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VanDerBrink, Hustisford, WI, May 6, 2017

RM Sotheby’s, Cernobbio, ITA, May 27, 2017

Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 4, 2017

H&H Auctions, Epsom, Surrey, U.K., June 6, 2017

Leake, Tulsa, OK, June 9–11, 2017

Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, June 16–17, 2017

Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, June 17, 2017

Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, June 21–24, 2017

Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., June 24, 2017

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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends September 2017 . Volume 29 . Number 9 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman by Steve Ahlgrim ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso $1,598,789 / RM Sotheby’s 1968 Ford Escort Twin-Cam Competition Saloon $251,034 / Bonhams 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype $3,385,670 / RM Sotheby’s 84 86 88 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 199 Vehicles Rated at Nine Sales 104 108 122 134 150 164 176 GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 20 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 $2,257,114 / RM Sotheby’s 1928 Packard Custom Eight Model 4-43 Convertible $126,500 / Bonhams 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA $282,139 / RM Sotheby’s 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II $52,797 / Silverstone 92 186 94 96 98 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys and a look into the turbocharged future — Garrett Long RM SOTHEBY’S Cernobbio, ITA: Elegant Lake Como auction hits a 62% sales rate and a $28.4m total — Massimo Delbò BARRETT-JACKSON Uncasville, CT: Auction powerhouse sells $23.8m with a 97% sales rate — Adam Blumenthal BONHAMS Greenwich, CT: Bonhams heads home happy with a 91% sales rate and $7.2m total — Larry Trepel LEAKE Tulsa, OK: Leake celebrates 45 years in Tulsa, selling 356 cars for $8.2m — B. Mitchell Carlson H&H Epsom, Surrey, U.K.: 23 cars find new homes for a $2m total and 51% sales rate — Paul Hardiman VANDERBRINK Hustisford, WI: The Egelseer Collection returns with a 100% sales rate and $319k in sales — B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP Highlights from Mecum in Portland, OR; Silver in Coeur d’Alene, ID; and Brightwells in Bicester, U.K. — Chad Tyson, John Boyle, Paul Hardiman acebook and look for updates and offers! Cover photo: The 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale in Italy draws a crowd of onlookers; Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market


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76 A Candy-Colored Lineup of Nissan Figaros at Duncan Imports in Virginia COLUMNS 26 Shifting Gears We’re off to Monterey, and my collecting strategy is now cars that take me on new adventures Keith Martin 58 Affordable Classic The 1986–88 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 is more Ruth Buzzi than Cindy Crawford Mark Wigginton 62 Collecting Thoughts What does a globe-hopping supercar writer do after changing jobs? Climb under an MGB Nick Jaynes 64 Legal Files It’s common to find errors on car registrations, but those errors can cause a lot of trouble John Draneas 66 Unconventional Wisdom Modernizing the tires and brakes on a vintage car can eliminate what makes the drive special Donald Osborne 90 The Cumberford Perspective The 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante prototype is old-school ahead of the A-pillars, but the rear is very progressive Robert Cumberford 218 eWatch Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled” sells for $110,487,500. And you thought your Ferrari was worth big bucks Carl Bomstead FEATURES 70 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: A Fiat 1100 returns after 70 years — Massimo Delbò 72 2017 McPherson College CARS Show: Bill Warner, Tom Cotter and students celebrate all things automotive — Brett Hatfield 22 Sports Car Market 76 Japanese Car Treasure Trove: Duncan Imports is the place to go for lots of JDM choices — Brian Baker 78 SCM’s Miami to Monterey Trip: An update on SCM’s Bradley GT, ahem, adventure — Garrett Long DEPARTMENTS 34 Auction Calendar 34 Crossing the Block 38 Concours and Events: ACD Festival, Chantilly Concours, Oregon Festival of Cars, The Assembly Line Experience at the AACA Museum 44 Contributors: Get to know our writers 46 You Write, We Read: Volvo carbs, Draneas and concours damage, and a grammatical quibble 48 Display Advertisers Index 52 Time Pieces: Timex Diver Watch 52 Neat Stuff: Bentley Sounds and Automodello 1:24-scale 1937 Delage D8-120 S Aerodynamic Coupe by Pourtout 54 In Miniature: 1950–53 Aston Martin DB2 54 Speaking Volumes: The Art of the Classic Sports Car: Pace and Grace 106 Buy/Sell/Hold: Post-war custom-bodied cars, early 911s, and ’80s and ’90s Alfas 118 Fresh Meat: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S coupe, 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 coupe, 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV 128 On the Radar: 1992 Opel Astra F GSi, 1992 Ford Falcon GT, 1992 Renault Clio 16S 140 Glovebox Notes: 2017 Mazda CX-9, 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription sedan 172 Rising Sun: 1983 Honda City Turbo II “Bulldog,” 1981–85 Honda Motocompo, 1991 Honda Civic Si 204 Mystery Photo: “We tried taking him to that new car park, but all he wanted to do was bark at the bigger dogs” 204 Comments With Your Renewals: “Addicted. Renewing my prescription for three years” 206 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 210 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Don Petersen


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Your Mission in Monterey My reasons for collecting have changed in the past decade, and yours might have as well engines on four of them professionally rebuilt. They’ve all had their suspensions and brakes completely sorted. The Sprint Speciale I bought at Auctions America in Fort Lauderdale during March 2015 has yet to turn a wheel under its own power. It’s probably at least a year away from being a scruffy — but charming — driver. I’m not sure I’d undertake a refurbishment of this magnitude again. I am increasingly dubious about any car offered to me as “freshly rebuilt and ready to go,” unless I recognize the name of the car’s technician or shop. Further, a car that has not been driven a few thousand miles — preferably on a vintage car tour — has everything to prove to me. It’s one thing to make a car run, it’s another to make it behave like it did when it was new. As most of these cars are now over half-a-century Find the right car for the right road T he confetti cannons will belch their crumpled-paper payloads around 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. Best of Show for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have been crowned. And with that culmination of the week’s activities, hundreds of thousands of car fanatics will begin the trek home from Monterey Car Week. While our focus is on the transactions that take place that week, there is more than buy/sell going on. Between the auctions, concours, shows, and general get-togethers, Monterey Car Week has become a modern-day Woodstock for lovers of things with engines and wheels. More than 1,300 cars will cross the block. I predict a 60% sales rate, with 780 cars selling at an average price of $425k, for an overall total of $331,500,000. This represents the continuation of the gentle downward slide that began this market correction in 2015. Barring an unforeseen political or economic crisis of global proportions, the car market has entered a “steady as she goes” state, with minor price adjustments across the board. Demographically, the Baby Boomers still have more money to spend than any other group, and they are going to continue to play a major part of the market. However, there will be more selling than buying from this group, as many are tidying up their collections in preparation for passing them on to the next generation. Gen Xers and Millennials will continue to be a growing force in the market as their buying power increases. Their affinity for modern supercars and classics from the 1980s and 1990s will continue to bring focus to cars that a decade ago no one thought of as collectible. This includes nearly any late-model manual-shift Ferrari such as the 599, and the once-dismissed Lamborghini Countach and Diablo. What are you collecting? With so many cars on offer — and so many cross currents in the market — it’s reasonable to ask some fundamental questions about what cars you are thinking of buying, holding and/or selling. Most of my collecting has been experientially driven. “I’ve never owned one of those” was a primary justification for a purchase. During the past few years, that has led me, to among others, a BMW 633CSi, a Saab Sonett Mk III, a Mercedes 220S ponton, a Bugeye Sprite, a Dodge Viper coupe, a Volvo 1800S and a Citroën Mehari. Each offered a unique and interesting approach to motoring. There was no confus- ing being behind the wheel of the Sprite with accelerating in the Viper. But my reasons for collecting have changed in the past decade, and yours might have as well. I’ve come to face the reality that I don’t have unlimited time to buy and refurbish/ restore classic cars. I’ve also learned that every car I buy is going to need something major done to it if I want them to be reliable, usable machines. Of my six Alfas, I’ve had to have the 26 old, they have innumerable worn-out bits and pieces. Further, many have been subject to well-meaning, hamfisted, budget-driven mechanical restorations — and sub-standard cosmetic attention. What does this mean for your own shopping in Monterey? As you walk around the cars up for auction, I’m sure you can find a reason to justify buying any one or more of them. In the superheated atmosphere of Monterey Car Week, people are buying and selling cars on all sides of you. Why not raise your hand and join them? I would only suggest that you ask yourself this: What need or purpose will this car fulfill that is not currently being met? Are you looking for a car for the California Mille — something built in 1957 or earlier and that’s capable of cracking off 1,000 miles? Or do you want something to enter in regional concours? Perhaps a Pagani Huayra to drive to your local Cars & Coffee? A vintage Mini Cooper S for some of the European winter rallies? Value in use is my mantra. I only want to have cars in my modest collection that I can drive and enjoy. Any vintage car that can cruise reliably at 80 mph is fast enough for any event in the United States. Modern cars have the capability to maintain much higher speeds. But on public roads, just how much faster than that can you go — and for how far? There is only one mistake you can make in Monterey. That’s to buy a car that you really can’t use. I have bought cars because they were a “good deal,” and it has never worked out well. As the car starts to cost me money, as it inevitably will, I forget the great price I got — and start wondering why I have it in the first place. I end up resenting every penny I spend and can’t wait to get rid of it. If you are smitten with a car and have plans for it, then whatever it costs you is just part of the ownership experience. Even better, if the car becomes your entry into events that you haven’t been to before, then a new world of cars, people and roads becomes accessible. Let Monterey 2017 be your start for fresh experi- ences, and buy the best car you can that will get you to the starting line. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 at Bonhams in Beaulieu, U.K. Silverstone Where: Woodstock, U.K. When: September 2 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Last year: 44/67 cars sold / $4.7m Bonhams Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 2 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 88/112 cars sold / $3.9m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 • 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II • 1908/1910 Sheffield Simplex Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com. AUGUST 1–2—MURPHY Olympia, WA 3–5—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 5—VANDERBRINK Brillion, WI 5—COYS Juchen, DEU 10–12—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 16–19—MECUM Monterey, CA 17—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 17—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Monterey, CA 17–19—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 18—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 18–19—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 18–19—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 19—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 26—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 26–27—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 28—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 31–3—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 34 SEPTEMBER 2—SILVERSTONE Woodstock, U.K. 2—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 2—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 2–3—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 3—DRAGONE Salisbury, CT 6—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K. 6–9—MECUM Dallas, TX 8–10—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 9—RM SOTHEBY’S Maranello, ITA Sports Car Market 9—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS INC. Loveland, CO 9—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 10—BONHAMS Chantilly, FRA 16—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 16—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 21–23—MECUM Louisville, KY 27—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 30—SMITH Springfield, MO OCTOBER 2—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 2—MORPHY Denver, PA 5–6—RM SOTHEBY’S Hershey, PA 5–7—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 5–7—VICARI Biloxi, MS 6–7—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 7—SILVER Vancouver, WA 13–15—MOTORCLASSICA Melbourne, AUS 19–21—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 19—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 20–21—BRANSON Branson, MO 21—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 21—VANDERBRINK Lawton, OK 21—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 25—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 28—BARONS Esher, U.K. Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: September 2 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Featured cars: • 1914 Buick Model B-25 • 1928 Buick Master Six • 1898 Steam Runabout Silver Auctions Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 2–3 Web: www.silverauctions.com Dragone Auctions Where: Salisbury, CT When: September 3 Web: www.dragoneauctions.com RM Sotheby’s Where: London, U.K. When: September 6 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 65/86 cars sold / $29m Mecum Where: Dallas, TX When: September 6–9 Web: www.mecum.com


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1932 Packard Eight 902 at Mecum in Dallas, TX Last year: 740/1019 cars sold / $24.7m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1932 Packard Eight 902 • 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 • 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Electric Garage Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 8–10 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Maranello, ITA When: September 9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Specialty Auto Auctions INC Where: Loveland, CO When: September 9 Web: www.specialtyautoauction.com Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 9 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 62/86 cars sold / $16.3m Featured cars: • 1986 Ford RS 200 • Star Car: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I Works Rally • 1952 Bentley R-type Continental ex-George Filipinetti Bonhams Where: Chantilly, FRA When: September 10 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 17/27 / $10.3m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Competition re-creation • 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spider • 1966 Citroën DS21 Le Caddy Dan Kruse Classics Where: Austin, TX When: September 16 Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Last year: 83/178 cars sold / $2m Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: September 16 Web: www.barons-auctions.com Mecum Where: Louisville, KY When: September 21–23 Web: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1967 427/400 Chevrolet Corvette • 1969 Shelby GT500 • 1966 Pontiac GTO Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: September 27 Web: www.brightwells.com Smith Where: Springfield, MO When: September 30 Web: www.smithauctoinsllc.com ♦ Star Car: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I Works Rally at Bonhams, Chichester, U.K. 36 Star Car: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Competition re-creation at Bonhams in Chantilly, FRA Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 1–4 Lime Rock Historic Festival, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT; www.limerockhistorics.com 2 Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance, Surrey, British Columbia; www. crescentbeachconcours. com 8–10 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Malvern, PA; www.radnorconcours.com 8–10 Colorado Grand, Vail, CO; www.co1000. com A Full Week of Full Classics The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival gets rolling on August 27 and runs through September 4, with events including a swapmeet, the Parade of Classics, mini beer tents, car shows and a historic tour. There is something for everyone at this automotive festival for the entire family. For a full list of events, visit acdfestival.org (IN) Ferrari Le Mans Cars at Chantilly The Fourth Annual Chan- tilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is an elegant Sunday on a French country estate. Opening at 9 a.m. on September 10, the concours will feature 10 different classes, including The Bugatti 57 S, The Woodies, Pourtout, Pre-War Alfa Romeos with Special Coachwork, Post-War Alfa Romeos with Special Coachwork, four classes of open and closed Ferrari Le Mans cars, and The Great Musicians’ Cars. For more information, visit peterauto.peter. fr (FR) 16–17 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Kemble, Ontario, CAN; www.cobblebeachconcours.com 16–17 Dayton Concours d’Elegance, Dayton, OH; www.daytonconcours.com 23 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Murphys, CA; www.ironstonefoundation. org Atlanta Elegance The theme of this year’s Best-of-Show Cars at St. Michaels The 11th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance brings Pre- War European and American Coachbuilt Cars, and 1946–73 Sports Cars to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD, on September 24. This year’s event also features a Best in Show Class of previous St. Michaels winners and cars that have won major concours. General admission is $50. www.smcde.org (MD) The Assembly Line Experience at AACA Learn how the assembly line changed car production while building a model car at the AACA Museum near Hershey, PA. The new “The Assembly Line Experience” is located in the Main Gallery, just past the “Early 1900s” exhibit. Other exhibits open this summer include “Garage Finds: MUSEUM SPOTLIGHT 38 Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time,” “Camaro & Firebird 50th Anniversary” and “Detroit Underdogs.” For more information, visit www.aacamuseum.org. (PA) Sports Car Market Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is “Shifting Through Time ... Journey of the Automobile.” It will be held on September 30 and October 1 at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Georgia. Meet the owners and col- lectors of fine vintage vehicles and enjoy a glass of wine from the estate’s award-winning vineyards. Publisher Martin will host a seminar and is head judge. www.atlantaconcours.org (GA)


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Garrett Long garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Data Specialist Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE, SCM Contributor, is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rallies as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.” Turn to p. 98 for his Next Gen Profile of a 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 and to p. 128 for his On the Radar column. 44 PAUL HARDIMAN, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascina- tion in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in. His English Profile of a 1968 Ford Escort Twin-Cam Competition Saloon is on p. 86. B. MITCHELL CARLSON, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, wrote his first auction report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed his colorful commentary to Sports Car Market since 1998. His work appears regularly in Kelley Blue Book, and also in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity,” which basically means Corvairs, Packard Eights, BMW 2800s, and a Whizzer motorbike. He attends about two dozen auctions a year. Check out his coverage of Leake’s sale in Tulsa, OK, on p. 150, and VanDerBrink’s Wisconsin auction on p. 176.


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Changing Volvo Carbs To the Editor: In his entertaining profile of the Volvo Amazon (August 2017, Etceterini Profile, p. 70), Cameron Lovre writes, “The current (Dell’Orto DHLA side-draft) carburetion setup is probably more readily serviced that a pair of less-common (DDH) Solexes would be, but one wonders why the car is no longer fitted with the correct intake manifolds.” The answer is simple; they’re not interchangeable. You can directly swap Dell’Orto DHLAs and Weber DCOEs. But the Solex DDH has a narrower barrel spacing. So fitting Dell’Ortos in place of the Solexes requires changing the intake manifold. — Edward Levin, via email Cameron Lovre replies: Hi, Edward. Thanks very much for your feedback on the article. I am very surprised to hear that the DCOE and DHLA carbs won’t interchange with the Solex — this is the conventional wisdom I’ve been following for years, based on examples and knowledge (perhaps misguided) of others more experienced than myself. I have 45 DCOEs on my own Volvo, mounted to VSA manifolds, and have seen a number of other B18- and B20-powered Volvos with the same combination of parts. I’ve never heard of anyone having to modify or adapt either the carbs or the manifolds beyond bolting them together — including friends who have made similar swaps on BMWs. It’s hard to imagine that we’ve all been running fuel systems that don’t match up, but I’ve certainly made mistakes before. I’ve asked around with the hope that I might learn more about this —so far, none of the Volvo enthusiasts I’ve spoken with knows of any fitment issues. I’m away from home on vaca- tion until the end of July but will certainly be pulling my carbs and manifolds from my own car so that I can get a better look at how well they do — or don’t — fit together. I’ve also just picked up a set of the original Solexes with manifolds and will be eager to compare these to the DCOEs. 46 You can directly swap Dell’Orto DHLAs and Weber DCOEs. But the Solex DDH has a narrower barrel spacing I’m very interested in learn- ing more. Thanks again for your comments. Edward Levin replies: Until about a dozen years ago, when it came to side-draft carbs, I was familiar with Weber DCOEs and Dell’Orto DHLAs — but far less familiar with Solex. That changed when I got involved with Lancia Fulvias. Notwithstanding the excellent Italian carb choices, nearly all Fulvias were delivered with a pair of Solex side-drafts — 35 PHH for the 1300 engines and 42 DDHF for the 1600 engines. Not surprisingly, given their easier tuning properties, any number of owners have changed to DCOEs or DHLAs (my 1600 came to me on 40 DCOEs). So the interchangeability — or lack thereof — issue is one that most Fulvia owners are aware of. Swapping to DCOE or DHLA requires a different manifold or, more commonly these days, a manifold adapter because of the narrower barrel spacing of the PHH and DDHF. This is a particular issue for Fulvias because of the design of the intake manifold. Lancia has a long history of engineering integrated systems, and the Fulvia manifold is no exception. It’s a single casting for all four intake ports, and it has integrated water ports. Between 1-2 and 3-4, water flows from the radiator into the engine through the head by way of two intake manifold ports (and Lancia being Lancia, the 1-2 port is smaller than the 3-4 port to equalize flow). So a special DCOE/DHLA manifold must also have these water ports and connections, making its replacement a bigger deal than would otherwise be the case. This is why adapters that bolt onto the carb end of the manifold are a more common solution for a DCOE/DHLA swap. In fact, in period, the hot 1300 street setup involved aftermarket Dell’Orto 35 DHLB — a special DHLA variant with narrower barrel spacing, designed especially to be directly bolted on in place of the PHH, using the standard Fulvia intake manifold. Because they’re a straight swap (and because they’re now rare), pairs of 35 DHLBs now change hands for about $800 — when they can be found at all. When the 1600 Fulvia was introduced in 1969, the street engines ran 42 DDHFs, but the competition engines (known as “Variante 1016”) ran 45 DDHFs, which were 42s that had been bored out, with a “5” handstamped over the “2.”During the 1970 season, Lancia began to experiment with DCOEs and introduced what everyone now calls the “Group 4 manifold” to accommodate the wider Weber barrel spacing. After the end of the 1971 season, the Works team changed over to 45/48 DCOE or 45/48 DHLA, as these had proven to offer better performance and were easier to tune. My old Works engine was sold to a U.S. privateer team to run Sebring in 1970, and — remarkably — its 45 DDHFs remained with it through a subsequent 25 years of club/ historic racing. But if not for wanting to maintain the historic integrity of my Works engine, I’d be running 40 DCOEs. As I mentioned before, my car’s original 1600 engine came to Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Academy of Art University .......................................... 56 Aerovault ....................................................................163 AIG PC Global Services, Inc .....................................173 Alan Taylor Company, Inc .........................................145 Alfa9 Supply ...............................................................129 Antique Hubcap Collection ........................................123 Art In Motion Concours d’Elegance ..........................179 Artcurial ........................................................................ 41 Aston Martin of New England ..................................... 63 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ...............................73, 200 Auctions America ......................................................... 45 Auto Kennel ................................................................195 Autodromo ..................................................................109 Automotive Restorations Inc.............................. 114, 129 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................183 Autosport Groups .......................................................159 Barrett-Jackson .....................................................35, 173 Bennett Law Office ....................................................178 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................191 Big Sky Classics .........................................................149 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ...............................165 Boca Raton Concours ................................................... 12 Bonhams / UK ........................................................14–15 Branson Collector Car Auction .................................... 43 Canepa ........................................................................199 Carnut Images .............................................................160 Carriage House Motor Cars ...................................18–19 Cars, Inc. .................................................................53, 55 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................188 Central Classic Cars ...................................................170 Charles Prince Classic Cars........................................137 Chequered Flag International .....................................191 Classic Investments ................................................32–33 Classic Showcase................................................100–101 CMC Classical Model Cars ........................................183 Coker Tire ..................................................................... 60 Collector Studio ..........................................................132 Copley Motorcars .......................................................121 Cosdel ........................................................................... 10 Cypress Point Mgmt Corp ............................................ 75 D. 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George Coachworks ..........................................169 Danville Concours d’ Elegance ...................................... 6 Dobson Motorsport.....................................................140 Don Mackey ...............................................................131 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................... 50 Driversource Houston LLC ....................................24–25 Duncan Imports & Classic Cars ................................... 81 European Collectibles.................................................171 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ......................................... 39 Exotic Classics ............................................................141 Fantasy Junction ......................................................... 115 Farland Classic Restoration ........................................135 Ferrari Financial Services ...........................................195 Foreign Cars Italia ......................................................155 Formula Selected Inc. .............................................30–31 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................202 Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas ..................................... 112 Girardo & Co ................................................................ 37 Gooding & Company .................................................2–3 Greensboro Auto Auction ............................................. 57 Grundy Insurance ......................................................... 91 GT Motor Cars LLC ...................................................203 Gullwing Group ..........................................................184 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .........................................197 Hamann Classic Cars ................................................... 79 Handal Plastic Surgery ................................................. 23 Heritage Classics ........................................................139 High Mountain Classics .............................................138 Hilton Head Island Concours ..................................... 113 Holt Motorsports Inc ..................................................174 HV3DWorks llc ..........................................................187 Hyman, LTD ...............................................................147 Ideal Classic Cars ...................................................28–29 Intercity Lines ............................................................... 65 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance .................................143 JC Taylor .....................................................................161 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................207 Kevin Kay Restorations .............................................125 Kidston .......................................................................... 21 Kinekt .........................................................................182 Kurt Tanner Motorcars ...............................................184 L’ art et L’ automobile .................................................193 LBI Limited ................................................................197 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................202 Lory Lockwood ..........................................................167 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...................................... 80 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ....................................................168 McCollister’s Auto Transport ....................................... 67 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .................................... 47 Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH ...............................126 Mershon’s World Of Cars...........................................201 Metron Garage ............................................................127 Milestone Motorcars LLC ..........................................201 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ......................................174 Mitchell A. 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Risk Management ...........................................173 The Creative Workshop ................................................ 59 The Cultivated Collector ............................................219 The Finish Line ............................................................. 40 The Stable, Ltd. ...........................................................111 The Werk Shop ...........................................................120 Tom Miller Sports Cars ..............................................162 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..........................................185 Turtle Garage ................................................................ 49 Vintage Car Law .........................................................132 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................146 Vintage Rallies ............................................................181 Vintage Underground LLC.........................................193 Watchworks ................................................................208 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................189 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................149 West Coast Shipping...................................................177 White Post Restorations .............................................162 Worldwide Group ...................................................4–5, 7 You Write We Read Ad Index 48 It should have read: ‘Best of Show winner 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, formerly owned by Howard Hughes, with its owner Guy Lewis’ me with 40 DCOEs on a “Gp 4” manifold. So this is an issue with which I’ve become personally familiar. Please understand, however, that my experience with Solex is limited to the PHH and DDHF side-drafts; I know next to nothing about Solex applications for Volvos or Alfas or Mercedes — or any of the other cars that use them. So it’s entirely possible that there may be other Solex models that use the standard DCOE/DHLA barrel spacing. But when you mentioned in your article that the original Volvo competition carbs were Solex DDH, the answer to your manifold mystery seemed apparent. With apologies for the long-winded response, and my regards. Concours Damage, Paint and Insurance To the Editor: I just finished reading John Draneas’ article “Damaged at the Concours” (“Legal Files,” August 2017, p. 50), and as usual, thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I have one question to ask that I think is very important regarding the incident Draneas wrote about in the article. In the article, Draneas states that this Alfa was original down to the paint. This car was a true survivor. As is often quoted, “A car is only original once!” This Alfa is no longer original. In a day where the market puts a premium on non-restored cars, did this Alfa not just lose significant value by being forced to lose its original paint? Is there not a case for dimin- ished value here? And would Chubb have been so gracious and accommodating if such a claim had been made? I think this is a very impor- tant question. I know insurance companies NEVER want to talk about diminished value. So if you want to get them mad, which could result in you being bounced, this would be the claim to make. And does making such a claim get you blackballed with other carriers? I hope that you will do a follow up to “Damaged at the Concours” and address this issue which apparently the owner of the Alfa did not want to address — or was afraid to. — Glen Getchell, via email Archie Urciuoli and SCM Grammar To the Editor: I am a longtime subscriber and HUGE fan of SCM, and I am taking my longevity and enthu- siasm as license to rewrite the photo caption of Bill Rothermel’s excellent article on the Pinehurst Concours (August 2017, p. 56). It should have read: “Best of Show winner 1925 RollsRoyce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, formerly owned by Howard Hughes, with its owner Guy Lewis.” I am confident that Mr. Lewis would agree that the cars are the stars, and we are merely their serial caretakers. Best regards — Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Archie, thanks for your note — and thanks for being SCM’s supporter and fan over many years. That said, I’ve been a profes- sional journalist for more than 25 years now, and we work hard to avoid confusing tangles of words. Yes, cars are indeed the stars in this world, but humans give the cars meaning — and care for them. The photo was as much about Mr. Lewis as it was about his wonderful car. And, by all accounts, it was a day of days for Mr. Lewis. So, in that light, I’m happy to place Guy Lewis’ name before his car. Again, thanks for you note — and thoughtful reading of the magazine. ♦ Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg When it comes to time pieces, I find The Timex Diver Watch joy in a broad array of genres — even the watches from the modestly priced brands. For me, it is more about overall uniqueness and condition of the object than value or notoriety. Some of these watches were sold at drug stores and department stores. Many of these watches were known as “dollar watches,” as many were sold for a dollar. As jobs during the Industrial Revolution were mostly located in larger cities and towns, knowing the correct time was increasingly important to the masses, who had to arrive at work on time. Timex, originally known as the United States Time Corporation, was a scion of the Waterbury Clock Company, founded in 1854 outside of Waterbury, CT. Waterbury made a wide range of fine and modest clocks. Eventually, the company branched off into watch production. This production was under the Timex name — and also under the names of subsidiaries such as New England Watch Company and Ingersoll. In 1930, Ingersoll made the first Mickey Mouse watches. During World War II, Waterbury made fuses for the military. In 1944, with the war almost over, the board of directors positioned themselves to take advantage of the boom of post-war consumerism. By the 1960s, Timex sold one Details Production date: 1968 Best place to wear one: In a room full of serious watch snobs who will find it fascinating — and highly distasteful Expect to pay: $50 to $100 Ratings ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: out of every three watches purchased in the United States. Their success was partially due to the low cost of the prod- uct, a sturdy reliability that was gained by a patented alloy known as “Armalloy” (which replaced the fragile and expensive jewels that acted as bearings for the mechanism’s gear train) — and the catchphrase from John Cameron Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering A Model Pebble Beach Winner Ever dream about owning a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show car? Automodello’s new 1:24-scale resin 1937 Delage D8-120 S Aerodynamic Coupe by Pourtout is the best way to get there without spending a million bucks — or much more. This model is based on the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours A Wireless Bit of Bentley Naim Audio, known for premium audio systems, has joined forces with Bentley for an all-new range of wireless home speakers. The Naim for Bentley Mu-so and the smaller Mu-so Qb combine Bentley design with Naim sound quality, giving rich and powerful sound in addition to looking — and feeling — like units deserving of the Bentley name. These units are big on power — the Mu-so pushes 450 watts, while the Mu-so Qb runs 300 watts. Each can stream from UPnP, Airplay, and Bluetooth, and they are controlled by the Naim for Bentley iOS or Android app. Priced at $1,694 for the Mu-so and $1,108 for the Mu-so Qb. Get them at your local Bentley retailer, or at www.bentleycollection.com. 52 d’Elegance Best of Show car. Sam and Emily Mann, along with Alfredo Brener, showed the car and won it all. Production is limited to 249 models in silver and just 24 models in Homage Black. The silver model is $299.95 and the Homage Black model is $449.95. Find these models — and many others — at www.diecasm.com. ♦ Swayze: “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” The contract with Walt Disney to produce character watches saved the company from bankruptcy in 1930. Although the Disney watches were intended for children, they attracted a much wider demographic and have become highly collectible now. Our featured Timex Diver watch has many characteristics that could make it attractive to watch enthusiasts of today. There is no question that the design- ers in the mid-1960s took their styling cues from more-expensive and famous watches. The format of the bezel is a direct copy of the Rolex Submariner bezel that was introduced around 1953. The shape of the hands is reminiscent of Omega and Rolex historic models, and the hour indices, which are shaped a little like home plate, are quite similar to ones found on watches from the Tudor Watch Company (a lower-cost alternative owned by Rolex). The similarities in outward appearance are, as they say, only skin (diver) deep. The qualitative differences are vast. First, the 600-foot rating beneath the word “Waterproof” is op- timistic at best. The manual-wind movement, although proven reliable and durable, has no jewels, no shock resistance and is equipped with what is known as a pin-lever escapement. Yet given the shortcomings of the watch and others of its ilk, there is growing interest in vintage diver watches. Collecting watches at this level is easier because the price point is much more affordable. Many of these watches sell for $100 or less. I reached out to a specialist who, after retiring from a career with Timex, now restores old Timex watches for customers all over the world. According to him, most watchmakers shy away from even trying to service this kind of watch, as they think they are disposable. In reality, these watches can be maintained. This discovery is fortunate news for the collectors of valu- able character watches, such as the Mickey Mouse, as Timex and Ingersoll made hundreds of thousands of them. Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1950–53 Aston Martin DB2 I am an Aston Martin enthusiast, and I bought this Tecnomodel version for the following reasons: Overall it looked nice — the hell with accuracy. I’m doubtful that any other DB2 model will ever be made in 1:18 — or larger — scale. This is a true limited-edition model, and the price was low enough to justify the purchase — sort of. Tecnomodel continues to produce a good selection of various non-mainstream 1:18scale models, which is great for many collectors. They are also one of the few model manufacturers that actually produce truly limited-edition models. Regular readers of my column know what I mean. There are four colors to choose from. The overall fit and finish is near perfect, and the Model Details Production date: 2016 Quantity: 325 total produced in these versions: Light Metallic Green, 100; British Racing Green, 75; Light Metallic Blue, 75; Silver, 75 Web: www.tecnomodelcar.com SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Overall value: Authenticity: ( is best) paint is close to top level, except for orange peel on the sides. The body shape is pretty good, but if you re- ally sit down with it, you will start to see all the subtle areas that are not quite right. Then when looking further at various details all around — inside and out — you’ll see that this model is really more of an artist’s promotional rendering. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton The Art of the Classic Sports Car: Pace and Grace by Stuart Codling, photography by James Mann and Alan Darr, 160 pages, Motorbooks, $31.35 (Amazon) There was lots of talk about Peak Oil a few years ago, with prognosticators able to see the last drop of oil in the pipeline, the end of life as we know it, death of civilization — and maybe even the end of In-N-Out. Sometimes I think I’m living at the time of Peak Auto Porn. Week after week, month after month, the SCM Library Slush Pile gets a little more choked with coffee-table books full of spectacular studio images of classic cars. Author Stuart Codling, with pho- tographer James Mann, has created a mini-industry of his own in the Auto Porn space, with previous looks at Supercars, Lamborghini Supercars, Le Mans Race Cars and F1 cars, as well as a book on the Klemantaski Collection (a favorite of mine). The Art of the Classic Sports Car looks at a short list of important sports cars in four categories: Classic Roadsters, GTs, Sporting Coupes and Race Bred sports cars. This is Codling’s way of sorting the various configurations that define the kinds of driving tools you would use on a sunny afternoon. Each profile starts with basic specs. Then there is a short, witty history of the car’s lead-up and eventual demise. And along the way, Mann’s quite handsome images give you plenty of reasons to linger on every page. It’s a rogue’s gallery of (mostly) familiar models, from the AC Ace to the Porsche 356, the Datsun 240Z to the Toyota 2000GT, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale to the Fiat Dino. Even the Marcos 3-Liter GT makes the cut. Each and every one makes a readable chapter. 54 Maybe this book is an example of the end of my notion of Peak Auto Porn, the way fracking turned the notion of Peak Oil on its head. After all, as long as there are great cars to stare at and great text to make you a bit smarter, there will be willing buyers. And that’s a good thing. Provenance: Well organized, and while the text is minimal, it’s packed with data for every car. Fit and finish: Beautifully printed, with a simple text treatment, The Art of the Classic Sports Car is up to the usual Motorbooks standard. One of the particular joys of this book is not just Mann’s photography, but also the cars chosen to be photographed. They aren’t, for the most part, concours trailer queens. Instead they show real use, real patina, with the grit in a wheel here, failing chrome there. The cars feel more real this way. Drivability: Stuart Codling and James Mann are solid professionals, and it shows on every page. Codling has a lovely turn of phrase, Mann a sharp eye for lighting and detail. Together they have created a book — another damned coffee-table book — which I wanted to hate before I opened the plastic wrapping. In a matter of moments I was regretting my growing impatience with a genre while enjoying myself immensely as I turned every page. ♦ Sports Car Market The biggest flaw is with the wheels and tires. Although the wheels have photoetched spokes, they are the wrong deep-dish style, with tires that are too low in profile with flat sides. These models are reasonably priced in the range of $250 to $280. The best place to find one is on eBay. ♦


