wager. Rather, it scratches the vintage-vehicle itch while being more badass than a Mustang convertible (and less clichéd, too). Xer moms are followed closely by hillbillies with too much money (see the $83k Bronco on BaT, for example). These guys want Broncos festooned with 37-inch tires, a screaming V8, garish graphics, and stupid — as well as far too many — LED lights. These well-heeled sons of the soil do so much to these rigs that, by my approximation, they cease to be first-gen Broncos anymore. The Millennials are the last group galloping toward the Bronco. They are keen to add a bit of vintage flare to their experiences-over-possessions, Instagram-friendly lifestyles (funny how possessions still play a pivotal role in their lives, isn’t it?). They need that perfect accent piece to pose with in the desert to demonstrate to their peers how woke and authentic they are. The more rugged and outdoorsy they — and their gear — appear, the better. Funnily enough, as far as they care, these first-gen Broncos could be as HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 1972 Ford Bronco $79,200 $68,200 $77,000 $77,000 This sale: $64,900 $63,800 1966 Ford Bronco Lot F8, s/n U13FL788842 Condition 2+ Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at $110,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/23/2018 SCM# 6877348 2015 2016 High-sale prices represent unmodified U15 Broncos 2017 2018 2019 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 69 DETAILS Years produced: 1966–77 Number produced: 225,539 Original list price: $3,712 Current SCM Median Valuation: $45,000 Chassis # location: Top of the rightside frame rail behind shock tower Engine # location: Right-hand side of engine easily substituted with mid-’80s Land Cruisers. It’s the old, boxy 4x4 they’re after — not the nameplate itself. No love for the original That brings us to the 1972 Bronco that Barrett- Jackson sold for $64,900 in July. It is about as original as they come. In terms of accoutrements, that is. It has a 302-ci V8 under its hood, which may well be original, as Ford offered the 302 under the Bronco’s hood starting in ’69. And it has retained the 3-speed manual, but the shifter has been moved to the floor. This example is said to have received a frame-off restoration. It may well have, but it’s sort of hard to tell. It looks nice, but not frame-off nice. I am also perplexed why they didn’t at least vacuum the interior before the auction photos. But that’s neither here nor there. This one didn’t fetch a king’s ransom like so many other Broncos have recently because it lacks the accessories the above buyers so desperately crave. There are no Mexican-blanket seat covers. It has no automatic transmission. The roof features not one KC light. And the tires appear to be modest 28-inchers — nine inches short from the requisite 37s. This one isn’t particularly special. It’s nice, but it’s not wacky enough to appeal to a broad audience. Obviously, $64,900 is nothing to shake a stick at — and it’s a five-fold increase in what this truck might have fetched a decade ago. Still, it lacks the specialness — that je ne sais quoi — to appeal to Xers, hillbillies or Millennials. Let that be a lesson to you. If you want to build a Bronco that will fetch crazy-stupid money, it too must be crazy and stupid. ♦ NICK JAYNES started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 1974 Ford Bronco Lot F49, s/n U15GLT82259 Condition 2+ Transmission: Automatic Not sold at $56,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 1/2/2020 SCM# 6922266 Transmission: 3-speed manual Club: Bronco Club of America Web: https://broncoclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1965–68 International Harvester Scout 800, 1961–72 Jeep CJ-5, 1960–78 Toyota FJ40 SCM Investment Grade: B (this may change if the Bronco craze ends) COMPS 1973 Ford Bronco custom Lot 5396, s/n U15GLR92118 Condition 3Transmission: 3-speed automatic Sold at $42,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922029


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RACE PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL This track-toy car isn’t a real 3.0 CSL, but it probably drives a lot like the real thing — and it’s cheaper than building one from scratch by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 2262598 SCM Condition of this car: 2 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 407, sold for $174,759, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale, from June 3 to 11, 2020. I’ve often held forth about weapons versus collector values in old racing cars, and today we have the classic example. If our subject car really were the car it was painted up to look like, it would have been worth easily 10 times as much money. But it isn’t, and it wasn’t. Herein lies our story. In 1960, BMW was, candidly, in trouble. Their V8-powered luxury cars were getting old and had never sold well, and their 700 Series microcars were out of step with a much more affluent Europe. Although their motorcycles sold well enough, BMW had not paid a dividend in 20 years. Fortunately, substantial new investment was available, and the company was restructured to create what was called the “BMW New Class” of sedans and coupes. This was the first all-new design produced at BMW since 1933, and it proved to be the basis for a very successful future. A new, exceptional engine BMW’s chief engineer, Alex von Falkenhausen, was put in charge of creating the new engine. He was insistent that BMW’s reputation for creating special cars be respected, so he designed an extremely strong five-main-bearing, 4-cylinder iron block with an overhead cam aluminum head. The engine proved so good that it remained in production for 20 years, and the block proved responsive to performance modifications. It was capable of handling 1,000 horsepower in a turbocharged Formula One application. Building on success, the design was expanded to a 6-cylinder engine in 1968, with the intent being to power a larger car that would compete directly with Mercedes. It proved to be every bit as strong as the 4-cylinder engine — and remarkably vibration-free. The design team was greatly pleased when even rival Mercedes-Benz acknowledged at a meeting between company directors,”You have a good car, but we have a better car; the only thing you do better is the engine.” The basic “New Six” was a three-box, 4-door sedan marketed in the United States as the “Bavaria,” which was followed almost immediately by a shortened, 2-door coupe designated the CS. It was technically a 4-seat car, although the wonderful Car and Driver observation about a similar car — that the rear seats were appropriate for two legless 8-year-old children — definitely applied. From our standpoint, the important detail here is that as a 4-seater, it was designated a Touring Car rather than a GT, and as such, could race against Ford Capris and Opel Commodores in touring-car racing rather than chasing Porsche in the GT-oriented Manufacturers’ Championship. 70 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1972–75 (street CSL) Number produced: 1,039 Current SCM Median Valuation: $128,000 (street CSL) Chassis # location: Tag and stamp on left side of engine compartment Engine # location: Stamped above starter Easing into racing BMW had from its beginnings in the car business conceived of itself as a manufacturer of high-end performance cars that inevitably got raced, but the company had a very on-and-off attitude toward direct racing involvement. Having won both their class at Le Mans and overall in the 1940 Mille Miglia, the factory just didn’t have the money to try racing again until the 1960s, when it built a series of impressive pure racing engines for Formula and sports-racing competition. That was abandoned as not productive in late 1970, leaving only the production cars to carry the BMW performance banner. Fortunately, the sporting competitiveness of the 4-cylinder 2002 had spawned a number of performance engineering companies, particularly Schnitzer Motorsport and Alpina, in the mid-1960s, and they were both capable and willing to work with the factory to create racing versions of the CS. In the early 1970s, BMW’s sales chief set up a separate company, BMW Motorsport GmbH, to handle the company’s racing ventures. The CSL legend is born Starting in 1970, the 2800 CS was raced extensively in the Touring Car wars, but by 1972 the writing was on the wall that the car needed to get lighter and more powerful. The FIA rules were very specific about what was considered “production,” so BMW built a run of homologation specials called CSL. They used thinner steel for the body and aluminum for the doors, roof, trunk and hood. They made the side windows out of plastic. By not using sound deadening and a lighter interior, they got the CSL down to about 2,650 pounds. The other stuff that had to get legal were the bits that comprised the aero package. A front air dam, fender strakes, a diverter for the back of the roof, and HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $300,000 $275,778 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $180,382 $149,472 $134,269 This sale: $174,759 $131,600 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL of course, the rear wing, made the car actually work at racing speeds. Interestingly, the rear wing wasn’t road legal in most of Europe, so the cars got delivered with the wing in the trunk. Unlike many homologation specials, the CSL was quite successful in its own right, with 1,039 produced. Nicknamed the “Batmobile,” they are very collectible today. As well as being quite the road car, the CSL was exactly the weapon that Schnitzer and Alpina needed for the European Touring Car battles. They knocked another 300 pounds off the car and added more tire, bigger wings and so on as the rules evolved until 1976. Power improved as well, and by 1975, the 4-valve, twincam version was making over 450 horsepower. The CSL dominated European Touring Car for years, but after 1976 it was over. With their wings, appendages, and wild paint schemes, they were glorious cars in a glorious time. The cars that actually raced for the factory and major teams are very desirable now, and they are worth anywhere from $1 million to over $2 million, depending on details of history and mechanical development. I am told they are fabulous things to drive. A wannabe 3.0 CSL As mentioned at the beginning, this car is not a real racer, although it obviously pretends to be. It was built privately about 15 years ago and was raced in historic events for a few years before getting put away. Except for an earlier, smaller rear wing, it is config- ured and painted just like the 1976 factory team Gösser Beer car, but it clearly doesn’t have that car’s trick internals (no four-valve engine, and it may or may not have aluminum body parts), so it won’t be nearly as fast. It has expired racing documents, so it was once considered to be race legal, but enforcement has gotten tougher, so I’m not sure it could get them again. It is best thought of as simply a track toy. With all that said, the car is very impressive-looking and undoubtedly a lot of fun to drive — close to if not quite the experience of a real team car. If you wanted to start fresh and build one, it would cost easily as much as buying this, so the value is there if you understand what you are getting. It’s not real, but it wasn’t priced that way. I would say it was fairly bought. ♦ 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile coupe Lot 1138, s/n unknown Condition: 3 Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $135,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6846360 Transmission: 5-speed manual Club: BMW CS Registry Web: https://bmwcsregistry.org Alternatives: 1973–74 Porsche RSR, 1974 Ford Capri RS 3100, 1974 Opel Commodore GS/E SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile replica coupe Lot 128, s/n 2331066 Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $132,765 Silverstone Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, U.K., 2/24/17 SCM# 6827821 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 Heidegger racer Lot 164, s/n 2275236 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $275,778 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/1/2015 SCM# 267480 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 71


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NEXT GEN PROFILE Kevin Uy ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2017 Ford GT This price was significantly less than previous second-gen Ford GT sales — but these cars are still coming off the assembly line by Elana Scherr Chassis number: 2FAGP9CW1HH200087 SCM Condition for this car: 1 • 1,471 miles from new • Finished in Triple Yellow with Lightning Blue stripes • Nicely optioned, including carbon-fiber wheels • Powered by 647-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine • Window sticker included SCM Analysis This car, Lot 161, sold for $836,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving into Summer auction on May 29, 2020. What would you pay to be a part of motorsports history, to drive the same car that took the checkered flag at Le Mans? Few collectors are so lucky as to own a car that physically turned a tire at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, but every owner of a Ford GT can claim a spiritual connection not only to the original American GT40 triumph of 1966, but to its anniversary repeat in 2016 as well. History repeats itself When Ford unveiled the GT in 2015, it was the second generation of Ford GT, and was a radical departure from the 2004–06 models. The first resurrection of GT — minus its “40” because Ford no longer owned the rights to that name since nobody thought to trademark it during the 1960s — was a beefy incarnation of the original GT40. It was taller and wider than its ancestor, and remains to this day one of the most spacious 2-seat sports cars I’ve ever been in. It was high-tech for its time, with aluminum body panels and a dry- 72 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market sump, supercharged V8. Despite its popularity, Ford offered the GT for just two years, and after 2006, nobody expected to see the model return. But there was an important anniversary just around the corner. In 2015, Ford surprised everyone at the Detroit Auto Show when it unveiled a new version of the Ford GT, just in time to enter it in the 2016 IMSA and FIA racing series, and get the bugs worked out in order to sweep the GT Class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans — 50 years after the first GT40 win. So romantic! No wonder everybody wanted one. Not only is the second-gen GT a proven race winner, it’s a real beauty, with an impossibly low-slung carbon-fiber monocoque body angling up into delicate


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DETAILS Years produced: 2017–present Number produced: 600-plus Original list price: $450,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,320,000 flying-buttress air tunnels in the rear. Early grumbling about the move from the V8 engine to Ford’s 3.5-L Ecoboost V6 was hushed by 647 hp and a top speed of 216 mph. The GT also introduced many American-car fans to the joys of a dual-clutch automatic — and the marvels of carbon-fiber wheels. Curious yellow This car, a 2017 model, makes a good choice for an online auction due to its eye-catching Triple Yellow paint and Lightning Blue racing stripes, with glossy black carbon fiber accenting the sideview mirrors, doors and underbody aero. A bragging point for the new GT was its 20-inch gloss carbon-fiber wheels, seen here wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Even the fasteners are lightweight titanium lug nuts. Behind the carbon weave are blue-painted Brembo brake calipers. This is not a car for blending in, even among other Ford GTs. Inside is more sedate, black Alcantara and matte carbon accents. Modern sports cars have one thing every owner of a classic — even a more recent classic like the 2004 — would covet. As you’re strapped in your carbon-fiber Sparco racing seat, you can see what’s around you on a 6.5-inch infotainment system powered by Ford’s Sync 3. Forget race-winning, it’s the backup camera and cell phone connectivity that turns ’em green with envy. Rules and regulations Despite 2020 being the fourth year of production for the second-generation GT, we haven’t seen many cross the auction block, and this is due to low production numbers — Ford has made only 250 cars each year — and a required no-sale contract, which limits buyers from reselling GTs for two years after the initial purchase. The contract and Ford’s exclusive purchase appli- cation mean that most GTs are still with their original owners. Those lucky original owners are either waiting for the contract to expire — or their cars are so wellloved as to be still in use, either as showpieces or garage decorations. Ford has been harsh on those who break the contract, most famously taking GT owner — and famous wrestler and actor — John Cena to court over his early sale. The first GT to come (legally) to auction sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2019 for $1.54 million, but that was both a different time and a different car — an ultra-lowmile special edition. As cars continue to come up for sale, we’ll see how colors and options affect prices. This car is a good example, with its love-it-or-hate-it blueand-gold color combo. If only there had been a few more UCLA alumni in the bidding! The color combo could be the reason for the below- estimate sale price — RM Sotheby’s estimated between $850,000 and $950,000 — but it could also be that Ford is continuing to produce GTs, and each one that rolls off the assembly line makes the previous ones just a tad less rare. Still, we’d say there is nothing for the buyer to worry about. If history has shown us anything on the Ford GTs, it’s that they always win in the end. I call this sale wellbought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) ELANA SCHERR started writing for SCM a couple of years ago, but she has recently taken on car profiles, interviews (“Driven to Ask”) and new-car reviews (“Driving with Elana”). 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition Lot 747, s/n 2FAGP9CW6HH200084 Condition 1 Transmission: 7-speed automatic Sold at $1,400,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/3/2019 SCM# 6911611 Tune-up cost: $500 Chassis # location: Driver’s side door frame Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Club: FordGTForum Web: www.fordgtforum.com/forums Alternatives: 2008–10 Dodge Viper SRt-10 ACR, 2020 Ferrari 488 Pista, 2017–20 McLaren 720S SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 2017 Ford GT Lot 246, s/n 2FAGP9CW8HH200040 Condition 1 Transmission: 7-speed automatic Sold at $923,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922106 2017 Ford GT Lot 314, s/n 2FAGP9CW9HH200063 Condition 1 Transmission: 7-speed automatic Sold at $1,242,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908487 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 73


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NEXT GEN MARKET MOMENT 1985 AM General M998 “Humvee” Does this rig have the sturdy engine and a title? If so, a great deal was done. If not, well … ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s SOLD AT $13,200 RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving into Summer May 21–29, 2020, Lot 196 Chassis number: 004307 SCM Condition for this vehicle: 3- T he U.S. Department of Defense finally allowed whole vehicle sales of HMMWVs (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as Humvee) a few years ago. So one would think that supply and demand has at least attained parity — or the Humvee market is glutted. Yet these massive, sturdy surplus military vehicles continue to sell well. RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving Into Summer auction had one — this early M998 in canvas-top, crew-cab configuration. The biggest takeaway from the listing for this was essentially nothing for a vehicle description — which speaks volumes. Chapter One is the apparent lack of a title. DoD has only been selling Humvees through GovPlanet.com (a division of auction conglomerate Ritchie Bros.) with just an SF-97 document, which is a government bill of sale to prove that you didn’t steal it. You just don’t tootle your ex-military Humvee down to the DMV and get a title. If you’re in a state that will actually allow you to title one (several will not), the process is rather drawn out. As such, titled Humvees command a premium, especially if they’re from one of the established companies who’ve “been there, done that” and know all the pitfalls. Generally at least over $5,000 what it hammered for from GovPlanet. com seems to be as cheap as one can get away with — usually more. Our subject Humvee This brought what commensurate examples on GovPlanet do on their hammer, if not a few bids more. I also 74 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market noticed a Desert Tan Humvee in the background of where the catalog images were taken, so I get the feeling that the consignor knows the dance — or learned by being burned. Anyone who knows anything about a Humvee will state that it has a title first and foremost when promoting its sale. If the seller doesn’t say the vehicle has a title, assume it doesn’t. Chapter Two is about early-production rigs. The first of the M998s got their go from the same normally aspirated 6.2-liter GM diesel engines found in Chevy and GMC pickups of the era. They’re crap. In a C-20, these engines are passable as a work truck. In a Humvee, they’re a rebuild waiting to happen. The later 6.5-liter turbo diesel is a better engine, for durability and power. When these rigs went through military depot refurbishment, they’d get the latest engine, so some earlyproduction units may now have the 6.5-liter turbo diesel. Unless you’re looking to have a “numbers-matching” early M889 instead of a Fourth of July parade unit or ultimate off-roader, there is far less interest in a 6.2-liter engine unless they can be had cheaper — while mentally budgeting in an engine upgrade. If the high bidder did due diligence and knows his/ her stuff, this sale was a decent deal with no harm done. The sale jumps up to well-bought status if there actually is a title. However, this rig was located in California — an anti-Humvee state — so don’t bet on it. Considering that our subject rig is about $4k to $8k less than an M998 with a title, this Humvee is probably a well-sold hot potato. I’d go so far as to say that the consignor is beyond giving a sigh of relief — but is still doing the Snoopy Happy Dance. However, I won’t be shocked if this Humvee makes the docket for the online-only equivalent of Monterey. With a title status declaration. — B. Mitchell Carlson ♦


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NEXT GEN RISING SUN BRIAN BAKER Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars that are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles 1993 Toyota MR2 # 33820. S/N JT2SW22N1P0079323. 34k miles. “Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, limited-slip differential, Super White, black simulated leather interior, removable T-tops, air conditioning, CD/cassette stereo, service records, factory manuals.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $31,763. Bring a Trailer 7/13/2020. Brian’s take: The second generation MR2, or Midship Runabout Photos courtesy of Bringatrailer.com 2-seater, has been climbing for some time now. With its mid-engine design, there aren’t many other Japanese cars similar to it, which almost puts it in its own category. It doesn’t really fit with the Miatas, as it is a targa top and not a convertible, and it’s doesn’t really fit in with the Civics, as it isn’t front-wheel drive. But it also doesn’t pack the power of top-level JDM cars such as the Supra or RX-7. This car attracts a different type of Japanese car buyer. Less than five years ago, they averaged $3k–$6k, but the price has sure jumped with a lot of other Japanese cars. This isn’t the first one to pass over $30k, and it probably won’t be the last. Well sold. 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata # 33680. S/N JM1NA3535R0518951. 40,000 miles shown. “1.8-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, Torsen limited-slip differential, Classic Red over black cloth, black soft top, air conditioning, AM/FM/ cassette radio, tonneau cover” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $11,025. Bring a Trailer, 7/8/2020. Brian’s take: I talked about the Miata in the October 2017, August 2019 and October 2019 issues of SCM. I mentioned how they are fun, zippy cars that are hard to keep the miles off and always make you smile. Values since then have stayed around the same mark — Condition 2+ cars selling for $9k–$13k. But one aspect I have noticed since then is Gen Z’s love for the first-generation Miata. Many of these car owners in their late teens/early 20s have found interest in cars through the Miata. Customizing them in their own way, and in turn, getting their friends interested in cars. With the sea of aftermarket parts for them, along with the multi-generational appeal, Miata values will only continue to rise. Despite the fading paint on this car, I consider it well bought. 1987 Honda CRX Si # 33837. S/N JHMEC1346HS043046. 111,000 miles. “1.5-L DOHC inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, refinished in red, gray cloth interior, factory alloy wheels, new clutch, timing-belt and water-pump service, brake and rotor service.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $19,425. Bring a Trailer 7/13/2020. Brian’s take: First-gen CRXs have always seem to fall second in desirability compared to the second-gen car. This is why this sale surprised me. The Junior Zagato-inspired CRX was available in two trim levels: HF (for High Fuel) and Si, (for Sports Injected). The HF model was a slow, carbureted 1.3-liter SOHC, where the Si packed the 1.5 PGM-FI fuel-injected SOHC, making it much more fun. I will confess that I wasn’t expecting these kinds of prices for the first gen, but I think this is due to the second gen selling for over $20k, like the 1989 Si that sold nine days later (# 34209). This is similar to how the Porsche 911s brought up the value of the 912s, or how the Datsun 240Z is slowly bringing up the value of the 280z. Well sold. ♦ 76 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $22m RM Sotheby’s, Online Only: The European Sale p. 100 $3m Barrett-Jackson, Online p. 88 $1m H&H, Online p. 112 $378k VanDerBrink, Stillwater, MN p. 124 Bring a Trailer p. 140 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S by Bertone, sold for €297,000 ($337,036) at RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale Featuring the Petitjean Collection. Dirk de Jager ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 83


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW The Future Is Here — or Is It? 2020 has been less about market change and more about a temporary shift in focus by Chad Taylor Top 10 Sales THIS ISSUE (Public auctions only) T 1. 1939 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet, $873,796 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 102 2. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $861,313 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 104 3. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, $811,382 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 108 4. 1964 Porsche 904 GTS coupe, $786,416 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 104 5. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, $711,520 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 102 6. 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S coupe, $511,795 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 110 7. 1981 Lancia 037 Stradale coupe, $511,795 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 110 8. 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster, $405,691—RM Sotheby’s, p. 104 9. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B, $380,725 —RM Sotheby’s, p. 102 10. 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB coupe, $312,070—RM Sotheby’s, p. 110 BEST BUYS he pandemic has changed the market for collector cars, both now and for the foreseeable future. But while we’re all still at home instead of kicking tires with friends in Monterey, I don’t think things have really changed as much as it might seem. The biggest change I see is in which events and which vehicles are now grabbing our attention. We tend to forget that cars sell everywhere and all the time, not just at the five or six grand events each year. Between Rétromobile, Monterey and Scottsdale, auctions are still taking place at the local — and often lessexpensive — level. It is the vehicles at these auctions that are filling our time while the weeklong car extravaganzas are on hiatus. At H&H Auctioneers’ June online sale, Paul 1923 Buffalo Springfield steamroller sold for more than $26,000 Hardiman watched a rough — and that’s an understatement — Series I Land Rover sell for $1,500. The once rugged off-road beast is now parked in a field, rotten and in need of an archaeologist for removal. At VanDerBrink’s Stillwater, MN, auction, aside from a $62k Mercedes-Benz 190SL, the top sale wasn’t even meant to travel roads, but rather build them. Yep, a 1923 Buffalo Springfield steamroller sold there for more than $26,000. That’s a far cry from the Daytonas and 300SL Roadsters we are used to watching sell across auction blocks during the summer months, but it’s interesting nonetheless. That doesn’t mean the desirability of a one-of-one Ferrari or flat-floor E-type is waning. At RM Sotheby’s Online Only European sale, big cars still achieved big money. A 1939 Bugatti sold for $874k, the Porsche 904 GTS from the Petitjean Collection pulled in $786k, and a limited-edition 2020 Porsche 935 “Martini” racer was snatched up for nearly $1.5m. Clearly, buyers have not loaded all their money into vaults in underground bunkers. And sellers with million-dollar cars have not totally shied away from offering them up during these shaky times, either. Is the market changing? Sure. It is an ever-evolving landscape. But beyond a first glance of the car market during COVID-19, you will find the cars, people’s passion for them and the money needed to buy them all still there. However, the current climate has let us focus in on a different side of things, without all the glitz and glam of spotlights and stages — a side that can be offbeat, but which has always been here and is often overshadowed. No, the 2021 Monterey auctions will not have 1920s steamrollers instead of Ferrari SWBs, and Pebble won’t have a class dedicated to rotted Land Rovers. We will be back to normal in the future with tents full of Lamborghinis and Porsches representing every color of the rainbow. Then again, I would love to see a Steam Machinery class at Pebble Beach. ♦ July 6–10, 2020 June 3–11, 2020 H&H Auctioneers Online Only June 24, 2020 VanDerBrink Stillwater, MN June 7, 2020 $0 $1m $378k $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m $12m $14m $16m $18m $20m $22m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts RM Sotheby’s Online Only Barret-Jackson Online Only Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $3m $22m 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, $811,382—RM Sotheby’s, p. 108 84 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $80,300—Barrett-Jackson, p. 96 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster, $33,712—H&H Auctioneers, p. 114 1968 MGC-GT coupe, $11,939— H&H Auctioneers, p. 118 1939 Ford Marmon-Herrington 4x4 conversion pickup, $2,310— VanDerBrink Auctions, p. 132


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW Buy/Sell/Hold Hunt for resto-mods, say goodbye to Uncle Bob’s truck, and if you have an ’80s 911, hold it for me by John Boyle BUY: Resto-mod Corvettes Over the past few years, I’ve met the proprietors of multiple shops that take neglected C1 and C2 Corvettes and turn them into modern performance vehicles. The changes make trips a lot more comfortable, boost performance and safety, and increase the chances of arriving at your destination without a tow truck. The key ingredients are new high-tech crate engines/transmissions, new chassis, huge brakes, custom leather interiors, modern a/c and the latest entertainment systems. These efforts are appreciated by bidders who pay anywhere between $250k–$400k for them. One of the “laws” of the collector-car world is customs rarely retain BUY their value, so if you’re up for a hunt, keep your eyes open for one of these on the secondary market. At Barrett-Jackson’s Online July sale, a year-old ’66 Corvette convertible with all the good stuff went for a very fair $198k — a substantial discount over what similar fresh-builds typically bring. SELL: American trucks “You know, your Uncle Bob had a lake cabin… didn’t he buy a new truck to tow the boat just before he got sick? Well, Aunt Betty is selling the place…” In last month’s “American Car Collector” column, SCM Managing Editor Jim Pickering highlighted a low-mile ’85 Chevy K20 pickup that brought $88,725 on Bring a Trailer. The same month, a 15k-mile ’91 Suburban sold for $37,250. A summer-home-kept ’77 Blazer with 13,000 miles on the odometer brought $50,500, and a pretty basic ’72 3-door Suburban owned by one family until 2017 sold for $40k. And it’s more than just Chevys — BaT also sold a low-mile 1990 Jeep Wagoneer for an impressive $58k. Keep in mind, these aren’t fresh restorations or upgraded trucks, SELL these are just old family vehicles. You might already own one (or part of one). If so, detail and list it while the market is hot. And be sure to give Aunt Betty some of the profits… HOLD: Porsche 911 Trendy IPOs get all the attention, but there is nothing wrong with a dependable blue-chip investment that promises steady growth. The Porsche 911 is the one (relatively) affordable sports car that everyone — from Stuttgart to Singapore — likes. Yes, there are national favorites like Corvettes and Astons, but Porsches are their own international currency. Porschephiles have their favorites, and special models command HOLD 86 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market high prices. But let’s look at the affordable end of the spectrum: Five years ago, a 1978–83 911SC was valued in the mid-$20ks, but today its median in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is $49,500 — up 2% over last year. Likewise, a 1984–86 Carrera went from $30k to $60k. Later models have done even better: The once-derided 1990–94 964 Carrera 2s have more than doubled, going from $30k to $80k. Likewise with 993s — they’ve risen from the low $30ks to the upper $50ks. In short, if you have one and enjoy it, hold it. When you go from a six-car garage to a retirement condo with space for only one “toy,” a 911 will likely be it. Iconic, dependable, supportable — it checks a lot of boxes.


