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1937 BENTLEY 4-1/4 LITER VDP DROPHEAD COUPE
1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE
1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II DROPHEAD COUPE
1924 RENAULT TORPEDO SKIFF
1999 SHELBY SERIES ONE
1965 ALVIS TE 21
1937 CORD 810 PHAETON
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27 1952 Peugeot Darl'Mat Sedan
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80 1986 Porsche 928S
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8 Shifting Gears
1 0 News, Previews & Gossip
15 Bike Buys - 1970 Aermacchi SS350
16 Four-Wheeled Conundrums - Beating the Insurance
18 The Wrenching Truth - White Post Restorations
24 Sheehan Speaks - Dreaming of Cheap Valve Jobs
63 Motobilia - The Price of Time
65 Porsche Gesprach - The Air-Cooled Bookshelf
76 eWatch - $68k for Tony Soprano's Suburban
11 Auction Calendar
12 You Write, We Read
14 Collecting Thoughts - Buying an MGB Sight Unseen, Part I
26 Mystery Photo
32 Vintage Rally Calendar
32 The Twenty Year Picture - Six-Banger Brits
57 Mystery Photo Answers
67 Affordable Classics - 1957-68 Lotus Seven 51 and S2
71 Display Advertiser's Index
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28 Etceterini & Everything Else
29 Vintage Race Cars
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Lancias 'R' Us
oth nature and car collectors abhor a vacuum.
In July we bid farewell to our 1972 240Z and our 1967
Alfa Duetto race car. The Z went to an SCM subscriber in
Lorton, Virginia, and the Duetto to
good friends and SCM'ers Doug
Zaitz and Portland's Veloce
Motors owner Dan Sommers, who had maintained
This left two empty slots in the garage,
space that desperately needed to be filled. Jan
Zverina, Senior Manager of Product Communications,
Chrysler Group, came to my rescue.
Zverina, who has long maintained that SCM understates
the value of his restored Series I 4.2-liter
E-type coupe, offered to put me on the trail of a
1963 Lancia Flaminia Zagato—but only if fixedhead
E-types increased by "at least 1% in the next
Price Guide." Being forced to choose between journalistic integrity
and an opportunity to acquire a vintage Lancia, we quickly agreed to
modify the Guide.
The next day we received
an e-mail from Bob
Boniface, Chief of Advanced
Product Design for
DaimlerChrysler. "My father
might be tempted to
part with his 1963 Lancia
Flaminia Zagato. It's a nice
little car, 2.8 liters, triple
carburetors, and he and I
drove it on the 1996 Automobile
I then spoke with the
owner, Dr. Ray Boniface,
who also happens to be a
He affectionately described
the car and his
time with it. At the end of
the conversation it had
use of the car. Overall, its condition is typical of those that run European
events and have an alluring patina that comes only from being driven. A
host of minor storage-related details, from rebuilding the brake boosters
to getting the electrical system to behave, are ahead of us, and we look
forward to learning to speak Lanciaese as we dive under the hood.
At first drive, the Flaminia feels very much like the 29,000-mile
1968 Lotus Elan convertible we restored ten years ago, drove on the
Northwest Classic Rally and then sold at the second World Classic
auction in Tokyo. The Flaminia, like the Elan, has a soft, supple feel
to it, with exceptionally light steering.
After 35 years of sports car seat time, I fancy myself attuned to
the nuances of vintage cars, especially those from Italy. Having a
stable that includes our 1963 Ferrari 330 America, the Lancia and
Cindy's 1978 Alfa Spider affords an opportunity to experience
each and relish their similarities and differences. The Ferrari is a
thundering beast that growls and threatens anything in its path,
the Alfa a watersprite that darts and zips, while the Lancia goes about
its high-speed gran turismo business in a soft-spoken, almost thoughtful
way, and is extraordinarily responsive to driver input.
Mr. Bubble joins the fold.
become mine. Breaking all my own rules, I didn't ask for any photos
or documentation before firing off a check. In this case, the provenance
of the owner was all I needed to make my decision.
Poland, Ohio, is a long way from Portland, Oregon. (Why can't we
ever find cars in our own neighborhoods?) Impatiently, we waited,
scouring the Web for bits of Flaminia information. Ten days later,
when the Passport Transport tractor-trailer arrived, my partner in the
car, Bill Woodard, and I fidgeted as a non-running 1970 Shelby GT500
was wrestled out of the way. Then we heard the spin of the Lancia's
starter motor, and the sweet, pulsing sound the V6 made as it came to
The car is a marvel of technical and visual sophistication, from its
all-alloy double-bubble roof to its deDion rear suspension and inboard
disc brakes. According to my initial research, S/N 826.132-1007 is one
of just 33 Flaminia Zagatos (some say 70, as Italians can never agree on
anything) built with open headlights, a double-bubble roof, the 2.8-liter
engine and triple Weber carburetors.
It appears to be complete, with no corrosion on the frame. Fifteen
years ago, the car was stripped to bare metal and color changed from gray
to red, with the dash left the original color. By now, the paint is bubbling
in the rockers and a variety of small road scars provide testimony to the
Perhaps, in the still of the
night, behind closed garage
doors, these three old friends
will find a way to communicate
with one another. We've
started leaving an open bottle
of Chianti on the workbench,
and a recording of Franco
Corelli, singing "E lucevan le
stelle," from Act II of "Tosca,"
on the CD player. They've
come a long way from their
birthplaces of Modena, Turin
and Milan, and have decades
of stories to tell. We hope that
they find this small garage in
Portland, Oregon, to their liking,
and that they are ready to
embark upon a new set of adventures
The Lancia has already
been christened by our ten-year-old daughter, Alexandra, who names
each new car as it arrives. One look at the Flaminia's roofline and she
immediately proclaimed it "Mr. Bubble." We'll keep you informed as
this story unfolds.
On the Cover
Argentine artist Alfredo De la Maria is known for his passionate
recreations of automotive history. Our cover this month, "Corkscrew
Challenge," depicts a closely fought battle in 1959 between now-legendary
cars and even-more legendary drivers.
Richie Ginther leads the way in a Ferrari Testa Rossa, pursued by
the eventual race winner, Chuck Daigh, in a Scarab Mk II. Carroll
Shelby driving a Maserati Birdcage closes in, with a Porsche RSK and
a Lister Chevrolet not far behind.
Born in 1945 in Uruguay, De la Maria studied architecture and
sculpture in Montevideo. Besides automobiles, he also paints nautical
and aeronautical themes, as well as horses and wildlife.
The original oil painting, 31 x 42 inches, is offered for sale by
Blackhawk Editions. Prints of "Corkscrew Challenge" may be available
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A Sale of Vintage and Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia
Entries are invited
After the success of our 2000 Auction at
Hershey we are pleased to return to this most
prominent event. Important entries have
already been received and we will again offer
an exceptional section of Automobilia
Illustrated, an example of prices acheived at our
Hershey Auction Sales for 1999 and 2000
Top left - 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster
oachwork by Fleetwood sold in 1999 for $145,000.
Top right - 1950 Allard-Cadillac 12 Competition
two-seater sold in 1999 for $116,900.
Middle left - I' 0,1 laguar XK120 Two-Door
Roadster sold iti 2000 for $48,300.
Middle right - 1967 Toyota 20006T Two-Door
Coupe sold in 2000 for $151,000.
Bottom centre - 1929 Duesenberg Model 1
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Dear SCM: I always find one
or two pieces of information in
SCM incredibly irksome—your
pricing on certain automobiles. So
irksome, in fact, I am actually writing
to you about it and I like e-mail
as much as gall-stones.
Mercedes 300 SL roadster:
$250k-$325k; Aston Martin DB5
Vantage convertible: $225k$300k;
Ferrari 330 GTS: $250k$350k;
AC 289 Cobra (not SC):
$200k-$250k; Porsche GS/GT
Carrera Speedster: $200k-$275k;
Jaguar SI 4.2 roadster: $75k-$95k.
You know as well as I do that
these prices are real and are significantly
higher than those quoted in
your magazine. Why do you not
correct your pricing guides and your
commentary on the auction results?
I truly rely on your evaluations for
my collecting (tempered, of course,
with information from other
sources) and these inconsistencies
cast doubt on your credibility of
other automobile evaluations (of
which I have no other information
and I am relying on yours).
Please be so kind as to explain
these anomalies.—S. D., via e-mail.
As so many autos trade privately,
as opposed to publicly like
a stock market, it can be very difficult
to have a precise trading range.
Further, automobiles vary widely
in condition and provenance, two
factors which can lead to huge multiples
Being a collector (I was the one
who purchased the 1964 AC 289
Cobra at Christie's Tarrytown Auction
in April 2001 for $120k) and
a member of the "good old boy
automobile collector network," I
have access to information regarding
numerous non-auction transactions.
It is from these transactions
that I justify my criticism. Let me
enlighten you as to some of the
prices paid in the last year for the
following completely restored
(condition #1) cars:
We base our Price Guides on
the trading ranges for nice but not
perfect cars, without exceptional
history, that we see trade hands
For some of the examples you
provide below, we are aware of cars
trading for far less than both your
numbers and our price guides. And
We've staked out a middle
ground, and are open to change
our numbers if data is forthcoming.
We have no vested interest in
numbers being up or down, just in
being reasonably accurate.
Interesting that you quote a 289
Cobra at $200k, yet you paid only
$120k for yours. Which number, in
your opinion, should be in our
Dear SCM: My brother-in-law
and I co-purchased the Ferrari 330
GT 2+2, S/N 6539 at the Christie's
Tarrytown, auction this spring for
what SCM reported in the July issue
(Lot #44, page 48) as "top dollar."
The deal even merited a cover
blurb as a "surprise" at the price we
paid. To SCM's credit, the auction
report went on to say that the car
is condition #1-, "a top example,"
which it certainly is, and that we
had gotten it "for less than half the
cost of the restoration." It's also
an AACA National First badge-winner,
as well as the winner of bestin-class
at the Cavallino Classic. (At
least that's what the trophy we got
with the car says.) It was also the
Cavallino #57 cover car in June,
1990, thanks to the excellent restoration
work of Doug Pirrone.
As co-owners of this beauty,
each of us has $26,437.50 into it,
and in return we now own our first
mid-'60s V12 Ferrari, a shared
dream of ours. And it's a beauty.
The first push of the ignition key
produced the V12 throat of legend,
and gave us all the return on our
investment that we ever needed.
Plus, we get to drive it around a
bunch, which the previous owner
had somehow neglected to do, having
put a total of 300 miles on it in
four years! I think we've already
driven it more than 500 miles. Allin-all,
our "top dollar" is not a bad
deal from either of our perspectives.
We are very happy owners.
And somebody has to prop up the
market every once in a while, right?
Other 330 owners should be thanking
us for the new appreciation in
Beauty is always in the eye of
the beholder, and it's fine with us if
SCM doesn't like the four headlights.
After all, the only thing SCM
and the Ferraristi have to look at is
our taillights after we've passed
you. (And the rear end of this car is
really pretty.)—Richard Riegel,
designs I've seen out of Maranello
over the company's history. Which
headlamps would you rather have,
our four, or some of the pop-up
variety that have marred the fascia
of otherwise elegantly-designed
Richard, every issue of SCM is
chock full of examples of the fiscal
advantages of buying someone
else's top-flight restoration. With our
330 America, we've now passed the
$40k mark in "investment" and still
have a motor that views job one as
mosquito abatement, job two as vehicle
propulsion. Clearly, in this
arena, you are thousands of dollars
ahead of us.
Would we trade our stylish 250
GTE body for the drosophila-derived
compound-headlight look of
your 330? When the car is parked
and preening itself, no. When we're
sitting in clouds of our own smoke
at a stop light, with locals dialing
911 to report a brush fire, the answer
might be different.—ED.
Alas, heaven forbid, we bought
a four-headlamp model, tisk-tisk,
which SCM and some narrowminded
Ferraristi obviously disdain
as a lower art form. As SCM said,
"Hey, you don't have to look at
the headlamps when you're driving
it." I'm not sure I understand this
point-of-view, particularly when
you consider that, of almost 1,100
examples of the 330 GT 2+2 sold
from 1964 to 1967, only 450 or so
were of the plain-Jane two-headlight
model. The rest of the run
gave four headlamps a try, and in a
Dear SCM: Regarding the Silver
Ghost sedan at the Christie's
Tarrytown sale (Lot #82, July
2001, page 43), there is a little more
to the story. The under bidder is a
long-time RROC and Silver Ghost
Association member. He has a lefthand
drive Springfield Silver Ghost
roadster with rumble seat. He now
wants a closed car, left-hand drive.
According to the Rolls-Royce
Owner's Club directory, only 17 of
56 (30%) of left-hand drive Ghosts
are closed. I did research for an article
on our left-hand drive Silver
Ghost Salamanca collapsible several
He was disappointed that he was
not the buyer and wondered if the
bidder were "that chandelier." He
did find the identity of the bidder in
England and has had several e-mails
with the person. The buyer is apparently
quite happy with the car.
The Silver Ghost Association
was formed approximately twelve
years ago at the urging of Millard
Newman and some other Silver
Ghost enthusiasts in order to encourage
RROC Ghost owners to
bring them to the meets and share
rides with persons who had no Ghost
other aspects of it to stock configuration.
He actually brought his
car trailer to the sale.
One of the most important bylaws
of the SGA is "there will be no
judging." The popularity of the
tours and the usefulness of Silver
Ghosts has in some measure facilitated
the sale privately and also at
some auctions by persons who wish
to participate in SGA activities. A
Silver Ghost in presentable cosmetic
condition that runs well may
not be a hot item, but is sought after.
In addition to the excellent quarterly
newsletter, the SGA has one
annual USA tour and occasional
foreign tours. The organizers of this
year's tour in Pennsylvania report
at least fifty Silver Ghosts will participate.
There are plans being
made for a "Ghost Train" to travel
from east to Monterey, California,
in 2003 for the 100th Anniversary
for the company. Early indications
are that there will be as many as
fifty Silver Ghosts by the time the
group reaches Kansas.
Interestingly enough, several
members have two and three Silver
Ghosts so that their children can
participate in a tour and bring the
grandchildren along. On the Texas
Hill Country tour in 1999, we had a
woman over 90 years of age and a
boy under three.
In what is inherently a somewhat
dressed-down Ferrari, I argue
that the 330 GT 2+2 has a little bit
more intrigue with the four
headlamps. Every automobile company
in history has needed to occasionally
challenge design convention
in order to continue to push
forward. And I don't think anybody
would refer to the four-headlamp
330s as Ferrari's "Aztek."
While the four-headlight design
didn't continue past the 330, it's a
lot less egregious than some other
At the time I said, "The
Piccadilly roadster accounted for
only 6% of the Springfield Ghost
production, but represents 30% of
the left-hand drive Springfield
Ghosts in the RROC Register. Only
7% are town cars, compared to 21%
original production." As you can
see, finding a left-drive Ghost with
closed body is more difficult than
you might think.
The under bidder did an extensive
amount of research on the car
and was aware of all its oddities. He
drove the car before the sale and
after it stopped, he could not turn
the engine over using the handle
despite all his strength. Even so, he
was prepared to go a little above
his self-imposed limit. He was also
planning to restore the interior and
Several years ago Sissy and I
took our first grandson, when he
was two years of age, on an SGA
tour in our 1912 Silver Ghost. We
strapped his car seat into the front
seat and away we went. I suppose a
few unsuspecting motorists looked
up and wondered if that two-yearold
in the car seat were driving the
car. He was at an age when he loved
to ride in the car and he also liked
to throw rocks in the streams so,
since the tour was in the Ozarks,
we could accommodate his wishes.
I wanted you to know the background
on the bidding. If you find a
left-hand drive closed Silver Ghost,
let me know.—Roger Morrison,
Continued on page 69
Sports Car Market
Ask Mr. Kerb
by Michael Duffey
Send your collector car questions to Mr. Kerb, e -mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or snailmail to Mr. Kerb, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292.
Is My 924 A Classic?
Dear Mr. Kerb: Recently, I
heard about a contest on the radio
where the grand prize was a
"Classic Porsche 944."
I own a Porsche 924 and wonder
if my car, being an older
model and a great driving car, is
also considered a classic. I have
just started looking
at classic car
see if my car
far I have seen
no mention of
the 944 or
924 in any
that I can
Dear Mr. G: There are many
great driving cars that have no collector
appeal and there are even
more cars that are out of production
and will never be "classics."
Like eight-track tapes, the AMC
Hornet and Red Dye #2, some
things that have become extinct are
just that: extinct. The explanation
isn't as important as the realization
that some things are gone, and
not many in the collector car community
There is a deeper question here
than "Is my 924 a classic?" What
defines a classic? Some folks
think that rarity is the big ingredient.
Yes, it can be, but in the case
of a car like the Volkswagen Beetle
(a car that I consider to be a classic),
the production was both huge
and multi-national in scale. The
Beetle also proves that a car
doesn't have to be the fastest,
prettiest, most expensive or the
best handling to make my list.
To me, a classic must capture
the attention of almost everyone
(not just motorheads) when it first
appears. It can be a completely
new style or an improvement on
its contemporaries. Either way, it
must stand out as something
unique and at the same time better
than what it likely replaces.
The Beetle, Speedster, 300SL,
Cord Sportsman and many others
capture the attention of the
masses even today, many years
after they disappeared from the
Can any new(ish) cars be classics
as I have defined them? Latemodel
cars are so good that few
stand out among the crowd mechanically
and I wonder
how well today's crop
will stand up to the
stylistic standards that
might exist in the future,
so the jury is still out
on that question. What
about your 924? In the
case of the front-engine
Porsche: they are good
road cars and ones like the
944 Turbo S are actually
pretty quick, but classics?
Those cars lack the widespread,
visceral appeal of the true
classic. If anything, they fit the
mold of the "special interest" or
It is important to remember that
the 924 was intended to be an Audi
sports coupe, not a Porsche. It had
a converted agricultural power plant
(i.e., from a tractor) and was meant
plant, but Porsche built the later
944s. The 924 had many uncharacteristic
problems, such as excessive
oil consumption at 40,000
miles, significant vibration problems
and very cheap interior trim.
The 924 won't be much of a
collectible because of its performance;
the 944 won't be collectible
because of the large volumes
in which it was produced. Some
of the 944 Turbo, 944 Cabriolet
and 968 models were produced in
lower volumes and may someday
begin to recover in value. But, it is
doubtful any of these will ever be
first-tier collectibles, even though
by the 968 they were very competent
Dear Mr. Kerb: I have a question
on the fair market value of a
sports car with a salvage title. I
am looking at a non-stock, trackprepared,
1969 Alfa Romeo GTV
in very good condition but with a
salvage title. This car does not
have any racing history—it is just
a track/street car. The car had
cosmetic damage, hence it was
salvaged by the insurance company.
It had been repaired
Dear Mr. Y: The "salvage
title" is the prize given to a car
that was written off as a total
loss by an insurance company
but sold, repaired and (usually)
put back on the road. If this was
a late-model car, the amount of
damage that the car must incur
to be "totaled" is significant. To
me, any newer car with a salvage
title is something I would
But the Alfa? If your GTV
rolled into a body shop with a
front-end hit (let's say that it
needs a grille, front bumper, all
four headlamp assemblies, a
hood, radiator and a front valence)
the body shop would need
to have (or find) a source of new
or used parts to repair the car. It
will probably take several phone
calls to locate all of the bits. So,
you must factor in the time locating
company(ies), the insurance company
and all of the rest into the
cost of repair.
classic to some, but not collectible.
to be a stylish and mellow touring
car for Europe where good gas mileage
is an important attribute.
The 944, however, was based
on the 924 Carrera, a short-lived
model, but a true racing car. Introduced
as a real Porsche, the 944
had a Porsche engine in addition
to Porsche design. All 924s and
many 944s were built at an Audi
According to your quarterly
pricing information, a '69 GTV
may cost up to $9,000. Assuming
the condition is the same, is there
a magic formula one can use for
salvage-title cars versus clean-title
cars? Will a track-prepared car
be worth less (and if so, by how
much) than a stock car?—L. Y.,
For these reasons, the estimate
to repair the car will often
come very near, or even exceed,
the value of the entire car. A body
shop makes money by repairing
new cars with parts that are delivered
from local warehouses, resulting
in a repair that takes only
a few days from start to finish.
The GTV will sit in the corner,
taking up space while the parts
trickle in. So, unless the damage
was structural, the car is probably
fine despite its "salvage" status.
Since the Alfa guys don't
seem to worry about original
paint or interiors on a car like the
GTV (unless you've got your
heart set on owning an Alfa with
badly faded original paint and a
cracked dash), your "repaired total"
is actually just a GTV with a
recent paint job and some new
bits on the nose.
Still, the salvage title can't be
ignored and a car without one is more
reassuring to most folks. The hit (in
price) for a car like this is between
10%-50%, depending on the visibility
of the original damage.
Continued on page 19
Buying an MGB Sight Unseen: Part 1
by Marshall Stocker
he process of buying one's first
collector car is an event that transcends
a purely monetary transaction
and crosses into the realm of a
character-building experience. Like
any trial, it carried me through the roller coaster
of emotion: elation and heartbreak,
relief and helplessness. My own travail,
at age 25, ranked closely behind
marriage and military school.
To start my search, I focused
on cars located close to my upstate
New York home. A sordid list
of candidates emerged before long.
One MGA had been "tapped" in
the rear by an SUV, according to
the seller. At $13,000 "firm," the
car was no bargain; the "tap" had
managed to not only push the license
plate into the trunk, but had
also relocated the door seams to a
Next, a business trip gave me the
opportunity to examine a "very nice"
MGB just outside of New York City. The description
of the car was so glowing that I
brought a cashier's check. The trouble started
after I arrived and found that a previous buyer
had reneged on an earlier deal. At first glance, I
discovered why. Paint cracks extended the
length of the car and flecks of paint the size of
a quarter hit the floor faster than snow falls in
Buffalo. Disheartened but yet undeterred, I
still test-drove the car. The thrill I get every
time I ride in a convertible nearly overwhelmed
my senses. However, in the end, a growling,
faulty rear differential burst my bubble and I
dejectedly shelled out $80 for the lonely cab
ride back to the airport.
My next date brought me face-to-face with
a gorgeous black MGA whose bodywork had
received special attention from the current
seller, a body shop owner. We agreed to a remarkably
low price of $9,000 (it did have an
MGB engine), but when I returned a week
later to pick up the car, he was unable to produce
a legitimate registration and I could not
locate the VIN. This frustrating experience,
like a series of unfortunate blind dates, only
bolstered my resolve to find the perfect car.
I expanded my search to any car east of the
Mississippi River. I tried to buy an MGA I
found on eBay Motors, only to be outbid in
the final minutes of the auction. The car went
for $12,000, past my limit of $10,500.
Then a 1964 MGB presented itself on eBay
Motors. I arranged for an inspection at an MGonly
repair shop. Several curiosities were discovered,
including lowered front-end springs,
l /4" SU carburetors and a racing exhaust header.
The car was rust free, something unheard of
north of the Mason-Dixon line, and boasted
an outstanding interior and good—albeit not
concours quality—paint. The car would need
brake work and a front-end rebuild to tighten
up the handling. Overall, it might best be de-
Lady Eloise, prim and proper.
scribed as driven only a handful of miles since
the completion of a fairly thorough body-on
restoration five to ten years earlier.
I ended up getting the B for $8,000. Now I
had my first convertible sports car. The only
remaining obstacle was a 1,300-mile ribbon of
highway between Eloise (my name for the B)
in sunny Tampa, Florida, and me in the heart
of the Finger Lakes in Ithaca, New York.
I opted to spend the $1,000 that a car transportation
service would have cost on car repairs.
As the mechanic's mandate was to focus
on reliability improvements, I decided I could
reasonably expect Eloise to weather the journey.
After all, its younger sibling, a 1966 MGB,
had proven reliable enough to win the GT class
of the Monte Carlo rally. Only later did it dawn
on me that that particular '66 MGB was not
36 years old when it took its victory laps.
The car was delivered to Glenn's MG
Shop (www.glennsmg.com ) in Tampa to undergo
the three weeks of work necessary to
prepare her for our journey home. Only two
days before my flight to Tampa, I got the
call. Rather than hearing "everything is all
ready for you," I was told, "Chuck just drove
the car and heard some rough noise in the
bottom end." Glenn, a concert-trained trombonist,
had concluded that the connecting rod
bearings were playing a noisy tune that
wasn't music to anyone's ears.
He felt it would be best to drop the pan
even though it might lead to a delay. I told him
to do right by Eloise. An hour later he called to
tell me the bearings were shot; he would order
new ones to be installed the next day and have
the engine buttoned up by the time I arrived.
That next day, I learned that the parts
supplier had sent the wrong size bearings.
With less than eighteen hours before my arrival,
the bottom end of my car lay in pieces.
Glenn assured me that he would get the correct
bearings express mailed to him
by 10:30 a.m. the following day.
With my driving itinerary already
meticulously plotted, I had planned
a prompt 8:00 a.m. departure from
Tampa. However, it was now clear
I would beat the bearings to Tampa
by 12 hours. Here, I received my
tutelage in one of the critical lessons
of any character trial: patience.
In the morning, I set off to my
arranged marriage. I was about to see
Eloise for the first time and, whether
or not I liked her, I had to go home
with her. I met Glenn and he ushered
me to the garage.
I was stunned. Eloise was a
knockout. With a brilliant shine and
smooth lines, she looked just as good on the
inside as the outside. Of course, I could not
fire her up or even feel the caress of her bucket
seats as her bottom end was still scattered on
the workbench and she peered down from the
perch of the overhead lift.
After closely examining her undercarriage,
I stared at the seemingly frozen clock in the
waiting room while the bearings were installed.
No registration, no VIN, no MGA.
Three hours later, we fired her up. The purr
of her engine sent my heart into orbit. Then
Chuck made my day. In what almost seemed
to be a casual after-thought, he mentioned
that it was the fastest MGB he had ever
With 1,300 miles to cover in three days,
our honeymoon journey would prove to be as
trying on my character as it was on Eloise's
body, but at that moment the only thing on
my mind was her revving engine, knowing full
well she was my very own.
Next month—the honeymoon begins.•
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1970 Aermacchi SS350
The engine is mounted in an
unusual fashion, slung underneath
the bike horizontally, suspended
from a backbone frame. This lightweight
motorcycle handled well.
(With its single-cylinder engine, it
weighed 100 pounds less than a contemporary
Honda CL350 350-cc
twin.) Top speed was about 85 mph.
Drum brakes, seven inches in diameter,
were mounted front and
n the 1960s, Harley-Davidson
bought a chunk of Italian
manufacturer Aermacchi and
imported their lightweight
motorcycles to fill a niche
below the Harley Sportster.
(Aermacchi built aircraft, hence its
name.) Badges on the tanks of the
imported bikes carried the names
of both Harley-Davidson and
electrical system was about as reliable
as Italian motorcycle electrical
systems ever were in the '70s,
which is to say not very.
When new, these bikes were
treated carelessly by Harley dealers,
often shoved into a corner of
the showroom. Dealers didn't promote
them and were reluctant to
service them. The inexpensive
machines were often abused by careless
young owners. Many were
ridden for 5,000 miles and then
parked when something
they sat until they
were rediscovered in
the '90s, when anything
wheels was sought after.
has only recently begun
to be appreciated
after years of neglect.
Prices, although modest,
have been moving
Kick stand on the right? Only in Italy.
For its time, the SS350, also
called the Sprint, looked quirky. The
frame had no down tubes. Typical
of the scatter-brained way Italians
approached the American market,
the side stand was on the right side
and the kick start and shifter were
on the left. The dual exhaust pipes
were mounted low to the ground.
The kick-start mechanism was
not strong and the crankcase sometimes
cracked on the left side where
the kick-start lever attached. The
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Aermacchis. If you can't afford a
Harley V-twin from the '70s
($4,000-$10,000), you can probably
find the money for a single-cylinder
Aermacchi. Parts are available from
Charleston Custom Cycle in Illinois
and Moto Italia in California.
Aside from the name on the
tank, though, there is nothing remotely
Harley-like about this pleasantly
sporty little motorcycle. As
a machine sold by Harley-Davidson
but not made in Milwaukee, its value
will always lag behind their American-made
More fun to look at than to ride
in today's traffic, the SS350 will
remain an oddball footnote in motorcycle
gearshift lever now on the left side.
However, collectors prefer the older
model to this later, heavier one.
In the late '70s, Harley sold their
interest in Aermacchi and their experiment
with Italian motorcycles
ended. However, like the Midas
touch, the Harley-Davidson name
adds some value to the prices of old
A later version of
the SS350 produced
in 1973 and '74 had a
revised frame and electric
starter, with the
Transmission .... 4-speed, right foot
350-cc horizontal single
Perfect Aermacchi owner
Fun to ride
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to Harley club meetings
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1) the body damage done by sand, and 2) the
mechanical damage caused by blasting media
getting into the engine.
The claim should have been very simple;
my insurance company would pay the value
of the car, then they should have gone after the
blaster to recover what they had paid out due
to his negligence. The blaster was clearly liable
so they would have recovered their payment
to me and would have achieved what they
really wanted to do—incur no financial loss.
As an insurance claims professional, I still
cannot understand why they chose to attempt
to deny the claim outright. For only half the
effort they expended in attempting to deny the
claim to me, they could have recovered 100%
of their payment from the other party.
Perhaps the average policyholder would have
been screwed or not known what to do when the
insurance company said they weren't going to
cover the claim. However, I had knowledge on
my side. First, I knew the claim was a legitimate
covered loss. Second, I knew the steps to go
through to get the insurance company to change
their position. I began by appealing to the claims
manager. When I could make no progress with
him, I filed a formal complaint with the State
Insurance Commission for Unfair Claims Practices.
Finally, I retained an independent appraiser
to inspect my car and issue a report with his
opinion regarding the cause of the damage, the
nature of the damage and the value of the damage.
Then I demanded arbitration.
In claims involving damage to the insured's
vehicle, the wording of every auto policy con-
tains a provision for the policy holder to demand
arbitration if he does not agree with the
insurance company's evaluation of the claim.
Arbitration for damage to an insured's vehicle
is quite rare. I've been an adjuster since 1977
and have never seen an insured demand arbitration,
but I knew the option was open.
After six months of futile communication
and failed negotiation with my insurance company,
no progress had been made. I hired an
independent appraiser to inspect the Bentley
and prepared to arbitrate the claim. I was confident
I would prevail.
My appraiser's report confirmed that the
blasting damage to the Bentley body exceeded
$15,000 and that the cost to remove,
disassemble and clean the blasting media out
of the engine plus replace the rings and/or
sleeve the cylinders if necessary would come
to another $15,000. The appraiser agreed
that the value of the car before the damage
was only $12,000. I forwarded a copy of
the report by certified mail to the insurance
company, along with a cover letter stating
my intention to invoke the arbitration provision
of the policy if they still refused to
pay the total loss of the car.