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Affordable Classic 1986–88 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Not Quite “Magnum, P.I.” Grade Some Ferrari folks hate the Mondial; some think it’s the biggest bargain in the world of the Prancing Horse by Mark Wigginton 1988 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 cabriolet, sold by Bonhams in June for $24,750 Y ou look in the mirror one morning and instead of your own bleary eyes and grim, pre-work mug, you see Tom Selleck. It’s not the grizzled old Tom — it’s the dashing young Tom of “Magnum, P.I.,” as he casually vaults into that Ferrari. Owning one of those would change everything, you think. You think you could afford one of those. “One of those” is a 1984 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, and a few clicks in the SCM Platinum Auction Database tells you that ain’t happening for many of us. A hundred large for a decent example is a bit out of your price range. (A 308 GTS actually used in the show recently crossed the block at Bonhams’ 2017 Scottsdale Auction for $181,500, including premium.) But wait, the Mondial from the exact same era can be had for a quarter of the price of a 308, and it was almost the same car, wasn’t it? Yeah, much like Cindy Crawford and Ruth Buzzi were almost the same, you can hear your Ferrari friends say. Since we are now in Affordable Classic Land, let’s set aside the sneers for a moment. It takes a strong constitution to walk to a different drummer, even if it’s because your checkbook doesn’t allow you to keep the big-kid cadence. Instead, let’s look dispassionately at the Mondial. Specifically, let’s look at the 1985–88 Mondial 3.2. As the Mondial turns and runs When Selleck jumped into his 308, it was nearing the end of a pro- duction run that started in 1975. The replacement was the 328, starting in 1985. Introduced way back in 1980, the Mondial started out as the coupe version of the 308, and it was based on the mechanicals from the 308. That is, until the 308 and Mondial mechanicals and the bright red envelope were updated. The 1985–88 328 and Mondial sport a more modern look and a torquey V8. The 328 and Mondial 3.2 have a lot in common. First and foremost, they use the same motor and tranny, in much the same chassis. The naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V8 puts out 270 horsepower, which is an important change, as the earlier cars lacked propulsive excitement. 58 The new V8 solved that problem with more horsepower and added tons of torque, giving both cars a reputation as among the most easy-todrive models from Ferrari. You can drive all day in second gear, if that’s your pleasure. Or you can row through the gated shifter like a madman if that floats your boat. Wait, the Mondial is heavier… Make no mistake, the Mondial needed the horsepower boost. The wheelbase is a foot longer than the 308, and the Mondial was a groaning, lumpish 3,400 pounds, about 300 more than the 308. With the new V8 aboard, the 1985–88 Mondial still isn’t what you would call fast. At the car’s introduction, stopwatches got quarter-mile times of just a tick under 15 seconds at 96 mph. On the other hand, that was quick in the day, as a Porsche 928 from the same year — with much the same leather-clad 2+2/V8 coupe configuration — was only a couple of tenths quicker. Yes, there is a back seat, kinda. That foot Ferrari added to the wheel- base went to the second row of seats, which is about two feet short of the actual need. Realistically, it’s a package shelf — or a United Airlines economy “seat.” As it is a mid-engine car, there Details Years produced: 1985–88 Current price range: $25,000 to $40,000 Pros: Cheapest Ferrari on the block, easy to drive and not TOO dear to maintain. Cons: A long unloved model (not necessarily for good reasons) can mean buying a car with lots of deferred maintenance if you aren’t careful, and your Ferrari gang might turn up their noses at you. Best place to drive one: On long, fast sweepers on the edge of town as you head back to the diner to be seen. Worst place to drive one: Don’t drive this in the snow, even a hint of snow, even the memory of snow. Remember, Thomas Magnum never drove his 328 in the snow. is plenty of space for your luggage in front and rear compartments — you know I’m kidding, right? The front cargo area is full of spares and odd bits that didn’t quite make the initial design envelope, and the rear is a perfect place to put your bespoke overnight bag after practicing your “tightly rolled clothes” packing skills. But that big, dreamy guy in the mirror — yeah, you —doesn’t want to think about sticky kids and big luggage. You’ve got a minivan for that already. What’s the Mondial 3.2 like to drive? Sports Car Market


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The front seat on a roller coaster First, there’s plenty of room inside, up front. And the seating is well forward. Adjust everything right and you won’t even see the hood or front of the car. It’s like the front seat on a roller coaster. Since your feet are about level with the front wheels, the pedals are offset toward the center of the car, which is slightly awkward, but not a deal breaker. Lots of lovely leather and a lot of plastic switches fill the rest of the cabin, it being the 1980s. That decade was about emissions, so the 328 GTB, the 328 GTS and Mondial 3.2 had the mechanical Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Fuel mileage is well below 20 miles per gallon, but you aren’t looking for a freakin’ Prius to add to the garage. Gear selection for the 5-speed manual transmission is through a lovely gated shifter, but don’t plan on getting into second until you have driven for the 10 minutes or so it takes to get the goo in the gearbox to warm up. Thankfully, third gear and gobs of torque solve most of your commuting problems. So, at bottom, the Mondial is one of the easiest Ferraris to drive ever, with plenty of power for passing, easy to keep in a straight line on good surfaces, good handling on the twisty bits, and other than a big honkin’ blind spot, it has great visibility. Yes, there are issues Rubbing your hands in anticipation, are you? Take a deep breath, Sparky. There are issues. First, it’s that danged Ferrari badge. That means special Elves — from a special place in Italy — made everything on the car. The Elves are quite proud of the parts they produce, so don’t expect to find them inexpensively when you need them. And need them you will. The biggest expense will be your “major service,” which in this case means timing belts, about every five years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Ready for a thrill at Six Flags Over Maranello? This service sets you back $5,000 or more. And since this is a 1980s Ferrari, you can expect electrical issues, unless the previous owner has already replaced the fuse box, where most of the gremlins lived. If not, there’s a couple of grand. Those tires will cost $500 a corner as well. If you get a great deal on a Mondial 3.2, somewhere in the $25k–$30k range, and if you didn’t get a thorough pre-purchase inspection, you could be looking at spending nearly that much again to get things right. We at SCM World Headquarters call this the Keith Martin Protocol. A bargain or a fright pig? Some Ferrari folks hate the Mondial; some think it’s the biggest bargain in the world of the Prancing Horse. The market at this point is undecided. There were about 1,800 Mondial 3.2s made from 1985 to ’88, pretty evenly divided between coupe and cabriolet. Auction results show that the coupe is a little bit more in demand. Both models typically sell in the low $30k range and up. The 328 GTS of the period can fetch almost three times that — but it must be almost perfect. In other words, cool costs money. How cool are you? You may be Mondial cool. Take another look in the mirror. ♦ September 2017 59


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Collecting Thoughts Driven Toward the Classics The Millennial and the MG The joy of having a fun car to worry about beats traveling the world to lash supercars — at least most of the time by Nick Jaynes N ine months ago, I was throttling the Aston Martin DB11 through the hills of Tuscany, Italy. On that trip, I sipped wine with Aston’s lead engineers and ate pasta across the table from CEO Andy Palmer. Life was good. Right now, my head is resting in a pool of brake fluid underneath an MGB. Staring up at the leaking wheel cylinder from the garage floor of my Detroit-area home, I have to wonder if I made a mistake. You see, I recently gave up the life of an auto reviewer — gallivanting around the globe in order to “evaluate” the world’s finest cars — and traded it in for a more stable corporate job, complete with cubicle and new-car lease. Hanging up my figurative press hat and the jet-set life that accompanied it at the age of 30 wasn’t easy. But I had grown tired of finding new and clever ways to compliment quarter-million-dollar cars for readers who could never afford them. So when a job offer came in that would take me off the road and onto a new career track, I jumped at it. Six months in, I don’t miss the non-stop traveling or the supercar word-jumble rigmarole. Recently, though, I found myself yearning for automotive adventure and the promise of the open road. What’s more, I missed driving something special. The fix Having worked as a mechanic during college, I had the opportunity to own and wrench on several classic (to me) cars. Aside from a couple Chevys, I stuck to Swedish and German nameplates: 544, 99 Turbo, 320i and W122. This time, though, I was ready for a new challenge. So I looked to my father’s homeland, Great Britain, for my next automotive acquisition. After flirting with a few Triumph TR6s, Spitfires and a Jensen Healey, I settled on a 1971 MGB Mk II roadster in factory Blaze Orange that I found on Craigslist outside Indianapolis, IN. Upon arrival, I found the MGB had a fresh paint job, as well as new wheels, tires, top and interior. The powertrain was original — but had been kept up through its four-plus owners. I paid the current owner, Dwayne, $6,000 (slightly less than asking price), loaded it up on a U-Haul car trailer and towed it back to Detroit. On the way home, I conjured up images of summer road rallies with wind in my hair and the pleasant sight of grease-covered forearms from a long day of shade-tree mechanics. I reckoned that with one purchase, I’d mended an automotive hole in my heart. Starts and stops Once the car was in my garage, I gave it a good once-over and decided that, aside from an oil change and some new spark plugs, what the ’B needed most was a brakefluid flush. Not only was the fluid dirty, the car pulled to the left upon braking. I figured a brake-fluid change was the wisest place to start. This is where my problems began. People warn you about the SU carburetors and 62 the Lucas electrics when entering into MG ownership. No one warns you about nearly half-century-old brake parts. That, I suspect, is because most MG owners grew up with them. I didn’t. I’m a Millennial. To me, drum brakes are a lot like my father’s views on politics; I’m vaguely aware of them, but their inner workings confuse and frighten me. Granted, with both, my own ignorance and likely false assumptions further cloud the matter. Either way, I’ve learned to stay well away from them. Ignorance is bliss, right? My MG had other plans, it turns out, and it forced me into the belly of the beast. With the brakes, one solution unearthed another issue. And when, after two days of bleeding and tinkering, I ruptured the right rear wheel cylinder, I had a stress-induced virtual out-of-body experience. A couple months into my new job, sitting around the lunch table, I recounted for my colleagues the escapades of my former career, traversing Norway from behind the wheel of a Bentley and racing Lamborghinis on Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya. Partway through my tales, one of my colleagues cocked her head to the side, furrowed her brow and asked me a question that, as I stare up at the belly of my Blaze MGB, rings in my ears: “You traded driving supercars for this?” Indeed, I had. “Best not to overthink it,” I thought to myself. “I have these brakes to fix. Then I’ve the oil leaks to worry about.” On the straight road It’s a sunny Saturday morning and, from behind the wheel of my 1971 MGB Mk II, the storefronts of Detroit’s Woodward Avenue peel past my periphery. With my head cocked back and a big grin on my face, I am fully engaged in the buttery smoothness of the roadster’s boisterous 4-cylinder engine, the enthrallingly tight and clicky gearbox shifter, and copious amounts of wind in my hair. Although I am reveling in my momentary motoring splendor, such moments are few and far between. I’m Sports Car Market


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pretty much relegated to major highways like Woodward for my weekend strolls in the MG. Curvy roads simply don’t exist here. Before I moved to Detroit, I assumed the cliché that “American cars can’t corner” was due to the shiftlessness of the Big Three’s malaise-era engineers. After having lived here for seven months, I realize now that the bloated floatiness of American cars is a symptom of eastern Michigan roadway infrastructure rather than laziness. Every road here is straight, with wide lanes of crumbling concrete. Short of a hov- ercraft, fat-and-wide sedans with squishy suspensions are best suited for coping with a daily Detroit commute. In stark contrast, my MG was designed for rolling country roads. So although I am able to find momentary driving pleasure, generally, I am left wanting. Lucky for me, I’ve not been missing out on many opportunities for long or serious drives in search of motoring nirvana. Since buying the ’B, I’ve been struggling to sort out one brake issue after another. And that’s what I am doing this fine Saturday morning — giving my all-new rear brake drum components a shakedown. Shakedown turned meltdown Thirty minutes into my Saturday jaunt, with no twisty roads to carve, I stop for coffee. Sauntering past the rear of the ’B, I smell something hot. My infrared digital thermometer reveals the right rear drum is 180 degrees Fahrenheit — 100 degrees hotter than the left. Out of fear of cooking my new brake bits, I make a beeline for home. Back in my garage, I turn to the MG online forum for help. It’s amusing that my ownership of an analog car like my MGB hinges entirely upon the existence of the Internet. I have no idea how laymen owners maintained halfcentury-old foreign cars like this before the advent of the information superhighway. I detail my hot-drum conundrum in a new post and ask for guidance, concluding, “They’re adjusted correctly… I’m left scratching my head here. Ideas?” This is what I love about the Internet: Minutes after posting my query, MG enthu- siasts from around the globe virtually rush to offer their two cents — most were quite helpful, if not slightly misguided. Eventually, commenters, specifically a Dutch fellow, lead me to investigate the emergency brake compensator. Mine is frozen and requires several swift thwacks with a rubber mallet and a healthy helping of penetrating catalyst to get it to budge. Disassembling it fully slackens the ’B’s right-hand emergency-brake cable, allowing the drum to spin more freely. With the compensator removed, I take the ’B on another shakedown. Twenty minutes into round two of my Saturday cruise, the right rear drum is a paltry 80 degrees and the left is 96. Satisfied, I pull a U-turn and head home. Now what? Cruising through my neighborhood, I take stock of the condition of the ‘B. Mere weeks into ownership, I feel like I’ve solved all of the roadster’s niggling mechanical issues. The ’B is, as far as I can tell, sorted. This realization, however, leaves me hollow. Due to the aforementioned lack of fun driving roads in and around Detroit, I derive most of my ownership pleasure from wrenching on — and worrying about — the MG. Upon my return home, I crawl back underneath the ’B to adjust the right rear brake shoes once again, completing my to-do list. As I lie there looking up at the now-slackened right- hand emergency brake cable, I wonder what I’ll do with my weekends going forward. As I survey the grimy orange underbody, something catches my eye. The front right top of the fuel tank is slightly damp. I reach up and drag my finger along the tank’s lead- ing edge and gasoline begins to drip onto my chest. There must have been a perfect stasis of grime preventing the slight gas-seepage from becoming a full-blown leak. And my poking at it disrupted the balance. Sliding out of the way of the gasoline drip and jump- ing to my feet, a wave of excitement overcomes me; I have a new gas tank to order — and something else to worry about. ♦ September 2017 63


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Legal Files John Draneas Registering Danger A faulty registration for a 1962 Impala gets owner arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen car Funny numbers The Washington registration was “a little weird,” as the officer described it. The entry in the box for the license plate number showed “+793257.” The number on the license plate, KTZ 681, was shown in a box titled “Equipment Number.” The officer had no idea what an “equipment number” might be, so he had the dispatcher run the 793257 plate number, leaving out the “+” because their system could not handle special characters. That search identified an expired Washington registration for a 1995 vehicle. So the officer and dispatcher tried another tack. They ran the 12-character VIN through the National Crime Information Center database, but an error was made — the first digit was erroneously input as a “3” instead of a “2.” The incorrect VIN returned a report tying the car to a stolen 1963 Impala. However, the report stated that it was based upon a “partial VIN search,” and warned that the officer should “verify all data before taking further action on this response.” For whatever reason, the dispatcher did not relay any of that information to the officer, and instead sent a “felony warble tone” and called a channel code red, all of which the officer took to mean that the car was stolen. A Rough tactics Believing the car to be stolen, the officer called for backup. s we work with many car collectors, our firm has run across a lot of errors on titles and registrations. They run the gamut: incorrect VINs, incorrect models, incorrect model years, engine numbers shown as the chassis numbers, incorrect manufacturers and so on. Almost everything on the registration can be a product of a mistake. And just when you think you’ve seen them all, a new error surprises you. It’s a great idea to take a look at your ownership documents to see if anything is amiss. If errors pop up, correct them now while the pressure is off. In case you need some motivation, here is an actual Legal File that serves as an example of how seemingly minor documentation errors can lead to severe consequences. It is an admittedly extreme example, but it did actually happen. Vintage fun Robin and Beverly Bruins, sixtyish, had reached the point in their lives where they could express themselves a little. They decided to do that by buying a collector car and located a beautifully restored 1962 Chevrolet Impala, pale yellow with a cream white top. After buying the Impala, they added to the vintage feel by locating a restored 1962 license plate, and they used it to register the car in their home state of Washington as a collector car. Washington, like many other states, allows vintage-proper plates to be used on vintage collector cars. The Impala drove as good as it looked, so the Bruins decided to drive the car on their vacation to Nevada. They made it to Las Vegas without incident, but then all hell broke loose. A Nevada Highway Patrol officer spotted the Impala and thought the 1962 Washington plate looked unfamiliar. He wanted to run the plate but didn’t have a computer in his car, so he called it in to his dispatcher. She ran it through the Criminal Justice Information System and reported back that there was no record of the plate found. So he pulled the Bruins over and asked for their registration, license and insurance information. 64 When backup arrived, the officer used his patrol car’s loud- speaker to tell Bruin, “Driver! Remove your keys from the ignition and put them on the roof. Now!” Bruin complied, and the officer then ordered him to get out of the vehicle with his hands in the air. Bruin complied, and as he turned around, was stunned to be looking down the barrels of three weapons. Robin received conflicting demands from the officers, but he com- plied. He walked to the back of the car, removed his shirt as ordered and then dropped to his knees. He was then handcuffed and put in the back seat of one of the patrol cars. Meanwhile, Beverly was ordered to get out of the car and walk to the back of the car. She got out of the car but was unable to walk due to a broken leg. So she reached back into the Impala to get her crutch, which generated a lot of shouting and agitation from the officers. They relaxed when they saw the crutch, but they handcuffed her as well and put her in the back seat of another patrol car. Interrogations and consultations The officer explained to Robin that the VIN came back as a stolen vehicle, and asked Robin how he acquired the car. Robin explained that he bought it a few months earlier after responding to a Craigslist ad. The California seller, whom Robin named, had previously pur- chased the car from a friend in Arizona. The officer didn’t take that as very comforting, as his experience was that a lot of stolen stuff gets sold on Craigslist. Robin further explained that he bought the license plate from a private party and used it as the vintage plate for the car, as allowed in Washington. The officer explained the weird characteristics of the registration, which Robin could not understand or explain. All he could say is that this was what Washington DMV sent him. The officer seemed to believe Robin’s story, but he needed direction from his sergeant. The officer explained the situation, and that he had run criminal checks on both Bruins, which came back clean. We don’t know what was said, but after the consultation with the sergeant, the officer advised Robin that he was being arrested for Sports Car Market


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possession of a stolen car. The officer explained that the car had been reported stolen, it had “fictitious” plates and registration, there was “just too much stuff” that “didn’t add up,” and being from another state, Robin was a flight risk. Robin was taken to jail. Beverly was allowed to remove her belong- ings from the Impala and a taxi was called to take her to a hotel. The Impala was towed off and impounded. The next morning, Beverly went to the Nevada Highway Patrol sta- tion and talked to the sergeant. By then, officers had determined that the dispatcher had incorrectly entered the wrong VIN, which caused the erroneous stolen car report. Officers gave Beverly the plate and registration, told her how to get the Impala back, and sent a fax to the jail requesting that Robin be released. It took more than 24 hours after his arrest, but Robin was once again a free man. The lawsuit This is no surprise, but the Bruins filed suit against everyone in- volved at Nevada Highway Patrol for violation of their civil rights under federal law. Their claims were essentially based upon a lack of probable cause for their detention and arrest — and inappropriate tactics used in their detention. The Nevada Highway Patrol asked the court to award them sum- mary judgment on all claims. Summary judgment is granted when, even assuming that everything the plaintiffs have alleged is true, things don’t add up to a legitimate legal claim. The court found that probable cause for the detention and arrest did exist. Absolute accuracy is not required. The analysis looks to whether the officers on the ground understood the situation to be such that a crime may have been committed. The court cited cases that held that: • We look to the “facts known to the officer at the time of the arrest.” • “Police officers are entitled to rely upon the reasonable information relayed to them from a police dispatcher,” • And “a stolen vehicle report alone” is sufficient — even if later proven to be incorrect. In this case, NHP officers were clearly acting on incorrect informa- tion, but they did not know it at the time. However, the court also ruled that there were factual questions about the propriety of the officers’ tactics. That is, if everything the Bruins claimed had occurred was assumed to be true, the officers’ tactics may have been inappropriate and violations of the Bruins’ civil rights. The court ordered the case to go to trial on those claims, so that a judge or jury could decide what actually happened — and if the Bruins were entitled to damages. The case has not yet gone to trial. Discovery has been completed and the parties are about ready for trial. The Bruins will likely ask the judge to reconsider his decision on the lack of probable cause before actual trial. Check your paperwork Again, this is an extreme example, and your faulty paperwork is probably not going to cause you to spend 24 hours in a Las Vegas jail. But other very practical problems can arise. Faulty ownership and registration documents can kill a sale, cause an auction company to refuse to accept your consignment, affect an insurance claim or prevent the export or import of your collector car. When those kinds of surprises pop up, you usually don’t have the time to correct the documentation. Take a close look at your ownership documents. If there are any errors, correct them now, when the pressure is off. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. September 2017 65