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BARRETT-JACKSON ONLINE Online July 2020 Sale A custom ’76 Bronco sold for $195k, proving the resto-mod market remains strong Company Barrett-Jackson Date July 6–10, 2020 Location Online Automotive lots sold/offered 50/92 Sales rate 54% Sales total $3,045,900 High sale 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $275,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices A strong sale: resto-mod 1976 Ford Bronco, sold for $195k Report by John Boyle; photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Market opinions in italics 2020 wasn’t supposed to be this way. By July, Barrett-Jackson was supposed to be well on its way along the “Road to 50,” a yearlong event leading to the 50th anniversary of its first Scottsdale auction. A week after the conclusion of this year’s Scottsdale extravaganza, it announced a new TV deal with the A+E Networks, which would beam their four signature events, as well as other programming, around the world. Well, we all know how that turned out: The April Palm Beach sale was pushed back to October but has since been nixed from the calendar, and the June Northeast sale was canceled altogether. The virtual replacement for the Northeast Auction was the online May event, which had a 54% sales rate and brought in over $3.6m. This sale, their second online-only endeavor of 2020, saw a similar sales rate (54%), with 50 of 92 vehicles sold and a sales total just over $3m. A 2005 Ford GT was the high seller at $275,000, solidly in its usual neighborhood, while a black-onblack ’18 was a no-sale at $795,000 — well below its usual million-dollar-plus price point. Unlike their usual almost all no-reserve events, here only about a quarter were no-reserve consignments. Resto-mod Corvettes were in abundance; an exceptional ’66 convertible brought $198,000, a bit of a bargain compared to Scottsdale prices, while two ’63 Split-Window coupes failed to sell despite receiving $200k high bids. Among the Ford contingent, a wild ’66 Mustang convertible went for $140k, as did an “Eleanor Tribute.” An outstanding SEMA-display custom ’76 Bronco was well bought at $195,250, and an 894mile ’79 Super Beetle convertible was well sold at $40,150 — four times higher than its current price-guide valuation. Obviously, without the chance to eyeball the offerings, the strength of a car’s pre- sentation lives and dies on the quality of the photos provided. The Barrett-Jackson staff should be applauded for taking outstanding studio photos of many of the lots. Cars were well presented, with nary an inch undocumented. Conversely, the ownersupplied photos were a mixed bag: Some were very good, others left a lot to be desired, only offering distant shots with scant attention paid to areas of normal wear. Hopefully, the pandemic will ease, allowing our normal lives to resume. “While we are in a different world than anyone imagined just a few months ago, it clearly hasn’t dampened the spirit of the collector-car family,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. As I write this, Barrett has announced a three-day auction in Scottsdale from October 22 to 24, in lieu of the recently canceled Palm Beach and Las Vegas sales. The Arizona auction will offer in-person, online and phone bidding. There is no doubt that staffers are also busy planning the Golden Anniversary Scottsdale sale for Janaury 2021. But in the meantime, it’s reassuring to know that one of the giants of our hobby can meet the needs of its clients with the aid of technology. ♦ 88 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BARRETT-JACKSON ONLINE ENGLISH #171-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 roadster. S/N S8316430N. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 60,283 miles. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. A nice but aging restoration. Exceptionally well illustrated, with photos showing minor scratches and chips. Chrome, including wire wheels, looks flawless. Slight wear to seat; dash and gauges appear excellent. Carpet is a different shade from the leather, possibly due to age. Trunk spotless and includes factory tool roll. Underhood is likewise sharp, no signs of leaks or wear. Exhaust looks new. Comes with tonneau to seal cockpit while top is down. Car will need to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2-. past 18 months. Considering this example’s low miles and excellent condition, it’s easy to see why the consignor didn’t take the $105,000 high bid. GERMAN #180-1979 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1592038503. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 894 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. An unused car with only 894 miles. Shows as new, with only a couple of small chips on the hood. Interior looks unworn, no wear to seats, dash is fine with clear gauges. Factory radio, but aftermarket speakers in doors. Engine compartment clean with no signs of leaks. Front trunk likewise clean, but carpet/mat has a golf ball-sized bald patch. Car will need to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,300. If you’re in the market for one of these easy-to-live-with Ferraris, the good news is they’ve retreated from their spike of a few years ago. This example comes across as an honest car. Although not a piece of unused garage art, it does appear better than many seen at auction. The interiors of 308/328s have always struck me as fragile; perhaps this one needs just a professional detailing to look its best. The price guide lists a median value of $68,000—down 7% from last year. At $10k below that median, this seems well bought. One wonders if it would have done better in a live auction or in a different color. #166-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The XK 120s through 150s have been popular seemingly forever, and later examples like this one combine newer mechanicals and upgraded specs with the type’s classic late-’40s look. The ’59’s claim to fame was having roll-up windows. This example last appears in the SCM Platinum Auction Database selling for $60,225 at the Kruse Hershey sale in 2003 (SCM# 1561432). At that time, it had a fresh restoration, presumably the same one it wears today, as only 1,546 miles have been added since. It failed to meet reserve with a high bid of $90k — short of the SCM median of $107,000. #169-2012 MCLAREN MP4-12C coupe. S/N SBM11AAA8CW001209. Silver/black leather. Odo: 3,200 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V8, auto. A well-optioned car with many carbon-fiber panels, lightweight forged wheels and heated full leather seats. Car appears to be unblemished, with no signs of use. Slight wear to driver’s seat, but the susceptible sill area (because even if it’s not being driven, people want to sit in your supercar) seems unworn. Tires show some wear but still have plenty of tread left. CARFAX indicates it’s a no-accident, one-owner Arizona car with service records. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,150. 1979 was the final year of the Super Beetle in the U.S. More than a few were put away as “instant collectibles.” This example seemed to age better than some never-used cars I’ve seen; some plastics don’t age well even if the car is stored. Sold for $38,500 at the RM Fort Lauderdale sale in 2018 (SCM# 6869816). Amazingly, it sold even better this time. The SCM Pocket Price Guide gives these a median of $11,000, so bidders thought the low miles was worth a healthy premium—but it makes any future use a very expensive proposition. ITALIAN #117-1987 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFXA20A4H0070369. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 34,525 miles. 3.2-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Photos don’t include exterior close-ups, so no body or paint issues noted. Some creases to seats and wear to carpet by driver’s door. Clear gauges, although there seem to be minor issues with leather dash covering. Newer radio fitted. Engine bay is clean, shows signs of recent service (belt changed within last 1,000 miles) and is dry. Photo of factory sticker confirms it came from Maranello black. CARFAX shows it to be a U.S.-market example with three owners, and comes with books, tool roll and some service records. Car will need to be collected from Ventura, CA. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. The first model built completely by McLaren, the 12C was the entry-level follow-on to the legendary F1. It was produced from 2011 to 2014. Original MSRP was $231,000. Coupes have been selling in the $100,000–$120,000 range for the 90 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A9K0082372. Black/black leather. Odo: 23,338 miles. 4.9-L fuel-injected H12, 5-sp. Honestly photographed in bright sunlight. Unforgiving black paint shows the usual amount of road rash and paint swirls. Close-up shots show a small crack in front turn-signal lens and some loss of clearcoat on edge of hood. Small painted-over scrape to bottom of passenger’s side strakes, but front spoiler is undamaged. Dash covering looks dry. No apparent wear to driver’s seat or adjacent carpet/trim. Console and switches look fine. Windows heavily tinted. Trunk appears clean and is shown with tool roll and books. No sign of damage to factory wheels; tires are recent Yokohamas. Engine compartment very clean. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. A later-model Testarossa in basic black. Last seen at the 2019 Mecum Phoenix sale, where it went unsold with a $90,000 high bid (SCM# 6904788). The number headed the wrong way here, with a high bid of $60k. SCM median is an even $100k, so it’s no surprise it’s staying in Scottsdale. #132-2001 FERRARI 456M coupe. S/N ZFFWL44A710124619. Blu Pozzi/light blue leather. Odo: 5,293 miles. 5.5-L fuel-injected V12, 6-sp. Looks to be in like-new condition. Bit of rash to front bumper, no other exterior issues noted. The interior is spotless, with no issues to dash or console. Minor wrinkling on back seat inserts, likely due to age rather than use. Factory radio still fitted. Wheels look uncurbed. Engine bay spotless. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2-.


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MARKET MOMENT ET MOMENT 1975 1975 Ferrari Dino GT4 “Safari” Sold at $57,200, RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving into Summer, May 21–29, 2020, Lot 171 SOLD AT $110,000. A five-owner car that spent its first 15 years on Long Island before heading to Ohio and eventually Arizona. Last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Phoenix auction, where it brought a healthy $148,500 (SCM# 6827376). The last six 456Ms in the Platinum Auction Database brought an average of $50,000, while the SCM median is $63,500. Given those figures, this example brought all the money, likely due to its strong condition, low miles and 6-speed. Juan Martinez ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Chassis number: 10572 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ Hillman Minx “Safari.” No surprise then to find a 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 “Safari” crossing the virtual block at T the RM Sotheby’s Online Only: Driving into Summer auction. (Really? That’s Toyotathon-level branding right there.) The car sold for $57,200, which is a bit of a premium for a Dino GT4 in this condition, including 100,000 miles on the original motor, without being “tastefully upgraded to ‘Safari’ specifications.” Those claimed $26,000 of upgrades included a new front bumper full of rally lights, a raised suspension, a CB radio, roll cage with handy projectile fire extinguisher and, to bottom it off, custom 15-inch steel wheels with Michelin XWX tires mounted. No mention of testing what happens to the handling when you randomly raise the ride height with coil-overs. I’m guessing the phrase “straight at T” comes into play. The whole “Safari” thing has been taking off, with lots of Porsches getting the treatment, and sadly, it won’t end for a while. No matter the levels of ridicule, we can’t stop the horror. Just this week, an AMC Eagle “Safari” was seen in California. Get your head around that. Someone took the time and money to raise and add a roof rack, fender flares and gnarly tires to one of the worst cars ever made. I can’t even. Recently, another 308 Dino GT4 was redone to enter in the Paris to Dakar Rally, the dif- ference being that one was done for competition, with lots of bits that came from the Ferrari Group 4 rally car — and then thoroughly tested. The one sold at RM Sotheby’s was more poseur than weapons grade, which, sadly, is also on trend. The market seems unamused. This car went to just shy of $47,000 online last August on Bring a Trailer, well shy of the reserve, and then didn’t sell despite a $70,000 bid at the ill-fated Worldwide Auctioneers’ Saudi Arabia auction in November. But someone built this 308 “Safari,” and someone bought it. As a former SCM editor appraised the sale so succinctly when I mentioned it, “Two fools met.” — Mark Wigginton ♦ SOLD AT $107,800. If you’re at the stage where your Ferrari doesn’t have to be red, this example looks great in blue and tan. These seem to be readily available; an online site shows low-mile cars have asking prices in the $90k–$100k range. If you’re willing to get one with 20k–30k miles, the price can drop into mid-$70ks. On the site I checked, none of the 31 cars had miles this low; the closest had a few more miles and a $120k asking price. Well bought for just $300 above the SCM median. JAPANESE #175-1983 TOYOTA SR5 4x4 pickup. S/N JT4RN48S6D0072140. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 157,899 miles. 2.4-L I4, 5-sp. Recent cosmetic and mechanical work. Paint looks good, bed is covered with black spray-on liner. New factory decals. Slight wear to door handles. Exterior plastics look new or at least refinished with no signs of typical Arizona sun fade. Interior refurbished, with new factory seats. Dash and interior plastics excellent. Equipped with factory a/c and power steering. Modern radio. Factory wheels have been powder coated. Underside and underhood are spotless. All in all, it looks like it just left the showroom. Truck needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 3+. 92 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market he first Safari Rally was held in 1953 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and I’m sure before the red dust had settled some chucklehead in East Anglia had taken his mom’s sedan and turned it into a #149-2010 FERRARI CALIFORNIA convertible. S/N ZFF65LHA5A0172313. Blu Mirabeau/tan leather. Odo: 4,981 miles. 4.3-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Lots of photos, but not any close-ups of body panels. Original paint under 3M protective film. No paint issues noted; 20-inch factory wheels undamaged. CARFAX reports it was last serviced in late 2018, 800 miles ago. The interior presents as new, with no significant wear noted. Features factory navigation package, heated seats and mirrors, xenon headlamps, Scuderia shields, yellow rev counter, leather-wrapped steering wheel and center console gauges. Underside of car is scrape-free, engine compartment spotless. Comes with floormats, books and a clean CARFAX. Car needs to be collected from Naperville, IL. Cond: 2.


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BARRETT-JACKSON ONLINE with nicely accessorized engine with “Ford Racing” valve covers. Smoothed firewall. Car will need to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 3+. and tags/decals. Car will need to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,850. At Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale this year, I saw a 68k-mile example, with the more-desirable extended cab, sell for $21,450, proving that teenagers of the ‘80s are buying the dream cars of their youth. This seems fairly sold, as bringing an unrestored truck to this level wouldn’t be cheap, but $15k for a 160,000-mile Toyota does seem like a lot of money. #183-2002 HONDA S2000 convertible. S/N JHMAP11442T002311. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 11,042 miles. 2.0-L fuel-injected I4, 6-sp. Excellent photos. Closeups show very minor chips on front spoiler, as you’d expect in a car with these miles. Rest of the car looks fine; clear lights, good top and glass. Interior is unworn, with no scuffing on sills and nothing significant to seats or dash. All is stock except for a stick-on Hula-girl statue on the dash and a decal of Air Cavalry Army pilot wings on the clear draft blocker behind the seats. Underhood is clean. Aftermarket air filter fitted. Car will need to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,900. There was nothing not to like here—an iconic roadster in basic red, nothing too trendy or polarizing. Offered at no reserve, this was going to sell. Final price was reasonable, given that unassembled T-Bucket kits go for the same price and this is a more user-friendly proposition. #118-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 custom pickup. S/N DRMVB0000158815MO. Silver gray/red leather. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Five-window cab on custom frame. Air-ride suspension, Mustang II front, Ford 9-inch rear. Custom 15-gallon fuel tank is visible between frame rails in the wood-floored custom bed. Wheelwells left open to highlight the 22-inch wheels and Wilwood brakes. Body and paint look great. Super chrome finish to stock grille. Interior likewise up to show-standards. Dash looks stock but fitted with custom digital gauges. The only disappointing part is the plastic aftermarket HVAC control panel looks like it just came out of the the box. Spotless smoothed engine bay. Title branded as “Reconstructed.” Truck must be picked up from Orlando, FL. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. A first-rate ’57 Chevy, complete with fuzzy dice and tissue dispenser (note to Detroit... how about bringing them back for anti-bacterial wipes? Please send my royalty checks c/o SCM). For years, people have been saying these were losing popularity as their target demographic ages out of the hobby, but these still bring good money at auction. A first-rate example sold for $190k at B-J Scottsdale in January and a nice 2- car made $71k on Bring a Trailer in June (SCM# 6932442). Compared to those prices, this one was well bought. #114-1965 FORD MUSTANG custom fastback. S/N SF09T322374. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 69,776 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh restoration with 300 miles. 351 Cleveland. Upgraded independent front suspension with adjustable coil-overs and upgraded sway bar. Stock exterior, including the paint color (albeit applied far better than Dearborn ever dreamed at the time). Straight body; seller says all chrome and stainless refinished. Period deluxe-factory-level interior, with added sound deadeners and insulation. Stock dash looks new, with wood wheel and modern stereo. Speakers added behind the fold-down back seat. New door panels, headliner and sill plates. Underhood and trunk spotless. Car needs to be collected from Tucson, AZ. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,750. One of 66,547 S2000s sold in the U.S. between 1998–2009. Online listings show similar-mileage cars with asking prices between $33k–$45k, making this one very well bought even at $1,250 above the SCM median. AMERICAN #131-1931 FORD MODEL A custom roadster. S/N AZ376991. Red/black vinyl/tan cloth. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A “real” steelbody A powered by an honest-to-gosh Ford engine. Photos show coil springs and shocks in rear, so it’s not completely stock under there. Usual paint chips to door and fender edges and to bottom of hood. Chrome grille, headlights and windshield frame look good. Interior looks clean, if a bit boring in two-tone tan. Nice photo of under the steering column shows neatly done wiring. Stock instrument cluster (with no miles showing on odometer), chrome auxiliary gauges tucked underneath dash along with a stereo. Engine bay is clean, 94 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $59,400. Known as the “Shop Truck” because of its semi-matte finish. With its new bed, I’ll assume its hauling days are behind it. A well-done custom that was very well bought. #158-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC57J163674. Red/white vinyl/red & gray vinyl. Odo: 950 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reportedly a two-owner car with only 950 miles since restoration. Seller notes all-original floor and body panels. Paint and chrome look great. Stock two-tone interior, slight waviness to gray portion of door panels. Stock dash with nice trim, modern retro-style radio fitted. Trunk has new mat and factory jack; spare is in Continental kit. Underhood spotless and stock including oldstyle battery, hose clamps, GM-branded hoses SOLD AT $56,100. A more modest-spec upgrade falling somewhere between full-blown resto-mod and a stock car with upgrades. Going against the conventional wisdom that convertibles bring more money, among ’65 Mustangs, it’s the fastbacks that bring top dollar... some 20% more in the price guide. Given the upgrades, it was likely fairly bought, although for the long term, I’d rather have a similar-quality stock example for less money. #141-1966 FORD MUSTANG custom convertible. S/N 6F08T256836. Red/black & gray leather. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Roush crate engine, twin-disc clutch, coil-over front suspension, Baer brakes and custom ex


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BARRETT-JACKSON ONLINE haust. Fenders massaged to take larger tires, rear quarters noticeably widened. Custom bumpers, grille and front pan. The work looks very well done, but online bidders probably would have liked more close-up body photos. Original-style dash houses digital instruments, infotainment screen and nice wood. Very welldone custom console and modern seats. Smoothed, clean engine compartment highlights shiny Roush mill and aluminum radiator. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2+. a huge bargain for second owners looking for a comfortable ride with classic looks. BEST BUY #156-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S120026. Red/white vinyl/ SOLD AT $140,250. Unlike Lot 114, the other early Mustang offered, this was a full-blown custom. If this were a Porsche, it would be called an Outlaw. I’m not sure simply calling it a custom does it justice. Given the likely build cost, this seems fairly sold at a price far below what you’d pay for a similar Corvette resto-mod. #177-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. S/N 194676S120063. Silver/black cloth/red leather. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Completed in April, 2019. Custom chassis, LS3 engine, 4-speed automatic, C5 suspension in the front and C6 in the rear. Body looks straight, with excellent lines. Excellent paint shows one small scratch where hard convertible cover meets driver’s door. Chrome and stainless appear new. Classy cloth top well fitted and fits well in in its compartment. Custom 18-inch wheels in front, 20-inch in rear. Hood features a ’67-style stinger scoop, but rest of body looks stock. Digital gauges and Vintage Air. Quality carpets and door panels, custom modern bolstered seats. Stock-looking radio, crystal-clear clock face, new console. Engine bay features a smooth firewall. LS3 has retro-style finned “Corvette” valve covers and chromed accessories. Car must be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2. black leather. Odo: 36,743 miles. 427-ci 390hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A matching-numbers L36 big-block, just a step behind the L72 427/425 option. $85,000 body-off restoration completed at unspecified time in the past, during which its color was changed from silver to red. Retains factory knockoff wheels. Paint looks very good; issues are limited to a crack in a door opening and a couple of chips on convertible top cover. All chrome, badges and stainless like new. Good glass and window rubber. Excellent dash. Comes with AM/FM radio and power antenna. Car comes with original starter, carb and seat covers removed during restoration. Must be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2+. tos, which this car had, details on the restoration (who did it, what was done, and when) would be welcome. The SCM median for a 427/435 is a healthy $110,000 (second only to the few L88s among the varieties of ’67 Corvette convertibles). Sold for $11k under the median, but whether it was well—or just fairly—bought, will likely come down to the age/condition of the restoration—something hard to judge with even the best photos. #115-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N639747. White/orange/white vinyl/orange & black houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 42,688 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent inspection by Jerry MacNeish rated the paint, engine bay and undercarriage as “good” and the interior as “very good.” 2009 inspection by an SCM analyst stated, “Driver’s door out at bottom, passenger’s door tight to rear quarter. Trim and brightwork very nice but not to showstandards. Paint is nice as well but shows prep issues, sanding marks and some evidence of bodywork. Mostly new interior presents well; good engine bay shows some amateur paintwork and a few non-standard finishes.” Car will need to be collected from Midland, TX. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $80,300. An impressive-looking mid-year ’Vette. The price guide lists a median value for these as $69,500, plus $5k for the original side exhaust and another $5k–$8k for factory knockoffs. This car was far above the median in quality yet fell short of the priceguide numbers, not to mention the cost of the restoration. Very well bought. #122-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S117941. Green/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 35,411 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A matching-numbers L71 Corvette from the last year of C2 production. Achieved Bloomington Gold certification in 2015. Goodwood Green paint looks great; no signs of cracks or chips. Likewise, chrome and stainless fits well and has the correct sheen. Interior looks particularly nice, with very good dash. AM/FM radio sports factory tag. Console and door panels appear wear-free, seat covers well fitted. Spotless wheels shod with correct Redline tires. Underside is show-worthy, engine compartment is clean, correct and detailed. Car will need to be collected from Charlotte, NC. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $198,000. Last seen as a fresh build at the Mecum Indy sale in May 2019, where it was bid to $200,000 (SCM# 6903032), which is the low end of the market for full-blown resto-mod ’Vettes. Here the seller took slightly less than that offer, making this well bought. It will be interesting to see how resto-mods do as used cars. If their prices fall like we see in most customs, they could be 96 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $54,450. Last seen at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale, where, with 11 fewer miles, it sold for $72,600 (SCM# 1644060). Today, various price guides agree that the car is worth in the mid-$60ks, making this very well bought. #145-1972 FORD BRONCO utility. S/N U15GLN06404. Seafoam Green/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 89,014 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks nice; front bumper looks like an economy repop. F-O-R-D letters missing from grille but holes remain. Interior has been sprayed with black bedliner. Aside from that, it’s stock; seats have slight wrinkles and there is wear to shift lever and grime on shift boot. Frame and rear axle look to be undercoated. Underhood is clean and stock. Truck needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. When buying a car remotely, having something like Bloomington Gold certification would give a bidder real peace of mind. Still, even with excellent pho


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BARRETT-JACKSON ONLINE SOLD AT $64,900. Despite the popularity of old Broncos, this was one of the few lots to be sold without reserve—perhaps a hint of the seller’s expectations. It’s a welcome change to see a stock first-gen Bronco. Most on the road have dubious owner “upgrades.” The most recent stock truck pictured in the Platinum Auction Database, a 2+ example in sporty Ranger trim, brought $56k at the Mecum Kissimmee sale in January (SCM# 6922266), and a 3- unit with lots of needs sold for $42k at Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2020 (SCM# 6922029). Given its base-trim level and lowbuck bedliner interior, I’ll call this well sold. (See profile, p. 68.) #148-1976 FORD BRONCO custom SUV. S/N U15GLA61346. Green/tan leather. Odo: 1,746 miles. 5.0-L supercharged V8, auto. Full custom built for display at the SEMA show. Supercharged Coyote engine, custom chassis with 12 inches of suspension travel, Baer brakes, 35-inch tires, flushmounted glass, custom bumpers, shaved door hinges, LED lights, winch, full roll cage and full custom leather interior. Looks like it just came off the display floor. Underside spotless. Smoothed engine bay with the plastic engine cover painted a complementary shade of green. Cond: 1-. on hood latches, wear to door rubber, signs the fuel tank has had a nozzle in it—the type of stuff you’ll get on even the best-kept 3,700mile car. No signs of road rash or interior wear. Engine bay clean. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. A near-new example of a first-gen Viper. Despite their performance and exclusivity (only 3,083 built in 1994), these are performance bargains if you can live with the lack of creature comforts. I hadn’t realized they were so affordable until I viewed one at a local auction and spoke to the happy new owner of one at our local barbecue place (back when we could still go to restaurants). Deservedly sold well above the SCM median of $37,500. Too bad the premium paid and low miles mean this will likely remain a display piece. #124-2004 FORD MUSTANG GT con- SOLD AT $195,250. At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, there were all manner of custom Broncos, but none impressed me as much as the details—and tastefulness—of this example. This one exuded style that made it look far better than the usual sum of aftermarket parts. Now, nearly $200,000 is a lot of money for any vehicle, but this was well bought. #130-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- ster. S/N 1B3BR65E2RV102133. Red/black vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 958 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. A two-owner car with 958 miles. Seller states the side curtains, top and tonneau have never been used. Shows like a new car, no wear noted anywhere. Equipped with factory a/c. Undercarriage spotless, as is engine bay. Still sporting original Michelin XGTZ tires. Comes with non-working original battery, all registrations, service documents, factory literature, video tape, models and 100plus magazines featuring the Viper. If you’re looking for one to put away in your collection, this would be the one. Needs to be collected from Seekonk, MA. SOLD AT $26,400. Just the thing for a Mustang collection, especially if you can get it running and have access to a track. Interestingly, since concept cars often bring big money, it’s worth noting that this was one of the no-reserve lots offered. Sold for about double the price of a very clean ’05 convertible, this seems like a good buy for a Mustang collector who has a place to drive it. #150-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S15Y401048. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,710 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Honestly photographed, with detailed shots showing all areas of minor wear: scuff/chips cept roadster. S/N Red/red leather. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. 2004 concept/preview model based on a sectioned 11th-generation Thunderbird (and Jaguar S-type) platform. Like the T-bird, it’s powered by a variant of the Jaguar-derived 3.9-L engine. Functional, with care given to its suspension. Equipped with Brembo brakes. Unfortunately, seller doesn’t say just how functional it is. Paint looks to be in excellent condition. Custom interior looks nothing like production cars. Engine, and the complete engine compartment, is painted flat black. There is an opening trunk with a battery. Sold on a bill of sale only and not legal for use on public roads. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. A well-equipped car with three of the four options (no racing stripes) in very good condition. Despite their age and the fact the newer ’17–on models are now on the market, these still haven’t fallen, selling for about twice their original MSRP. At BarrettJackson Scottsdale this year, nine were sold. A 29-mile example went for $381k, while a 1,100-mile example brought $300k. The leastexpensive recent sale was the $225k paid for a 15,122-mile car sold at Mecum Kansas City, 2019 (SCM# 6918978), indicating that miles are a consideration even for these easy-tolive-with supercars. Current SCM median is $316k, so this buyer saved $41k and still got a car with fewer than 4,000 miles. Well bought. #174-2018 FORD GT coupe. S/N 2FAGP9CWXJH100074. Black/black leather. Odo: 853 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. An as-new example of the Le Mans-winning racer. Extensive studio photos show no signs of wear. Nothing much to say other than it comes with factory delivery seat and steeringwheel covers, battery tender, car cover and books. Comes with factory warranty until April of 2021. Car needs to be collected from Scottsdale, AZ. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $795,000. How does an online auction compare with an in-person event? In January, Barrett-Jackson sold two of these: a 538-mile example sold for $1,182,000 (SCM# 6922298) and a 141-mile car sold for $1,485,000 (SCM# 6922292). Considering the low bid, either the somber black-on-black colors were a turn-off, or buyers willing to spend a million dollars for a relatively common car (in other words, there are more out there) want to see it in person before signing a check. ♦ 98 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Online Only: The European Sale Featuring the Petitjean Collection Petitjean’s collection, representing about half of the total auction lots, included a Lamborghini Miura, a Porsche 904 GTS and a Mercedes 300SL Company RM Sotheby’s Date June 3–11, 2020 Location Online Automotive lots sold/offered 175/191 Sales rate 92% Sales total $21,857,451 High sale 2020 Porsche 935 “Martini” race car, sold at $1,497,936 Buyer’s premium Raphael Belly ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s High sale: $1.5m 2020 Porsche “Martini” race car 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.88) Report by Daren Kloes Photos by Tom Wood, Diana Varga, Dirk de Jager, Peter Singhof, Remi Dargegen, Tom Gidden, Tim Scott and RM Sotheby’s Market opinions in italics scheduled to take place at the 32nd Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany, back in March, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sale featured 94 cars and two tractors from the W collection of Marcel Petitjean, a French race driver in the 1960s and a lifelong collector-car enthusiast. Petitjean, who piloted a Porsche 904 through most of his racing career, amassed a collection of primarily sports cars from the 1950s through the 1990s as an alternative to traditional investing. It wasn’t purely about the money, however, as he was known to regularly use his cars for a year before retiring them. Petitjean’s collection, representing about half of the total auction lots, included a Lamborghini Miura, a Porsche 904 GTS and a Mercedes 300SL, among several other headliners. Unfortunately, most of the cars in the ithin collector-car circles, all eyes were on RM Sotheby’s in early June when they boldly staged their first-ever European car auction held entirely online. The sale was originally collection had suffered neglect from being socked away for decades with little or no maintenance. Anybody who has tried to revive an Italian exotic from even a few years of static display can attest to the challenge it represents, yet many of these cars have been sitting untouched for 40 years or more. The big question leading up to the sale was, “Will they come?” RM Sotheby’s traditional sales have been tremendously successful of late, but will their in-person formula translate well to an online platform? Given the results from The European Sale, the answer was a resounding yes. RM Sotheby’s had tested the waters previously with their online platform by con- ducting a few sales in the U.S, which likely put them two steps ahead of the other traditional auction houses. The sudden move to an online-only endeavor was clearly not within their plans, but ultimately it was a seamless transition. Bidders signed up in droves, reaching nearly 1,000 — the highest number for any RM Sotheby’s online sale to date. Forty-one percent were newcomers. While the 96 Petitjean lots were offered at no reserve, many of the remaining lots offered were required to meet minimums. Still, the sale managed a remarkable 92% sale rate and a total take of nearly $22 million. Online sales will never completely replace the enthusiasm and exhilaration gen- erated by live and in-person events. If the results here are any indication, however, expect online auctions to play an even more significant role in the future. ♦ 100 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH #155-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 con- vertible. S/N 370574. Blue Haze/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 55,530 miles. 3.6-L I6, 4-sp. Repainted to a good standard years ago, now showing touch-ups, nicks on the edges and cracks in body filler. Interior original, with heavily creased seats and aged and cracked varnish to the wood dash. Dry and shrunken door panels and soiled carpets. Grille bent. Chrome pitting and peeling. Fitted with an engine from a DB4. Cond: 3-. #116-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE convert- ible. S/N 1S20682. Eng. # 7S 5725SB. Blue/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 32,714 km. 5.3-L V12, 4-sp. Poor-quality repaint long ago now showing numerous chips and other flaws. Leather upholstery intact but well worn, soiled and mildewed. Chrome thin, pitted and dinged. After 40 years of static display, it will take some fettling to run again. In France since new. Cond: 4+. nal car showing some use, but generally well kept. Paint now shows a few chips and dings. Body fit less than ideal (likely from the factory) with a couple small cracks in fiberglass—but perfectly fine for rally use. Interior is good, showing wear consistent with kilometers driven. Chassis and engine compartment show use and age. Fitted with Moto Lita steering wheel, original alloys, roll bar and, of course, fog lights. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $243,415. Lots of character on this mostly original car. The price would indicate buyers were willing to pay up for the charming patina, yet its originality was compromised long ago with the repaint and engine swap. The car felt good—like a pair of old broken-in shoes—but the premium was unwarranted. TOP 10 #5 #408-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Volante. S/N DBVC3623LC. Dubonnet red/red cloth/Oxblood leather. Odo: 748 miles. 4.0-L I6, auto. High-quality restoration in 2007, but with upgraded components to give it a more-modern driving experience. The refurb included a color change, a modern 4-speed automatic, electric power steering, Koni shocks and a late-model Blaupunkt stereo with navigation. Paint excellent except on valance, where it appears to have hit a curb hard. Some creasing to leather and light soiling on chassis and engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $109,849. Apparently, the boot was filled with gold Napoléons, as there could be no other explanation for this price. A tired old Series III that will cost a fortune to restore. Once completed, it might achieve today’s result. Would have been a worthy project at half the price. FRENCH TOP 10 #1 #359-1939 BUGATTI TYPE 57 cabriolet. S/N 57731. Eng. # 527. Cream & green/black cloth/green leather. Odo: 87,396 km. 3.3-L I8, 4-sp. Coachwork by Gangloff. Excellent full restoration beginning to age. Paint showing age at the edges. Gauges yellowing. Interior still excellent but no longer fresh. Recent rebuild of fuel and exhaust systems. Retains its original engine and fitted with 4-speed and Marchal headlights. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $118,587. Named after the Coupe des Alpes Rally prior to completing wins in the same race in 1968, 1969 and 1971. Alas, this example has no known race history, but it is a desirable Dieppe-built car fitted with the largest 1.6-L motor. A110s trade in a wide range, but several have recently sold for strong money, making this a model to watch. Still, 40 years of static display will be hard to erase, and this price leaves little room for expenses. GERMAN #385-1936 BMW 329 cabriolet. S/N 86526. Black & cream/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 70,341 km. 2.0-L I6, 4-sp. Poor, old repaint showing cracks, scratches and chips too numerous to list. Upholstery poorly fitted with incorrect materials. Headliner stained and with several holes. Mix of yellowed original and modern gauges. Chrome thin, dull and pitted. Crusty rubber seals and tires. Generally tired, worn out and needs everything. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $711,520. Perhaps the shade of Tomato Soup Red was chosen in deference to the original owner, who was the chairman of Campbell’s. While it did look “M’m! M’m! Good!” the color change from original triple black along with the other no-see mods didn’t contribute an upside to the final value. Top examples will break a million, so this altered, no-longer-fresh example hit an appropriate mark. (See profile, p. 60.) 102 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $873,796. Interesting history as a one-off Geneva Show Car, later used by Bugatti factory driver Jean Pierre Wimille as a demonstrator. Fifty-six years in the Quattroruote Collection, until sold in 2016 for $757k by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco (SCM# 6799780). The car is better today under the care of the current owner, whose staff better attend to its needs. As an attractive one-off Bug with interesting design features and excellent provenance, the result was strong but not over the top. #148-1971 ALPINE-RENAULT A110 coupe. S/N 017684. Eng. # 11154. Blue/black leather. Odo: 73,780 km. 1.6L I4, 5-sp. Origi- SOLD AT $63,662. At the end of the day, there’s really no question what to do with this old relic. Spending anything approaching significant is money down the drain at this price. Best to keep it just as it is cosmetically, service the running gear and have a great time showing it in display class. A neat old curiosity sold way under estimate, but I’d still call it strong. TOP 10 #9 #345-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 Cabriolet B. S/N 191191. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,200 km. 3.2-L I6, 4-sp. Very well restored to a concours level, now showing light use. The 1,200 kilo