At that point, my insurance company finally
relented. They admitted that in fact my
car had been accidentally damaged and that the
amount of the damage exceeded the value of
the car and therefore they settled my claim as
a total loss. Whether they have succeeded in
collecting back from the blasting shop I do not
know, nor do I particularly care. If they fail to
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1955 Jaguar XK140 roadster. Frameoff
restoration, red/tan leather, chrome
wires, #s match. $47,500.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette cony. red/black, 350, 4-speed, leather, rally wheels, nice driver quality
1986 Cobra, recreation by Shellbrook, 302, 4-speed, resto, side exhaust, roll bar, white blue stripe
1937 Cord 812, Phaeton, maroon/maroon, external exhaust, driver quality, very presentable
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod roadster, plum/creme, all steel, full-fendered, fresh, 350, rumble seat
1968 Ford Mustang, red/black, 1 owner, 65k miles, 289, auto, p.s., pdb, a/c, styled steel wheels
1968 Ford Shelby GT 500 cony, very well restored, #'s match, 428, auto, a/c, red/blk, 10-spokes
1995 Ford Cobra R, 1 of 250 built, white, as brand new, delivery miles only
1963 Aston Martin DB4, very good orig. car w/Corvettte running gear, Borranis, Dove grey, red leather $35,000
1965 Aston Martin 0B5 cony., Exceptional resto on Calif. car, BRG/tan, 4-speed, OD, a/c, wires
1997 Bentley Turbo RL, silver/grey/red piping, veneer panels, azure wheels, 20k miles, as new
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, red/black, CA car, well restored, Borranis, tools, lovely throughout
1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupe, green/tan leather, highly restored, chrome wires, all tools, books
1958 Jaguar Mk VII very nice, older resto., black/red, recently freshened up, runs very well
1961 Jaguar Mk II, 3.8, stick, OD, grey/maroon, chrome wires, rebuilt mechanically, runs perfect
1999 Lotus V8 turbo, chrome orange, black leather, orange piping, 2,000 miles, carbon-fiber tail, new . $72,500
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, red/black leather, nice cosmetic resto 5 yrs ago, runs very well
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, white/navy leather, 4-speed, Euro lights, fresh wood, new canvas top
1954 Jaguar XK120 convertible. Red,
black, skirts, WVVVV tires, fresh restoration,
outstanding throughout. $39,900.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet, 35k miles, rare 4-speed, recent serv., red/black, zebra wood $31,000
1958 Porsche 356 cony. D, very rare roadster, silver/red, Kardex, recent cosmetics, CA 2-owner car
1989 Porsche Speedster, Red/black, 5,000 miles, no paint work, as new, one owner, books/records $63,500
1969 Rolls-Royce MPW convertible, champagne/tan, fresh top and int.,nice wood, 53k miles, lovely $31,500
1984 Rolls-Royce Spur,one lady owner, Royal blue/parchment, 25k miles, books, records, tools
1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II, magnolia, tan, piping, 25k miles, one owner, books and serv. records $89,900
1964 Jaguar XKE 4.2 cony. Maroon/
red leather, white walls, wires, nice driver
quality, well sorted. $26,500.
1959 Jaguar XK150 roadster. Well
restored, 3.4, white/red leather, black
canvas top, WVVVV tires, chrome wires,
collect from the blaster, it will only be due to
their own arrogant incompetence.
As a post-script, at the time of the loss I felt
my car was worth only $12,000 and provided
documentation to my insurance company to that
effect. I had also afforded my insurance company
numerous opportunities to settle my claim
for $12,000 but as outlined above, they refused.
Once they finally conceded that I had a valid
claim and that the car was a total loss, they did
not pay the $12,000 I had demanded but instead
paid the full amount of $19,500 shown as the
stated value on my policy. Although I believe
that was a mistake on their part and that I was
truly owed only $12,000, after the shabby treatment
I received for six months, I am certainly not
about to return the excess $7,500.
My situation was unusual in that, as a professional
in the insurance field, I was fully versed
in the options available to me and I didn't have
to resort to an attorney to argue my case. I hope
that the information above will prove of some
use if you find yourself in a similar situation.
George Giese is an independent consultant
on claims, loss control and risk management
issues to insurance companies, agencies, managing
general agencies, etc. He has handled
all aspects of personal and commercial liability
claims, including auto physical damage,
truck insurance, cargo, liability issues, including
property damage, bodily injury product
liability, medical malpractice, professional errors
and omissions. His car was insured under
a classic car policy with one of America's
largest general automobile insurers. •
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by Bill Tabor
cap, so I know what kind of car it is. And you
need a checkbook."
White Post Restorations' owner, Billy
Thompson, likes to tell this joke to underscore
two things: the cost of a full, frame-up restoration,
which is his specialty, and the level of this
A recent visit to the spotless, 38,000square-foot
facility in the Shenandoah
Valley, about an hour west of Washington,
D.C., found 23 such restorations in
progress, among them a 1934 Jaguar SS I,
a 1948 MG-TC, a 1963 Mercedes 190SL,
two Jaguar XK 120s (1950 and 1954),
and a 1954 Bentley R-type.
Full, frame-up restoration—the sole
restoration work White Post will undertake
these days—is meticulous work. The
motor, chassis and running gear are disassembled.
The upholstery comes out. The
body comes off. Each of 50,000 or more
parts gets inspected, right down to the
gauges, radio and—if there is one—the
power antenna. Body and chassis are sandblasted
and repaired, and new paint is applied
to every surface. Wood, rubber and
upholstery are renewed. Mechanical parts
are rebuilt or replaced. After reassembly
and road testing, the hand-built car that emerges
may exceed factory specifications.
"We can handle any make, model or year,"
says Billy Thompson, a thin and energetic man
with a walrus mustache. Supporting that claim is a
1939 Scarab being worked on now, one of about
eight built. Each of the transverse-engined, streamlined
vehicles differed, and documentation is scant.
This one had been cannibalized for parts so restoring
it involved fabricating half the torpedolike
metal shell, 500 feet of rectangular and tubular
steel frame, and a wicker headliner. In 43 years
running White Post, Thompson says the shop
has completed 1,000 frame-up restorations.
A second and growing line of business at White
Post is rebuilding hydraulic cylinders, which now
makes up half of sales. Brake and clutch hydraulics
are cleaned by glass-bead blasting, sleeved in
brass, and bored to original specs, then rebuilt
with new rubber parts from UK-based Nelson
Stokes. Some days 200 such jobs arrive from all
parts of the world. The seven employees in the
in-house machine shop complete 60 percent of
all jobs within eight hours. The rebuilt work is
guaranteed while the purchaser owns the car.
Billy Thompson purchased White Post Restorations
from his father in 1958, who started it
in 1940. Today employees number 20, including
Billy's son, WR Thompson, operations manager,
and grandson, Billy Ray Thompson, a 14year-old
who works afternoons after school.
"Forty-three years is testimony that Billy
has been doing things extremely right, at many
hat's it take to restore a
car at White Post?" a
once asked this shop's
master mechanic, Greg
Cone. "Well," Cone replied,
"you need a hub-
different levels," commented Jeff Burns, President
of Motorhead, Ltd., in Arlington, Virginia,
a British car repair shop. He's seen White Post's
restorations for 20 years, and installed a number
of White Post's rebuilt cylinders. "They are an
important option," he said, a service that "puts
a car back on the road."
White Post's work frequently wins prizes,
like the 1937 Cord that took the Antique Auto
Club of America's national first prize. Thompson
said his customers don't come to build show
cars, though. Some are knowledgeable collectors,
but more are doctors, businesspeople, actors
and even royalty, like the Emir of Bahrain.
A restoration may take one to two years to
complete. Usually 12 to 15 jobs roll out of White
Post each year. One out of three is a European
marque, one of four belongs to a repeat customer,
one of five arrives at the shop partially
or wholly disassembled. Recently, a driver sent
by White Post to collect a 1931 Cadillac called
in, bewildered, because he found not a car, but
105 boxes. "Even the carburetors were disassembled,"
said Thompson, "and scattered among
the different boxes!"
When a new restoration job arrives, one master
mechanic takes charge of it and it's rolled
into a home bay. He'll do all the work, without
helpers. As Rose puts it, "If it's on the car,
I've got my hands on it." However, he
distributes paint, upholstery, metal fabrication
and wood work to other specialized
It's the master mechanic who communicates
with the customer during every
step of the job. He'll mail the owner
up to 500 photographs. The owner must
approve the work at every step, and pay
his monthly bill, to proceed.
Left• White Post owner Billy Thompson working in his s hop.
One thing they share: "They're not concerned
with cash. They're concerned with pride and
The current labor rate is $65 an hour. All
work proceeds on a strictly time and materials
basis, as the six-page contract spells out. Customers
must sign it and deposit $10,000 to start
work. The company gives no estimates because,
as master mechanic Paul Rose says, the scope of
a job is only clear "after we see what all the
components are like."
Number of staff
Number of bays
Years in operation
White Post Restorations
William "Billy" Thompson
White Post, VA
Billy Thompson fiercely guards specifics on
the cost of an individual restoration. He will allow
that a customer will likely spend more than
$50,000 and can end up paying less than
$100,000—if a car is solid, with good, off-the
shelf parts availability. But consider that at the
high end, one 1926 Rolls-Royce P I restoration
required 5,000 hours or $325,000 at today's rates.
Disassembly follows a detailed, standard
procedure. After each part is removed,
the master mechanic enters it in
a multi-column log. He classifies it using
White Post's 17-number category system
(e.g., 1.1 is a valve cover screw), adds
notes, then checks columns for "Paint,
Plating, Missing, Repair, or Replace," as
WR Thompson, Billy's son, tracks this
detail for all the jobs. He also makes the critical
"make or buy" decisions affecting work flow and
quality. He locates parts with the help of his 4,000card
Rolodex, and enjoys a reputation for relentless
sleuthing. When the aluminum cylinder head
of a 1934 Jaguar SS I proved too deteriorated to
use, he could not locate a useable replacement in
the US. He avoided having to fabricate a new
head (which might have cost $20,000) by tracking
down a new one in South Africa, for which the
customer paid $1,600.
The metal fabrication shop where master
metal fabricator Thetan Ogle works blends new
and old equipment. There's a state-of-the art
plasma cutter and a Miller Synchrowave 250
TIG welder. ("Sometimes I wax it on weekends,"
he quipped.) In addition, there's a 1920s-era
Pettingale Power Hammer that came from the
Auburn automobile factory, and a Ranalah English
rolling wheel. The wheel creates radius bends,
a necessity for restorations like the 1939 Scarab.
"They changed each one they made," Ogle said.
He has had to custom fit every body panel on
Billy Thompson thinks that after 60 years
in business White Post just may be the oldest
restoration shop in the country. Some are more
expensive, and others are less. Whatever the
cost, customers should be sure to understand
what they get for their money. Of his company's
spare-nothing, meticulous approach, he said
simply, "This is the best way that we've got to
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Ask Mr. Kerb continued from page 13
The value of this particular car is going to
be difficult to assess not only because of the
salvage title but also the racing modifications.
The SCM Price Guide or anyone else's price
guide is essentially useless when evaluating a
non-stock car. Every car of this type is individual.
Look at the receipts, the spares and
the level of preparation. Hopefully, it isn't
just a car without trim, cut-down springs and
a noisy exhaust.
Given that the car is still streetable, my
guess is that it doesn't have a killer motor or
perhaps even close-ratio gears, let alone a
Sperry head, aluminum flywheel, Heim-jointed
trailing arms, safety equipment and so on.
Those things can be expensive and the receipts
will tell you what has been done.
Brune, Dingdorf, Germany. Marius, the decision
to order by country and then by year is a
purely personal one on our part. Perhaps it's
because 1 like to see how all the Italian cars do
versus one another (early vs. late Ferraris,
Lancias vs. Maseratis, etc.) and then the same
with English and German (Astons vs. Jaguars,
Porsche 356s vs. early 911s). A listing purely by
lot number makes kind of a hodge-podge report,
at least in our opinion.—ED.
More consistent art for the cover. Some of it
is great, some horrific.—Dick McGlinchey,
Wellesley Hills, MA. Beauty is in the eye of the
beholder. What you might find consistently terrific,
others might find predictably terrible. We
prefer to represent artists from all parts of the
spectrum, rather than a single genre.—ED.
I read each issue 14 times! I love it!—Mark
Minkin, Ocean Ridge, FL
More on American cars.—William
Nagribianko, Toronto, Canada
Have you considered a monthly column on
detailing, including questions from readers with
specific problems? Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable
magazine, Thanks.—Joe Sammeck,
Naples, FL. That's a very good suggestion.
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so, please contact copyed@sportscarmarket.
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and memorabilia.—Greg Lindstrom, Fullerton,
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issues. I like the recent plastic mailer. Perhaps
fewer motorcycles and trucks.—James Lester,
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are now fighting for Best of the Rest honors and
the impending threat of un-subscribing.—Hans
Kleinknecht, Maple Valley, WA
More Alfa and more mid- and lower-priced
cars. What will be collectible in the future? Fewer
million-dollar cars.—Robert E Van Gemert, Egg
Don't waste your time on the cheap stuff.
Most collectors want to know what the best of
the best are doing, not how much the MGB with
rusty floors sold for.—J. Frank Ponderosa,
And thanks to all of you from Cindy and
Keith for your thoughtful suggestions and your
Further, you have to decide what you want
to do with the car. If you want to have a fast
street car, you'd be better off buying a decent
GTV and hopping up the motor. If you
want a track car, well, buying someone else's
tested car is always the better way out.
For example, our editor just sold his thoroughly
sorted, reliable 1969 (or 1966, '67 or
'68 depending on the race sanctioning group)
Alfa Duetto racer for $10,000. The new owner
took it out to an Alfa track day and, for the
cost of a few gallons of racing fuel, was turning
competitive lap times. That's not going to be
the case with your "track-prepared GTV."
The value of the GTV? Unless the car is
tidy, has a nice list of trick parts and has been
worked on by someone whose name you recognize,
I think half the SCMPrice Guide would
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La rivista del velocissimo e del bellissimo
&NORMA LOMBARD FARBRICA ALITOMOBILI
NMI MILANO MIMI
1939 Alfa 6C 2500 Cabriolet
Chassis number: 913014
ittorio Jano's 1927 6C 1500 provided the foundation
for a series of engines that form the basis of Alfa
Romeo's great prewar reputation. Expanded to 1752
cc, it became the 6C 1750. With two added cylinders,
the 6C 1750 design became the 8C 2300. The Tipo B
2.9-liter Grand Prix expanded upon these principles
and was ultimately adapted to the famed 8C 2900 sports cars.
However noble, the performance attributes of the 6C 1500 and its
derivatives became dated. In 1934, Jano created a new generation of Alfa
Romeo powerplants: the dual overhead camshaft 6C 2300. With a 70mm
bore and 100-mm stroke, the 6C 2300 continued the long stroke that
gave Alfa's engines high-end torque for drivability while adopting an
improved light alloy cylinder head with chain-driven camshafts. Reliability
was a priority in its design, and Jano gave it hollow camshafts for
superior lubrication, seven main bearings for rigidity, a single-piece block
and head castings, and an innovative dual-level sump that acted as an
efficient oil cooler. In 1939, the bore was increased to 72 mm, creating
the 6C 2500 with 2443-cc displacement.
The new 6C series engine was complemented by a brilliant chassis
reflecting all that Alfa had learned from its dominant GP and sports cars:
four-wheel independent suspension; parallel trailing arms at the front
and swing axles at the rear. Springing was by torsion bars at the rear and
coil springs in hydraulic cylinders at the front.
Most 6Cs were provided on special order to favored clients for
custom coachwork, among them the 1939 6C 2500 offered here. Chassis
number 913014 was discovered by the current owner in Nova Scotia in
1976. Years of research traced the car back through its prior owners in
England to a Heathrow Airport parking facility where it had had been
abandoned with a broken axle. The Alfa's attractive cabriolet coachwork
was an even greater mystery. Again, painstaking and lengthy research by
the owner finally traced the body to Gebruder Tiicher in Zurich, Switzerland.
The company, still in existence building
bus bodies, provided copies of the original
records showing delivery by November 1, 1939,
to Herr Direktor Weber in two-tone gray, the
same colors it displays today.
Original list price
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With the combination of Vittorio Jano's powerful
yet reliable engine and race-bred, fully independent
suspension, prewar 6C 2300 and 6C
2500 models are superb road machines. The
Tticher-bodied example shown here is not only
rare, it is unique. It is faithfully presented, appearing
much as it did when it was delivered to
Herr Direktor Weber 61 years ago. Angelo Tito
Anselmi's authoritative book Alfa Romeo 6C
2500 indicates that this is the earliest surviving 6C 2500.
This car sold for $121,000 at RM's Arizona Biltmore sale, January
19, 2001, including buyer 's premium.
There should be a law that prohibits invoking the ghost of Vittorio
Jano every time an Alfa crosses the block. While Jano is credited with
the 6C 2300, he was fired from Alfa two years before the 6C 2500
appeared. Certainly the 6C 2500 engine is a minor elaboration of
Jano's earlier powerplant, but the honor of its development goes to
Bruno Trevisan, who also created the more sporting Corto and Super
Sport versions. Furthermore, the 6C 2500 was not a very distinguished
race car, nor was it the obsolescence of the great Jano cars that prompted
the 6C2300 and 6C2500, the Depression instead being the cause. Alfa
needed cheaper cars for the economy, and that is exactly what the 6C
2300 and 6C 2500 were.
It would be fascinating to know exactly what Herr Weber direkted
(S/N 915521 went to Albert Speer; two earlier 6C 2500s anonymously
to the Deutsche Wehrmacht). Hopefully, the new owner will continue
the dedicated research undertaken by the individual who restored this
car. Without the supplied provenance, including the identified bodybuilder
and, indeed, the original owner 's name, this car would have
brought much less.
(5- and 6-passenger cars)
$50 (Bosch equivalent)
Intake side of block
6C 2500 Register, Malcolm Harris,
Parkside Publications, 999 3rd Avenue,
Suite 3210, Seattle, WA 98104
Bentley 3 1A-liter Saloon,
Talbot Lago 4.5, Delahaye 135 or 235
This provenance is probably more valuable than the claim that this is
the oldest 6C 2500 known. A quick read of Anselmi's bookfails to reveal
a reference to this car, but Anselmi does state that the official factory
register, covering the years 1939-1942, was destroyed during the war
This leaves Luigi Fusi's personal records as the
most authoritative resource. Fusi lists the first
1939 6C 2500 Turismo five-seater chassis as
S/N 913001, which means there are potentially
13 other chassis waiting to dethrone this car as
the oldest of the litter
1939 47 (3rd series)
This pre-war Tiicher-bodied Alfa deserves
better than a fawning, Jano-laden description
that misleads more than it informs. The car is a
handsome and distinctive link between the angular
body styles of the 1930s and the seminal,
aerodynamic bodies that clothed the same chassis
after the war Given the decent condition of
the car (SCM's Dave Brownell described it as
being an "older restoration still quite presentable" in the April 2001
issue) and its rarity, it should be considered very well bought in today's
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very original and complete, no rust, needs
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Meld proper installation of 2 liter eng and
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57 750 Giulietta Normale, restored, white
w/blk int and red piping and carpet, recently
refreshed, dead stock original except
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trans, 1 owner car for 40 yrs, 70K orig mi
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63 GIULIA Spider (Normale), professional
restoration 12 years ago. Well
maintained by Alfa enthusiast. Excellent
condition cosmetically and mechanically.
Arizona car, no rust. Always garaged.
White with blue interior and Stayfast top.
Instruments rebuilt and refaced. Period
radio works, as does everything else. New
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65 TZ1, #096, matching engine,
unrestored good original condition. Photos
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66 GTV, red/tan, full professional restoration,
leather interior, Sperry stage 5 2Liter,
45 mm Webers, mini-lites, R-1 tires,
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66 SPRINT SPECIALE, red w/gray int.,
70,000 ml, needs new owner, restored.
email@example.com $22,000. Steve Nylin,
67 DUETTO, fresh from barn storage of
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mech excellent, other Alfas available
PMA $2,500. 831-338-9703. FAX
67 GTV, green w/tan int, very nice original
$12,500. 636-239-6781. MO
67 GTV, white/grey int, immaculate bare
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67 Alfa Romeo Quattroruote Zagato,
rare Zagato factory specials, 1 of 92 produced,
1930's looks, 1960's mechanicals,
exc cond $36,000. Lew Johnson, 703-2437050.
69 GTV, fully restored to nice driver specs
with lots invested, eager to sell, green w/
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outrageous, needs nothing
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72 GTV, 150 hp Euro version, in USA since
'77, reci/blk int, excellent in and out, CA
tags $9,500. 714-898-2945. CA
73 Montreal, complete unrestored car, no
accidents, very slight rust spots, 1,000
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1971 Ferrari Competition Daytona
Chassis number: 13971
Engine number: 001M
rom the stable of arch enthusiast and consummate perfectionist
the late Aldo Cudone comes this fearsome Daytona.
It was prepared to competition specification in 1981 for
Signor Cudone in the workshops of Giuliano Michelotto,
the factory-appointed tuner responsible for the 308
Group 4, F40 LM, 333SP and many other Ferrari racing
cars. This work was carried out under the supervision of Gaetano Florino,
head of Ferrari Assistenza Clienti at the time, without regard to expense.
In the modern classic car market, the big four-cam V12 front-engined
Ferrari Daytona is rightly regarded as offering a tremendous amount of
machinery—and of public road performance—for the money such cars
cost. Most sought-after of all, however, are the handful of Daytonas
assembled for endurance racing in the Assistenza Clienti center neighboring
the old pre-war Scuderia Ferrari building.
Acquired from second owner Clementino Borghi by Aldo Cudone in
1981, this Daytona was uprated to full factory specification by
Michelotto (mechanics) and Bacchelli & Villa (bodywork). Works drawings
were made available—after all, the Daytona had been racing until
1979 and the know-how was still fresh.
The riveted Group 4 bodywork includes six side exhausts, flared
arches covering wider competition wheels, full height faired headlamps,
air splitters atop front fenders, a chin spoiler, twin exterior fuel fillers,
plexiglass side windows and a single pantograph wiper.
Inside, the cabin is trimmed in lightweight materials and there are
harnesses for both occupants, plus a fire extinguisher,
roll cage and other competition necessities.
Nonetheless, the trunk still manages to accommodate
a space-saver spare and full tool kit.
Mechanically, the car was fully rebuilt by
Michelotto to competition specs. Although we
do not have a record of the horsepower figures,
the presentation of the engine bay, dominated by
the ram air induction box, speaks for itself.
Judging from its still concours condition 20
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Steering column and on frame
near right front suspension pickup points
years later, Sig. Cudone's "Comp Daytona" was
used most sparingly. We know he drove the car,
accompanied by an Italian rally ace, on the 1985
Coppa d'Italia, but since then the car appears to
have been carefully stored in climate-controlled
conditions. It is offered today by his family with
current FIA testament to the enthusiasm and perfectionism
of one man and the talent of two great Ferrari specialists.
This car soldfor $239,960, including buyer 's premium, at the Bonhams
& Brooks Monaco sale, May 21, 2001.
Ferrari Club of America,
Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358;
Ferrari Owners Club,
8642 Cleta St. Downey, CA 90241
Right side of engine block
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below $100,000 by 1995 and have rebounded slightly in the last five years
to the $ 100,000-$125,000 range for a good, no-stories car
Almost 1,400 365 GTB/4s were built, and although never intended to be
race cars, a few were indeed prepared by privateers and raced successfully.
A mere 15 Competition lightweights were built with factory support and
raced very successfully, with multiple class wins at Le Mans, Daytona, the
Tour de France and at virtually every other major racing event on the planet.
These very desirablefactory-built competition cars
bring as much as $1,500,000 today for a Le Mans
class winner, and sell quickly when on the market.
With the few factory-built competition cars
commanding a huge premium, there has long
been a demand for non-factory built competition
cars for club racing and for those who want the
ultimate in a 1970s Ferrari "bad boy" street car
I know of 33 non-factory Competition 365
GTB/4 Cs built over the years. The very few
privateers' cars with period Le Mans, Daytona
or Sebring race histories command a substantial
premium, while those with no race history
are the club racers 'bargain basement buy, available
as cheaply as $ 125,000—about the cost of
the competition conversion.
When I inspected this car at Aldo Cudone's
The 365 GTB/4 Daytona was Ferraris first modern luxury Grand
Touring Berlinetta, with striking looks, an exhaust note to die for, big
horsepower and a top speed few would ever find.
Initially priced at $19,000 in 1969, production ceased in 1974 with a
price tag ofjust over $25,000. As production ended, the first of several gas
crises hit and prices plummeted—I bought an alloy Comp Daytona prototype
in mid-1974 for a mere $14,000. Daytona prices peaked in 1989
when a good "street" Daytona would easily bring $500,000. Prices dropped
Padova race shop in October 1997, the quality, authenticity and money
spent on its conversion were instantly obvious. With bodywork by Bacchelli
& Villa and mechanical and race preparation by Michelotto, the work
was to the highest standards in Italy and, bluntly, to higher standards
than when the factory-built Competition cars were new.
While this example is a non-factory car and has no race history from
the 1970s, and so is not eligible for most first-tier European rally events,
it brought a price of almost $100,000 more than recent sales of similar
but lesser-quality cars. This is further proof that "the best" will always
bring the best prices.—Michael Sheehan
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company.)•
by Michael Sheehan
The Valve job Wars: Alfa vs. Ferrari
o one is more persistent in his
questions about how to have
an affordable Ferrari than our
editor, who seems to believe
it is his
to discover the "Northwest
Passage" to the land of
cheap Ferrari valve jobs.
Here's today's plaintive
and misguided inquiry:
"Cindy's '78 Alfa Spider has
gone in for a head gasket and
valve job and it will probably
be around $1,500. Since a
four-cylinder Alfa is one-third
of a 330 Ferrari V12, and there
should be some economies of
scale here, shouldn't a valve job on my 1963
330 America be $4,500?" There are many reasons
why our editor is hopelessly adrift in fantasy-land.
First, there is no economy of scale. The
Alfa is a smaller, more compact engine, and
the overall labor is much less. The single distributor
and fuel-injectors on the Alfa can be
removed and pushed aside
while the head is removed.
The cylinder head is
easily accessible from
either side and can be
removed by a single
mechanic. Most shops
will quote 12 to 14
hours for the job at a
labor rate of $60 per
hour or $720 to $840.
As for parts and
machining, the Alfa
has four intake
valves at $22 each
for $88, four exhaust valves
at $38 each for $152, eight
guides at $8 each for $64, eight
valve seats at $13 each for
Parts, labor and machining for a valve job on
Cindy's 25-year-old Spider should indeed be in
the $1,500 range.
Since the car is
worth, being kind,
about 20% of its
value and will
make the car much
to drive, makes a
lot of sense.
One-third the valves, one-sixth the cost.
$104, a gasket set at $125 and machining the
new valves, guides and seats at about $160 for
a total of $693.
Ferrari, a car that
is 15 years older,
the equation disintegrates
Labor will be
much higher. The
Ferrari's cylinder head studs are almost always
corroded solidly onto the head studs and a
one-half-inch thick steel puller plate must be
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used to apply massive pressure to slowly and
evenly pull the cylinder heads off the block.
This can't effectively be done by a single person.
Head removal is really best accomplished
by taking out the whole engine—in fact, every
shop I spoke with explained that in the end it
is generally cost effective to pull the engine
out of an old V12, even for a valve job. It
makes dealing with any other eventualities, and
there will be several, much easier.
Before the 330 cylinder heads can be removed,
the Weber carbs and linkage, both distributors,
the cam covers, the 24 rocker arms
and their pedestals all must be removed for
access. Assuming the heads come off without
difficulty, the head studs don't have to be removed
by a hack saw and the cut-off head
studs don't have to be laser cut from the block,
the total time to remove and refit the heads,
install the cams, retime the distributors, remove
and install the engine, etc. is 60 hours at
$75 per hour, or $4,500.
Our very parts-intensive Ferrari has 12 intake
valves at $102 each for $1,224, 12 exhaust
valves at $110 each for $1,320, 24 valve
guides at $11 each for $264, 24 valve adjustment
screws at $14.75 each for $354, 24 cam
roller pins at $30 each for $720, 24 valve seats
at $32 each for $768, 24 valve guide seals at
$1.50 each for $36 and a cylinder head gasket
kit at a staggering $450, for a total of $5,136
for parts alone.
Machining the new valves, seats and guides
is a modest $480, bringing the total for parts
and machining for our Ferrari to $5,616.
Total parts, labor and machining on our
35-year-old Ferrari is just over $10,000, or
more than six times the cost of the Alfa job,
even though the engine has only three times
as many cylinders.
Last but not least, the maximum time estimate
Alfa is about a
week while the
the Ferrari is a
With an estimated
this valve job is
of the overall
too bad, but
"while you're in there," the bearings should
probably be renewed as well. How do you
Now you're approaching two-thirds of the
value of the car, and begin to understand the
ultimate pitfall of doing anything to a 2+2
Ferrari. The cost of a valve job or rebuilding an
engine to stock
specs on a
Daytona, a 330
GTC, or even
an SWB won't
be much different
ED.'s 330. But
when a car is
$25,000 is really
change. For a
$35,000 car, it's
the end of the
As soon as you open this engine, things get expensive.
there's really more to this dismal picture.
With an old engine, the chances are that a
valve job, with its resultant increased compression,
will simply exacerbate the problems
in the lower end of the engine. Rings, pistons
and liners really should be replaced, and, in
words well-known to anyone with an old car,
each time ED.
comes up with a new scheme, my response is
the same. I send him a case of ultra-cheap,
straight 40-weight oil (since it's not going to
stay in the engine very long, what's the point
of buying something expensive?) with a label
attached that says, "Oil is cheap and motors
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50 195 INTER GHIA, 2-seater, 1950
Turin show car, remarkably original, engine/
gearbox out, apart, looking quite good for
straight forward rebuild $165,000 OBO.
Jerry Bensinger, 330-759-5224 days. OH
52212, s/n 0219, 1-off Vignale coupe, ivory
and gray, exquisite in both form and detail,
3-carb eng, very original includes full interior,
missing nothing, many interesting
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53 212 INTER PF COUPE, perfectly restored
in red w/tan leather int, Best in class
at Pebble Beach in '85, a beautiful car, ideal
for shows and tours $375,000. Fantasy
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58 250 CT ELLENA, #0785, in bare metal,
complete, driving $90,000. Garry Roberts,
63 250 GT LUSSO, s/n 5397, red w/blk
int, exc body paint, int, mechanical and detailed
components, drive to the concours
$175,000. Garry Roberts, 949-650-2690.
64 275 GTB, short nose, red/blk, Borranis,
new paint, interior and chrome, spectacular
$185,000. Motor Classic, 914-9979133.
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66 275 GTS, silver metallic w/blk leather,
42,600 miles, beautiful paint, excellent interior,
runs and drives perfectly, Borrani
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66 275 GTB, 2-cam alloy, red/blk, 6-carb,
Borranis, XWX's, older cosmetic & driving
condition $245,000. Motor Classic,
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66 275 GTB, very late long nose, torque
tube, fresh motor, new paint, new interior,
excellent chrome, 59K mi, same owner 21
years $225,000. 847-864-3740. IL
67 275 GTB/4, s/n 9337, fly yellow w/
black int, Borranis, proper tools & manuals,
shown in competition many times,
59,000 km $329,000. James Dawson, 614354-6605
67 275 GTB/4, red/blk, exc cond, new
Borrani ww, Just took Best in Show at last
Ferrari showing $359,000. Bill Tracy, 941924-9523.