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Adapting to the Age Being able to feel the grip of the car — and the moment it will begin to slide — can be key to driving a vintage car safely and consistently why we’re slamming on the brakes with all our might every time we come to a curve — or for the entire time we’re descending a steep grade? The skill of threshold braking is now arcane in the age of ABS, and it is rarely encountered off the racetrack. It involves working the brake pedal so as to hold the brakes just on the edge of lockup. It’s basically what ABS systems do automatically by releasing brake pressure when lockup is detected. I recall taking a performance-driving class at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut years ago and one of the sessions taught threshold braking. We were paired in a car, and after I completed my first run, the instructor exclaimed, “Wow! That was the most amazing display I’ve ever seen in a student’s first run! How did you learn that?” I simply replied, “I drive old cars with drum brakes — it’s how you stop them.” Another vivid memory comes from when I offered a 1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider for sale. A prospective buyer came to look at the car. He arrived in a new 2006 Porsche 911 C4. We went out for a drive and after a demonstration, I put him behind 1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider. Soft brakes? No, just hard truths W hen we consider how to make driving a vintage car acceptable today, do we have to make them something they never were? Why install disc brakes in place of perfectly functional drums, add power steering, throw another cog or two into the gearbox — along with a few additional synchros, wider wheels and tires? I love my new 2017 Alfa Giulia Q2 Ti Sport. It does everything I want a modern car to do and then some. But when I drive my 1960 Fiat 1500 OSCA PF coupe, I love it equally. The Fiat drives very differently than the new Giulia on the same road. However, that doesn’t mean that I want to turn my 1960 Fiat into a 2017 Alfa — what would be the point? Honoring a car’s time and place My colleague, Jay Leno, is famous for some of the legendary resto- mods he has built in his shop. All are clever, exceedingly well engineered, flawlessly executed and provide him with hours of unalloyed glee behind the wheel. He also has a large number of absolutely original cars and motorcycles, which are tributes to their designing engineers and the companies that built them. Why does he keep those stock? Because he respects the intentions of their creators and honors them. He’s also quite realistic about their limits, and rather than denying them, he embraces and respects them. Still, there are some alterations from stock that make sense for us- ability and safety — and don’t fundamentally alter the original maker’s intent. Drum brakes really do work For instance, on Jay’s pre-war cars, he employs a removable LED taillight system, so brake lights can be seen in modern traffic. This system makes perfect sense, and it doesn’t permanently alter the car. Being rear-ended during an afternoon drive can ruin your day. But why are some people so convinced that they can’t possibly drive a car today with drum brakes? Stirling Moss drove his Mercedes-Benz 300SLR for a little over 10 hours at an average speed of 98 mph en route to his legendary victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. If drum brakes were good enough for him, why can’t we use them today? The idea that we need to embrace a sense of mechanical sensitivity when driving a vintage car is not so outrageous. If drum brakes are prone to fading after repeated heavy application, why not think about 66 the wheel. Applying the brakes at the first intersection, he cried out, “Whoa! Are you planning to do something about these brakes? They’re so soft!” I smiled and explained as patiently as I could, “That’s how they work.” I asked him to accelerate from the stop sign as quickly as he could, run through the gears to the next stop sign and press his foot as hard as he could on the brake pedal, taking his hands off the steering wheel at the same time. I assured him that the car would stop sure, true and confident. Of course it did. When we got out of the car, I thanked him for coming and wished him well. I also knew the Alfa wasn’t for him. Radial vs. bias-ply tires Then there are radial tires. I’m a fan of Italian and French cars, and many have come standard with radials from the late 1940s and early 1950s, when Michelin’s X and Pirelli’s Cintura tire were introduced. Many French and Italian cars were designed with radial tires in mind, and their suspensions and steering geometry were tailored to these tires. Meanwhile, the bias-ply tire was reaching its highest form of devel- opment, and the cars equipped with them were also designed for their particular behavior. It’s quite easy to mount a set of radials on a car originally equipped with bias-ply tires — but what happens next isn’t so simple. The driving characteristics change considerably. With some cars, it is seemingly better. With others, not so much. Immediately noticeable is that any tendency towards wander or “tramlining” — wherein the tire tread follows grooves and channels in concrete or asphalt roads — is greatly reduced. That may give drivers more confidence in the stability of a vehicle in a straight line, but it also removes a level of attention to the original engineers’ intended steering feel and input. In addition, owners may ignore the health of their suspension com- ponents and rely on tires to do the job that the chassis should be doing. The reputation some cars get for being “truck-like” can come from a mismatch of tire and suspension. I recall driving an early alloy Jaguar XK 120. It had been spectacularly restored above and below, and it ran on bias-ply tires. It was a revelation. The steering felt quick, responsive and light, and I felt confident driving it from the first moment. Being able to feel the grip of the car and the moment it will begin to slide can be key to driving a vintage car safely and consistently. However, if the seemingly endless grip, traction and stability control of a new car is what you want, perhaps you might look elsewhere. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2017 Villa d’Este Full Circle at Villa D’Este David Word displayed a 1946 Fiat 1100 by Frua that was originally shown at the 1947 Villa d’Este Story and photos by Massimo Delbò Corrado Lopresto’s 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo by Bertone — Trofeo BMW Group Best of Show Jury Award winner T he Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the perfect European classic car show, was established in 1929, when the new “one-off” cars from coachbuilders were displayed to the wealthiest enthusiasts. In those pre-war days, Villa d’Este set the standard for today’s many concours d’elegance for classic cars. Now some of those old cars are coming back to Villa D’Este on the shore of Lake Como in Northern Italy. Many of the cars entered in Villa d’Este decades ago are now back to compete for modern-day prizes. Now, of course, the cars are older — and often even more valuable. During the 2017 Villa d’Este — from May 26 to 28 — this was the case for David Word’s 1946 Fiat 1100 barchetta by Frua. The car, just out of a total restoration, was the first car Frua built to show customers what he could do. Fiat originally sent the chassis to Carrozzeria Balbo in Turin, where it lingered with no sale in sight. After a few months, the chassis was sold to a Lissone (a village close to Milano) Fiat dealer named Citterio. Citterio had a customer for that chassis. Mr. Gino Bubbolini was that customer, and he sent the chassis back to Torino for a spider body by Carrozzeria Frua. The engine was upgraded to the Fiat 1100 Sport, with special air intake and filter, double-barrel carburetor and a newly shaped head. Frua did an excellent job, the car’s design attracted a lot of attention, and the finished 1100 was shown in the 1947 Concorso Villa d’Este, exactly 70 years ago, where it won second in its class. This year, Word brought the car back. What a story! The Trofeo BMW Group Best of Show Jury Award 70 went to Corrado Lopresto’s 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo by Bertone. The car was shown in the name of Giovanna Scaglione, the daughter of the famous designer who shaped the car. One of the most special cars was the 1934 Tatra 77 — the amazing streamlined, rear-engine V8 built under the leadership of technical genius Hans Ledwinka. The car, from Czech collector Thomas Hoferek’s garage, is chassis 23012, one of the early builds of a run of 105 cars. Just being invited to Villa d’Este is a glowing prize to any car owner, and few owners can ever say they’ve brought back a car that was in the concours 70 years ago. But David Word did it. ♦ David Word’s 1946 Fiat 1100 barchetta by Frua returns to Lake Como after 70 years Sports Car Market


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Feature 2017 McPherson College CARS Show The McPherson Kids Are Alright The 18th Annual McPherson College CARS Show brings out big names and beautiful cars Story and photos by Brett Hatfield After lunch, the students did a Model T build. Restoration students drove a Model T onto a dais, disassembled the car down to its larger components — and then put the car back together in seven minutes. “This year’s show is one of the largest we have ever had, and has some of the best entries,” said Matt Geist, CARS Club president and Restoration Program senior. “The SLS Tribute is the most accurate representation of the racer there is today. Only two were ever built and sent to the U.S. “The Mercedes 540k is a reflection of the type of work our students can do. However, my personal favorite entry is the unrestored V16 Cadillac.” After the show, many alums attended Associate Professor Luke Chennell’s famous post-show barbecue. This gathering is a congregation of alumni, instructors, supporters and true car fiends. It’s all about eating, drinking and discussing all things automotive. Garrick Green, Associate Professor of Technology 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet restored by McPherson students T he annual CARS Club Car and Motorcycle show at McPherson College is one of a kind. CARS stands for College Automotive Restoration Students, and this is a big deal. McPherson College, a small liberal-arts school in McPherson, KS, is the only col- lege in the United States offering an accredited, four-year degree program in auto and motorcycle restoration. Because of this program, the school and the CARS Club show attract a following from die-hard enthusiasts and luminaries. Many alums have gone on to become players in the automotive world but return each May for the show — and to see old friends. Friday evening included a presentation from Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Warner’s presentation, “Racing Around the Rules,” was a prelude to the following day’s presentation and autograph session for the book Cuba’s Car Culture. Mr. Warner contributed the photography to the book, which was written by Tom Cotter. Cotter, who wrote The Cobra in the Barn and other famous car-collecting books, drove to the show from North Carolina in his 289 Cobra. Friday evening also saw a gathering of student and enthusiast cars at the Cruise-In. Two full blocks of Main Street were blocked off for this casual car show. No admission, no fees, no prizes, just show up and show off. It was a great preview of what was to be an impressive Saturday. The show on May 6 started with entrants sent to different parts of the 27-acre campus lawn depending upon year and classification. More than 320 cars, motorcycles and tractors were on display around the 27-acre campus lawn. About 100 student cars were mixed in with around 40 alumni vehicles. Included in the show was a 1937 Mercedes-Benz Details Plan ahead: The 19th Annual McPherson College CARS Show is scheduled for May 5, 2018 Where: McPherson College, 1600 E. Euclid St., McPherson, KS, 67460 Admission: Free Web: www.mcpherson.edu 72 540K cabriolet, which McPherson students had restored. Also on the grass was a 1957 Mercedes SLS Racer Tribute (none of the originals are known to exist) from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. The first Chevrolet Camaro prototype also was there. There was a pinstriping seminar, and a trim demon- stration with the new trim professor (and department head) Mike Dudley. A sheet-metal demonstration was next. 1957 Mercedes SLS Racer Tribute Sports Car Market and interim department head, said the show is special for the students — and big-time car collectors. “I’ve seen a lot of car shows done by the students, and this one was the best,” Green said. “The thing that really stood out to me is this: I’ve asked numerous people what they thought about the show, and several of the prominent guests we had on campus described this as a ‘magical’ weekend. “These are people who go to Pebble Beach and many of the big concours, and they said this was a magical weekend — and not exclusively for the car show, but for everything that is going on, for the restoration facilities, and with the students.” Auto Restoration Vice President Amanda Gutierrez is passionate about the program, and she sees its excellence reflected in the show. “The more of our alums who are out in the industry, making connections and making names for themselves, the more the reputation of the college has changed,” Gutierrez said. “We’ve been able to recruit differently; students who are coming here are aligned with our mission — to be the best.” ♦


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Feature JDM Treasure Trove Gary Duncan amid 100 of his Nissan Figaros Tokyo in Virginia Visiting Gary Duncan’s massive collection of JDM cars is like taking a trip to Japan by Brian Baker I 76 walked into the large warehouse and felt as though I’d walked into a Tokyo vintagecar dealership. Rows and rows of Figaros stretched into the distance. A line of Honda Beats made me dizzy. Then a Nissan Skyline GT-R — a hot collectible — caught my eye. I felt like I was in Japan, but I was in Virginia — and in the middle of an American Japanese Domestic Market collector’s obsession. I recently visited one of the largest imported Japanese RHD car collections/dealerships in the United States. Gary Duncan of Duncan Imports & Classic Cars Details Where: Duncan Imports & Classic Cars is located at 2300 Prospect St., Christiansburg, VA 24073 Web: www.duncanimports.com Phone: 866.751.5270 invited me to come visit his enormous property in Christiansburg, VA. I originally learned about this collection on Reddit — a popular news aggregator — and then there was a follow-up on Jalopnik. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I was in for a treat. As soon as my cross-country trip from SCM World Toyota Seras lined up and showing off their butterfly doors Sports Car Market Duncan’s giant complex in Virginia Don Petersen, donpete@cox.net Don Petersen, donpete@cox.net Brian Minnix, Skyflix Productions LLC


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Not just for show — you can buy a lot of Duncan’s offerings, too A lineup of A70 Toyota Supras on the extensive outside lot I returned the next day, and I walked up and down lines and lines of JDM cars. Uncommon — even in Japan — Toyota Seras were in a row — and showing off their butterfly doors. A little farther into the warehouse there were R32 GT-Rs and Supras waiting for their turbos to be spooled up. A few more steps, and Fairlady Zs and Mazda Cosmos were begging for a spirited drive. You could pick the Beat of your dreams. Seeing 100 Nissan Figaros lined up next The cluster of 50 Honda Beats boggled my mind. to each other melted my brain — at least a little bit. It felt like you were trapped in a mirror maze. It was also nice to walk through Gary’s personal col- lection of 1980s and 1990s U.S.-market Japanese cars. Most of these cars were common cars back in the day, but they have somehow survived in an impeccable state. How did this happen? As Gary was showing me his collection, he talked about how it all started. Gary started washing cars at the age of 13 at this An unbeatable sampling of Honda Beats in Duncan’s warehouse Headquarters in Portland, OR, ended, I was wallowing in outlandish Japanese cars — cars that you will rarely see outside of Japan. Gary took me straight to his property so I could “see my Christmas presents early” — even though midnight was fast approaching. The first sight of rows and rows of the largest group of JDM cars in North America was overwhelming, especially after a long day in airliners. I am glad that he did this, as it gave me the night to process what I saw. September 2017 father’s dealership, and he went on to own his first franchise at 19. The JDM bug bit Gary hard in the 1980s, and he has imported cars during the past two years. Unlike most JDM importers who have a small in- ventory on hand, Gary grabbed anything he liked and brought it over to add to his collection/inventory. More than 400 of his cars are for sale, and the rest of them are his personal collec- tion. You have to see this I can’t imagine being in the middle of hundreds of RHD Japanese cars again — at least until my next trip to Japan. If you’re visiting Virginia, you should check out Gary’s collection. Warning: You’ll probably buy a couple. ♦ 77 Brian Minnix, Skyflix Productions LLC Don Petersen, donpete@cox.net Don Petersen, donpete@cox.net


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Feature SCM’s Miami-to-Monterey Drive Ridin’ on Trailers and Rackin’ Up Bills Volunteer drivers sweat and wait as the SCM Bradley GT limps from Florida to Monterey Car Week NORTH DAKOTA SOUTH DAKOTA MINNESOTA NEBRASKA IOWA Monterey, CA KANSAS MISSOURI OKLAHOMA ARKANSAS TEXAS LOUISIANA Miami, FL by Garrett Long E very road trip starts with optimism. When bad things happen, sometimes all you have left is that optimism. Leaky roofs, midnight calls and stacks of repair-shop bills have dominated SCM’s latest madcap plan: Enlist our loyal readers to drive a $4,625 Bradley GT kit car from Florida to Monterey, CA, for the 2017 Monterey Car Week. Publisher Martin was confident our brave readers would find noth- ing but fun on the long road to Monterey. But as we’ve all seen on Publisher Martin’s adventures, breakdowns and suffering are constant themes. The Bradley GT adventure was great at first, as our first driver, Richard Lincoln, shook the car down for a week in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Richard, an affable and patient man, fixed little problems here and there. Wearing the official SCM Bradley GT uniform — a tank top to fight the heat and swim trunks to avoid wet underwear from in seals — Richard began his journey to Charlotte, NC. Some bad wiring and an old distributor had other idea Richard made it 70 miles. After taking the Bradley to a mechanic friend, Richar the car on a trailer for the first — but not the last — and got the car to Savannah, GA. The next driver, Brian Barr, took the list of problems Richard noted about the Bradley and promptly loaded the Bradley onto another trailer (are you seeing a trend?). Brian took the list and the Bradley to a shop, where 78 Sports Car Market techs found a rat’s nest of brake and suspension problems. After a short wait — and a $2,000 repair bill — Brian drove the Bradley GT to Cincinnati, OH. Brian dropped the car off with our third driver, Paul Dell’Aira, who had a more relaxed experience with the Bradley, taking it to local events. Dell’Aira even found another running Bradley GT. A bad voltage regulator stopped Paul’s drive for good. The Bradley GT took a spa day at yet another repair shop. As of press time, the Bradley GT was still in Cincinnati, OH — and ready to inflict pain on the next driver. Despite shoddy wiring, unexpected breakdowns and slow going, this car can’t be stopped and will make it to Monterey, CA, by the third week of August. Look for the weird kit car with gullwing doors lounging on the trailer. Publisher Martin has never been happier. CALIFORNIA MAINE VERMONT NEW HAMPSHIRE WASHINGTON OREGON NEVADA NEW YORK OHIO VIRGINIA MASSACHUSETTS CT RI IDAHO UTAH MICHIGAN ARIZONA PENNSYLVANIA NJ WEST VIRGINIA NORTH CAROLINA MD DE SOUTH CAROLINA MONTANA WYOMING WISCONSIN COLORADO ILLINOIS INDIANA NEW MEXICO KENTUCKY TENNESEE MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA GEORGIA FLORIDA


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Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8; Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 82 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, p. 84 ENGLISH: 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon, p. 86 ETCETERINI: 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype, p. 88 GERMAN: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8, p. 92 AMERICAN: 1928 Packard Custom Eight Model 4-43 Convertible Sedan, p. 94 RACE: 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, p. 96 NEXT GEN: 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II, p. 98 September 2017 83


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Ferrari Profile 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso by Scaglietti Brown might have been gold for Steve McQueen’s Lusso, but this wasn’t McQueen’s car by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1962–64 Number produced: 350 Original list price: $13,375 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,982,500 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $200 for a reproduction. Two are required Chassis # location: Stamped on the passenger’s side frame rail next to the engine Engine # location: Stamped on a flange on the rear passenger’s side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1954–57 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing, 1964 Maserati 5000 GT coupe, 1967 Jaguar E-type 4.2 coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 5681GT Engine number: 5681GT T his car was seen at Ferrari’s 50th anniversary festivities in Rome and Maranello in May of 1997. The Ferrari was then finished in dark brown by Bachelli & Villa with a tan leather interior by Luppi. The current Italian owner bought the Lusso in 1999. Still finished in dark brown over beige, a strikingly elegant color combination, the GT/L presents quite nicely throughout and is accompanied with a car cover and tool roll. Many consider this car to be the most attractive model of the Ferrari 250 Series. The Lusso is just as wonderful to look at as it is to drive. Capable of crossing large tracts of land at high speed while cosseting its driver and passenger in ultimate comfort, the Lusso is a grand tourer par excellence — and a wonderful automobile by all accounts. Thanks in part to its highly compelling color, chassis 5681GT stands out from the rest as a remarkable example of the vaunted 250 Ferrari. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 159, sold for $1,598,789, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction in Cernobbio, Italy, on May 27, 2017. One of the bookcases in my office is packed top to bot- tom with decades of old Road & Track magazines. As with many of you, R&T was my introduction to the cars you see on SCM’s pages today. The cover shots and accompanying articles were about as close as many of us would get to the real cars, 84 but after reading the articles and studying the specs, we were experts in the field of exotic sports cars. I still subscribe to printed Road & Track — yes, I have an AOL address, too — and recently received their 70th anniversary issue. There were several good articles, but it was the “Road Test Summary” that really got my attention. R&T traditionally had a page that summarized the performance specs of their recent Road Tests. The summary made it easy to compare performance, such as which car stopped in the shortest distance, which one handled best — and most importantly — which one was fastest. The 70th Anniversary Summary added a twist. Mixed with the contemporary tests were some vintage tests. The Ferrari 250 Lusso was one of the feature comparisons. The first thing that stood out in the summary was that “fast” must be judged in the context of time. The Lusso was certainly fast for its era, but its 0–60 mph time is only slightly better than a new Ford Focus — and is not as good as the V6 Chrysler 200 that I recently rented. The Lusso, however, can keep accelerating to an im- pressive 150 mph. The Ford and Chrysler both top out around 120 mph — either by the limits of the car or an electronic limit. In context of its time, the Lusso was no slouch. Few contemporaries of the Lusso were substantially faster, but it must be remembered that performance wasn’t the Lusso’s primary goal. Ferrari had other models designed to beat down the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Lot 124, s/n 5851GT Condition 1- Not sold at $1,588,720 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/16 SCM# 6799976 Sports Car Market 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Lot 224, s/n 4415 Condition 1 Sold at $2,090,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/16 SCM# 6804273 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Lot 248, s/n 5681GT Condition 1- Not sold at $1,525,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/13/16 SCM# 6799946 Cymon Taylor ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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competition. “Lusso” means luxury in Italian, and luxurious Grand Touring is where the Lusso shines brightest. My friend — and guru of all things on wheels — Ken Gross said it best in a 1987 Road & Track retrospective on the Lusso: “All movement ceased (when a Lusso pulled on a concours field) and everyone turned to stare. It was as though Sophia Loren in a bright red cocktail dress had just walked provocatively through a garden party of English schoolgirls.” That about wraps up a Lusso; it can play with the kids, but it’s the adult in the room. Climbing high… Lussos cost just over $13,000 when they were new in 1964. Not many years later, you could buy one for maybe half that. R&T’s 1987 Lusso retrospective quotes classic-car dealer Marc Tauber saying, “There’s more interest in Lussos today at $80,000 to $90,000 than there was just a year or so ago when you could buy a good one in the low forties.” Those were the good old days. 2007 saw lightning strike the Lusso market. A metallic brown Lusso that was formerly owned by Steve McQueen and expertly restored by Mike Regalia came to auction amid much fanfare. The world’s best Lusso probably wouldn’t have broken $500,000 at the time. The auction company put an $800,000 to $1,200,000 estimate on McQueen’s car. The hammer fell at a stratospheric $2,310,000. The McQueen sale didn’t immediately change the Lusso market, but it gave sellers a target to work towards. Around 2012, the Ferrari market surged and Lussos rode the crest. SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows an average price of $1,200,000 in 2013, nearly double the 2012 average, and that was Seat Time I bought a used Lusso a few years out of college, probably 1969, back in the day when they were just expensive-but-affordable used cars. I bought it in Seattle with a 275 GTB engine installed and a crunched fender, so I got a pretty good deal. I recall paying $6,500 for it; it was chassis 5471. I took it back to the Colorado mountains, got the fender fixed, and drove it for years. It is still the most beautiful car I have ever owned and a joy to drive, particularly in the mountain roads of the time. It had bean oil in it, which meant there was a particular Grand Prix smell that followed me down the road. I must have been stopped by five or six cops over the years just because they were curious. I was always happy to show and explain the car to them. They didn’t give tickets, just gawked appreciatively. It ended up with me in California, where I sold it to finance restoration of a Ferrari 500 TRC that I had managed to buy for almost nothing, but that’s another story. — Thor Thorson, SCM Contributor September 2017 just the start. 2014 saw an average SCM Platinum Database price of $2,300,000 — an astounding gain of a million dollars in just one year. A drop — and another rise Sir Isaac Newton is generally credited as saying, “What goes up must come down.” I’m not qualified to debate the accuracy of the attribution or the physics of the law, but the Lusso market followed the principle. It is nearly impossible to sustain the type of growth the Lusso market had in 2014. By 2015, SCM’s Platinum Database showed the average Lusso sale dropped to a little over $1,700,000. A half-million-dollar drop could have put the Lusso market in free fall, but it didn’t. A few 2015–16 offerings were no-sales, with bids in the $1,500,000 range, but a few good sales nudged the 2016 SCM average up slightly to $1,763,000. Not enough history and too much brown Our subject Lusso might have sold a little light, but RM Sotheby’s didn’t have a lot to work with. The known history was favorable, but there wasn’t much of it. The catalog description was as brief as I can recall for a million-dollar-plus car. The Lusso looked good in the pictures. Reading between the lines, the car was not a preservation candidate or a show car. It appears that the restoration was over 30 years old. Brown might have been gold for Steve McQueen’s Lusso, but this wasn’t McQueen’s car. Brown isn’t for everyone, and I suspect the color dampened some spirits. At the end of the day the lust factor was missing from chassis 5686. There was nothing that made buyers clamor to buy the car. The seller got a little less than expected, and the buyer got a bit of a deal. The Lusso market’s still sound — and ready for the next round. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) $3,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,500,000 $500,000 $0 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $3,113,460 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso $2,257,920 $2,090,000 This sale: $1,598,789 $1,386,000 $979,000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 85


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English Profile 1968 Ford Escort Twin-Cam Competition Saloon The new owner gets the real thing to play with. The seller has enjoyed owning a proper and potent Alan Mann racer by Paul Hardiman Details Year produced: 1968 Number produced: Six Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $185,985 Chassis # location: Plate on right inner wing Engine # location: Left rear of block near sump flange Club: Ford AVO Owners Club Web: www.avoclub.com Alternatives: 1963–70 Lotus Cortina, 1965–71 Alfa Romeo GTA, 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint (or 1968 BMW 2002 tii if you include ETCC) SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: BB48GP18167 Registration number: XOO 347F T he arrival of the Escort Twin Cam at the start of 1968 marked the second phase of Ford U.K.’s production-car-based competitions program that had commenced with the Lotus Cortina. That had used the Ford-based 1.6-liter Lotus Twin Cam engine, and combining this unit with the smaller and lighter Escort body shell proved an inspired move. A pair of Twin Cams dominated the televised Croft Rallycross meeting in February 1968, demonstrating their potential to an audience of millions, while the car’s first major international success was achieved that March when Ove Andersson and John Davenport finished 3rd in the San Remo Rally. Roger Clark got the Twin Cam’s first outright win in the Circuit of Ireland Rally at Easter. The Escort Twin Cam won the World Rally Championship for Makes twice, in 1968 and ’69, and helped the Alan Mann Racing-entered Frank Gardner take the British Saloon Car Championship in ’68. The Alan Mann cars all used Cosworth’s Formula 2 engine – the FVA – which was based on the Twin Cam cylinder block and thus eligible under the U.K.’s relaxed Group 5 rules. XOO 347F is one of the six original Escorts that Ford loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team in 1968 to compete in the British and European saloon car championships. The bodyshell has a number of unique Alan Mann Racing modifications — and a suspension package designed by Len Bailey, who penned the Ford GT40 chassis. The fragile Cosworth FVAs were all returned to Ford, so a Geoff Richardson 240-bhp FVA — built from 86 new components — is installed today together with a magnesium-cased 2000E “Bullet” gearbox. The engine has done one Goodwood Festival of Speed event, two test sessions, and three one-hour races. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C Registration certificate, Geoff Richardson Engineering engine specification sheet, and an Essex County Council letter confirming that XOO 347F was first registered to the Ford Motor Company Ltd., Warley. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 11, sold for £203,100 ($251,034), including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale on March 19, 2017. Famous English cars are universally known by their registrations. After FEV 1H, the 1970 London-Mexico rally winner, the Alan Mann racers in their distinctive red and gold livery are the most famous Escorts of all — all in the sequence XOO 344 to 349F. You could even get them as Scalextric racers. Our subject car, “347,”has had quite a history. One of six 1100Ls delivered to Alan Mann Racing, it was built up into a racer with much trickery. The trickiest part was the Len Bailey-designed suspension, which better located the wheels, reduced camber change in roll at the front and — presumably — made changing springs and anti-roll bars quicker. At the front, instead of the normal MacPherson struts with short track control arms, there are longer TCAs on a bespoke cross member that also houses the steering 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 rally car Lot 328, s/n BFATMS00041 Condition 3 Sold at $181,685 Bonhams, Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, U.K., 3/14/08 SCM# 115978 Sports Car Market 1975 Ford Escort Group 4 rally car Lot 32, s/n 1CBA84889 Condition 2 Sold at $126,995 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 3/20/15 SCM# 264455 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Group 5 racer Lot 346, s/n BB48HB39281 Condition 1Sold at $120,937 Coys, NEC Birmingham, U.K., 1/11/13 SCM# 214907 Courtesy of Bonhams