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meters shown are likely tallied since the restoration. Dual sidemounted spares, fitted luggage and chrome wire wheels with wide whitewalls that are starting to dull. Built in Mannheim and sold new to a German princess, who was eventually the mother of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Cond: 1-. at the panel edges. Seats heavily creased with nice patina. Engine replaced with correct type. Rare Rudge knockoffs and hard top. Current ownership since 1976 and in France since new. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $380,725. A mid-range model with baby 500K looks, but unfortunately mid-range power to boot. Desirable Mannheim-built car, which can rarely be validated as the factory containing the build records burned down in WWII. Attractive lines, rich brand heritage and a quality restoration should get the buyer into his concours of choice. Sold under the lower estimate, but within reason. TOP 10 #8 #361-1955 PORSCHE 356 Pre-A Speedster. S/N 80524. Eng. # 34815. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 38,217 miles. 1.5-L H4, 4-sp. Restored with excellent paint, upholstery and chrome. Color change to triple black from Reutter Blue with beige interior when new. Delivered new to a U.S. serviceman in Germany and just three owners from new. Retains original engine and was driven in the 2010–12 Mille Miglias. Accompanied by the Porsche CoA and Kardex. Presents well, showing very light road use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $861,313. Wonderfully originallooking, and one of 30 delivered with Rudge knockoffs. Had this been original paint and sans the engine swap, it would have made quite a story. 300SL buyers will pony up for complete originality or perfect restorations. Tweeners, like this car, usually hover at the lower end of the value range. The wheels made a difference, but the car still sold on the rich side. TOP 10 #4 #186-1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS coupe. S/N 904062. Silver & orange/blue cloth. Odo: 5,621 km. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Generally known but unimpressive racing history includes frontal damage in ’66. Later competition restored and purchased by Petitjean in ’93. Originally fitted with 4-cam engine but now carries a replacement unstamped 6-cylinder. Decent paint, but chipping on the edges. Interior sound, but only to the level of a used race car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $405,691. One of only 1,034 “PreA” Speedsters made in 1955 and is well restored with full provenance. Buyers will pay a premium for these attributes, but even more appealing is its proven roadability by competing in the Mille Miglias. Porschephiles drive their cars and pay more for a proven example like this. Sold on the high side, but deservedly so. TOP 10 #2 #168-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500087. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 20,515 miles. 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Mostly original, with one decent repaint now showing a few small chips and bubbles. Leather interior is all original and crusty 104 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $786,416. Details matter, especially as they relate to vintage race cars. 904s are highly regarded in the Porsche world, but no important history, previous damage and an engine from a 911 add up to a value that lies at the bottom of a range that can exceed $2m for the most desirable examples. Still, it’s a real 904, and that is enough to get any pulse racing. Sold for an appropriate figure. #357-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410012570. Eng. # 130.983.10.004917. Green/tan cloth/Cognac leather. Odo: 24,809 km. 2.8-L I6, 4-sp. Gorgeous color combination. Very good body and paint, but does have a few chips on the edges. Small dents in bumper. Rich Cognac leather nicely redone. Light soiling on carpet and grease spot on top. Trunk mat trimmed with tan piping. Well appointed with 4-speed transmission, Euro headlights and Becker Europa AM/FM radio. Cond: 2-.


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SOLD AT $104,856. After prices settled down from a run-up of these W113 models a few years ago, recent results such as this one are showing strength once again. Perhaps the pendulum swung too far and a resurgence is in the making. This was a fine but not spectacular example that sold for a strong result. #383-1972 BMW 2000 Touring 2-dr se- dan. S/N 3357480. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 99,006 km. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. First owner until 2019. Recently repainted to a very good standard in original Golf color. Interior remains in good condition commensurate with its relatively low 99,000 kilometers. Engine compartment and chassis are generally clean but have not been detailed. Fitted with 4-speed, Blaupunkt AM/FM and an aftermarket tachometer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,186. The Frua-designed Bitter is based on an Opel Diplomat chassis, but powered by a Chevy 327. Three hundred ninety-five were made, but they seem much more scarce today. Each quarter angle looks beautiful, but taken as a whole, the design seems less than successful. In case you ever wondered what would happen if an Espada got together with a 240Z, here’s your answer. A better example could be had for the price paid. #342-1993 PORSCHE 928 GTS coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ92ZPS800343. Green/black leather. Odo: 118,904 km. 5.4-L V8, auto. Original paint still very good. Large chips, with touch-up on front bumper; other small stone chips throughout. Interior beautifully but incorrectly reupholstered in black, with matching green stitching and piping. Fitted with 911 Cup wheels. Original manuals, tools and Becker stereo. Excellent detail throughout. Cond: 2-. used to spending six figures for a sedan with needs, but they’ll make an exception for an Alfa 6C. This car would be a welcome entry to an Alfa display at The Quail or Pebble Beach sitting right beside other 6Cs worth $2m, or even certain 8Cs at $20m. Nobody knew quite where this car would land, but I’d put it in the well-bought column. (See profile, p. 62.) #111-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spyder. S/N AR149500412. Eng. # AR135140403. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 22,821 miles. 1,290-cc I4, 4-sp. Barely fair-quality older repaint and reupholstery on an otherwise mostly original car. Paint shows chips, dings and overspray. Original carpets faded and steering wheel wrapped with aftermarket vinyl wrap. Pitted and thin chrome. Gauges, badges, engine compartment, chassis and rubber all tired and worn. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,476. The Touring-body BMW 2000s were never exported to the U.S. and are even unusual across the pond. Only 1,725 units were built. These have the same chassis as the 2000 sedan, but the unusual hatchback body gives it a touch of style. With top-condition 2002s breaking $100k recently, this model could get caught up in the tide that lifts all boats. A modest price paid and a good entry to vintage-BMW ownership. #156-1974 BITTER CD coupe. S/N 5250066. Blue/purple velour. Odo: 50,384 miles. 327-ci V8, auto. Repainted at some time in the distant past. A bright finish, but several scratches throughout and clearcoat flakes on the roof. Slightly saggy seats upholstered in an almost purple shade. Bumpers and other chrome worn and scuffed. Door fit off. Loose wires under dash. Will require some work to get back on the road. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $64,911. A well-presented and desirable GTS model in unusual colors that sold very, very well. Bidders didn’t seem to mind the custom interior, but the real surprise is that they ignored the automatic transmission. 928s have seen highs at this level, but typically only when fitted with a 5-speed and with ultra-low miles/kilometers. This sale is a testament to the strength of the 928 market. ITALIAN #405-1939 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Turismo Ministeriale sedan. S/N 914073. Eng. # 923.243. Black/brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 81,203 km. 2.5-L I6, 4-sp. Never fully restored, and an oft-used movie car, even appearing in Academy Award-winning “The Last Emperor.” Eighty-one built and one of two remaining. Fair paint, and decent recently completed interior upholstery with tired original interior wood. Chassis and engine compartment original and dirty. Rechromed bumpers, but the rest of the trim is tough. An elegant specimen in presentable condition. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $69,904. Besides being a beautiful fun-to-drive Italian sports car, there are two appealing aspects of this car. First, it is intriguing because of its near-scruffy condition, making it a blast to drive with reckless abandon. Second, as a pre-1958 example, it is Mille Miglia-eligible — a bucket-list event, assuming you are one of the chosen 400 deeppocketed participants. As a short-term investment, fuggedaboutit. You’ll be sunk the first time a mechanic lifts the hood. #152-1962 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR10120177449. Eng. # AR00530 94898. Red/black leather. Odo: 22,282 miles. 1.3-L I4, 5-sp. Fair-quality repaint years ago now showing results of poor prep. Chips and touch-up on most panel edges. Good upholstery, but mildew spots on door panels and trim. Dash has tear on vinyl and missing radio. Chassis and engine compartment dirty. A restoration project. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $119,835. Attractive, elegant and classy, but it is still a sedan. Bidders are not 106 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $82,386. Inspired by the outrageous B.A.T show cars designed by Bertone in the early 1950s, there is nothing quite like the Sprint Speciale. From its graceful, curvy lines, to its quirky style and Alfa Romeo heritage, the model is purely Italian. Before you propose a Tuscan countryside picnic in this example, you had better install a drain on your wallet. A worthy project made difficult by the price of entry.


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#153-1966 MASERATI MISTRAL coupe. S/N AM109646. Rosso Rubino/black leather. Odo: 53,764 km. 3.7-L I6, 5-sp. Thickly repainted in Germany in 2008, now showing numerous cracks, bubbles and overspray. Seats show heavy creases, but could be reclaimed. Chrome thin and pitted. Chassis and engine compartment appear original with no cosmetic maintenance. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $116,090. Having been owned for less time than others in the Petitjean Collection (23 years vs. 40 for many), this car may have suffered less neglect. And having been painted as recently as 2008, one might presume it was running at the time. While these flashes of optimism are encouraging, reality will likely prove that proper fettling will cost more than the market allows. TOP 10 #3 BEST BUY #128-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3111. Eng. # 1067. Yellow/black leather. 4.0-L V12, 5-sp. Mostly original with poor-quality repaint that has not held up well. Chips and cracks prevalent throughout, along with some rust bubbles. Decent seats and dash, but a few small tears in surrounding panels. Deteriorated carpet and rubber. Engine compartment and chassis dirty. Fitted with replacement correct-type engine from chassis 01072. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $156,035. As a project car, this was an intriguing example. Good colors, a big V8 and a 5-speed, a known history for the past 40 years, and oh, those beautiful Giugiaro lines. The price paid here, however, left no room for the restoration. Recently, Ghibli prices have been on a downward curve, and this result is approaching that of a decent example. No one told the buyer, who may have to wait a while for the value curve to turn before recouping his investment. #150-1970 LAMBORGHINI ISLERO 400 GTS coupe. S/N 6591. Eng. # 50199. Blue/black leather and tan velour. Odo: 8,984 km. 4.0-L V12, 5-sp. Very low kilometers, yet repainted long ago to only a fair standard. Plenty of flaws in the finish including cracks, many chips, orange peel and overspray. Interior intact, but rife with mold spots that don’t production of a mere 401 compared to 7,260 Panteras, values for the Mangusta can be over three times more in today’s market. Higher values won’t save the buyer at this price, but he does get to brag about the cool clamshell engine cover. #367-1971 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 14931. Eng. # 00118. White/black leather/ red plaid cloth inserts. Odo: 95,548 miles. Cosmetically restored four years ago and still with excellent paint, interior, engine compartment and chassis. Some edge chips and cracks in matte-black bumper. Pitted door handles. Fitted with 5-speed, air conditioning, power windows, Cromodora wheels. Includes books, manuals and restoration receipts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $299,587. Unusual but attractive colors of Avorio Tetrarch (ivory) with red and black seat inserts that seemed fitting for a car meant for touring (despite having raced in Australia for a stint). One of seven painted in this shade, and it will stand out in a sea of red at Italian events. The colors gave it a boost, as the price paid was about mid-estimate. SOLD AT $811,382. The least-evolved P400 models do not occupy the highest tier in Miura hierarchy; however, this desirable early-production example is claimed to be among those made with a lighter 0.9-mm steel. Few project Miuras remain, and the new owner paid up for exclusive rights to put his mark on its restoration. A blue-chip investment with some potential for upside in the long term. #113-1969 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM1151162. Eng. # AM1151162. Blue/black leather. Odo: 64,212 km. 4.7L V8, 5-sp. Poor older repaint showing several chips, cracks and other flaws. Interior spotted with mildew. Unkempt engine compartment and chassis. Original alloys, power windows and 5-speed. Acquired by Pettitjean in 1982 and has logged just 40 km since. Cond: 4+. 108 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market look like they can be cleaned. Chrome dull, scratched and pitted. Cracked and broken parking-light lenses. Headlight lids are raised about an inch. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $255,897. Named after the legendary bull that slayed the best matador in the world in 1947, the spirit of Islero is alive and well with this killer result. Islero values have climbed steadily over the past decade, with the best ones topping out above $300k. This example isn’t even in the same bullring, with a long list of expensive needs. Well sold. #118-1971 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA1224. Red/black leather. Odo: 53,387 km. 302-ci V8, 5-sp. Older, poorquality repaint from original blue to red. Flaws include overspray, orange peel and several rust bubbles. Original interior looks salvageable with a good cleaning to rid the mold spots. Dirty engine compartment and chassis. Engine replaced. Fitted with 5-speed, a/c and power windows. Includes original tool roll and jack. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $212,208. Often compared to the Pantera, and for good reason. Despite the slightly better performance and aerodynamics of the later-designed Pantera, exclusivity sets the two cars apart. With #110-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNR05810. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 63,044 km. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Relatively low kilometers, but has rested with little or no maintenance in the Petitjean Collection for 37 years. Repainted to only a fair standard showing orange peel, poor prep and touch-ups. Original interior very good if the mold spots can be cleaned. Alloys heavily curbed. Fitted with 5-speed, Euro bumpers, power windows and a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $67,407. Awakening an Italian exotic from nearly four decades of static display is an intrepid endeavor at best. 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When you’re done, you’ve got the most iconic 1970s boyhood dream car extant, and with light mileage. Hugely expensive by today’s standards, but could be the wisest purchase of the sale down the road. 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S coupe #122-1973 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 Veloce convertible. S/N AR2462881. Eng. # S16492. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 15,365 km. 1962-cc I4, 5-sp. Older repaint showing poor prep, overspray, orange peel and chips. Interior good except driver’s seat that is torn and partially repaired with electrician’s tape. Chrome thin, scratched, pitted and dented. Emblems bent and worn. Headlight cover damaged. Engine replaced with “periodcorrect” unit. Cond: 3-. TOP 10 #6 #177-1979 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 S coupe. S/N 1121066. Eng. # 1121066. Blue/cream leather. Odo: 13,787 km. 4.0-L V12, 5-sp. All-original and just 14,000 km. Paint shows numerous rock chips on front end and fender flares. Interior good but has some mildew spots. Campagnolo wheels have curb rash. Passenger’s side mirror removed but included. Broken quarter window. Includes a/c and cassette stereo. Cond: 2-. pristine condition. Group B is a trigger word for race fans in their 40s, and the segment is white-hot. You’d be hard pressed to find a better example, and it sold for an equally spectacular sum. AMERICAN #173-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S111061. Daytona Blue/silver hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 55,661 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older thick repaint with blisters, cracks, scratches and chips. Hard top painted silver. Small-block Chevrolet replacement engine with Edelbrock manifold, but of unknown origin. Remainder of the car appears largely original, with very good vinyl buckets, worn carpets and faded gauges. Chrome worn, scratched and pitted. Fitted with AM radio, power windows and spinner hubcaps. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,348. Presented well in the fullbody photos, but close-ups reveal this little Kammback has been rode hard and put away wet. A mess cosmetically, and after sitting comatose for 40 years, I can’t imagine the mechanical components have fared any better. Well sold. #397-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 BB coupe. S/N 1756. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 29,609 km. 4.4-L H12, 5-sp. Restored to a good driver level in 2005 after more than 20 years of storage and neglect. Very good paint and upholstery. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Seats show light creases. Fitted with 5-speed, Nardi steering wheel, a/c and power windows. Comes with books and tools. Cond: 3. TOP 10 #10 SOLD AT $511,795. One of just 50 first-series LP400 Ss built. Lots of shelf wear from 33 years of static display and will require full recommissioning and thousands of hours of paintwork and detailing. When you’re done, you’ve got the most iconic 1970s boyhood dream car extant, and with light mileage. Hugely expensive by today’s standards, but could be the wisest purchase of the sale down the road. TOP 10 #7 #331-1981 LANCIA 037 Stradale coupe. S/N ZLA151AR000000014. Red/black cloth. Odo: 19,879 km. 2.0-L supercharged I4, 5-sp. The 14th of 207 built. Original paint and interior. Paint excellent, with very few stone chips. Velour seats still look new. New fuel tanks, clutch, suspension and brakes within the past 200 km, as well as a photo-documented comprehensive rebuild of the engine and gearbox. Contains a roll cage and is fitted with alloys and Carello fog lights. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,904. A surprising result for a rough, low-spec Sting Ray carrying a replacement engine. Sold even above the high estimate and double its value in the U.S. American entrepreneurs might consider loading a boat with easy-to-source bottom-feeder ’Vettes, but this result may be unrepeatable. Well sold. #325-1965 APOLLO 5000 GT coupe. S/N 96263. Red/black leather. Odo: 76,585 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-sp. Older European restoration. Once-excellent paint- and bodywork now showing a few tiny nicks and flaws. Front bumper dull, with multiple small dings. Interior nicely redone, showing light use to leather. No rubber on pedals. Weatherstripping protrudes outward from window frame. Badges dull, some attached with screws. Windshield scratched. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $312,070. Just the 23rd 365 GT4 BB built. Once owned by famous Formula One driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille, who reportedly purchased the car as a project in a tired state and never got around to restoring it. Instead, it sat in the back of a distributorship for more than two decades, suffering from the pilfering of ancillary parts, but not the engine and gearbox. Rescued and restored by the consignor in 2005. Lots of stories around this example that kept the sales price in check. 110 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $511,795. The Stradale was a homologation special built to qualify for the Group B rally circuit. The race version was the last rear-wheel-drive model to win the World Rally Championship. This example has no known race history but was presented in SOLD AT $237,173. Apollos rarely trade publicly, so valuing them can be a challenge. Some help arrived late last year when the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum auctioned three of them, including one matching today’s model. In slightly better condition, that one garnered $165k (SCM# 6911691), making it look really cheap—or today’s example expensive. I’d bargain that the answer lies somewhere in between. ♦


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE H&H A-B-C Live Auction Online Weirdie warning: A 1967 Saab Sonett V4 brought a very healthy $18,260 Company H&H Auctioneers Date June 24, 2020 Location Online Auctioneers Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 48/70 Sales rate 69% Sales total $1,044,383 High sale 1934 Lagonda M45 tourer, sold at $230,362 1967 Saab Sonnet, sold at a strong $18,260 Report by Paul Hardiman. Photos courtesy of H&H Auctioneers Market opinions in italics H &H’s online sales differ from the rest. So far, the Warrington-based company does not gather all the cars together in one place for pre-sale viewing, instead offering personalized video walk-arounds. This brings a whole new tranche of remotely located vehicles into play, and can lead to some sometimes hi- larious consequences. One such consequence at their recent A-B-C sale was the Land Rover Series I restoration project ($1,405), abandoned some time ago in a field in the Peak District and coming with the instructions to bring a trailer — as it was so rotten it was expected to break in half upon removal. This was one of two Landie resto projects. After the market heights following end of Defender production in 2016, the money has dropped but the hardware remains ever popular. Their nemeses, well-preserved Japanese 4x4 pickups of the ’80s and ’90s, are gathering in numbers as well, with two at this sale. The Hilux outsold the $4,917 L200 by almost 50%, but there was an interloper in the shape of a Ford P100 — a South-African-designed and -built “bakkie” ingeniously assembled from mostly existing parts plundered from Ford’s range, although only 2-wheel drive. It split the difference between them at $6,700. Although the high sale was of indisputable pedigree — a nicely patinated Lagonda M45 still with its factory T7 body — some of the other lots looked out of place, such as a Mk 4 Ford Escort van and a Vauxhall Vectra. A restored Mk1 Escort RS2000 took a strong $50,567, and an Austin-Healey 100-6 looked like a good value at $33,712. Rarely seen at auction in such nice condition was an obviously cherished Triumph Herald 1200 saloon at $7,866, while a slightly modified MGB GT V8 sold for RV8 money ($20,367) and a fairly rough Mini Moke did well to get $16,856. Someone paid $700 for a small pile of rusty 1965 MGB bits, importantly with an identity — too bad the rolling-shell B project later in the sale was so much younger, otherwise it could have been a case of instant karma. While Mk1 Golf GTIs are often seen at auction going up against their hot-hatch Peugeot 205 rivals, a very tidy Mk2 was a rare pleasure and sold for less money: $9,885, quite rightly more than its competitor in period, the Ford Escort XR3i, of which there were two offered. For less money, though, you could have had the upcoming thing, a VW Corrado VR6 based on the same floor pan. A ’67 Saab Sonett V4 looked quite strong at $18,260, and finally, a lowish-mile Ferrari F355 GTS with F1 paddleshift was on the money at $87,088. The other difference, and one that needs to be ad- dressed, is that H&H’s online presence is, so far, the least dynamic in the U.K. market. Here, the camera was mostly fixed on the auctioneer in close-up, with a few cutaways to the cars. The boss is a charismatic performer on stage, but as he has observed himself, it’s just not the same without punters in the room. ♦ Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.80) 112 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE ENGLISH #314-1925 LAGONDA 12/24 tourer. S/N 7122. Green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,047 miles. 1,460-cc I4, 3-sp. Tidy and nicely kept. Showing a decent patina, but unused for 10 years. Shiny paint with cracking at panel edges; good chrome to lights, although nickel-plated radiator shell shows a few dings. Nice dash and instruments. Seat leather and cloth. RHD. 3,127-cc I6, 4-sp. Late car, so four-wheel brakes and 4-speed. Just out of restoration said to have cost £75k ($100k). Originally a Weymann saloon, later rebodied as a tourer, now in this rather Barker-esque style. Exellent all around, with new paint and leather. Has a few details to finish. Cond: 2. weather gear (stored in doors) all okay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,284. In this ownership 20 years, prior to that sold by Coys in 1990. This time, fetched not a lot more than a Bullnose Morris and a third of the price of a 2-liter Lagonda. #351-1928 AUSTIN 12/4 Heavy Clifton tourer convertible. S/N 51827. Blue/black cloth/gray vinyl. RHD. 1,861-cc I4, 4-sp. Also called a Gumdrop, after the similar car that featured in Val Biro’s children’s books. Due to U.K.’s tax laws at the time, these have a very long (115 mm) stroke compared with the narrow 74-mm bores, so with lots of torque they’re not as feeble as 27 hp sounds. In fair order after previous (’50s) restoration, although canvas top is becoming unravelled. Now on coil ignition, but original magneto comes with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,186. Last sold by Sotheby’s in 1998 as a rolling chassis for $10,173. Quite strong money for a 20HP when the 20/25 is more usable, but you are getting the restoration works for basically half price. I doubt either party here felt aggrieved. #358-1934 LAGONDA M45 T7 tourer. S/N Z11038. Gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,254 miles. 4,453-cc I6, 4-sp. T7 still with its factory coachwork and much of its original leather all in good usable order (lots of grease and lube around swivels and pivots). Surprisingly shiny paint with decent bright plating. Old scrutineer’s sticker from Brooklands in windscreen. Unused for 10 years but ran for photographs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,405. Anything is possible. This was offered at no reserve, and at the price paid, we could see a Landie with this identity on the road for within its finished market value of $20k–$25k. What a lot of fun! BEST BUY #334-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN63170. Ice Blue and white/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 62,376 miles. 2,639-cc I4, 4-sp. Okay from 20 paces but older repaint shows plenty of marks and blemishes. Chrome okay, except side flashes are on backwards. Original leather now distressed in place. A very usable car, with various new-looking parts including front dampers and H4 lights. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $230,362. Dry-stored for decades. In this family ownership since 1991. High sale of the day. T7 is one of the most desirable variants because it’s handsome and relatively light. Went well over the £120k ($150k) estimate, but that looked a little low at around the price of an M45 saloon while the best droptops are over $300k. At the time, a U.K. dealer had an identical car (Z10800) on offer at £225k ($282k). #300-1957 LAND ROVER SERIES I SOLD AT $14,046. Featured in the film “Rockets Galore!” (1957) starring Donald Sinden, sequel to “Whisky Galore!” Not sure that did much for its value, as it didn’t fetch much more than an Austin Seven, and less than a Bullnose Morris. #339-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP tourer. S/N GFN24. Blue and black/black 114 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market 88-inch utility. S/N 116800095. Blue. RHD. Odo: 20,118 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Very early diesel. Basket-case project with hard top. So rotten the spring hangers have broken off the chassis ends, but probably almost enough there for restoration provided you start with a replacement chassis and bulkhead—which are included and only slightly rusted. Catalog helpfully points out that it needs to leave the Peak District field it’s marooned in in pieces, as it’s too rotten to tow. Bring a trailer—and maybe a dustpan and brush. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $33,712. Though 100-6s are always less money than 3000s, cosmetics keep this one even cheaper, but a nice price for a driver. A Big Healey for not much more than the price of a small one. #329-1963 MORGAN 4/4 Series V road- ster. S/N B882. Blue/cream vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. 1.6-L I4, 5-sp. Rebuilt on a new galvanized chassis. Type 9 5-speed fitted, along with electronic ignition, an alternator and an electric fan. Engine features a Lotus TwinCam crankshaft, A2 Fast Road camshaft, upgrade valvesprings and a 28/36 Weber carburetor. Hood modified to allow both sides to be elevated. Moto-Lita wheel. Cond: 3+.