67 330 GTC, red/blk, 68K mi, a/c, CA car,
older cosmetics, strong driveline $72,000.
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69 365TC, blue pastello/tan, impeccable
Modena restored w/FCH Concours Judgement,
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70 DAYTONA SPYDER, conversion, flawless
red w/blk leather, only 41K mi from
new, rebuilt drivetrain, stunning conversion
by Bachelli (Modena) using ultra rare
factory rear clip, no fiberglass, Cromodoras,
Michelin XWXs $130,000. Woodnorth,
800-797-2886. FAX 773-227-0752 IL
71 365 GTB/4, s/n 14187 (US), red w/
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will show, proper tools & manuals, above
the rest, 38K miles $129,000. James
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72 246 CT DINO, blue, tan, excellent original
Euro car, 93,000 km $62,500. 214-35 10218.
73 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA, US version,
red/blk, 27K orig mi, Mags, air and outstanding
mechanical and cosmetic condition
$129,000. Motor Classic, 914-997-
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73 365 GTB/4, silver/blk, very clean, 21K
mi, books, tools, drives superbly
$118,500. 310-657-9699. FAX 310-6579698
74 246 GTS, factory a/c, anthracite/tan,
Daytona int, 37,726 mi, excellent throughout
$79,500. Motorcar gallery, 954-5229900.
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1952 Peugeot Darl'Mat Sedan
Chassis number: 1232663
n 1936, a Paris dentist, Dr. Paulin,
with helpfrom a Peugeot dealer, Emile
Darl 'Mat, conceived and built a
sports car based on the Peugeot 302.
Named the Peugeot 302 DS (for
Darl 'Mat Sport), it was offered in
three body styles: coupe, cabriolet and roadster.
In 1937, three orfour lightweight alloy
roadsters were produced and entered at Le
Mans, where they surprisingly finished 7th,
8th and 10th overall.
About 104 "street" examples of the DS
were produced, and fewer than 40 survive,
with 8 to 10 in the US.
During WWH, the Gestapo killed Dr.
Paulin, but Emile Darl 'Mat survived and
was eager to start building cars again after the war. Peugeot was producing
a spiffi? 203, powered by a well-developed hemi-head engine.
Unfortunately, the 203 was of monocoque construction, which eliminated
the implementation of an all Darl 'Mat body.
In its 203-model line-up, Peugeot offered three body styles: cabriolet,
two-door coupe and four-door sedan. Darl 'Mat also offered versions of
all three of these, with visual modifications being new fenders, front
grille, moldings and a rather stylized trunk cover
Some cars were allocated to Darl'Mat di-
rectly from the factory, and carried Darl 'Mat
plate and numbers. A few bought their cars new
from Peugeot, and brought them to Darl 'Mat for
their transformation Oust as Alfa owners would
bring Giulietta Sprints to Zagato to have them
transformed into SVZs). The cars that were transformed
by Darl 'Mat carried a Peugeot plate and
numbers. At the time, there was no difference
between the two types; no one cared what was
written on the small brass plate on the firewall.
But today's' collectors, with their self-righteous
noses high in the air, consider the Peugeot-plate
cars the black sheep of the family. How silly we are sometimes.
The car shown here, properly called a 1952 Peugeot Darl 'Mat Sedan,
sold for a world record price of $22,410, including buyer's premium,
at the Barrett-Jackson Petersen Museum auction on June 16,
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This particular model is so obscure that it gives appraisers nightmares,
and any price at which it sells is a new market price. This particular
example is a "plain vanilla" four-door with single Solex carburetor
and Peugeot chassis plate, converted by Darl 'Mat. I first drove and examined
it in the mid- '90s. The owner was a charming gentleman named
Stanley Tillis, who lived in Orange county, and had a brace of interesting
pre- and postwar Peugeots. The car pictured here was his, it was the very
first car that he restored and collected, and it was not for sale. It drove as
well as any 203 sedan that I have ever driven.
On the firewall plate and
on the lower right firewall
Small brass plate on the
left side of the engine
Les Amis de Darl'Mat, 146 Blvd.
Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France
Simca 8 Sport
cabriolet and coupe
A year or so later, I called Mr Tillis and inquired if the 203 might be
for sale. Yes, he said, but not for a penny less than $35k. I concluded
that he really did not want to sell the car, and after a few social pleasantries,
I rung off That was the last time I talked
to Mr Tillis. A couple of years ago, I heard that
he had passed away and that one of his heirs
was selling the collection. I was offered the 203
for $20k, and declined. At the beginning of this
year, the 203 appeared at local auction with no
reserve. A friendly and very brave dealer
bought it in the $10k range.
less then 200
At Barrett-Jackson/Petersen, I reacquainted
myself with my old friend, this 203 Darl 'Mat
Sedan. I also saw my dealer acquaintance,
who had bought it at the previous auction,
and wished him luck. I was sure that the car
would not sell, or at least would not bring
more than $11k. The final price of $22,410 surprised all of us, and
shows what can happen to even the most obscure of cars when an
auction company brings two motivated bidders into the same room.
The new owner will be the hit of any Bastille Day car club meet, and
won't ever have to face the multi-thousand dollar mechanical repair bills
that Ferrari owners seem to be so proud of (If they're not, why do we
keep hearing about them?) While the price made was much more than I
expected, it proved once again that an item, any item, on any given day,
is worth exactly as much as two people (the high bidder and underbidder)
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65 2CV, new red, 602cc dbbl engine, disc
brakes, red hood, very drivable $7,800 BO.
39 D6 Figoni & Falaschi drophead, 1-off, 2
owners from new, the only 3.0 litre D-6 ever
produced, the only Figoni D-6 ever produced,
too much info to list, please call for details
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47 135M, 1-off Saoutchik disappearing top
convertible w/all the elegance you would
expect. Orig matching #'s, 3-carb, Cotal
gearbox, V windshield and push button
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69 MANGUSTA, s/n 8MA830, red w/
black leather int, fully detailed engine bay,
excellent paint & interior, above the rest,
36K miles $45,000. James Dawson, 614354-6605
72 PANTERA PRE-L, red w/blk, redone
body, painted, interior, h/p engine, wheel,
tires, many upgrades, extras, beautiful car
$21,600 B/O, Serious calls. 781-784-5460
eves only. MA
74 PANTERA, orange/black, 15,500 orig
miles, exceptionally nice $43,000. Vintage,
61 FACEL VEGA HK500, outstanding restoration,
modem cold a/c, navy/blue, auto but
w/orig Pont a Mousson, wire wheels $49,500.
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61 FACEL VEGA HK500, beautiful, recent
restoration, onyx black lacquer w/new
red leather, a very pretty car $39,000.
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59 JOLLY, woven wicker seats and a surrey
top, new brakes, runs fine, needs cosmetic
restoration $5,500. 570-584-4297. PA
59 JOLLY 600, 9,500 mi, 1-owner, excellent
condition, repainted and rechromed
twice, orig tires and wicker seats $23,500.
67 DINO COUPE, nice solid original car,
most difficult parts replaced, water pump,
carbs, etc, needs paint, clutch, great investment
$5,950 OBO. 404-320-0008. GA
67 DINO SPYDER, rebuilt 2.0 liter V6 w/
under 10K mi, red w/blk int, freshly serviced,
all records, same owner since 1980,
looks and runs great, just inspected
$19,500. 508-852-6322. MA
67 DINO SPYDER, #370, new valves,
paint, wiring, dash, etc, excellent condition,
red/blk,lowner since 1985, many spares
$22,500 OBO. 310-702-2622. CA
69 LOMBAFtD1 ABARTH, 1969-70, factory
mags, excellent, rare Italian sports car,
looks like small Ferrari Boxer, $15,000 Meld
Shipping & Ins. 61882-786874. FAX
20 8-10 HP TOURER, Spanish bodied,
excellent orig cond throughout, lovely
brass accouterments $95,000 offer/trade.
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25 H6B TOURING, CCCA 1st, very nice
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38 853 CABRIOLET, totally restored in
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61 950 SPYDER, red/blk, 4-spd, restored
$19,900. Vintage, 941-355-6500. FL
70 MURENA, burgundy/blk, 429, auto,
extremely rare car, 1 of only 14 ever made, in
excellent condition $30,000. Forza, 860350-1140.
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73 INDFtA, blue w/tan, Chevrolet 350 V8,
auto, very nice $30,000. Forza, 860-3501140.
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74 INDRA, factory built w/Shelby 428
engine, 4-spd, a/c, ps, pb, pw, white/blue,
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67 ISO GRIFO, red/blk, 4-spd, Campys,
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71 ISO GRIFO S 2, yellow/brown, Targa, 1
of only 4 produced, 1 of only 2 in the USA,
completely restored and ready for Italiana
$110,000. Bill Tracy, 941-924-9523. FL
72 ISO GRIFO SERIES 2, red/red, 454 Can
Am car, in show condition, 1 of only 24 produced,
only 11 believed to be remaining
$110,000. Bill Tracy, 941-924-9523. FL
72 CONVERTIBLE, 351W, 4-speed, a/c,
pw, Cromodora wheels, partial restoration,
needs body/paint finished $16,000.
Tom Reece, 480-951-7195. AZ
66 400GT, VI2 coupe, #517, 26K orig doe
mi, looks, drives new, recent show quality
paint, stored CA car, 1 of just 14 non- 2+2
coupes from '66, rare collectable $79,000.
69 ISLERO, brown/tan, 59K mi, tired cond
$22,000. 310-274-7440. FAX 310-2749809
70 MIURA, yellow with blue/gray int, 61
km, only 7 km since complete overhaul in
1989, #1022, excellent condition w/very
strong engine and trans $120,000. 410343-0319.
72 ESPADA SERIES 11, red w/blk leather,
factory a/c, 5-spd, 33,538 mi, 1 owner since
'76, good looking car $19,500. Motorcar
Gallery, 954-522-9900. FL
73 JARAMA S, white/red, US version w/
factory air and 5-spd, a beautiful low mileage
example from museum $39,500. Motorcar
Gallery, 954-522-9900. FL
75 ESPADA SERIES 3, blue/blk, 28K mi,
auto, decent condition, new paint and tires
$14,000. 310-274-7440. FAX 310-2749809
84 COUNTACH 5000S, red/blk int, 29K
ml, 1-owner, class A title, stored in heated
garage, this is one of the real Lamborghini's,
never driven more than 10 miles in the rain
$78,000. Gary, 517-764-0700. MI
87 JALPA, blue/white, beautiful condition
throughout $33,000 BO. 212-989-6231
eves. 917-620-8158 anytime. NY
91 DIABLO, s/n 12144, black w/tan int,
originally owned by Rod Stewart, 8,000
km, excellent condition $124,900. James
Dawson, 614-354-6605 anytime. OH
53 B53, 1-off Berlinetta by Balboa, rhd,
Nardi twin carb, said to be done from stem
to stern, need only paint and minor cosmetics,
call for details $39,000 OBO. 323-6567483.
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56 AURELIA B-20 COUPE, elegant and
sophisticated designed with all alloy V6
and transaxle driveline, restored by Cappa,
dark blue w/gray wool int to GT specs, includes
alloys doors and hood, sliding windows,
twin Webers and buckets, a show
winner $56,500. Fantasy Junction, 510-6537555.
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61 FLAMINIA CONVERTIBLE, silver/
red leather, new front subframe, 2500cc alum
V6, Touring Superleggera coachwork,
stored from '68 to '98, good Pirellis, needs
top, seats, paint $9,500. 703-534-5015. VA
65 FLAMINIA SS ZAGATO, complete
running car, needs full restoration
519,500. 530-893-1633. FAX 530-8930669
66 FLAMINIA SS ZAGATO, 2.8L alum
V6 w/triple Webers, rear transaxle, inboard,
disc brakes, alum body, new paint, weather
seals, rebuilt brakes, carbs, replated chrome
& more, call for info $50,000. 803-6429940.
60 3500GT, missing engine, otherwise
very complete and together, has rust in
rockers, needs restoration $6,500. 530893-1633.
FAX 530-893-0669 CA
62 3500 COUPE, dark red/black, 5-spd,
disc brakes, fuel injection, rebuilt motor,
redone, Fl unit, brakes, new tires/exhaust
$24,000. Forza, 860-350-1140. FAX 860350-1148
63 VIGNALE SPYDER, metallic blue,
caramel leather, 5-spd, ww, immaculate
$75,000. 713-794-3368 days. 713-5268990
71 GHIBLI SS COUPE, brown metallic,
white leather, ps, a/c, high end stereo, immaculate
$42,500 trades considered. 713794-3368
days. 713-526-8990 eves. TX
71 GHIBLI SS, 4.9, black/pigskin, great
driver, 5-spd, working a/c, well sorted
older restoration $39,500. Jim, 202-6256675.
72 GHIBLI SS COUPE, 5-spd, all #s
match, bfidtan, 24K orig mi, maintained to
the highest standards, superb mechanical
cond, good paint and orig tan int, great
driver, lots invested $37,500. Mr. Harris.
914-631-0090 ext-223. NY
73 BORA, gold/cream, 40K ml, Euro bumpers,
good cosmetics except minor rust, strong motor,
hydraulics need attention $19,500. 310274-7440.
FAX 310-274-9809 CA
77 BORA, s/n 1044, 14K miles! Copper
gold w/black & tobacco tan int. Best of
Show at International Maserati meet
(Concours Italiano). In 1995 was invited
to show at Giugiaro feature at Concours
Italian°. Considered by many experts to
be one of the finest original examples in
existence. Drives out like a new car, EC
drive or show $59,000. James Dawson,
614-354-6605 anytime. OH
54 OSCA, MT-4, 1100cc engine, red w/tan
interior $165,000. 317-955-9870. IN
67404 CONVERTIBLE, immaculate condition,
two tops, floor shift, fuel injected,
rebuilt engine $16,500 OBO. Jim, 708-2882588.
FAX 708-387-9934 IL
54 DAINA GS, alloy coupe by Sti Farina
complete, straight, stripped to bare alloy,
needs restoration, all events eligible $17,500.
323-656-7483. FAX 323-654-8788 CA
38 TALBOT LAGO, T-23 Baby 4L, Figoni
et Falaschi 2-seater roadster, It & drk blue
w/red leather, Wilson pre-selector, wires
and all detailing of the era, beautifully restored
and a pleasure to drive $195,000.
Fantasy Junction, 510-653-7555. FAX
47 TALBOT T-26, convertible, Paris show
model type, beautiful pre-war styling w/
open top windshield, only 3 known, CA
car, outstanding orig cond, call for info, offers
and trades considered $95,000. 808742-7412
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22 DUESENBERG, 183 ci twin cam engine
on a display stand, one of one
$125,000. CCars, 626-447-0327. CA
31 DUESENBERG, Indy racer, 260 ci
Straight Eight, overhead cam, 210 hp,
driven by Dusty Farhnow, call for more
details $150,000. Mark, Vintage Sales, 303456-0041.
32 LAGONDA, 16/80 tourer, Vanden Plas
type alloy body, 6 new tires w/twin
sidemounts, good top, paint and leather
interior, engine recently rebuilt and updated
to a very high standard $49,000. 516627-5068.
46 VOLPINI, 1100 Sport, a true little jewel
of a sports car in beautiful condition and
ready for any event, CSRG, HMSA and all
other events eligible, tours $79,500. Fantasy
Junction, 510-653-7555. FAX 510653-9754
49 LINCOLN, Baby coupe, Mexican race
graphics, dual carbs $20,000. 650-8541755.
53 LANCIA, B53, one-off Berlinetta by
Balboa, rhd, Nardi twin carb, said to be
mechanically redone from stem to stern,
needs only paint and minor cosmetics
$39,000 OBO. 323-656-7483. FAX 323654-8788
53 NASH-HEALEY, roadster, yellow/blk,
3-spd o/d, proper wire wheel caps, LeMans
specs, 6-cyl motor, superb rust-free TX car,
older show quality restoration $47,500.
Motor Classic, 914-997-9133. FAX 914997-9136
54 SIATA, Daina GS alloy coupe by Sti
Farina, complete, straight, stripped to bare
alloy, needs restoration, all prestige vintage
events eligible $17,500. 323-6567483.
FAX 323-654-8788 CA
55 AUSTIN-HEALEY, 100-4 vintage race
car, dark green, full race ready, exc cond,
could be streetable $16,500. 2 15-2481695.
58 LOTUS, 7 Series 1, all steel 948cc engine,
85 hp, close ratio box, excellent alloy
body $32,000. Paul Lane, 203-377-6745.
58 LOTUS, Elite, Brg, excellent restored
condition, chrome wire wheels, fresh engine
$35,000. Paul Lane, 203-377-6745.
58 MGA, twin cam roadster, green/blk,
currently fitted w/fresh Butch Gilbert push
rod engine, includes original twin cam,
knock-otTs, CSRG accepted $14,850. Fantasy
Junction, 510-653-7555. FAX 510653-9754
60 ASTON MARTIN, DB4, vintage race
car, new engine, all the proper race bits
$90,000. Paul Lane, 203-377-6745. CT
60 AUSTIN-HEALEY, 3000, vintage race
car, excellent, lots invested, 5-speed, LSD,
logbooks $24,900. 561-595-3000. FL
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63 AC COBRA, red, blk leather, owned
10 years, 55K mi, very, very nice orig, early
Cobra CSX #2083 quad Webers, both sets
of rims $150,000 OBO. 817-368-7663. TX
63 SHELBY COBRA, CSX 2032, factory
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serviced Hewland and suspension, strong
performance $79,500. Fantasy Junction,
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63 PORSCHE, 356 coupe, fuel cell, roll
cage, safety belts, MSD ignition, etc
$16,500. Paul Lane, 203-377-6745. CT
64 DODGE, 330, 426 Hemi, 4-spd, 390
posi, rare 64 race Hemi engine with original
crossram and carbs, tan paint and interior,
awesome streetable car $28,000. 417866-6775
after 7 pm. MO
64 TRIUMPH, TR4A, SCCA E-production
race car, fully prepared, fuel cell, roll cage,
fiberglass, fenders and hoods $6,500. 800659-0979.
69 CORVETTE, race car, just finished,
best of everything, fastest SVRA legal
group 6 car, 1st overall, monster $79,900
USD. 905-875-4700. CANADA ON
69 LOTUS, Elan race car, VARA DP3
champion, 1,100 lbs, 26R brake frame mods,
alum radiator, 13" Panasport, non-donut
axles, 396 rear, 1600cc Stromberg eng, 10:1
compression, 2000 Wells Cargo enclosed
trailer and spares $35,000. 714-815-3653.
71 PORSCHE 911S TARGA, signal orange,
full leather blk Recaros, a/c, groundup
restoration, 4K miles on engine and
trans, outstanding example $26,500 OBO.
561-283-7988 eves. FL
74 PORSCHE, 911 RSR IROC competition
coupe, ex-Penske, Petty, Follmer and
Shelton, 3.5 litre engine, all components
new or rebuilt $175,000. Paul Lane, 203377-6745.
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engine, professionally maintained, spares
and literature, Ferrari red and in impeccable
condition $11,500. Bob Woodward, 319588-5684.
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BMW 3 Series:
Author: Jeremy Walton
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Size: 81/4" x 10"
Rating: Bimmerphiles ****
wanted to know
about the post-war
with the groundbreaking
2002 series, can be
found in this serious
effort. No other
book captures such
a wide range of data and background information
on BMW. This is an important subject, as
these four-cylinder cars represent the rebirth
of BMW as an automaker. While the desirable
5, 6, 7 and 8 series cars are BMW's high-profile
senior offerings, the 3 series models are
largely responsible for delivering the volume
and profits that enabled BMW's stunning
In retrospect, it is clear that the 1976 320i
was a true breakthrough model. A quarter century
of tremendous expansion of the "3 franchise"
throughout the world was to follow.
Racing is covered in careful detail, as are stories
about the M3 series factory street hot
rods. The 3 was the first modern BMW to be
available from the factory in two-door, fourdoor,
convertible, wagon, three-door hatchback,
and four-wheel-drive models, and all are
The book provides extensive production
data, a thorough guide to the specifications
and performance of the US models, and a
buyer's guide. The data charts hold many surprising
results. For example, did you realize
that over 380,000 2002 cars were built? Or
that over 1.3 million of the first series 3 cars
were sold? These are both big numbers, much
higher than most would guess, given the exclusive
nature of the carefully cultivated
Missing are descriptions or color chips of
the original colors and deciphering of VIN and
engine numbers. However, these are minor
items in what is overall a thoughtful and wellexecuted
effort that will find a very large audience
among BMW enthusiasts around the
Author: David Knowles
Publisher: MBI Publishing Co.
Size: 81/2" x 11" hardbound. 144 pages
Rating: MG fans * 1/2
Casual readers *
The MG—named after Morris Garages
where founder Cecil Kimber had his original
service shop—is a name synonymous with
sports cars. The TA, TB, and TC are often
credited with creating the sports car interest in
the United States and the proud octagonal MG
badge has graced the radiator of family sedans,
race cars and
the last MGB
and the factory
years have not
been kind as
name has been
in a recurring game of acquisition and divestiture.
In the late 1980s, BL Ltd. (British
Leyland) was returned to the private sector
and the concept of a new MG sports car became
Author David Knowles takes us through
the decision-making process that brought the
various iterations of the new MG—code
named Project Phoenix—to fruition. Three prototypes
were initially prepared, PRI, 2, and
3. This book provides numerous photos and
sketches of prototypes by several designers.
Gazing at them, MG buffs can ponder what
might have been produced. The third prototype
evolved into the MGF, which began production
in July 1995.
The MG brand came under the control of
BMW and any future development had to fit
in under the Z3. Ownership, however, was
returned to British soil in the spring of 2000,
so the final chapter has yet to be written.
This is a difficult book to recommend. Its
$35 price places it beyond the reach of the
casual reader and the subject matter, while
deep, is narrow. The endless detail on the background
of the MGF may be of interest to the
most devout MG enthusiasts, but since this
sports car was not intended for the United
States market, it is of little value to readers on
this side of the pond.—Carl Bomstead
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The Pony Car Wars,
Author: Dave Friedman
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
Size: 10" x 10" hardbound. 252 pages
Rating: Pony car enthusiasts
Casual readers ***
The Trans-American Series was conceived
by the Sports Car Club of America's executive
director, John Bishop, in 1966 as a professional
racing venue for small sedans. The
series was intended to be a manufacturers' championship
and included not only the North American
but entries from
series was in
part fueled by
the overwhelming success of the Ford Mustang,
introduced in April of 1964. The sales
figures for the car, which far surpassed projections,
paved the way for the introduction
of "pony cars" from Chevrolet, Pontiac,
Dodge, Plymouth and others. Fans could
identify with the Camaros, Firebirds and
Barracudas that, while modified, were recognizable
as the cars they were driving on
the street. It certainly did not hurt that the
likes of Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli
Jones and Mark Donohue were at the wheel
of their favored marque.
The majority of factory support vanished
after the 1970 season. The sales of
muscle cars declined dramatically due to escalating
gasoline prices and insurance premiums,
and the manufacturers began shifting
their marketing emphasis towards
economy specials rather than powerful pony
cars. No one would want to watch a race
series featuring Mustang IIs, Dodge Colts
and Chevrolet Vegas; the brief and glorious
Trans-Am era was soon history.
Author and photographer Dave Friedman,
who was directly involved with the
Trans-Am series during the first seven years,
captures the compelling story of the TransAm
with over 400 photographs and firsthand
accounts from many of the drivers and
other participants. While a bit expensive at
$39.95, this book is worth every penny.
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So someone came up to me the other day and told me that the adverts we run just don't take the whole subject of
restoration seriously. He advised me that if we really wanted to attract SERIOUS clients with SERIOUS cars, then we had
better get with the program and start listing our services rather than pictures that he felt poke fun at restoration.
Well, I thought about it and he certainly had a point. Perhaps we should take the whole thing more SERIOUSLY. If
he feels that we are besmirching the business of restoration, there must be someone else out there who feels the same way.
So here we go, a list of the stuff we do. It's "HORN BLOWIN' TIME."
RUST—We fix it. And, because we are Canadian, we know rust like no piker sitting in sunny California could hope
to know it unless he tried to restore a car that someone dumped in the ocean fifty years ago. If we can restore a '66 Mustang
that has always been a Canadian car, subject to Canadian winters with their salt-encrusted roads that tractor-trailers turn into
the most perfectly corrosive mist found anywhere, then just imagine what we can do with a coddled Southern car.
MISSING YOUR BODY—We can make you a new one, and if you already have one but want something different
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MECHANICAL—Hey, we can get a single-cylinder engine built in the early 1900s running like a top. If you have
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How about building and firing up a Type 59 Bugatti Grand Prix motor? Runs acetone alcohol and benzene and starts on pure
acetone. Big block Chevs, twelve-cylinder Ferraris, Phantom engines you can't hear running, we have done them all. They
usually run when we are finished, too. (There have been notable exceptions, but it wasn't our fault, honest.)
INTERIOR—Yup, and really nice stuff too. Need we list all the materials? Don't you hate that, when a shop lists stuff
like "We do fine leather, exceptional Melton wool, superb brocades, the finest vinyl yadda, yadda, yadda"? If they are advertising
that they do upholstery, should that not be a given? A waste of a reader's valuable time, that's what we think.
PAINT and PREPARATION—You might say we are sort of anal when it comes to this, but if the paint isn't right
it compromises all the jobs that have gone before. Our painters run the constant threat of dismemberment by the rest of the
staff, so they really pay attention to what they are doing.
HONESTY and INTEGRITY—Hey, we're Canadian, eh?
OUR CLIENTS—Well, they have to have three or four things going for them. First, they must have the vision of
what they want and the way they want it. Next, they have to be able to pay for it (Accounting insisted I list this as number
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1963-67 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, 1969-73 Triumph TR6
at 1969 MGC Convertible
1963-67 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
1969-73 Triumph TR6
1969 MGC Convertible
• 1963-67 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
(Prices for cars in excellent condition.
Additional data compiled from SCM archives.)
• 1969-73 Triumph TR6
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The Euro Classic, 9-13. Tour across Europe
in any car over 20 years old. See
www.msauk.org for more information.
The Mille Autunno, 13-16. Cars 25 years
or older. Shorter than the California Mille.
Martin Swig, 415/561-8401. (CA)
The 5th Classic Malts Scottish Reliability
Trial, 16-22. Six classes of cars will
rally through some of Britain's finest roads.
Contact Historic Endurance Rallying Organization,
phone 011 44 1886 833505,
fax 011 44 1886 833144. (UK)
2001 Jaguar Roadrunner 1000, 18-23.
Special interest or pre-1976 cars. Contact
John Smallwood, 800/745-9910,
World Cup Rally 2001, 29-October 26.
London to the Himalayas, 1.4- and 1.7-1iter
cars, no turbos. Contact: Philip Young,
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The Cannonball Baker Classic, 29-October
6. 8-day two-lane road adventure from
Sarasota Springs, NY to San Francisco, CA.
'79 or earlier. Martin Swig, 415/561-8401.
Forza Mille V12, 29-October 5. Open to
any Ferrari or any V12 of any year. Contact:
Rich and Jean Taylor, 800/645-6069;
www.vintagerallies.com . (CT)
Inca Trail 2001 Classic Reliability Trial
and 4x4 Adventure Drive, 6-November 29.
Leaving from Rio de Janeiro, 100 classic cars
and 4x4s will trek 15,000 miles across South
America. Contact Historic Endurance Rallying
Organization, phone 011 44 1886
833505, fax 011 44 1886833144. (UK)
Northland Hospice 5th Annual HistoricVintage
Car Rally, 12-14. Starting in Flagstaff,
Arizona, this rally is open to pre-1975
historic vehicles and offers both stock and
modified classes. Proceeds benefit
Northland Hospice. Phone 520/779-1227,
fax 520/779-5884. (AZ)
The Melbourne Mille, 16-21. Australia.
Escape fall weather by driving Down Under.
Martin Swig, 415/561-8401. (CA)
Mil Millas, 28-November 4. Argentina.
Possible new route, farther north. Definitely
a must do. Martin Swig, 415/5618401.
The Classic Cup, 2-4. The ideal starter
event, or shake down your car for upcoming
events. Belgium, $365 per person. Information
available through www.CarNet.
The Veteran Car Run, 4. Commemorate the
Emancipation run by starting at Hyde Park
in London and traveling to Brighton. For
information, e-mail email@example.com .
Texas 1000, 4-9. Pre-1975 sports, racing
or GT cars, or any Ford-powered (interpreted
to be Aston Martin, Jaguar, Panoz,
Talbot, Saleen, SVT, and Cobra CSX 4000,
among others) sports car of any year. Contact
Rich and Jean Taylor, 800/645-6069;
Rally of the Tests, 30- December 2. A 100car
field composed of pre-1960 autos will
drive nearly the length of England. Information
available from www.CarNet.
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he September issue of SCM always
exists in the nether world
of pre-Monterey. Shipped to the
printer the same day we board
the plane for the orgy of races,
concours and auctions that make
up the Historic Weekend, we try
to read the future but don't have any tea leaves
Anecdotal evidence from Dave Brownell at
the just-completed RM Meadow Brook sale, to
be covered in the November issue, indicates that
expensive cars are still doing well, while those
under $100,000, especially lots that are less than
perfect, are suffering.
That's not surprising as the very wealthy,
for whom cars are an interesting pastime, are
relatively immune from changes in the economy.
It's the avocational $125,000-Daytona buyer
who is likely to defer a purchase as he hears
rumors ofhis company downsizing, and rechecks
the status of his severance agreement.
We own a cabin on Forest Service land in
the Mt. Hood National Forest and, with Ms.
Banzer as the president of the Oregon Forest
Homeowners Association, receive information
about the values and sales of this recreational
property on a regular basis.
For the first time in a decade, owners are
offering to carry contracts on sales (banks will
not finance these cabins as the land is leased;
we own only the real improvements). We've
learned that real values of cabins with needs
have declined more than a third, and many have
been on the market for over a year.
Recreational cabins, like collector cars, are
discretionary purchases. When consumers are
waiting to see which way the economic winds
are going to blow, they wait as well before committing
$100,000 for a cabin in the woods, or an
Aston Martin DB5 Vantage fixed-head coupe.
Unlike the late and not-lamented dot-corn
collapse, the prices of collector cars have not
been terribly inflated during the past few years,
and consequently don't have far to fall. Indeed,
except for the high-flying limited production
race cars from the '50s and '60s, most
sports cars have shown less than 20% gains
over the past decade.
If times get tougher (and we're not saying
they will—the extraordinarily quick swing of
the California energy situation from paucity
of supply to excess of production shows how
fast things can change), it will be the sales of
the sub-$100,000 cars that will slow the most.
The reports that follow here are a snapshot
of the pre-Monterey market. In October,
we'll report on the new reality.—ED.
SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating
1: National concours standard/perfect.
2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws.
3: Average daily driver in decent condition.
4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws.
5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems.
6: A non-running car in wretched physical condition
that is probably only good for parts.
Bonhams & Brooks
Sugar Grove, Illinois
June 9, 2001
Auctioneer: Robert Brooks
Number of automotive lots: 59
Number of automotive lots sold: 55
Sale rate: 93%
Sale total: $1,201,368
High: Lot #350, 1931 Pitcairn PA8
airplane, sold at $294,000, including
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
15% on the first $50,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Haig Haleblian and Dan
Market opinions in italics by Haleblian,
Grunwald and Keith Martin
n June 9, 2001, the venerable
olde English auction
firm of Bonhams & Brooks
made its middle America
debut. Although the location
was billed as Aurora and the
auction took place at the Aurora airport, the
true location was Sugar Grove, Illinois—a town
consisting of one restaurant, one gas station
and one stop light. The sale required an airport
because, along with 43 cars and a collection of
automobilia, there were seven vintage aircraft
to be sold.
Sugar Grove—er, Aurora—proved to be an
interesting backdrop to auction a portion of an
eclectic collection of antique airplanes, automobiles
and brass auto parts owned by Lord
Palumbo, who is best known locally for restoring
the architecturally significant
Farnsworth House. There were a few cars from
other consignors as well.
The planes were the show and the cars were
a distant second. All aircraft were restored to a
very nice degree and were ready to punch holes
in the clouds.
The star was a 1931 Pitcairn PA8, S/N 164,
formerly belonging to Steve McQueen. It was
beautifully restored with two wings and a real,
round engine. Painted green with white wings
in US Mail markings, it was very impressive.
The buyer thought so too, as he spent $294,000
for it, including buyer's premium.
Most of the vehicles seemed straightforward
and honest, ranging from very high point (as in
the beautifully restored '57 Chevrolet convertible
and the two Cadillac convertibles) to untouched
originals. There didn't seem to be many
of the "fluff' cars often seen at auction, which
are pretty on the surface but scary underneath.
The list of consignments was eclectic as well.
A very nice '51 Nash Rambler convertible joined
the company of a '56 Porsche Speedster, a '59
Eldorado convertible and a '48 Talbot Lago. Six
classic motorcycles were included as well.
The Bonhams & Brooks team did an admirable
job of keeping the tempo up, with a bit
of British humor occasionally thrown in to
keep things light and breezy. They have a much
more relaxed style of auctioneering than we
Yanks are used to—no Kruse/Barrett-Jackson
earplugs were needed. With a 93% sales rate,
expect to see the Bonhams & Brooks team
back for another Midwest run in the near future.—D.G
, H. H.
#351-1947 STAMPE SV4C Airplane.
SIN 596. Red and gray with checkered tail.
Beautiful plane. Counter-rotating prop. 1,984
hours on airframe, 121 hours since engine overhaul.
Extremely well presented. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $38,000. A fun ride to do a few rolls
and loops, for less money than a Dino (which
you wouldn't want to roll or loop on purpose).
This plane couldn't muster enough interest to
top the $55,000 reserve.
#352-1938 DE HAVILAND MOTH
MINOR Airplane. S/N 20127. Gray and navy.
683 hours on engine and airframe. Gipsy
Major engine. New Zealand air force trainer.
Currently airworthy. Allegedly one of two airworthy
examples in the US. Wings fold to give
plane 11-foot width. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$40,250. A fun plane to run up to Oshkosh. Sold
right in the middle of the $30k-$40k estimate.
#301-1949 VINCENT COMET Motor-
cycle. S/N 75AB2A5768. Eng.
#75AB2A5768. Black. Odo: 4,734 miles.
Baby brother to a Black Lightning. Looks to
be a good driver. Chrome not perfect and some
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dents in exhaust pipe and aluminum rear fender,
but it seems to run well. Said to have been
ridden to auction site. Started right up with no
excessive oil leaks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,900.
A rare bike noted for mediocre handling and
brakes, but it is a Vincent, and that is enough.
Cheap for an interesting bike.
#349-1948 TALBOT LAGO T26 GRAND
SPORT Drophead Coupe. Body by
Carrosserie Talbot Suresnes. S/N 100064.
Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 46,302 miles.
Looks to be an original barn find, but needs it
all. Paint crackled and peeling. Chrome pitted,
rusted in spots and peeling. Some dents and
chipping paint with surface rust. Interior worn
and cracked, as to be expected. Missing turn
signal lens. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $60,000.
in "Hollywood Frights." As perfect Speedsters
continue their march toward $100,000, they
seem to be dragging roughies like this up as
#320-1962 FIAT 600D Jolly. S/N 120-7724.
Eng. #120-7724. Coral/wicker. White fabric
top. Odo: 36,000 km. Worn-out floor mats.
Greasy, dirty engine. Tired chrome, torn top.
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Beautifully restored early Harley. Immaculate
shape throughout. Said to run well and no
reason to think otherwise. Very clean. Original
seat. Original-looking bags. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $32,200. This world-class bike sold
for big, but not unreasonable, money. No doubt
will go straight into someone's rec room or
museum from here. Or will get trailered to
within a mile of Sturgis, and ridden the rest of
#354-1927 WACO 10 GX2 "MISS FORTUNE"
Airplane. SN 1214. Forest green/green
leatherette. 447 hours on airframe and T.T. engine,
14 hours since complete restoration.
Restore or leave as a survivor? Seems to be all
there and original, but this just wasn't its place
or its day to sell.
#337-1954 VOLKSWAGEN BUG Convertible.
S/N X-10877702. White/gray vinyl.
Hood is slightly buckled in the middle from
Some rust on the rims, but the floor pans look
solid. Wicker seats and fringed cloth top make
for great fun, but not during Illinois winters.
Original and tired, there was nothing jolly about
this piece. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,350. Sold
well short of $18,000 lower estimate. Reasonably
cheap, considering you 'd be the only one
on Lake Michigan able to cruise from the cottage
to the grocery store in lawn furniture. Or
restore it and sell it at Monterey for $30,000.
#325-1973 VOLVO 1800 ES Sport Wagon.
S/N 6078-6106. Eng .#1935. Red/black. Odo:
15,449 miles. PB. Worn interior. Driver's seat
A very nice plane with no major flaws apparent.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. There
are few of these planes left, and even fewer
in this condition. Most were sold to airmail
independent contractors, who ran them into
the ground, so to speak. Even so, bidding fell
far short of the $70,000 reserve.
#304-1931 HARLEY-DAVIDSON V Motorcycle.
S/N SABTVR037312413. Eng.
#31V6889. Olive green/tan seat. Ex-Bob
Collins, a famous Chicago radio personality.
someone not releasing the catch correctly while
attempting to shut the lid. Driver's door gap
wider at top than bottom. Some rust on outside
edge of front bumper. Sign on windshield
says "No Brakes." Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$10,350. Surprisingly good example of early
VW convertible, and a suprisingly strong price.
#329-1956 PORSCHE 356 Speedster.
S/N P60236. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 76,064
miles. Spots of chrome missing on wheels where
coming apart. Cheapo repaint. I owned one of
these in the '70s and actually liked it. I had to
fix the speedometer with each oil change,
though, which makes me suspect any 1800's
odometer reading. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,290.
Perfect sportwagons are $10,000 cars, so
there's no room to do anything with this except
drive it. If it doesn't break down, it will still be
a $5,000 car in three years.
#305-1917 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 17J
Motorcycle. S/N K724. Eng. #K724. Olive
green with red striping/brown seat. Odo: 1,788
miles. From the Bob Collins collection.
wheel weights were attached. Pan under battery
rusted out, patched and rusted through
again. Bubbling paint on front left fender and
hood. Faded chrome. Nardi wheel. Scary. Reportedly
appeared in "Hollywood Knights."
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $48,875. A strong price
for such an edgy car It should have appeared
Mail Transport. Catalog stated 1,423 hours
on the engine, which must be incorrect since
the engine should be rebuilt every 450-750
hours (at a cost of $15k-$18k). Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $294,000. The star of the sale and a
very nice and rare piece of history. One of two
survivors with only sixteen built. Nothing beats
the sound of a radial.
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Restored in 1992 by previous owner in England.
Scratched paint. Very nice bike overall
that needs detailing. The wrench who knew
this bike bent my ear on its originality. Cond:
2-. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. Where are you
going to get much more for it?
#350-1931 PITCAIRN PA 8 Airplane. S/N
164. Eng. #R-975-11. Green. Ex-Steve
McQueen and former mail carrier for Eastern
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#308-1934 DESOTO AIRFLOW Sedan.
S/N 9603404. Green/brown. Odo: 29,156 miles.
Not a lot of money. Another Swig Carrera
#332-1953 BUICK SKYLARK Convertible.
S/N V1458037. Eng. #1458037. Cream/
black and white leather. Odo: 68,690 miles.
but honest and reliable-looking. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $4,830. Fair enough price for an
Ugly cousin of the smoother, better-looking
Chrysler Airflow, with some rust coming
through on body and chrome. Paint peeling in
spots. Water stains on bench seats. Fair restoration
project if you like this model. Cond: 4.
SOLD AT $4,025. Sold fairly. Only $25,000
away from being a nice $15,000 car.
#342-1948 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE
Coupe. S/N 25036797. Eng.
#P15*611242. Yellow/black. Odo: 52,353
miles. Radio, heater, spot light and fog lamps.
#319-1951 CHEVROLET STATION
WAGON. S/N JAA 1035339. Brown and tan.
Odo: 47,000 miles. Looks old and heavy but,
Reupholstered seats. Overspray. Weatherstripping
worn. Worn chrome. Thick paint.
Poor panel fit. Body appears to be fairly
straight. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,325. Would
make a great entry in Martin Swig's Carrera
Nevada. Or a candidate for a vintage demolition
#310-1951 NASH RAMBLER Convert-
ible. S/N D18797. Pink/gray. Supposed Lois
Lane car from the "Superman" TV series, but
documentation was in transit. Cute color with
visible in top of hood. Quick repaint with
masking tape still stuck to bottom of passenger
door. Scratches in and under said repaint.
Suspect the new paint is covering up other
flaws. Pitted chrome. Discolored chrome on
dash. Buy at your own risk. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $17,250. Flathead V8 and drop top were
enough to bring this car up to this big-money
level. At least two people in the crowd had to
perfect chrome and interior. 1,500 miles since
restoration. One of the nicer cars at this venue.
Appeared original and unmolested. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $20,700. Allofthe money. This might
be a new record for a Nash Rambler. Estimates
of $10k-$14k were handily squashed.
Now all the Nash crazies are going to start
asking nutty money for their cars as well.
#313-1951 FORD F-3 Pickup.
S/N F3RICH28522. Green. Very original-looking,
with older repaint. Riding on big balloonlooking
tires, which could have been original.
Not much shine to the paint and some splitting
of the wood in bed from age. Not fancy,
#346-1951 FORD VICTORIA Hardtop.
SiN B1SP137728. Baby blue/blue-gray. Odo:
79,631 miles. Scratches and orange peel in
paint. Wavy passenger door. Worn chrome. A
fairly original car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,050.
despite pitting and spotting on trunk lid. Seems
to have been rushed during resto, as it has a
very nice interior except for door panels, which
weren't clipped down well. Horn wires hanging
loose. Small dent in top of hood. Good
chrome. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,400. The
right price for an uneven car Great Bel Air
hardtops are edging close to $50,000, but those
are the ones you can put a mirror under.
#318-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Convertible. S/N E56002931. Eng.
#0620340F56F0. Blue/tan. Odo: 64,404 miles.
like so many other cars at this sale, it seemed to
show its warts outright, with no hidden flaws
lurking under polish and paint. Rust coming
through passenger door skins and small rustthrough
on passenger floor. Dull paint. Cond:
4+. SOLD AT $3,450. Good candidate for restoration,
if anyone cares. Joe Lorio ofAutomobile
Magazine has been searching for a vintage
wagon—too bad he missed this one.
#328-1951 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE
Convertible. S/N BILB 107117. Green/green,
blue and black vinyl. Odo: 47,451 miles. Dents
Given to grape juice heiress Jan Welch as a
graduation present. 1980s frame-up resto. Right
front fender-to-door gap off and driver's side
off as well. Thick paint with chips on door
edges. Original hide on seats. Trunk fit slightly
off at bottom. Chrome all very good, and there
is a lot of it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,550.
Lots of interest in this car and bidding went
briskly. Some flaws, but they seem minor compared
to this car 's rarity and overall condition.
#338-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO
Convertible. S/N 536265146. Eng.
#536275823. Baby blue/white and blue vinyl
and leather. Odo: 22,050 miles. Long and low
and chrome galore with wide whites and wire
wheels. Claimed original mileage. Front fender
gap too wide at driver's door. Slight trim misfit
on passenger side. Some slight paint chips.
Thick, deep, rich paint. Spotless interior. Continental
kit. Cond: I-. SOLD AT $88,300. A
real crowd pleaser, made strong money.
#339-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door
Hardtop. S/N VC 55L022197. Eng.
#0515218F55E. Coral and gray/coral vinyl.
Odo: 70,845 miles. Very attractive color combo,
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Power soft top as well as hard top. Dual quads
with Powerglide. Wonderbar radio.
Positraction. Original interior and spare. Two
stone chips in windshield. Some paint checking
in front of hood. Poor repaint on an otherwise
original-looking car. Only 900 miles since
'86. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,675. Not cheap,
but fairly bought. Some like the '56s for their
clean lines. This car had some interesting options
on it—too bad about the Powerglide.
#316-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD Convertible.
S/N P6FH285599. Colonial white/
black and white. Odo: 92,193 miles. Removable
hard top, PS, Town & Country radio.
car. Dual quads, PB, PS, power seats, power
tops, Wonderbar radio, tissue dispenser, Continental
kit, gold trim. Twin antennas on fins.
Restored to very high standard, with only 341
miles since. Hood and trunk fits slightly off.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,900. Seems to be an
unwritten law that there must be at least one
'57 Bel Air at each auction. If only they all
looked this fine. Price not out of line, could
probably bring more in Scottsdale.
#327-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500
SKYLINER Convertible. S/N D7FW318196.
Red/red and white. Odo: 81,514 miles. PS. Car
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sold new to actress Greer Garson. Car shows
some overspray on weatherstripping, but overall
well preserved. Original interior shows very
little wear and mileage appears original. Engine
compartment dirty and not detailed. Body nice
and original. Chrome showing age. Honestly
represented car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,375.
Possibly the best buy of the sale. A very nice,
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has been repainted and reupholstered. Poor
door fit. Pitted chrome. Scratched windshield.
Power steering. Retractable hard top. A driver.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,000. On the money.
The top mechanisms on these cars are incredibly
complicated, and hard to keep working
#343-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO
BIARRITZ Convertible. S/N 59E042209.
Restored in the 1980s. Poor door fit. Chipped
paint. Worn chrome. Dirty engine. Some
overspray. Thick paint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$26,450. On the money for a non-exceptional
#323-1956 EDSEL PACER Coupe. S/N
WSUG721972. Black/red and white. Odo:
66,300 miles. PS, dual exhaust. Plastic covering
original seats. Worn chrome. Scratched
paint. Dried-out window gaskets. Appears to
St. Paul, Minnesota
June 22-23, 2001
Auctioneers: Mike Haggerman,
Number of automotive lots: 226
Number of automotive lots sold: 76
Sale rate: 33.6%
Sale total: $771,410
High sale: Lot #328, 1957 Chevy Be! Air
convertible, sold at $42,000, including
Red/white leather. Odo: 36,498 miles. Trpower
carbs. Some new weatherstripping coming
loose. Driver's door gap slightly off. Said
to have come from Texas. Hard to fault this
very high-quality restoration (only 100 miles
since completed) on a great car. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $96,000. The most excessive auto ever to
come out of Detroit. Everyone liked this one,
as evidenced by the sales price.
be original and unrestored. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$8,050. Imagine ifyour dad named you "Edsel"
and then created one of the world's ugliest cars,
and named it "Edsel" as well. There might be
a message in there somewhere.
#315-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Con-
vertible. S/N YG57S187161. Eng. #F0I12FD.
Blue metallic/turquoise. Odo: 341 miles. Okay
#307-1959 DESOTO FIREDOME
SPORTSMAN Hardtop. S/N M431111179.
Black/white and gray checkered cloth. Odo:
76,563 miles. PS, PB, AM radio. Wavy hood.
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
up to $5,499=$300; $5,500 to
Pitted chrome. Worn, original interior. Nice ride
to your next yacht club meeting. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $9,775. Not much of a following for
these cars, and their prices suffer accordingly.
#333-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI
Coupe. S/N 63R2064. Eng. #R1614. White/
blue vinyl. Odo: 48,389 miles. Documented as
$19,999=$500; $20,000 to $34,999=$750;
$35,000 to $49,999=$1,250
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Market opinions in italics
he relationship between the
Association's "Back To The
'50s" show and Mecum is now
in its third year. "Back To The
'50s" has become the second
largest collector can show in the country, this
year drawing nearly 12,000 cars to the Minnesota
state fairgrounds. (Hershey will probably
remain the all-time Mecca until everyone who
owns or wants to own a Model T goes to that
great scrapyard in the sky.)
Foreign cars are rare at this event. Mecum
traditionally sends them to Wisconsin for their
July sale, which is held in conjunction with the
historic races at Road America (read about the
results in the November issue of SCM).
An organizational complication this year was
Mecum's involvement with Bloomington Gold,
held on the same weekend. Instead of canceling
one or the other, Mecum went the "old
Sports Car Marke
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school" Kruse-style route and put on two
events at once.
That decision probably hurt this sale overall.
It was apparent that the staff was stretched a
little thin and some of the ring men and podium
staff weren't quite in sync. Kruse, even before
becoming part of the eBay empire, had begun
abandoning dual events on the same weekend,
due to the sheer effort required.
Perhaps as a result of the organizational issues,
there were a higher number of consignors
with unrealistic reserves on their vehicles than
I've seen in the past. Someone should tell the
sellers that trying to get $40,000 and setting a
new world record for their 1978 Corvette Indy
Pace Car edition is just not in the cards. Save
that wishful thinking for Monterey or Scottsdale
in January. Over-optimistic reserves were the
major reason that the sell-though rate fell to
34%, a level that hasn't been seen around here
since the dark days of the early 1990s.
As long as Dana avoids having events in
Bloomington, Illinois, and St. Paul, Minnesota
on the same weekend, both events should rebound
to their previous levels. Mecum is dedicated
to both of them, as they are keystone
sales for his constantly expanding organization.
Both deserve the company's full effort.—B.MC
#344-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL
2-door Convertible. S/N 1070441204022.
Butterscotch/cream leather. LHD. Odo: 85,934
miles. Two tops. Paint cut-through in places
Larry Gatlin. Slipping clutch. Cracking leather
seats and the waft of fresh gasoline greet those
who dare enter the cabin (no smoking, please).
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. Country
music and John Z's debacle seem to make odd
bedfellows. Supposed celebrity ownership or
not, this was the best bid this Irish splitting
wedge will ever see. Good DeLoreans are interesting;
bad ones are just downright scary.
from one polishing too many for the original
finish. Aftermarket carpeted dash cover hiding
cracked dash. Windshield wiper scraping on
windshield. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $6,500.
The good news is that these SLs last nearly
forever. The bad news is that if they haven't
been properly cared for they are like Franco
in his last years, on permanent life-support—
provided by your delighted mechanic.
#146-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2-door
Coupe. S/N SCEDT26TB004758. Natural
stainless steel/gray leather. LHD. Odo: 10,937
miles. Originally owned by country singer
with rumble seat. Late-model small-block
Chevy V8 with TH-350 trans. Full louver treatment
on hood. Torsion-bar front suspension.
Well executed off-the-shelf street rod with signs
of minor use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,850.
And you thought kit cars were only for the Cobra
and Mercedes SSK wannabe crowd? Unlike
'57 Chevys, you don 't even need part of a
frame and a serial number plate to build a '32
Ford; even the frames are available new, set
up for your engine and suspension.
#213-1934 FORD V8 DELUXE 3-window
Coupe. S/N 18919486. Black/burgundy cloth.
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green vinyl. LHD. Odo: 3,003 miles. One of two
offered, they were originally purchased by the
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the mid-1970s. Slightly ahead of the pricing
curve, but worth it for a unique turn-key cruiser
#256-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2door
Convertible. S/N P5FH260755. White/
black and white vinyl. Black soft top, white
hard top. LHD. Odo: 18,122 miles. No fender
LHD. All-steel body street rod. Typical latemodel
small-block Chevy V8 mated to a
TH-400 tranny with a quick-change rear end
thrown in to keep things interesting. Torsionbar
front suspension. Done right, and offered
by a quality consignor. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD
AT $29,000. This car should've done a lot better.
Owner was wise to pass this time; expect to
see it again in January.
#261-1937 FORD DELUXE 2-door 3-window
Phantom Coupe. S/N 153536654. Red/
gray leather. LHD. Odo: 1,525 miles. Fiberglass
body. Plenty of billet aluminum pieces
both inside and out, power-actuated everything,
Vintage Air A/C. A superb build of an aftermarket
body that oozed cubic money spent. Cond:
1 - . NOT SOLD AT $60,000. High-buck street
rods are very much a hit-or-miss scenario when
Fair Board in 1946 as school bus chassis, converted
into trams for use only during the fair
(until last year!) and had never left the grounds.
Converted to run dual fuel (CNG) about 10 years
ago. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,050. A true piece of
local history. Bought by a car club for use at
Auburn. If I had a dime for every time I heard
someone say, "If I had a dime for every person
who rode this during the State Fair," I'd be a
semi-wealthy but still obscure auction reporter
#202-1949 MERCURY SERIES 9CM
2-door Sedan. S/N 9CM162364. Purple metallic,
maroon and silver/dark gray velour. LHD.
Odo: 14,707 miles. Contemporary lead sled,
mildly chopped and shaved. Original flathead
motor with a few speed parts was recently
rebuilt. Chrome reverse wheels sport really
skirts. Exhaust re-routed to below the car, front
bumper spinner now growing out of left bank
bumper exhaust outlet. A few ripples in quarter
panels. Older restoration and under-hood
detailing. Estate car handled by a dealer. Cond:
. SOLD AT $19,500. Provided it doesn't immediately
start falling apart, it was a decent
buy for a decent cruise-around car
#259-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door
Hardtop. S/N VC55K036426. Coral and gunmetal
metallic/coral and gunmetal vinyl and
cloth. LHD. Odo: 36,625 miles. Accessory
"hockey stick" trim on rocker panels. Minor
glass bubbling on edges of quarter windows. A
few extra holes in the front bumper. Otherwise,
a competent restoration. Cond: 2+. NOT
it comes to sales. While most everyone in the
tent appreciated the quality of the work, the
final bidder and consignor had a difference of
opinion on how much their own labor is worth.
#118-1940 LA SALLE SERIES 52 SPECIAL
2-door Coupe. S/N 405227C. Black with
red wheels/beige broadcloth. LHD. Odo:
37,326 miles. Unlike usual "auctionitis," this
car refused to start while getting pushed along
the line to go in, but started and ran when auctioned.
Light waft of mothballs inside. Pitted
chrome grille parts plated over. Older "wasgorgeous-once"
restoration. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $14,000. While seeming to be a great deal
cheesy gold-tone spinners. All glass except for
the doors is bonded to the body. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $20,000. While it's always difficult
to put a price on someone else's handiwork (or
lack thereof), the rod and custom market has a
pretty good handle on it. While hardly a bargain,
it was bought right with room for the new
owner to tweak it to their specifications.
#257-1950 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL
DELUXE 2-door Convertible. S/N 1254345.
Light French Blue/blue cloth and vinyl. Tan
SOLD AT $18,500. In a good '50s era color
combination, the owner was justified in holding
out for more. Easily worth just over $20k;
the right buyers just weren't in the crowd.
#2 1 1 -1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door
Hardtop. S/N VC560052343. Roman red/white
and red vinyl and cloth. LHD. Odo: 46,115 miles.
(since this was the final year of La Salle production,
and only year of the higher-end subseries),
the owner moved it because it's really
time for it to be re-restored.
#197-1946 CHEVROLET OS Open
Charabanc. Body by Minnesota State Fair
shops. S/N 21PDX1098. White, blue and green/
top. LHD. Odo: 15,996 miles. Excellent restoration
to mostly stock, with a few deviations.
Edmunds 2x1-barrel Stromberg carb setup, split
exhaust manifold, spotlight, spinner hubcaps.
Only a few miscues on reassembly (exposed
glue on weatherstrips, rattles in doors). Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $20,750. Dare to be different
from the sea of small-block Chevys! The
Chrysler flathead sixes were so good that they
were in production as industrial engines into
Plenty of star cracks in paint on front. Shoddy
radiator tank fix, washer pump hoses not hooked
up. Door panels starting to split, front bench
seat getting fuzzy at driver's station. Overall,
an older restoration that is dying slowly. Cond:
3-. NOT SOLD AT $15,700. A rather generous
bidfor a car that is going nowhere but down.
Good for a few more seasons of Dairy Queen
runs, then gut it and do it right.
#328-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door
Convertible. S/N VC57Y131721. Light blue/
blue. White top. LHD. Odo: 6,152 miles. Kansas
City assembly car, but with the Van Nuys,
California-only single-piece front bumper.
Twin radio antennas out back. A superb older
restoration with several more good years left
in it. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,250. Bought
Sports Car Market
quite well. High-quality '57s continue to bring
big bucks. There's money left in this car
#390-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-door
Convertible. S/N 21867L792242. Red/red.
White top. LHD. Odo: 86,175 miles. Incorrect
bucket seat interior. Rear trim panel on trunk
severely dinged. Weatherstrips need replacement
(dry-rotted edges), don't mesh well with
fresh Resale Red paint job. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $9,600. Bid was quite generous for
a non-investment grade driver that will never
be correct without serious cash flow.
#232-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-door
Convertible. S/N 304676W119235. Red/red
vinyl. White vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 47,483
miles. Two-prong spinner wire hubcaps (pitted,
as usual). Wheels painted incorrect color
(red instead of black), radials. California blueplate
special. Older cheapie replacement top
with permanently fogged plastic rear window.
Older "touch-up" restoration getting loose.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,850. Presence of sixbanger
and Powerglide may mean that the next
time we see it at auction, it could sport a 327
with a Hydra-Matic. Novas just seem to inspire
creative re-interpretation of their original
Willow Run assembly plant specifications.
#209-1964 PONTIAC TEMPEST GTO
2-door Hardtop. S/N 824P287877. Red/black
vinyl. Black vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 11,126
miles. Three two-barrel intake, A/C, knock-off
wheel covers, Red Line tires. Restored within
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1971 Maserati Ghibli Spyder 4.9. Red/
black leather/tan cloth top. New paint and
leather. Many mechanical upgrades. Prototype
4.9— the first ever made! Original
books and records, two-owner car, superb
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB. Red/black. Very
rare dry sump engine—less than 300
made! Came out of a private Italian collection.
No expense spared in maintenance.
The best. Very fast! $32,500.
1934 Jaguar SSI Tourer. Yellow/dark green
leather, 20 hp. new chrome, outstanding
leather and top. Very good body, frame and
wood structure. Frame-off restoration
approx. 20 years ago. Car has been in a
private collection ever since. $72.000.
1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe. Red/
black leather, 5-speed, power steering
and windows. Factory A/C, wire wheels,
36.000 miles. Excellent. $45,000.
1969 Ferrari 365 2+2. Black/new tan
leather, power windows and steering, factory
NC. 38,000 miles. Excellent condtion.
1967 Maserati Quattroporte Series I. Medium
blue/tan leather. Two-owner car,
24,000 miles. $17.900.
1971 Maserati Indy. Red/tan leather. 4.2
A/C, very good condition. $19,950
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1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider replica.
Red/tan leather, power steering, 5speed,
disc brakes, NC. 289 with Webers.
4,000 miles. Great fun, very fast. $39,500.
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#283-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS
2-door Convertible. S/N 414675S244592. Red/
red vinyl. White top. LHD. Odo: 65,124 miles.
Fairly recent restoration (extremely nice paint
and body), but a few key items reused. Carpet
fade stands out like a sore thumb underneath
new seat upholstery and dashpad. Dashboard
speaker is shot. Radial tires. Runs out nicely.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. This bid
was high enough, but the auction company, no
matter how hard it tried, couldn't get consignor
and bidder to meet at a middle ground. Too bad.
#110-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS
2-door Hardtop. SN 166375S204334. Azure blue
metallic/white vinyl. LHD. Odo: 23,068 miles.
miles. Optional "mag wheel" hubcaps, aftermarket
air conditioner. Incorrect interior material.
Unkempt underneath. Engine room clean,
but not detailed. Overall, an older restoration
with a few fraying edges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$9,300. A fair deal for buyer and seller both.
#122-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-door
Hardtop. S/N 115377W193938. Black/black
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 9,378 miles. Dog dish hubcaps.
Runs out nice and quiet. Original paint
moving beyond patina to downright tired.
Black duct tape on driver's seat back. Minor
trim dings (especially on trunk). Extremely
solid, no signs of rust. Original miles? Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $5,700. Nice to see one show up for
a change with the original "stovebolt six," but
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#236-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
SPRINT 2-door Hardtop. SIN
223378U616689. Dark metallic green/white
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vinyl. White vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 55,743
miles. OHC six with Rochester 4-barrel. A/C.
Close-ratio 4-speed. Various trim pieces inside
starting to come loose. Respray of otherwise
all-original car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD
AT $7,100. Not a car for your typical musclecar
jock, the Sprint Firebirds and Tempests
appeal to a select crowd who value the sophistication
of the OHC six rather than the grunt of
a 400 c.i. mill.
#152-1969 DODGE CORONET SUPER
BEE 2-door Hardtop. SN WM23H9G256175.
be careful—it may reappear as a "low-mileage,
original, numbers-matching Nova SS 327
with an L79 motor:"
Fresh engine restoration via Krylon. Rather recent
body repaint (not via Krylon). Original
weatherstrips starting to fray and dry rot. Holes
drilled out and bad decal placement on air cleaner.
Radials, incorrect dual exhaust with aftermarket
tips. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,250. Average
car bid to average money. The high prices that
excellent cars make can unfortunately create unrealistic
expectations ofvalue for owners of nonbrilliant
examples like this.
#114-1965 PONTIAC TEMPEST GTO
2-door Hardtop. SN 237375P191500. Red/maroon
vinyl. Black vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 46,727
miles. Three deuces. Red Line tires, aftermarket
knock-off hubcaps (one of which is broken off).
Several hairline cracks in steering wheel.
#155-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door Convertible. SN 197677S102469.
Gunmetal metallic/black vinyl. Black top. LHD.
Odo: 71,692 miles. M21 close-ratio 4-speed,
side pipes. Sits extremely low in front.
Supposed new soft top never appeared outside
Dimples in trunk lid, blotchy paint. Window
moldings rather dinged and scratched. Cond: 3.
NOT SOLD AT $15,300. Had enough issues
to warrant letting it go at the amount bid.