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rack, located fore/aft by compression struts as used on early Escorts. The original MacPhersons were retained — but only to locate the wheel. Separate, inboard-mounted coils over Öhlins dampers did the actual springing. At the rear was a coil-and-torsion-bar-sprung four-link setup — plus a unique forward-facing Watt linkage arrangement. The wheelarches were extended, the rears wearing uniquely large blisters to cover massive rear tires. The cars originally ran Minilite wheels over disc brakes all round. Rather than the 1,558-cc Twin Cam, power came from the 1,594-cc FVA — a Formula 2 engine with geardriven cams, which was a tryout for the DFV, sharing a similar head design. As far as I can tell, all the body shells had left-hand-drive wiper setups, allowing them to run a single wiper almost centrally placed. Success, heater fans and no roll cages The cars were massively successful, with Frank Gardner winning the 1968 British Saloon Car Championships in 349. Judging from race results, 347 — our subject car — appears to have been a spare car only sent out near the end of the season — each time “supercharged” to bounce it up to the big class in an attempt to spoil the chances of the 289 Ford Falcons. Jackie Oliver drove it twice, at Croft and Brands Hatch, beating Frank Gardner both times. Oliver’s best result in 347 was at Brands’ Evening News Trophy meet on September 2, 1968, when he finished 2nd behind the race-winning Falcon of Roy Pierpoint, although Gardner’s 4th place was enough to clinch the championship. The previous month they had finished 3-4 in both of two heats at Croft, Oliver’s car beating 349 both times. The “supercharging” was apparently by heater fan inside the induction system to satisfy the rules. Over time, that legend has become “supercharged by hairdryer.” Scarily, period pictures show that all this race action was before the adoption of roll cages. Jackie Oliver doesn’t recall anything about the supercharging. “They never told us anything — the driver was just another nut behind the wheel,” he said, but he vividly remembers destroying the first finished car (345) in testing at Goodwood as it barrel-rolled coming out of Fordwater. On Oliver’s office wall is a picture of him racing 347 at Brands in 1968, which helps tie him to our subject car. However, it’s possible the team swapped number plates around depending on which cars were ready to go, which was a common practice back in the day. Racing around the world After the Alan Mann team had completed the 1969 British Championship season with Frank Gardner in 349 (fitted with a Twin Cam engine), the remaining five cars were returned to Ford at Boreham. Don Moore ran 347 in Shell colors for Gillian Fortescue-Thomas in U.K. national races in 1972 as a test mule for the new alloy-block Cosworth BDA engine at 2,060 cc and 260 bhp. In 1973, Alec Poole purchased the Escort, fitted with a new fuel- injected 1,800-cc BDA, and shipped it to Guyana. Poole raced the car in 1974 and sold it on to Harry Watkins in 1975. In 1977, 347 went to Trinidad. In 2010, noted Barbadian rally driver Greg Cozier found the car and shipped it back to the U.K. for restoration. As found, Cozier said, it had no engine and a Broadspeed-type, six-link rear end, using an Atlas (German) axle rather than the original English type. A massive restoration John Mitchell then bought it and commenced a meticulous rebuild of the car to its original 1968 Group 5 specification. The car was also fitted with a modern roll cage, seat, a harness dated to 2019, fuel cell and a fire-extinguishing system to meet current FIA regulations. In addition, modern instruments, including a 12,000-rpm Smiths tachometer, were fitted. Power now comes from a new Geoff Richardson-built FVA making 240 bhp — against the advertised 215 bhp in period. The stated weight of 878 kg (1,935 pounds) is believable. My all-steel 2-door Mk 1 with September 2017 2-liter Pinto and Type 9 5-speed — but less in the way of wheels, suspension and brakes — weighs 900 kg (1,984 pounds). Alan Mann’s son Henry, who now runs Alan Mann Racing, confirms that “the rear suspension is as it was in period, its coil springs, torsion bars, a four-link and Watts linkage. The components under there now are not original, but remanufactured to original spec. The front sliding pillar struts, however, are the original ones. “All the suspension was designed by Len Bailey, and made in house at Alan Mann Racing for the ’68 season. The torsion bars came from a Morris Minor and sit in front of the axle and just above, mounted into the chassis via a splined drop link. With all that going on under there, and running 10-inch slicks, we had trouble with the axle casing flexing and popping the oil seals!” Back on the track Alan Mann passed away in 2012 — but not before he had confirmed the car’s originality. After the restoration was completed in June 2014, Henry Mann ran the car at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking the fastest time in the Pre-’82 Touring Car Class. At Goodwood, the car presented beautifully, with neatly printed signs stuck all over the back end imploring no one to push on the fragile rear arches. The “eyebrow” over the left headlight was a little misaligned, but it appears to have been like that since restoration. It happens if the wing gets a little tweak in the front, and they then distort. Aside from the modern safety gear and instruments, about which we can’t complain if we want to see the car actually being used, it ran a set of four-spoke Revolution wheels instead of black-painted Minilites. However, procuring a set of Minilites shouldn’t be too difficult to get the perfect period look. The car appeared to sit a little higher at the back than in period, wearing slightly smaller rubber. This sale took place at Goodwood’s 75th Members’ Meeting. After a £120k start and following a brief hiatus at £175k, a massive surge of engine roar swelling over from the starting grid reignited bidding and just tipped it over the reserve to the point, where it was on sale at £180k. That was a little way under its £200k pre-auction estimate, but that’s understandable when you compare it to 349, which is almost unchanged from when it won the championship in 1968. Our subject car isn’t quite the Holy Grail. Even though it’s a real car, it’s not as original as 349, and its interesting history will taint its value compared with the championship winner. I’d love to be able to say this was the “supercharged” car – it almost certainly is, but even with that picture, nobody can definitely prove it. What really mattered, though, is that it was available, and 349 is not. The new owner gets the real thing to play with. The seller has enjoyed owning a proper and potent Alan Mann racer — and probably got most of his money back. I’d say all parties came out of this pretty well. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 $110,701 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $20,000 $0 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon $66,172 $58,088 This sale: $251,034 N/A 2012 2013 2014 2015 N/A 2016 87


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype Being a prototype actually may have hurt this car’s value, as the later Atalantes were built on the Surbaissé chassis by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1935–39 Number produced: 23 (two Type 57, 17 Type 57S, two Type 57SC) SCM Current Median Valuation: $4,500,000 (Type 57S Atalante) Tune-up cost: $6,000 Distributor caps: $650 Chassis # location: Brass plate on left side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear Engine # location: Brass plate on left side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear Club: American Bugatti Club Web: americanbugatticlub.org Alternatives: 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C2900, 1931 Bentley 4½ Liter, 1935 Delahaye 135S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 57254 f all Ventoux or Galibier, and the design’s purposeful lines and proportions (credited to Jean Bugatti but perfected by in-house stylist Joseph Walter) provided sportier packaging for O the 57’s advanced dual-overhead-cam engine and independently sprung chassis. Exceeded in cachet today only by the Type 57SC Atlantic, the Atalante is overwhelmingly regarded as the most sporting iteration of the celebrated Type 57. Chassis 57254 is one of the earliest Atalante exam- ples built, being one of four prototypes of the rare body style. Bugatti originally designated this model as the “faux-cabriolet,” and this is how 57254’s body style is described in factory production records. Technically the third Atalante built, though bearing the second-lowest chassis number of the four, 57254 was assembled in the spring of 1935, ultimately one of just 10 examples built that year. Only three are still known to exist, of which this car is undoubtedly the most original. Currently displaying just 25,733 kilometers (15,989 miles) of actual use, this rare Bugatti has never left France, and accrued only 700 of those miles over the past 60 years. After a color change to two-tone black and red during a Mr. Dubreuil’s tenure, the car has now been repainted in its original monochromatic finish. 88 the factory-penned body styles built on Bugatti’s Type 57 chassis, perhaps none is as significant as the Atalante. The Type 57 Atalante is much rarer than the Stelvio, Other than this alteration, the T57 is almost entirely original, including the original body panels stamped with the number 3 (representing the third Atalante produced). Also retaining the original matching-numbers engine and unmodified cable-actuated brakes, 57254 features its original door panels, seat back, and proper leather seat bottom in the original tan color, original gauges, and the extremely rare original factory-issued toolkit. This distinctive early Atalante is documented with former owners’ correspondence, factory paperwork, period articles and photographs, and a history with inspection notes by marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier. Originally owned by the legendary Meo Costantini and ideally preserved by a single French family for 62 years, this extremely rare factory-bodied Atalante has been optimally prepared for future touring use or presentation at finer concours d’elegance the world over. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 136, sold for $3,385,670 (€3,024,000, €1=$1.12), including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction in Cernobbio, Italy, on May 27, 2017. Every other year, RM Sotheby’s comes to Lake Como and offers cars for sale in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In my observation, 2017 was a bit of a challenging year here for the company, with an unaccustomed 62% sale 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante coupe Lot 136, s/n 57401 Condition 2- Sold at $1,485,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209490 Sports Car Market 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante coupe Lot 27, s/n 57330 Condition 3+ Sold at $2,477,832 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/9/17 SCM# 6817147 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante coupe Lot 25, s/n 57766 Condition 1 Sold at $2,035,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/13 SCM# 214767 Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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rate. The last time RM Sotheby’s appeared on Lake Como in 2015, the sale rate was a stout 87% in a smaller sale — 33 sold of 38 on offer — as opposed to 41 sold on 66 offered this year. Interestingly, here in Italy the big French cars did well, with this Bugatti the second highest lot of the sale, topped only by the 1937 TalbotLago T150C SS Teardrop Coupe at $3.761m. This is still more evidence that today’s market is all about the individual car— and what it can do to meet the needs of a collector. Still a blue-chip car The Bugatti Type 57 remains a solid blue-chip collectible. While many still speak of generational shift and look for a waning interest in pre-World War II cars as the first generation of collectors pass away and their uninterested heirs collect the windfall benefit of the long-term ownership those vehicles enjoyed, it might be expected that prices would weaken. That has not proven to be the case. A quick trip through the SCM change and back — and parts of the interior refurbished. That refurbishment left the dashboard wood appearing a bit lifeless, but that’s preferable to concours-friendly mirror-like reflectivity given the overall presentation. The work on the headliner also seemed redone in a somewhat casual fashion, and the deep and shiny paint is also a bit thick, showing various stress cracks and some panel waviness. I had the good fortune to have been able to spend some time with this In assessing its attributes of value, this car had it all. One of the first of a small car, before and during the preview — and a bit after the sale, and I can attest to the terrific presence it has. I hope the new owner will leave production of a very desirable model, almost insanely low documented mileage, a complete and very limited ownership history, no strange stories and quite original, having never been apart for restoration. Platinum Auction Database shows prices that have stayed buoyant for a decade, with extraordinary examples setting new market levels during that time. A car with everything In assessing its attributes of value, this car had it all. One of the first of a small production of a very desirable model, almost insanely low documented mileage, a complete and very limited ownership history, no strange stories and quite original, having never been apart for restoration. It was not a preservation car by current definition, as it had a color it as it is, and not give it a superglittery, fresh restoration. It has always been used and maintained as a driving car, and for me has its highest interest as just that. Vintage Bugatti owners, like their Bentley cousins, are very partial to touring in their cars. Not just puttering around town but putting serious miles (or kilometers) climbing Alps and such. This would be an ideal car for such duties, even with the cable brakes. A reasonable price for such a car The weathered and worn — but largely original — Vanvooren Type 57 cabriolet sold at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Amelia Island auction for $7.7m. In addition, a production Atalante sold for $2.4 million at Artcurial’s February 2017 Rétromob both of those recent sales in mind, t subject car was very reasonable for a c pelling history. It is also interesting to contrast th with the $8.7 million a spectacularly re original-engine Type 57SC Atalante br at Gooding & Company Pebble Bea August 2013. The market for Type 57 Bugattis seem favor later cars, especially hydraulic-b examples and, of course, the “S” a “SC” high-performance models. That subject car was a prototype actually m have hurt value a bit, as the later Atala were built on the Surbaissé chassis. At just under the low estimate of $3.1 million, I think this car was a very go buy. This car should prove to be a continued good investment as the ne owner enjoys and maintains it. ♦ (Introductory description courtes of RM Sotheby’s.) September 2017 89


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Bugatti Type 57 Atalante prototype is a transitional monument, as it is a clear mix of old-school and modern design 3 By Robert Cumberford E ttore Bugatti and Henry Ford were stubborn men, and both held onto the chassis layout and general conception of their greatest successes far too long. Compare Bugatti’s Type 57 to Alfa Romeo’s contemporary 8C 2900, and it’s clear that the 57 was a fine exemplar of the past — not a design with a brilliant future. Even General Motors made independent front suspension available across the board in 1934, but Ettore would not allow his son Jean to use it for the 57. Lovely as it is, this coupe is schizophrenic: Everything forward of the A-pillars is very old-school, while the rear is really prescient. Jean Bugatti was forward-thinking, as seen from his designs for the two Le Mans-winning Type 57 variants — and from the shape of his Aérolithe aerodynamic coupe. It’s always tempting to speculate on what might have been: had Jean not been killed testing, had Germany not invaded France, had Ettore survived beyond 1947. However, the past is immutable, and we can do absolutely nothing about what has already happened. We can only look at this splendid machine, admire it for what it is and wish we could have it to use now. But it’s really an orna- ment now, not a usable automobile. More’s the pity. ♦ 10 12 90 11 Sports Car Market 1 2 4 5 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The high leading edge of the front fenders was very much a thing of the past, related to lines from the late 1920s, which changed to more enveloping forms quite quickly. 2 A characteristic Bugatti line is the top of the A-pillar being outboard of its base, due to the vee-shaped body in plan view, changing to parallel sides at the leading edge of the rear fenders. 3 The overall coupe upper body is an elegant bubble shape — all curves aft of the flat windshield. 4 The “speed streak” ap- plied to the fender skirt is a physical embodiment of the lines artists often sketch to show motion. 8 5 The metal gravel shield was necessary as there were no running boards to stop stones thrown up from the front tires. 6 The little “chrome mustache” front bumper is far more decorative than it is practical. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The rear body profile tapers downward gracefully, subtly inset from the rear fender peaks, a surface development detail as much in advance as the front end was retrograde. 8 Twin backlights of flat glass were necessary to try to fit the curved nominal surface of the very rounded top, a not-very-satisfactory solution. 9 The very long tail of the parking lamp lens on top of the front fender is quite unusual for the period. I don’t recall another fairing quite so long, before or after 1935. 10 This inverse-curved skirt rising into the rounded wheel opening is a manifestation of the coming “bubble” fender forms, which are closed in front to penetrate the air — not scoop it in with attendant aerodynamic drag. 11 Eliminating running boards and long front fender extensions was much on the mind of leading stylists in the mid-1930s, as seen in Buehrig’s Cord and Bugatti’s Atalante. 12 This elegant line derived from the base of the coupe top, barely discernible on this black body, joins a spear-like line from the hood side in a characteristic Bugatti body feature, often used as a color break line. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Not ergonomic, not crashworthy, not particularly comfortable-looking with its stiff, upright, full-width back-rest angle (needed for putting your shoulders into low-speed steering efforts), this cabin fails by modern standards, but its sumptuously rich, elegantly simple, and superbly crafted ambience is enormously attractive, and doubtlessly pleased the eye as much 82 years ago as it does now. The opening windshield, as witnessed by the hand-operated gearboxes at its base, might not equal air conditioning, but it was a useful feature long ago. 9 7


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German Profile Column Author 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 One of two unicorns brings a world-record price — soon after the private sale of its sister car by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1993; last five in 1994 Number produced: 55 or 56 Original list price: $167,000 1993; $189,000 in late 1994 Current SCM Median Valuation: N/A (too few examples for comparison) Tune-up/major service: $3,500 Chassis # location: Metal tag at base of windshield; black metal tag on passenger’s side inner front fender; factory build number on interior rear deck Engine # location: On vertical fan stand, passenger’s side Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1994–98 McLaren F1, 1988–91 Ferrari F40; 1993 Ferrari 348 Challenge SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: WP0ZZZ96ZPS496107 Engine number: 63R80551 • Only 10 kilometers on the odometer. This car is completely original and as-delivered • Still covered with the factory-applied Cosmoline • Special-order Polar Silver over Guards Red leather • One of only 51 Carrera RSRs produced • One of two with a fully trimmed interior I 92 magine that as a die-hard Porsche fanatic, you wish to have the fastest and wildest 911 that the factory has to offer — a car that can handily compete on the track right out of the box. The choice is obvious: a new Carrera RS, or better yet — and faster still — the fully race-prepared Carrera RSR. You contact Porsche, and with considerable means, special-order such a 911 to your own unique specifications. However, once delivered and with only 10 kilometers recorded, this limitedproduction 911 vanishes into a private collection, where it remains untouched and never driven for almost 25 years, still covered with its factory-applied Cosmoline coating. The exclusive Type 964 Carrera RSR, of which only 51 examples were built, was the Turbo-bodied racing version of the Carrera RS. It was fitted with a 3.8-liter type M64/04 RSR-specific engine. This dry-sumped, single-ignition powerplant developed an impressive 350 horsepower and 284 foot-pounds of torque, all fed through an uprated 5-speed manual transaxle. Unbiased reviewers viewed those official numbers as very conservative. A more realistic figure, they declared, was at least 375 horsepower. Car and Driver magazine produced a 0–60 mph result of 3.7 seconds, quicker than a Ferrari F40. Ever dominant, the RSR racked up stunning race results from the outset, winning overall at the Spa 24 Hours, Suzuka 1000 Km, and 24 Hours of Interlagos. There was also a class victory at Le Mans, a 1–4 class sweep at the Daytona 24 Hours, and another class victory at Sebring. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 133, sold for $2,257,114, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba, Italy, auction on May 27, 2017. It was a 10-kilometer, brand-new, in-the-wrapper 964 RSR that sold at a huge premium compared to the year-earlier sale of its sister car. It’s a good story. Built only 55 units strong The RSR was at the tail of a long progression of nor- mally aspirated Porsche 964 performance and race cars, ably reviving the moniker of the famous 1973–74 RSRs. The 964 performance line started with the 1990–93 3.6liter, 265-horsepower Cup Car for a German race series that mixed excellent amateur and professional drivers, 40 cars a race, with television coverage. Later French and Japanese national series were added. In 1993 the Cup Cars underwent a substantial 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 race car Lot 272, s/n WP0ZZZ96ZPS496067 Condition 3+ Sold at $729,662 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/12/14 SCM# 256027 Sports Car Market 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight coupe Lot 331, s/n WP0ZZZ96ZPS479051 Condition 2Sold at $716,009 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/12/17 SCM# 6836093 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 coupe Lot 128, s/n WP0ZZZ96ZPS497097 Condition 2+ Sold at $960,512 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/6/16 SCM# 6804506 Tim Scott ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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upgrade. That car also provided an able base for the 1993 Carrera RS 3.8-liter street car, which was the homologation base for the RSR, both built in runs of 55 units. Understated specs In 1993, the RSR listed for about $167,000. It was fitted with a 350-hp Type 64/04 engine behind a 5-speed, 40% limited-slip transaxle that was usually geared to 165 mph. In ADAC trim, the engine was injectionrestricted to 325 horsepower. Racers and road testers of the day thought Porsche understated the horsepower and maximum speed. New to the RS 3.8-liter and the RSR was the tall, biplane rear wing. The RSR body was full-seam welded, reinforced in many places, and had wide fenders that held 9.5-inch-by-18-inch wheels at the front and 11-inch-by-18-inch wheels at the rear. The suspension featured spherical joints with Bilstein racing shocks, a small lightweight clutch, big sway bars, and oversized Turbo S brakes. An air-jack system and center-lock wheels were optional, although just about every 964 RSR I have ever seen had both. A successful GT racer The RSR was intended for long-distance GT racing. In 1993, RSRs won the GT class at Le Mans, at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and placed 2nd in the season-long German ADAC Cup series. In the U. S., RSRs won their class at the Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Today, collectors prize the cars for their raucous power and old-school drivability, although most of the cars are “petted” and not raced. A very late, special run of five cars Our subject car, chassis 496107 in Polar Silver, was one of two cars special-ordered in late 1994 — along with chassis 496109 in Grand Prix White. They were the last two 964 RSRs built, and they were part of a very late run of perhaps five cars that did not make many of the published records on 964 RSRs, which showed the last of 50 (or perhaps 51) cars built to be serial number 491104. That initially created a lot of confusion — starting when your author pulled 491105 out of Japan in 2012. At that time, the Porsche Factory’s Juergen Barth confirmed the very late run of cars and numbers 105–109 are now acknowledged. The final count is widely considered to be 55 (maybe 56) RSRs total. When is an RSR not a race car? These two RSRs were special and expensive cars. We have copies of the January 1995 invoices from the British dealer for both cars. The list price was £121,544 with options totaling £18,611 — about $189,600 and $29,000 at the time. Both cars made long visits to Porsche’s Exclusive Department, where they were modified for possible street use with full interiors that were very red and either pretty or pretty garish, depending on your point of view. It certainly made the cars easily distinguishable from all other 964 RSRs. How much leather would you like on your racer RSR? The options on this silver RSR (quoted directly off the invoice) in- cluded: • Seats in Guards Red leather, seat backs painted Polar Silver • Carpeting in Can Can Red • Upper and lower dashboard, steering column, and wheel Guards Red leather • Door panels and tops of doors Guards Red leather • Inside door pull handles silver/grey leather • Headlining Guards Red leather • Trim instrument mounting and switch panel surround in Silver leather (all knobs black leather) • Middle and side fresh-air vents black leather • Instrument trim rings covered in silver/grey leather, instrument dials painted silver • Six-point bolted roll cage, covered with Guards Red leather, red stitching • Six-point racing harness in red • Battery master switch under front hood like Carrera RS, operation only inside • Brake calipers painted gold • Wheel centers painted amethyst metallic • Fire extinguisher 1x2 kg Please remember that these options were on an otherwise bare-bones serious race car. The selling price of $2,257,114 was a surprise The “not a surprise” part was that both of these RSRs had been pri- vately for sale from multiple sources for at least two years, starting in the fall of 2014 with prices equivalent to $1,500,000. Almost every major Porsche collector in the world considered them, ultimately balking at the prices. Separately, three of my good friends visited these cars in a warehouse in England with the intent of buying one or both. Nothing happened until 2016, when a well-known U. S. collector bought the white example 491109 for meaningfully less than was being asked. Good for him — that was a terrific buy then and it looks much better now. That white RSR was on display at The Quail during Monterey Car Week in August 2016. It will never leave the owner’s car barn, which has a one-way door. Was that extra million warranted? The silver subject car sold from its original owner to an investor/ dealer, who offered it broadly and then decided to take it to auction. Once the white car was sold into a solid collection, this silver one became a bit of a unicorn. With RM Sotheby’s smart marketing campaign behind it, the dirty Cosmoline-coated RSR was one of the stars at the Villa Erba auction. Heavy bidding took the car to $2,257,114, including the 12% buyer’s premium. A well-known Porsche collector in Bahrain won the battle. Was the huge jump in price vs. the white one a year earlier a smart expenditure? It was for at least two bidders — if not for most collectors. On the other hand, where do you go to find another one? ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) September 2017 93


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American Profile 1928 Packard Custom Eight Model 4-43 Convertible This car should have brought more, but the wrong color and lack of documentation held back bidding by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1928 Number produced: 10,568, but sources vary Original list price: $3,975 to $5,150 Current SCM Median Valuation: $202,000 Tune-up cost: $650 Distributor cap: $450 Chassis # location: Plaque on firewall Engine # location: Boss on upper left corner of block Club: Classic Car Club of America Web: www.Classiccarclub.org Alternatives: 1928 Lincoln Model L Tourer, 1928 Cadillac 341A, 1929–32 Packard Deluxe Eight SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1930 Packard Custom Eight 740 Roadster Lot 11, s/n L83358 Condition 2Sold at $209,000 Worldwide, Houston, TX, 4/22/16 SCM# 6799545 Chassis number: 227594 Engine number: 227591A Relatively few Packards were fitted with such princely attire, and it is a very rare to come across one clothed at the legendary Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, CA. It offered the attractive lines and delicately thin cast-brass pillars of Murphy’s recently introduced “Clear Vision” Sedan bodywork, while the Convertible Sedan offered the convenience of open motoring with the full weather protection of a sedan. Vintage Motorcars of Westbrook, CT, completed the B 94 no-expense-spared restoration, finishing the car in its lovely deep red with maroon coach lines and burgundy top over rich brown leather. This is a rare opportunity to acquire what is one of the few remaining Murphy-bodied Packards. Ripe for shows or tour — and eligible for countless CCCA and AACA events — this is an excellent addition to any collection. uying a Packard in 1928 was a no-questionsasked statement that you had arrived. But if it wasn’t enough to own one of the finest cars on the road, one could opt for custom coachwork. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 141, sold for $126,500, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich, CT, auction on June 4, 2017. The Roaring Twenties were a time of unprecedented economic growth, and the U.S. stock market was providing unparalleled wealth for many. The stock market increased 40% between May 1928 and September 1929, although there was little of substance to base the growth upon — as would soon become apparent. The car of the era During this era, Packard was the indisputable leader in the field of prestige automobiles. Packard built the most expensive American automobile, as the Custom Eight 433 was priced close to $5,000. As a comparison, a 1927 Ford Model A Roadster cost as little as $385. If, however, you wanted to show that you were part of the elite, there was little doubt about what you would drive. At the time Packard’s model designations did not re- late to a model year — nor were they consistent between series. 1932 Packard Custom Eight Convertible Lot 236, s/n 194206 Condition 2Sold at $313,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/12 SCM# 209590 1929 Packard Custom Eight Roadster Lot 255, s/n 175505 Condition 2+ Sold at $135,220 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 9/7/13 SCM# 227832 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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The Packard Eights (433) and Sixes (526-533) were introduced in July 1927 and were considered 1928 models. They had a more massive look, with thicker, nickel-plated radiator shells, larger drum headlights and a lower stance. All the brightwork was nickel plated, although cars were often later updated with chromium. The major mechanical innovation for 1928 was the introduction of the Bijur lubrication system that provided oil to the cylinders when the choke was being used. This reduced engine wear that happened when raw gas removed the oil on the cylinder wall. The model designations were not the only Packard nomenclature that was a bit perplexing, as the Packard Custom series was not custom at all. It was not even a limited series but came directly from the Red does not work well on 1920s American Classics. More traditional tones of blue, tan or gray would have been more pleasing. Second, the origin of the car was not clear. If it was one of the Earle C. Anthony Packards, the value would have been enhanced, but the documentation was lacking. production line. The “Deluxe” model simply indicated a side-mounted spare. There were nine models in the Custom Eight line, and they were mounted on a 143-inch wheelbase and powered with a 383-ci straight eight that produced 109 horsepower. In addition, Packard produced a custom catalog that presented 20 designs on the 4-43 chassis that could be ordered from five coachbuilding firms. The catalog also illustrated the nameplates of three additional firms, including Walter M. Murphy of Pasadena, CA. The Murphy magic Murphy opened their doors during August 1920, and their first as- signment was a line of custom-bodied Lincolns that would appeal to the carriage trade. Murphys were distinctive and broke precedent, attracting industry captains, distinguished entertainers and the landed gentry. They soon had branches throughout California. Murphy designs were well suited to the California lifestyle, and they developed a method of folding the convertible top into a well behind the rear seat. This was the start of the “disappearing-top coupe.” Murphy also developed the “Clear Vision” model, with thin alumi- num forging for the middle pillar on convertible sedans, town cars and hard-top sport sedans. These designs were quickly adapted to the Duesenberg chassis, and September 2017 $350,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $300,000 $50,000 $0 Murphy built more Duesenbergs than any other marque. Likewise, Duesenbergs carried Murphy bodies more than those from any other coachbuilder. Murphy also built a series of their popular “Clear Vision” convert- ible sedans “in the white” for Packard’s Earle C. Anthony Company to market as semi-customs. This was the only reference found of Murphy producing coachwork on a Packard. However, the firewall plate on our subject car, which appears to be new, indicates a delivery to McDonald Inc. Found in a field The early history of this Packard “Clear Vision” Convertible Sedan is unknown, although it was acquired 40 years ago when the seller found it in deteriorated condition in a Northeast field. It recently received a comprehensive restoration at Vintage Motorcars, and it was finished in bold two-tone red livery. Gooding & Co., at their 2010 Pebble Beach auction, sold a 1928 Packard 4-43 phaeton, which was finished in subtle shades of tan, for $148,500. Our subject Packard should have realized a touch more at Bonhams’ Greenwich Auction, but two important factors were in play: First, red does not work well on 1920s American Classics. More traditional tones of blue, tan or gray would have been more pleasing. Second, the origin of the car was not clear. If it was one of the Earle C. Anthony Packards, the value would have been enhanced, but the documentation was lacking. The new owner can, of course, change the paint — but at a cost that will be difficult to recoup. As such, the price paid can be considered reasonable — if multiple hues of red and burgundy are your colors of choice. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1928 Packard Custom Eight $187,000 This sale: $125,500 $67,100 2012 $225,500 2013 $38,500 2014 2015 2016 95 $418,000