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE The boldest description of a pile of bits I’ve ever seen, but it was at least realistically offered at no reserve. Essentially, the buyer is paying for an identity that just needs a new car sliding under it. 1965 MGB project convertible SOLD AT $22,474. Fair price—around the same as a quick De Dion Caterham, and about 75% of the price of an early Plus 8. #311-1964 MORRIS MINI MOKE util- ity. S/N MAB1636877. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,000 miles. 848-cc I4, 4-sp. Repainted blue from original green, including the wiper motor. Some weld repairs to inner sills and pans. Painted black inside, but floors still look pretty crusty. Some welded body repairs evident in front fenders. Lots of underseal underneath. Original roof a bit ripped. Bucket seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,856. This was just one of 9,096 Morris versions built, and only a small portion of those stayed in the home market. This one had lowish mileage, tidy original condition and a nice history gave this one a special appeal. #332-1965 MGB project convertible. S/N GHN364689. RHD. “Restoration project.” Well, it most certainly is—and the first time I have been able to bestow an SCM rating of 6-. Pallet of bits comprises most of a rusty motor, gearbox, steering column, dashboard, empty axle casing and a transmission tunnel cut out of rotten shell. Crucially, it also has a chassis plate, V5C and Heritage Certificate. Build your own MGB. Cond: 6-. single-family ownership to 2015. At the price paid, this was strong money for condition, although it’s eminently usable. #302-1964 TRIUMPH HERALD 1200 2-dr sedan. S/N GA162085DL. Maroon & white/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 39,246 miles. 1147-cc I4, 4-sp. Spine-chassis Triumph, good all around and mostly original, although must have been painted at some point. Interior vinyl, headlining and carpets good, with some wrinkling to door cards. Some wear, cracking and fading to wood dash. Newish exhaust. Good history file including original invoice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $702. The boldest description of a pile of bits I’ve ever seen, but it was at least realistically offered at no reserve. Essentially, the buyer is paying for an identity that just needs a new car sliding under it. For someone who happens to have a new Heritage body shell knocking about, this was probably worth it. Later in the auction there was on offer a rolling-shell B roadster restoration project estimated at £2,000–£3,000, but it was too young (1976) and didn’t sell. #305-1966 MGB convertible. S/N GHN384292. Red/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 29,924 miles. 1.8-L I4, 4-sp. Tidy and original RHD home-market car. Older repaint, panel fit rather variable, as usual. Decent chrome; seat leather probably replacement, newish top. Still fitted with its original steering wheel. Oselli-tuned original engine. Comes with BMIHT Heritage certificate and a history file that dates back to 1990. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,866. This car had one owner from 1964 to 1992. It sold for more than its 2-seater cousin the Spitfire did here, but the 116 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE SOLD AT $11,939. A nice driver-level B. All things considered, this was correct money for a steel-bumper car with its original shell in today’s market. A decent deal. #360-1968 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 109 utility. S/N 276084186. Blue. RHD. miles. 2286-cc I4, 4-sp. Another project Landie... This one was at least running when parked in 2016, although most of its fuses are missing. Stained and grimy and paint flaking off, but not as bad underneath as it looks. Chassis looks solid. Checker plates on fender tops; side windows cut in van sides. Cond: 4+. 4-sp. Clean and straight, with unsually good door/sill fit for a B/C. Shows plenty of green overspray under the front. Original steering wheel, wood dash and extra instruments in center console. Seat vinyl probably original, with some piping becoming detached. Doors seals missing. Newish stainless exhaust. Cond: 3+. ing. Well-creased original leather. Chassis number wrongly noted in catalog. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,833. One-family owned from new until 2019, stored since 1995. At a similar price to a tired Silver Shadow, but slightly more involving to drive. A fair buy for one of these luxobarges—provided it’s not rotten. SOLD AT $11,939. Sold for the price of a steel-bumper B roadster. You pays your money and you takes your chances... SOLD AT $2,669. For a running (or potentially running: bring own fuses) Series Landie, this was very, very cheap. BEST BUY #325-1968 MGC GT coupe. S/N GCD13183G. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 67,299 miles. 2.9-L I6, #317-1970 JAGUAR 420G sedan. S/N G1D56698BW. Maroon/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 79,061 miles. 4.2-L I6, auto. Recently recommissioned following long-term storage, including new exhaust. Sits on various makes of tire. Looks fairly straight and okay underneath. Older repaint slightly orange-peeled in places; chrome okay but lightly pitted. Dash veneers slightly dried out and cracking/craz- #345-1974 FORD ESCORT RS2000 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATND00191. Silver/black cloth and vinyl. RHD. Odo: 32,100 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Freshly restored in original color, although paint is thick and it sits rather high, epecially at front. Said to run a 205 block, which means engine is later than the car. Nonstandard chrome K&N air filter, although period-style black battery is a nice touch. Redone interior all good except for side trim missing from driver’s seat. Vented front discs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,567. On the money for a sharpish Mk 1 RS in today’s market. Mexicos are a little less, RS1600s and Twin Cams understandably more. #310-1975 MGB GT V8 coupe. S/N GD2D12477G. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 62,413 miles. 3.9-L V8, 5-sp. Modified GT with engine punched out to 3.9 liters and alleged 200 hp at the wheels. Rover 5-speed gearbox. Unmarked Minilite-like Minator wheels. Wood-rim steering wheel, high-back 118 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE This was less than you might spend on a nice Peugeot 205 GTI, its rival in period. Fair—but no bargain. 1989 Volkswagen Golf GTI coupe bucket seats and matching gray door trims. Fitted with harnesses and rally tripmeter, plus lots of event stickers and various other shiny tat. Rather unfortunate bonnet bulge is to clear more ambitious Edelbrock carburetion than standard. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,367. In Germany from 2006 to 2015, where it was modified. Sold for a bit less than an RV8, which uses a similar drivetrain. The bonnet mod and color scheme can’t have helped it much here. #323-2007 MG SV-R Xpower coupe. S/N MGXSREWJR00030153. Maroon/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 15,000 miles. 4.6-L V8, auto. XPower was an abortive MG “halo car” plot born out of the Qvale Mangusta project. It used a Roush-tuned version of Ford’s modular V8. It was unveiled to an underwhelmed press in 2002: Only an estimated 82 were made in 2004 and 2005 in both SV and SV-R forms. Good all around, except for lightly scuffed wheel rims. Good service history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,139. This is one of the cars completed from parts after the collapse of MG. In the vendor’s hands since 2010. Sold for a bit more than a new Mustang. At £83k ($165k), these cost more than a 911 when new, and are now about the price of a decent Gseries. A historical curiosity. GERMAN #330-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 11304312001063. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 39,043 miles. 2.5-L I6, auto. Federal spec, although now with Euro taillights. Restored throughout, SOLD AT $9,885. Two owners. Compared to a Mk 1, these are slower and more stodgy due to extra weight, but they are more comfortable. Then again, these also cost much less money than a Mk 1. This was less than you might spend on a nice Peugeot 205 GTI, its rival in period. Fair—but no bargain. #346-1994 VOLKSWAGEN CORRADO with new interior and redone timber. Add-on a/c. Reflective plates look all wrong when it could/should have black ones. No mention of hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,660. Was in Texas, and after that the London Motor Museum. Strong price for model, spec and color. VR6 coupe. S/N WVWZZZ50ZRK005759. Aqua blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 175,460 miles. 2.8-L V6, 5-sp. Future classic with the usual boy-racer extras, but largely unmolested. Milltek exhaust, K&N filter, Koni adjustables and silly “eyebrow” kit are fairly standard fare in Dubworld. Some new paint, tidy except for small bubbles on a rear arch lip. Inside, small tear in driver’s seat, slight creasing to leather and some wear to bolsters. Although with fairly steep mileage, also has decent service history, recent chains, tensioners and driveshafts. Alloys mostly unscuffed, but usual mismatch of tires on a cheapish performance car. Cond: 3+. #320-1989 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI coupe. S/N WVWZZZ1GZKW701715. White/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 59,831 miles. 1.7-L I4, 5-sp. Mk2 GTi. BBS alloys, ANSA exhaust. Leather and a/c both quite rare on these. Original paint with a few small touchedin blemishes. Unused jack and space-saver spare. Replacement subframe, cam belt, water pump. Reconditioned steering rack. Last service in 2015, so evidently not used much since. Original first-aid kit, books and invoice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,320. Though not yet regarded as quite as “classic” as the Golf GTI (Lot 320) that uses the same A2 platform, this sold for a lot less. Even with the high mileage, that’s food for thought... ITALIAN #370-1999 FERRARI F355 GTS F1 Spi- der. S/N ZFFXR42C000114885. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 24,217 miles. 3.5-L V8, auto. One of 78 U.K. versions with paddle shift. Low mileage and very tidy. Stick-on Scuderia shields. Aftermarket steering wheel, 120 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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H&H AUCTIONEERS ONLINE with original included. Full service history, with last stamp at 24,106 miles. Cond: 2-. Classic Japanese 4x4s are coming of collector age in the U.K. With so few nice, straight ones about, the market is small, but hardening. Much cheaper than a Series Landie and almost as capable. 1991 Mitsubishi L200 pickup JAPANESE #322-1991 MITSUBISHI L200 pickup. SOLD AT $87,088. On the money for condition and mileage. Might have taken a smidge more as a manual, but this matters less on the open-top than the coupe. #361-2007 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 3.2 V6 JTS Q4 convertible. S/N ZAR93900005003845. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 53,769 miles. 3.2-L V6, 6-sp. Last blast for the Spider, with all the trimmings including 4-wheel drive. Well kept, leather looks unworn, no scratches to dash plastics. Jack and spare unused. Full main dealer service history, although last stamp was in 2017. Cond: 2-. S/N JMA0NK240MP000216. Blue/gray and blue cloth and vinyl. RHD. Odo: 86,842 miles. 2.5-L I4, 5-sp. Second-gen (K20) 4x4. Repainted, refurbished wheels, fitted with cargo bars and lights. Load bed not knocked about, bumper plastics okay. Interior holding up quite well (apart from a big hole in the side of the driver’s seat) with only slightly baggy velour, but it looks as though there are a few leaks. Mechanically not as indestructible as a Toyota Hilux (see Lot 331) but should be few worries at under 90k miles. Cond: 3. #331-1996 TOYOTA HILUX pickup. S/N JT131LNA409042023. White/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 129,959 miles. 2.4-L I4, 5-sp. Facelifted, fifth-gen Japanese-produced (October ’95) diesel. Tidy, not knocked about and clearly looked after. Dash plastics and seat velour in good nick—they’re usually threadbare on a pickup this age. With sunroof, a/c and fiberglass hard top, plus handbook and service book. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,260. This felt like a lot of money for this late Spider, as retail on these is usually either side of £10k ($13k). Very well sold. SOLD AT $4,917. Was in long-term storage, waiting for its moment. Classic Japanese 4x4s are coming of collector age in the U.K. With so few nice, straight ones about, the market is small, but hardening. Much cheaper than a Series Landie and almost as capable. SOLD AT $7,726. The collector market for early Japanese utes is becoming established in the U.K., with two at this sale. Well sold at 50% more than the L200 (Lot 322), but rare in this condition. Interestingly, a 1992 Ford P100 pickup, only available in 2wd, sold for $6,742 later in the auction. SWEDISH #342-1967 SAAB SONETT coupe. S/N 000503. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 9,227 miles. 1.5-L V4, 4-sp. One of 1,610 made with the Ford V4. Tidy, refurbed after old (1998) repaint in original color. Interior okay, rare Tuneverken alloy wheels in good nick. Said to have had a number of improvements in 2008, but without much detail beyond that. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,260. Last sold, at Barons in Surrey in 2010, for $15,271 (SCM# 2080244). Came to the U.K. via Connecticut in 1997. Good money for a weirdie: You could get a driver-quality 240Z for this. ♦ 122 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN The Ken “Pinky” Seefert Collection Pinky had a little of everything, from foreign sports cars to steam engines Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 7, 2020 Location Stillwater, MN Automotive lots sold/offered 61/61 Sales rate 100% Sales total $377,779 High sale 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible, sold at $61,600 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices High seller: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible, sold at $61,600 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics more eclectic collections of vehicles that this reporter has seen in a long time. From foreign sports cars to domestic parts trucks, with a few steam engines and even a rail car tossed in the mix to keep it interesting, there was literally something for everyone up for bid from his estate. Having bought nearly 90 acres in 1969, when W Stillwater, MN, was considered far enough from the Twin Cities to be considered “the sticks,” he had half a century to gather and park his treasures. Now in the 21st century, the wooded and secluded property — within sight of the scenic St. Croix River — is a developer’s dream. As such, his three children will be selling it once they clear out all the vehicles and ephemera. To sell the vehicles, they commissioned auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink to sell them at auction at no reserve. hile Ken “Pinky” Seefert considered himself a “Ford man,” his interest in motorized transportation cut a very wide swath. At the time of his passing, he had gathered one of the Originally, this was planned to be a traditional auction held on June 6, with Proxibid handling online sales. Yet like just about everything else since March, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent maelstrom of social-interaction changes forced the sale to be entirely online. To accommodate another online-only auction VanDerBrink was conducting in the area, public inspection of lots was held on the weekend before closing, with social-distancing requirements in place. I was able to review and photograph the collection before the public inspection, so all my observations are based on personally inspecting all lots included in this report. As the individual auction lots began closing on the evening of June 7, most of them saw extended bidding, Proxibid’s procedures being that any bid within two minutes of closing automatically extends the bidding for another two minutes. This was the case with the high sale here, the 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. If there’s two things that the “Pinky” Seefert sale confirmed, it’s that the whole “barn find” thing has not abated and that after nearly three months of captive bidding on online-only auctions, interest has remained very strong. Would the results have been weaker, stronger or the same if there were bidders on site interacting with a live auctioneer (socially distanced, of course)? One can’t say for sure, yet I feel that it certainly would not have hurt the results. We’ll find out for certain when Yvette has her next auction — with both online and live onsite bidders — of the Gesswein Collection in Milbank, SD, in July. ♦ 124 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN ENGLISH #14P-1958 MGA coupe. S/N HDT431 41038. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 22,732 miles. 1.5-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Old repaint has started to flake off on most upper surfaces. Good door fit on passenger’s side, not so great on driver’s. Dry-rotted windshield gasket. Chrome plating ranges from “it might polish out and look decent” to dull and pitted. Painted knockoff wire wheels on older radials. Stock but greasy engine bay, aside from adhoc wiring to a few components. Does not run, but not seized. Tired and torn original upholstery. Differential access panel taken out of the floor, just behind the seats. Dashboard redone in woodgrain vinyl decal. 1970s-era AM/ FM/8-track stereo. Electrical tape wrapped around door pulls. Cond: 5+. base of rear quarter panels under the car. Dent in left rear corner of trunk lid. Dull and pitted original chrome, dry-rotted and crumbling rubber seals throughout, heavily soiled and discolored top. Moderate wear on the seats; poorly redone door panels. Carpet has been removed, with some of the backing still on the floor. Gauges in good shape. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $3,410. You won’t be able to get by on the cheap to even get this to the point of being self-propelled—even with a period or modern engine swap. Alpines and Tigers were notorious for rusting out, so once you start digging into this, you may end up with just the original cowl and a pile of rusty dust on the shop floor. On top of that, by the time you get done, it’ll be a loss leader. Even making it into a fakeydoo Tiger is sketchy, as it might even snap in half. Best to step aside and give it a wide berth, leaving it to someone daft enough to think it can be saved and at least come out even on the deal. Well sold. GERMAN SOLD AT $4,290. 1958 was the second year that a fixed-head coupe was available. Today, regardless of condition, they’re a pretty tough sell—especially to anyone over five-feet-ten in stature or over age 50. That’s two strikes against me, as I’m too tall and no longer nimble enough to pack my carcass into this. The few folks who are younger and small enough to fit would rather have the roadster (like the rest of us), so it’s becoming a smaller demographic for anyone who’s seriously interested in these coupes. This was a full-blown restoration project waiting to happen. As such, well sold. #15P-1964 SUNBEAM ALPINE convert- ible. S/N 89201117. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,535 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Aftermarket intake with a pair of 1970sera Weber/Holley progressive 2-barrel carburetors. Grubby engine froze up as solid as McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Sloppy masking around cowl tags and some overspray from old low-budget repaint. Rust blisters popping out below all four fenders and rocker panels. Bondo smeared over rust at the #1P-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 104210015592. Pastel blue/ black vinyl/off-white leather. Odo: 75,221 miles. 1.9-L I4, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint, obvious bodywork on front fenders, overspray on windshield and door-glass rubber. Sloppy door-handle masking. Light blistering present over rear attachment points on front fenders, and less-than-skillful body filler application on “eyebrows” over wheelwells. Chrome polished by consigning family shortly before inspection day, and presents well despite some light pitting. Door fit odd, as it sits inside the front fender and the first six inches of the rockers. 1990s-era economy-grade radial tires; paint flaking off hubcaps on stock steel rims. Good top. Interior is heavily yellowed anywhere it was in contact with skin oils. Moderate steering-wheel cracking. Optional Blaupunkt AM radio. Dry-rotted flooring. Complete but dingy under the hood. Runs, but has brake issues. Cond: 4+. closed at this very well-sold bid. Somehow I get the feeling we’ll see this again either at a concours, purporting to be a barn-find original that it isn’t, or at a higher-tier auction house with the same claims. ITALIAN #16P-1982 FIAT SPIDER 2000 Turbo convertible. S/N ZFAAS00BXC5002126. Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 54,855 miles. 2.0-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Okay original paint and graphics, with some moderate edge and nose chipping. Decent original brightwork. Dealer-accessory plastic mudguards. Heavily banged-up front license plate, last renewed in 2013. Moderate soiling and discoloration of original soft top. Dull, faded blackout plastic trim, good door fit; copy of factory shop manual sitting on the hood— waiting at the ready. Original seats and door panels are still pretty nice, yet the sides of the center console are splitting. HVAC controls gutted out of dash. Some of the carpet has been pulled out. Period Alpine AM/FM/cassette deck. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,050. Pinky bought this a few years ago off the previous owner, who was out cruising around with it. Pinky flagged him down and made an offer that sold it on the spot. I’ve seen a couple of these Turbo Spiders cross the auction block, but never paid that much attention to notice that the turbo was a conversion done here in the States by Legend Industries. Not the worst example from the final year of official importation by Fiat to the U.S., but don’t think that you’re going to just jump in it and go cruising. Well enough sold, considering that it’ll need some sorting out (if just for a brake job and tidying up the wiring). AMERICAN #8P-1915 OVERLAND MODEL 81 SOLD AT $61,600. This was bought new by the parents of a gal Pinky knew from high school, so she could drive it to college at UC Berkley. After she returned, Pinky bought the car from her and has had it ever since. Online bidding hung for weeks at $39,500, going to $41,500 by the day before the auction closed. With six minutes left in the bidding, it took off, with bidding extended three times before it 126 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market pickup. S/N 16780. Blue and black/black leatherette/ gray vinyl. Odo: 1,294 miles. No title, bill of sale. Auction house calls this a Model 75, but that wasn’t introduced until 1916. Done up several decades ago as a promotional vehicle for The Rusty Duck Antiques. Rather average old repaint, but still looks decent enough. Heavier chipping on fender edges. Leatherette roof sections are good. Canadian car-club decal in the windshield, year-of-mfg. California porcelain plate and far newer British Columbia tin license plate out back. All trim done in black. Only


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide has a very dingy single seat for the driver. Engine is loose and will not run. Heavily flaking white chassis paint. Cond: 4-. Chrysler’s new namesake company. While this example looked ready to go, it wasn’t budging under its own power. As such, it was very well sold—but didn’t have to be. Four hours before bidding closed, it was at a more realistic $7,500, where it had been for several days before. Shelter-in-place bidders with itchy mouse-clicking fingers strike again. #18P-1923 FORD MODEL T roadster. Stephan Bauer ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s a new exotic supercar. For the most part, these pro-am efforts end up as misbegotten footnotes in automotive history. Vehicles in this category include such craptastic efforts as the Isdera Imperator 108i, the Consulier GTP and the Yamaha OX99-11. Each of these projects suffers from twin maladies: extreme rarity and the nagging sense that the basic body lines were drawn by a committee of schoolboys asked to pen a “totally sick race car.” Against that backdrop, there are a few short-run The Venturi 400 Comes of Age In every generation, someone tries to create sports cars that deserve attention from serious collectors — and they are now importable under the 25-year rule. On the short list of cars you might actually want to own is the Venturi 400. Originally based in the Principality of Monaco, Venturi was founded by two French automotive engineers to produce exclusive high-performance cars to compete with the exotic automakers in surrounding nations. Unlike most such startup efforts, the Venturi cars are attractive, fast, and reasonably durable. After building and selling almost 1,000 handsome SOLD AT $5,060. Not only did Overland have a light commercial model, but half of the Model 81 catalog was made up of them (two out of four, but that’s still half). The other body style was a panel delivery, while the cars had touring and roadster bodies. Logical enough, as this smallest Overland model not only challenged the Ford Model T in the market, but in 1915 was its most successful competitor, attaining second place in sales that year. Yet that old line of “second place is the first-place loser” also fits here, as almost nobody remembers Overland. Well enough sold, considering the titling and awakening issues. #6P-1923 CHALMERS MODEL Y 4-dr grand-touring cars in the 1980s, Venturi had moved to Pays de la Loire, southwest of Le Mans. The company had become involved in racing, naturellement, and was ready for the next step. The Venturi 400 Trophy debuted in 1992 as a purpose-built racing machine for European touring-car competition. The 400 Trophy was a mid-engine, rear-drive car powered with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 rated at 408 horsepower. The racing-spec 400 Trophy would do 0–60 mph in about four seconds, and for a time had its own single-marque series. An automaker must produce a certain number of Trophy and 15 examples of the street-legal GT version. The untrained eye might easily mistake a Venturi 400 GT for a Series 3 Lotus Esprit, which was produced contemporaneously with the Venturi. As with any ultra-rare competition car, recorded sales are few and far between. However, with diligent effort you can probably find a Venturi 400 in good condition for about $175,000–$200,000. Vive la differénce! ♦ 128 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market road-going vehicles to homologate for competition in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and that was the genesis of the Venturi 400 GT. These models gave up a little speed with the addition of road-legal equipment, but they still offered about 400 horsepower and 0–60 times in the mid-four-second range with a 5-speed manual transmission. Notably, the Venturi 400 GT was the first production car to include carbon brakes as standard equipment. In all, Venturi made 73 examples of the 400 SOLD AT $10,175. While this was cataloged as a Model 35C, those were only built in 1920 and 1921. While it’s possible that a model 35C sat in a dealer’s inventory for two years before being titled, the Y-series serial number confirms it as a one-year-only Model Y. That year was also the last year for Chalmers before the company was added to what became Walter P. touring. S/N Y1244. Maroon and black/black leatherette/black leatherette. Odo: 6,766 miles. 224-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Optional solid-steel wheels, including the spare out back. Old, average-quality repaint, now with its share of light nicks, chips and scratches. Light pitting on all plating, to include the period aftermarket Moto-Light radiator cap and rudimentary spotlight. Gallon can of Kroil on the driver’s side running board near the engine, likely used to coax the stuck engine, as the top of the head is rather oily—not dingy. Home-use-rated steel Romex flex conduit used for most of the electricals under the hood. Wood door and body-sill tops are in pretty good shape, but a revarnish should be done. Driver’s door inside panel missing. Seats redone decades ago and serviceable. Marble shift knob. Cond: 4. S/N 11043974. Black/black vinyl. Engine serial number dates to January 1925. No title, sold on a bill of sale. No speedometer or odometer. Fairly decent older repaint with heavier wear on edges of fenders. Vintage (pre-WWII?) pot-metal Civil Air Patrol license-plate attachment sign over a 1923 MN license plate. Up front is a Minnesota/Iowa Region AACA license plate. Period luggage rack mounted on left running board. Painted wood-spoke wheels in good shape but are nothing at all like stock. Period-accessory belt-driven water pump. Set up to run on a battery or the magneto. Let’s just say that it runs, but has issues. Seat redone on the cheap but is not dingy and moldy. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,600. I guess I didn’t get the memo that said that you can pay full retail price on Model Ts that don’t have titles. Even with a title, this would have been well enough sold. #22P-1923 BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD ROAD ROLLER steam roller. S/N 10934. Green, gray and black/none/gray-painted steel. MHD. Motive power from a centrally mounted 2-cylinder steam engine, to the left of the boiler. Cast brass plaque on the water tender indicates that it was in use by the Central Engine Company in Davenport, IA, as unit number 3. Nowhere near able to be put under steam. Stated to have been stored indoors, so corrosion and paint fade is at a minimum—but does have some paint flaking. 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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN refuse inside them. Does free-wheel—easily towed with a Bobcat, with several chains slung around the back of the frame to facilitate that. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $26,400. To correct assumptions that this name was dreamed up by some hippy-dippy pop group in the 1960s, Buffalo Springfield was created by the merger of Buffalo Pitts and the Kelly-Springfield Road Roller Company (not to be confused with the like-named tire and truck companies—all three different entities). By the early 1920s, they were the nation’s leading maker of steampowered road-bed compactors. Buying any steam engine in the 21st century is like buying a Formula One car; the purchase price is the cheapest expense you’ll have. If the new owner has any hope of firing this up, expect at least another $24k of expenses—and in most states, he or she will need a boiler inspection and certification. New owner must be really committed. #7P-1924 MAXWELL MODEL 25 2-dr sedan. S/N C444801. Yellow and black/black leatherette/dark gray cloth. Odo: 51,543 miles. 186-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Odometer difficult to read due to paint peeling on last three segments. Wears Michigan license plate with 1989 tabs, but stated that it has a good title. Very old and very low-budget repaint. Woodspoke wheels and steering-wheel rim in need of varnish and may already be loose. You’re not seeing things—all-white 5.00x20 bias-ply tires. Dull and pitted plating throughout. Decent leatherette on the roof. Very dingy under hood. Motor is loose but does not run. Seats were most likely redone in the 1980s and were done quite well, even if they’re now rather dirty. Cond: 4-. Radiator shell spray-painted gold. Homemade wood body, mostly from 2x12 planks. Modified electrical system with a long-dead 6-volt battery relocated to driver’s side of the cowl under hood. Engine rusty, crusty and stuck. Very dirty interior. Seat jagged, with rusty coil springs and stinky mottled padding. Original door panels are shot. Mismatched tires won’t hold air; old gold-painted wire wheels. No title. Cond: 6+. of the “60” having plenty of aftermarket performance parts due to period sprint-car racing—this is more show than go. The assigned VIN does nothing for anyone wanting to reset the car back to stock, or was a decent buy for someone wanting to go any way they want for any definition of street rod. SOLD AT $2,640. There’s probably nasty stuff in this truck that’ll make coronavirus go screaming to its mommy in fear. Provided that the high bidder gets what’s on the truck, the 1957 T-bird hood and trunk lid are the highest-value items in this lot. As such, they must be worth about $2k of the final bid. #12P-1937 FORD STANDARD modified coupe. S/N DPS732755MN. Dark brown/ brown Naugahyde. Odo: 35,378 miles. 136-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Minnesota-assigned VIN, with tag on driver’s door pillar. Average repaint done four to five decades ago. Masking lines on dry-rotted and crumbling window seals. A good share of running-board rubber has cracked and fallen off base metal. Both rear windows heavily delaminating. Bumper plating peeling off, leaving heavier surface rust. Grille trim pretty decent, but clamp-on door-edge mirror is very dull. 1970s-era mag wheels, Polyglas tires. Oh-so-1970s diamondpleated seats and door panels all dirty. Hood sides sitting in passenger’s footwell and seat bottom. Stock but unkempt engine bay. Runs, but juice brakes don’t work. Cobwebs all over undercarriage. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,170. Pinky’s family clams that he purchased this from a movie-rental company and it was used in at least one Laurel and Hardy film. In 2020 that doesn’t count for too much (show of hands for those under 40 who know who Laurel and Hardy were). Anything you put into it from here on out will at best be a dollar in for each dollar out. More likely, it’ll be a losing proposition. #23P-1928 FORD MODEL AA 1-ton stake-bed pickup. S/N AA388022. Eng. # AA388022. Black/black leatherette/gray cloth. Odo: 38,650 miles. 200-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Homemade fabricated tin roof and windshield assembly sourced from elsewhere. Very old repaint, now heavily faded and peeling. Very rusty cowl fuel tank won’t hold any liquid. 130 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market #3P-1939 FORD Type 83 pickup. S/N 184076649. Dark green and black/green vinyl. Odo: 11,578 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Vintage speed parts include Thickstun finned aluminum heads, dual Stromberg 97s with air cleaner that matches the heads, and Columbia 2-speed rear end. Engine bay could stand a good detailing—especially the carburetors. Never really got going while I was on site, so there’s more to a cleanup than just cosmetics. Older, average-quality repaint and replated bumpers. A pair of hood side badges added below the tailgate. Aftermarket wheel covers and dealer-accessory fog lamps. Dingy old bias-ply tires. Pretty much stock inside the cab, with older seat redo and replacement headliner. Greasy, dingy undercarriage. Aftermarket low-buck dual exhaust system is now rusty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,750. The last of the two years of the “barrel-nose” Ford trucks, this was one of my favorite vehicles here. Generally stock on the outside, yet the Caddy-like blade wheel cover hints that the flathead may be tweaked. This was also the first year that Ol’ Henry acquiesced to juice brakes company-wide. Best of all is the Columbia rear, making it a lot easier to keep up with 2020 traffic. I figured this was going to at least crack $15k, but this result apparently means that the bidders seemed to have a sense that they’ll need to deal with issues from it sitting. SOLD AT $11,275. The diminutive 136-ci 60-hp engine debuted in 1937 and was offered until 1940 in North America. Originally intended for European-production Fords, it was offered as an economical choice here, but it was underpowered in the American Fords. It was replaced by Ford’s first inline 6-cylinder engine since the Model T in 1941. Despite being billed as a hot rod—and a long history #4P-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR sedan. S/N 96H731903. Silver/beige cloth. Odo: 39,074 miles. 267-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Was originally light gray, but repainted on the cheap long ago. Lousy masking around dryrotted window seals. Dealer-accessory ventwing glass (although the glass is missing from the driver’s side). Aftermarket clamp-on door mirror and fog lamps, which aren’t aimed. Brush-painted green door jambs, with pieces of door paneling missing. Seats and door panels reupholstered decades ago on the cheap, the latter being markedly more yellowed. Original headliner heavily discolored. Electrical tape wrapped around steering-wheel rim. Speedometer almost looks new. Bone-stock