#290-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS
2-door Hardtop. S/N 118376N170698. Light
yellow/black vinyl and cloth. LHD. Odo: 22,986
of its well, and claimed-to-be-included hard top
was nowhere to be seen. Fresh engine cosmetics,
undercoated, radial tires. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $37,000. That was one excited chandelier
1 saw dancing around in the back of the
tent while this car crossed the block.
#330-1967 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
2-door Hardtop. S/N 266577P262805. Gold/
gold Black vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 58,084 miles.
A/C, tilt wheel. Radial tires, aftermarket dual
exhaust. Freshly rechromed and repainted, a
dimple or two in the roof. Missing all rear lettering/emblems
(last-minute repaint?). Fender
skirts accentuate slight tail drag. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $11,600. Convertible money for a
Medium blue metallic/white vinyl. White vinyl
top. LHD. Odo: 61,422 miles. Originally
a 383 car, now fitted with a 4-barrel 440.
Non-stock, high-sitting rake to the rear.
Good, if not exceptionally professional,
body and paintwork (could've gotten a student
an A in high-school auto shop class).
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. All the
modifications performed to these cars when
they had little value are now coming back to
haunt the owners. This was a huge bid for a
non-original car, and a less-than-hugelypopular
#324-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS
2-door Hardtop. S/N 124379N706754.
Medium blue metallic with white stripe/black
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 47,519 miles. Positraction
differential. Rather well-prepped body and
paint. Opening the hood reveals enough trinkets
to show why SEMA member companies
love Camaros. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT
$17,500. Fair offer
hardtop —1967 was the only year there was a
Grand Prix convertible. Since they tend to have
been owned by more genteel persons than, say,
#293-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442
2-door Convertible. S/N 342670M163364.
Resale Red with white stripes/white. White
top. LHD. Odo: 59,876 miles. Started out as a
nice original dark blue car from Texas and owner
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mount hardware chrome peeling away. Cracks
in nose between headlights; the other fiberglass
panels weren't much nicer. Rather unkempt
under the hood. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD
AT $19,500. Didn't see any live bidders on
this one. Certainly, given that this was a "nothing
special" car, the bid should have been plenty
to cut it loose.
#370-1972 GMC SIERRA GRANDE 1500
2-door 1/2-ton Pickup. SN CE15934 179101.
went over the top to restore it. Extremely difficult
to fault, apart from being better quality
than The General and going to extremes just to
have a red car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $26,250.
Resale Red wins again! Apart from screwing
up the provenance of an otherwise fine car, the
consignor may have squeaked out of this one
with the cost of materials if he did most of the
work himself If this was done by a resto shop,
the buyer really bought right.
#272-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door Convertible. S/N 1267L2S525867.
Gold/brown vinyl. Brown vinyl top. LHD.
Odo: 58,104 miles. LT-1 motor, A/C, luggage
rack. Rear hood trim molding missing, top
Seafoam Green and white/black-and-white
checked cloth. LHD. Odo: 89,680 miles. A/C,
tilt wheel, wood bed. Aftermarket gauges tastefully
added, dash has some light fading. Healthy
exhaust note. Aftermarket door window visors.
Exceptional replated chrome and bodywork/paintwork.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$14,250. Out-of-town dealer interest was high,
indicating the quality and appeal of these trucks
when they are done right.
#394-1972 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS
2-door Fastback Coupe. S/N
1Q87U2N133417. Red with black rallye
stripes/black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 69,498 miles.
Consignor gave the impression it had a 396
motor. Actually, it was the correct LS-3 402.
(Aw, what's six inches between friends?) Exceptionally
nice body, paintwork and quality
of reassembly. Correct Firestone Firehawk radials
that you'd flip over. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $12,200. Probably one of the nicest early
second-generation Camaros you 'll find. Good
deal for all involved.
#255-1973 FORD MUSTANG GRANDE
2-door Convertible. S/N 3F03H183712. Jade
Green metallic with black/black vinyl. Black
vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 83,195 miles. 351C, 4barrel.
Mach 1 rear wing, NACA ducts on hood,
A/C. Aftermarket stereo and dual exhaust.
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Fresh restoration, with obvious dealeresque
over-prepping (vinyl and rubber saturated with
Armor All, gloss-coated engine room). Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $11,500. Advertised and sent to
auctions in this area for about a year Past bids
on car were commensurate to this selling price,
so the holding dealer probably got tired of it
being on his inventory. Let's hope it enjoys its
#273-1973 CHEVROLET CHE'VELLE SS
2-door Convertible. S/N 1D67F2B684161.
Red with black rallye stripes/black vinyl. Black
weatherstrips. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,100.
Okay, it's a lot of money for a not-so-great
car, but somebody finally bought themselves
the car of their dreams.
#288-1980 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door T-top Coupe. S/N 12878AS4333503.
White/burgundy cloth and vinyl. LHD. Odo:
31,027 miles. Power locks and windows.
RAF ,gum, Hendon, London, UK
Bonhams & Brooks
April 23, 2001
Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber
Number of automotive lots: 63
Number of automotive lots sold: 43
Sale rate: 68.3%
Sale total: $820,026
vinyl top. LHD. Odo: 81,999 miles. Non-original
big block. Aftermarket CD player and
chrome dual exhaust tips. Very ratty window
fuzzies and weatherstrips, quickie repaint over
a Bondo sculpture of a Chevelle. Jacked up
slightly in back, exhaust too lumpy (95/100ths
cam, perhaps?). Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT
$7,800. A slackjaw fantasy ("Uh, tight"
mumbled in an appreciative manner was common).
At the amount bid, would be a fun driver.
Not really worth any more, though.
#298-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door Convertible. S/N 1Z67J5S423420.
Gold/gold nylon. LHD. Odo: 22,771 miles.
GM accessory glass roof panels. Alpine AM/
FM cassette player was only notable item
not original from factory. Very slight seat
wear, minor engine grime and a few loose
weatherstrips were only indications of use.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,800. It took a while
(nearly 8 minutes, an eternity in the auction
world), but the auction company was able
to get both parties to give and take less than
$1k on each end to get the deal done. Not a
real spectacular car, but originality made
up for it.
#142-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door T-top Coupe.
1G1 AY070CS10577. Silver and brown metallic/silver
and brown metallic leather. LHD.
Odo: 58,805 miles. Collector Edition. Left rear
High: Lot #451, 1962 Mercedes-Benz
300SL roadster sold at $184,320,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
15% on the first $43,200, 10% thereafter
Power windows, tilt-telescopic steering column,
factory AM/FM. Nose is wavy, tail has
cracks, plenty of paint nicks on flanks (door
dings on fiberglass?!). Used hard, put away
wet. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $8,700. The
$11k reserve was the firmest thing about the
car Final bid was more than generous.
#391-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2-door T-top Coupe. S/N 1Z8789S403682.
Black/black leather. LHD. Odo: 69,383 miles.
Aftermarket stereo, LeBra and pimp-look fake
wheel hub spinners. Star cracks on overall
orange-peel paint, especially over left front
mag wheel missing center cap. Minor corrosion
issues under hood are most prominent
long-time storage concerns. Local auction queen
making its third appearance at a sale in the
region this season. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$10,500. Was re-run on Saturday to $13,000
no-sale. Even as the most collectible (it says so
on the decal) 'Vette from this undistinguished
model year the consignor could easily have
tossed his $15k reserve and let the car go.
fender. Bubbling fiberglass on hood and right
front fender. Dry-rotted and torn
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Market opinions in italics
onsidering this Bonhams &
Brooks spring date at the
RAF Motor Museum was
not supposed to be one of the
UK market leader's major auction
staged during such international buyer magnets
as the Monaco GP, RREC weekend,
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Beaulieu
Autojumble or Silverstone Historic Racing
Festival—not only did private bidders turn
out in large numbers, but they bought plenty
of cars too.
Indeed, all but one of the headline cars on
offer sold, led by the ex-Oscar Peterson 1962
Mercedes 300SL roadster, which went to Finland
with its fourth owner for $184,320. A
well-restored 1920 Vauxhall OE 30/98 tourer
made $90,720 and the 1949 Bristol 402, originally
bought for Jean Simmons by Stewart
Granger, achieved $56,016. However, even
though mint, the catalog cover star Bentley
4.5-liter, which started life as a Vanden Plas
four-seater sports in 1930 and, following a
change of body in the 1950s, had been fitted
with a reenactment of the VP coachwork by
James Pearce (1963-97), failed to attract any
"live" interest anywhere near the vendor's
highly ambitious $200,000 reserve.
Two rare and well-engineered examples of
Crossley—the Northern marque made in
Manchester from 1904 to 1937—sold, with
an extraordinary low-mileage (2,688 miles
since 1930) 20.9 hp Type IL Canberra
landaulette raising $38,088 and a 15.7 hp
Shelsley sedan of similar vintage costing
There was even a James Bond movie car,
or to be more precise, the villain's getaway
1974 AMC Matador from "The Man with
the Golden Gun." Minus the wings it
sprouted to assist Scaramanga in aerial escape
and now rather tatty, the Oleg Cassini
coupe hooked a fan at $10,764. And speaking
of limited editions, a Gucci-branded 1979
Cadillac Seville runner was landed for just
$828. There was certainly plenty of variety
here to entertain.—R.H-E.
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#458-1920 VAUXHALL OE 30/98 VELOX
Tourer. S/N E328. Dark blue over black/gray.
RHD. Odo: 6,000 miles. Sparingly used since
#468-1934 LAGONDA M45 2-seater
Roadster. Body by Northern Lagonda. S/N
Z10905. Red/black. RHD. Odo: 5,985 miles.
Alastair Templeton restoration. Very good
paint. Nice CAV headlamps. Ye olde polished
leather. Grubby driver's floor area. Well presented
engine bay for larger block motor (increased
to 4713cc). Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$90,720. Nearly sold under hammer and got
away immediately afterwards for close to what
auctioneers and vendor had in mind. Price was
#437-1926 TROJAN 10HP CHUMMY
Tourer. S/N 8005. Mustard over black/black.
RHD. Odo: 2,417 miles. Freshly restored paint,
with poor masking around glass and some
"working" chips. Interior all original and very
characterful. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,520.
Again, deal was speedily concluded to convert
this near seller into aftersale before gavel had
even cooled. Great quality prewar car this and,
I thought, good value too—although, sadly,
Crossley marque will mean nothing to most
consumers these days.
#439-1930 CROSSLEY 20.9HP TYPE IL
CANBERRA Landaulette. S/N 41504. Burgundy
over black/black. RHD. Odo: 2,688
miles. Fab low-mileage history from only
Former pillarless sedan, rebodied pre-1990 as
a race-style tourer. Very chipped and cracked
paint. Worn seats. Oily motor. In need of cosmetic
makeover, though said to be all working
and fun. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,240. This
was more than enough for a rebodied M45 in
need of some TLC.
#440-1937 AL'VIS 4.3 4-seater Tourer. S/N
13181. Maroon over gray over maroon/blue.
interior and top with no patina. Dull looker.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,618. Surprisingly,
more than one bidder ensured that it made near
top estimate money.
#480-1930 BENTLEY 4.5 4-seater Vanden
Plas Replica Tourer. Body by James Pearce.
S/N PB3546. Dark blue over black/blue. RHD.
Odo: 3,217 miles. Rebodied in VdP style by
being driven in period on the two miles of available
public roads in Katmandu. Well repainted
since '88 return to UK. Front seat leather appeared
to be original. Dusty engine bay with
brightwork in need of clean and polish. Original
tires. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,088. With
such great period history and unbelievably low
mileage, $8,500 above guide price band result
was unsurprising. Like Lot #438, another fine
example of Crossley engineering (not to be confused
with the American clown-car Crosleys).
#428-1931 AUSTIN 20/6 RANELAGH
Landaulette. S/N 3035/6. Black over blue over
black/black. RHD. Like new externally from a
RI-ID. Odo: 7,382 miles. Former Holbrook-bodied
sedan converted into current tourer and fitted
with Jag XK 4.2 motor from 1970-90. Poor
wood. Front only retrimmed at some time, rear
seat very cracked. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$22,320. Non-period body and wrong engine?
No way—and certainly not worth anything near
the $28,000 ambition. Dream on, vendor!
#441-1948 JAGUAR Mk IV 3.5 Drophead
Coupe. SN 637068. Ivory/light green with dark
green piping. Odo: 51,850 miles. Last expensively
rebuilt in 1990 and only 500 miles since.
James Pearce for previous owner, and clearly
superbly maintained by Ashton Keynes for
vendor. Mint cosmetically. Cond: 1. NOT
SOLD AT $136,800. Fabulous condition was
not enough to shift this over-reserved, and
therefore over-priced, re-creation of VdP
tourer, for which $200,000 was being sought
by over-ambitious owner
#438-1930 CROSSLEY 15.7HP
SHELSLEY Sedan. S/N 81247. Blue over
black/black. RHD. Odo: 34,385 miles. Impressive
panel fit and door shut. Crossleys were
well made. Latest layer of paint very obvious
1998 restoration, with very good paint and
brightwork. Front and occasional seat leather
worn. Speaking tube intact between back seat
and driving owner and chauffeur. Cond: 1.
SOLD AT $10,387. $11,000 more was being
sought, but auctioneers and vendor let it go for
this, which seemed cheap.
Paint still good apart from driver's side pillar
crack, and nicely retrimmed. Engine could do
with a clean-up. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,120.
Near lower guide price was acceptedfor quickly
retailable early postwar Jag. These are hugely
expensive cars to restore, being full of so many
fussy little bits. You 're always better off buying
someone else's completed project.
#449-1948 MG-TC Roadster. SN TC 4677.
Ivory/black. RHD. Odo: 2,581 miles. First
owned by US serviceman on UK posting.
Stone-grille in front of radiator, incorrect
headlamps, metal-turned dash and huge speedo
presumed to be legacy of early 1990s restoration
in New York. Sharp cosmetics. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $15,732. History was worth buying,
as was condition, but non-standard spec
would deter many purist punters on this side of
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#465-1959 MG MAGNETTE Sedan. S/N
KA711/36219. Light green/green. RHD. Odo:
19,094 miles. Older repaint. Chrome poor.
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Park Ward. S/N 26611. Ivory/gray. RHD. Odo:
40,549 miles. Certainly ex-works demonstrator
and possibly Motor Show stand car. Last
repainted pre-1993 and now bubbling well!
Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $5,616. Despite
early Alvis Cars history, this auto was potentially
too expensive at any price. It certainly
would have been at the $7,000 sought.
#432-1967 MGB GT Coupe. S/N GHD3/
120817. Green/blue. RHD. Odo: 99,500 miles.
the pond. Nevertheless, new owner matched
#450-1949 BRISTOL 402 Drophead
Coupe. S/N 402/704. Turquoise metallic/dark
turquoise. RHD. Odo: 10,334 miles. One of
identical pair of 402 ragtops bought by movie
Wood very stained on dash top. Partial retrim
in 1998. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,968. Auctioneers
and vendor were looking for more, but
this was enough for this one.
#473-1960 JAGUAR Mk II 3.8 Sedan. S/
N 201818DN. British Racing Green/tan. RHD.
star Stewart Granger for Jean Simmonshis
ending up in Hollywood, hers (this one)
remaining in UK. Last refurbished in early
1990s. Orange-peel paint. Dash and instruments
very original. Trim tired. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $56,016. With period showbiz
provenance and great looks, this 402 couldn't
fail. Despite iffy paint, it made $8,000 more
than forecast-though the vendor was still
#457-1953 BRISTOL 403 2-door Sedan.
S/N 403/1322. Dark green/beige with brown
piping. RHD. Odo: 19,506 miles. Last restored
Well restored in 1998. Still very sharp with a
nicely detailed engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$5,630. Good car; correctly priced by all.
#463-1968 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 2+2
Coupe. S/N 1E78593. British Racing Green/
black. Odo: 49,549 miles. Low mileage in hands
Subject of a 1996 rebuild costing $44,000 including
power-assisted rack and pinion steering,
big brakes, wood rim wheel, reliners and
CD stack in trunk. Expensively maintained and
still near perfect cosmetically. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $30,636. Good example of high-spec Mk II
for $1,000 or so more than recent market norm.
#435-1960 JAGUAR Mk II Sedan. S/N
H035603. Bronze metallic/tan. RHD. Odo:
46,602 miles. Recently repainted and
of only two owners from new and claimed to
have been always garaged on Long Island. Some
light restoration carried out, though appearing
to be largely original. In UK since 1997. Cond:
2. SOLD AT $14,076. Well estimated, though
probably-very nearly-deserving total restoration.
#452-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Coupe.
SN DB6/3511/R. Pacific Blue/magnolia. RHD.
in 1989. Chassis refurb at Bristol in 1990.
Good paint, though scuffed. Evidence of wellpresented
engine having been freshly worked
on. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $13,248. $5,600 less
than the lower estimate was accepted, making
this one seriously good value of a 403.
#423-1953 MORRIS OXFORD MO Se-
dan. SN DAE11143864. Green/gray. RHD.
Repainted during mid-1980s restoration. Original
interior. Museum exhibit for past eight
retrimmed. 3.8 replaced with 4.2 motor. Paint
chipped from poorly executed windshield
change. Pitted chrome on door handles and rear
lights. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $14,405.
Incorrect engine was against it and condition
did not warrant the $20,000 expectation.
#447-1961 ALVIS TD21 Sedan. Body by
Odo: 71,386 miles. Restored in recent past. Paint
thick. Brightwork good. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $25,920. Auto-shift and over-thick paint job
ensured desired $35,250 was unobtainable.
$28,000 all-in would have been about right.
#431-1990 LR ROADSTERS RAM DTYPE
Roadster Replica. S/N P1F7116BW.
British Racing Green/gray. RHD. Odo:
40,855 miles. 1968 Jaguar 420 4.2 motor in
years. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,318. Sound
enough example ofrat her staid and boring-to-
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near-concours engine bay. Paint good, including
wheels with few chips. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $15,840. Well built D-type replicas,
with plastic bodies, sell for about this
amount. Of course, if you owned one, you 'd
have to ask yourself "Just who is it I'm trying
to impress?" Probably not Duncan
#455-1990 BENTLEY MULSANNE S
Sedan. SN SCBZ500A2LCH334. Blue/beige.
RHD. Odo: 89,878 miles. One owner with
main agent full service history. Nice condition.
invest the $20,000 plus required.
#430-1999 MORGAN PLUS FOUR Road-
ster. S/N SA944200004T104. British Racing
Green/magnolia with green piping. RHD. Odo:
3,338 miles. Exceptionally well-specified and
Well maintained. Very light wear to interior.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $25,668. Market price
was forthcoming. Let's hope this coach doesn't
turn into an expensive pumpkin once the odometer
rolls past 100k.
#448-1993 LR ROADSTERS RAM XKSS
Roadster Replica. SN 1B5746BW. Red/black.
RI-ID. Haynes Motor Museum exhibited and
regularly exercised by workshop manual publishers
on their own organized tours. Cosmetically
good and on-button from museum workshop
maintenance. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$16,704. Nice enough, and looked the part too,
but a plastic rep. Nobody here was prepared to
in 1999 in Portugal. Paint and brightwork good.
Radiator surround chrome poor. Engine bay
disappointed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,452.
Correctly valued for a slow, old slug.
#477-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
Roadster. SiN 12101611018-88. Red/burgundy.
RHD. Odo: 28,039 miles. Restored in
absolutely like new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$32,292. Anything beyond $28,000 was generous—but
then this was one way to jump the
long waiting list at the factory and take home a
#46 I -1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S
Sedan. S/N 04537152. Sage over black/burgundy
cloth. Odo: 86,500 miles. Refurbished
1996 with good paint and interior. Windshield
frame chrome pitted. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $20,160. Not really good enough for more
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#451-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 3005L
Roadster. SN 198042-10-00308. Powder blue/
tan. Odo: 52,488 miles. First owned by jazz
pianist Oscar Peterson with his Canada badges
paint and all wood, including pickup body timber
and wheel spokes, well varnished. 12-volt
electrics. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $9,108. Pickup
would not be everybody's first choicefor Model
T However, this one, for which $4,000 less
than guide price was accepted, was in stunning
condition and therefore seemed to be a good
still surviving on front fenders. Three owners
from new and original low mileage. Panel fit
good and paint reasonable from 1994 restoration.
Cockpit surround brightwork scratched.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $184,320. Between mid
and top estimate money—correct market price
for this open 300SL, I would suggest—was paid
by buyer from Finland.
#420-1969 BMW 2800CS Coupe.
S/N 2202649. Gray/black. Odo: 53,035 miles.
All original with well-preserved paint and trim.
Door finishers pitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$5,299. Priced about right. 2800CSs are
another car high on style but low on value,
which means any large repair bill puts you
immediately underwater Buy a good one, enjoy
it and then walk away when it breaks.
#470-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 1300
Sedan. S/N 1122799821. Pale blue/dark blue.
RHD. Odo: 39,033 miles. Haynes Museum
Last run in 1997 and pushed into hall. Paint
generally good, apart from front panel paint
chips. Acceptably light wear to leather. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $12,420. As 1 have since heard
that the engine was fired up without too much
hassle, this Bora, in good nick cosmetically,
was cheaply landed. How far we've come from
the days when these cars brought $150,000
#427-1975 ALFA ROMEO 2000 VELOCE
Roadster. Body by Pininfarina. S/N 2472070.
Primrose/black. RHD. Odo: 65,555 miles.
Mileage appeared to be correct. Paint very
3+. SOLD AT $13,248. Mid-estimate result
for below-average car Certainly the Webers
help, but has the rear axle ratio been changed
out to Veloce spec as well? Or will this car buzz
along doing 4,000 rpm at 60 mph?
#454-1973 MASERATI BORA Coupe.
S/N AM117/49590. Red/tan. Odo: 62,258 miles.
#442-1974 AMC MATADOR Coupe.
S/N A4A169P20399. Light bronze metallic/
brown. Actual "Man with the Golden Gun"
flying car—but, sadly, without roof-top wing
and tailplane appendages employed by
Scaramanga to give 007 the slip. Color mismatch
to driver's side front panel paint. Cracking
side window rubber. Fender chrome poor.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,764. Despite disappointing
condition, movie star car with Christopher
Lee letter on file did pull lower guide
price from fan. Be the hit of the next Matador
fan club meeting—in fact, be the only person
#422-1979 CADILLAC SEVILLE Sedan.
S/N 6S69B99470595. White/brown. White vinyl
top. Odo: 79,000 miles. Limited Edition
Gucci logos on fenders, C-posts and all over
headlining—but matching Gucci luggage not
included. All original apart from recovering of
exhibited for the last ten years. Low mileage
with sound paint and all-original interior. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $6,624. Little abused and still
entirely standard example, which in itself is
mighty rare when so many Vee-dubs have been
lost to chop and custom. This one raised midestimate
#445-1962 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA 1600
Roadster. Body by Pininfarina. S/N
10123AR374067. Red/black. Odo: 97,798
miles. Shipped from California in 1989. In
receipt ofVeloce twin side-draught Webers upgrade.
Paint and trim just about okay. Trunk
lid fit poor. Driver's side finisher ratty. Cond:
flat—almost matte on back panels—with
severe bubbling on rear wings. Door handles
pitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,802. $1,000 less
than the lower estimate was wisely accepted
for this shabby car in need of a full cosmetic
makeover. One shudders at what might be discovered
beneath those bubbles.
#476-1927 FORD MODEL T Pickup.
S/N 146357674. British Racing Green over
black/black. Show-finished in US in 1991 with
vinyl roof and Dunlop-made wires. Generally
rather drab. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $828.
Following recent mechanical refurb by Haynes
Museum, this top-branded Caddy seemed to
have been the steal of the sale.
Call (503) 261-7127 for
information and rates.
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windshield padding torn. All else looks fine
inside. Buffing marks everywhere. Minor
dings on front bumper. Small waves on driver's
door. Other panels nice. Hood, trunk and door
fit spot on. Underside sound. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $10,100. Reserved at $19,900, too
strong for this group of bidders. There are so
many 560SLs available that ones with visual
needs, like this one, are very difficult to get
good money for.
July 7, 2001
Auctioneer: Mitch Silver
Number of automotive lots: 67
Number of automotive lots sold: 33
Sale rate: 49.3%
Sale total: $135,512
High: Lot #29, 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air
coupe sold for $13,624, including premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 4%
Report by Brian Rabold
Market opinions in italics by Keith Martin
his Silver auction was just one
of the many automotive-oriented
events that occurred during
Missoula's "Rock 'n' Roll
Daze" festival. As an indication
of the informality of the event,
cars continued to register until nearly the moment
they crossed the block. A large majority
of the 67 cars offered were American iron,
which was appropriate as Missoula is not
noted for being a hotbed of classic sports car
activity (although our editor did pull his Ferrari
out of a barn here).
The crowd, large and enthusiastic, was comprised
of equal parts serious buyers and "Hey,
let's go look at some cars" casual enthusiasts.
The sale took place at the First Christian
Church. The Boy Scouts selling wieners as a
fund-raising activity meant that saying, "I
bought a dog at the Silver Auction" took on an
entirely different meaning.
The high-dollar car was a respectable 1950
Chevy Bel Air hot rod that went for $13,624.
The sale generated $135k, not bad for an
afternoon's work, and nearly every other car
offered changed hands.
A friendly atmosphere, a relaxed tone, and
a manageable consignment field made this
sale, like other Silver events, a great way to
spend some time kicking tires and maybe
even picking up a car or two, just for the
heck of it.—B.R.
#11-1953 MG-TD Convertible. SIN N/A.
Red/brown vinyl. Brown top. Odo: 77,931 miles.
Undercoated. Weatherstripping cracking. Chips
on fender by the hood. Scratches on passenger
side. Gouges on driver's side. Obviously a wellenjoyed
car. Honest, useable top. Good
brightwork. Shiny paint. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $9,800. Bid was $4,000 on the shy
side by the seller's judgement, but we've seen
Engine bay clean. Slight tear in headliner. A
couple of parking lot dings in door. An honest
car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $21,250. As
this car was reserved near $30k, there was no
way it was going to sell. Bid was respectable. If
the seller wants retail plus, he's going to have
to do some very creative marketing.
#28-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL
Convertible. S/N BA48D2GA039681. Black/
gray leather. Black top. Odo: 98,432 miles.
Leather seats dirty and cracking and top of
Driver's seat missing stitching in rear, and filling.
Black-and-white pinstripe detailing does
little for the car's appearance. Touch-ups
abound, but match is just off. Crack on hood.
Frame looks good. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$11,648. This car has plenty ofneeds but, if the
frame is solid, they can be resolved—at least to
driver status. Good buy, unless spotted owls
have made a nest in the frame rails.
#24-1994 JAGUAR XJS Convertible.
S/N SAJNX2745RC1906. Burgundy/tan
leather. Odo: 37,662 miles. California car. Interior
a little dirty. Paint and trim very nice.
plates. Momo steering wheel. Touch-up paint
on nose and headlights. Interior dirty but
sound. Paint a little spotty. Wheels have a serious
case of curb rash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$3,744. 924s are the XI/9s of the Porsche
world. This was market price.
#44-1981 DATSUN 280ZX T-top Coupe.
SIN N/A. Silver and blue metallic/gray cloth.
Odo: 114,743 miles. 5-speed. Cockpit interior
similar condition cars sellfor this amount. Bidder
may have to take this car to a larger auction
to get what he is looking for
#2pm-1965 MORGAN PLUS FOUR
Convertible. S/N N/A. Red/black vinyl. Odo:
69,257 miles. Top not on frame (or near the
car), but tonneau sat in back cargo space.
#19-1987 PORSCHE 924S Coupe.
S/N WPOAA0924HN4513. Red/gray vinyl and
cloth. Odo: 83,394 miles. Sunroof. California
is very sharp, excluding the faded center console.
Cargo area vinyl is peeling and cracking.
Rock chips on right front fender, but paint is
in fine shape otherwise, if you don't mind the
tasteless color combination. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $3,500. Reserved at $3,800, could
have been let go at $3,500 unless the bidders
were actually local Boy Scouts having a "who
can hold their hot dog higher" contest.
#52-1927 FORD HOT ROD Roadster.
S/N N/A. Burgundy/gray. Odo: 4,017 miles.
Glass body. GT Grant steering wheel. Decent
interior. Paint looks great, though hard
top paint doesn't look as fresh as the rest of •
the car. Underside very clean. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $24,000. This car was a looker
and attracted a lot of attention from bidders.
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Nonetheless, the $30,000 reserve was too high
for those in attendance.
#25-1936 CHEVROLET STANDARD
SEDAN Coupe. S/N 9FC0730983. Black/
orange cloth. Odo: 72,938 miles. Twin side
mounts. Wide whitewalls. Straight lines. Good
New Yorkers at the sale went for the lesser of
the two prices.
#9-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Hardtop.
S/N N/A. White and gold/white and gold vinyl.
Odo: 4,611 miles. Doors shut well. Seats look
paint. Hood fit off. Scratch on front of right
front fender. Non-original interior, but tastefully
done. Underside looks aged, but not 75 years
old. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. A goodlooking
car that got within $500 of the reserve.
#1-1946 NASH AMBASSADOR Hot Rod
Coupe. S/N R422626. Red with yellow front/
burgundy cloth. Odo: 13,730 miles. PS, PB.
Carburetor, rear bumper and dash panel all read
good, as does dash. Steering wheel yellowing
on top. Rust free and presentable, although
paint runs on underside of trunk lid. Rock chips
beneath headlights. A variety of nicks and
scrapes on paintwork. Stainless steel trim discoloring.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,368. An aged
and tired car that will probably be reborn as a
#10-1956 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER
Coupe. S/N N5618616. Pink and salmon/
white and pink vinyl. Odo: 81,251 miles.
"Nashty." Nicely detailed engine bay. Good
paint. Seats from a 1980s GM product. Plush
carpet. Underside detailed. Better looking on
the outside than the inside. Reserved at $10k.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,300. Not a lot of
interest from prospective buyers, and the bidding
reflected this. Fell well short of reserve
and no one seemed to care.
#29-1950 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Custom
Coupe. SN N/A. Red/candy cane vinyl. Odo:
26,457 miles. PS, PB. Interior in very nice shape.
Aftermarket radio and speakers. Twin spots.
Radiator fins crushed in spots. Chrome on grille
fading, rest of brightwork solid. Trunk compartment
very nice. Dual side exhaust. Solid
paint, but not spectacular. Undercoating in spots.
Aftermarket steering-wheel cover hiding crack.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,624. The high sale of
the auction. A nice-looking rod for a decent price.
#53-1955 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER
Coupe. S/N N5612393. Red and white/white.
Odo: 3,618 miles. Hemi V8. No reserve. Missing
mirror. Passenger door fit off. Clean engine.
Interior has no signs of abuse. Scratches on
right rear fender. Whitewalls cracking. Dull
brightwork. Paint bubble on right front of hood.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,304. The lesser of the
Hemi V8. Vinyl stitching coming loose. Rear
deck spotty. Dash in great shape. Faded trim.
Dull paint. Poor driver's door fit. Whitewalls.