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Race Car Profile 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA This car may have slipped under the Alfisti racing radar, as the sale price was an amazing deal by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1965–67 Number produced: 560 Original list price: The Stradale was about $7,000. The Corsa was about $12,000, depending on options Current SCM Median Valuation: Stradale at $283,000, Corsa at $467,000 Cost per hour to race: $750 Chassis # location: On firewall above right cam Engine # location: On block below front carburetor Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club Web: aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1962–66 Lotus Cortina, 1968–71 BMW 2002, 1962–64 Mini Cooper SCM Investment Grade: A (Corsa) Comps Chassis number: AR752675 W hile most GTAs were either supplied in Stradale form or subsequently upgraded to Corsa specification, chassis AR752675 was destined for competition from the outset. Correspondence from the Alfa Romeo Museum con- firms that the car was manufactured on September 8, 1965, and delivered to the renowned Autotecnica Conrero Team on August 31, 1966 — unusually, in right-hand-drive form. One of the most celebrated privateers in Italy, Autotecnica Conrero was established in 1951 and quickly acquired a stellar reputation for tuning Alfa Romeos and racing them to victory around the world. This car was almost immediately repainted in the Conrero colors of white with a yellow noseband. AR752675 was raced extensively under the Conrero/“Jolly Club” banner. One of the hallmarks of the GTA was its use of an alu- minum body shell and extensive use of magnesium components, and it is important to note that this car retains a number of those desirable magnesium parts, including the oil pan, gearbox (supplied with the car), and magnesium valve covers. The car also retains a proper GTA transmission and Autodelta rear axle, as well as the very desirable first-series Campagnolo magnesium wheels. Furthermore, the consignor notes that the bodywork retains all its original aluminum, and no new aluminum was used for the bodywork in the restoration. Attesting to its competition history, the original Conrero plate can be found on the dashboard, and its original homologation number can be found stamped in the trunk. 96 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 127, sold for $282,139, including buyer’s commission, 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1300 Junior coupe at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction in Italy on May 27, 2017. The 1960s were a pretty good time for Alfa Romeo. With the introduction of the 1,600-cc Giulia in 1962, they were able to ramp up production while improving both initial quality and reliability, and their cars were selling well. From a competition standpoint, 1963 saw the intro- duction of the Giulia Tubolare Zagato — also known as the TZ. It was Alfa’s first purely competition car since the early 1950s (although they did build “Stradale” road versions, nobody was fooled), and it quickly proved to be a giant-killer. In the early times their Giulia TI sedan was quite com- petitive in the very important “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” Touring Car Championships, but that crown was insecure. Ford had introduced the Lotus Cortina, which, with its Lotus twin-cam engine and substantially lighter weight, was proving troublesome. Alfa needed something quicker. Hello, Sprint GTA With the introduction of the Giulia series, Alfa had re- placed the venerable Giulietta Sprint coupe with an allnew design from Bertone designer Giorgetto Guigiaro named the Giulia Sprint GT. It was a stunning design for its time, simple and clean. Technically, it is a 2-door, 4-seat sedan — I recall one Lot 315, s/n AR775599 Condition 3 Sold at $233,620 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/7/17 SCM# 6819923 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA coupe Lot 304, s/n AR613721 Condition 2+ Sold at $355,891 RM Sotheby’s, Milan, ITA, 11/24/16 SCM# 6813149 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA coupe Lot 129, s/n AR613115 Condition 2Sold at $440,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/28/16 SCM# 270499 Sports Car Market Dirk de Jager ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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The available parts were amazing: magnesium transmission cas- ings, oil pans, differential housings — even valve covers. Transmission internals ranged from close-ratio synchro to Colotti dog-engaged gears. The infamous “sliding block” rear suspension was great for the track, but you’d never want one on the street. All of this didn’t come cheap: A full race Autodelta Corsa GTA cost about 6 million lira, twice the price of a Stradale and about the same as a new Ferrari 275 GTB. They were bloody fast, though. The car to beat Introduced in late 1965, the GTA was the car to beat in the European Touring Car Championships and American Trans-Am for 1966 and 1967. Because the factory Corsa was a spendy approach — and Autodelta was perfectly happy to sell various racing parts directly — lots of customers chose to buy Stradales and turn them into racers with a combination of Autodelta and outside components. This was true in the era and later in the historic period. The true, certified Autodelta Corsas are very rare and are much magazine describing the rear seats as “perfect for two legless 12-yearolds.” But the Sprint GT was really a wonderful two-person GT coupe. It was the perfect candidate for a production touring car racer, but at 2,200 pounds, it was way too heavy. To resolve that, Alfa created a “homologation special” production GT to be called the GTA (Alleggerita, or “lightened”). They had to build 500 examples to meet the rules. The Giulia GT used a unibody construction approach, with an inter- nal stamped and welded sheet-metal substructure welded to the steel body panels to create a rigid chassis. Fortunately, the internal structure was strong enough on its own to carry the loads, so Alfa created the GTA by pop-riveting and bonding aluminum body panels onto the core instead of welding the steel ones. Alfa was relentless about reducing weight, particularly on the com- petition Corsa examples. The rear and side windows were plastic, the seats were ultra-lightweight, most of the cast-metal bits were magnesium instead of aluminum and there was no sound insulation. They even tried using aluminum floor pans, but it hurt the chassis stiffness too much. A full-pop racing Corsa weighed 1,640 pounds — 450 pounds less than a stock GT. A Hemi tuned for racing The engine was the other serious change. While developing the TZ2 for the 1965 season, Alfa designed a twin-plug cylinder head. Hemispherical combustion chambers were all the rage in the 1950s and early 1960s because they allowed big, canted valves with straightport routing — but they had an inherent problem. Getting high compression required a very big dome on the piston to fill the chamber, and that in turn meant a very long flame path from a center spark plug. This was fine until the RPM got above 6,500 or so, at which point the flame couldn’t keep up with the piston and efficiency dropped off. The simple solution was to use two spark plugs located towards the outsides of the chamber, which had the additional advantage of allowing larger valves. The engine also got larger carburetors — 45 DCO Webers — instead of the stock 40s. None of this mattered very much for the street GTAs. Listed horse- power for a GTA was 133 vs. 126 for a stock GT, but it mattered a bunch when the race tuners started doing their job. A reliable 175 horsepower — or more — at 7,800 rpm was relatively attainable. This engine, placed in a 1,650-pound car, makes a formidable racer. Racers vs. street cars As with any homologation special, the street version was a pale imita- tion of the fire-breathing full racers. Autodelta was the racing department, with a separate factory. The factory racing versions were Stradales built at Alfa and then sent to Autodelta, where they were taken apart and reassembled as Corsas to whatever specification the customer wanted. September 2017 more highly valued than competition-converted Stradales, which are more valuable than street Stradales. Why so inexpensive? Our subject car presents a bit of a conundrum in figuring out what it really is. The catalog copy artfully avoids describing the car as a Corsa, even though it apparently went directly from the showroom to the racetrack, has multiple important Autodelta parts, and Conrero was a serious racing team. I would guess that it is a converted Stradale, which would shed some light on why it sold for what it did. Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics knows GTAs very well, and he tells me that good raceconverted Stradales sell now for $300,000–$350,000, while the best Corsas with history are easily $400,000–$450,000. Why then did this car, which appears to have been beautifully re- stored and has good period history, sell for only $283,500? The short answer is that I don’t know. Since many GTAs in Europe are used in road events like Tour Auto as much as track raced, the fact that it is a right-hand-drive car (thus more difficult to drive in European traffic) might have hurt its value. There may have been some unmentioned defect or problem with the car, although RM Sotheby’s is highly reputable and the catalog speaks highly of the body’s originality. It is unlikely that the engine is original, as there is a note of a blown engine in the history, but this is hardly unusual in serious racers. The car may have slipped under the Alfisti racer radar. Villa Erba is a smaller venue when it comes to auctions, and possibly few people knew the car was coming up for sale. Whatever the cause, the car sold for substantially less than I or a number of people I discussed this with would have expected. I would say very well bought, indeed. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $400,000 $500,000 $200,000 $300,000 $159,251 $100,000 $0 N/A 2012 2013 2014 N/A 2015 2016 97 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA $345,929 This sale: $282,139 $494,053


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Next Gen Profile 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II Move now to get spectacular performance, a modern computer-controlled engine and a racing pedigree at a decent price by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1993–94 Number produced: 2,481 Original list price: $42,981 Current SCM Median Valuation: $79,500 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis # location: Radiator core support, right hand side Engine # location: Engine block behind the oil filter Club: American Lancia Club Web: www.americanlanciaclub.com Alternatives: 1992–98 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4, 1988–93 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo, 1992–96 Ford Escort RS Cosworth SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZLA831AB0005822788 F irst seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979, the Lancia Delta Integrale is best known for its domination of the World Rally Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first Evoluzione cars were built at the end of 1991 and carried on through 1992. Arriving in June 1993, a further development of the HF Integrale naturally became known as the Evo II and featured an updated version of the 2-liter, 16-valve turbo engine producing a little more power (215 hp) and incorporated a three-way catalyst and a Lambda probe, with everything being run by a new Marelli integrated engine control system. This Evo II dates from 1993 and naturally is left-hand drive. It’s finished in Monza Red with a beige interior and is showing 74,619 kilometers (46,637 miles). The bodywork presents very well and the paintwork remains decent and is commensurate with the age of the car. The door shuts and panel gaps look even, the interior is very tidy, the wheels are excellent, and overall this little Evo seems well cared for. In 2016, Walkers Integrale carried out a major ser- vice including cam/balance belts, oil and filters, plugs, air/fuel filters, all four dampers/bump stops, drop links, fuel pump, clean injectors and a new radiator. Also with the car are the stamped service book, MoTs from 1998, 98 the sales advert, a pile of service and maintenance invoices, and the toolkit. Anyone who has ever driven an Integrale knows how special they are, and this car seems a very honest example with plenty of history and represents an excellent opportunity to experience the sense of invincibility engendered by these talented little Lancias. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 361, sold for $52,797 including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ The May Sale in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., on May 13, 2017. Sport compact cars came into full flower in the 1990s, and the Europeans enjoyed several brands and models that never made it over to the United States. Now that the requisite 25 years have passed since these cars were new, importing them to the United States has become dramatically easier. Thus, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo —and its much-less-expensive cousin Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 — are about to become quite collectible. The main factor working on the Lancia’s behalf is its status as an FIA homologation model. For those who might not be familiar with this concept, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile is the governing body for most motorsports in Europe and America. To enter a production car in racing events such as the 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II Lot 536, s/n ZLA831AB000583705 Condition 2+ Sold at $66,665 Silverstone, Stoneleigh Park , U.K., 2/23/16 SCM# 6827925 Sports Car Market 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo I Lot 131, s/n ZLA831AB000568612 Condition 3+ Sold at $56,740 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/8/16 SCM# 6803792 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II Lot 304, s/n ZLA831AB000583064 Condition 3+ Sold at $55,544 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/10/16 SCM# 6811918 Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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World Rally Championship, the FIA demands that car be produced in sufficient numbers to be considered a publicly available model. In the case of the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II, there were about 2,481 cars built in 1993 and 1994. That’s far more than the 214 cars produced to homologate the similar Audi Quattro Sport rally car a decade earlier. That difference in production numbers accounts for some of the price gap between the sky-high Audis and the affordable Lancias. But what you’re getting here is the real road-going version of the car Lancia was using to win rallies in the early ’90s. Some serious kit The specs on the Evo II are impressive. The engine displaces 1,995 cc and has a native compression ratio of just 8:1, designed to be supplemented with about 14.5 psi (1 bar) of boost. With dual overhead cams Now that the requisite 25 years have passed since these cars were new, importing them to the United States has become dramatically easier. Thus, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo — and its much-less-expensive cousin Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 — are about to become quite collectible. and four valves per cylinder, the engine is rated at 215 horsepower and 227 foot-pounds of torque. Engine management happens courtesy of a Marelli integrated system with timed multipoint fuel injection, knock sensor, and full computer control of spark, fuel, and boost. The Lancia comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. There’s a viscous limited-slip device in the center position enforcing a 47%/53% front-to-rear torque split, and a heavy-duty torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential. The Lancia has a top speed of 145.75 mph at 6,000 rpm. The car’s front suspension is a heavy-duty McPherson strut design. The Evo also has a lightweight independent rear suspension with double transverse arms — plus trailing arms with coil-spring struts. Four-piston fixed calipers squeeze the front brakes, and single-piston floating calipers serve the rear, aided by a Bosch ABS system. Ready to drive, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II weighs in at 2,954 pounds, and will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The Evo II looks the part of a hot hatch, with striking lines, box flares, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior is just as evocative, with a custom Momo three-spoke steering wheel and race-styled seats upholstered in Alcantara. September 2017 Special editions galore If you go shopping for one of these cars, note that about half of the production total came in the form of various special editions. For the most part, these were paint-and-upholstery appearance packages, but a few received special equipment. The Dealer’s Collection edition (179 cars) came with push-button start and a passenger’s foot brace. The Final Edition (250 cars) got a special rear strut brace. The Gialla Ginestra edition (515 cars) all got air conditioning and a black Alcantara interior. The price is right Our subject car’s sale is right in line with several other sales com- pleted over the past two years — when prices for these cars took a dramatic jump over prior bids. Note that the Martini 5 and 6 special editions issued to commemo- rate the Lancia’s World Rally Championship wins typically trade for around $150,000 — about three times the price of a basic Evo. There were 400 of the Martini 5 and 310 of the Martini 6 special editions made, turned out in traditional Martini white with blue and red stripes. Actual Lancia WRC Group A rally cars bring much higher prices than any of the road-going homologation cars. The bottom line on the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II (and all its related siblings) is that these cars offer spectacular performance, reasonable comfort, a modern computer-controlled engine, and an honorable racing pedigree. They’re rare enough to be a respectable part of any collection — but not so rare that they’re impossible to maintain or repair. Let the buying and importing commence. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) $120,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $20,000 $0 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $124,716 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II $85,000 $75,730 This sale: $52,797 $55,631 $20,526 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 99


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ The impressive lineup for RM Sotheby’s fourth biennial Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como, Italy; Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $28m RM Sotheby’s, Cernobbio, ITA, p. 108 $24m Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, p. 122 $8m Leake, Tulsa, OK, p. 150 $7m Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, p. 134 $2m H&H, Surrey, U.K., p. 164 $319k VanDerBrink, Hustisford, WI, p. 176 Roundup, p. 186


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Market Reports Overview Summer Breeze Cools the Market Most big auctions tread water through the early summer months Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Garrett Long still hovered around 97%, but their average car price dropped $9k. Leake still did quite well in Tulsa, but has B 1. 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype coupe, $3,385,670—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 110 2. 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 coupe, $2,257,114—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 114 3. 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder, $1,630,138—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 114 4. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe, $1,598,789—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 116 5. 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet, $1,253,952—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 112 6. 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,191,254—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 119 7. 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spider, $940,464—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 116 8. 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio coupe, $915,385—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 118 9. 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, $877,250—Bonhams, CT, p. 144 10. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II coupe, $677,134—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 116 Best Buys 1988 BMW M6 coupe, $55,000— Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, p. 142 104 been on a gradual slope down these past few years sale-wise. Earning over $10m from 2013 to 2015, they have been in the $8m range these past two years. Leake had the fewest number of lots recorded, at 525, compared to the 650 they seem to usually offer. RM Sotheby’s sold below their usual sales total at their biennial Villa Erba auction. Despite offering 66 lots — 40 being their previous highest — totals were $1m below last year. The sales rate has historically been around the 75%–85% range, but dipped this year to 62%. Bonhams is moving in the opposite direction of that gradual slope and has slowly but surely been raising the bar each year at Greenwich. Hovering around the $3m– $5m mark in 2012, they have now been trying to break that $8m bar. With an amazing 90% sales rate and great average car price of $89k, it’s no wonder they had one of their best years yet. H&H had their first auction in Woodcote Park. Despite a low 51% sales rate, H&H had an interesting assortment of cars and an $87k average car price and $2m in sales. VanDerBrink returned with more of the Egelseer Collection and finished the weekend with surprising results. Despite offering half the lots of the first time the collection went to auction in 2015, they made just $18k less. Garrett’s Market Moment: My generation loves Subarus. Overall they are cheap, reliable and plentiful (particularly in Portland). Because most Millennial enthusiasts aren’t at the stage in life where having more than one car is feasible, we have to compromise, and the WRX is that compromise. Despite the warbly flat four and light hints of muscle under the hood, the standard WRX looks like any other Subaru and wouldn’t raise an eyebrow in an accounting firm’s parking lot. Pair four doors, a relatively cheap price and solid reliability with a car that’s still fun to drive and you have the makings of one of the most popular Millennial cars on the market. There are plenty of reasons to like WRXs (particularly if you like airplane wings on your trunk), but that fascination started in WRC. When I saw Paul Hardiman cover the classic 1996 Subaru Impreza WRC rally car at H&H — with arrett-Jackson returned to Uncasville, CT, for their second year, bringing almost 100 more lots than last year, but selling $1.8m less. Their astronomical sales rate Millennial Magnet Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue VanDerBrink Hustisford, WI May 6, 2017 Cernobbio, ITA May 27, 2017 RM Sotheby’s Greenwich, CT June 4, 2017 Epsom, Surrey, U.K. June 6, 2017 June 9–11, 2017 Coeur d’Alene, ID June 17, 2017 June 21–24, 2017 Brightwells Bicester, U.K. June 24, 2017 $0 Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT $806k $10m $20m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts the best livery to boot — I had a moment of childlike glee. Sights and sounds of the Impreza volleying over hills, wheels at ridiculous angles with the turbo chirping like a caged bird, filled my head. It’s a good bet that these plastic, souped-up economy cars will be making auction headlines in 30 years. So if the buyers of both H&H Subaru Imprezas are will- ing to wait for Millennial wallets to fill up, you made good buys. Well bought. ♦ $30m $40m June 16–17, 2017 Silver Auctions Mecum Auctions Portland, OR Tulsa, OK Leake H&H Auctions Bonhams $7.2m $2m $8.2m $7.8m $444k $23.8m $320k $28.4m 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $71,500—Mecum Auctions, OR, p. 194 2001 Subaru Impreza P1 2-dr sedan, $23,231—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 174 1980 BMW 635 CSi coupe, $8,800—Barrett-Jackson, CT, p. 128 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L89 convertible, $92,400—BarrettJackson, CT, p. 132 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Trending Now Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Donald Osborne picks the cars to keep and the cars to sell in today’s market by Donald Osborne Buy: Custom-bodied, limited-production post-war cars — The price dif- ferential between ordinary cars and the best examples available is growing wider as buyers become more discerning and demanding. It can be as much as 100% in some cases. This is especially true with serial production cars, where the choices can be quite extensive and often come down to specific color combinations. Think of Jaguar E-types or Mercedes-Benz 280SLs. An increasingly important attribute of value is the ability of a car to stand out from the crowd. As production cars become more commoditized, vehicles that can’t be easily replaced lead the market in appreciation. There are a host of Italian, French and German cars, ranging from Volkswagens to Delahayes and Fiats to Ferraris, that are either one-offs or built in small series. Many are equally as suited for rallies as for concours and run the gamut in price from four to six figures and beyond. There are cars for every taste and enthusiasm, and no matter what type of car excites you, it’s always better to have something that is truly special than another “belly button” car — you know, something that everyone has. Think art object rather than transportation. Sell: 1966–69 Porsche 911 — Interest in “vintage” Porsche 911s remains high. Look at the staggering number on offer at practically every collector car auction. Values have also basically tripled between 2012 and 2015, bringing a great deal of attention to these cars. However, prices have stabilized in the past two years and in some cases softened a bit — here as in the rest of the market, it has become more about the specific car than about the model. There was a reason that Porsche lengthened the wheelbase in 1969, and enthusiasts certainly welcomed the change. The added stability that came with the development frankly makes less of a difference now, as these early cars are unlikely to be driven anywhere near their limit. But their reputation nonetheless stands. If you bought one of these cars 20 years ago, there’s a great deal of apprecia- tion to be taken, and now is as good a time as any to do so. I don’t see the values tripling, doubling or even making an increase in the high double digits in the next few years. If you bought one in the past five years, I hope you’re driving and enjoying it rather than counting on it to fund that new house in Aspen. Hold: 1980s–90s Alfa Romeos — Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. market has fulfilled the yearnings of deprived Alfisti from coast to coast. Whether that initial excitement actually results in a sustainable success again here remains to be seen. But it has turned a spotlight onto the products last offered on these shores before Alfa slipped out of the country in the middle of the night in 1995. The Milano, launched in 1986 as a 1987 model, was offered in three trim levels, topped by the 3-liter V6 Verde. The last rear-wheel-drive Alfa sedan until the current Giulia, the Milano delivered on the road with good power and confident, predictable handling. Build quality was rather good, and you can still find well-cared-for examples for remarkably low prices. Also worth finding is its successor, the front-wheel-drive 164. The last car developed by Alfa before its sale to Fiat, the 164 boasts classic Pininfarina styling, a fantastic if slightly indecipherable dashboard, and a superb ride and performance. There are quite a few good ones on the market, as owners tended to treat them well. Also not to be overlooked is the rather more rare GTV6 sports coupe — the fantastic Alfetta GT with the V6 power it always deserved. 106 Sports Car Market BUY HOLD SELL


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Market Reports By the Numbers Monterey Bump? Average prices of select collector cars at Monterey auctions vs. auctions the rest of the year as covered by SCM $900k $800k $700k $600k $500k $400k $300k $200k Monterey All others 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 coupe $818,263 $574,750 $704,867 $814,000 $792,418 $800,005 $763,125 $375,375 $330,084 $231,000 2010 $260k $240k $220k $200k $180k $160k $140k $120k $100k $80k Monterey All others $307,680 2011 2012 2013 2014 1961–64 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 convertible $241,588 $228,938 $178,750 $174,325 $121,450 $104,083 $92,588 2010 $1.8m $1.6m $1.4m $1.2m $1m $800k $600k $400k September 2017 Monterey All others $1,388,750 $1,500,346 $1,291,223 $996,657 $819,500 $675,457 $632,500 2010 $751,592 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 107 $953,000 $1,208,912 $1,167,050 $1,237,500 $1,536,083 $1,470,333 $115,217 $93,094 2011 $87,987 2012 2013 2014 1954–57 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 2015 2016 $132,722 $215,925 $165,000 2015 2016 $248,891 $378,013 $365,750 $429,402