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN under the hood, looking like it hasn’t seen regular maintenance in years. Runs, but the brakes are out. Cond: 4-. ous holes and dents in the roof. Ancient repaint, with moss intermittently and an Itasca Equipment Co. of Savage, MN, dealer decal on driver’s side of cowl. Stainless grille surround is okay, chrome is nonexistent. Complete engine under the hood, but somewhat anticlimactic considering the rest of the truck. Cond: 5-. with no provision for a top. Originally sold new to the Hopkins, MN, fire department. Retains all ladder sections and several sections of hard (suction) hose. Powered by a Hercules flathead 6-cylinder motor with dual ignition under butterfly hood. Fuel line disconnected at carburetor. Even with that, it just isn’t running. Paint doesn’t look all that awful at 20 feet, even if it’s dusty, faded and flaking in places. Most lights and sirens still in place. Most tires still hold air, and may even be original. Seats reupholstered multiple times over the years. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $9,350. Anyone thinking that they’d buy this to put the V12 into Lot 9P, the 1948 Continental coupe that was also here, was in for several surprises. First, the 1939 and 1948 flathead V12s are two different animals. Second, this actually brought more money than that Continental (which made $6,875). This sedan needs about $50k of work, and after that, on its best day on a mass-market auction block, it will be about a $40k to $45k car. Nothing adds up on this final bid. BEST BUY #29P-1939 FORD MODEL 99T Marmon-Herrington 4x4 conversion pickup. S/N KSFF5485121. Highway Yellow/brown leatherette. Odo: 18,958 miles. 221-ci V6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Retains all parts installed by Marmon-Herrington, to include hood side badges (even if they’re pretty rough) and serial number/shift tags in cab. Getting into said cab is a real bear, as fabricated raw metal door “handles” and damaged cab (from dents and rust) make opening a door a cardiovascular workout. Once inside, you’re greeted by a solo bucket seat, rusty floors and a general assortment of junk. Vari- SOLD AT $2,310. A Marmon-Herrington conversion is almost magical to Ford truck folks, since this was the most common way to get a 4x4 Ford from 1935 to 1958—yet was far from common, even in this case, where the value is essentially in the unique pieces to convert or upfit another 4x2 Ford truck. You either find these as over-the-top restorations that command huge money or used-andabused nearly dead salty parts like this. Odd as it may seem to some, this was actually a pretty good buy if you know what you’re dealing with, as all of the Unobtanium hard parts are here. It just depends how much they’re worn. #32P-1941 BUFFALO PATHFINDER aerial-ladder fire truck. S/N A1782. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 8,449 miles. Fitted with a Pirsch rotating aerial-ladder unit, along with a 500-gpm-rated pump. Open-cab configuration, SOLD AT $1,540. The Buffalo Fire Appliance Corporation built both fire trucks and fire extinguishers in Buffalo, NY, from 1922 until it was bought out by Fyr-Fyter Company in 1948. Since they wanted the fire-extinguisher division, and spec-built fire trucks were figured to be a low-profit margin item, they discontinued making trucks. A pretty rare unit (about 2,000 units were made over all years of production), but restoring near-to-death fire trucks is not a hobby for the weak of wallet and light in logistical support. Worst-case scenario, it might even be an even-money deal to part it out and put the rest across the scale. #2P-1947 HUDSON MODEL 58 pickup. S/N 18635556. Red/green cloth. Odo: 2,369 miles. 212-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Very old colorchange repaint (originally dark green), now with heavy fading, scratching, surface rust and flaking. Broken-out rear window. Trim elements and hood taken from a Commodore series, to include the front seat and door panels. Aftermarket wheels on mostly flat tires. 1980s vintage plastic rear turn-signal housings hanging off Hudson pickup box sides. Window seals dry-rotted and rock-hard. Vent-window glass delaminating. Windshield has a solid coating of cement-like dust over it. Fitted with a HydraMatic transmission (with GM shift quadrant) but still has three pedals. Filthy interior. Greasy, filthy engine—likely from a later-model Hudson, due to the radiator necks and engine coolant necks not lining up. Cond: 5+. 132 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN SOLD AT $18,975. One of 3,104 made this second—and highest—production year of the Hudson pickup. While some early commenters online thought this was a put-together based on a Commodore sedan, it’s based on a realdeal pickup, but has a bunch of other parts thrown into it. A pretty rare pickup to sell for almost twenty grand, yet at best is the starting point for a complete tear-down. #9P-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 2-dr coupe. S/N 8768571606. Seafoam Green/dark green leather and light green cloth. Odo: 31,064 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Per the brass plaque mounted on the cowl under the hood, repowered with a 1954 Cadillac engine by Wade R. Smith. He also fitted custom Lincoln-script brass plates to the chrome valve covers. Also fitted with an overdrive unit, the control knob being from the 1950s. Light green engine paint now rather dingy. No air cleaner over grubby carburetor. Air conditioning likely added after engine swap. Runs, but don’t trust the brakes. Okay repaint back in the day, now with some fading and overall light cracking, plus lifting from dings on front fenders. All brightwork pitted to some extent. Seat leather and door panels appear original, with reupholstered seat inserts. Spare-tire cover sitting on back seat. Cond: 4. cumulations on back of transfer case and around rear differential pumpkin. Four tires on the ground are civilian bias-ply snows, the spare is a mil-spec NDT. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $6,875. Yvette didn’t specify if a title was available or not. This is the starting point for a credit-card restoration, as the body is rougher than it looks. By the time the new owner gets done, there won’t be much 1948 Willys left. It would’ve been well enough sold a day before the bidding closed when it was at $3,600. However, the Red Mist kicked into overdrive (the only thing about this that will be in overdrive) and it was heavily bid back and forth into extra innings beyond closing. Cue the Vince Guaraldi Trio soundtrack, as Pinky’s family members and Mrs. VanDerBrink should be doing the Snoopy happy dance over this sale. SOLD AT $6,875. V8 conversions were all the rage with these first-generation Continentals, mostly due to folks not understanding the original flathead V12. Most swaps were for postwar OHV Caddies or Oldsmobiles, yet I’ve seen all sorts of other engines used—including a pre-war 85-hp Ford flathead in one case. Acquired by Mr. Seefert several decades ago “at one of the Reno auctions,” per family members, and unfortunately it looks like he did little or nothing to preserve the car aside from park it inside. A decent buy if you know these cars and have a V12 ready to drop in. A bit more dear if you want to leave as-is and flesh out the annoying “Which part did they use?” issues that come with old engine swaps gone feral. #19P-1948 WILLYS CJ-2A utility. S/N 1722021. Red/green canvas. Odo: 5,840 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Originally green, repainted several times, now red. Paint heavily faded, nicked and peeling off on some panel edges. Rust blistering at bottom of body. Floor has had patch work. Homemade rear drawbar; modern-era plastic brake/turn-signal housings faded. Engine dirty yet complete, but air cleaner lifted off carburetor venturi. Universalfit flexible coolant hoses. Heavier grease ac- 134 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market #28P-1948 WILLYS CJ-2A utility. S/N 176454. Olive Drab/Olive Drab/green canvas. Odo: 173 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fitted with an ex-military hard top (originally intended for M38 jeeps, made by Willys-Overland) and a period Schenker snowplow. Originally painted maroon, later given an Army-wannabe green repaint a couple of times. Rust at bottom of body tub, mossy most everywhere else. Air filter canister sitting in the back of the body, but otherwise complete under hood. Engine fitted with a belt-driven Hy-Lo-Jeep hydraulic pump to work the snowplow. Like any used old hydraulic pump, is coated with about a foot of grease and grime. Combine that with years of dead leaves and acorns—the top of the engine is a right mess. Title status ambiguous, so assume none. Cond: 5-. #10P-1950 PACKARD EIGHT series 2382 sedan. S/N 2382517003. Maroon/gray and maroon broadcloth. Odo: 77,002 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Optional overdrive unit and cormorant hood ornament. Old repaint looks like it has sanding scratches beneath it, but it’s really the dried paint starting to crack. Sloppy masking around dry-rotted window seals. Backlight has multiple cracks radiating up from bottom edge—like old, fractured Plexiglas. Solid door fit, even if gaps vary. All chrome dull and pitting. Porta-walls disintegrating off old radial tires. Seats reupholstered and are now markedly lighter than original door panels and headliner. Missing air cleaner (like so many cars here) but otherwise complete yet dingy under the hood. Stated that it will run but is fussy to start. Brakes are out. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,730. Purchased by Mr. Seefert at the ACS International auction in Minneapolis in May 1993 for $1,950, per the lot release slip still in the glovebox. At that point it was probably a pretty decent car. Since then, it looks like it was driven the 25-odd miles here, parked in a dirt-floor building or under an overhang and left to rot. Logical bid of $2,400 on the final morning of the auction, and from there silly money until it closed. Somehow I get the feeling that the final bidders were not even in the same time zone as the car, or they’d have stopped. Very well sold indeed. #26P-1951 KAISER DELUXE 4-dr sedan. S/N K512140888. Mariner Gray/Caribbean Coral cloth. Odo: 50,039 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Factory optional GM Hydra-Matic transmission. Period-accessory windshield visor. Has sat here long enough to sink down into the ground. Any bodywork that doesn’t have moss has surface rust. Bumpers don’t look too bad—if they clean up. Most of the stainless ranges from pretty decent to restorable in a pinch. Seats have era-correct seat covers, but I’m not man enough to pull them off to see if they are either hiding good original upholstery or are a chemical-weapons petri dish. Shredded headliner. Complete under the hood—with an ancient, flaking, non-stock repaint on the very dead engine. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,540. The best buy of a Jeep here. Not only didn’t this get bid to stupid money, but if you parcel out the snowplow and the hard top (the trick piece here), their sales should cover what you paid for the whole lot. Even if it will become a heavily involved restoration, this was a decent buy.


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN SOLD AT $495. Sad thing is that this was probably a decent restoration candidate when it was parked here. Problem was, it was parked here. And left. One of the few reasonably selling vehicles here, even if it ends up as a parts car or a yard ornament somewhere else. #44P-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 55SL80149M. Black/red vinyl and nylon. Odo: 19,295 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Customizing touches include Lake pipes, grille, shaving the lettering off the hood and trunk, plus spinner wheel covers up front (and plain covers beneath the rear fender skirts). Flower etchings on edges of rear window. Driver’s door mirror removed—holes are filled with pop rivets. Lightly scuffed stainless trim, heavily pitted vent-window frames. Orange-painted 1970sera Ford small-block V8 air cleaner fitted to stock engine. Modern orange spark-plug wires, but just as greasy and dirty as rest of motor. Older on-the-cheap seat upholstery re-do, but really doesn’t look too out of place for the era. Original but discolored door panels. Gauge-cluster internals not aligned with external trim. Cond: 3. did close, things went crazy. You’ll be hearing this phrase a lot from here: well sold. SOLD AT $13,475. The relocated body tag shows that this was built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant with special-order paint, so it was likely a fleet truck. The truck’s now at the point where one’s better off leaving it configured as-is. The only question is whether to just do enough to make it functional or go all out for the new owner to personalize it. There wasn’t much of a horse race for bidding on this. In fact, the final bid was placed weeks before the scheduled ending. That in itself gives some idea of the market—and more so, of the level of interest—in old modified pickups. Bear in mind that for decades, the 1956 was THE year to have for an ’Effie Ford, due mostly to the wraparound windshield. #17P-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sky- SOLD AT $16,280. While most car-attuned Millennials gotta have a Supra, ever-increasing numbers (guys and gals) are finding interest in 1950s Rockabilly retro-style rods and Kustoms—and dressing the part to boot (although I’d dare say overdressing and inking up with tats to the point of almost being a parody of the era). So I wasn’t too surprised that the bidding on this Merc went into extra innings. The youngest of Pinky’s sons told me when inspecting the cars that this was the one he was hoping to bid on and end up with, and it looked pretty good for him up until an hour before closing. Yet his $10k max was beaten out shortly after, with bidding extended several times to end on a high note. Who says ’50s cars are a dying old man’s hobby? #45P-1956 FORD F-100 custom pickup. S/N F10D6P18706. White/tan velour. Odo: 56 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fiberglass tilting front clip. Originally a 223-ci inline 6 with a 4-speed, now a 460/auto. Decent paint job, aftermarket chrome and trim lightly pitted from being in a dirt-floor shed. The only thing done to the powertrain since it got yanked out of Grandpa’s Continental was a repaint and an aftermarket air cleaner. Homemade wood cabinet and inner box liners to go with the wood floor. Power bench seats from a 1980s full-size Ford, with heavier soiling on the bottoms. Household shag carpeting. Mopar tilt steering column and aftermarket steering wheel. Aftermarket gauges fitted into the dash. Cond: 3-. 136 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market liner retractable hard top. S/N H8XW101215. Yellow and white/black and white vinyl and nylon. Odo: 71,044 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, power brakes, power windows, full tinted glass, and Town and Country AM radio. Body tag reattached with modern pop rivets after it was lifted as part of a pretty good trim-off repaint a couple of decades ago. Alloy trim still rather bright and generally blemish-free. Wears 1957 Ford wheel covers and dingy old bias-ply tires. Rear quarter-panel emblems broken on both sides. Cracked driver’s door glass. Dingy engine bay. Good fit of reproduction seat and door-panel upholstery. Dash trim missing from around radio. Plenty of surface rust and grime on engine and ancillaries. Moderate surface rust on underbelly, but nothing structural. Aftermarket rear coil-over shocks. Cond: 3-. #25P-1959 IMPERIAL CROWN sedan. S/N M617107711. Gray/white vinyl and gray nylon. Odo: 58,313 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory optional swivel power front bucket seats. Originally Aqua Metallic under primer applied years back. Generally, what bodywork doesn’t have surface rust has moss. Most stainless ranges from pretty decent to restorable. Bumper chrome dull. Heavier pitting on all pot-metal trim. Most interior upholstery is seam-splitting and falling apart, all with light to moderate dust and cobwebs. And it smells really wonderful, too. Top of engine disassembled, with heads sitting on top of the now short-block—all of it a big rust ball from being in the elements. I’ve seen rustier undercarriages, but I’ve mostly seen better. Cond: 6+. SOLD AT $1,650. I can all but guarantee that this was bought solely for the swivel front bucket seats for someone’s Plymouth Sport Fury project (real or fakey-doo), with a bigblock 413 and Torque-Flop automatic cores to make it worth the trip to haul it home. The buyer can probably use the bumpers and the stainless if in a pinch (and can put the 4-doorunique pieces to use), as these pieces were fairly straight. Beyond that, weigh up the rest for scrap. #11P-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- SOLD AT $20,075. Yes, power windows were an option on the Skyliner retractables. You’d think that they’d have them standard, but the top mechanism safely clears the side glass if it’s up when the top is lowered. 1958 automotive technology wasn’t there yet to lower both the windows and the top. Granted, I wouldn’t leave the glass up and trust 62-year-old automotive technology—I’d still crank the windows down just to be safe. Like most cars here, it was at a sane, reasonable bid the day before the auction closed, but shortly before it ible. S/N 5F08C800579. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,470 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power top, remote-control driver’s door mirror, center console, power steering and AM radio. Fitted with 1968–69 GT-styled steel wheels and older radials. Originally Ivy Green; given a far darker cheap repaint about three decades ago. Painter used double-wide masking tape, as there’s overspray after that width on the sides of the doors, in the door jambs, on the aftermarket dual exhaust system and under the hood. 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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN SOLD AT $17,600. A late-1965 Mustang with an Argent-colored body tag to indicate that the R-code paint was new-for-Ford Acrylic Enamel. In addition, the date code has a scheduled build date of July 28, 1965—just before the 1966 change-over in August. Also fitted with a period accessory that you rarely see anymore: a trailer hitch. Even on unrestored examples, most Mustang hitches have now been removed. I have a cousin who bought a ’66 fastback in college during the early 1970s and I distinctly remember it had a hitch because I bashed my shin on it. No need to bash the new owner, because whoever it was paid market value for it on the hammer. If the new owner isn’t local and needs this car shipped, consider it well sold. #36P-1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 con- vertible. S/N 7G57C218078. Maroon/black vinyl/maroon and white vinyl. Odo: 81,664 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old, low-budget repaint covers several cubic yards of body filler, with sloppy masking. Door seams essentially troweled over with Bondo, with excess filler curled under the car from shaping the lower quarter panels. Every body panel has some sort of light-to-heavy scrape or chip in paint. Bumpers foggy, dull and pitting; rest of the chrome only gets worse. Dull alloy trim and grille. Fitted with rusty and pitted Keystones and old radial tires. Aftermarket window-tint film on all glass except windshield. Seats redone before being parked and clean up pretty well. Original carpet shot. Very dingy engine bay. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $9,350. None of Pinky’s offspring remember the car running at any time past when the license tabs expired—in 1989. Based on the silly money this brought, I wonder if anyone actually looked at it, let alone ran a magnet along the bottom of the fenders or doors. If it wasn’t for the folding top, this Ford would’ve been scrap iron by the time a Ford was in the White House. Even if the family members don’t realize how lucky they got with this car, I’ll bet Yvette did. #46P-1967 GMC 1500 Custom 3/4-ton pickup. S/N CM2590DPC3446B. Aqua/beige vinyl. Odo: 15,569 miles. 305-ci V6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. All original paint. Structurally rust-free, due to it having been Ziebarted when new. Pinstriping flourishes added a long time ago. Light overall scuffing on body-side moldings and chrome front bumper; moderately dented grille. Period aftermarket painted rear step bumper, modern aftermarket fake aluminum big-rig wheel covers over stock split rims. Newer economy-grade stock exhaust system. Original seat vinyl, but damaged on the sides when someone tried restuffing the seat bottom. Aftermarket small-diameter wood-rim steering wheel and triple-gauge pod below center of the dash. Heavy surface rust taking over the original paint on the otherwise-dingy engine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,325. What it was lacking for options it made up for in solid originality. This was nice enough that I was bidding on it up to $3k. A ’67 GMC with the original 305 V6 has kind of been on my wish list for some time, and while I’d have preferred a granny-low 4-speed over the threeon-the-tree, below three grand, I’d have been a fool not to chase it. Beyond that, all I’ve got to say is that I hope that it wasn’t bought by someone planning on yanking the perfectly good V6 (it ran like a top) and LS’ing it, since 1967–69 GMCs with the V6 still in it are getting rarer by the day. Had this been a Chevy with an inline 6, this would’ve been cheap. As a Jimmy that few people love, call it marketcorrect. #49P-1969 FORD BRONCO custom SUV. S/N U15GLE99083. Black and orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 91,355 miles. Originally Reef Aqua with a 302 V8, now vacant under the loose hood. C4 automatic still in the truck. Aftermarket door cut-outs and wheelwell flares. Bumpers crooked, chrome shot. Aftermarket painted wagon wheels on Radial T/As—the right rear flat as a pancake. Optional dual fuel tanks. Rudimentary remains of a bikini top that would tie to the roll bars, but draped over the windshield. Moldy non-stock bucket seats, bare-steel floor. Rudimentary floor shifter. Aftermarket small-diameter steering wheel. Ad-hoc stainless gauge panel cut into rusty dashboard. Cond: 6+. SOLD AT $5,500. If there was an award for the vehicle that had the most time spent on extended bidding that didn’t deserve it, this would get it. With 40 minutes to the scheduled end of bidding, it ratcheted up from a reasonable $2,000 to $4,200. With less than two minutes left, it was bid to $4,400, extending bidding for another two minutes. Yet the under-bidder only bumped up the bid by $100 with less than five seconds to go at each increment, and the eventual buyer immediately bumped it up by the minimum $100 too. 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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS STILLWATER, MN #5P-1971 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III 2-dr hard top. S/N 1YU89A824096. Light green/white vinyl/green nylon & vinyl. Odo: 83,310 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to have been bought new by Pinky’s parents. Last registered in 1985, and the interior and fuel smell like it. Okay older repaint may buff out; dent in right front fender. Lesser-grade masking around rear quarter window seals and door-lock trim plates. Good door fit. Light pitting on door handles, good alloy trim. Vinyl roof redone— probably in the early 1980s—with a cheap and poorly fitted version of a faux convertible Carriage Roof. Half the stock wheel covers are on the back of the car, half are on the passenger’s floorboard. Seats in good shape, if somewhat soiled and dusty. Dingy, unkempt engine bay. Old aftermarket orange spark-plug wires. Stock air cleaner in the pole shed, not protecting wide-open carburetor venturis. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,975. One of Pinky’s sons said this was “factory Crème de Menthe” paint. The body-code sticker was removed, but if I were a betting man, I’d say it was code H, “light green,” since “Crème de Menthe” isn’t listed in Lincoln-Mercury’s paint codes for 1971. Granted, one could still special-order a paint color at this time (at a significant upcharge), but you all but needed Lee Iacocca to sign off on it (since he allegedly said, “Put a Rolls-Royce grille and Continental trunk lid on that T-bird, and we’ll make a fortune on it”). Within 12 hours of the close of bidding, it was at a realistic $2,700, but went nuts in the last 10 minutes of bidding. See what happens when you have a Rolls-Royce grille and Continental trunk lid on a moldering T-bird? #13P-1975 FORD BRONCO Explorer 4x4 SUV. S/N U15GLV73343. Ivy Green Metallic and white/white/white vinyl. Odo: 2,791 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Dealer’s decal on tailgate: Roen Ford of River Falls, WI. Older topical repaint over patch-and-fill rocker panels. Rust blowing out the bottom of the tailgate. Rust percolating from body seams in door jambs. Iffy door fit. White pinstriping added. Rusty spare-tire bracket. Decent original brightwork, but nothing to brag about. Heavy surface rust on undercarriage. Bias-ply rear snow tires, older all-season radials up front. Original interior, but front seats have wear-through on bottom edges. Heavier yellowing on door armrests; very heavy paint chipping on dashboard. Shoddy older engine repaint in lighter-than-stock blue. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. The Explorer package was a mid-year sales-incentive trim package that was available primarily in the upper Midwest. Originally offered on 1968 F-100s, by 1970 it could be had on Rancheros and Broncos. Twenty-four hours before bidding ended, this was at a reasonable $18,750. Within 18 minutes of the original timed ending, it moved up by a grand. From there on in, it became a bidders’ battle all the way past the ending time, extended once to this final bid. This is proof that first-gen Bronco mania continues unhinged, as this rusty-under-the-paint—and not as original as some would think—example sold well, even if it does stop and go well enough. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 139