A few dings on both right fenders. An original
car, tired but sound. Cond: 3. SOLD AT
$7,124. Would be interesting to follow this car
and see what happens to it. Will the new owner
really get in and restore it? Or will it just sit
for a couple of years, and then, after reality
strikes, end up at another auction?
#85-1959 CADILLAC DE VILLE Sedan.
S/N N/A. Blue metallic/blue. Odo: 93,344
miles. Right rear door fit off. Waves on right
side, dings on left. Needs a bath. Mechanical,
bodywork and paint restored. Vinyl interior
stripes/black vinyl. Black vinyl top. Odo: 33,020
miles. Engine bay clean. Cowl induction. Paint
shiny and hood pins. Interior very nice.
Brightwork not so bright. License plate reads "For
Sale." Recently restored. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $14,000. All the money in the world for an
automatic Camino, even if it did have a 396.
#4-1972 FORD MUSTANG Coupe. SN
2F02H170170785. Orange/white and gray vinyl
and cloth. Odo: 68,405 miles. Stitching on
driver's seat unravelling. Passenger's arm rest
cracking to its core, driver's arm rest has turned
Bored engine, nitrous, lightened steel crankshaft.
850 Holley carb. Hooker headers. Aluminum
fuel cell. Fiberglass hood. Milodon air
filter. Racing seats. Clean engine bay. Dash
cover. No speedo. Super Bee insignia. A Rumble
Bee. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. The
owner was looking for $1,500 more. Customized
cars are tough, as you have to find someone
who would have done the car the same
way to get your money back.
#32-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS,
S/N 136800L165020. Red with twin black
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to restore, and then not worth much when you're
done. What kind of deal is that? At least with
dot-com stocks, the worthless certificates don't
take up the whole garage.
#37-1969 DODGE CORONET Coupe.
S/N 2H23C9E150299. Black primer/black.
• • • • • • • •
just starting to crack, as is dashboard. Very nice
paint. Chrome spotty. Power antenna. Cond:
3-. NOT SOLD AT $5,750. The biggest car in
town. Reserve set at $7k. Horrifically expensive
inside out. GT Grant steering wheel. Jensen
tape deck. Pioneer speakers dominate rear deck.
Paint crazing on right rear quarter panel. Passenger
door fit awful. Cond: 4. SOLD AT
$3,640. All the money, and maybe even a little
more, for a car that appeared to have few, if
any, redeeming qualities.
#22-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS
Convertible. S/N N/A. Black with twin white
stripes/black vinyl. Blacktop. Odo: 60,736 miles.
Polished American Torque Thrust alloys. A/C,
PS, PB, power top. Dual exhaust. Outstanding
interior. Shiny paint—only a few buff marks.
Engine bay perfect. Trunk compartment clean.
Stainless trim just fair. The best-looking car at
Sports Car Market
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Missing interior lock slides. Weatherstripping
weathered. Roof is cracked halfway down the
center, giving the car T-top style with coupe
comfort. Front bumper sagging. Cond: 4.
SOLD AT $4,940. Well, at least someone now
has the car of their Discover-Card-limit
dreams. From a mile away, who will know
you're behind the wheel of a fright pig with a
the show. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $19,000.
Sellers battled to keep Montana dust off their black
paint. Reserve was in the low-$20s, probably
achieveable but not here, not today.
#43-1972 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Convertible. S/N T1167R26112368. Red/
black vinyl and cloth. White vinyl top. Odo:
88,689 miles. PS, PB. Engine nicely detailed.
Interior sharp. Only one minor puncture wound
Bonhams & Brooks
Aston Martin Factory, Newport
Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England
May 12, 2001
Auctioneers: Malcolm Barber
Number of automotive lots: 44
Number of automotive lots sold: 22
Sale rate: 50%
Sale total: $1,196,811
on right rear armrest. Honest aging on air vents.
Marks on windshield prove that wipers work.
Trunk compartment superb. Paint very nice.
Only slight waves in panels. Overspray on
underside. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,292. Great
Impala convertibles float up to $15k, so a decent
one at half the cost seems like a good buy.
#7-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
T-top. S/N 1Z37X65443162. Orange/tan
leather. Odo: 27,108 miles. A true L82 car. Key
High: Lot #168, 1963 Aston Martin DB4
Series V Vantage GT coupe sold at
$182,031, including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 15%
on the first $50,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Richard Hudson-Evans
Market opinions in italics
marks around driver's lock. Scuffs and rock
chips on nose and rear wheel wells. Console
marked and scuffed, but rest of interior holding
on strong. Caulk on driver's side view mirror
joint. Other than paint flaws, car is in good
shape. Documented miles. Cond: 2-. NOT
SOLD AT $9,600. Bid wasn't insulting, but
was just a little low. Documented low mileage
sets this car apart from most other late-model
'Vettes. Buyer wanted $12,500; ifhe holds out,
he '11 get it.
#50-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Coupe. S/N 1G1YY0786F51074. Black/tan.
Odo: 144,246 miles. Steering-wheel cover concealing
the work of a tight-gripped driver. Dirt
accents the glove compartment key hole.
his year's specialist auction for the
Aston Martin and Lagonda
marques, which was once again
staged in association with London
dealer Nicholas Mee within the
Works Service Department work-
shops at the Newport Pagnell factory, was not
quite so busy with bidding or buying as last year's
inaugural event. Nonetheless the sale, run by
Bonhams & Brooks, has now firmly established
itself as the annual one-stop shop for Astons.
The catalog for this sale will almost certainly
have hit every potential buyer of an Aston Martin
of whichever year or budget, while a good
turnout from members of the Owners Club has
become guaranteed. Uncharacteristically sunny
weather boosted attendance this year.
There were two milestone results for the
market here, the $182,031 for the factory-restored
1962 DB4 Series V Vantage and, even
more significant, the $133,950 for the 1954
Monte Carlo Rally class-winning DB2/4
works team car. Also, where else, other than
an auction like this, could anyone establish
the $79,665 value of the part-restored, fully
dismantled pile of goodies that could buildup
into a DBR4/250, albeit a replicated 1959
The Gatsonides driving provenance of the
DB2/4 clearly counted with the marque aficionados
present and, coming direct to auction from
the motor house of King Hussein, also boosted
the chances and the $102,930 price of the late
Jordanian monarch's Virage Volante. However,
AMOC members were unimpressed with the
ex-Sir Paul McCartney DB6 Mk I, which
bombed. Then again, the car itself had been overreserved
and was nothing special to start with.
Considering the captive—and fully marquefocused—audience,
the overall sale rate was disappointing.
This, however, was not so much a
reflection of their pickiness nor the size of their
wallets, but rather the quality of many of the
cars on offer and their owners' unrealistic reserves.
That is not to say that much of the unsold
stock would not have sold. Every car has
its price, of course. However, although the Sterling
equivalent of $7,332 was really bid for a
DB2/4 project in very distressed condition,
amazingly, the net return was not enough for
the entrant. Good luck elsewhere!—R.H-E.
#166-1949 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA
2.6 PROTOTYPE Drophead Coupe.
S/N DP111. Aluminum/dark gray. RHD.
Factory prototype, had been converted to a
coupe at some stage. Now part-restored back
to drophead. Rubbed down and unpainted. Incomplete.
Very distressed seats. Cond: 4+.
SOLD AT $21,980. Known as "Blue Monster;"
and used by AM Chief Engineer Eberan Von
Eberhorst in period, this historically interesting
prototype did better than expected, though is likely
to cost plenty more to complete.
#165-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2
VANTAGE-SPEC Coupe. S/N LML/50/110.
Carnation Red/black. RHD. Odo: 75,593 miles.
Period London Motor Show exhibit. Good
paint. Cracked, scabby leather. Dull engine bay.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,783. Top estimate
money was forthcoming for nice enough DB2
with Motor Show provenance.
#184-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB214
Mk I Coupe. S/N LML 784. Dark green/black.
RHD. Odo: 619 miles. Ex-factory team Monte
Carlo Rally class winner. Expensively restored.
PS and L-to-R-to-LHD conversion. Excellent
paint and brightwork. Non-period high-back
buckets, four-point harnesses and half-cage.
Rally clocks on dash top. Very sharp engine
bay detail. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $133,950. This
was a milestone result for a DB2/4 Mk I,
SCM MARKET REPORT: BONHAMS & BROOKS ASTON MAR77N
really. The 2/4s just don't command the value
of the later 4/.5/6s—primarily due to their lessthan-staggering
#174-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4
Mk II Coupe. S/N AM300/1134. Green/beige.
RHD. Odo: 85,280 miles. Last repainted mid1990s
and still very good. Brightwork pitted.
Engine bay renewed in early 1990s. Cond: 2+.
although it is an ex-works car with Monte history
and in stunning condition.
#160-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4
Mk I Coupe. S/N LML 739. Dark blue/beige.
RHD. Odo: 15,166 miles. Very chipped, crazed
and flaking paint. Modern competition seats
SOLD AT $29,610. Estimated and valued correctly
by all concerned.
#180-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4
Mk II Coupe. S/N AM300/1200. Cream/beige.
RHD. Odo: 23,640 miles. Last repainted in
and, fnon-original engine does not deter, reasonable
#172-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S IV
Coupe. S/N DB4/834/R. Dubonnet metallic/
parchment. RHD. Odo: 52,210 miles. Paint
average with evidence of masking. Brightwork
okay. Cracked leather. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD
AT $36,660. Not good enough and slightly too
expensive to sell—especially to predominantly
and harnesses. Much abused and scruffy. Said
to be all working. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,189.
Might seem to have been cheaply landed, though
mighty tatty-looking and therefore actually correctly
#150-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4
Mk I Coupe. S/N 864. Maroon/beige. RHD.
Odo: 62,461 miles. This barn find had poor
1973, now very scabby. Engine bay scruffy. In
need of full cosmetic makeover. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $12,161. $2,000 less than lower
estimate was accepted for running Mk H, which
seemed to be a much better value than Lot #160.
#161-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S I
Saloon. S/N DB4/203/R. Red/black. RHD.
Odo: 58,558 miles. Expensively restored. Very
paint and very dirty interior. Top of engine
dismantled. Heads and carbs loose in back.
Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $7,332. Vendors
were far too ambitious with their reserve for
this project that was in need of a total—and I
mean total—revival. Engine was in bits, too,
and one had to wonder why.
#171-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4
Mk II Drophead Coupe. Body by Tickford.
S/N AM300/1281. Ocean Blue/dark blue. Blue
top. RHD. Odo: 3,580 miles. Chassis refurbished
in 1987. Last expensively restored in
good paint and trim. Front bumper in need of
rechrome. Excellent engine bay presentation.
Converted to automatic, original manual gearbox
included. Period-correct Radiomobile.
Modern Willans harnesses. Cond: 1. SOLD
AT $67,257. Auctioneers and their vendor
got—nearly—what they were lookingfor; buyer
#186-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S II
early 1990s and still cosmetically mint. Cond:
I. NOT SOLD AT $54,990. Should have sold,
Coupe. S/N DB4/285R. Maroon/cream.
RHD. Odo: 91,635 miles. Acquired by vendor
without engine—new one built up by
marque specialist. Well enough repainted in
1995, but evidence of masking. Good
brightwork. Connolized interior. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $45,402. Guide priced correctly
by Sir Paul McCartney. Works reconditioned
engine fitted in 1975. Last refurbished in 1984
and said to have been very little used since
then. Much rubbed paint with some pimples.
Brightwork very slightly off and pitted. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $35,250. Considering
Market Reports continued on page 73
Sports Car Market
six Series V cars fitted with GT engine by factory.
Freshly Works Service restored and absolutely
mint throughout. 4.2 unleaded. Half-cage.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $182,031. Fabulous, faultless
car with all work done to highest standard,
hence top estimate result.
#178-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I
Coupe. S/N DB6/2581/R. Goodwood Green/
black. RHD. Odo: 80,075 miles. First owned
Owners Club audience.
#168-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S V GT
Coupe. S/N DB4/1121/R. Goodwood Green/
black. RHD. Odo: 75,395 miles. One of only
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!Milk_ From Europe
The Best Euro Fit
by European Correspondent Giuseppe Tomasetti
ilano—The basic premise
for most Euro events is
quite different from
American events. In the
US, there seems to be either
historic track racing
or leisurely 1,000-mile drives through the country,
where the competition consists of which
resort has the biggest Jacuzzi. There isn't much
In Europe, the birthplace of road racing,
rallies, hill climbs and sports cars, everything
"in between" exists, with most events having
a historical origin. There are so many events
on any given weekend that merely listing the
October Italian manifestizioni would fill this
issue of SCM. If the US bias is towards stress
free, up at 9 a.m., cocktails at 5 p.m.
motoring, then Europe's events are
the opposite—up at 5 a.m., dinner at
9 p.m., and days filled with competition,
endurance and pushing old cars
(and drivers) to the limits.
With this said, let's take a glance
at five of the higher profile events we
have had the opportunity to participate
Mille Miglia—Every serious
gearhead should do this event, or at
least see it, once in their lifetime. It's
an intoxicating mix of the world's most
important cars, history, passion and
culture. It is also 1,000 miles, in 48
hours, with little sleep. It's not for
everyone—auction guru Rick Cole once said
of the MM, "You drive at night, in the rain,
stay in crummy hotels and eat bad food. What's
to like about it?"
Most participants gleefully immerse themselves
in the Mille Miglia's field of extraordinary
cars, though, and like marathon runners on a permanent
buzz, find vintage-car nirvana as they
pound down 1,000 miles of Italian pavement.
US-entered cars have the highest DNF rate
of any nation, often because of the American
emphasis on pretty-is-best chromed gas tank
restorations instead of real-world, on-the-road
sorting and preparation.
This is the premier Euro event and is held
in early May. (Limited to 360 pre-1957 cars
of the type that participated at the real MM.
The cost is about $2,800 and the fax is
011.39.030.48.093. Information is also available
at www.1000miglia.it .)
Gran Premio Tazio Nuvolari—The second
most significant event in Italy. Held in September,
the "Gran Premio" begins on Friday afternoon
in Mantova, Nuvolari's birthplace, swings
to the west and then the east coast of the Italian
peninsula, then heads back to Mantova on Sun-
Tomasetti racing to another event in his Maserati 150S.
word "mythical." It's not for the faint of heart
or the white-hanky set. But if you're a true
hard-core car person, you owe yourself a drive
here. There is some TSD, but most of the action
is flat-out on the old track.
(There is no limit to the number of cars.
You must have the appropriate FIA competition
license, and your car must have FIA papers
and the required safety equipment. The
fax is 011.49.2207.5045 and the cost is less
than $1,000, depending on degree of participation.
Contact MikeRiedner@aol.com or visit
www.eifel-klassik.de for more information.)
Classic Malts Scottish Reliability Trial—
The British have a tendency to organize brutal
rallies where sleep is regarded as unnecessary
and advanced on-site mechanical skills are taken
for granted. However, this six-day September
rally through Scotland is a little bit mellower
and offers a compelling blend of driving competition,
endurance and savoring of the good life,
in one of the most beautiful countries in the
world. It also helps if you like Scotch whiskey.
(The fax is 011.44.1886.833.144 and the
application requires a $425 deposit. Specifics
are located at www.he-ro.co.uk/malts/ . This is
day. In this time-speed-distance (TSD) based
event, Saturday can be grueling, but Sunday
makes up for it with a mid-day arrival and meal
in Mantova. This is a very enjoyable weekend,
very international, with many important cars.
Even better, Mantova is an entertaining and very
special Italian city.
(They accept about 200 historically significant
cars. It costs about $1,000 and the fax
is 011.39.0376.322.003. Information is available
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by
logging onto www.tazionuvolari.it.)
Eifel-Klassik—This October event is held
on the old Ntirburgring circuit. Of all the tracks
on which we have competed, this remains the
most inspiring and frightening. Haunted by
ghosts of all sorts, it gives new meaning to the
a rally and your historic car needs to be fully
prepared and certified. An alternative would
be the June Liege-Rome-Liege rally, fax
Tour Auto (Tour de France)—Modena
Cento Ore—Revocations of the TdF Auto and
the Giro d'Italia, these two events have the same
format (on-track racing, high-speed public highway
transits, and closed-road timed sections),
but execute them in different ways. The Tour
Auto, which starts in the shadow of the Eiffel
Tower in Paris, is bigger, flashier and sometimes
chaotic as some of the most famous GT cars in
the world go at it head-to-head down and across
France. The Cento Ore is smaller, with fewer
celebrities but there is a high concentration of
serious enthusiasts and more emphasis on track
time. It begins and ends in Italian car
The five-day French event is in
April while the Modenese hold their
four-day event about two weeks later.
Both events are the top of their kind.
By the way, if one is really a sick car
guy, one could do both and still make it
to the Mille Miglia.
(Tour Auto accepts 250 cars, the
Modena Cento Ore takes 100 cars. Entry
fees: Tour Auto, $6,000; Modena
Cento Ore, $3,000. Fax, Tour Auto,
011.33.1.4259.4828; Cento Ore,
011.39.059.284.731. E-mail: Tour auto,
email@example.com ; Cento Ore,
page: Tour Auto, www.tour-auto.com ; Cento
Ore, www.modenacentooreclassic.it .)
Only the Mille Miglia requires you to have
the right car to be accepted. With the other
events, it is more important to have a properly
prepared car. Buying a car with successful historic-event-participation
history, using it and
reselling it is one option. Another is to have
your car fully fettled in the US, then ship it to
Europe and do a year's worth of events before
bringing it home.
With specific events that interest you, first
visit their Web sites, then request information
via fax, then call the organizers. Ask for contact
information for previous participants, especially
those from America. If your schedule
allows, visiting the events as a civilian is obviously
However, don't let all of the above talk
about intensity and racing scare you off. In
every event, there are categories where you
can just lollygag along, enjoying the European
countryside, the camaraderie of multi-national
gearheads, and great food and wine. The important
thing is, to borrow a phrase from your
athletic lexicon, to just do it.•
Sports Car Marke
In this case, "TT" stands for "tut tut."—
John McNulty, West Winfield, NY
Men! You just can't ask for directions, can
Antonia Friden, Fort Jones, CA
Whaddya mean slow down? This thing's got
Allan Nelson, Pentwater, MI
I guess the spoiler doesn't work as well as they
said it would.—Louis Kidder, Minneapolis, MN
The Jamaican bobsled team makes a revolting
Marni Lynn, Kewaskum, WI
As a novice collector, Bob once again found
himself "upside down" in the investment.—Tom
Horvat, Sharpsburg, GA
After the first snowfall, mycologists
in the Bavarian woodlands know it's good
picking time for the rare and delicious
teutonicus treaduponus.—Norman Vogel,
San Francisco, CA
Happy Holidays, from the Audi TT Bobsled
Steven Anderson, Girard, OH
An unforeseen consequence of the Audi TT's
rounded body style was its uncanny resemblance
to a female giant Galapagos tortoise. Depicted
here is a TT flipped on its back after attempting
to repel an amorous advance by a visually-impaired
love-struck male giant tortoise.—Bill
Devor, San Diego, CA
Tee, I told you the tnow was toft.—Robert .1.
Bayuk, Annandale, NJ
Standing on the shoulder of the road, waiting
for the tow-truck to arrive, Ted enjoys a few deep
breaths of the cool mountain air and makes the
observation that the Audi badge is horizontally
Jeff Ifland, Los Altos, CA
Bob Lynn, Kewaskum, WI
At an ultra-secret Black Forest facility, new
Beetles are left in this position for exactly 17
hours. This precise combination of time, inverted
vehicle weight and the gentle abrasive action of
the snow yields a TT coupe.—Scott J. Marquis,
How to describe the off-road potential of
Quattro? Topsy Turvy!—Lisa and Fred Clough,
"Good Quattro all-wheel drive," mused Bob,
"but certainly not great Quattro all-wheel drive."—
Rob Sass, St. Louis, Missouri
Keith Martin keeps warning his readers not
to get upside down in their collector cars, but
some of us can't seem to help ourselves from
racing down that slippery path.—John Ratto,
Moss Beach, CA
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the
one less travelled by." R. Frost.—Jan Jurnecka,
Finally, an all-terrain car for all terrain. Introducing
the new five-wheel drive Quintro from
Audi! "Our engineers just won't stop."—Gene
Whitman, Boston, MA
Don't bother to hook it up, Klaus, just tickle
its tummy and it will fly right over.—John King,
G'day mate. Seen any of them duckbill platypuses
around here?—Ron Burns, via e
The photo is printed upside down. There is
no mystery. Clearly, eco-terrorist tree sitters
have acquired more comfortable, all-weather accommodations.—PR.
Scott, Portland, OR
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Famous American artist Thomas Kincaid announces
his first in a series of limited-edition
automotive prints. Titled "TT Turnover," the
print is now available at your local mall location
Jim Cohoe, Lake City, MI
If a Bauhaus falls in the forest and nobody's
there, is it still art?—Gary L. Koch, Rocky
Riding the wave of Internet hysteria, this
Seattle suburb actually had their playgrounds fitted
with TTeeter-TTotters, which now sit in
disrepair. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.—
Mike Precopio, Collegeville, PA
"Tires, my ass," said Freeman. "You legal
guys think you know everything, but this proves
that spoilers don't do crap, and they ruin the
lines anyway. Mays was right.. .1 quit."—Eric
Meyer, Santa Barbara, CA
We now know what the IT stands for on
the Audi TT: Topsy-Turvy!—Mark Storm,
At least I won the $100 from the guy who
bet it wouldn't handle like a Porsche.—Paul
Littell, Rowayton, CT
Look Ma, no hands!
As Heinz skidded through the snowy woods,
shiny side down, he suddenly regretted not bringing
his new Audi back to the dealer for the recall
on "handling instability."—David Scagnelli,
So Michael...do you think it's finally time to
ask for directions?—Elaine S. Glauberman,
Huntingdon Valley, PA
My computer guy says: "Open this in Adobe
Photo Shop, select rotate canvas 180 degrees
and press Enter. No one will ever notice."—Ed
Pasini, Henderson, NV
This takes the heat off of Firestone/Ford.
L.T Golomb, LeRoy, IL
By going the cheap route and not buying the
all-wheel drive option, Herb inadvertently invents
the latest winter X-Game sport in his Audi Tsk
Tsk, er, TT—car top bobsledding.—Michael
Glauberman, Huntingdon Valley, PA
No, wait, I'm sure this was covered in the
owner's manual...look under "Turtle" in the index.
Tony Ferretti, Narberth, PA
Now we finally know
TT stands for turn
Dave Brownell, Manchester Center, VT
Well now I know what TT stands for, Tee-
Robert Tebbenhoff, Ramsey, NJ
The salesperson's claim of "traction that can
climb a tree" proved false for the Quattro that
Steve Burley, Whitehall, MI
And this month's winner of a sure-to-be-collectible
1/18th scale model from Dave Kinney:c
USAppraisals is Mike Precopio, for his aastute
aanalysis of this pphoto.—ED.•
The 5th Annual Sports Car Market
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a World-Class
Keith Martin, Cindy Banzer and the experts from the SCMstaff invite you to join
them in three information-packed seminars, held right in the midst of the world's
largest collector car auction, Barrett-Jackson.
Participants will be part of an exclusive, intimate group that will participate in
no-holds-barred discussions of the collector car market as well as hands-on examinations
of cars that are going to be crossing the block.
Seminars will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
mornings. Conveniently located on-site, a different car-collecting topic will be
featured each day. After each discussion, there will be ample time for you to ask
direct questions about the auction experience. We guarantee you'll get straight
answers. How to decide how much to bid. When to walk away from a car. The
secrets of buying and selling on the block. How to tell when a car reaches its
reserve. How to examine a car like a pro. All this and more will be discussed in detail.
The Field Walk
Each day, after the seminar, you can join the well-known "Field Walk," when
the group, escorted by Keith and other SCM experts, will take a "hands-on" look
at the cars you are interested in and evaluate them with you.
Space is strictly limited and last year's event sold out quickly. Cost, per person,
for the seminars, field walk and unlimited personal consultations with the SCM
staff is just $275, $500 for two for SCMsubscribers. (Non-subscribers, $325/$600.)
Don't be left out. Send in the form below today, with a $100 deposit per person.
For more information, contact Cindy Banzer at 503/ 261-0555, cbanzer@
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Excetpts from Actual Appraisals
by Steve Cram
1960 Morgan Plus Four
Odometer: 15,304 miles
Exterior color: red
Interior color: black leather seats, dash fascia done in fine oak
Equipment: Triumph TR3 engine, original manual transmission,
top with bows, aftermarket cooling fan mounted in front
of radiator with toggle switch on dashboard. Aftermarket electric
fuel pump used only to prime fuel system after car has sat for
Condition: Using the traditional rating for vintage and/or collector
cars of 1 to 6 (1, mint/show/perfect; 2, very good; 3, good;
4, fair; 5, poor/rough; 6, parts only), this brilliantly restored-fortour
car is in high #2 condition. Restoration patiently done by an
engineer who took the car completely apart and rebuilt all, some to
better specs than done by the Morgan factory, and adding some
items for safety and for touring.
Exterior: Now a superb physical specimen. Body-off resto
and all rust and any problems redone correctly. Red high-quality
Chrysler paint used. Body #1, paint #2. Windscreen redone and
high #2; chrome and brightwork redone as well and high #2,
except license-plate light, which is original and slightly pitted.
Grommets and seals #1 to #2. Wheels/tires all high #2. Turns
heads anywhere; goes anywhere anytime.
Interior: Completely and well done. Fine high-quality oak
used to correctly redo dash fascia, then glove box door added in
good taste. Everything inside high #2 to low #1. Very elegant
Top: Original and never used. Slight deterioration from being
40 years old. Top bows in good usable condition, as is top. Rear
light in plastic is amazingly well preserved.
Undercarriage: Completely redone. Gas tank new; everything
in low #1 order. Brakes completely redone and work perfectly.
Frame and all wood redone (#1).
Engine compartment: Detailed to high #2. Completely new
wiring harness (correct and #1). Aftermarket cooling system redone
(#1) and in front of radiator.
Mechanics: Completely rebuilt by cognizant owner/engineer.
All #1. Correct engine sleeving done using Morgan/Triumph
parts. Car started quickly and then—as all cold TR3 engines
do—hiccuped periodically until running warm (very short
time). Handling superb; brakes were #1 and this car stopped
quickly with no swerving. Tested out #1. On return to garage,
engine "dieseled" slightly when turned off, also normal with most
TR3 engines. Test conducted on extremely winding one-lane
History: Car was built for American market in 1960 and
delivered November 23, 1960, to World Wide Motors of Los
Angeles. Vehicle raced by first owner with disastrous results—an
accident rendering the car undrivable—and then passed through
many hands, and suffered years of poor storage. Current seller/
owner restored car, and has a slide show depicting the car before
and after, plus the restoration itself. In addition, there is a complete
log of all time and expenditures.
Appraised value: $22,000-$25,000
SCM welcomes appraisals by other appraisers. Portions of appraisals
presented here may be modified for editorial and privag proposes. Please
send appraisals to 'Appraiser's Corner," 6833 SE Pine Ct., Portland,
OR 97215. All submissions subject to editing.•
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November 24, 2001
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Digest of Magnificent Motor Cars
AC • Aston Martin • Austin-Healey • Bentley • Rolls-Royce • Jaguar • Lotus • MG • Triumph
Elton John's 1993 Jaguar X)220
here's a tightly wrought intensity to the XJ220's curvaceous
silhouette. It screams haunched aggression. But this
isn't some primped, perfumed and preternatural piledriver,
just a polite, effortless and hugely capable machine that's
disturbingly physical in its message. Drive one hard and
your metabolism takes a battering; the sheer drama ofbeing
able to reach 100 mph in under eight seconds while detonating huge shards
of sound from its twin-turboed 3.5-liter V6 leaving the driver strangely
detached from the surreal madness of it all."—Richard Heseltine, Classic
and Sportscar, October 1999.
In the mid-'80s, when the supercar was born, Jaguar didn't have a car
to compete alongside the fabulous Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959, even
though it had the same racing heritage. Jim Randle, the head of Jaguar's
Engineering department, had an idea for such a car but active pursuits
distracted the company from being in the supercar league.
In 1988, after four years of development, Jaguar announced that
they too would be using the knowledge gained in racing to launch their
own supercar, and an amazing prototype of the XJ220 appeared at the
Birmingham Autoshow. The design featured a V12,
fuel-injected, 48-valve 530-bhp engine and fourwheel
When Jaguar was bought by Ford in 1989,
Ford decided that the project should be put into
production by Tom Walkinshaw's JaguarSport
division. To assure practicality as a road-going
customer car, Jaguar stated that 530 bhp would
come from a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that
had been developed in the Group C XJR-10 and
1 1 race cars, with two-wheel drive. Production
began in 1992.
Built on a chassis of aluminum honeycomb,
the finely sculpted bodywork of lightweight aluminum
was finished in one of five metallic colors,
Original list price
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Chassis number: SAJJEAEX7AX 220882
In virtually every respect, the press report was complimentary. Rear
view vision was not the strongest point of the car and the original price
of $625,000 had its downside, but perhaps the most fascinating aspect
was its pure driveability. It would later be eclipsed by the McLaren Fl,
but for a brief period the 220 reigned supreme, as the supercar by which
all others should be judged.
This car sold for $330,998, including buyer 's premium, at Christie's'
Elton John sale on June 5, 2001.
Chassis # .... Radiator support in front compartment;
next to engine in rear compartment
Front of block
Jaguar Clubs of North America,
Alternatives to consider:
silver, gray, green, maroon or blue. The hugely powerful twin-turbo V6
engine could be viewed through a glass panel, and its design configuration
limited the luggage space at the rear of the body to just enough for
a briefcase and tool kit. However, the cabin was designed to be purposeful
yet spacious. There was ample head room for even the tallest of
pilots, and creature comforts extended to air conditioning, full leather
interior and stereo.
Tom Walkinshaw's own XJ220, order 001, was loaned to Autocar
and Motor in June 1993, for the first, and they noted, only independent
road tests of results that could be compiled. Their figures were an astonishing
3.6 seconds for 0-60, continuing on to 100 mph in a further 2.7
seconds, and the acceleration between measures well over this level were
equally amazing-130-150 mph in 4.2 seconds, for example. Testing the
car for JaguarSport at the banked Nardo circuit in Italy, Phil Hill clocked
a maximum speed of 213 mph in the car.
do Nelson Rath, 1000 Glenbrook,
Anchorage, KY 40223, 888/252-2524
Lamborghini Diablo. Ferrari F50
The XJ220 probably would have been the epitome of desire in 1984,
when a group ofenthusiasts within Jaguar started
a skunkworks project to develop a mid-engine,
four-wheel-drive, V12 Le Mans racer for the
road. Even in 1989, when Ford approved it, subject
to use of the simpler TWR V6 engine that won
at Le Mans and Daytona, it seemed like a good
idea. Unfortunately, the car was finally introduced
in 1992 in the middle of a disastrous economic
environment. Even with monstrous performance
and excellent road-going manners—the only
complaint from owners today is that the heat
through the raked windscreen can overwhelm
the air conditioner on a hot day—the car couldn 't
justify its asking price of $625,000.