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA RM Sotheby’s — Villa Erba Despite headline cars not hammering sold, RM Sotheby’s still had good numbers Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 27, 2017 Location Cernobbio, ITA Auctioneers Maarten ten Holder, Filippo Lotti Automotive lots sold/offered 41/66 Sales rate 62% Sales total $28,388,410 High sale One of only 34 built on a Type 57 chassis — 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante prototype coupe, sold at $3,385,670 Report and photos by Massimo Delbò Market opinions in italics Villa d’Este Concours. Even though R Sotheby’s hit decent numbers, they did h quite a few notable no-sales. The hype which were quite well advertised — w no-sales. A similar story played out for t high sale of the auction — a 1928 Merc S Torpedo Sport roadster. Compared to previous years, the car selection was on par, but the level of preparation seemed below RM Sotheby’s usual high standard. R M Sotheby’s returned to the shores of Lake Como for their third Villa Erba auction, held in conjunction with th Cernobbio, ITA 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Goutte d’Eau Figoni et Falaschi coupe, sold at $3,761,856 Buyer’s premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.89) ever, it’s not RM Sotheby’s specialists’ fault: this is simply what is available e market with so many good cars already safely parked inside solid collections. elieve that a clash of ideologies is playing out in today’s market and was pary divisive in regard to some cars here. Potential buyers are looking for perfect Those perfect cars are hard to find, and in many cases average-condition cars re priced up to perfect-car levels. Some consignors tend to rely on a model’s prominence, rather than its condition, to bring high numbers. This “difference of opinion” can come with a cost. However, there were some good deals struck at the auction, such as a 1993 Porsche 911 3.8 RSR, a car that has probably rolled all 10 kilometers on its odometer, sold at $2.25m. The 1961 Jaguar E-type that raced in 1962 and ’63 went for a solid $652k, and the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante prototype coupe brought $3.4m. These are excellent examples that prove that when a car is special, bidders dig deep into their pockets to fight for them. One of the most beautiful pre-war cars in the Sales Totals world, the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Sport roadster, had the highest bid but did not meet its reserve. It was not the car’s fault, with a great restoration and even greater love story behind it. Of the six modern supercars (less than 10 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder, sold at $1,630,138 108 years old), four were no-sales, including a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 2016 Ferrari F12 TdF and a 2016 McLaren P1. All but the F12 TdF (not sold at $755k) were bid to over $1.9m. The top 10 sales of this auction — representing 15% of the lots offered — sold for $18.9m, or 67% of the sales total. Eight of them broke the million-dollar barrier. ♦ $35m $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ENGLISH #139-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE Conti- nental coupe. S/N: BC20A. Eng. # BCA19. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 46,099 km. The 1953 Geneva Motor Show car, equipped with the very rare and desirable “seats and spats” option and painted in the original dark green. An almost perfect appearance, besides some small paint blisters. Beautiful interior recently renewed, but the quality of the leather used for the seats is not up to par, and door panels show some scratches and are dirty. Door fit not perfect. £40k ($62k) invoice dated 2015, by English specialist who refreshed the car’s mechanicals. Cond: 2-. tition E-type, at almost twice the high estimate. Definitely one of the most appealing and fascinating cars of the whole sale and constantly surrounded by people at the preview. Unfortunately, the restoration took away some earned scars and patina. Imagining her racing in Angola was a powerful image in my mind. To me this car deserves to go back to racing, without too much preparation. It won’t be the fastest but will definitely be the most beautiful and among the most interesting. #162-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Zagato coupe. S/N: SCFCV81Z8HTL20043. Eng. # V5800043X. Black/white leather. Odo: 4,059 km. A V8 Vantage Zagato, one of 15 in LHD, with a manual gearbox and low mileage. Something like this doesn’t come to market every day. Some small bubbles on the hood and some plastic trim is scratched or aged. The rubber gasket on the passenger’s door is cracked, but in general, the car is sound. Interior is original and just needs a good cleaning to be back to its original beauty. There is an old telephone holder installed. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $918,072. I was surprised by this no-sale. The car was beautiful and equipped with the right selection of special requests. I think the micro-blisters in the paint played an important role; those are expensive mistakes to fix. But somebody willing to drive the car—more than show it—could have benefited from the extensive specialist work recently done to it. Size makes it more eligible for the American market, but I’d loved to have the opportunity to take good care of it. #130-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I convertible. S/N: 875807. Eng. # R21239. Green & gray metallic/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 70,116 km. Just out from a wellexecuted restoration, with a very interesting, well-documented racing history, this early E-type was one of the hot cars of the sale. Interestingly, the restoration partially kept some—but not all—early racing modifications, creating a perfect combination for a clear and honest history and ready to be driven—fast. A color combination away from Italian tradition, and even if it’s styled by Zagato, not a fantastic-looking car. The new owner will enjoy the soundtrack. #157-2016 MCLAREN P1 GTR coupe. S/N: SBM12ABB9FW100033. Eng. # 38JBAD120045. Black/black leather. Odo: 360 km. One of only 58 P1 GTRs built, and one of only 27 converted by Lanzante to be road legal. New inside and out except for a small scratch on the left door. A perfect example of the hard genesis of a modern hypercar: created as road car, developed in a racing version that can’t be used on the road and then detuned to be road legal again. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $3,190,860. I’m sorry McLaren, Lanzante and P1 GTR owners, but if I could spend $3m on a car, this is the last one I’d buy. I simply don’t understand the point; it’s impossible to race and pointless to use on the road. I fear the 360 kilometers was the time it took for the wealthy owner to discover the hard truth after the first week of ownership. But for the money, I wouldn’t swap it for my old Fiat 500. SOLD AT $426,344. Definitely too rare a combination to pass by without somebody buying it. Not the most beautiful Zagato built, but with an impressive engine which, paired with the manual transmission, could make it exhilarating to drive. A nice color combination, too. #148-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Volante. S/N: SCFCV81ZXJTL30028. Eng. # V5800028X. Fury Yellow/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 12,780 km. The only example originally built as LHD. Impressive Fury Yellow on black leather, and dark—almost black—wood trim. Well presented and taken care of, with the only relevant mark being a scratch on the driver’s side front rim. Equipped with a bulge on the hood, mandatory to fit the Vantage engine. Cond: 2. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 1 #136-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Atalante Prototype coupe. S/N: 57254. Eng. # 202. Black/brown leather. RHD. The third Atalante built, featuring a body with unique details, from the Bugatti internal body shop. One of only 34 built on a Type 57 chassis, still with many original panels and components. A known and proven history. Cond: 2+. car with a potential for racing and concours. Trunk-panel gaps need adjustment. Some stains on the soft top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $652,055. New world record for a non-compe- 110 SOLD AT $514,120. A rare one-off Aston, a SOLD AT $3,385,670. This car should be used to set a standard for “ticking all the boxes” in the classic car world. Every single piece of its history seems chosen to create the perfect car for a collector. The modifications made in its very early life are perfectly reported in the Bugatti production chart. No doubt aided by the fact the car’s first owner was Meo Costantini, a company racer and Bugatti’s factory director. The second owner bought it and kept it in the family for 62 years, Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA with a perfect balance of use and preservation, taking pictures and keeping notes of any work done. I can only hope it will still be sparingly used, because caging it in a garage, or a museum, would be a missed opportunity. (See profile, p. 88.) TOP 10 No. 5 #132-1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Grand Sport cabriolet. S/N: 110121. Eng. # 102. Black/black fabric/black leather. RHD. A one-off convertible built by Franay on a Talbot-Lago T26 shortened chassis, which makes for a very interesting car. This one provided a proven history as a concours star in period, coming from a comprehensive and careful restoration and with a well-documented history. Cond: 2+. beauty are timeless. More than driving it, I would have loved to see it passing by on the Lake Como shore, just to enjoy its beauty. GERMAN #144-1928 MERCEDES-BENZ TYP S 680 S Torpedo Sport roadster. S/N: 35949. Eng. # 72151. Gray/black cloth/red leather. The 1929 New York Show car, built following the desire of one of the wealthiest men of the period—and aviation pioneer—who never collected it. Sold new to a young, wealthy oil company director and became a part of a romantic love story that lasted the couple’s entire lives. Restored by expert Paul Russell, it went on to win the Best of Show in Pebble Beach in 2012 and First in Class in Villa d’Este the following year. One of only three built with the lowered windshield, and the only one thought to survive. Cond: 1. more suited to an American collection. I can’t hide the fact that if tomorrow I became a billionaire, I’d first try to convince Mr. Ralph Lauren to sell me his “Count Trossi” Mercedes, and immediately after, I’d go buy this 680 S. Absolutely amazing; I have dreamt of this car after I saw it win at Pebble. Listening to Paul Russell describe the challenge of the restoration is one of my most cherished memories. #128-1954 PORSCHE 356 Pre-A Speed- ster. S/N: 80075. Eng. # 730255. Black/black cloth/red leatherette. Odo: 18,828 km. A completely restored Pre-A model, with a later 1.6-liter engine from a 356C. A perfect paint job, black bumpers in a different tone from the body. Misaligned panels detract from the overall look of the car. Well-done restored interior SOLD AT $1,253,952. Sold just below the estimate. The black-on-black does not help this car show all its beauty in pictures, but the view in person gives an infinitely better impression; a post-war car with almost as much elegance as a pre-war one. The history of the car, with so many shows during its early years, adds prestige and confirms that class and NOT SOLD AT $5,653,980. When I saw the car for sale at Villa Erba, I was surprised it was this particular model, which I consider with a nice patina. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $376,186. It was originally exported to America in Glasso Blau, a very rare and beautiful Glasurit color with an interior in basketweave leatherette. The current black-on-red combo is definitely more common. I love the look of Speedsters, but if I close my eyes and imagine one, I always see them being used by surfers in Southern California, less polished but with more soul. A soul this car was missing… #134-1957 BMW 507 Series I convert- ible. S/N: 70044. Eng. # 40051. Light blue & green/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 72,681 km. A well-used 507, with an old homemade paint job. Paint is detaching. Sound car, but too far from stock to enter a preservation class. Wonderful 51-year-long single ownership by a real, passionate car guy, more focused on driving it than maintaining it in showroom condition. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $1,539,450. The charming history was not enough to compensate for a car in need of a lot of work. The 507 has hit some impressive numbers over the past few years, but the highest estimate at $2.3m for this seemed too high. A typical case of mis- 112 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA matched seller and market expectations. In a sea of freshly restored, unused, soulless cars, this 507 was a breath of fresh air, but the cost of revamping it to concours status deterred many from the purchase. #124-1985 AUDI QUATTRO SPORT coupe. S/N: WAUZZZ85ZEA905148. White/ gray leather & Alcantara. Odo: 90,436 km. Only 164 road-legal cars built. This Quattro was a rough example, having traveled a rough 90k kilometers. It looked dirty, with a rear fascia and a front grille in need of refurbishing. Interior with some marks, a non-original radio and a couple of strange holes on the dashboard. Audi replacement engine. Cond: 3-. metallic/red leather. Odo: 10 km. A brand-new 911 RSR 3.8, looks terrible due to the original layer of Cosmoline but, because of that, the freshest 3.8 RSR in existence. Ten kilometers on the clock and most likely never turned on. A special paint and interior-color combination. A new 24-year-old car that needs a lot of work to be used. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $302,292. These are rare cars, amazingly fun to drive on every surface under a variety of conditions. Seeing the car in person was a disappointment, as its appearance didn’t match its pedigree. There are examples on the road with the same 90k kilometers on the clock in much better condition. Sankt Moritz is not too far from Cernobbio; the car would have looked better at the mountain resort on some snow, with a ski rack on the roof. TOP 10 No. 2 #133-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZPS496107. Eng. # 63R80551. Silver SOLD AT $2,257,114. Sold well over the $2m mark, a record for a road-legal 964, this car came up in every discussion. What is the “right” future for this car? Keeping it as-is, losing the purpose of the track-ready Porsche, or being cleaned of its protective cocoon and used, losing part of its economic value and originality? To me it should go directly to a museum, used as reference, because there are other 3.8 RSRs around to drive. The mystery to me is how a first owner could buy a car like this and never feel the desire to drive it. (See profile, p. 92.) TOP 10 No. 3 #142-2015 PORSCHE 918 Weissach Spyder. S/N: WP0ZZZ91ZFS800537. Eng. # F01219. Arrow Blue/black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 11,000 km. The only 918 originally painted with the special Arrow Blue color, equipped with the Weissach package and less than 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) from new. Looking as-new inside and out, except for an almost invisible scratch on the driver’s door. One owner from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,630,138. Sold just a little over the maximum estimate. A lot of interest and hot bidding for one of the most important supercars of the past decade. Essentially new and ready to drive. The high-positioned exhausts sitting above the mid-mounted engine give it a real racing look, and the exhaust note is just plain cool. Being a hybrid, it is capable of moving without any exhaust noise, but I don’t like this sort of well-mannered behavior from a sports car. While you are paying a premium, it’s in much better condition than the examples that will be showing up at Porsche dealers in a few years. ITALIAN #141-1930 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 Gran Sport IV Series Spider. S/N: 8513001. Eng. # 8513001. Red/black fabric/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 782 km. Among the most beautiful and technically advanced pre-war cars, the Alfa 6C 1750 Gran Sport is a joy to look at and to drive. The car offered looks new, probably even too new, with many wondering how many of the original parts were left after the restoration was completed in the 2000s. A recorded history, mostly in Switzerland, and only two owners in the past 64 years added appeal, but with the estimate money, it is possible to find a better car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $2,071,260. The temptation to leave for a Brescia-to-Rome journey in this car was strong. The better-than-new condition of the car played a detrimental role during the sale. A more original, “better”-history “twin” car was privately sold a few days after—in Italy, of course—for an undisclosed amount of money, with rumors quoting it as within the RM Sotheby’s car’s estimate range. To me, the reason for this no-sale is simple: with the requested money, it was possible to have a better car. 114 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA #166-1952 ALFA ROMEO 1900 C coupe. S/N: AR1900C01173. Eng. # AR130800169. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 75,443 km. An RHD car, originally delivered in the U.K., where it remained until 1984 when, in dilapidated condition, it returned to Italy. Totally restored about 10 years ago, it shows the work was done without too much care. Everything is there, even the smallest details, but to have it ready for a concours, you really need #121-1961 RIVA TRITONE boat. S/N: 156. Wood/white vinyl/white & light blue leather. Freshly restored, in very sound condition. Mainly used in calm waters. Twin-engined. Chrome and details as-new. Cond: 1. But recently, the car’s value has grown enough to justify a professional and high-quality restoration. To recap: To do a restoration, you would spend as much as if it was a Ferrari but, at the end, you remain with a Maserati. This car would need some expert love from a specialist to be perfect, but the $940k already spent gives little margin to the new owner. #149-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I some extra work. Some dents on the body panels. The interior is in good shape, looking new, with correct materials. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $288,409. The 1900 Coupe Touring is one of the most beautiful examples of Italian style on a normal production car. It simply looks wonderful and is a real pleasure to drive thanks to the Superleggera formula used to build it. If only the restoration was properly executed, the final result would have been totally different; currently, it is deflated by the wrong rear suspension settings (the car had a noticeable amount of negative camber) and an average paint job. Being Mille Miglia eligible added a lot of potential and interest. #163-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II coupe. S/N: 1617GT. Eng. # 1617GT. Silver metallic/red leather. Odo: 79,302 km. Matching numbers, with a classic color combination. Originally sold in the U.S.; returned to Europe in 2004. Recently restored and repainted in its original colors, the paint is of decent quality, but not at the expected level for a Ferrari 250. Good interior, reupholstered with the correct materials. Original steering wheel with a crack in the wood. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $222,688. Sold below the low estimate of $280k. Villa Erba, just a few yards from the shore of Lake Como, was a perfect setting for the sale of one of the most iconic runabouts ever built. A symbol of the Carlo Riva and Dolce Vita period, this Tritone was absolutely perfect in every (even the smallest) detail. A wonderful object tempting many, particularly when it sells below the low estimate. Tempting…but I would still pick the Aquarama because of the extra rear space. TOP 10 No. 7 #140-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT Spider. S/N: AM1011129. Eng. # AM1011129. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 58,216 km. The Maserati 3500 Spider Vignale is rare—with only 242 examples built—and a perfect driver and wonderful to look at as well. The car offered shows a barely acceptable paint job, old chrome and a couple of small dents. The interior is a good mix, made of original good-looking leather, while the seats are covered with new leather. Originally white, it has been repainted black. Five-speed gearbox, the original hard top and includes Maserati Certificate of Origin. Cond: 3-. 2+2 coupe. S/N: 2889. Eng. # 2889. Silver/ blue leather. Odo: 23,557 km. A well-known 250 GTE, with correct numbers and a 25-year single ownership. It has been used in some Ferrari events. The engine has been overhauled recently. Perfectly restored, with attention to detail and a very high standard of fit and finish. Perfect panel gaps, and almost perfect paint; interior has been restored too, with correct materials by skilled professionals. Ready to drive. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $501,581. Sold halfway between the high and low estimates. A very beautiful 250 GTE, restored at a high level, not unusual for what, at least until not long ago, was considered a parts donor for its more important and valuable “sisters” from the 250 series. I love the GTE because it is classy and more comfortable than the average Ferrari of the period and is one of the most beautiful Ferrari 2+2s ever built. I’m happy to see that the increase in value gives surviving models a better chance of being taken care of and restored. This was a really lovely one. TOP 10 No. 4 #159-1964 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. S/N: 5681GT. Eng. # 5681GT. Dark brown/brown leather. SOLD AT $940,464. The 3500 GT is a gorgeous car, but difficult to restore to its original specifications. Specialists are not—as in the Ferrari world—experts on this specific model. SOLD AT $677,134. One of the quintessential classic Ferraris, in a wonderful color combination. It is difficult to imagine something better for a long European journey. If the paint job had been done better, it would have been a really great car. Well bought. 116 “ Odo: 76,532 km. A numbers-matching Lusso, with a beautiful color combination—even if it’s not original—and a nice history. Initially arriving and remaining in France until 1980, the car moved to Italy and entered Ferrari enthusiast Aldo Cudone’s collection, where it was restored under his ownership. The car looks very good, but falls a bit short of today’s high standards. Some panel alignment needs A very beautiful 250 GTE, restored at a high level, not unusual for what, at least until not long ago, was considered a parts donor for its more important and valuable ‘sisters’ from the 250 series. 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series I 2+2 coupe ” Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA Online sales of contemporary cars 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S coupe to be addressed, most notably the gaps around rear of hood. There is a visible retouch of paint on the right front fender and the rubber shows signs of aging. Interior restored and still looking very beautiful, with the correct details in the right places. Cond: 3+. keeping the original, beautiful metallic gray. The first owner installed an ugly-looking chrome pipe to protect the nose while parking. Beautiful new interior, remade in the original material and color, but the ashtray cover is missing. Cond: 2-. Date sold: 06/07/2017 eBay auction ID: 192203650547 Seller’s eBay ID: 417mb Sale type: Used car with 1,923 miles VIN: SCFEKBCR1FGS01686 Details: Sunburst Yellow 2 over Obsidian Black leather; 6.0-L V12 rated at 565 hp and 457 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $139,500, 1 bid, sf 504 MSRP: $216,110 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Nashville, TN, Music City Motor Cars selling a 2017 China Grey over black leather V12 Vantage S coupe with 92 miles for $230,819. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 coupe SOLD AT $1,598,789. This is not the best Lusso I have ever seen, but it is a wonderful car that has lived a quiet life. Used too much to be perfect, but not enough to have a nice patina. The interior is by far in better condition than the outside, only missing a couple of screws from one of the panels and the original Nardi steering wheel. Desirable and well sold. (See profile, p. 84.) Date sold: 05/12/2017 eBay auction ID: 322508405571 Seller’s eBay ID: 812leamanconn Sale type: Used car with 11,400 miles VIN: WP0AC2A86GK197346 Details: Sapphire Blue Metallic over black leather/ Alcantara; 3.8-L H6 rated at 385 hp and 309 ft-lb, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $97,500, Buy It Now, sf 100 MSRP: $84,600 (base) Other current offering: Isringhausen Imports of Chicago, IL, offering a 3,716-mile Dark Blue Metallic over black leather/Alcantara 2016 Cayman GT4 coupe for $105,900. 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV Date sold: 06/06/2017 eBay auction ID: 252961074046 Seller’s eBay ID: mchez1087 Sale type: Used car with 4,650 miles VIN: SJAAC2ZV3HC012676 Details: White over beige and tan leather; 6.0-L twin-turbocharged W12 rated at 600 hp and 664 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $198,700, 6 bids, sf 329 MSRP: $229,100 (base) Other current offering: In Las Vegas, NV, Towbin Motorcars asking $242,360 for a 2017 Beluga over Linen Bentayga with 24 miles. ♦ 118 118 SOLD AT $677,134. The best-looking car among the post-war cars offered, still classy even if painted in an unusual and not-easy-towear color. It seems silly to say, but with a color like Nocciola, the most debated part of the car was the paint choice. Some people simply loved it and others hated it, but beyond personal taste, the color typifies the car. Originally sold in Naples and then Capri. It was exported to the U.S. in 1971, where it was painted green, then red. Restored in 2015 by the current Swedish owner, it has a decent history and has lived a relatively pampered life. #155-1966 LAMBORGHINI 400GT In- terim coupe. S/N: 0427. Eng. # 0421. Gray/ tan leather. Odo: 60,557 miles. An “Interim” car originally sold in Spain, with few owners in its past, recently restored in Italy. Numbersmatching engine. It has been repainted well, #135-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N: 08969. Eng. # 08969. Nocciola/brown leather. Odo: 92,877 km. A drop-dead-gorgeous car. In impeccable condition with only some minor fit issues on the doors. Ferrari Classiche certified and with its original, unusual, combination of colors. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $643,770. A beautiful 400GT in a perfect color combination and, to my eyes, the classic expression of a 12-cylinder touring car. Besides the wonderful heritage, Lamborghini collectors still hunt Miuras and Countaches and tend to forget the early, frontengine car. It’s a pity. #137-1969 FERRARI 206 GT DINO coupe. S/N: 00390. Eng. # 0005131. Metallic blue/ brown leather & beige velour. Odo: 76,586 km. One of 152 Dino 206 GTs built, this car was owned by opera singer Mario Del Monaco and has had one owner since 1980. Original engine and transmission, refreshed with a respray in 2015. Large panel gaps; interior is still original and is not perfectly preserved. The door panels suffered the installation of two aftermarket period speakers. Door rubber cracked. The chromed Prancing Horse—I’m betting a recent addition—is facing the wrong direction, a hint regarding the attention to detail used when working on the car. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $537,408. Dinos have been rising in price for a few years now, reaching impressive numbers for a small 6-cylinder. A beautiful car, paired with the road handling and soundtrack of a real supercar. The rarity of this early version adds extra value as well, but the estimate for this car—in this condition—was frankly too high. How could the owner repaint it in this way? Destroying its originality and with a poor color choice. TOP 10 No. 8 #160-1975 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 Periscopio coupe. S/N: 112 0062. Eng. # 1120066. Giallo Fly/Tobacco leather. Odo: 5,919 km. One of Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA the only 150 Countach Periscopios built, and a perfect example of an early version of one of the most dreamed-about cars of all time. Less than 6,000 kilometers on the clock, for an average of less than 150 kilometers a year. Recently restored in Italy, in its original color combination. Some almost invisible technical upgrades to improve cooling, battery charging and a/c. Some blemishes on the paint. New leather the correct type and color, dirty carpet, original and well-preserved dashboard fabric. Cond: 3. km. Perfectly restored by the in-house restoration department, Lamborghini Polo Storico. Enrico Maffeo, the head of the department, did great work, discovering that the gold-plated interior finishing was original, and only done to one other car in Lamborghini’s history. With this evidence, part of the restoration work involved the gold parts as well and now, after a comprehensive effort, the car looks brand new—if not better. To achieve a certification from Lamborghini, the car—originally U.S. specification—needed to have American bumpers that were removed after inspection and are available with the car. Absolutely perfect in every detail. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $915,385. The early Periscopios represent the purest Countach shape: without wings and wide wheelarches, paired with smaller and higher tires. This has a very 1970s color combination with the bonus of an easy life and very limited use. If you can fit into the interior—much smaller than the following series—it is a car to have. #146-1985 LANCIA DELTA S4 Stradale hatchback. S/N: ZLA038AR000000119. Eng. # 0000087. Red/beige Alcantara. Odo: 1,565 miles. Not exactly perfect. But the shaded paint and imperfect panel gaps is simply how the car left Lancia in 1985. Absolutely original in every single detail. One of only 200 built to achieve the minimum production numbers to race it in Group B; fewer than 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) on the clock. Almost never driven, and in need of a good overhaul before getting back on the road. The interior is a time bubble and looks as new. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $425,448. We all love Countaches, but to drive around a white 5000 QV with gold finishing, it’s too much. Most likely an easier sell without the excessive gold, but, being original, it would be wrong to take it off. What a dilemma! TOP 10 No. 6 #161-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFGJ34B000085749. Red/red fabric. Odo: 18,698 km. A single owner since new, even if it was delivered to Italy and registered in Germany. It has a catalytic converter and non-adjustable suspension. Four years since its last service, so some work needs to be done before driving it, and the tires are too old to be safely used any more. Original paint and interior. A perfectly preserved car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $551,739. One of the hottest sales of the auction, with a fierce fight between two bidders. When the hammer was flying down to declare the car sold, a third bidder stole the scene and the car. The S4 is not a particularly beautiful car to look at, but in the 1980s it established a new approach to winning rallies. For every racing fanatic of the period, a legend. #164-1987 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 5000 QV coupe. S/N: ZA9CA05A1HLA12110. White/white leather. Odo: 13,035 September 2017 SOLD AT $1,191,254. Together with the 288 GTO, the F40 is the most beautiful modern Ferrari. Fast, so incredibly fast, and pure, with a mechanical gearbox and zero electronic frills. The F40 offers the final evolution of a pure Ferrari driver, where the driver must own their mistakes. A service sticker in the car testifies that in 2006 the car’s odometer was at 14,884 kilometers, 3,000 kilometers less than now. I really wanted it. 119


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA #150-1994 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SE30 coupe. S/N: ZA9DE22A0RLA12020. Eng. # 001150. Jota Purple/blue leather. Odo: 35,136 km. The first of 150 built of this special series, a street-legal racing-tuned Diablo. Front spoiler has a couple of small cracks outside and small plastic components are showing their age (Lamborghini quality was pretty average at the time) and are the only blemishes on a wonderful-looking car. Old tires need to be replaced before any serious driving. Purple metallic (formally Jota Purple) on electric blue is a weird combination. Cond: 2-. $1,903,320. Here we go again. A modern supercar, offered for good money, but not finding a new owner. The Enzo is defined as the first modern Ferrari, but my tastes would turn me towards an F40 instead. I wonder what a Ferrari Classiche certification could add to a 10year, 10k-kilometer car? There are simply too many Enzos on the market, all more or less with the same history. The seller needs to lower his expectations to match the current market. SOLD AT $413,804. The 550 Barchetta is significant because it marked the return of Ferrari to special makes. Not much to say about the car: perfect but, like many cars of the period, seldom used. I fear a future report of “bought new, driven for a month and parked since.” Belts done two years ago and not used since, so the new owner should change them before using this car. NOT SOLD AT $397,458. Diablo SE30s were built to celebrate the 30 years of the firm, founded in 1964. Diablos are not the hot topic of the moment, with Periscopio Countaches stealing the show, but the striking color combination surely gave it some attention. #165-2001 FERRARI 550 Barchetta con- vertible. S/N: ZFFZR52B000124202. Eng. # 62500. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,809 km. A 16-year-old 550 Barchetta with less than 3,800 kilometers and Ferrari Classiche certified. Most recent maintenance done in 2015, which included the belts. It looks almost new, with a few small scratches. The typical modern supercar, almost never used and essentially new. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $515,016. No sale. Modern supercars that look as-new and are properly maintained should sell. I can only assume that with a low estimate of €550k ($614k) and a high of €660k ($736k), it was just too expensive. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ #153-2004 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N: ZFFCZ56B000135892. Eng. # 81436. Red/red leather. Odo: 13,430 km. An almost perfect, low-mileage Enzo. Ferrari Classiche certified and originally ordered with some details in Rosso Scuderia. Never repainted, still a bit dirty, has a small mark on the front left fender. Interior as-new. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT #131-2006 FERRARI 575 Superamerica convertible. S/N: ZFFGT61B000146056. Red/black leather. Odo: 15,024 km. One of only 43 Ferrari 575 Superamericas built with a manual gearbox, two owners and 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) from new. Originally specced with racing carbon-fiber seats. Originally sold in Austria; in 2007 it sold to the second owner in Germany. It looks as-new and wears 2016 tires that seem almost new. Cond: 2+. Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com 120 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT Barrett-Jackson — Northeast Auction Barrett-Jackson ups the ante at the Mohegan Sun Casino with great sales and a younger audience Company Barrett-Jackson Date June 21–24, 2017 Location Uncasville, CT Auctioneers Joseph Mast, Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/offered 639/659 Sales rate 97% Sales total $23,765,770 High sale 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider, sold at $434,500 Buyer’s premium While demand for custom vehicles grew, classics still dominated the block 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics T he extravaganza that is a Barrett-Jackson auction rumbled into the grounds of the Mohegan Sun Casino in picturesque southeastern Connecticut for its second annual Northeast auction. Close to 700 lots sold for more than $23m over four days. An invitation-only opening-night gala capped the day’s festivities. The next three days saw the cars take center stage. Due to construction of a new Expo Center that’s scheduled to open next summer, there were just two enormous tents, instead of the three last year, housing many of the lots. The rest could be found on several levels of an adjacent parking garage and in the Exhibitor Marketplace, where hordes of auction-goers converged to purchase Barrett-Jackson merchandise and other mostly automotive-related products. Of course, the cars were the main attraction, but there was no shortage of other things to do and see to round out one’s experience. Attendees could visit the sponsor displays in the Showcase Pavilion, see vehicles being prepped for auction at the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes and test drive modern muscle from Ford, Chevy and Dodge. And each morning, early risers could learn more about the collector-car hobby at a “Behind The Hobby” sym- 122 posium presented by SCM’s sister publication, American Car Collector. So there was a lot going on, but it all revolved around the cars, and Uncasville, CT what one quickly discovered was that among the trove of American muscle, customs, foreign exotics, etc., there was something for everyone — it all came down to the size of your wallet and your willingness to pay. Top-sale honors went to a mint 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider with only 77 miles and over $90k in options. It sold for $434.5k. Three Jaguar E-types — all fixed-head coupes — crossed the auction block, but only one went to a new home. Barrett-Jackson has always been a mostly no-reserve auction, and this sale was no exception, though these two no-sale “cats” were part of a group of 37 cars with reserve prices. Seventeen of these, or 46%, sold. Four new auction world records were realized, Sales Totals one being a one-owner, long-wheelbase 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 sold at no reserve for $114.4k. A charity component is an integral part of every B-J sale, and the auction saw proceeds of $605k go toward U.S veterans and their families. As indicative of the current market as the sales figures were, the news that the company saw an increase of younger bidders was a healthy sign that this special hobby will continue to flourish. And hopefully, the auction company will stay around for a long time to come so northeastern residents can keep on living the Barrett-Jackson experience closer to home. ♦ $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016


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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT ENGLISH #49.1-1963 BENTLEY S3 saloon. S/N: B68CN. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 70,258 miles. Lots of speckles in paint. Chips, bubbles, flaking on both doors. Scuff marks on both sides of car along lower body edge. Crack on hood, near passenger’s door, and at rear fender. Scratches on trunk. Tall, stately grille unblemished. Mirrors atop fenders, driver’s is a little loose. Chrome mostly dull. Clear glass. All lamps in good shape. Interior looks to have received more TLC than exterior. New wool carpets, according to placard in car. New Connolly hides. Front seats with dual armrests (did you expect anything less?), Bakelite steering wheel. Walnut dash and rear folddown picnic tables. Aluminum engine block. Cond: 3+. trunk. Well-tended engine said to include a new camshaft and valve springs along with a newly designed exhaust. Has spare jack and original tools. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,700. Somewhat interesting that the catalog described this as a ’65 when Bonhams listed it as a ’64 at their Greenwich sale in June of last year (SCM# 6799892). Perhaps just a typo? Sold at that auction for $45.7k. It’s done only 39 miles since. Seller took a hit, but the buyer got a very good deal indeed. #120-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW Saloon. S/N: LRE23116. Black/ red leather. Odo: 67,225 miles. Miles claimed to be original. Paint bubbles near left side rear fender. Chips, flaking on trunk. Left side of rear bumper coming undone, bumper’s scratched. Rear red reflectors scuffed. Driver’s outside mirror delaminating. Antenna’s bent. No signs of rust. equipped with all factory options including the original Everflex top and a/c. Has copy of the original MSO and window sticker. Seats cracked and heavily creased. Wood dash cracked. Under-dash padding baggy. Trim at cowl lifting. Alpine radio. Clean red carpets. Stated to be an accidentfree example, but Her Majesty would want to see the CARFAX. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. One of 1,286 produced between 1962–65, now a fraction of the value of an S3 Continental. A tired S3, but at this price, the new owner has room to make some improvements and still come out ahead. Last sold for $22k at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale in April 2014 (SCM# 6717699). The seller left the venue with shoulders slumping, but the new owner was all smiles. Well bought, well below the $30.3k median value per the SCM Pocket Price Guide. #765-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L25720. Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 37,461 miles. Looks like a recent restoration. Very nice paint. A thin scratch and small dents on hood. Passenger’s door slightly off, driver’s is better. Black tonneau unripped. Soft top down, couldn’t inspect. Shiny brightwork with some nicks and scratches, especially on rear bumper. Wire wheels polished to the right amount of shine. Interior looks well cared for. Seats may be newer, as they show minimal wear. Beautiful walnut-veneer dash. Dash padding slightly bunching. Wind-up windows. Spare in clean median value of $14.2k. Given condition, I’d say the buyer got a good deal, but the seller should have no regrets. #343-1997 LOTUS ESPRIT V8 coupe. S/N: SCCFE33C7VHF65343. Peacock Blue/ tan leather. Odo: 22,575 miles. Twin-turbo V8. Looks mostly original inside and out. Body panels straight, with a blue color scheme. Riding on overly polished six-spoke HRE wheels. Brembo brakes. Gray plastic underbody front spoiler heavily scuffed and loose. Rear wing in good condition. “Esprit V8” logo on side windows coming undone (they’re not decals). Removable sunroof. Very good glass. Appears to be quite clean inside. Seats are a little dirty, baggy, but livable. Carpets dirty too. Clear glass partition. Nice unmarred dash. Equipped with a/c, AM/FM radio and CD player. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. For two grand more than a brand-spankin’-new 2017 Chevy Sonic, you could have pulled in the driveway in this elegant and stately machine. And if that wasn’t satisfying enough, there’s its unique hydraulic leveling system (merci, Citroën). Seller should be smiling at the result, and assuming the mechanicals check out, buyer shouldn’t feel too badly. This was a good-looking Rolls with some cosmetic needs. Well sold. #489-1989 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N: SCAZN02A1KCX26716. Black/black leather. Lovely paint and brightwork. Chips on left rear passenger’s door. Scuff marks on trunk and at antenna. Typical scratches on front bumper. Scratch on driver’s door. Pinstriping peeling in places. Excellent grille. Euro headlights. A few small dents on the hood. Great glass. Goldline Vogue tires. Interior not accessible but looks well preserved. Excellent wood trim. Bucket seats in back as well. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,900. The Silver Spur was a long-wheelbase variant of the Silver Spirit, which was also produced from 1980 to ’89. The magic of depreciation truly reveals itself when you can buy a Rolls-Royce for less than $10k. The price guide shows a 124 SOLD AT $33,000. A sleek Giugiaro design whose blue hue made me very blue too. The catalog didn’t mention service docs, but cosmetically it looked like it was in the hands of careful ownership. These cars don’t enjoy a reputation for rock-solid reliability, and so a detailed going-through is key when hunting for the right one to purchase. Sold at a market-correct price. GERMAN #386-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N: 11304212016426. Cream/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 21,399 miles. Looks to have received a detailed restoration in recent years. Crisp paint job. Very good glass and brightwork. Fisheyes on chrome trunk handle. New rubber moldings. Newer Kumho tires with factory body-color-matching hubcaps. Doors close with authority. 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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT SOLD AT $50,600. Slightly fewer than 20,000 230SLs were built from 1963 to ’67. Last sold at Mecum’s Monterey sale in August 2015 for $68.2k (SCM# 6796482). Values have been falling after reaching a peak of nearly $70k in 2015. Seller took a body blow today but may have concluded that these have had their day in the sun and it was time to limit the loss. Time will tell if the decision was a prudent one. #23-1967 BMW 1800 sedan. S/N: 0996621. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 14,493 miles. Originally a California car. Incredibly low miles for a car that’s received some modifications from stock but doesn’t appear to have been restored. Respectable paint and brightwork. Now with halogen headlight bulbs, left lens is cracked. “Upgraded” engine and 3-speed auto. Stock wheel covers and trim rings with newer Doral radials. Equipped with power front-disc brakes. Good panels and gaps. Minimal wear on most of the original interior. American Bugatti Club decal on the windshield, “100 years of BMW CCA” member decal on the rear window. Engine bay a bit dirtier than miles would suggest. Comes with owner’s handbook. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,100. One of the Neue Klasse sedans that became a mere footnote in BMW’s history once the 2002 hit these shores and transformed the industry and BMW’s fortunes forever. Thumbs-up for the peppier engine, but an audible moan for the auto-tranny conversion. Still, a fun way to get about town and enjoy the open road. Last sold at Silver’s Arizona sale this past January for $13.5k (SCM# 6817010). Seller was probably hoping to flip for a quick profit, but it didn’t turn out that way. Well bought. #161-1968 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N: 148396633. Black & white/white leather. Restoration just completed, according to the catalog. A solid presentation, though it’s not up to concours standards. Deep, high-quality paint. Variable chrome. VW hood ornament dull. Lots of nicks on front bumper, some on rear bumper as well. Rear bumper dented. Roof is finished in white, no major imperfections to call out. Very good body panels, gaps. Wheels rashfree and have been tended to. Dual exhausts and tailpipes a replacement. Splendid all-new interior. Tan padding—a nice contrast to the white upholstery—is bunching up along rear window’s edge. Clear gauges. Carpets are new. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,600. A strong result, but that’s the impact a fresh restoration can have on a car’s value. It wasn’t perfect, but it was obvious that a lot of hard work went into bringing this up a few notches. Well sold. #300-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SLC coupe. S/N: 10702310009780. Red/black leather. Odo: 22,312 miles. Euro car imported to Connecticut in ’82 and has been there since. Twenty-year-old restoration holding up well, though it hasn’t racked up many miles since the work was done. Also, docs in car speak to its pampered life: “one owner for the past 20 years [coincides with car’s restoration] always garaged, only summer use.” Very nice paint, chips at passenger’s door. Dull brightwork, rear bumper excluded. Rubber moldings intact. Though accessible only by peering through the windows, the interior looks pristine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,800. Interesting that the auction company described this with a red exterior. It wasn’t a true red, but a different shade that I’m guessing the factory called something different. No harm done to the buyer and seller at this price, though a tip of the hat to the former. #761-1977 PORSCHE 911S 2.7 coupe. S/N: 9117202768. Sienna Metallic/Cork leather. Odo: 80,448 miles. Scuffing on left drip rail. Driver’s window is scratched. Paint is smooth; it goes with this 911 really well. Ditto the unusual Cork leather upholstery. Bubbles on fuel-filler door. Not much else to fault. Good glass. “Carrera” graphics 126 Sports Car Market