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE Big-Money Mayhem Sam Stockham wades through BaT results in search of cars that sold big — deservedly or not Finally breaking the six-figure mark: 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa, sold for $140k Report by Sam Stockham; photos courtesy of Bring a Trailer Market opinions in italics C OVID-19 — and everything it has brought with it — sucks. There, I said it. I’m not sure anyone can really disagree with me, except the guys over at Bring a Trailer, who find themselves the default players in the auction arena right now. I like finding the silver lining, though, and we can Company Bring a Trailer Date Range June 23–July 20, 2020 Buyer’s premium all agree that BaT was in the right place at the right time with the right format when COVID stopped the auction world in its tracks. While auction houses are scrambling to get their online presence up, BaT are the old pros serving up the fix for us junkies. I have been a follower of BaT for a few years now and love the simple format and 5%; $250 minimum, $5,000 maximum, included in sold prices the notifications I get when my favorite cars are going to sell in 30 minutes. It often occupies more time in my day than it should and has me doing the math in my head to GERMAN #34031-1986 PORSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N WP0JB0920GS861633. Guards Red/brown leather. Odo: 123,358 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Worn original paint showing chips and fading. Front bumper is slightly different color. Rubber breaking down; small dent on left front fender. Aggressively bolstered driver’s seat shows wear. Steering-wheel stitching coming apart. Cracked windshield with replacement provided in sale. Severely cracked dash. Fivespeed shifter boot squeaks when engaging gears. A video was shot specifically to address this bespoke quirk. Brake service, park-brake and anti-lock and coolant lamps on. Also said to have a slow battery drain. What’s not to like? Toolkit still present. Cond: 3-. 140 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market justify floating a bid. That sort of entertainment value is taking the place of the Hawaiian-shirt-and-bidders’-bar runs in front of thousands. Sales on BaT have been healthy. The money is com- ing out for good cars and sometimes for not-so-good cars. This tells me that many more people in the automotive world are, in fact, turning online to get their carjunkie fixes. This month we decided to focus on the outliers of BaT sales. These are cars that sold for big money (and one not so big). Some are perfectly rational when taken in the context of the big Saturday-night, five-mixed-drinks-in bidding war of the big arena auctions. Sales on BaT are just happening without the cameras, but don’t think we aren’t watching. ♦ SOLD AT $9,345. These were highly advanced cars in the ’80s and cost a ton to fix. Deferred maintenance seems to be what this poor car suffers from currently, and the depreciation curve of these put them in the hands of people that couldn’t really afford them. Call me a sucker, though. I love cars, especially expensive ones, that sell for four digits. If you are patient, handy and have a high tolerance for expensive parts, this could be a fun car to finish beating up on. The miles are too high for restoration, but the condition is too good to part it out or to leave it sit. The fact that the selling dealer is willing to let it go with the brake-related dash lamps all lit up might indicate the relative cost of fixing the issue, or it could be a $100 relay. On the plus side, the dog-leg 5-speed is more rare than the automatic gearbox and will drive the desirability. At this price, the parts are worth more than the sum. I like it. #33694-1988 PORSCHE 944 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0AA2956JN150081. Eng. # 45J00078. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 2,402 miles. 2.5-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Un


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE marked Guards Red exterior with electric sunroof removable panel and 16-inch phone-dial wheels. Interior is in perfect shape and is accompanied by a Blaupunkt Charleston cassette stereo and a fire extinguisher below the driver’s knees. Nice three-minute video of the undercarriage shows it to be as it left the factory, with the exceptions of a mysterious patch on the muffler that looks haphazardly done. Said to have been with the original owner until 2012. Only 40 miles added since 2017. Timing belt in 2014 and a Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 1-. The biggest problem Fiat had with these was that at 90 hp, the car had a hard time outrunning rust. 1972 Fiat 124 Spider guess, since the tires were claimed to be original. Maybe someone tried to balance out the flat spots from sitting so long. Recent comp was 18 months ago for a 5k-mile 1986 version that sold for $75,000. This is a record for BaT on a 944 Turbo. Low miles wins! SOLD AT $84,525. To drive or not to drive? That is the question. While some cars are garage art these days with miles like this, is the 944 really automotive art? They weren’t badlooking, but it’s no 935 or 904. Plus, at $80k, it might actually depreciate slower than a 2020 Porsche, if you did decide to drive it. Hard to fault this one. Aside from the weird muffler patch, the only fault came from an eagle-eyed commenter pointing out that the crests on the wheel center caps were not pointed toward the valve stem. Suspect, I #33917-2003 BMW M5 sedan. S/N WBSDE93413CF93713. Imola Red/black leather. Odo: 102,109 miles. 4.9-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Original paint in good shape for having over 100k on the odometer. Rub mark on the rear bumper and normal road rash on nose. Fantastic color combo not often seen on these, as most were sold in black or silver. Interior shows almost no wear, flying in the face of the odometer. Engine bay is clean, and nothing to note on the CARFAX. Not much to say about a well-kept car for over 100k miles with a rock-solid history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,450. The E39 M5 has gained a real following lately. While they were fantastic cars to drive, they had a German-car depreciation curve just like the rest of them. Sub$20k has been the standard for some time now on anything that was used as an appliance. Remember, these were rather advanced cars at the time and came with parts-price sticker shock that set in once paying for the car was done. Today, they are considered technologically simple and almost analog by comparison with today’s semi-autonomous drivers. On May 29, a 19k-mile example in black sold for $51,000. On the other end of the scale, on July 8, a nice example with 134k miles sold for $17,250. That car was silver, and condition was close but not as obviously well cared for as the subject car. Is Imola Red worth the premium? By comparison, the $51,000 car looks like a bargain. ITALIAN #34072-1972 FIAT 124 Spider. S/N 124BS10058888. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 51,221 miles. 1.6-L I4, 5-sp. Clean red repaint that shows a few chips around edges and some rust blistering on underside of nose. Decent interior. Said to have new vinyl upholstery. Carpet is sun-faded in spots. Typical crack in dash by defrost vent. Dash wood in good shape and recently sourced on eBay. Mid-’80s no-name tape player could find a new home. Period-correct Michelin XZX tires on factory steel wheels. Engine bay is orderly with some new bits and some old. Radiator could use a repaint and apron wiring cleaned up a bit with removal of crimp-on connectors. Aftermarket air cleaner over a Weber carb. Underside shows factory undercoat but is not detailed. Overspray on front suspension components and oil pan detracts. ANSA exhaust hanging off the back looks new. Comes with a new shift boot, clock glass and five Cromodora wheels that are not installed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,063. I had a ’79 2000 in Arizona that had rust in the trunk lid behind the badge, of all places. This example looks to be pretty solid, with no mention or indication of 142 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE rust or previous repair. Door gaps even look good, as these had a tendency to wear out door hinges and sag. Paint job looks to be showing a little age around the edges, but otherwise is holding up to nice driver standard. The tailpipe kinda says, “When I grow up, I want to be a Ferrari.” Original carb, air cleaner and all the spare parts are included in the sale as well. Some nice documentation, with many receipts going back to the mid-’70s. These typically sell at around $10k, which is credit-card money, so this result is big. #33728-1988 LAMBORGHINI JALPA Targa. S/N ZA9JB00A2JLA12389. Siviglia Red/Champagne leather. Odo: 13,355 miles. 3.5-L V8, 5-sp. Number 381 of only 410 examples built by Lambo and this is the final year. 1988 MSRP at over $75,000 with options. Questionable-taste gold Tecnomagnesio rims are said to be period-optioned. Unpainted factory wing included with the sale, along with a binder of service records, a toolkit and dinky-doughnut spare tire. Recent compression check instills confidence, and the digital paint gauge indicates no wrecks. Paint looks imperfect in the close-up pics, possibly due to age and ’80s build quality. Heavy buffing not recommended. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,000. Criticized at the time for being too conservative, it is said that this was the most successful V8 Lambo in terms of sales. That’s not saying much when almost all other Lambos are V10 and V12s. These cars have always been on my radar, and I feel they have aged well considering the design era. They would also outperform the V8 Ferrari Mondial of the time. Personally, I think it was much betterlooking as well, thanks to Bertone. Once the buyout of Lambo by Chrysler was final, Chrysler took the Jalpa out behind the barn and then focused exclusively on the Countach. This looks like a nice example, with only some light creasing of the leather in line with mileage. Final sale number was impressive. The SCM cover car in August got a respectable $99,000—but that car was older and with more miles. Prices continue to slowly rise, but until now haven’t broken six figures in the auction market. Since the mental barrier is now down, expect to see more prices like this. #33571-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFXA20A7K0080501. Eng. # 01747. Black/black leather. Odo: 694 miles. 3.2-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Unusual black-overblack combination is a nice departure from the red-and-tan Ferrari norm, but personally, I like some contrast. The car really shows no wear anywhere, with the exception of the plastic door edge guard, which did its job. Service records and manuals included. 37.5k-mile service completed in 2009. Tool roll with jack, bulbs and belts included. Temp-use spare tire is unused, as expected. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $233,250. This sale is a perfect example of how miles can exponentially increase or devalue your car depending on what side of the equation you’re on. This is by far the lowest-mileage 328 I have seen in a while—and ever on BaT. The next-closest car in miles was 5,600 miles and sold for $130k back in 2018. I would be willing to bet that if you put them side by side, you would be hardpressed to find fault with either, so mileage wins. This car sold at roughly three times what the average 328 is getting today. At this point Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 143


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE it is garage art. You can’t drive it without getting punched in the trunks on value. Personally, I like driving my cars, but not everyone buys art for the ability to drive it. #33960-1992 FERRARI 348 TB coupe. S/N ZFFRG35A7N0093212. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 1,954 miles. 3.4-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Garage art from the start—original owner states the car has never been washed. Car appears flawless in the auction photos. No rash or scrapes on the nose, and the undercarriage is free of any dirt or road grime. Aluminum drivetrain components untarnished. Interior looks factory-fresh, with no leather shrinkage on seat or dash, no sticky buttons or wear to the driver’s seat. Car cover, toolkit and manuals are all still present. Engine-out service 12 years and a hundred miles ago. Based on age, though, the cam belts are good for seven to 10 years before rubber starts to degrade. I don’t think mile accumulation is in this car’s future. Cond: 1-. while some found the side vents too ’80s cliché by the 1990s, I think it makes the car. Some complained of twitchy handling on the track, and Ferrari addressed that with the 355 redesign while softening the look as well. Those two elements may prove the downfall of the 348 in comparison to the 355, but to each his own. If you are in the market for a brand-new 28-year-old Ferrari, here it is. I am not sure you are going to find a nicer example. Once again, low miles and no stories are king, and this one went for a 35% premium over a typical 348 in excellent shape. #34093-1997 FERRARI 550 Maranello SOLD AT $107,000. The 348 took styling from the Testarossa, which grew a fan base akin to salmon T-shirts under white linen suits and boat shoes. I am sure by this time Ferrari understood the value of product placement. These days the styling is delightfully ’80s, and coupe. S/N ZFFZR49A2V0109665. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 5,652 miles. 5.5-L fuel-injected V12, 6-sp. Exterior of this car presents well, with the only sign of real use being the bugs in the a/c condenser. Interior shows only minimal wear consistent with mileage. Couple of small scratches on side of driver’s seat. CD changer in trunk is oh-so’90s. Some minor tarnish to the underside, but nothing out of the ordinary. Strange drips coming off sides of the mufflers—could be undercoating. Brake dust on brakes and suspension consistent with use but again, not detailed. All manuals, extra keys, tools, car cover and tire inflator included in the sale. Timing belt in 2012 at 5,387 miles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $161,000. I wanted a 550 and later a 575M when they were released. I really felt like they were a clean, traditional design that looked as classy as a conservative Armani suit. I love the now-defunct chrome shifter gate. Moving quickly in this car is a no-drama experience as designed. This sale was a record on BaT for a 550, but the result is not really raising eyebrows. These were still depreciating until a few years ago. They have bottomed out and are sure to be on the rise again. The 12-cylinder, front-engine GT car is becoming an item of the past, and if you want a shifter, that time is gone. Get them while they are cheap, relatively speaking. JAPANESE #33164-1981 TOYOTA HILUX pickup. S/N JT4RN38D8B0007556. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 52,531 km. 2.4-L I4, 5-sp. Canadianmarket truck with the bulletproof 22R motor, power steering and an AM radio. Slightly modified with a three-inch lift kit, modern wheels and 33-inch Goodyear tires. Repainted in an attractive metallic red with period stripes on front fenders. Interior redone in tan vinyl to a good standard. Dash looks to be somewhat sun-faded, typical of these trucks over time, but it’s complete. Dashpad may have been redone, but nothing stated in the auction. Rattle-can resto underneath—combo of surface rust and undercoating sprayed with semi-gloss black on chassis components and aluminum on transmission/transfer case. Bed beat up and sprayed over with bed-liner. Said to need front driveshaft U-joints. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,888. I get that this is a 40-year-old truck and there was no mention of a restoration, only a “refurbishment.” Still, I would like to have seen better attention to detail. I “refurbish” components and systems on my cars in my garage all the time. When I am done, though, you can tell it was taken apart, cleaned and reassembled. That’s missing here. It’s not bad, just not detailed and definitely driver-quality. Newer, better trucks are going for less money, but this one had mileage on its side for sure. Good money considering the flaws. On the flip side, the Marty McFly-black ’85 sold back in April for $58,000. That is big money and that truck has 129k miles, but it had great “Back to the Future” presentation, so I guess it’s all relative. #33820-1993 TOYOTA MR2 coupe. S/N JT2SW22N1P0079323. White/black vinyl. 144 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE Odo: 34,403 miles. 2.0-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Looks to be a fully optioned turbo with leather-ish upholstery and T-tops. Unmarked paint with only a couple small chips disclosed by the seller. VIN stickers on body panels look to be accounted for and the CARFAX is clean. Interior shows almost no wear and is bonestock. Under-body photos show a stock 27-year-old car that was taken care of but not redone. Looks honest. Cond: 2. They look like a junior 355 Ferrari if you squint, and the engine was in the right place before Corvette made it cool again. They weren’t winning the horsepower wars, but they would out-handle any V8 pig of the era. 1993 Toyota MR2 coupe these fun. This sales result was impressive, but this is quickly becoming the new norm. Well sold, but get used to it. Classic Japanese is where it’s at right now. AMERICAN SOLD AT $31,763. It’s so funny when Kelley Blue Book pegs these at under $5,000 and leaves the door wide open for unscrupulous arbitrage. Even with that, the market has been over $10k for anything under 150k miles for a while, and why not? They look like a junior 355 Ferrari if you squint, and the engine was in the right place before Corvette made it cool again. They weren’t winning the horsepower wars, but they would out-handle any V8 pig of the era, such as my 5.0 Mustang. Straight line was not where this car was meant to shine— but high RPMs in an autocross slalom made #34085-1969 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N U14GLF11273. Light blue/white/black vinyl. Odo: 73,874 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Long-term ownership since 2003. Owner changed the color from teal to light blue. New floor pans welded in at time of painting. Paint starting to show its age from use, which instills driveability confidence. Stainless trim on sides shows dents and dings. Large front bumper with winch, powered by PTO, is tarnished and far from new. Engine bay clean but not redone. Some bunched-up wiring near the battery should be cleaned up. Aftermarket chrome air cleaner. Factory white steel wheels. Underside looks clean but used, like the rest of the truck. Dual exhaust. Interior shows newer upholstery with contrasting piping that is slightly wavy. Dash said to have been redone, but keys have worn the paint off under ignition switch. Door panels are raggedy. Centech wiring harness with fuse box in glovebox. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 145


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE According to the buyer, it will be used at the villa in Corsica. I kinda like the visual of this thing doing island duty, dodging Vespas and a max island speed limit of 60 km/h. 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV SOLD AT $60,867. Bronco fever has struck, especially over the past five years. The prices on these things just keep going up and up. Heavily modified trucks with fuel injection and lots of aftermarket parts can push over $100k. Not long ago, the best fully restored and uncut examples brought this sort of money—but this is far from being a full restoration or even a refurb. This truck is honest and completely usable, but it was not pampered during its life. It obviously saw inclement weather due to the need to replace the floor pans and lives in the Pacific Northwest, where rain is constant. Only two pictures of the undercarriage in the auction lends to uncertainty of the weld job on the pans. The honesty of this truck is nice, but with lack of original paint and pans and the general tarnish from use, this feels expensive. Two years ago this was a $25,000 truck. It’s a good time be a seller right now. #33225-1979 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II SUV. S/N J0062JGD49833. Baltic Blue/white/blue plaid cloth. Odo: 60,565 miles. 345-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint with flat black rockers and cracking vinyl body stripes. Patches in the rockers ahead of the rear wheels look shade-tree and obvious. Stainless tarnished, scratched windshield from wipers. Clean engine bay shows repaint of engine, but no indication of the engine having been out. SOLD AT $37,800. “Step right up, folks. These are the new Broncos and you should get ’em while they’re cheap.” Well, I would have said that a year ago, but now they are 75% of what a Bronco would cost, according to this sale. The money isn’t shocking, but I think this sale is a bit of an outlier based on condition. This truck has some needs. The current rusted Conspicuously missing a/c compressor with a/c lines left open to the elements. New Edelbrock carb. Factory underhood stickers remain. Sixteen-year-old tires with oddball spare. Deluxe fabric interior redone by the selling dealer and looks snazzy. Blue rubber floor mat cracking. Rest of the interior looks original, including heavily sun-faded horn button. Rust hole in the floor pan shown in the photos. Recent fluid service, U-joints and new Rancho shocks all around. Cond: 3. pans are for starters and the sloppy rocker fixes just give a bit of uncertainty to what else you are going to find once you open Pandora’s box. This money should have gotten the buyer a better example—and a better example sold in May for almost the same money with no rust issues. That should tell you something. #33054-1988 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER SUV. S/N 1JCNJ15U1JT033236. Brown/tan leather. Odo: 45,604 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Probably-original brown paint holding up, even though clearcoat generally failed. Woodgrain is also in good shape and not sun-faded. Interior is in great shape with only character creases in the leather. Original Jeep/Jensen radio in the dash with an XM satellite tuner in the glovebox, riding next to original owner’s manuals. Rear defrost button on dash is suspiciously faded, and trim screws at the bottom of door panels are the only downers. Engine bay is clean, with a few replacement hoses noted and an R134 a/c conversion done, but they left the original boat-anchor York compressor. The undercarriage looks original and free of undercoating and any pre-sale spray-can touch-ups. Dealer badge from South Carolina. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,600. This is a great survivor truck that doesn’t appear to have had any level of restoration. I am amazed that the original clearcoat is still on this truck. If it has been repainted, nothing is mentioned in the description. I say this because at the time these were built, water-based clearcoats were becoming mandated, and time proved that the formula wasn’t long-lasting. With only 46k on the clock, the mileage is the value driver here. I see a few small muffs in the pics, but in general this looked like an honest truck and a great value at $25,000; however, it sold at $52,000. Holy cow! According to the buyer, it will be used at the villa in Corsica. I kinda like the visual of this thing doing island duty, dodging Vespas and a max island speed limit of 60 km/h. Hope it doesn’t foul the plugs. #33436-1989 PONTIAC TRANS AM Pace Car coupe. S/N 1G5FW2177KL240283. White/tan leather. Odo: 694 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. T-tops. Paint unmarked and clearcoat is not delaminating as typical on ’80s cars. No noted distortion of the plastic bumper covers. Gold basket-weave wheels are unmarked, still show a good polish and wear the original Goodyear Gatorback tires. Monroney sticker still present on passenger’s window. Interior is almost perfect. I think maybe I 146 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE can see where a foot rested once on the driver’s floor mat, and the sun visors look like they might actually be degrading somewhat, which is hard to believe. Gold cardboard box included that held manuals, a key fob and other Pace Car goodies. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $45,150. V8s be damned. In the day, the GM turbo V6 was the plant to have. It was basically the same mill that made the Grand National popular. They were rated at a conservative 250 horsepower, but most people were measuring more on the dyno—a upward potential in years to come. This one was obviously mothballed, and the investment fell flat for the first 31 years. Only now is the owner getting his MSRP back and then a little. One would still be underwater considering three decades of insurance payments. Now what? More art for the garage? I wonder if the air in the tires is OEM... little knob-turning was all it took. This was the top of the pecking order for Trans Am in 1989, and at a $31,000 sticker price, this was about double what a 5.0 Mustang of the day cost. I have included this in my BaT outliers because it is the high-water mark and reinforced a market trend on these cars, not because it was crazy money. I think this car actually has some #33878-1990 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER SUV. S/N 1J4GS5874LP504483. Dark blue/tan leather. Odo: 36,730 miles. 360ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Refurbishment included a repaint in the original dark metallic blue and new woodgrain on the sides. Paint rather orange-peeled and should have been wet-sanded prior to reassembly. Missing rear wiper arm. Small rub marks in front bumper corner plastic. Original fog-light plastic covers look slightly faded but are present. Original wheels showing some clearcoat failure and rust on wheel weights, but wheels are clean. Aftermarket wiper blades look dopey. Nice interior assumed original, with the original stereo and floor mats, but carpet looks to have been replaced, as the pile doesn’t match factory and fit is suspect. Clean engine bay, but undercarriage shows corrosion consistent with salty winter driving and oil moisture from leaking drivetrain. No mention of any new engine gaskets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,900. Reported to be in the care of a New York dealership as a showroom car until 2012. The condition was rough for a 37k-mile truck prior to the refurb. Almost like it sat under a tree its whole life, getting severely weathered in a harsh climate. Had it been garaged, I don’t think it would have needed new wood and “4x4” badges as stated. The aluminum transfer case and engine components show significant salt corrosion. The sway bars, springs and steering linkages all show rust corrosion from under the paint that the oil leaks couldn’t prevent. All corrosion is superficial, though, and floor pans are clean. Despite the lower miles here, Lot 33054 was a better truck. As a BaT record-setter for an original (not LSconverted) Wagoneer, I would expect a better example. This is the new market on Waggys, though. Get your wallet out. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 147


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DRIVEN TO ASK The Science of Classic-Car Love Dr. Cecilia Muldoon — Cici to her friends — takes a break from the lab to talk cars, car parts, car life and concours by Elana Scherr Dr. Cecilia Muldoon and some of the cars she adores all arm waving and finger-wiggling in an attempt to illustrate how molecules can act on each other. The grace likely comes from her early days study- D ing ballet. The comedy is just because she’s fun, and of course, the fact that we’re talking about wavelengths and atoms at all is because Muldoon is a physicist and entrepreneur who has put her Ph.D in experimental atomic and laser physics from Oxford University to work by developing a process for analyzing wine using lasers. That’s the part she’s trying to explain. It’s fascinating, and she’s clearly very excited to help me understand it. Since she’s tried in English, and I don’t speak French, Italian, Spanish, or German like she does, she’s been reduced to interpretive dance. I think it’s working. Muldoon grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her par- ents encouraged her interest in both arts and science, although when her love of dance led to her considering a career as a professional ballet dancer, her folks gently suggested that she might find more career longevity along another path. She took their advice and studied physics and finance at Princeton University, before moving to England for her Ph.D, which led to work with lasers, and finally, the inspiration for her own company. Later, when we finally remember to talk about cars, Muldoon is equally enthusiastic to teach me about Ferraris and concours judging. To borrow the language 150 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market r. Cecilia “Cici” Muldoon is explaining spectroscopy over Zoom. She’s acting out the movement of a molecule using her whole body in a way that is both comical and graceful, of her science, Dr. Muldoon is an excited particle, and she’s hoping to excite everyone around her about classic cars, good wine and the joy of well-done research. Cici, your dad is a car collector; have you always followed in his footsteps? Yes and no. I did go to concours and events with my father when I was young, and he would tell me about the different cars, but I don’t think I really started listening until much later. At that time I wanted to be a ballet dancer, not a car collector. It wasn’t until I was in college and joined the car club there that I came to love cars not as my parents’ thing, but as my own. Was there an aha! moment for you in the car club? I remember being annoyed at first because they didn’t hand me a tool right away — they gave me some plastic bags and a Sharpie, and told me to label parts that came off. I said, “I know how to take things apart,” and they said, “Yeah, but you need to know what the parts you take off are,” and the thing is, they were right. I had to learn what the parts were and what they did. You’re known for Ferraris, but what was your first car? What did you learn to drive in? A VW Bug. A rusty old thing. Everyone else had a cool car, everyone else had a modern car, and I had a rusted VW Bug. You’re thinking, “Oh, cool, ‘60s.” But in Mexico they’re called Vochos, and they’re not cool. They’re the crappy car you see everywhere on the road. What do you drive now? I have several cars, but the one I’ve worked on the most is my Triumph TR3 — Froglet — and in some ways I feel the closest to that car more than any of my other cars or my dad’s because I worked on it myself, and when you own something and take it apart and put it back together, you really internalize a connection to it.


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You have a fairly new-to-you classic too, right? Voila! I have a 1974 Ferrari Dino. And to be very honest with you, it wasn’t originally a car I wanted. I thought it was a nice car, but Dinos were kind of an afterthought in the Ferrari world. They were not really appreciated. It was my dad who suggested it for me, so bless his soul. As soon as I got the car, I went out and got books about it. A friend gave me one called The Little Ferrari, by Doug Nye, who is an amazing car historian. It’s a fantastic history of the Dino engine, and that’s probably the bit that has really bonded me to the car more than anything else because it’s the life and soul of it. I remember being on an airplane reading it and tagging all the pages with little bits of my airplane ticket. I think they’re still in there. This was before Wi-Fi in the air, and I couldn’t look up all the interesting things, so I had to mark them, like, “Oh, I want to know about that race or I want to know more about that constructor, I want to know more about ...” and then you’re gone for three days. It’s one of the aspects that I enjoy the most about the cars, the history. Learning about the car absolutely bonded me to it. Funnily, since then, people have really come around on the Dino. Now you’ll hear someone say, “Oh, I much prefer the Dino. The Dino has beautiful lines.” If somebody wants to get into car collecting, what are a few cars that you think are good cars to look at for newbies? Oh dear, for newbies. If I was here in the U.K., I’d look at something like a Midget, a Mini, a Sprite. I would get an MGA. There’s a lot of lovely, little British cars that are not going to break the bank. How about on a higher level, for someone interested in concours shows? In terms of showing, there are some cars that are always wanted. If you’re going post-war, if you’re speaking about Ferraris, for instance, general Italian cars, you’ll never see a Miura turned down. You’ll never see a Daytona turned down. I’d love to own an E-type, but E-types probably wouldn’t make it into a concours. I’d say some of the Mercedes, like the 300S, stuff like that obviously will do well. 300SL, you’ll get into any concours with a 300SL. Especially a Gullwing. Any up-and-comers? We’re seeing a lot of ’80s and ’90s cars here in the States. Yeah, this is absolutely true. People now want the Countach. Things like an F40 are now almost old hat. If you see an F40 at a concours, you’re like, “Yeah, obviously.” You’re a wine expert as well as a car expert. Obviously, people should never drink and drive, but after you’ve had a nice drive and you’re done, and you’re going to have a glass, which wine would you pair with your Dino? Amazing question! That’s so funny. I think of the Dino as quite pimp, so what is a really pimp drink? She’s going to be a more female wine, isn’t she? If you’re thinking about her punchiness and the fact that she’s Italian, I would say an Amarone. Because Amarone is very much in your face. It’s very high alcohol. It’s big tannins, very raisin-y and powerful. She’s not powerful, but she’s in your face. But I think she’s more of a cocktail. Not gin and tonic. That’s too prim and proper. Oh, she’s a Negroni. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 151


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DRIVING WITH ELANA 2021 JAGUAR F-TYPE R-DYNAMIC CONVERTIBLE A Tamer F-Type This Jaguar looks a little plump — but it delivers a luxurious purr on the road By Elana Scherr L et’s get the bad part out of the way first — I don’t like the F-type’s redesigned body. It’s somehow both too flat and too round at the same time. If you imagine the previous F-type carved in soap, the 2021 car looks like someone used that soap, and now it is just a little smoother and less detailed than it was before. I’m sure the goal was a more-aggressive front fascia and wider-looking stance — everyone wants their cars to look angry these days — but the end result is that the new Jag looks a bit plump and sleepy. For those of you who prefer to stare dreamily at your car while it’s parked in your garage, there are prettier machines out there. Have you seen the Aston Martin Vantage? Swoon. On the other hand, the F-type’s interior strikes exactly the right note, neither gaudy nor dull. It’s got the smell and feel of glamorous high-end leather goods, especially in the Mars Windsor Red that was in our test car. The red-and-black combo was like driving a chocolate-covered strawberry — just delicious. With the roof down, as is proper in any convertible, the sun poured in and glinted off the pinstriped aluminum veneer — you can have textured or carbon fiber if you prefer. It takes just 12 seconds to drop the top in the Jag, and once you do, it’s transformed from a little cramped — and hard to see out of — into a sleek breeze on wheels. The 6-cylinder engine lacks the carnivorous growl of the V8, but it revs smoothly and endlessly; it is almost electric in its uninterrupted delivery. There’s also a 4-cylinder option for the F-type — although, sadly, no manual trans- mission. Once you accept the automatic, there are endless combinations of powerplant, color and trim, from classic green-and-tan to wild metallic orange and carbon fiber. Configuring an F-type is almost as fun as driving one. Almost. It’s never too loud or too rough. It’s hard to beat a sunny day along the coast in a car as lithe and purring as its name promises. ♦ 152 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market ELANA’S GRADEBOOK Fun to drive:  Eye appeal:  Overall experience:  Price as tested: $94,345 Equipment: 3.0-L supercharged V6, 8-speed automatic transmission, Active exhaust, all-wheel drive, limited-slip differential with torque vectoring. Twenty-inch wheels, red brake calipers, LED headlights, deployable deck-lid spoiler, convertible roof, rear camera, cruise control, leather-covered performance bucket seats, two-zone climate control, Blind Spot Assist Pack, 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Mileage: 18/26 Likes: Smooth acceleration, multiple engine options, highly customizable Dislikes: Bland exterior design, blind-spot monitoring not standard, doesn’t sound as incredible as the V8 Verdict: This is a tamer cat than previous F-types. It may not be king of the jungle, but it’s still in line for the throne.