Two years ago, $275,000 would have bought
you a brand-new, never-used, completely DOT/EPA-legal XJ220 that
you could have driven for up to 2,500 miles a year, imported under an
exemption originally engineered for Bill Gates and his friends to import
McLaren F 1 s. Now, the few XJ220s that remained unsold in 1996 out of
the 281 originally built have all been purchased Ifyou want one, you 71
have to buy it at auction. If you want to use it in the States, make sure it
has the required—and costly—paperwork and modifications to make it
legal here. Also be aware that spare parts can be impossible to find
Bonhams & Brooks recently sold a Euro-spec example in Monaco
for $167,421. The buyer of this one at Christie's paid a substantial
premium for Elton John's sunglasses on the dash for the first 852 miles.
The right price, especiallyfor one that has been legally imported into the
United States, is probably somewhere in between these two extremes.—
Gary Anderson, Publisher of British Car magazine.
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55 DB2/4 Mk I coupe, body and chassis
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54 100-4 BN-1 ROADSTER, comprehensive
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56 100M BN2, factory built, excellent condition
$47,500. 719-632-5186. CO
58 100-6, 2-seater, very good to excellent
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59 3000 MK I, rhd, red and white, black
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60 3000 MK I, one of the finest Healeys in
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orig mi, fully documented and a proven
winner at many events, special equipped
and modified by Donald Healey for its orig
owner $44,950. Hyman Ltd., 314-5246000.
62 BT-7, Fourintune, concours restoration,
OEW/red $39,500 OBO. 610-793-0270.
65 3000, restored, red $40,000. 800-5276998.
66 MK III, incredible 25K miles, original
1 owner car, red w/blk interior $35,000.
Paul Lane, 203-377-6745. CT
67 3000 MK HI, Brg, 33K mi, complete
frame-off restoration, stainless exhaust, radio,
tonneau cover, show winner $37,500.
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37 4-1/4 DERBY DHC, cream/garnet,
garnet hides, extremely rare, Vanden Plas
coachbuilt alloy body, frame-off restoration,
show winner, 4-spd, wire wheels,
driving lights, spotlights, trafficators,
tach, clock, tool kit and much more, immaculate,
call for details $94,950. 770971-0404
48 MARK IV, 3.5 liter, lhd, blk/maroon int,
new wide whitewall tires, new brakes, excellent
driver, all electrical functions, no
rust $16,500. 718-225-1937. NY
49 XK 120, alloy-bodied roadster, very
original, never rusty or wrecked, always in
CA, 3 owners $60,000. 510-433-0770. CA
52 XK 120 ROADSTER, British racing
green w/tan leather int, gorgeous fully restored
car w/telescopic rear shock conversion,
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55 XK 140 MC ROADSTER, British rac-
ing green w/biscuit leather, Dunlop chrome
wire wheels, C-type cylinder head, meticulous
restoration by Jaguar specialist, beautiful
car $85,000. Automotive Resources,
59 150S ROADSTER, inquire, other types
available also $30,000. Bentley, 337-9844047.
64 E-TYPE ROADSTER, Olde English
white, red interior, 3.8, all original #'s
match, excellent paint and int, drives and
handles like new, always stored in heated
shop $38,500. Mike Kohler, 877-7296649
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66 XKE ROADSTER, blk/red, restored,
many upgrades, not perfect but very nice
$45,000 firm. 513-825-5406. OH
67 XKE SERIES II, 4.2 liter, battleship
grey with grey. Frame-up restoration,
Show stopper condition, call for info.
67 XKE SI ROADSTER, matching #'s, red
w/tan top and interior, roll bar, profession
restoration, rebuilt engine, runs great
$43,000. 610-488-9595. PA
68 S11/2 E-TYPE, 4.2 litre, red/biscuit,
professional show quality restoration
$49,900. Vintage, 941-355-6500. FL
69 E-TYPE S II ROADSTER, burgundy/
tan, nice original CA car, tri-carbs, drives
very well $29,500. 310-657-9699. FAX
69 XKE COUPE, drives great, engine and
transmission recently rebuilt,
garage kept by the current
owner for 20 yrs, in
primer and ready for finish
paint $12,000 OBO. 703594-3755.
73 XKE ROADSTER, frameoff
restoration, red/tan, auto,
a/c, wire wheels, show quality
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74 E-TYPE SIII ROADSTER,
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37 MG TA, nice honest original car, burgundy,
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47 MG TC, #4131, restored, green/green,
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49 MG YA SALOON, lhd, maroon/biscuit,
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Concours awards $22,000 OBO. 949-6432368.
53 MG TD, rare Mark II, red/tan, groundup
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54 MG TF, Olde English white, tan leather,
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55 MG TF, 1500cc, cream/red int, ww, exc
cond, always garaged, last owner 30 yrs,
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56 MGA, roadster, dove gray/red, wires,
complete restoration, beautiful $16,000.
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60 MGA, roadster, 1600, red/blk leather
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63 MGB, roadster, snowberry white, new
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engine, restored $9,500. Bob Lynn,
69 MGC/GT, 6-cyl, great cond, dark blue
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73 MGB, roadster, chrome bumpers, bronze,
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51 SILVER WRAITH DHC, the only
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55 SILVER DAWN, Black/tan, new
Connolly leather, rhd, just tuned up, cold
a/c, runs great, everything works, no rust
CA car, 77K mi, 2-owner car $21,900 firm.
59 SILVER CLOUD, dark blue, red hides,
1 owner from new and essentially original
except for repaint and new front hides, 60K
mi, always properly maintained and runs
beautifully $29,500. 631-537-1868. NY
61 SILVER CLOUD II, blk/tan, 4S, V8,
auto, air, same owner for last 14 years, show
condition $33,750. 248-548-8911. MI
62 SILVER CLOUD II DHC, blk w/red
leather hides, HJ Mulliner, left hand drive,
a/c, restored $198,000 OBO. Berliner Classic
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64 CLOUD III, Mulliner Flying Spur, lhd,
fact a/c, white w/red leather, 56,490 1owner
miles $95,000. Motorcar Gallery,
65 SILVER CLOUD III, lwb, division,
rhd, 50K orig mi, audio/TV, VCR, disc (13)
player, black, grey hides, a real beauty
$49,500 offers. 610-626-4220. 6 10-9091420
65 SILVER CLOUD III, lhd, white w/
parchment, 68K+ mi, fact air, pw, ps, no rust,
1-owner car, runs like new, just service,
motor tuned, front bushings & steering ramp
replaced, mint cond $36,900. 818-9881045.
66 SILVER CLOUD III, HJ Mulliner Flying
Spur, shell grey w/grey leather, lhd,
factory a/c, 55K+ mi, exceptional 1-off example
$123,500. Motorcar Gallery, 954522-9900.
71 CORNICHE CONVERTIBLE,
white/beige int, blue canvas top $38,500.
Vintage, 941-355-6500. FL
76 CORNICHE, pearl white, blue hides,
white piping, updated brake lights,
bumpers, mirrors, keyless entry, immaculate
$35,000. 865-524-3932. TN
76 SILVER SHADOW, white, ready for
show or drive, garage kept, blue leather,
exc a/c $21,500. 804-784-0011. VA
77 SHADOW II, 24K orig mi, 1-owner,
white w/navy blue leather, magnolia piping,
100% orig, as new $34,500. 530-4352627.
79 SILVER SHADOW II, 4-dr sedan, excellent
condition, must sacrifice $11,000.
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55 TR2, red/tan, frame-up restoration to
correct standards $22,000. Northshore
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58 TFt3, small mouth, white, off-frame restoration,
o/d, looks beautiful, wire wheels,
mostly stored, runs great $12,500. 858273-1073.
61 TR3A, red/tan, restored, o/d, wire
wheels $16,000. Northshore Sportscars,
61 TR3A, blk/red leather, disc wheels,
documented body-off restoration, only 40
miles since completed, everything restored
or replaced to new condition $19,900. 817939-4419.
62 TR3B ROADSTER, blue/blue, 90K mi,
2nd owner $18,950. 816-836-4500. 816229-6500.M0
67 TR4A, new royal blue paint and tan
interior, rebuilt engine w/2.2 kit, rebuilt
trans, IRS and wire wheels, very nice
$15,000. 636-239-6781. MO
71 TR6, original owner, 31K, ground-up
professional restoration, new top, new
redline Michelins, Primrose yellow, runs
and looks better than new $18,500. 791481-1363.
73 TR6, a beautiful car in carmine red/blk
int, nicely restored w/new top and seat
covers, tonneau, boot excellent condition
w/strong rebuilt engine, runs and looks
great $10,800. 603-763-2787. NH
74 TR6, 27K orig mi, hardtop, o/d, redlines,
mimosa yellow $14,000. 847-247-0447. IL
75 TR6, untouched original beauty, only
58K miles, perfect wood dash, beautiful
chrome, one repaint in original maple
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49 18-6 Velox Sport Roadster, blk w/orig
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wire lugs for the strap at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions. This
allows the watch to be worn on the inner side of the wrist—enabling the
driver to view the time without removing his hands from the steering
wheel, much like the other styles of driving watches.
Bonhams & Brooks stated that the final hammer price of $41,421
was a world record. Brooks also holds the second-place record, as they
The Price of Time
by Carl Bomstead
Object: Mido Wristwatch with Bugatti Radiator Grille Design
Auction: Bonhams & Brooks, Les Grandes Marques a Monaco,
Fontviellie, Monaco, May 21, 2001
Sale price: $41,421, including commission
he Bonhams & Brooks sale at Prince Rainier's Car Collection
building, held Monday, May 21st in Monaco, included a
relatively small selection of automobilia and nearly 100
vintage wristwatches and timepieces. A 1940s driver's
watch—designed to fit on the side of the wrist so the driver can view
the time without removing his hands from the wheel—sold at $5,280.
The engraved watch that was presented to Scottish racing driver Ron
Flockhart by his father, on his 21st birthday, also crossed the block,
selling at $3,165. Flockhart, who died when his personal Mustang
fighter plane crashed, was a two-time winner at the 24 Hours of Le
The $41,421 record-setting timepiece was the Mido 18-carat gold
wristwatch, circa 1920, shaped like the famed Bugatti horseshoe radiator
grille. A red enameled medallion bearing the initials "E.B." appears
above 12 o'clock. It is stated that fewer than 20 examples of this watch
were produced and about ten have survived. They were given to Ettore
Bugatti's friends and family with Rene Dreyfus, Louis Chiron and
Ettore's son Jean among the known recipients.
The Bugatti horseshoe-shaped grille design originated as an extension
of Ettore Bugatti's love of animals, particularly horses, and continues
to be one of the world's most recognizable automotive symbols.
Ettore was often photographed on his horse, Brouillard, and the Bugatti
slogan Le pur-sang de automobile continued the thoroughbred theme
that originated with his first automotive design, the 1908 Type 10.
This Bugatti watch is unique, being the only one known that has the
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Bugatti driver's watch earned a record price.
sold the Bugatti watch that was presented to Col. W.L. Sorel, the English
agent for Bugatti, at their July 1991 London sale for £22,000,
which, considering the value of the pound at that time, was not far off
from this sale.
This is a significant piece of automotive history. That it sold for
more than twice the low estimate is yet another indication that, for the
best of the best and the rarest of the rare, collectors aren't afraid to open
their pocketbooks. And for the Bugatti collector, this was the perfect
opportunity to obtain the proper watch to wear while showing your
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hen introduced in
1978, marque enthusiasts
didn't know what
to think of the 928.
Like the four-cylinder
924 offered the prior
year, the new car was front-engined with a
water-cooled power plant. This, then, was
the future for Porsche, as the company
appeared to have plans to phase out the
911, which even then had been in production
for over a dozen years.
The press was much more positive about
the 928 than long-time Porsche enthusiasts.
It was sleek, exotic looking and very fast.
The long nose behind the exposed pop-up
headlamps held an all-alloy 4.5-liter (273-cid) single overhead camshaft
V8, producing 219 bhp in American trim.
Despite the use of aluminum panels for the doors, hood and rear
hatch, the 928 weighed a less-than-svelte 3,144 pounds. The new Porsche
was very refined and quieter than the 911, yet capable of reaching 60
mph in 7.0 seconds and topping out at 138 mph.
Although the base price in 1978 was a heady $28,500, that was just
the starting point for what was as much a luxury vehicle as it was a
closed sports car. Although power-assisted brakes and steering were
standard, air conditioning, sunroof and a long list of options added to
The 928S received a 4.6-liter engine and 234 bhp in 1983. The fivespeed
manual was a no-cost option, with the
automatic standard. This was in the days when
an automatic wasn't even available in the 911,
the Sportomatic having died a quiet death in the
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
By the time the example shown here was built
in 1986, it cost $50,000 and sported double overhead
cams for each bank of cylinders. Displacement,
at just under 5 liters (302 cid) , allowed the
power output to climb to 288 bhp.
Finished in a lovely burgundy metallic, this
automatic 928S has all the standard luxury equipment
such as tan leather, air conditioning, electric
windows, power steering and power-assisted
brakes. It is truly in excellent condition and has
covered just 57,000 miles since new.
Chassis # Distributor cap
This original 928S sold for $12,075, including buyer 's premium at
the Bonhams & Brooks auction in Aurora, Illinois, June 9, 2001. The
values ofall 928s continue to languish, so I view this distressing price as
market correct, perhaps even a bit generous to the seller
Unfortunately for owners, 928s are the Rodney Dangerfields of the
Porsche world. Even though each 928 has a full complement of statistically
significant high performance numbers, most hard-core Porsche
enthusiasts won't give 928 owners the time of day. This is due to the
completely backwards manner (at least from a Porsche fanatic's perspective)
in which the car was designed, with a quiet, torquey watercooled
engine in the front. Then there is the rather boring way they
handle, with smooth and predictable understeer rather than the excitable
hi-finks the 911 is so well loved for
They have also been called the Stuttgart Corvette, due to the similar
layout, but if you drive any 928 and any Corvette back-to-back, the
difference in the feel of the two cars is astounding. The Porsche has a
rigid body structure with precise handling, while the Corvette feels
much looser, with a body that creaks and groans.
On horizontal bulkhead
under front hood
Stamped into alloy engine
block near head
Porsche Club of America,
5530 Edgemont Dr.,
Alexandria, VA 22310
Mercedes 450 SLC,
BMW 635 CSi, Corvette C4 coupe,
Jaguar XJS coupe, Ferrari Testarossa
Repair costs are not trivial with a used 928. Parts are wildly
expensive, at times no longer available and topflight
factory trained technicians few and far
between. I have recently followed a local 928
as it has gone from shop to shop in search of a
person who could trouble-shoot a host of fuel
injection and electrical gremlins. The car has
been out of service for more than six months
and the end is nowhere in sight. Cubic dollars
could remedy the problems, but more creative
methods are required due to the modest value
of the car.
This is not to say that a fully sorted 928 is
unreliable, but unlike the simplicity and rugged
design of the 911, the 928 is rather more fussy
and the maintenance schedule must be followed
Sadly, I don't see the prices of even well-kept 928s moving upward
and can imagine their values behaving more like the unloved Maserati
BiTurbo than their close cousin, the 911. There is a lot of performance
for the money here, but the lack of upside and the potential forfrightful
running costs conspire to make almost any 928 a suspect investment, at
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company.)•
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1986 Porsche 928S Coupe
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uying a used collector car is a daunting process. Each
marque has its own language; the Bentley world is full of
words like "bespoke coachwork" and "replica VdP tourer";
MG-aficionados mumble about putting their hoods in
their boots and decoking cylinder heads; Ferraristi toss off
terms such as "export models," "low roof' and "inside-plug."
For Porsches, it's no different. In fact, since most collectible
Porsches are either of the 356 or the 911 variety, there is
a near-bewildering array of slight differences between
cars that look very much alike. While there's no mistaking
a Maserati Ghibli for a 3500 GT, telling a 1965 911
apart from a 1972 can be quite a challenge for the uninitiated.
I get many inquiries from those looking to buy their
first 356 or 911, and my advice is always the same: See as
many as you can, and read as much as you can. For the
observation part, collector car auctions can be a good choice,
because you're likely to see a variety of models at one time.
Better yet, they're for sale, so you can crawl around them
and ask questions without appearing sacrilegious. Porsche
car shows are another good choice, and you're likely to see
better restorations than at an auction.
When it comes to books, over the years I've had a chance to read
many, and some are more helpful than others. The following are my picks.
Although there are many titles available in this category, it is important
for the new Porsche reader to view and study correct cars. It is the
ability to acquire an eye for original and accurate detail that differentiates
the casual enthusiast from the true Porschephile, and will also help
you avoid buying a car that has incorrect or missing trim.
Laurence Meredith's Original 356 is filled with nicely reproduced
photos and a fully detailed text. Excellent examples of all the models are
presented in full color. Not only are body and interior features shown in
good detail, but exceptional photos of the engine compartments are
provided as well. Special chapters cover the four-cam Carreras and the
"special" (non-Cabriolet) open cars. The data section covers correct
colors, specifications, and engine and chassis serial numbers.
The companion book, Original 911, by Peter Morgan, does an admirable
job of covering the giant variety of 911 cars from 1963 to 1993.
This book mirrors the contents of Original 356 and is a well-organized
source of excellent photos and data. Although Morgan's text is rather
dry, overall the Original 911 is simply the best way to be introduced to
These are one step beyond the picture book and meant to give prospective
buyers less of an overview of the various models, but far more
understanding of how to find the right car. These generally have few or
no color photos and are not about "authenticity," but more than make
up for that with a host of practical tips.
For the 911, there is no better book than Peter Zimmermann's The
Used 911 Story, now in its sixth edition. This remains the standard of the
world as a buyer's guide for the 911. The author is an accomplished
Porsche club racer and talented mechanic who for 25 years ran a busy
shop in Southern California. Each 911 series from 1963 to 1998 is
explored and explained to help you find the right car for your budget and
interests. Peter is a good friend; however, I was an avid fan of his books
for many years before I met him.
I have long been frustrated by the lack of what I considered to be
a first-rate, accurate buyer's guide for the 356. So, a couple
of years ago (caveat lector), I decided to stop complaining
about it and do something. The end result was Buying,
Driving and Enjoying the 356, which I wrote (and which
was reviewed in the July issue of SCM). It is meant to be
an introduction for those who have only admired the
356 from afar. Rather than being a romantic tale of the
ecstasy of driving through twisty roads on sunny days,
the agony of getting a good car and keeping it sharp is
covered in detail.
For the 356, the most usable and collectible special models
are the Speedster/Convertible D/Roadster line of open cars. Michel
Thirar, in his Porsche Speedster: The Evolution of Porsche 's LightWeight
Sports Car, presents a readable and enjoyable study of the
lightweight 356 open cars and beyond. There are a host of color photos
and many factory archive shots of early cars and prototypes. The
author is unusual in that he was a European Speedster owner and brings
a personal approach to the subject matter.
For the 911, Peter Vann's 911 Turbo is the logical choice. I recently
reviewed it here in SCM (May 2001), and I find it to be both visually
exciting and very well written. There is thorough coverage of this important
and special 911.
For those wanting more, Dirk-Michael Conradt's book, Porsche
356: Driving in its Purest Form, goes into extensive detail about the
background of the early days at Porsche in general and specifically the
356 models. The author had access to original inter-office memos and
they make for fascinating reading.
No list of useful Porsche books is complete without the inclusion of
Bruce Anderson's Porsche 911 Performance Handbook. This is a compendium
of almost unfathomable depth about the 911, in stock, modified
and full race forms. Bruce has photos of every major (and minor)
engine case and internal part, and has extraordinarily detailed discussions
of what works best. It's a tremendous storehouse of information,
and the Porsche world is the richer for Anderson's willingness to share
Going to a few car shows and auctions, reading a couple of the above
books and staying tuned to SCM doesn't guarantee that you'll end up
with a great car at a cheap price. But that's not really the goal. What you
want to know, going in, is which models are the most interesting and
least troublesome, how to spot them, how to tell if they are correct and
what questions to ask of the seller. At least then you're not blindly
buying the first shiny red Porsche you see, only to find out later that the
car you paid $10,000 for needs another $10,000 worth of work, and
then will only be worth $8,000.•
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64, exceptional original example, 2,885 original
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65 all original, 5,500 miles, in heated storage
for past 10 yrs, no rust $12,000 OBO
57 ISETTA, beutiful car, possible delivery,
on-line photos, call for information $6,300.
62 2600L SEDAN, blue/white, 50,000 km,
V8, very good original car $19,900. Vintage,
70 2800 CS, 93.5K miles, rebuilt engine,
always garaged, beautiful $9,500. 503-2461204.
73 BAVARIA, NM car, no rust ever, pristine
body, excellent mechanically, auto, sunroof,
a/c, very original, 2-owners from new $4,450
OBO. 505-294-4596. NM
73 2002 til, beige/brown int, very special 1owner
car, always garaged, only 80K mi,
manual trans, fact alum wheels, needs minor
cosmetics, never wrecked $15,000 OBO. Bob,
307-721-2984. 307-745-7945 eves. WY
73 3.0CS1L, 2275258, turkis/Recaro, restored,
needs nothing $15,500 firm. 970-4721391.
37 540K CABRIOLET C, red/tan, rhd,
CCCA 1st, correct $350,000. Edward
Fallon, 623-465-7246. AZ
54 300S COUPE, an excellent black plate
CA car, blk w/red leather, chrome and trim
very good, rare sunroof, fitted w/SC engine,
Becker Nurburg radio $110,000. Fantasy
Junction, 510-653-7555. FAX 5 10-6539754
57 190SL, red w/tan interior, excellent
original car, runs and drives very well, very
solid, always garaged $18,500. Gullwing,
718-545-0500. FAX 718-545-1308 NY
58300SL, complete body and rolling chassis,
use for racing body, other parts available
$45,000 call for details. 405-789-9499
59190SL, silver, 4-spd, matching #'s, new
blk leather, all original, Nu-soft top, new
leather, 117K, always garaged, both tops,
must sell $23,500. 925-939-1418. CA
59 220SE, 2-dr convertible, burgundy
rose, beige leather, beige German canvas
top, fresh ground-up restoration, every nut
and bolt, everything new, engine and 4-spd
trans rebuilt, immaculate and ready to show
$98,000 OBO. Berlinere Classic Motorcars,
60 300SL ROADSTER, silver w/red
leather int, 69K mi, very clean US car, hard
& soft tops, runs and drives well $168,500.
310-657-9699. FAX 310-657-9698 CA
60 220SE, convertible, dark red/tan, beautifully
restored California show car with
recent major service, spectacular and functionally
excellent $110,000 Alex Dearborn.
photos at www.sportsleichtcom, 978-8876644.
60 190SL, silver/blue MBCA Concours
winner, restored in and out and underneath
$50,000 Alex Dearborn. photos at
www.sportsleichtcom, 978-887-6644. MA
63 220SE CONVERTIBLE, cabriolet,
auto, a/c, cream ext w/brown top and int,
vgc, always garaged $19,500 BO/Trades.
65 230SL ROADSTER, red w/blk tops,
4-spd manual trans, Euro model, 89,000 kin,
looks and runs great, appraised 4/2001,
great investment $18,000 Or reasonable
offer. 603-382-9917. NH
65 300SE CONVERTIBLE, silver/navy,
4-spd stick, restored, rust-free CA car
$65,000 Alex Dearborn. photos at
www.sportsleichtcom, 978-887-6644. MA
66 250SE, blue/black, 4-spd, well preserved
original one-owner example, all
records from new $30,000 Alex Dearborn.
photos at www.sportsleichtcom, 978-8876644.
67 230SL, blue w/blk int, auto, 2 tops, a/
c, rust-free, looks and runs excellent, always
garaged, $18,000 OBO. 914-664-3905.
69 280SE CONVERTIBLE, 1-owner,
82K mi, beautiful restoration, new top, liner
and paint by Motion Products, tan w/red
leather int $36,500 call for details. 262241-1833.
70 280SL, champagne, both tops, auto, a/
C, ps, recent valve job, CA car, looks and
drives outstanding $19,900. Brian, 619238-1977.
71 280SL ROADSTER, dark grey, auto,
air, 32K mi, 1-owner $18,900. 63 1-8782911.
56 SPEEDSTER, absolutely orig car, red
w/tan int, could use minor cosmetics, very
solid, same owner for last 20 yrs $42,500.
Gullwing, 718-545-0500. FAX 718-5451308
57 SPEEDSTER, great driver, no rust CA
car, fresh engine and trans, great rubber,
chrome, older paint $45,000. 714-4880506.
58 CONVERTIBLE D, very rare roadster,
orig silver/red, Cardex, recent cosmetics,
CA 2-owner car $49,900. PA Motor Sport,
58 356A SUNROOF COUPE, silver/
black, no rust, new engine, trans, brakes,
suspension, int, many upgrades $15,500.
59 356 ROADSTER, blue/blk int, show
restoration done in Germany, US and Germany
title $49,000. 310-266-7994. CA
60 CABRIOLET, silver w/blk int and top,
rebuilt engine, very nice car $27,000. Jim,
63 356 1600 SUPER COUPE, ruby red/
tan, beautiful new German leather int, no
rust, excellent cosmetics $18,800. 303-6684555.
63 356B CABRIOLET, blue/black, rebuilt
original 1600S, excellent condition,
ready to tour $39,000 Alex Dearborn.
photos at www.sportsleicht.com , 978887-6644.
63 356B COUPE, black/red, incredible
survivor, in Porsche dealer's collection since
new, excellent throughout $28,000 Alex
Dearborn. photos at www.sportsleicht.com,
64 2000 GS CARRERA, coupe, red/tan
leather, lovely restoration on Euro spec
Carrera, in CA since late 60's, black plate,
orig motor, gas heater, 70 litre fuel tank
$125,000. Bob Campbell, 661-755-6293.
67 911S COUPE, polo red/blk leather,
nice restoration, rust free, #'s match
$16,900. 310-266-7994. CA
69911S COUPE, ex-factory car, every factory
option, no rust ever, recent mechanical,
excellent street use example, irreplaceable
$30,000. 303-988-0250. CO
70 911E TARGA, 101K mi, 2-owner, blk/
tan, 5-spd, receipts since '71, well preserved,
clean $15,700. 303-668-4555. CO
73 911 COUPE, nice orig, refurbished
engine, gold w/blk int, extremely solid,
Fuchs style wheels, new radials $8,500.
73 911S TARGA, silver, houndstooth,
very original car, much loved, 115K original
$21,000. David, 303-399-0007. 303388-6050.CO
99 996, red/beige, 6-speed, 18" wheels,
ABD traction control, HI-Fl radio, 1,300
mi Tony, 330-856-5863. OH
58 KARMANN GHIA, convertible, restored,
80% original, 1600 engine, black
leather interior, not an original pan, everything
else is stock, 12v conversion $18,500
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Combined with an A-bracket to locate
the rear axle (Colin found one part
that could do the work of three), this
made up the new Series 2. Probably the
first Seven that was seen Stateside, it
became a huge seller by Lotus standards.
The new models were called the Seven
Seven S1 and S2
he dual-purpose road/race car that
could be built from a kit of parts
pretty much characterizes the
early efforts by Colin Chapman and
Lotus. The concept came more
clearly into focus with the Six, but after more
than 100 cars, the swing-axle front suspension
became antiquated and the bodywork expensive
To rescue the situation, companies like
Caterham and Westfield build updated versions
of the Seven, with longer cockpits and kidney-friendly
springing. Remarkably, prices for
the new cars are higher than the value of some
originals, showing the appeal of the idea of
the Seven versus the appeal of actually owning
and driving an original car. Today, they
are weekend cars for smooth roads or ultracompetitive
vintage racers. That's pretty
much where they began and probably where
stiff springing, lack of creature comforts and
aging enthusiast base has caused them to lose
As for value, nicely done Sevens, with all
the right upgrades, will continue to trade in
the $1 8,0 0 0-$2 5,0 0 0 range for the foreseeable
Compared to the Lotus Six, the Seven was
a simplified, modernized and productionized
club racer that set new standards in appearance
and performance. Still roadable and sold
in kit form to the enthusiast on a budget, the
Seven introduced a generation of young enthusiasts
to their first serious sports car that
was also able to win races on the weekends.
The Sls were normally available with either
the side-valve Ford 100E (1172 cc) or the BMC A
Series (948 cc), though a few were fitted with Climax
1100s and called "Super" or "7C." With the
Series 2, Chapman wanted to simplify the car,
making it cheaper to build and even more affordable.
The SI's alloy nose and fenders were changed
to fiberglass and a few frame tubes were deleted.
Lotus 7 with most parts still attached.
America (BMC power), Seven and Super Seven;
the last two being powered by the latest Ford
engine (10 0 0 cc, 1340 cc, 1500 cc or 1600
cc) with the Super getting a Cosworth cam and
twin Weber carbs. The lighter chassis, more
horsepower and Triumph rear axle made the
Series 2 more trouble prone than a Series 1.
Today, it is common to see strengthened
chassis and reinforced rear-axle casings even
on unrestored cars. Though mechanically
simple and reliable, all Sevens are lightly built.
Parts breakage and outright disappearance of
parts due to vibration are all part of the Seven
experience. Though it was one of the quickest
small-bore cars on the road for decades, its
SCM Price Guide
Si (BMC or Ford powered):
$2,500-$3,000; S2 (BMC): $3,000,
S2 (Ford): $3,500-$5,000
Ford: Left side of engine block;
BMC: top of engine block at front
Alloy data plate riveted
near steering column
Web site www.lotuscarclub.org
Alternatives ....Caterham Seven, Westfield Seven,
taking a shower while dressed
Lotus Club, Box L,
College Park, MD 20741
Sl: 1957-59; S2: 1960-68
SI: 251; S2: 1,362
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From Grand Classics to Twin Stripes of Smoking Rubber
1952 Muntz Road Jet Convertible
Chassis number: 52M230
arl "Madman" Muntz is the type of all-American character
that we would have to create had he not already existed. In
a career that lasted more than six decades, Madman Muntz
made and lost many fortunes, in a bewildering variety of
businesses. A few highlights of Muntz's entrepreneurial
endeavors include numerous used-car operations, both in
his hometown of Elgin, Illinois, and in the Los Angles area; new car
Chrysler-Plymouth and later Kaiser-Frasier dealer; television manufacturer,
air conditioning manufacturer; all-aluminum house builder; motorcycle
and motor home rentals; motorhome builder ("Muntz's Mobile
Mansions"); 4-track, ("Stereo Pac") 8-track and cassette player
builder and distributor; satellite dish manufacturer and distributor;
wide-screen television builder; videocassette machine distributor and
early cell phone promoter. Plus automobile manufacturer.
Earl W. Muntz was born in 1915 and died in 1987. He was married
seven times, had a daughter named Tee-Vee (she preferred "Tina") and
lived in a house above the West Hollywood hills in which everything,
including the pool table, was painted or upholstered in white. At one
time he dated comedian/actress Phyllis Diller.
a real, live American sports car and turned it into an odd-looking
boulevardier. Think steel-bodied Cobra with room for the kids in the
back seat and a hopelessly out-of-date motor.