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On the Radar The Euro Sport Compact Edition These cars are now over 25 years old and legal to import into the United States for the first time. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1992 Opel Astra F GSi intact, no peeling. Has ducktail. Clean Fuchs wheels shod with BFGoodrich g-Force Sport tires. Rare factory-sunroof delete. Looks totally original inside except for the radio. Driver’s seat-back is a tad dirty. Clean tan shag carpeting in back. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Looks ready to take to the open road. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. A sharp Porsche in—I would venture to guess—a rare color scheme. Prices for these years (1974– 77) have been steadily climbing from a low level in the past few years. A market-correct transaction. Pros: European sport compact of the 1990s with a 2-liter, 16-valve fuel-injected engine. Good power for its day at 151 horses. It’s a three-door hatch with a factory sport body kit and sport seats. Cons: Normally aspirated engine power barely adequate by modern standards. Undifferentiated looks—could be mistaken for a Geo Metro. Price range: $5k–10k, plus import costs. 1992 Ford Falcon GT #662-1977 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa. S/N: 9117610566. Grand Prix White/ black leather. Odo: 46,956 miles. Clean, no signs of rotting anywhere. Straight paint. Carrera script unscathed. Black rubber whale tail. Fuchs wheels riding on Accelera Alpha tires. Porsche Club of America sticker on rear window. Very original inside. Blaupunkt radio. Cond: 2. Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT Dallas sale in November 2016 for $120k (SCM# 6814264). Today the market spoke and seller faced the music. Well bought and sold. #2-1980 BMW 635 CSI coupe. S/N: WBA53310005590162. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 120,494 km. Euro car in single ownership for 35 years. A botanist can make the argument that the large glass windows produce a greenhouse effect. Straight paint, small chips on hood. So-so chrome wheelarches are artifacts of early bling. And don’t get me started on that rear black-rubber spoiler. Sunroof. Dull BBS wheels riding on well-traveled Continental tires. Looks mostly stock and clean as a whistle inside. Clear instruments. Front seats covered in shag, I believe. Kenwood radio. ADS speakers in rear passenger’s compartment. Original toolkit included. Cond: 2. BEST BUY Pros: Australian Ford knows a thing or two about performance, and this 4-door sedan brings a special 5.0-liter Windsor V8 at 270 horsepower and 310 ft-lb. Just 265 examples were made in partnership with Tickford Vehicle Engineering, and only 188 of those came with a 5-speed transmission. Cons: Looks like a Taurus and a Mustang had a torrid one-night stand, and they gave the baby an awkward hood scoop to hide their shame. Price range: $45k–50k, plus import costs. 1992 Renault Clio 16S SOLD AT $57,200. 3.0-liter engine, essentially the 930 turbo motor without the turbocharger, which is to say, a 911SC. Not a lot of money for the relatively rare spec (10% of total Carrera 3.0 production over a two-year period were LHD Targas). Very good condition in a popular color scheme. Well bought. #690-1979 PORSCHE 930 Turbo 3.0 Pros: Replacement for the legendary R5, the Clio 16S came with a 1.8-liter, 16-valve engine rated at 133 horsepower, uprated suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes and a wide body kit. You also get a gauge kit, sport seats, and a 0–62 mph time of 8 seconds. Cons: If you wait one more year and spend a little more money, you can import one of the 1993 Renault Clio Williams cars, made to commemorate the Renault-powered Williams F1 team. These had 145 horsepower from a special 2-liter DOHC engine. Price range: $5k–10k, plus import costs. ♦ 128 coupe. S/N: 9309801058. Metallic Black/Cork leather. Odo: 53,657 miles. Three-owner Turbo. Excellent recent comprehensive restoration. Flawless paint. Glass, lamps in good condition. Polished Fuchs wheels too glitzy. Options include power sunroof, right-side electric exterior mirror, and limited-slip differential. Rides on Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Porsche Club of America sticker on windshield. Black interior nearly invisible in poorly lit parking garage. Driver’s seat wrapped in plastic. Engine rebuilt to factory 3.0-liter specs. Comes with restoration photos, receipts. A brawny, really good-looking 930. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,700. Hammered sold at a market-correct price—no premium here even in this one’s pristine condition; that should have satisfied the buyer. A no-sale at Mecum’s “ SOLD AT $8,800. The 635 CSi didn’t hit our shores until 1985. Orange will never be on the list of most popular car colors on “Family Feud,” but it actually works on this car. So can the car be driven on American roads? The catalog didn’t specify, so there may be additional costs to legalize. The price guide shows a median value of $11.8k for the U.S. model with the same alphanumeric designation that was introduced later in the mid-’80s. This traded hands at $3k less; very well bought. #447-1987 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N: WP0JB0928HS862210. Guards Red/ black leather. Odo: 55,861 miles. Solid presentation, although the black rear wing detracts. Optioned with limited-slip differential and sunroof. Surprised to learn from the catalog that a “no-expense-spared repaint” was applied, just this past February. Subtle rippling Orange will never be on the list of most popular car colors on ‘Family Feud,’ but it actually works on this car. 1980 BMW 635 CSi coupe ” Sports Car Market Courtesy Sicnag— commons.wikimedia.org


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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT along the body becomes more noticeable as you get closer. Most rubber seals around windows and sunroof replaced, some visible fit issues. Full service performed in January. Stated to have over $9k in receipts for paint, wheels, tires and maintenance. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual, clean CARFAX. Cond: 2. car. Paint is smooth and eye-catching. Chips on hood and front fenders, flaking at rear louvers. Lamps and grille in good shape. Left side of black underbody air dam coming undone. Aftermarket ANSA dual exhausts. Very good glass. Government-mandated (I assume) front and rear bumpers an eyesore. Original Campagnolo magnesium wheels shod with newer Pirelli P4000s. Rear antenna broken. Clean interior reflects low miles. Upgraded radio. Has original manuals and plates. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. For roughly 30 years prior to the 928’s introduction, Porschephiles had been in an intense and fiercely loyal romantic relationship with a design that most of us associated with an upside-down bathtub. Then, in 1978, Porsche introduced the 928— this futuristic, front-engined, water-cooled fast thing with a rounded rear. Heresy. So they remain generally unloved, which explains why values continue to languish in the lowly mid$20k zone. But they were solid performers. High bidder must’ve been one of the car’s admirers, as it sold at the higher end of the market. Well sold. ITALIAN #146-1979 ALFA ROMEO GTV Sprint Veloce hatchback. S/N: AR116150006345. Red/slate gray. Odo: 9,551 miles. One-owner, Pacific Northwest car. Stated to be unrestored, but always garaged in a temp-controlled environment. Add low miles to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for essentially a gently used new SOLD AT $22,000. Considering the many spectacular designs that have graced Alfas in the company’s more than 100 years of existence, it’s hard to imagine the Alfisti ranking the GTV very high on their all-time favorite lists. Yet this was a clean, well-presented example that promised plenty of road-going miles ahead of it. Well bought and sold today, with a nod to the seller. #725-1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A0L0087252. Nero Black/beige leather. Odo: 41,000 miles. Catalog says 41k miles, but doors were locked and I couldn’t verify. Streaks on hood. A crack in the paint on the rear deck lid, otherwise a respectable finish that’s held up pretty well. Front air dam unmarked. Good glass. Upgraded with Borla stainless-steel exhausts and gleaming 18-inch chrome wheels that are way too “blingy.” Interior looks impeccable. Major service completed in 2012, which seems like a September 2017 129


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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT long time ago for a Ferrari unless most of the miles were covered before then. Comes with original books, tools and manuals. Cond: 2-. front air dam remarkably unscathed. Targa top intact, no cracks. Interior looks very well cared for. Driver’s seat a little baggy. Said to have had a recent full service at Ferrari of New England. Cond: 1-. maintained. Race-crafted seats show minimal wear. Equipped with auto temperature control, keyless entry, heated/powered mirrors and auto-dimming door mirrors. F1-inspired paddle-shift tranny. Has service receipts, books and tools. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,700. Can I respectfully request that black cars be displayed in well-lit locations? This one sat in the parking garage, albeit close to the wide-open exit where daylight reigned, nearly blending in with the dark surroundings. A TR in black—not a personal favorite, as it really hides the sleek bodywork. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Vegas sale in September 2013 for $77k (SCM# 6731592). That was the going rate several years ago, but TRs have been rising ever since. Very well bought for condition alone. #770.1-1991 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. S/N: ZFFRG36A2M0090358. Rosso Corsa/ beige leather. Just over 20k miles on the odo per the catalog, but I could not confirm. They must’ve been gentle miles because this example shines, even in the dimly lit parking garage where it was displayed. Beautiful Rosso Corsa paint. Lamps, glass, gaps, weather sealing all good. Black underbody SOLD AT $58,300. Every time I see one of these, I’m reminded of the Pontiac Fiero. Definitely not an association the Ferrari designers intended. Despite being relatively spurned, the 348 is an ideal entry point to Prancing Horse ownership without breaking the bank. Values have remained fairly steady over the past decade, with this example selling right in line with expectations. Well bought and sold. #682-2007 FERRARI F430 Spider. S/N: ZFFEW59A070152160. Black/black canvas/ black leather. Essentially a new car with less than 10k miles per the catalog, but the car was locked and I could not confirm. Straight paint, nothing to quibble about. Soft top has a few spots; they look like bird droppings. Alloy wheels are dirty. Interior has been impeccably SOLD AT $121,000. Great to see a modern Ferrari—or any Ferrari, for that matter—in a color other than red, though all-black deflated my high spirits. Sold just north of the $110k median value per the price guide. The very low miles and well-preserved condition made it attractive, but I’m guessing the color scheme held it back, as there was nothing else of significance to dampen its appeal. Well bought and sold, with a slight edge to the seller. JAPANESE #4-1982 DATSUN 280ZX coupe. S/N: JN1HZ04S7CX438582. Brown & gold/beige vinyl. Odo: 72,211 miles. Good door fit. Neglected dull wheels. Barum Brillantis tire on front right; the other three are Goodyears. Paint is overall very nice, some flakes on the driver’s door, bubbling and minor chips on the roof. Driver’s tinted window is scratched and delaminating. Pinstriping scuffed. Non-stock stylized blue graphic on hood. Peeking into an interior that isn’t accessible, I make out wellcared-for upholstery and a dash covered in tan shag carpeting. Voice warning system for doors left open and lights left on. Newly refurbished a/c compressor, brand-new car cover and power antenna. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. My cousin’s friend’s dad had one of these in stunning black and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Since then, I’ve unconditionally held all the Z variants in high regard. Good to see they’re now garnering more interest and respect from the collectorcar community. Winning bid was a little light; it worked for me, but I’ll bet the color scheme held it back. Comfortable, reliable and re- 130 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT spectable oomph all add up to affordable driving enjoyment for the new owner. Well bought. AMERICAN BEST BUY #679-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 convertible. S/N: 194679S705266. Fathom Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48,310 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration looks fairly recent. Fantastic finish in rare color. Removable blemish-free hard top displayed with car (I didn’t see the optional soft top). Repro Goodyears. Looks clean as a whistle inside. Stated to have its original engine and drivetrain. 3.70 Positraction rear. Twice Bloomington Gold certified and NCRS Regional Top Flight car—95.5 net score, judging sheets with car. A trove of other documents. Fully documented ownership history, service receipts and photo documentation of the restoration included. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $92,400. You had to commend the owner for the excellent presentation and the full docket of information. The seller tried parting with this ’Vette a month earlier at Mecum Indy, but a deal didn’t happen at a high bid of $90k (SCM# 6837673). It sold a bit north of that today, but still a puzzling outcome, as the price guide pegs the median value at $143.8k. So what happened? I imagine the color may have held back the bidding, but a $45k-plus discount seemed harsh. This may be the new normal; we’ll know for sure when more cross the block. For now, I’d call this very well bought. © 132 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Bonhams — Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction Bonhams adjusted their expectations and achieved great results Company Bonhams Date June 4, 2017 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneers Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 82/90 Sales rate 91% Sales total $7,279,870 High sale 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, sold at $880,000 Buyer’s premium The top seller and a Euro-spec car that spent most of its life in Japan — 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, sold at $880,000 Report and photos by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics rare Bugattis. The weather was uncooperative and unleashed concours Kryptonite in the afternoon — rain and mud — sending most exhibitors home to protect their treasures. With American cars shown on Saturday and European cars on Sunday, the concours is a welcome event for area residents, with many impressive cars brought in from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey garages. Despite being held in the nation’s wealthy tri-state B region, this auction does not attract high-end Montereylevel consignments. Last year’s auction had a few consignments in the multi-million-dollar range that were left unsold, with the top seller going for just $292k. This year’s lineup lacked any million-dollar estimates. But many of the high-end lots were sold — three going for above $600k — bringing total sales back up to $7.3m, which was quite a turn from last year’s $5.4m. How this will affect Bonhams’ pursuit of entries next year is an open question, but perhaps this auction has found the right balance. The lower- and middle-priced entries were an eclectic mix of interesting driver-quality lots, exquisite restorations at reasonable prices and rusted-out projects that sold for more than I expected. 134 onhams continues to complement the popular Greenwich Concours with a Sunday auction, featuring lots ranging from flooded-barn finds to Leading the rust-pack was a 1966 E-type convertible that was the victim of a broken fire hydrant that flooded the garage below where the Jaguar sat, still bringing in a generous $48k. On the opposite end of condition, selling price and number of fire-hydrant incidents was another Jaguar, a 1960 Mk 2 replica of the “Golden Jaguar” show car, still perfect and selling for just $22k. Two out of three Bugattis sold, both a newly restored 1932 Type 49 for $676,500 and the much faster and equally unstylish 1993 EB110 for an impressive $605k. The top seller was a 1990 Ferrari F40 at $880k. Interestingly, in last year’s auction, a similar Euro-spec F40 was a no-sale with a top bid of $950k. Higher mileage may have been a factor, but perhaps a pause in the F40 price climb also had a role. Some notable steals included a fine 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL that went for just $55k, a fabulous 1960 AustinHealey 3000 at $61,600, and a 1972 MercedesBenz 280SE 4.5 that was hammered at a shocking $6,000 — $3,000 less than the Lambretta Scooter. While the Ferrari 365 GTC/4s have become an auction staple, Sales Totals $10m there were two 1972 examples butting heads here, a rare confrontation that saw one move on to a new owner and the other heading home. With 82 lots sold and a 35% increase in total sales dollars from 2016, Bonhams and the consignors went home happy. A sales rate of 91% is very impressive, but it received a boost thanks to the high number of no-reserve lots. I had a good time at the auction, but I’m still haunted by that Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 that I let get away. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 10%, included in sold prices


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #158-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE tourer. S/N: 777. Eng. # 787. British Racing Green/ black cloth/green leather. RHD. Rebodied a few years ago, along with a restoration of interior and other components, without, according to the catalog, “dismantling the car.” What was visible appeared carefully restored, with new body and paintwork, interior, engine and chassis all looking impressive. Wood dash and soft-top posts perhaps a bit too glossy—my only complaint. Cond: 1-. war examples. I found the styling quite striking, a related forerunner to later rounded-grille models identified as iconic Morgan styling. Only briefly owned by consignor after longtime ownership, so if purchased as an investment, probably a disappointing sale. Some of the aged chassis components might make my condition rating arguable, but the fact that this Morgan is from 1936 and the high quality of the work tipped the scale for me. Well bought and deserves both display and driving. #149-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 MC 3.4 SOLD AT $272,250. Good enough to win its class at Amelia a few years ago, so hard to find fault with the restoration and choice of body style. Matching chassis and engine numbers support provenance, no doubt a strong point to potential buyers, but if it had an original body and some patina, it may have brought a substantially higher bid. Most Bentleys from the ’20s have been rebodied at some point, so original-body examples are a rare find indeed. Nevertheless, this Bentley was a striking car, and a good choice for many collectors. Fairly bought and sold. #133-1936 MORGAN 4/4 Series I road- ster. S/N: 096. Eng. # M68. British Racing Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 61,223 miles. Body and interior in superb condition, excellent paint rich in depth, near flawless. Frame looks to have been replaced at one time, shows little age. Suspension appears to be part of an older restoration, in the ’80s. Wheels commensurate with body. Engine bay and components excellent. Gas-cap chrome bubbling with worn gasket, and tailight lens off on one side—the only flaws I could nitpick about in this beautifully restored, relatively rare prewar Morgan 4/4. Cond: 1-. coupe. S/N: S815727BW. Eng. # G82958S. Black/tan leather. Odo: 1,513 miles. Recent restoration with outstanding paintwork, very presentable engine—if not quite as carefully done as exterior. Excellent chrome throughout. Restored interior showing little use, a few flaws in otherwise striking wood dash, seats inviting, insulation installed a bit carelessly under carpets. Engine compartment well done, but a step down from exterior and interior restoration. Automatic shifter on top of steering column does not evoke Le Mans. Painted wire wheels with chrome knockoffs. Lovely and well finished overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,000. An intriguing Jaguar Mk 2 but perhaps a very narrow audience, with high bid of just $20k reflecting limited interest in owning the Golden Jaguar. Displayed at major concours after its meticulous restoration, it was then placed by owner in a 2003 G. Potter King auction, where a high bid of $50k was rejected (SCM# 1556842). Essentially not driven in the past 14 years; consignor took a heavy loss despite the $60k–$80k estimate. Very well bought if lack of use has not caused a bevy of mechanical problems. #124-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N: DB4395R. Eng. # 370390. Almond Green/black Connolly leather. RHD. Odo: 6,515 miles. Nicely repainted a striking green some years ago, still holding up well overall, with some typical minor flaws. Chrome bumpers, headlights surrounds, and most chrome trim also redone and largely flawless. Windshield delaminating in corners. Interior also restored by previous owner, it shows some use but no real work needed. Restored underbody shows some use as expected but no glaring faults. Odometer likely reset at restoration, now reads 6,500 miles. Condition reflects use in FIVA rally and other road miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,900. I wondered how many buyers there would be for an automatic XK 140 coupe, and the answer was enough to hit its reserve. With a hammer price of $69k, the bid was not too far off of the low estimate of $80k. Restoration cost may have been close to sale price—if not more—so the new owner now has a show-quality XK 140 to drive around in at a very reasonable price. Hopefully the automatic transmission won’t spoil the experience, but I suspect many would be happier shifting the classic gearbox. Well bought. #110-1960 JAGUAR MK 2 3.8 “The SOLD AT $46,200. Clearly restored with care and skill; one sees very few of these older Morgans compared to the more common post- 136 Golden Jaguar” replica Saloon. S/N: P210581BW. Eng. # 103519. White w/ gold-plated trim/white leather. Replica of lost factory 1960 New York Auto Show car, “The Golden Jaguar.” Restored in late 1990s, with costly goldplated trim added to exterior. Supposedly driven just 100 miles since restoration. Paint holding up well, a few gold pieces could use repolishing, but no real wear or deterioration evident. Same situation in interior, appearing barely sat-in in past 18 years. Small area in rear fender next to exhaust has some cracks, the only exterior flaw and not major. Engine still new looking, with beautifully polished valve covers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $346,500. Striking DB4 better suited for hard driving than high-level concours. Many mechanical modifications such as Weber carbs, Jaguar brakes and suspension parts, with important OE parts included in sale. Nicely restored a number of years ago. Consignor purchased it at RM Amelia in 2014 for $462k (SCM# 6708840), adding just 1,400 miles since then. With a new hammer price of $315k and the $23k spent on servicing and modifying the car, he spent about $170k to drive it. That comes out to about $121/mile. Hopefully he enjoyed every bit of it, and I’d call this Aston Martin well bought. #169-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk 1 BN7 roadster. S/N: HBN7L1780. Eng. # 29DRUH12507. Opalescent Silver Gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 720 miles. Superb res- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT toration finished in 2009, body and interior showing exceptional work in all facets. New windshield, chrome wire wheels. Seats, doors and dashboard as good as it gets. Panel fit very good, not perfect but probably much better than original fit. Engine compartment clean, very accurate looking, done with care. Paint chipped off at top of window frame on one side. That’s the one flaw I found. Cond: 1. #171-1961 MGA 1600 roadster. S/N: 88054. Eng. # 16GAU19226. Red/tan leather. Odo: 7,395 miles. Complete restoration in late 1980s, driven 7,000 miles since. Looks perfect from 10 feet, but close inspection shows micro-bubbling on many body panels. Interior nicely cared for but has ’80s-style thick carpeting, not installed correctly at shifter. Some delamination in windshield. Most chrome still holding up very well, a few flaws up close. Description states it comes with hard top. Cond: 3. Damson Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 14,606 miles. Older ’80s complete restoration, with recent re-restoration of interior, cloth top, and some major mechanical items such as head and carbs. Body paint still very lustrous and impressive. Both doors fit poorly at bottom, and noticeable paint cracks in body near door corners. Trunk fit off. Large body paint chip under hood, in unfortunately noticeable spot. Polished wire wheels holding up well. Suspension and engine compartment show some dirt and evidence of road use, but no major work needed to freshen. Interior inviting and impressive, as expected. Seats are particularly nice compared to some other restored ones out there. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $61,600. Odometer reads just 720 miles, so if reset in 2009, that would explain why the eight-year-old restoration is still so perfect. One wonders why the owner didn’t go out and enjoy this car more. Restored by Kurt Tanner, and the restoration supports his reputation for doing exceptional work. AustinHealey 3000 prices have softened a bit the past few years, but at $61,600 with commission, I’d call this well bought. SOLD AT $23,100. A good example of why nothing beats in-person inspection. An older but well-executed restoration with few miles, this could still make a fine driver-quality MGA to use and enjoy for a reasonable sum. But if buyer is expecting a no-issues paint finish, he may be in for an unhappy awakening. Nevertheless, I’d call it fairly bought and sold. #134-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I convertible. S/N: 1E13881. Eng. # 7E111259. SOLD AT $96,800. A beautiful E-type roadster that isn’t quite early enough or in good enough condition to command high-level value. As seen with many of the lots, though, it makes for a very attractive example that can be shown with no shame and driven with little fear. At less than half the price of typical highend concours E-types, I’d call it fairly bought and sold. Maybe new owner drove it home. #176-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE coupe. S/N: CRL50599C. Eng. # 50599C. Black & silver/black leather. Odo: 14,351 miles. One owner, purportedly just 14k miles, but originality compromised. Seats claimed redone, along with some other interior parts. Paint looks decent but ragged colorchange line shows some evidence of repaint, as well as displaying some bubbles and other flaws in various areas. Windshield and rearwindow gaskets dried and flaking. Front bumper tilted up on one corner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,200. Fewer Corniche coupes were manufactured than convertibles, so these are rarely seen at auction. But an enjoyable convertible beats rarity sometimes, as coupes have lower overall value. This Corniche was inviting to consider as a one-owner example, but with some restoration work done and perhaps some more needed soon, the one-owner selling point loses a bit of luster. Still, selling price with commission was just at the high 138 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2017 Mazda CX-9 CUV Bonhams Greenwich, CT A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. estimate of $35k, so buyer and seller should be satisfied. #123-1999 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER Price as tested: $45,855 Equipment: 2.5-liter, turbocharged I4 engine, 6-sp automatic, heated seats, keyless entry, radar cruise control, eight-inch display w/ rear camera, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring EPA mileage: 20/26 Likes: Compliant suspension, little wind noise and overall comfortable to drive. Communicative steering, especially for a car in the big crossover class. Interior is a nice place to be, with high-quality materials and clear controls. Dislikes: Navigation is clunky. There is not much lateral leg room for my six-foot frame, as the center console sacrificed space for more cubbies. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: The CX-9 is attractive, has a good power/fuel economy trade-off and is almost fun to drive. It can’t hide its size, but you’ll forget it’s not a sedan around town. — Garrett Long 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription sedan SERAPH sedan. S/N: SCALA61E4XCX01891. Black/black & Oyster leather. Odo: 30,900 miles. Excellent condition overall, befitting a late 1990s Rolls with just 31k miles. BMW V12 engine, built during the last days of the Rolls-Royce Alamo stand in Crewe. Modern in most aspects other than lack of video-control screen, possibly a plus for many drivers over 50. Recent Vogue whitewalls, otherwise all appears original and unharmed. Driver’s seat showing some light cracking on bolsters. Rest of interior shows no wear, if not as clean as expected when sold at a prestigious auction. Cond: 1-. FRENCH #178-1932 BUGATTI TYPE 49 roadster. S/N: 49534. Eng. # L423. Red & black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 80,012 miles. Excellent finish throughout, rebodied recently back to its original Labourdette body style. Mechanicals, chassis and interior also completely restored over the past few years. No flaws or cracks in paint, body is superb, wood body trim following rear body line shows just a few minor flaws. Windshield gasket slightly misfitted. Simple interior nicely restored, only flaw are some cracks in black center-gauge area. Engine compartment is typical Bugatti work of art, and does not appear over-restored. Undercarriage appears new. Certainly a candidate for top-level concours. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,550. Still stately and impressive, this Seraph is a bargain-priced entry into the modern-collectible Rolls-Royce world. Complete with Greenwich Rolls-Royce dealer Miller Motorcars license-plate frame. The BMW V12 has gifted the Seraph with a growing following among Rolls-Royce collectors, and this is a delightful car for the money as long as it doesn’t have a long list of gremlins awaiting the new owner. The only obvious issue isn’t so much a mechanical matter as one of taste—the Vogue whitewall tires. Well bought. Price as tested: $66,105 Equipment: 2.0L 316-hp supercharged and turbocharged I4, 8-sp Geartronic automatic transmission, AWD, Pilot Assist, Inscription Package, Vision Package, Climate Package with HUD, Convenience Package, Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound EPA mileage: 22/31 Likes: Tech and safety features galore. Car will literally drive itself. Settings allow you to change steering, suspension and braking feel. Interior is impeccably crafted using high-end materials. Dislikes: Suspension is too soft. Stop/start feature is jarring, and every time I drive the car I have to turn it off. Annoying. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HHH Overall experience: HHH½ Verdict: The competition from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes is fierce — what the Volvo lacks compared to its German counterparts is a hint of sportiness. A good buy for a driver with pure luxury and all the newest gadgets. — Chad Taylor 140 140 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $676,500. A most interesting Bugatti. While its value might well be higher if the actual original body was still intact, hats off to the consignor for bringing it back to its original configuration, as portrayed in some valuable photos from the 1930s. Well-documented history helps its case. Fairly bought and sold. #187-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 2-dr se- dan. S/N: 57443. Burgundy & yellow/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 15,097 miles. Older resto