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DOUBLE TAKE A Budget-Busting Bronco and a Needy 240Z SCM writers face off on six recent Bring a Trailer sales By Nick Jaynes and Jay Harden Lot 33779. 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser LJ70. 4X4. S/N JT1VOLJ7009025707. Resprayed silver. 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 5-speed manual. 103,000 miles. Sold at $30,450. Bring a Trailer, 7/9/2020. 49 bids. Condition: 2+ JAYNES Despite this 2-door Cruiser’s turbocharger, its 2.4-liter diesel en- gine churned out a mere 86 horsepower from the factory. Let’s deduct 12 ponies off for its age and assumed parasitic loss from the drivetrain. When all’s said and done, you’re looking at around 18 horses at each wheel. So, yeah, this thing is slow. No matter how dependable it may once have been, that was 33 years ago and an ocean away. I defy you to get parts for this thing in hand in fewer than two weeks. What’s more, its condition is way too nice to risk panel damage on the trail. Since it’s a twee 2-door, it is also too small to be a useful overlanding rig. Was it well-bought? I don’t think so. HARDEN Awkward-looking off-roaders like the Suzuki Samurai and Jimny, the Dodge Raider and Isuzu VehiCross have long been cult favorites, so much so that Suzuki has rein- troduced the Jimny to much fanfare, despite packing only 101 horsepower under the hood. Once you factor the Toyota Land Cruiser legacy into the equation, which, admittedly, verges on ludicrous at times, you have yourself a recipe for a surprising sale — but only if you’re not paying attention. With FJ60s and FJ80s routinely trading in the $50k–$80k range, this sale starts to make a lot of sense. My guess is there are quite a few collectors out there who would take half the space for half the price all day long. Decent deal. Lot 33616. 1988 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 IROC-Z coupe. S/N 1G1FP21FOJL151725. White with blue lower surfaces. 5.0-liter V8, auto. 65,000 miles. Sold at $8,190. Bring a Trailer, 7/6/2020. 20 bids. Condition: 2 JAYNES BRB while I see if the “WHT SNK” license plate is still available. I really can’t believe how little this thing fetched. It’s absolutely insane. Yes, I know that this Camaro is an automatic. So what? This thing rocks. It makes me want to play White Snake way too loud and make out at stoplights with my imaginary IROC girlfriend Kimberly. Why aren’t these worth more? They outshined the Fox-body Mustang GTs in every way — except in tooling-around-town manners. But who cares? White over blue two-tone, gray interior, T-tops. This thing has it all. Rarely do I wish I had a time machine. But having missed this auction is giving me Doc Brown envy. HARDEN I like to believe the mullet and rattail are two of my all-time best looks, but I’m not sure these are the T-tops I’d like fluttering my return to glory. We’re currently seeing a lot of really nice examples of third-gen Camaros trading hands in the $8k–$10k range, with ultra-low-mile examples doubling and even tripling those figures. That’s why an $8k car with floor-pan rust repair and a repaint has me wondering if this thing is going to need more work than Vince Neil’s hotel room. If I thought we were going to continue to watch these cars gobble up market share as if they were hungry like the wolf, I’d probably shrug off any potential overreach. Unfortunately, I don’t think sweet dreams are made of these. You might argue and say, “Jay, don’t stop believin’,” but I’m afraid we’ll start to see these third-gens free-fallin’ before you can say, “Pour some sugar on me.” 154 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market Lot 33723. 1970 Datsun 240Z. S/N HLS3002207. Yellow over black vinyl. 2.4-liter inline 6-cylinder, 4-speed manual. 100,000 miles. Sold at $45,665. Bring a Trailer, 7/8/2020. 42 bids. Condition: 4+ JAYNES I have never understood the draw of these cars. Admittedly, I’ve not driven one. I hear they’re fun, but I can’t get behind their looks — especially not for (checks auction result) $45,665? Good god! When I was a child, these cars seemed to be driven almost exclusively by part-time drug dealers — dudes too shady to hold down real jobs but too lazy to do crimes full time. Every time I see one, I imagine the owner is a guy named Brent who sells weed to teens. Plus, the Datsun brand has no luster for me. I guess someday I’ll feel about the Scion FR-S the same way guys in their 50s feel about these cars. “Oh, man, this was the primo era of sports car,” I’ll say. And the Generation Alpha kids will just roll their eyes at me as they whiz by in their Teslas with their feet up on the dash. Well sold. HARDEN For those of us unlucky enough to have been born without a silver spoon nestled against our gums, the 240 is the car that changed the way the public perceived affordable performance. Quick, nimble and a blast to drive hard, the 240Zs only seem to translate poorly to those who haven’t actually experienced one. Although Z-car values have been surging over the past five years or so, the price paid here is typically enough to buy yourself a nice 1-/2+ condition car. I’d consider this an excellent restoration candidate, what with the rusty rocker, the shade-tree wiring and non-working gauges and such. The new owner is all in on the money. Hopefully, a little elbow grease will get it back on track. Until then, well sold.


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Lot 33690. 1968 Ford Bronco 4X4. S/N U15NLD40029. Blue over white vinyl. 347-ci V8 Stroker, auto, 600 miles. Sold at $87,150. Bring a Trailer, 7/8/2020. 52 bids. Condition: 2+ HARDEN I’ve spent the past couple of years preparing for, reporting on, and eventually resigning myself to the outlandish surge in vintage-SUV values, but this might just be the straw that breaks my back. This Bronco is a mish-mash of styles and components that just doesn’t make any cohesive sense to me. On top of that, it was built as a promotional giveaway car that then ended up as a corporate promotional tool (because we all know those promotional vehicles are well cared for) and it still pulled $87,150. At $30k, I get it. At $40k, I’m skeptical. At $87k, well, I’m cooked. The only explanation that makes any sense to me here is that someone got a little too caught up in the new Bronco marketing. JAYNES Jay is right. This price is coo-coo bananas. It’s a mish-mash indeed; I couldn’t have put it better myself. Anyone who has spent any meaningful amount of time with the first-gen Bronco knows how disappointing these trucks were — even when they were $11,000 in primo condition 15 years ago. They have the styling and build quality of the Ford Falcon and the driving characteristics of a tractor. If you really want a rig that should be worth this much, go find a Toyota FJ40. Those were designed and assembled by people who were not mostly drunk. What’s more, it’ll be better off road and its chassis can handle more horsepower. But, yes, the new Bronco is going to sell like hot- cakes and lull a bunch of folks into thinking these rigs were ever good. Lot 33701. 7-Mile 1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra. S/N 1FALP47V1TF158484. Mystic Clearcoat Metallic over black leather. 4.6-liter DOHC V8, 5-speed manual. 7 miles. Sold at $42,263. Bring a Trailer, 7/18/2020. 15 bids. Condition: 1- HARDEN Mystic paint really did seem like a good idea, didn’t it? You would think we would’ve learned our lesson after surviving the disappointment of the Hypercolor line of apparel, which left us all covered in awkward armpit splotches. The Cobras were about as tough a car as a high-schooler like me could’ve dreamed of owning back in the mid-’90s, but the Mystic Cobras were on another level. It had us all asking ourselves, “Can I, too, be strong yet also pretty?” Turns out the answer is no, no you cannot. Where were all my high-school bros when the ham- mer was dropping here? The only thing I don’t understand is how this much awesomeness was allowed to sit in storage for a quarter century. Well bought. JAYNES Finally, we’ve found it. If Kid Rock were a car, it’d be this ’96 Mystic Cobra. I loved the lines of this generation of ’Stang. But this color — a color only Tim Allen fans would think is cool — just ruins whatever attraction it had for me. Then we turn to the interior, which is a sea of dismal gray accented by incongruent panel gaps. Ford, have you no shame? You can’t drive a car with 7 miles on the odometer. It’ll need all the rubber bits and maybe more. So you’re left with a car you can only look at — and this ain’t much to look at. I never understood how a rare color — especially an awful one like this — increases value. Well sold. Lot 33774. 1969 Jaguar XKE 2+2. S/N 1R41038. Metallic Blue over blue leather. 4.9-liter inline 6 cylinder, 4-speed manual. 99,000 miles. Sold at $38,325. Bring a Trailer, 7/9/2020. 34 bids. Condition: 3+ HARDEN Austin Powers ruined the XKE for me, but in a good way, I think. Seeing the International Man of Mystery parade around London in one made me see how groovy those lines really are. This one looks good, sounds good, and seems like the perfect mixture of “nice enough” at the right price point to be a good buy. I appreciate solid drivers that have some room for improvement, and as a dad, I see value in that second row of seats. Maybe I’m growing more sophisticated with age, but I really like this car. I hope the new owner starts racking up the miles emeegiately. JAYNES Can we talk about that speedometer for a second? In the test-drive video, the speedo lazily flopped around between 38 mph and, say, 80 mph. That alone makes me chuckle. Do you really want to know how fast you’re going? The actual speed would either disappoint you or frighten you. That trembling speedo is prophetic, if you think about it. On the dial of human emo- tions, from complete elation to severe depression, this driver-level 100k-mile Jag is going to send its buyer’s emotional dial wobbling just like that during their ownership. Jay’s right. The new owner should put down as many miles and have as many laughs as they can right away. Why? Because this car will inevitably make its new owner cry. Not a bad deal — for now. ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 155


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UNLOCKING A CAR 11996688–-71 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 1 Jaguar E-type Series II by Pierre Hedary Why a 280SL? There were three variants of the Mercedes W113 — the 230SL, the 250SL and, of course, the 280SL. The 280SL has long been the market leader, with a market advantage for 1970 and especially 1971 versions. However, information in this article should be useful for purchasing any W113. The 280SL was introduced in 1968, with most units being sold stateside in 1969 and 1970. The 280SL featured some important improvements over earlier W113s, including increased safety equipment, better hot-starting characteristics and an additional 20 horsepower. While many cars of the time had to sacrifice drivability and good looks to meet U.S. regulations, the 280SL seemed to evade those wretched circumstances. The W113’s greatest virtue — its reliability — is what makes these such great cars to own. Like many cars from this era, cosmetic issues can be a problem: Watch out for poorly repaired accident damage. Poorly repaired accident damage is more common with the W113 than any other Mercedes. The front fenders and nose were spot-welded on to increase cowl strength, prevent rust and absorb collision impact. Many cars available on the market have ill-repaired accident damage. Fenders are often poorly welded on, with rust inside the seam between inner and outer fender. Rust can be present around the rear wheelhouse, the rockers and the tail panel as well. Check for overlap panels at the left and right side of the nose cone, as well as a string of little spot welds on the fender joint when the hood is open. Last, run your paint meter over the cowl, checking for excessive body filler where the hidden fender seam is. And keep in mind that sometimes original spot welds were slathered over with filler — in a time where these sorts of imperfections were not treasured. Check for body-number stamps, although these are not always visible. The mechanical fuel-injected M130 engine used in these cars was almost the same as the one used in the sedan, but there are some key differences no one can see. Make sure that the first six digits read “130.983.” The 280SL cylinder head was unique and somewhat confusing, as many of the correct heads were stamped “280SE/A.” The correct head-casting numbers end with 00 01 and 07 01 for early heads (engines made up to roughly May 1969) and 08 01, 11 01 and 32 01 thereafter. Incorrect cylinder-head machine work, overheating and high oil usage are common issues with these engines. Most engine-bay details, such as hose clamps, plug wires and other small details, are frequently improvised, even on some expensive cars, so plan on doing your own engine-bay sorting. 156 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market The front subframe mounts should be inspected for separation, as well as engine mounts and grease fittings. Upper control-arm mounting bolts must be checked for looseness.


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Watch out for damaged convertibletop frames, as they can make putting the top up and down a real pain. Original interiors seem to feel the best. Watch out for poorly redone dash tops and sloppy seats that are pulling out of their base springs. The dashboard should always match the exterior color. On manual-gearbox cars, make sure that the bend in the gearstick is installed facing the front of the car, as this is a tell-tale indicator of technician competence. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible ©2020 Courtesy of Bonhams If you are searching for a highly original car, check to see if all the wheels are stamped with the same month and year. This stamp is in between the wheel bolts inside a little circle. This is a consistent indicator of a car that was never wrecked — and was never seriously neglected. All Mercedes sedans, coupes, SLs and even the 600 from this era used a version of Mercedes’ low-pivot swing axle. This axle has an upper and lower differential mount that collapse with age and will likely need to be replaced. While the idea of a 50-year-old rear axle boot might scare you, these are super durable and should only be replaced if they are hard on top, torn or saturated with oil. Although a split boot is offered, a continuous boot — which requires the removal and disassembly of the rear axle — is best. The rear-axle ratios (4.08 for 1968–69 models, 3.92 thereafter) yield relatively high rpms and are often exchanged for 3.69 and 3.27 ring-and-pinion sets. Any car with these modifications is somewhat easier to live with if you do a lot of highway driving. Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 157


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ROAD VALUE Highway 40 Grand A sleek shark — the 1988–89 BMW 635 CSi — is the perfect balance of classic and current grand touring by John L. Stein ©BMW AG BMW 635 CSi tential vehicles in my mind’s eye — but at what price? Fortunately, like crib notes in a calculus exam, on a nearby table lay the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Knowing that it includes imports from Abarth to Volvo, and American iron from AMC to Vector — all with median values from a few thousand bucks to tens of millions — I picked it up and started thumbing. Six cars caught my eye for near $40,000, including F a 1956 Pontiac Safari wagon, 1966–67 Pontiac GTOs, the 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 1974–77 Porsche 911S 2.7 coupes, the 1988–89 BMW 635 CSi, and 1990–91 Porsche Carrera 2 cabriolets. I’ve personally owned, tested or ridden in most of these — or their close cousins — and can easily envision how they’d satisfy my ideal weekend drive, which is Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe and back. It’s some 900 miles total, along an intriguing route — from the Pacific Ocean, through the desert, alongside the towering Sierra Nevada, and then into the mountains to a most spectacular lake. The route is still largely two lanes, has several 8,000-footelevation passes, fast sweeping turns, and passing zones requiring instant acceleration. Both old and new So, what’s best for such a fast-paced grand-touring weekend? For my money, it’s ride quality, necessitating a long wheelbase; interior roominess, comfort and quietness; 158 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market or SCM’s new “Road Value” series, Executive Editor Chester Allen challenged me to pick a fun weekend touring car costing $40,000 or less. This immediately unleashed a flotilla of po- ample luggage space; sun and wind protection; timeless substance and style; a reliable HVAC system; and lastly, GT-level performance, including robust power, accurate steering, stable high-speed handling and strong brakes. Given such criteria, cars soon fell off the list like American Ninja Warriors dropping into the dunk pool. Lovely to behold, Pontiac’s venerable Safari slipped, due to the highspeed workout of my fantasy weekend, while the second-gen GTOs missed due to their standard drum brakes and lifeless steering — and because their median value exceeded the $40k cap by a few Gs. That left the Mach 1 battling a pair of 911s and the BMW. Having done this route in multiple Porsches, I dismissed the 911s due to their tight cabins and limited storage. For sentimental reasons, the Mach 1 called loudly, but the 1988–89 BMW 635 CSi ultimately earned my pick. Coincidentally, the 635 CSi’s median value also exactly matched Editor Allen’s $40k target. Fast and strong The 635 CSi is a marvelous long-distance car, as I recall from testing the model while stationed at Automobile magazine. Over a long weekend, my wife and I drove from Michigan to Ocracoke Island, NC, enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway en route. With Manic Monday calling, we then made the long run home in one 1,000-mile-plus day. It was easy thanks to the car’s supple SOHC 3.4-liter inline 6, generous 103.5-inch wheelbase, taut bolstered seats and refined interior. Magnificently composed at speed, the 635 CSi’s shark nose, airy greenhouse and trim tail also made it a standout among big coupes. Our shark wasn’t perfect. The E24 platform used oddball 390-mm Michelin TRX tires, which can be sidestepped with 16-inch rims today, and the interior appointments and instrumentation were comprehensive but cold. Overshadowed by the M6, the 635 CSi was an outdated Teutonic coupe for years, be- fore starting to climb in value. Now, three decades on, the 635 CSi lives in the Goldilocks Zone for collectibles — it blends style with comfort, safety and refinement. The car is robust enough for high-speed work, and it’s pre-Nanny State — but it’s not a four-wheel Faustian bargain, either. But don’t think for a moment that I’ve forgotten that raging Mach 1. ♦


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ROUNDTABLE Not I in the Ie Instruction Manual Car-transport company leaders talk about how they had to adjust to the COVID-19 world on the fly Dave Tomaro A scene from Monterey when the world wasn’t so crazy What has changed in the auto-transport business since COVID-19 enveloped the world? ED WATTS Chief Transport Officer Passport Transport In the initial stages of the pandemic, we hit pause and reevaluated our current approach to day-to-day operations. First and foremost, the objective was to protect our frontline workers as well as our customers. Many of the components were already in place, such as steering- wheel covers, seat covers, floor mats, gloves and paperless delivery. Additionally, masks and hand sanitizer were added to complete the package. An increased emphasis on safety processes and procedures — along with contactless pickup and delivery — were implemented with our drivers as well. Once we were comfortable with the processes that had been put in place, the question became, how can we come out of this thing on the other side stronger and better than before? With all the auction houses going online, it made sense to follow suit by increasing our digital presence as well, and it has already begun to yield positive results. Another silver lining was that the disruption created an opportunity to improve our assets. The entire fleet underwent safety checks and presentation im- provements. We even felt confident enough in the long-term success of the organization to add several new trucks and trailers as well. This year we proudly celebrate 50 years in business, and while we have mixed emotions as we learn about concours, rallies and auctions having to cancel, we know that when it’s safe again, those events will return. And when they do, we will be poised and ready with open arms. 160 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market BOB SELLERS Vice President/COO Reliable Carriers Certainly, these are unprecedented times to be in any business! Our business has been impacted like so many others. We took a pretty good hit when the pandemic really started in March and into April. Since that time, we have seen a steady increase in business. As an essential supplier for the auto companies, we continued to operate throughout this time. In addition to our auto-transport business, we supplied equipment to transport much-needed PPE and ventilators from suppliers to front-line medical facilities, and we are very proud of our ability to assist in this vital area. With regard to operating in the current environment, we have made many changes and accommodations to operate safely and protect our customers and employees in the normal course of business. We have, as a company standard, always provided seat covers and floor mats in every vehicle we transport. Additionally, we now provide steering-wheel covers and shifter covers in the vehicles as well. ALL of our drivers wear protective face masks and gloves. We also do not require signatures for pickup and delivery, so there is no exchange of pens. Routing has become much more challenging as the lower volume of vehicles available makes putting trips that make sense together much more difficult. We also have to deal with the stress of the uncertain picture of “when will this end” for our employees and contractors. For many, this is uncharted territory. Part of our job is to remain positive and assure everyone that we will get through this — together.


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What has changed in the auto-transport business since COVID-19 enveloped the world? DEAN WILSON Vice President Intercity Lines As COVID-19 closed the country down, auto transport was deemed essential, and we had to keep on trucking. As a family-owned business, our staff and customers are not numbers; they are part of our Intercity Lines family. Nothing mattered more to us than ensuring their safety. We swiftly implemented new policies for our office and drivers. From developing new touchless delivery software to implementing strict safety and sanitization procedures, safety was our top priority. Once we were confident we had adequate safety measures in place, we focused on support- ing our clients as their plans and business models changed. Snowbirds were forced to change their travel plans, as flights canceled. Manufacturers and businesses had to adapt as states closed dealerships, and as we all know, most collector-car events were canceled. We worked closely with our clients to meet their changing schedules and needs. We also focused on new trends in the market. As stores closed and events canceled, online car buying increased, forcing dealerships and auction houses to shift their focus to online sales. We were proud to provide partners, such as Bring a Trailer and Gooding & Company, our nationwide services to help meet this rise in demand. As we focused on safety and our clients, we still faced everyday challenges, from work- ing remotely to our drivers finding food and supplies on the road. But as one of our drivers, a proud Marine, always says, “Improvise, adapt and overcome,” and our team has done a remarkable job doing just that. DAN MCCOLLISTER President McCollister’s Transportation Every day in the logistics industry is rewarding and interesting — all while presenting challenges and obstacles along the way. Our company mantra is “Excellence Delivered Every Day,” and we hold all of our folks accountable to ensure a smooth, efficient and memorable experience for our customers! The Auto Transport division stresses two key components that help our team navigate through the sea of changes, challenges and obstacles that logistics presents but more so now during the pandemic crisis: communications and flexibility. Daily communication with our drivers and customers ensured that McCollister’s Auto was fully operational and that our clients and manufacturer OEM accounts received the same level of service they had come to expect prior to COVID-19. Our top priorities are our drivers’ safety — and the safety of their cargo. In addition to encouraging everyone to follow all the recommended safety protocols, we developed a hands-free delivery system and provided our drivers with masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. Daily updates were provided to everyone, and our operations staff used Zoom meetings to provide our drivers information about the areas they were traveling through, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and any unsafe conditions that existed. This communication kept everyone safe and allowed our team the flexibility to accommodate changes. We have multiple systems to know where our drivers are at all times. A Rand McNally system tracks the tractor, SkyBitz provides coordinates for our trailers, and our order and delivery management system gives us real-time updates for pickup and delivery. These systems help us to be efficient. The best and most comprehensive emergency plans did not have a chapter on how to navigate a worldwide pandemic. Our leaders throughout every division within McCollister’s Transportation Group have helped us to communicate and be flexible throughout these unprecedented times, allowing us to meet and exceed our company commitment of “Excellence Delivered Every Day”! ♦ Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 161


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SHOOTOUT! SCM EXPERTS DUEL IT OUT Best Bargain Bimmers Alec Cartio Founder and director of Cartiology Films www.cartiologyfilms.com That Elegant 1980s M6 As a super-passionate and longtime BMW owner of various models over the years, for me, the beautiful and stunning 1987–89 E24 M6 grand tourer is the best 1980s BMW for $25,000. Your M6 should be a well-sorted car with moderate mileage and a good history of service and ownership. The elegant design, the “never-ending” shark-nose hood and headlights, the miniature grilles and the sloping tail are heart-stopping. Leather, luxury and elegance are everywhere inside the cabin — including a beverage chiller. The 5-speed manual transmission and the S38 engine with 256 horsepower — and 243 ft-lb of torque at 4,500 rpm — will get you from coast to coast easily without back pain if you wish to take a road trip. Beware of any prior accidents and body- work in the past, and make sure the mechanical aspects are in good order. Then you can enjoy the car for many years to come. 1990s Series-8 cars Oh, 1990s, do I love you. That is when I was in my mid-teens, and I fell head over heels in love with the BMW 8 Series. This love hasn’t died to this day. M6 — a beautiful, elegant design The successor to the E24, this incredibly beautiful and elegant coupe had it all: pop-up headlights, no B-pillar between the windows, the wedge-shaped form, the V8 and V12 engines with plenty of smooth horsepower and the manual and Steptronic transmissions. These cars were packed with the best technology offered by any car company at the time. Much of this tech consisted of firsts, such as the onboard computer and internal network, fly-by-wire throttle system and the seat belts integrated into the seat itself. These cars are my top recommendation for a 1990s $25,000-budget BMW. This amount of money can get you a car with 70,000 to 90,000 miles on the clock, a manual or Steptronic V12 M73–850 Ci and/ or Steptronic V8 M62 840Ci. The CSi version of the 8 Series is far beyond our price range at this point, with prices ranging from $60,000 up to $250,000. I have owned 15 8-Series cars, and it is my own top personal choice to buy. The 2000–03 M5 The mighty 2000s brought us the amazing 2000–03 E39 M5, which amazes me with its dual nature. The M5 is a raw sports car with plenty of horsepower, torque and a manual transmission — yet it’s also a family car that can fit five people and their luggage with ease. This is the family father’s dream-come-true car, which the wife won’t object to as long as she doesn’t know about the beast hiding under the hood. This beast rumbles with 4.9 liters of naturally aspirated BMW S62 engine with 394 horsepower, a 6-speed manual transmission and a luxury interior as far as the eye can see. A well-sorted car with moderate miles can be yours for a mere $25,000 — and it checks all the BMW enthusiast boxes. of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s Two hardcore BMW experts, B. Mitchell Carlson and Alec Cartio, take their shots at the best $25,000 BMWs from a three-decade span 840 Ci — $25k can get you one with 70k–90k miles 162 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market M5 — a raw sports car for the whole family


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B. Mitchell Carlson Longtime SCM writer, auction reporter and honorary staffer when we’re all on the road The 1980–81 E12 528i rocks Many BMW enthusiasts have forgotten the 1972–81 E12 5 Series, but there is a small cadre who feels the first is still the best. The 5-Series cars are light, tossable and tastefully styled. The zenith for U.S.-market examples (first imported in 1975) were the 1980 and 1981 528i. While this fuel-injected model was introduced for 1977, for 1979 the troublesome thermal-reactor emissions system was ditched for a more conventional catalytic converter with O2 sensor. For 1980, the standard gearbox was upgraded to a 5-speed overdrive unit. While $25,000 may get you — at best — a driver-grade, European-market-only M535i if you’re lucky (the first of the BMW Motorsport cars on standard bodywork), even if you’re not lucky, that same $25k should get you a stellar, well-cared-for 528i. The 1994–99 M3 Here, I’m going for the 1994–99 M3 coupe (E36). This is the U.S.-spec M3 — not the first- gen VANOS engine rest-of-the-world M3 — as BMW was on the “bleeding edge” of that technology, and those VANOS cars are now a bear to work on. The “dumbed-down” U.S.-spec cars have proven to be more reliable and maintenance friendly, even with the plastic cooling components that should be considered regular maintenance items now. Yes, performance on these U.S.-market M3 cars was down a E12 528i — mostly forgotten, but a favorite for those in the know click, yet the U.S. cars had more bottom-end torque. This was also the M3 that became a household word among U.S. performance enthusiasts, so it’s somewhat iconic, which helps future values. For your $25k, you should be able to score a lower-mileage, wellmaintained, bone-stock example. Don’t save money with a dedicated track rat or tuner wannabe. Stress cracking on the rear suspension mounts is just the tip of the iceberg, so run, run, run away if you see this gremlin. The last real BMW? Some feel that the 2000–02 540i Touring (wagon) E39 with 6-speed is the last real BMW, and I tend to believe them. Sure, you still have to deal with plastic cooling-system components and ancient electronics, yet on the plus side these are well supported in the aftermarket and are the last BMWs with tasteful traditional styling. The E39 M5 is now punching a hole through the stratosphere for pricing, but well-sorted, lower-mileage 540i cars with three pedals on the floor can still be found for under $25k. Plus, no M5 wagons were made for U.S. consumption. The 540i offers a well-rounded performance package and enough of an exhaust burble and grunt to make bystanders wonder if you stuffed a Ford 5.0-L Coyote V8 under the hood. Add the cult following of a long roof to the mix, and if you’re lucky enough to find a near-unicorn with the Sport package, this is a car that will go nowhere but up in value (especially since they already hit bottom a few years ago). Even if a stick shift does nothing for you or you prefer BMW’s velvet-smooth 6-cylinder engines, the automatic version of any E39 wagon is still a great way to thumb your nose at the SUV crowd. Summary: While the traditionalist in me likes the E12 sedans, if I had to pick one car and use it as a fun event vehicle, to get there and back — in all weather apart from when the roads are salted in the winter — I’d pick the E39 wagon. ♦ E36 M3 — somewhat iconic among performance enthusiasts E39 540i wagon — a great all-around choice Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 163