In the early 1950s, Muntz developed a television set that retailed
for a then unbelievably-low $99.95, when competitors' sets cost three
and four times as much. His tuners contained just two IF stages when
three or four were considered necessary by other TV manufactures.
Old-time electrical engineers still refer to cheapening a product as
"Muntzing" it. By 1953, Muntz television sets were the fourth largest
seller in the US, and sales reached a reported $55 million. It was
against this backdrop that Earl Muntz decided to become an automobile
Frank Kurtis was a well-known builder of Indianapolis
and Championship style race cars as
well as "Specials," which were built on a limited
basis. Muntz bought a Buick-powered special
from Kurtis, and consequently became intrigued
by an ongoing Kurtis project for creating a more
mass-production oriented car with flathead Ford
V8 power and an aluminum body. Muntz bought
the rights and tooling (reportedly for $200,000)
for the Kurtis car after just 38 were completed.
Thus the Muntz Road Jet was born. Muntz added
13 inches to the frame of the Kurtis, taking the
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
Tune up/major service
Right front frame member;
under right front door jamb
Right side of crankcase, above
water pump (Cadillac engine)
Muntz-Kurtis Car Club, Box 12, 1719
Grove St., Glenview, IL 60025
Chrysler Dual Ghia,
100-inch wheelbase to 113 inches. The flathead gave way to a Cadillac
331-cubic-inch V8 with 160 brake horsepower. Aback seat was added and
the production at the former Kurtis plant in Glendale, California, was
Major changes were not far behind, as the Muntz factory was
quickly moved to a plant in Evanston, Illinois, after a reported 28 cars
were built. The Jet was stretched an additional three inches, the aluminum
body gave way to steel, and the Cadillac powerplant was changed
to a Lincoln flathead V8 modified with solid lifters. Muntz had taken
All Muntz Jets were built with a removable "Carson" top; no soft
top was offered. The Jet came with factory-installed seat belts and a
padded dash. Instrumentation included a fuel pressure and vacuum
pressure gauge, as well as a tach and speedometer. A GM Hydra-Matic
transmission was standard; a manual Borg-Warner unit with overdrive
was an option. The very last Muntz Jets had fiberglass fenders for
weight savings and a Lincoln overhead-valve V8. Muntz claimed that
he lost $1,000 on every Jet he built. Production ended in 1954 after
fewer than 400 units (estimates are in the 300 to 394 range) were built.
Three Muntz Jets have been reported sold at auction so far this year
The first was sold at Barrett-Jackson's January
event for $74,520, and the second sold at the Kruse/
eBay Spring Auburn sale for a reported $41,000.
The car pictured here sold for $52,000 at the
Barrett-Jackson Petersen Museum sale. The first
car was near-#1 while the latter two were in condition
#2-. Many Muntz Jets are non-restored cars
in #5 or #6 condition, and can be foundfor as little
as $4,000 or $5,000. At $40,000 to $50,000, Jets
are selling for about the cost of a full restoration.
If the values of decent cars stay strong, expect to
see more garage finds being restored That's the
way the market works.
The Muntz Road Jet is just a whimsical footnote in automobile history.
Orphan cars and limited-production cars are always a roll of the dice
when it comes to value and continuing collector interest. For many of a
certain age, Earl "Madman" Muntz represents a more innocent time and
place, and a part of a lost past, whether real or imagined For the new
owner of this car an SCM subscriber and concours organizer, a trip
down his personal memory lane behind the wheel of his Muntz is now his
for about the price of a Lincoln Navigator In our opinion, that's afair
price to pay to make a fantasy come to life.—Dave Kinney•
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_ American Cars For Sale
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56 CONVERTIBLE, pink, 33K orig mi,
new paint and chrome, ground-up started,
needs to be finished, 85% complete and extra
parts included, garage kept $18,500. Skip,
59 ELDORADO, convertible, 32k orig ml,
unrestored orig car, looks, drives excellent,
full power, buy the best, a must see correct
car $85,000. Memory Lane, 201-457-7900.
67 RS, fully restored, receipts, white/blk,
327/350, stick, hot motor, 1-owner since
1972, fast as new $14,900. PA Motor Sport,
68 CONVERTIBLE, matching #'s 327,
4-spd trans and tilt wheel and fold-down
rear seat, red w/white convertible top,
beautiful solid car, runs excellent $14,900.
69 SS RS pace car convertible, fantastic,
great documentation, original invoice, Protect-o-plate,
stunning white, orange stripe,
houndstooth, spoilers, orig 350/300 hp
engine, auto, recent full maintenance
$33,950. Fraser Dante, 770-641-8354. GA
55 BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE, original
colors, new paint, red and white, no lead,
no plastic, 265 auto, ps, pb, all stock, immaculate
condition $42,000. 208-6675168.
You Write, We Read,
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Dear SCM: I have a request that
the engine size/horsepower ratings
be provided. I read every auction
report, as well as every word in your
publication each month, and it frustrates
me to not know what I am
55 NOMAD, same owner 30+ years, restored
10 years ago, 350 4-spd, 12-bolt, a/
c, power disc on front, urethane blue met
bottom, pearl white top, orig blue/white
type interior, Corvette Rallyes, all chrome,
very drivable $35,000. 770-725-7701. GA
67 IMPALA SS, convertible, 327, auto, ps,
p top, AM-FM, bolero red, red int, #'s match,
74K mi, rust-free AL car, protect-o-plate, a
rare car $14,500. 508-644-2438. MA
55 pennant blue, tan top, tan seats and interior,
Ken Heckert paint, 3 owners since
'62, immaculate $52,500. 717-848-3300.
60 convertible, roman red, white coves, red
int, white soft top, 230 hp, auto, rare factory
electric top, Wonderbar radio, new
paint $49,500 OBO. Berliner Classic Motorcars,
62 original 53K mi 340 hp 4-spd car, red
w/white top and ww $55,000. 3 15-4464449.
63 spit window fuelie, #'s match, 327-260,
4-spd, knock-offs, white/blk, stainless exhaust,
strong car, very correct $42,500.
63 ROADSTER, 327, 4-spd, red/red, 40K
miles, 1-owner $35,950. 816-836-4500.
65 COUPE, 375 hp, fuel injected, original
drivetrain, very interesting history, beautiful
$79,900 call for info. 724-872-7943.
I know that most cars came with
a variety of motor/transmission options.
I would enjoy knowing
whether a Corvette had a 327/350
hp or a 427/435 hp as well as
whether it had an auto or 4 speed.
What do you think?—Bob Wright,
Robert, your suggestions are well
taken. In fact, in the eCarCentral/
SCM auction archives, we have slots
for all of that data. However, when
we recently tried to add shifter position,
engine size, horsepower, seats,
etc. to our printed auction reports,
we got many complaints that the
sheer amount of the data was destroying
the "reading quality" of the
Further, our auction reporters
often can't discern what the displacement/horsepower
of a car is,
unless it is clearly stated on the car
card (and even those can be hopelessly
But we'll push forward on this,
as the data is important.—ED.
Dear SCM: I have just read Mr.
Leventhal's article "Even Dealers
Get Stung" (May 2001, page 28)
about a Ferrari 308 that has a salvage
title. This whole article gave
the impression that buying any car
that has ever had a salvage title is
akin to catching the black plague.
My question is, if a car has been
properly repaired and cared for since
being returned to service, why should
the salvage title make a person run
from the physically good car of his
(or her) dreams?
67 ROADSTER, 427-435, 4-spd, #'s
match, factory side exhaust, black vinyl
hardtop, red leather and stinger, headrests,
posi, tinted glass, frame-off, impeccable
$76,000 OBO. 678-513-7511. GA
67 HEM! R/T CONVERTIBLE, 1 of 3
produced, 4-spd, buckets, 3.54 Dana, ps,
disc brakes, dark green, white top and interior,
museum quality restoration on 25K
miles car, certicard, documented $125,000
trades? 520-298-7989. AZ
41 CONVERTIBLE, older restoration,
silver blue w/red leather, radio, heater,
Columbia, Fenton headers on original flathead,
V8, runs and drives perfect, needs
nothing $31,000. 425-353-6543. WA
69 ELIMINATOR, 390, an original bright
yellow Eliminator, ps, disc brakes, blk int,
console, auto, total rotisserie restoration
$17,500. 570-639-5431. PA
59 98 2-DR HOLIDAY, coupe, hard to find
especially in this condition, magnificent
rust-free Southwest show car, beautiful in
every detail $18,950. 480-905-3707. AZ
64 98 CONVERTIBLE, cream w/exc orig
green leather int, white top, 394 V8, 66K
orig mi, a/c, tilt, pw, p seat, p top, runs exc
$10,400. 323-251-1100. CA
63 FURY, 2-door hardtop, red ext/int, solid
One reason salvage titles are issued
is because insurance companies
decide the cost to repair a car
is more than a certain percentage
of the value of a car. The one problem
with that theory is that the
values of cars change all the time.
For example: A person has full
coverage on a Lancia Scorpion (it
can happen!). The value on the car
is $3,200. The car gets lightly hit in
a parking lot, bending the driver's
fender, breaking the headlight bucket
and various bits of trim. The rarity
of the parts makes them costly.
Then you add the cost of the body
man and paint. The insurance company
says no, we won't fix it because
the cost to do so is more than
50% of the value of the car. They
then salvage the car and a Lancia
fanatic who has the parts lying
around his body shop buys the car at
auction for $200 (it can happen!).
Bam, instant salvage title. The repairs
are done by a qualified serviceman.
Does this make it a bad car
physically? No. But because an insurance
guy—probably not a car guy
anyway—decided not to fix it, the
rest of the world is led to believe
this car is now four cars spot-welded
together by some hack mechanic
in his back yard and is a danger to
society. This scenario works with
other cars at varying levels of costs.
So, with a salvage title, you get
to enjoy the car of your dreams for
thousands less, sometimes for half
the "collector" (market?) prices and
the car is just as good as any other.
And since you don't care what the
future resale value will be because
you bought it so cheap you can actually
drive and enjoy the car unlike
the odometer-watching collectors
(enthusiasts?). Of course if the value
does go up you still get those benefits,
but of course you won't get
full value. Good for the next guy
who wants to drive instead of watch.
—K. C., via e-mail
Dear SCM: I rely on you to be
impartial, but just because you happen
to like BMW M 1 s should not
mean you should ignore the signals
from the marketplace. You gave the
two M Is that did not sell at Amelia
Island (May SCM, page 42) condition
1 and 1- ratings and the bids
went to $75k and $60k respectively.
To me, that implies that the market
for Mls should be less than $60k but
your quarterly price guide (based on
condition 2+, you say) indicates
$75k-$90k. Furthermore, you said
the $75k car "should have brought
near the high estimate of $80k" and
stated in the $60k car comments that
"MI s are probably the most underappreciated
German supercar and
high bid reflected this situation."
These two comments seem to contradict
each other, especially since
they were both rated almost the same
condition.—Michael P, via e-mail
Michael, Mls will always have
a narrow market globally, and even
more narrow in the US, where owners
have to choose between EPA
legality (read that as "slow as a
slug") or often unregisterable,
unsmogged, fast as a scalded cat.
As the collector car market
tightens up, second tier cars like
the MI will suffer first. We still believe
that our $75k - $90k range is
correct, when proper cars are
placed in front of an appreciative
audience. However; those numbers
may be due for an adjustment in
the near future.—ED.•
The following photo should
have accompanied Lot #6, Elton
John's 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, on
page 46 of the August issue.
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USAppraisal. 703/759-9100. 25 years
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COLLECTOR CAR LEASING
Premier Financial Services. 203/267-
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Passport Transport. 800/325-4267, fax
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Personalized auto transport
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Centerline. 303/447-0239, fax 303/4470257.
Restoration and replacement parts,
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Huge computerized inventory of Alfa/Fiat/
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Route 29 North, PO Box 9036,
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2639 Goshen Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46808.
America's largest supply of badges and
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The DiFatta Brothers, LTD. 800/638-
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Re-Originals. 281/807-1945, fax 281/
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British Car magazine. 800/520-8292.
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advice. One year (six issues) is $22.95.
Repairs / Restorations / Race
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503/254-4012, 4815 NE 97th, Portland,
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AC Owner's Club Limited. 503/ 643-
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851-7866, fax 918/438-7866. 15300 E.
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546-2812. 741 W. Broadway, Glendale,
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Nastasi Racing Car Corp. 718/706-
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Michael Sheehan. 949/646-6086, fax949/
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Sports Leicht Restoration, Inc. Call
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Tony LaBella Classic Cars. 856/424-
1500. 280SLs exclusively. 20 plus 280
SLs in stock for sale in any price range from
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"star car" billing, condition disappointed.
Beatle provenance did not impress AMOC
members. As presented, probably not worth
more than $30,000.
#190-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I
Coupe. S/N DB6/4033/R. Dubonnet rosso
metallic/beige. RHD. PS, 5-speed manual ZF
gearbox. Apart from bubbling driver's side
Fl driver Innes Ireland. Early example of DBS
V8 with 5-speed manual shift. Last restored in
1987, but looking to be in need of a refurb. Poor
paint, brightwork and interior. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $11,280. External condition put punters
off—and what was it really like behind the
sills and inside the box sections? This was a
shame, as it did have manual gearshift and Innes
windshield pillar, good paint and brightwork.
Much sat-upon and cracked seat leather. Cond:
2. NOT SOLD AT $29,610. No bidder apparent.
That's one of the risks of having so
many of the same marque at a single auction.
Just how many DB6 buyers are there at any
#188A-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6
Mk II Coupe. S/N DB6MK2F1/4166/R. Peacock
Blue metallic/dark Peacock Blue. RHD.
Odo: 58,825 miles. Factory converted from
cosmetically restored in recent years. Fresh
mechanical overhaul. Okay-ish paint and
brightwork. Dull and used seats. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $17,625. Not bad looking, though
at $20,000, over-reserved.
#181-1973 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE
Coupe. S/N AM6063RA. British Racing
Green/tan. RHD. Odo: 82,999 miles.
Brico fuel injection to triple Webers. Stonechipped,
old, though still serviceable paint.
Chipped door edge. Original interior all sound.
Altogether tired looking, but mileage genuine.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,430. Honest old
thing. Liked Webers, but a shame about the
auto tranny. Buyer met reserve, which was what
it was worth.
#187-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk
H VANTAGE-SPEC Coupe. S/N DB6/MK2/
4201/R. Chichester Blue/beige. RHD.
#169-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8
Coupe. S/N DBSV8/10185/R. Jamaica Blue/
blue. RHD. Odo: 48,539 miles. Externally
brightwork. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$35,250. Great condition, with good history,
but over-reserved by owner Probably worth
the amount bid, and no more.
#192-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 S V
Coupe. S/N V8/11960/RCAS. Dark blue/magnolia.
RHD. Odo: 9,598 miles. Clean paint and
engine bay. Gobs of glue on rear window
comer. Original interior much sat-in. Harvey
Bailey handling kit. Bills total more than
$90,000. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,675. Well
sorted with impressive history file, it deservedly
made $3,000 over the top estimate.
#193-1982 ASTON MARTIN DBR4/250
Fl Racer. SiN DBR4/2. Unpainted. 1959
front-engined Aston Fl replicated in 1982.
Well-presented project. Much restored, but
almost totally dismantled. Cond: 4+. SOLD
AT $79,665. Nobody could have been sure what
this pile of goodies was really worth—hence
wide estimate ($85k-$110k). Buyer'5' underguide-price
bid plus premium established value.
#159-1982 ASTON MARTIN V8 Coupe.
S/N V8/SOR/12339. Buckingham Green metallic/beige
with green piping. RHD. Odo:
38,542 miles. Reasonably good paint chipped
Very average paint with bubbling beginning
to appear at bottom of windshield pillars.
Chrome poor. Grubby interior. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $12,323. Just under the hopedfor
minimum was accepted, which was
slightly more than enough.
#163-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE
Coupe. S/N V8V0R12047. Silver metallic/black.
RHD. Odo: 16,103 miles. Total
mileage 38,000. McAlpine family ownership
from new until 2000, and therefore likely to
have been pampered. Fresh, well-executed
paint with only very minor scratches to
96,232 miles. Webasto sunroof. Orange peel
paint, rubbed through by sunroof shutting.
Cracked, aged sealing rubbers. Cond: 2+.
NOT SOLD AT $28,200. At $45,000, overreserved
for condition. With 5-speed manual
ZF box, worth $32,000-ish.
#189-1970 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8
Coupe. S/N DBSV8/10005/R. Red/black.
RHD. Odo: 54,199 miles. First owned by late
and touched-in. Front fender chrome poor.
Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $32,430. Over-reserved
and unsold. Much less was probably
offered by someone with a paddle, then the always-eager
chandelier took up the cause.
#179-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA
4-SEATER Sports Sedan.
S/N SCFDL1S2ETR1336. Cumberland Gray/
green curtains. RHD. Odo: 25,000 miles.
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Automatic, A/C. Saudi royal provenance. All
original, but cosmetically generally disappointing.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,330. Nice
history, shame about condition. Actually worth
#182-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA
4-SEATER Sports Sedan.
SN SCFDL011546TR13. Cheltenham Beige/
parchment. RHD. Odo: 20,000 miles. Automatic.
SCFCV81C6HTL155. Dover White/burgundy
and cream hiding. LHD. Odo: 59,125 miles. Very
well repainted. Chipped and scuffed driver's side
rear fender. Good interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$40,538. Despite wedding hue, this Aston very
nearly raised a discounted showroom price.
#183-1989 ASTON MARTIN VOLANTE
Z Convertible. Body by Zagato.
S/N SCFCV81ZJTR3001. Porsche White/gray.
Gray top. RHD. Odo: 2,827 miles. All original,
Odo: 6,928 miles. Sony face-off stereo/CD system.
Direct from late King Hussein of
Jordan ownership. Nearly new paint, trim and
wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $102,930. Great
condition, great provenance, strong money
#185-1997 ASTON MARTIN DB7
First owned by Saudi prince. Obviously repainted,
including bumpers in black. Good service
history by works and leading specialist. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $23,836. Good cosmetic order
Correctly guide-priced and valued by buyer
#156-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE
Coupe. Body by Zagato. S/N 200017.
Javelin Gray/black. RHD. Odo: 10,916 miles.
very low mileage, still as new. Desirable 5-speed
manual shift. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $67,680.
Nice car in great condition. Color combo was
against it here.
#155-1990 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE
Coupe. S/N LBRO019. Salisbury Blue metallic/
magnolia with black piping. R1-[D. Odo: 20,000
miles. Good paint with only very minor stone
paint and interior. Non-factory alloys well
pitted. CD stack. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$70,359. About right, price-wise.
#154-1997 ASTON MARTIN DB7
Original paint, though bubbling on tail tips of
hood. Milky windshield comer. Still perfect
interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $95,175.
Auctioneer 's estimate, vendor 's expectations and
buyer 's value all coincided precisely
#158A-1988 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE
SCFCV81VTR15703. Red/tan with red piping.
RHD. Odo: 8,105 miles. Low mileage and
SCFAA3113VK2015. Cannock Black/magnolia
with charcoal piping. RHD. Odo: 43,266
miles. Scuffed driver's side near fender.
chips. Smart interior. Desirable 5-speed manual
shift. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $39,480. Wellenough
presented and with fully charted service
history at Works Service, as well as good marque
specialists. Surprisingly, insufficient amount was
bid. Several base-spec Vantages for sale now,
so probably $35,000 would be enough.
#176-1991 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE 63
Coupe. S/N SCFCAM1S9MBR501. Gray/
gray with burgundy piping. RHD. Odo: 8,195
Scratched trunk lip. Used-looking split rims.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $57,810. Not nice
enough to make the $67,500 required
#191-1998 ASTON MARTIN V8 Coupe.
still original. Slightly grubby front seats and
door trim. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $56,400.
Should have sold in a non-Aston sale for this
or perhaps a shade less. Probably too flashy
for tweedy purists here.
#167-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8
miles. Uprated to 6.3 specs by works in 1991
at cost of $92,355. 1993 interior retro-fitted.
Good paint with well touched-in chips. Very
wide and very polished split rims. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $74,237. If you were in the market
for a Virage coupe, then this expensively executed
steroidal version would be the one to
get. Required money was forthcoming.
#164-1993 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE
SCFDAM1C3PBR600. Dark blue/fawn. RHD.
S/N 79052. Buckingham Green/parchment with
green piping. RHD. Odo: 7,061 miles. Unmarked
and still like new. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD
AT $84,600. Deserved to sell—and for
$87,500—but did not.•
SCFAA4114VK2011. Grampian Green/forest
green. LHD. Odo: 48,575 kms. Excellent
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1947 Alfa Romeo 6C2500, Freccia d'Oro Sport
1957 Alfa Romeo 750 Giulietta Nonnale, restored, 5-speed
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Normale, needs finishing
1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spyder, white/red
1967 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce, red/black, driver
$85,000 1952 Jaguar Mark VII, 350 conversion
1969 Alfa Romeo G'fV, fully restored to club concours condition $17,500 1986 Jaguar XJ6, Cobalt Blue, restored
1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berline, driver
1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berline, Webers
1974 Alfa Romeo G'fV, driver
1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT, strong runner, complete
1966 Amphicar Amphibious Car, amphibious fun
1960 Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite, fully restored
1969 Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite, project
1963 Bentley Mil REID, a fine example
1957 BMW 502 Sedan, project
1998 BMW M3, Emerald Green, 5-speed
1937 Bugatti Type 57c, Atalante Decouvrable
1947 Cadillac convertible, black, restored
1967 Cadillac convertible, red/white, restored
1963 Chrysler Imperial Custom Southampton
1973 Citroen SM, 1 owner, 42,000 miles, green/black
1931 Delage D-8 S, Drophead, Lalique
1939 Delage D6 Drophead 3.0, Figoni & Falaschi
1936 Delahaye 135 Labourdette 3-position drophead
1951 Delahaye 135 Competition, original proper racecar
1954 Delahaye 235 Chapron, former Pebble Beach entrant
1952 DKW 1000SP, convertible, white, wired interior
2000 Dodge Viper GTS, red, only 300 miles
1961 Facel Vega Excellence, owned by Napoleon's offspring
1920 Hispano-Suiza 8-10 H.P. Tourer
1967 Is° Griffo, 327 Corvette proper engine, Borranis
1950 Jaguar Mark V, DHC, 3.4-liter
1959 Jaguar Mark I, recent partial restoration
$6,500 1961 Jaguar Mark II, custom cabriolet project
$15,750 1962 Jaguar Mark II, white, automatic transmission
$11,000 1962 Jaguar Mark 11, gold, 4-speed transmission
$2,500 1993 Jaguar XJ220, only 280 made, 200mph+, 900 miles
$4,750 1965 Lancia Flatnixda Super Sport Zagato, Series V
$5,500 1965 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe
$1,200 1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato, 1600cc
1955 Lincoln Capri 2-door hardtop, pastel pink, nice, original
1985 Maserati Bittuto, grey w/ tan leather interior
$3,500 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 d, Ivory/red, restored
$27,500 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SEb, nice driver
$5,750 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, gold/chocolate
$33,500 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL roadster, low original miles
$650,000 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL roadster, white, 2 tops
$57,500 1973 Mercedes-Benz roadster 1-off
$17,500 1937 MG-TA, driver
$5,750 1959 Moretti Tour du Monde Coupe, Ivory/burgundy, restored
$235,000 1989 Range Rover County, red/tan
$375,000 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, H.J. Mulliner Divided Limo
$115,000 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, burgundy/Biscuit
1972 Studebaker Avanti II, white/Charcoal
$125,000 1937 Talbot Lago 1-26 Record, Concours drophead
$8,000 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser,green/black, two owners
$78,000 1973 Volvo 1800ES Sportwagon, very nice
1938 Jensen Motorboat 38' Classic Cruiser
$28,500 "Meteor." Famous one-off fantailed mahogany cruiser by Jensen. Restored.
1947 Harco 40' Mahogany Pleasure Yacht
$11,500 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, red, 30,000 miles, racing equipped .. $25,000
Twin 440s. Cruises at 27 kts, Art Deco head turner. Expensive when new.
1955 Chriscraft 29', beautiful Mahogany speedboat
Twin Hercules 6-cylinder, small galley and head. Fascinating history.
1958 Richardson 41
Very nice boat, formerly of the Miller Brewing family, named "High Life"
1996 Sonic 31'
Fastest fishing boat in the world! Vessel in excellent condition, low hours.
1790 Louis XVI walnut armchairs - recently recaned,
fully documented, pair
1870 American cherrywood chamber pot. Excellent
1880 Restoration / Federalist Parisian chairs, pair
1890 Parson's couch - restored
1920 Canebacked lounge chairs, pair
The complete interior of Seattle's Austin Bell Building. A turn of the century
building for which the downtown neighborhood "Belltown" was named.
Doors, windows, baseboard, wainscotting, elaborate rails and balustrades, a
steam-powered elevator w/ cut gia5S, beams, treads and bricks.
Expensive, extensive, eclectic collection of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Californian,
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to recent releases. Inquire.
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Cigarette-style offshore racer, 85 mph. $20,000 in recent reciepts. Twin 454
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worth? This month on
eBay there were several
find out. A 1964 Texaco
credit card carried by
"The King" Elvis Presley did not receive the
required opening bid of $2,995, even though
the seller stated he had paid $5,800 for it at
a recent auction. It included a signed Texaco
booklet and several photos—just the thing
Heather Mozart needs to add to her extensive
collection of Elvis artifacts.
A signed copy of the book Pilote, Che
Gente by Enzo Ferrari failed to get a starting
bid of $1,500. The seller explained the
hoops he had to jump through to get
Enzo's signature on the book, but no one
seemed to care. A Tyre11 steering wheel
that was used and signed by 1997 Fl driver
Ukyo Katayama fell short of the required
opening bid of $1,490, although a signed
driver's suit used by Dale Earnhardt during
the 1996 season attracted 35 bids with
the final one—at $8,001—winning the
Somebody paid $68,500—over twice
retail—for the 1999 Suburban XLT that was
used by Tony Soprano during the first two
years of the well-known series. It was
signed on the passenger-side sun visor
by actor James Gandolfini (Tony in the
series). There were 115 bids for the $25,000
SUV so, in this case at least, someone valued
the signature of a "wise guy" at a fair
amount of change. When this same Suburban
crossed the block at the Barrett-Jackson
Petersen Museum event, it was a nosale
at $26,750. It appears that electronic
auctions are an efficient way to get top
dollar for certain "celebrity" items, as collectors
who might not be interested in
going to a normal collector car auction can
bid from their living rooms.
Yahoo!Auctions.com had a few interesting
cars crossing their hyperspace
block. A decent 1974 L-82 Corvette,
equipped with an automatic and a 350,
appeared to be a good buy as seven bids
pushed it on to a new owner at $7,000. A
visually repellent 1957 four-door Buick
Special "Street Rod," complete with pink
underbody neon, found a bidder who was
willing to spend $3,500, proving once again
that there is a seat for every ass. It was
claimed that the car turned heads, but
whether it was towards the car or away
from it wasn't specified.
Automotive-related signs in high-quality
condition continue to be in demand and
would be a safe bet that the bidding would
have gone well beyond $5,000.
not affected by the changing economic climate.
Large dealership signs that a few
years ago were impossible to get rid of are
emerging as hot property for collectors with
buildings large enough to display them.
GREYHOUND BUS SIGN. First
Bid: $25.00. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD
AT: $3,625. Date sold: 7/19/2001. In the
hierarchy of sign collecting, bus signs are
climbing to the top. Those with graphic
images of early buses command the most
attention and some of the most desirable
have sold for
is quite common,
does not take
away from its
the stated excellent
tion, this will be a great addition to the
new owner's "garage art" collection, and
it was acquired at a fair price.
PORCELAIN SIGN WITH RACE CAR.
First Bid: $25.00. Number ofbids: 13. SOLD
AT: $2,499. Date sold: 7/19/2001. There
was a time
did not receive
side of the pond. Signs from international
companies such as Mobil and Shell are,
however, coming into favor as the Internet
continues to develop the international
PORCELAIN SIGN. First
Bid: $1.00. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT:
$1,481. Date sold: 7/13/
2001. This is another
example of a European
sign that has eyecatching
international appeal. If
these graphics appeared
on a vintage Indian
or Harley sign, it
a unique hydraulic system that controls
the suspension, steering and brakes.
This manual-shift example was stated to
have covered only 48k miles but had required
a new motor, respray and upholstery,
so you might assume that it had
been ridden hard and put away wet.
Barrett-Jackson, at the Petersen, got
$10,260 for an automatic '73 that was in
EAGLE "Tete d'aigle" CAR MASCOT.
First Bid: $1.00. Number of bids: 18. SOLD
AT: $285.00. Date sold: 7/24/2001. This was
stated as being "rare"; however, since it is
one of the six reissued
Lalique mascots, it is as
difficult to find as placing
a call to the fine crystal
department at the
closest Nieman-Marcus. Even so, this was
a good buy as they list for about $400 in
the US; this price was closer to what would
be paid in France. An original R. Lalique
eagle sold at the Bonhams & Brooks Quail
Lodge auction last year for $2,550, so the
correct signature can make a ten-fold difference
THE SIXTH ANNUAL PEBBLE BEACH
SPORTS CAR RACE. First bid: $19.00.
Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $49.69. Date
sold: 7/18/2001. The SCCA sponsored a
road race through the pines of the famed
Del Monte forest
from 1950 to
1957, until a
forced the race
to move to the
APRIL 17, 193$
programs and other memorabilia from the
initial years are very collectible and this
ticket goes into the expanding collection
of the current Chairman of the Pebble
Beach Concours d'Elegance, who also
happens to be a long-time friend of SCM
CITROEN MASERATI. First Bid: $1,000.
Number of Bids: 34. SOLD AT: $7,200.
Date sold: 7/14/2001. Jay Leno, Lorne
Greene and Janet Jackson all own or
owned one of these Franco-Italian combinations.
They have a top end of 140
mph, cost about $10,000 new and feature
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1975 Land Rover SIII. 88", lightweight, block/black. RHD. Ex-MOD, 1957 BMW 507 Roadster, White with light tan leather. Budge wheels, hard
79k miles, 3.25-liter Perkins diesel. New canvas top. Very strong, very top. Correct numbers. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. 805-568-1934 or fax 805straight.
7-seater, tow package. S8,850. Atlanta. (770) 751-6735. (GA) 568-1533. (CA) (Sept)
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CHASSIS NO. 154151
SEPTEMBER 22, 2001
CATALOGS AND BIDDER REGISTRATION
RIKA deHAAS 800.211.4371 OR www.rmauctions.com
9300 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, SUITE 550, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212
TEL: 310.246.9880 FAX: 310.246.9744
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CONSIGNMENT & MARKET EVALUATIONS
BEVERLY HILLS SPECIALISTS:
ELLIOT GROSSMAN 619.857.7749 email@example.com
MIDWEST & EAST COAST SPECIALISTS:
SPORTS & RACING CAR SPECIALIST:
JACK C. BOXSTROM 613.476.9132 firstname.lastname@example.org
AT THE WALDORF
Photographs by Michaet Furman Photography
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