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READER FORUM Are Trucks Collectible? In the September issue, Jim Pickering peeled apart the $88,725 sale of a 1985 Chevrolet K20 on Bring a Trailer (“American Car Collector” column, p. 56). We got a lot of great letters about that column, and we’re opening it up for discussion here. Do you think some American trucks are now collectible? Why or why not? To be honest, I have been thinking about truck collectibility for a while now. Trucks are mechanically simple and durable. No one expects dynamic performance from a vintage truck — period. They are slow and no one cares. Thanks to trucks being analog, before modern technology dulled their senses, they are involving in their own special way. As I look back on my own truck experiences, there was really nothing better than mastering my brother’s 1979 Chevy C10 with a threeon-the-tree and a straight 6. How many kids today get that experience? What attracts us to trucks is a complex combination of memories and the perception of a simpler life. How many of us rode to the DQ in the back of an old pickup? How about borrowing Granddad’s old Ford to cut down the family Christmas trees? I don’t know about you, but for some reason, the only time country music sounds right to me is in an old pickup. It just fits. And then comes perception: The slower pace of a gentle country/rural lifestyle from days gone by. I think of the old color ads from the 1930s through the 1960s and they are all the same, in many ways. Truck on a farm, dad smoking a pipe, his son sitting on the bales of hay, wearing matching red flannel jackets. The message being that a cold day is made right by family, a little work and a pickup truck. Those images still float through the collective consciousness of our society, and these images are not limited to the collecting hobby. I can easily see a nice pickup ending up in a family garage simply because Mom thinks it’s cute, and her cute is fed by those same images. By the way, the pickup was green. Collecting old trucks has another upside — the truck doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, if it has a patina, that proves the truck worked for a living and is now gently retired. Is there a more idealistic view possible? And there is nothing right or wrong with what one collects; the expectations are totally different. Some are rare, sure, but in general, the lack of preconceived notions will drive the truck market for quite some time, and I would not be surprised to see that same mindset trickle down into the car markets, too. So yes, trucks are very collectible. And I am glad they are being preserved. They have earned this privilege much more than most cars. — Andy Bogus, San Pedro, CA I think a well-selected truck can be a great complement to a collection. We use our ‘58 Apache Fleetside as a semi-working vehicle but also show it as well. It gets more heads to turn and thumbs-up than my Chevelle SS 396! — Joe Shubitowski, San Luis Obispo, CA Not to me. They’re appliances like a washing machine. Sure, you could resto-mod them, but for the price to do that, you could buy a sports car that accelerates faster, handles better, is more comfortable, and better-looking. — John Hoshstrasser, Orlando, FL No. — Ronald Reynolds, via email 164 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market I have a Porsche 914-6 (original owner), Series 1 XKE roadster, Triumph TR-3B, Ferrari 355 Spyder with a gated 6-speed — and a 1957 Chevy pickup. I consider them all collectible, although the pickup gets more thumbs-up on the road than the others. — Ray Hendricks, via email


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Pickup trucks are absolutely collectible. No difference between cars and trucks when it comes to emotions and memories. High production numbers are meaningless because most trucks were worked into the ground and are now again one with the earth. — Glen Getchell, via email Yes. — Hugh Rogers, via email Tough question. Sellable at auction, yes. Collectible — only if it’s a unique/ special model. Typhoon/Syclone and the Dodge Li’l Red Express come to mind quickly. Or if it’s a 1950s F1 restored, for example. I can’t call a 1960–90 truck a collectible given the large number made. Yes, big bucks are spent on these trucks, but I view those buys as getting a refurbished or resto-modded truck as a want-to-drive purchase — not a buy and hold for future collectibility. — Stephen Prior, via email Irresistible subject! I read that the 2019 U.S. sales leader is a truck, not a car. So doesn’t it follow that some of those buyers are collectors, and wouldn’t they want a truck? I had never owned a personal truck before, but I couldn’t resist this 80-year-old Ford pickup. It’s much quicker than my MG TC, handles as well, and has about the same market value. Like the TC, its market value seems steady right now, but younger kids seem to really “get it,” so who knows? When you buy an old car (truck) the real cost is what you paid plus what it takes to sort it. In the case of my flathead Ford (“It’s a girl, my lord! In a flathead Ford…”) the only thing it wanted was a fuel pump. It cost $90 — with next-day delivery. There’s a nice surprise. The guy in the gas station really wants to work on it — the MG, not so much. This collectible goes with me to my volunteer job with the Kittery Land Trust; the brush hog doesn’t fit in the SL or the MG. Can’t wait to read what other readers say. — Alex Dearborn, Kittery Point, ME Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 165


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MYSTERY PHOTO ANSWERS ChiaNash! — Andrew Barrow, Albuquerque, NM RUNNER-UP: A Bush-era classic? I think not. — Bruce Jenett, via email When I said, “You should go green with your next car,” this is not exactly what I meant. — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA A tree grows in Nashville — Barbara Walters, via email Nash Metrodendron. — Tom Luft, via email A Mary Kay study on drop- ping the Pink Cadillac and going for FASTER growth! — Paulo L. Teixeira, Memphis, TN This evocative winner’s float was found after the 2005 Inaugural Parade. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA At last, the Nash Metropolitan is beginning to emerge from the shadows of collector-car obscurity. — Jan Jurnecka, via email Nice electric car you got there. Mine’s powered by photosynthesis. Your move. — Leslie Dreist, Lachine, MI KIDS & CARS I was going to embrace the Green New Deal, but this isn’t what I had in mind. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA The Stealth Metropolitan Nash Project was one of the unsung heroes of the Cold War — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA “Honey, where did you put those plants we got for Mom’s birthday?” — Warren D. Blatz Jr., Culpepper, VA The rare camo option for the Nash Metropolitan is as relevant today as it was in period. — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC Growing in a metropolitan area guarantees the fruit of the Nash tree (Microdisplacementae Unsychromium) will not be picked before rotting. — Rob Karr, Cupertino, CA The nerve! He insulted my good looks. So can I help it if I didn’t make friends with the gardener? — William Brunner, Santa Barbara, CA Everybody kept telling me I needed a haircut, but I just wouldn’t listen. — David Rein, Janesville, WI This month’s Mystery Photo seethed and bubbled with witty takes on a very green Nash Metropolitan. Still, simple is often best, and our winner, Andrew Barrow, found humor in one mashed-up word. For this, he gets — you guessed it — the first-ever SCM Chia Hat. The foliage is looking a little raggedy, but it’s a very collectible one-off project from Publisher Martin’s evergreen mind. ♦ This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: September 25, 2020 COBRA KIDS: Tanner, Ava, Alexa, and Ryan Facella all lined up for a ride in Papa’s 1964 Cobra CSX2329. — Paul Facella, Long Beach, NY SEND YOUR PHOTOS of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month “Thanks to SCM for helping me with stay-at-home orders. I’m reading current and past issues multiple times!” — Frederic Tiplady, Bend, OR (SCMer since 2008) 166 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market OUR PHOTO, YOUR CAPTION Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Terry Ballard


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SCM SHOWCASE GALLERY Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 50 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. an impressive 607 hp. Zero–60 in 2.8 seconds, top speed of 205 mph. Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual transmission. Only 155 miles, like new. Several extra options. $269,000. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 8584593500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: https:// grandprixclassics.com/2019-porsche-911-turbo-sexclusive/. (CA) ITALIAN 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV increased dramatically of the first-generation NSX. The mid-mounted 3.0-liter V6 with all-aluminum body is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. PS, ABS braking, Bose, a/c, tilt/tele wheel, cruise, and theft deterrent. Verified mileage of only 18,867 covered since new and remarkably kept in pristine condition. The red/tan color combination shows virtually no wear, defects or blemishes. Comes with original window sticker, clean CARFAX showing two previous owners with no record of paint or damage history, owner’s manual, various tools, tire inflator and extra key. Runs and drives as it should, and as expected. A nicer example will not be found on today’s market. Priced to sell. $79,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. AMERICAN 1957 Chevrolet 210 LS3 V8 custom 2-door hard top ENGLISH 1948 MG TC roadster 1965 Elva McLaren M1A 101,000 miles. Blue with tan interior, 101,000 miles. Great driving example. $39,500. Forza Motorsports. Ph: 203.770.8062, email: forzamot@aol.com. Website: https://www.forzamotorsports.com/1974alfa-romeo-gtv-blue-101000-miles/. Seek to buy Elva McLaren, reward for help. Contact Frank, email: p538@yahoo.com. GERMAN 1968 Volkswagen Beetle sedan S/N TC4867. Red/tan. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. TC4867 has been family owned since 1951. Painted Ivory in 1956, it was returned to original British Racing Red in 1978, but the interior, engine, and transmission are original. This is a wonderful opportunity to own sports-car history, and discover the aura and character of true patina. $30,000 OBO. South Shore Autoworks. Contact Sean, Ph: 78158555873 ext.3, email: sean@ southshoreautoworks.com. Website: https://www. curatedbyssa.com/1948-mg-tc. (MA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 coupe Black on black, super nice. $99,500. Forza Motorsports. Ph: 860.350.1140, email: forzamot@ aol.com. Website: https://www.forzamotorsports. com/1954-jaguar-xk-120-coupe-black/. 1963 Lotus Elan S1 convertible With a reported $140,000 spent on this exquisite concours-quality restoration, it was a labor of love and not an exercise in economics. The 1968 Beetle carried many upgrades from the predecessor, including 1,493-cc engine with a massive 53 hp, dual-circuit brakes, locking door buttons, back-up lights, and the new 12-volt electrical system. This original Arizona example was the subject of a no-expense-spared restoration commissioned by the car’s original owner for a rebirth of nostalgic history. Mechanically and cosmetically restored and rebuilt to perfection with no lack of attention to the smallest detail. A spectacular restoration; undercarriage, floor pan and suspension detailed to the absolute same quality and character as the body and interior of this very special vehicle. ($21,000 spent on floor-pan labor alone). Properly stored with only test miles driven since completion, it is a true testimonial to furnish your collection with cars that have been completed, and not ones that need completion. A bargain-basement price for a truly concours-quality restored collectible. Seeing this one is believing! $39,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Cabriolet S/N 26/0111. Yellow/Black. 90,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. 1963 Elan S1 in fabulous shape. Frame-off restoration. Engine professionally rebuilt fewer than 5,000 miles ago. Superb example. $36,000. Contact Michael, Ph: 8044324109, email: MDFATSI@COMCAST.NET. (VA) S/N WP0CD2A98KS144574. Golden Yellow Metallic/Black. 155 miles. This exceedingly rare car is number 014 out of 200 examples produced for the U.S. 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine cranks out 168 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market Red/tan. 18,867 miles. 3.0-L V6, 5-speed manual. One of the most exceptional Japanese sports cars ever produced and stands today as a tribute to the forward thinking of the era. Collectibility has 1980 Alfa Romeo Spider S/N AR115410008712. Beige/beige. 72,066 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. A fun-to-drive, rust-free California sports car, powered by a fuel-injected 2.0-liter engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Has been shown at Concorso Italiano in Monterey. Drives and runs smooth. Never been in an accident, well taken care of baby Italian driving machine. $8,500. Contact John, Ph: 650-966-8231, email: kelemenjk@yahoo.com. (California) 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB coupe S/N VB57L179202. Green/green. 625 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this customized with no-expense-spared rotisserie frame-off restored 2-door hard top custom hot rod with added Bel Air trim. Only some 625 miles since the build in a beautiful Turquoise &Pearl White color base/clearcoat show-quality repaint on a razorstraight body and with a striking custom Turquoise & black leather & cloth interior. With a new crate LS3 6.2-L 450-hp V8 Corvette engine matched to a 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission, Moser Ford 9-inch rear end, etc. $99,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 4243765151, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. (CA) 1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 V8 convertible S/N ZFF7ALA5J0230134. Blu Tour de France/Cuoio. 487 miles. V8, full front nose and hood clear wrap as well as rocker panels. Full warranty until 10/20 is extendable. Maintenance warranty until 10/24. Original owner, 487 miles. Call for full option list. None better, $259,000. Contact Natale, Ph: 6318487674, email: nlanza@fly-efi.com. (NY) JAPANESE 1995 Acura NSX Targa S/N D7FH267878. White/Willow. V8, automatic. An absolutely beautifully concours restored show-ready example. Original Colonial White factory color paint (code E), original pleated willow vinyl (trim code XM) color interior and factory ordered with the hard top and soft top and loaded with desirable factory specifications and options including Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission ($257), power brakes ($38), power steering ($69), power windows ($70), engine dress kit, Magic air heater and defroster ($85), original Town & Country radio ($100), electric clock ($15), full wheel covers, white sidewall tires ($30), rear fender skirts, dual horns, dual exhausts, removable fiberglass hard top, safety belts and its original 312 V8 engine. $54,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 4243765151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA)


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1962 Chevrolet Corvette 1978 Chevrolet Corvette coupe stripe. The vehicle is a no-excuse example of a true American muscle-car classic. A collector’s dream and reasonably priced below market. $445,000. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@ donmackey.com. 2008 Dodge Viper ACR coupe 2006 Porsche 996 GT3 RSR Monterey x6/Torrey Pines/Pittsburgh/Philadelphia x4/Memphis/San Diego/Copperstate/Sebring vintage race history. For sale by owner. Dealer display engine and transmission on stand also available. $175,000. Contact Anatoly, Ph: 918-743-0888, email: tolyarutunoff1@gmail.com. (Oklahoma) Ermine White/black. 327-ci 360-hp V8, 4-spd. Duntov Mark of Excellence Award winner. An original and authentic collector vehicle with a dozen NCRS, AACA, Bloomington Gold, Bloomington Gold 24K and Gold Spinner Awards. Duntov Award and Performance Valuation Award in addition to numerous Top Flight judging awards (Joplin, Kansas City, Saint Paul, Bowling Green), with scoring from 96.5 to 99.1. This classic previously has undergone a complete frame-off nut-and-bolt, no-expensespared total restoration. Documented with pages of authenticating numbers: engine, transmission, Posi-track rear end, tail shaft, side case, differential, fuel injector, heads, block, glass, tires, head lamps, radiator, distributor, etc., and a host of other documented parts and accessories. One of only 350 Corvettes in 1962 produced with the power convertible top in perfect working condition. Ermine White/black interior/auxiliary hard top/white power soft top. $165,000. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. 1965 Shelby Cobra roadster CSX2445 2,901 miles. An original unmolested survivor with 2,901 verified and documented original miles. This example spent the majority of its entire life in uninterrupted hibernation, which results in this unbelievably low-mile collectible vehicle. Sold new January 17, 1978, in Union Town, OH, with three subsequent owners. Car comes with original window sticker, (unbelievably) the original tires, past ownership history, delivery documents, and is presented as an incredible true survivor. Past NCRS judging sheets: two chapter events, two regional events, and two national events included. All Top-Flight scores between 97 to 98.2. Judging sheets including the coveted NCRS (PV) Performance Verification Judging Certification Award. All award certificates, extensive documentation, ribbons and plaques are included. Automatic, air conditioning, 350 V8, ps, tilt-tele steering wheel, AM-FM, power brakes, shoulder harness seat belts, aluminum wheels, Classic White (10L), red leather buckets (722). Documented absolute mileage verification on each title transaction. The best part is, it is basically NO money to invest in such an extraordinary example. Truly one of a kind! $27,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. 2005 Cadillac XLR S/N 1B3JZ69ZX8V200933. Black/black. 42,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Real ACR, serviced by Chuck Tator, renowned Viper wizard, who’s available for consult. New tires, all fluids, oil lines. Runs perfectly, over 600 hp, one of 58 black ACRs produced in 2008. Custom interior dash panels. $72,000. Contact Vincent, Ph: 914.912.0526, email: vmarrone@ publicstrategiesllc.net. (NY) RACE 1959 Lancia Appia Zagato GTE coupe The latest evolution of Porsche’s most successful 996 GT3 R(S)R-lineage. One of only 37 996 RSRs built by Porsche Motorsport. Retains its original bodyshell and equipped with all 2006 factory updates. Excellent race history including two Le Mans 24Hour finishes. State-of-the-art preparation, 100% race-ready with very extensive spares. RMD. Contact Marc, Ph: 011/32475422790, email: salesinfo@ rmd.be. Website: https://rmd.be/cars-for-sale/car/ view/1/206/porsche-996-gt3-rsr. AUTOMOBILIA S/N 812.01-2533. White/white/blue. 32,825 miles. V4, 4-spd manual. Toly Arutunoff’s 45-year-owned Lancia Appia GTE. ‘78 respray, otherwise original. Engine by Jack Beck/Orion Engineering, same year. Princess Blue/red leather. The legacy of Carroll Shelby in stunningly restored condition. Billed to Shelby American on May 26, 1964, and invoiced to Broadway Motors, Los Angeles, April 28, 1965. Restored in 1970 by Pat Crowley in red/black livery. After years in that configuration, it was purchased in 2019 from its previous owner, who had shepherded the classic for two decades. The vehicle was sent immediately to Don Dickinson, an experienced and well-known Cobra restorer, for a complete nut-andbolt rotisserie restoration. No detail overlooked. Cosmetic and mechanical aspects were taken to a degree of originality without peer. Listed in the Cobra Registry with full details of its five-decade history. Stunningly restored in the original color combination, Princess Blue/red leather. The classic still possessing the original chassis, CSX2445, and original engine #5902, designated on the original trim tag. Priced well below market for a classic collectible of magnificent caliber. $895,000. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@ donmackey.com. 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Concours swag Pebble Beach Concours judge’s swag 1984–2019: messenger bags, totes, dash plaques, binders, badges; Rolls-Royce and Bentley items; Forest Grove Concours dash plaques, car models, 1980 BMW 730i unopened first-aid kit; Harley-Davidson collector items, Vintage oil cans, polish, R-R/Bentley dealer sales kits. Contact Diane, email: thebrandonindex@ gmail.com. ♦ 3,680 miles. V8, automatic. Same owner since December 13, 2005. Fully-documented owner history and serviced within the last 100 miles. Collector-car quality and quite possibly the lowest-mileage XLR on the planet. New Michelin P235-50-ZR18 tires. Complete Cadillac Motor Car Service history and equipment build. The fully automated retractable convertible hard top works flawlessly and fits like a glove. Striking color combination of Raven Black/ Shale Leather Trim, plus loaded with Cadillac’s finest equipment package including navigation, power windows, seats, ride handling package, Satellite radio, OnStar System, etc. Owned for the past 15 years by the widow of a prominent Kansas new-car dealer. Detailed and presented in flawless condition. Clean CARFAX and Auto Check. Powerful Northstar V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, and much more. Near perfect. $39,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey.com. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition S/N BS23JOB305224. In violet/black. V8, 3-spd automatic. 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda (VIN BS23JOB305224). In violet, 58,500 miles, all original (even the mufflers), original owner, 340 Six-Pack, Hemi automatic transmission, p/b, radio, rallye instrument cluster. Interior like new, always garaged, superb condition, runs great, all records since new. $85,000. (814) 466-6115. bav1140@comcast.net for photos. $85,000. Contact Albert, Ph: 8144666115, email: bav1140@comcast.net. (PA) 1,146 miles. One owner, original verified miles. One of only 343 Ford GT Heritage Editions ever produced. Fully optioned, Bose, painted calipers, BBS wheels, Heritage paint. Never damaged, verified with clean CARFAX history. Serviced within the last 50 miles with both air bag recalls completed. In pristine condition with one-owner care evident upon examination. Gulf Blue/Orange Heritage paint Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 169


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ADVERTISING / MARKETING Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWERKS. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a fullservice marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) ADVISOR SERVICES 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. 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Valenti 360’s practice spans thirty years in the industry with extensive hands-on experience performing concours level restorations, custom one-off builds, service, sales, valuations, and more. Our goal is simple. We want to help you navigate the curves with ease, so you can fully enjoy the road. www.valenti360.com AUCTION COMPANIES scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. 919.269.5271. BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. 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AUTOMOBILIA Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org AutoMobilia Resource magazine is a Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate- management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) ALFA ROMEO dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasing-in-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/ subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon.Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-5632876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com BUY / SELL / GENERAL Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com AUTOMOTIVE LUGGAGE Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Alan Taylor Co. accounting@ Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress. com (PA) Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com (CO) APPRAISALS Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) available at www.motorology.com. Motorology, LLC, Williston, VT; 617.209.9902 The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) alantaylorcompany.com. Alan Taylor Co. of Temecula, CA introduces Taylor Made Automotive Luggage for any and all cars, new and old. Arrive in style with Taylor Made Automotive Luggage custom made for you in your choice of matched leather or vinyl, or upgrade to one of our exotic leathers. Contact us at accounting@alantaylorcompany.com BMW Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-of-the-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pick-up anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 171


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. BUY / SELL / GENERAL (CONTINUED) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1.800.423.5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factorytrained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource. com. www.driversource.com Legendary Motorcar Company. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. info@girardo.com www.girardo.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 squarefoot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/ for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com Daniel Schmitt & Co. 314.291.7000. A family tradition of more than 50 years, at Daniel Schmitt & Co. we specialize in procuring and selling investment-level classic and exotic motorcars! In over 30 years of business we have sent thousands of cars across the globe and we pride ourselves on our extremely loyal clientele. Located in St. Louis, Missouri our facility spans four acres and is minutes from Lambert International Airport. Let us introduce you to your next automotive investment! www.schmitt.com | info@schmitt.com (MO) After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or new-millennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146. 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com Motor Classic & Competition Corp. 914.997.9133. Since 1979, we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling highquality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com Luxury Brokers International. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@lbilimited.com (PA) Paramount Automotive Group/Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www.Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) 172 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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CAR STORAGE Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584. Email: info@carsusa.com; www.carsusa.com CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limitededition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE ENGLISH Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just the Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250, Fax 503.646.4009.Email: jim@ jwfrestoration.com (OR) Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 173


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ENGLISH (CONTINUED) FINANCE Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) ESTATE PLANNING ADVISORY La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. La Jolla California is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on April 16 through 18, 2021 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. a full line of Mercedes-Benz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. Chrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com (CA) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. is the largest lender Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, October 16 - 18. Benefiting Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will bring hundreds of classic cars and thousands of automotive enthusiasts to Chattanooga for a threeday, family-friendly event. Three components will anchor the festival schedule: High Jinks Rallye, Time Trials and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit www.chattanoogamotorcar.com to learn more about how you can get involved. of its type in the country – providing financing on collector cars ranging from 1900 to today. Whether you have your eye on a 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile or a 2010 Ferrari – we’re here to make your dream car a reality. Offering low rates, long terms, and no prepayment penalties. Our programs start at $6,000 and exceed $2 million with terms up to 96 months. Visit our website at jjbest.com or call 800-USA-1965 to receive an approval in minutes. Our team of experts is here to find the program that fits all of your needs. Your dream car will be in your garage in no time! SCCA’s San Francisco Region (SFR) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org Ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org 174 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@ artsstarclassics.com; www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 GERMAN Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Everchanging showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected MercedesBenz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile.scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA)


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IMPORT / EXPORT LEASING MULTIMEDIA PUBLICATIONS MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryers CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584; Email: info@carsusa.com; www.carsusa.com ITALIAN Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Turtle Garage provides readers with unique Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com MUSEUMS are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com National Parts Depot. 800-874-7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90. LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com LEGAL David North LLC. 862.823.1182. Magneti Marelli distributor service and restoration for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Service includes complete documentation before and after work. Distributors are disassembled, cleaned with all worn, missing and incorrect parts replaced. Advance curves, points and all adjustments are set to factory specifications. All distributors are extensively tested and checked before delivery. Fast service turnaround to meet any schedule. Most of these distributors are found to be in need of maintenance and many have incorrect or non-functioning advance mechanisms. This is just one part of a complete tune up that is necessary for a well running engine. davenorth73@gmail.com Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free); info@lemaymuseum.org, www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) PARTS, ACCESORIES & CAR CARE Original Parts Group Inc. 800-243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most soughtafter products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 175


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. RACING SERVICES D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home RESTORATION – GENERAL Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/ number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction.com (CA) TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com; www.aeristo.com Branson Collector Cars. 417.336.1155. “The Shop” at Branson Collector Cars began in the late eighties for the sole purpose to maintain and restore the owner’s personal collection and that of a few close friends. Beginning in 2010 “The Shop” was opened to all collectors for the maintenance, repair and full ground up restorations. The technicians have an envious amount of skills, experience and dedication to the art of preserving your favorite ride. Ask for Jason! https://bransonauction.com/the-shop/ Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) On the Road Again Classics. Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservation-level restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com 176 OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@ verizon.net. 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning full-service concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website:vwww.thewerkshop.com (IL) The Paddock Classic Car Restorations. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com Ragtops & Roadsters. 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website at www.treasuredmotorcars.com RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com Paruch Automotive Craftsmanship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of worldclass vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship.com (WI) Pollock Auto Restoration. 610.323.7108. Experienced with Brass-Era, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@ pollockauto.com www.pollockauto.com (PA) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com © Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 177


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eW CHCARL BOMSTEAD PAGE HEADER AT Be Like Mike One pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn kicks brings enough money to fund some serious car shopping M ichael Jordan was drafted third, behind Sam Bowie, in the 1984 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, and he ushered in a new era of aerial basketball and marketing. His contract with Nike was worth millions to Jordan and much, much more to Nike. His Air Jordans were — and still are — the sneaker to wear. Goldin Auctions, at their July 18 sale, sold a pair of his rookie-season, game-worn Air ans, after 24 bids, for an astonishing $369,000. Both shoes were signed. The left shoe as size 13 and the right 13.5 as they were built to his unusual specifications. Here are a few more treasures we found while hunkered down — that have absolutely nothing to do with sneakers: MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 339—STANOCOLA SINGLE-SIDED PORCELAIN 18-INCH SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,000 INCLUDING 20% VIG. Date sold: 7/18/2020. The Standard Oil Company of Louisiana was formed in 1909 as part of the New Jersey parent company, and they retained the Stanocola name until 1924. Their logo was colorful and is very collectible. This example was in decent condition, with large chips at the mounting holes. It sold for a fair price, but beware, as fakey-doos abound on the Internet. AUTOMOBILIA AUCTIONS EBAY #34324217547251— 1950s JAPANESE TIN FRICTION TV “SPACE PATROL” ROBOT CAR. Number of bids: 60. SOLD AT: $1,600. Date sold: 7/12/2020. This cool TV “Space Patrol” tin car was about 9½ inches in length and the TV camera operator’s head rotated when the car moved. The “Dagmar” bumper tips had been replaced and the box was a reproduction. A very original example with the correct packaging sold a few years back for close to $20k, so this was a relative bargain. LLC—1908 SAVANNAH GRAND PRIX PROGRAM. Estimate: $200–$400. SOLD AT: $1,400. Date sold: 6/27/2020. The Savannah Grand Prix took place on November 28, 1908. Louis Wagner drove a Fiat to victory. In fact, Fiat swept the podium. The program, with great graphics, had a loose binding and minor fading. Price exceeded the estimate, but it was still acquired for a fair amount. RM SOTHEBY’S LIFETIME OF PORSCHE MEMORABILIA PART II, LOT 3068—”MCQUEEN DRIVES PORSCHE” POSTER. Estimate: $4,000– $5,000. SOLD AT: $3,600, INCLUDING 20% VIG. Date: 7/29/2020. Steve McQueen began his racing career rather late in life, but he quickly found success. This poster references his 1970 triumphs driving a 908 to victory at the 24 Hours of Sebring, Phoenix and Holtville. Anything McQueen touched is now very desirable, and this poster is no exception. RM SOTHEBY’S LIFETIME OF PORSCHE MEMORABILIA PART I, LOT 1078—PORSCHE DEALERSHIP BANNER WITH HOFFMAN LETTER. SOLD AT: $2,820. Date sold: 6/30/2020. This fabric banner, featuring the Porsche logo, measured 40 inches by 28 inches and was in excellent condition. It included a letter from Hoffman Porsche Corporation to their dealers offering the banner for their display rooms or all of $2.50. Okay, I’ll take three. at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 178 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market OCTOBER 2020 Sports Car Market SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid RM SOTHEBY’S LIFETIME OF PORSCHE MEMORABILIA PART I, LOT 1033—PORSCHE 356 PRE-A RESTORED BANJO STEERING WHEEL. SOLD AT: $4,320. Date sold: 6/30/2020. The 356 Pre-A was produced from 1948 until 1958, and this 24-spline steering wheel had been professionally restored. It had a Bakelite-backed original horn button and was 15.75 inches in diameter. If you have the car and need the steering wheel, then this was a real find and cheap at most any price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 RM PEDAL POWER AUCTION. LOT 152—1941 LINCON ZEPHYR STEELCRAFT PEDAL CAR. SOLD AT $8,700. Date sold: 6/24/2020. The Lincoln Zephyr was manufactured from 1936 until the beginning of World War II. This striking pedal car was made by Steelcraft and was fully restored in maroon and silver livery. A rare example and a cool go-with for display in the car barn.