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ration with recent repaint. Purportedly original body by Graber, quite a plus. Some paint lines on the rear doors where two colors meet are very crudely done. Chrome pieces presentable, a few flaws in spots. Interior is noted as having the original leather repaired. Door panels showing quite a bit of wear, might be original but uncertain. Rear seat has a cut in it. Handbrake lever has some rust, dash looks very good. Cond: 2-. Considering the overall restoration cost, I would call it well bought, with the sale price in the normal range for these somewhat undervalued historic BMWs. Accuracy of the restoration may be examined soon by BMW experts when this 327/328 is brought to concours. #143-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 NOT SOLD AT $330,000. A handsome and relatively rare Bugatti. The paint flaw noted above was very puzzling and perhaps enough to turn away some potential buyers. Recently offered at Bonhams’ 2017 Scottsdale auction, where it was a no-sale at a high bid of $450k (SCM# 6813203). Here at the smaller Greenwich venue, it could reach only $330k. Owner must be very disappointed, but given today’s market, the previous $450k bid was generous and perhaps about the most this Bugatti will sell for. GERMAN #140-1939 BMW 327/328 cabriolet. S/N: 74582. Eng. # 1111864. Medium & light blue/blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 40 km. Rescued from a long-standing outdoor collection, this newly restored 327/328 benefited from a fine restoration befitting its significance. Perhaps somewhat of a bitsa, as catalog stated that another 327 in the same collection donated some organs to it. Paint, interior, engine and chassis all in pristine condition. Some of the trim appeared repolished, still exhibiting some age but preferable to overrestoration in my eyes. One kidney grille surround cracked—the only noticeable flaw I could find. Cond: 1-. SWB sedan. S/N: 1000121200790. Eng. # 1009801200785. Dark red/black leather. Odo: 39,446 miles. Nicely restored in stages, paintwork appears carefully done, bumpers recently rechromed. Body panels mostly impressive, trunk fit a bit off. Windshield, as well as most windows, show new rubber gaskets. Interior has seats claimed to be original, likely accurate. Perhaps re-dyed at some point with some spots showing age, but I viewed these magnificent seats as a major strong point. New carpeting somewhat mediocre but restored wood dash and steering wheel superbly rendered. Engine compartment clean and presentable. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,200. Always overwhelming to look at, 600 Grosser Mercedes make for a brave purchase at an auction, without the opportunity to do a careful mechanical inspection and test drive. Just in case, new owner should mortgage their home to prepare for repair and parts costs. Even so, I thought this 600 SWB, while neither perfectly restored nor mostly original, was a fantastic car for a reasonable price. The original seats alone add many points to its value. Not high-end-concours eligible, but will certainly impress the proletariat at the local Dairy Queen show. SOLD AT $220,000. A pleasure to look at— hopefully as pleasurable to drive; new owner may be faced with some teething work with just 40 km on the restoration. At this price point, it is still drivable without worrying too much about ruining any investment value. September 2017 #160-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N: 11304210017122. Eng. # 12798110013243. Dark red/Parchment leather. Odo: 2,778 miles. Several phases of restoration over the years. Body and paint decent, with a few imperfections. Rocker panels and underbody look properly restored. Swage lines still on both fenders. Panel and door fit very good, chrome bumpers and most trim look fresh. Wheels all excellent, shod with Hankook tires. Engine bay has received attention, most components clean and overall look is tidy. Interior recently restored—seats, wood, carpets, gauges and steering wheel all look excellent. New windshield, soft top and fuel pump. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. A very nice 230SL Pagoda, looks excellent, no visible work needed, equipped with a desirable 4-speed manual. I considered this clearly the nicest of the three Pagodas in the auction. But it went for the smallest amount, 141


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT fectly done as any restoration I’ve seen on a modern car, it could pass as a time-warp lowmileage example. Reportedly had a fair amount of wear when owner commenced with the restoration. Perhaps some Porschephiles might find this a class below a low-mileage, pristine original example, but this is an unusually well-restored 930. Too-nice-to-drive might be its only flaw. Somewhat well bought. #135-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SLC bringing in a high bid of just $50k, well below the low estimate of $80k. The other two were 280SLs, so perhaps model trumped condition at this venue. Was originally marked sold, but changed to unsold post-block. #151-1976 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N: 9306800292. Eng. # 6860321. Metallic silver/black leather. Odo: 108,925 miles. Body perfect, paint perfect, rubber gaskets perfect, wheels perfect, interior perfect, engine perfect. All this perfection on a fully restored ’76 Porsche. The interior was especially impressive, as it appeared to be showroom fresh and I could find not a single flaw or aftermarket component. Only flaw I could find anywhere was some bird poop on the hood, but I carefully wiped it off. Cond: 1. coupe. S/N: 10702412027545. Gray-Blue Metallic/blue leather. Odo: 31,353 miles. Purportedly all original. Body and paint excellent, chrome and trim mostly fine other than small dents in both front and rear bumpers. Some window gaskets replaced. Mercedes logo on hood has lost all color. Engine compartment clean and supports mileage claim. Interior superb, comparable to exterior, with originallooking seats showing little wear. Sunvisors discolored, though, oddly mismatched condition compared to rest of interior. Cond: 2+. tioned above stood out. As a coupe, they became the stepchild of the 107 series for many years, resulting in very few U.S. examples still in prime condition, and likely none better than this one. Fairly bought and sold at this time, but probably an excellent buy for someone who will own and preserve it for many years. #145-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N: WBAEE1411J2560905. Black/silvergray leather. Odo: 75,504 miles. Clean, dent-free body in striking black. Purportedly all original, though I see a few possible variations in the paint finish. Some scuffs on rear bumper, trunk lid M6 emblem looks sloppy—an old M with a new 6. Interior very nice and mostly original, but front seats restored, a negative for many M6 collectors. Engine compartment clean, handsome oversized BBS three-piece wheels, but thankfully not too oversized. No bills or paper history were available. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $154,000. As carefully and per- SOLD AT $28,600. Before viewing this Mercedes I had the usual doubts about claims of originality. Carefully inspecting the paint, I could find no overspray or mismatch to support my suspicions. Interior also seemed to shout “original.” Only a few odd pieces men- SOLD AT $55,000. A very nice, reasonably low-mileage M6 with many good points but a few negatives, such as the lack of records. With a very limited production run, E24 M6s have been steadily climbing in value these past few years, with good reason. Considered bulky and awkward looking when it replaced the wonderful E9 coupe in 1976, the E24 now looks small, sleek, and distinctive compared to its oversized descendants. A true time-warp M6 sold for $104.5k at Bonhams’ recent Amelia auction (SCM# 6827918) and this example seemed fairly bought and sold at about half that price. ITALIAN #184-1967 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N: AM115082. Eng. # AM115082. Graphite Gray/gray cloth. Odo: 45,399 miles. Old repaint in ghastly condition. Bonhams stated that the trunk was damaged during transit to the auction, but would be sold as-is. Peeling section on damaged trunk reveals primer never even used, a shortcut that would be inconceivable now for a car of this value. Bumpers and other parts rechromed, need rechroming again. Some rust-through at door bottoms as well as underbody rust. Cracks in rear taillights. Interior almost as ghastly as exterior. Seats reupholstered incorrectly in velour, now badly aged as well as incorrect. Dashpad peeling upward to the heavens, carpet looks original and poor, steering-wheel wood very worn. Sign hanging in interior says “Will run, but beware brake & clutch.” “Beware” accurately sums up overall condition. Cond: 4-. 142 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT dashboard covering peeling off. Fabulous Alfa gauges look excellent. Wheels very nice, new exhaust, lots of undercoating gives one pause. Purported to have had recent important mechanical work totaling $16k. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $146,300. With so many cosmetic and mechanical issues, hard to see this Ghibli being used again without a complete restoration. I expected this car to sell for quite a bit less, but someone must have decided a challenging and expensive restoration will be a worthwhile endeavor. I’m glad there are buyers who are not just in it for the numbers. Very well sold. #150-1968 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N: 11611. Eng. # 11611GT. Argento/black leather. Odo: 78,265 miles. Body very nice, older overall paintwork might be considered impressive on most brands but is barely okay in Ferrari World. Signs of aging include cracks and bubbles on rear fender. Panel fit good overall. Front bumpers show a bit of chrome wear. Some emerging corrosion on underside visible. Interior restored a few years ago, nicely done. Engine, gearbox and suspension all reportedly rebuilt in past seven years, so large sum of money invested not long ago, a strong selling point perhaps. Cond: 3+. Rossa Corsa/black leather. Odo: 51,714 miles. Much restoration work over a number of years. Decent repaint now showing minor flaws. Door and panel fit good. Windshield and rear window gaskets deteriorated. Noticeable cracking in black panel between windshield and hood. Black bumpers straight but very dull. Interior very presentable, with seats, carpets and wood restored at various times. Driver’s seat side bolster showing some wear. Some new suspension parts visible underneath. Imperfections abound, but still an impressive car in the scheme of things. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,400. A decent Montreal with some flaws and a bit of a convoluted restoration history. Hopefully new owner will find it fairly sorted out as there were perhaps too many hands in the restoration pot. Values have climbed upward over the past few years, but Montreals still don’t seem to strike an emotional chord for many Alfisti. Might be the somewhat uninspired Bertone styling, or perhaps naming it the Montreal. If Alfa had named it the Positano or Salerno, it would probably be worth 25% more. Fairly bought and sold. #113-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N: 15621. Eng. # 403417. Metallic blue/tan leather. Odo: 38,347 miles. Lauded as largely original car, body resprayed and front seats redone in 2007. Paint still presenting well with no major flaws. Hood fit slightly off, noticeable large crack in rear window. Driver’s seat showing some wear, tach glass slightly foggy. Engine never out, paint peeling off valve covers, gas-stained Webers, common MSD ignition installed. Decent, still striking car but certainly not a winner at Ferrari events. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $202,400. A no-shame ’60s Ferrari in decent but flawed condition, and some unknowns regarding corrosion and previous owner’s mechanical fixes. If the rust problem isn’t major, then this will be an enjoyable Ferrari to drive for quite some time, assuming engine and other work has been up to par. Drive now, concours later, a more memorable life with this car for the new owner. Wasn’t that many years ago this was a $100k car; those days are surely gone. I’d call it fairly bought and sold. #172-1971 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N: AR1425276. Gold metallic/beige cloth. Odo: 6,895 km. Repainted several years ago, along with much other restoration work over the last few years. Paint well done, now showing just a few minor signs of wear. Driver’s door fit off. Some exterior trim pieces worn. Interior tidy but color and materials not breathtaking. Door panels, seats and steering wheel all clearly restored. Top of restored 144 NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Sold for $87k by Russo and Steele in 2011 (SCM# 3666160), sold again by Russo and Steele to consignor in 2015 for a meteoric rise of $330k (SCM# 6786176). Recent mechanical and interior work by consignor and previous owner make this a very nice driver-quality ’70s Ferrari. Driven just 600 miles during current ownership. Bidding stalled at $190k; owner wisely had a reserve on it and will have to try another day. Owner may need to accept a lower bid than he wants but made the right call to hold out for now. #164-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFGJ34B000084539. Rossa Corsa/black cloth. Odo: 35,093 km. Euro-spec F40 that spent most of its life in Japan, brought to U.S. by consignor in 2015. Perfect, near showroom condition, comparable to many F40s out there. I searched for signs of repaint or bodywork, no evidence at all. Interior about as well preserved as exterior. Eurospec models rated at 478 hp, less than the approximate 500 hp attributed to U.S.-spec cars. Adjustable suspension (described as “troublesome”) replaced by standard suspension. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 9 SOLD AT $236,500. This 365 GTC/4 illustrates the problem of a 1972 car that is somewhat original but has new paint, perhaps some bodywork and new seats. No longer original in those important areas, it presents to the buyer the darker side of originality—a neverout Ferrari engine, original electrics, and who knows what other tired mechanicals lurking underneath. Still, with just 32k miles, one could look at it as a rare Ferrari that can be driven hard without fear of a stone chip ruining its value. #165-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N: 365GTC415359. Eng. # F101AC000. SOLD AT $880,000. F40 prices spiraled upward in past few years, with some examples selling in the low $1m range, but some leveling seems to have occurred recently. Some experts prefer Euro-spec versions, other ex- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT perts say the U.S. version is superior. Might depend on which one the expert owns. The mileage on this F40 (22k miles) may seem high to some buyers, when examples have been on the market with much lower mileage. Still, this works out to an average of just 800 miles per year. I believe these will resume the upward climb in value, perhaps very rapidly at some point. So I’ll call this Ferrari well bought. AMERICAN #120-1923 RICKENBACKER B6 coupe. S/N: 10585. Eng. # 10505. Blue & black/. Odo: 43 miles. Carefully executed restoration, just 43 miles showing since completed. Paint richly done—hard to find a chip or flaw anywhere. The few chrome pieces also look very good, as do polished metal pieces. Interior also well restored, with authentic-looking upholstery, carefully refinished steering wheel, other pieces showing great care. Carpeted area on dashboard looks out of place, but a Rickenbacker expert might say I’m wrong. Undercarriage and engine compartment are all tidy and authentic looking. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $181,500. The high bid of $170k was not enough to hammer sold, but postblock negotiation resulted in sale with commission at $181,500. Below the low estimate of $220k, but seems about right for a splendid Chrysler that now has some needs if new owner wants to make it a concours winner. Wonderful LeBaron body was originally burgundy, may have been more striking than current cream white. Fairly bought and sold. #162-1951 PACKARD 250 convertible. S/N: 24693877. Maumee Maize/burgundy cloth/white leather. Odo: 86,926 miles. 327-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful complete restoration, perhaps done a few years ago but showing no deterioration. Panel fit as good as expected for early ’50s era. White and burgundy interior also meticulously restored, near flawless, although the steering wheel displays a few cracks. Rubber gaskets, chrome trim and other details all concours-worthy. Undercarriage clean. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. To my eyes, this fully restored Rickenbacker was one of the more interesting cars at the auction, but it failed to reach its low estimate of $60k, ending with a high bid of $42k. Reflects the modest market for standard-bodied sedans of the ’20s. With just a handful of Rickenbackers remaining, this was a chance to buy something rather unique. Bonhams smartly put a large photo of Rickenbacker and his plane in the catalog, but it was not enough to stir anyone’s soul enough to meet the reserve. Owner smart to hang on until Hollywood does a Rickenbacker bio. #121-1932 CHRYSLER CL IMPERIAL Custom convertible sedan. S/N: 7803380. Eng. # CL1080. Cream white/beige cloth/ beige leather. Odo: 66,657 miles. Last restored late 1980s, now showing some expected crackling and bubbles in the front fenders; rest of paint holding up well. Chrome still excellent. Wood wheels have some cracks, not severe enough yet to be undrivable. Power brakes and assisted clutch added. Undercarriage fairly clean, newish exhaust system shows some mileage. Interior generally in fine condition, seats have an appealing slight patina, controls and dash all in excellent shape. White interior could benefit from a deep cleaning, surprisingly not done for auction presentation. Cond: 3. 146 SOLD AT $46,200. One of my favorite cars at the auction. Smaller and cleaner looking than many Packards from that period, with same inline-eight engine as larger models. The restoration appeared no-expense-spared, with rechroming alone reportedly costing $30k. Values of Packards from this era have remained modest, and this 250 was a good example of being able to obtain a carefully restored car at a relatively modest price. Estimate was just $45k–$55k, but I’d still call this Packard well bought in light of the restoration quality. #180-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N: 124677N221699. Bolero Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 84,184 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well restored in 2014, body and interior looking fresh. Steering wheel has some light pitting—only flaw I could find. Rear window converted to splitglass type. Non-matching-numbers engine, replaced during restoration. Body repainted in original Bolero Red, interior changed from red to black. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. An excellent restored example of a ’67 Camaro, purchased by the consignor at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2015 for $82,500 (SCM# 6779916). The non-original engine might have hurt price a bit, and Camaro prices have stayed flat for the past few years. Consignor may have had the misfortune of paying a bit too much when buying, combined with getting a bit too little when selling. Well bought. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 148 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s


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Leake Tulsa, OK Leake — Tulsa 2017 After 45 years in the business, Leake continues to shine in Tulsa Company Leake Date June 9–11, 2017 Location Tulsa, OK Auctioneers Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dillon Hall, Casey Enlow, Blaine Berlotz Automotive lots sold/offered 356/525 Sales rate 68% Sales total $8,236,085 High sale 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $305,250 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices An entry-level collector car and a good way to work on your tan — 1980 Triumph Spitfire convertible, sold at $7,700 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Corey Kemendo Market opinions in italics I 150 t’s been 45 years since Leake conducted its first auction in the Tulsa area (actually, it w the Sotheby Parke-Bernet Lea in Muskogee — held on the Fourth o 1972). In the years since, Leake has g regional auction house to be reckone Now their keynote auction is conducted in the River Spirit Expo Center near downtown Tulsa — and home of the famous Golden Driller statue. With over 500 cars offered over three days and nearly 70% of them sold, it has become a well-oiled machine that has been successful for a number of years. Another reason to celebrate was due to good results this year. Topping all sales was a 2006 Ford GT, selling at no reserve for $305,250. Bolstering sales further were a number of significant post-block sales. The secondand third-highest sales were both modern MercedesBenzes and were inked as post-block deals: a 2006 SLR McLaren sold for $250,250, while a 2012 SLS AMG found a new home for $159,500. Also bearing the three-pointed star was the oldest of Tulsa, OK the top 10 sales: a 1956 190SL, which sold at $93,500. Covering all bases, a Mercedes-Benz was also the cheapest car sold during the weekend, with a 1997 E320 sedan doing $1,210. In between were a wide range of offerings suitable for any automotive enthusiast. Everything from CCCA Full Classics to post-war Americana, vintage European and Asian, plus the ever-popular vintage trucks were all available at a variety of price points. Once again, Leake’s Sales Totals friendly staff did a commendable job of keeping things moving on two auction rings on Friday and Saturday, while conducting the mostly noreserve Sunday segment with only one ring. While some folks grouse about the two-ring format, at least it makes for a short day — I was usually heading to the car before 5 p.m. Thanks to Leake, the multifaceted town of Tulsa has an additional layer of interest for at least one weekend a year in collector cars, and with the company’s continued success in their hometown, this venue should have several more anniversaries to celebrate in the future. ♦ $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK ENGLISH #2444-1964 BENTLEY S3 Saloon. S/N: B32FG. White/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9,368 miles. Period-accessory Lucas driving lights, newer aftermarket a/c and in-dash DIN-mount CD sound system. Stated that the 9,368 indicated miles are actual from new. Good original paint, with a crack forming in the base of left side windshield frame. Cracking and dry-rotting windshield gasket. Very pliable door-seal rubber, with original glue residue around it. Poor left front-door fit, while the other three are pretty decent. Good original brightwork, inside and out. Rear S3 emblem has old glue residue around it. Dusty engine bay, which smells like old gas. Universal-fit flex radiator hoses. Superb interior. Newer exhaust system and radial tires. Cond: 3+. work. Decent-fitting replacement soft top. Already has heavy fuel staining on the carburetor and top of the intake manifold. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,800. Sure, British Leyland could’ve easily used the Buick-designed aluminum V8 found in the Land/Range Rovers and a plethora of their other products; but no, they essentially mated two 1.5L Spitfire fours to a common crankshaft, creating a host of reliability issues. So, are the rumors true, that when someone sells one of these, the former owner throws a Stag party? If so, party on, as despite the “Regional Concours award winner” notation (first, second and third in class: operational Stag category, I presume), this was all the money for this Triumph. And the consigning dealer knew it, cutting the reserve loose after the bidding dried up. #1211-1980 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The S3 was Bentley’s equivalent of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, made from 1962 through 1965, when they were replaced by the Bentley T-type / Roller Silver Shadow for 1966. It’s unusual enough to encounter an S3, with 1,286 made— let alone one with under 10k miles. While I’ll say that the final bid was light for the car, it wasn’t all that far from it—although the consignor likely thinks otherwise, with the comment as it rolled off the turntable that “we’re a long ways away from getting this done.” #499-1973 TRIUMPH STAG convert- ible. S/N: LE23713U0. Cream/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 5,798 miles. Factory-optional electric overdrive unit and both types of tops. Retrofitted with a Holley double-pumper 4-barrel carb, modern aluminum radiator and a new Sanden a/c compressor. Aftermarket Minilite-type alloy wheels on radials. Stated that it had a cosmetic redo in 2006, with the mechanicals attended to three years ago. Paint looks pretty on top, although enough has peeled off the edges of the bottoms of the rear quarter panel to show either dull red paint or vibrant red primer. Newer undercoating. Door fit is a touch off. Selective exterior component replating, original and lightly pitted on interior chrome. Good seat and door-panel upholstery vertible. S/N: TFVDW6AT005643. Cream/tan & white vinyl. Odo: 58,981 miles. Optional hard top plus the standard soft top, along with overdrive unit. Presentable topical repaint, with dull overspray in the door jambs, on most of the undercarriage, under the hood and in the trunk. Trunk also has a can of paint and a dual-SU induction system. Rubber-bumper cladding is actually in pretty good shape. Wavy rear bumper. Tin-can door fit. Reproduction seats, carpeting and shift boot. Note to person who installed the modern CD stereo: Did you notice that the only way you can load a CD is to have the car in second gear? I didn’t think so. Plain door panels, with amateur workmanship. Good dashboard wood. Washed off under the hood. Aftermarket air filters (to include the one for the PCV). Function-overform maintenance. Newer radials. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,675. This is most certainly not repainted in the original Malaga Maroon. That is more of a dull burgundy and is not metallic. This looks more like a paint job that was paid for with cases of Budweiser. The only saving grace here is a pretty solid body (as this slushbox transmission is hated by most Bimmerphiles as badly as rusty shock towers), so if you value a good ’02 body core at $4,600, this is the best way of looking at this car. Otherwise, not cheap, not good. SOLD AT $7,700. The final year for the Spitfire, with only one more model year left for the TR7 and TR8 before new four-wheeled Triumphs disappeared from our shores. Too much paid to now go and properly restore it (rather than its current on-the-cheap gussie-up job), so at best, this one is a fair-weather driver as-is (regardless of the hard top). GERMAN #1157-1973 BMW 2002 coupe. S/N: 2534448. Maroon metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 84,192 miles. Body moldings removed and the holes filled, then given an on-the-cheap repaint with overspray in multiple areas. Okay door fit. Heavily faded early-1980s California license plates, with 2008 tabs, which explains the dull chrome and alloy moldings. Not much left of its seals. The sole exception is around 152 #2464-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 15-window microbus. S/N: BH288710. Sealing Wax Red & gray/light gray vinyl. Odo: 72,000 km. Concise bare-body rebuild. Good overall repaint on all surfaces, from top to bottom. Fitted with Safari swing-out windshield frames. No windshield wiper arms, which mount at the bottom of the windshield. All other brightwork is reproduction. All-new door and glass seals. Reproduction roof rack. Neat-as-a-pin bone-stock motor in the engine bay. Under the bodywork, the bottom of the motor is starting to get greasy and soiled. Bright cad-plated suspension hardware. New bias-ply tires on conventional drop-center rims. Fully reupholstered interior, with threerow seating and new carpet on the floors. Headliner is wavy from lesser-quality installation. Title in transit. Cond: 2. the windshield, which holds in a replacement piece dated 1997. Door handles barely attached. Interior door panels barely hanging in place. Plastic dashboard overlay, wavy from the cracked and broken original pad below it. Air-cleaner housing painted to match the body. Generally stock under the hood and recently hosed off, but is more function than form. Aftermarket glass-pack muffler and oval outlet. Alloy wheels from the later 320i, with more lugs than nuts. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. To give an idea how out of date naming a paint hue “Sealing Wax Red” now is—as in using melted wax to seal an envelope or document—the car was cata- Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK loged as being in “Ceiling Wax Red.” I’ve waxed my share of floors in my day, but never a ceiling. If the 1973 production date seems odd—as West German production of the firstgeneration Type II ended in 1967—remember that this is built from a Brazilian-production Type II, which used the first-generation body until 1975. This was also a no-sale when it reran on Sunday as Lot 811 for $31k (actually, it was “sold on an if,” but post-auction results show that the answer was really NO!). Sufficiently bid for something that isn’t exactly as most perceive it to be, regardless of how well it was done. #744-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SEC coupe. S/N: WDBCA43A9DB004742. Blue metallic/gray leather. Odo: 131,800 miles. Optional sunroof, accessory wheel-lip moldings. Has been repainted above the body character-line pinstriping. Not especially well, but it does look a lot better than the original baseclear coating below it with a case of leprosy. Driver’s side A-pillar also has paint flaking off like leaves in October. Sun-baked plastic trim, but not as congruent levels. Flaking chrome on the optional alloy wheels. Decent door fit. Rock-hard seat leather and padding, but at least it generally shows little wear or tears. Carpeted dashpad cover. Original radio yanked for a modern Kenwood CD stereo. Highly uncooperative hood latches. 90k service sticker in the driver’s door jamb (I feel better now). Cond: 4+. bay. Undercarriage shows light flash rust on all bare-metal fasteners, plus light road grime. Light leather discoloration on the inboardfacing seat-back panel on the passenger’s seat. Light-pushing-moderate seat-pleat wrinkling on the driver’s seat bottom. Otherwise, good original interior soft trim. Despite the nonstock exhaust system, runs out well and pretty much sounding like stock (although within the building confines it barely ran past idle). Cond: 2-. — I know the value of a good road-trip car). Granted, paddles rather than pedals put me off, so an F1 variant like this car is right out. Bid right to high retail, not factoring the low miles, so the SCM Platinum subscriber rightfully hung onto it. AMERICAN #2470-1929 PACKARD CUSTOM NOT SOLD AT $135,000. One of 2,261 512TRs built, this example in the middle of the four years of production. While one can argue that the aftermarket add-ons work to negate the low miles, I’ll counter with my observation that this is not much lower mileage than often encountered on post-Enzo-era Ferraris. Darn few were commuter cars or road-trip vessels. While the final bid was a bit soft, it wasn’t outrageously so. #463-2003 FERRARI 575M Maranello SOLD AT $2,530. Remembering these cars when they were new, and subsequently as they plummeted in resale value, I always thought they were quite stylish and at various times in my life considered picking one up if the price was right. However, if the price was right, the car was wrong, as cheap is rarely good on these W126-based coupes. Yet today, thanks to forums online, they have a following as some of the last big Benzes that can be maintained by mere mortals. Which makes one wonder how bad a 2017 S550 with deferred maintenance issues will be in 35 years. It makes one shudder like a bad set of tie rods. All that makes this one look better already. Cheap— not good cheap, but you could do worse. ITALIAN #901-1993 FERRARI 512 TR coupe. S/N: ZFFLG40A1P0096404. Nero Black/tan leather. Odo: 16,238 miles. Upfitted with relatively tasteful aftermarket alloy wheels with Ferrari center caps and a Tubi stainless-steel exhaust system. Otherwise, essentially original with 16,238 miles from new. Well-kept original paint. Very tidy, like factory-new engine 154 coupe. S/N: ZFFBV55AX30133203. Argento Nürburgring/Argento Nürburgring. Odo: 3,997 miles. 3,997 indicated miles from new, and in like-new overall condition. Carbon Fiber package and Daytona seats. Just had a belt service two months ago. Also recently fitted with new Pirelli P-Zero tires, so the TPS sensors are still trying to cope with that. No discernible road debris damage to the paint. Neat as a pin under the hood and in the cabin. At worst, the bottom of the driver’s seat and the carpeting around the two pedals have minimal wear and soiling. Light road grime and minimal flash corrosion in bare-metal undercarriage components. Stock exhaust and tune, so it has a nice sedate tone at idle. Cond: 2. EIGHT 640 tourer. S/N: 174637. Maroon & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 64,823 miles. Equipped with painted wood spoke wheels on reproduction Firestone wide whitewall tires, dual sidemount spares and doughnut-pusher radiator ornament. California year-of-manufacture license plates with current tabs. Stated that the restoration was completed less than a year ago. Good repaint and replated trim. Super Eight radiator-shell badge. Superb door and panel fit. Newer seats and canvas top. Nicely refinished dashboard wood. Lightly cleaned-up engine bay from an old detailing—but could use another. Cylinder head and water pump are a more correct shade of green than the cylinder block. Light oxidation on the aluminum crankcase, corrosion formed around the radiator hose inlet bolts. Old chassis repaint, now heavily chipped and also looking pretty grungy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,850. Some CCCA members I talked with about this car weren’t entirely certain if it was correct. Bear in mind that Packard did share some body components between open and closed cars—and rarely were any from this era cookie-cutter alike. It also doesn’t present as a car that was recently restored (unless you call fresh paint a restoration). On the other hand, it had an “air tight” history, and heavy hitters who know these cars weren’t afraid to bid on it—but they didn’t hit that heavy. When it did come time to cross the block, it faltered past $60k against a reported $75k original reserve. Rolled off the block as a stated $64k final-bid no-sale, but by the end of the day this deal was put together. A good buy if it is a real-deal open car. #493-1937 CORD 812 Westchester se- NOT SOLD AT $140,000. A bit rich for my budget, but considering that higher-mile examples are starting to trade in F-350 Diesel King Ranch window-sticker pricing, this is easily the only Ferrari from the 21st century that I’d really have an interest in getting. It is stylish, yet not braggadocious and would make for a wonderful road-trip car over my aging C5 Corvette (having driven it 10 hours each way to this auction — not unusual for me dan. S/N: 1471A. Pastel Green/dark green cloth. Odo: 100 miles. CCCA National First Place badge number 992. First restored in 1983—and tuned up last week—by Glenn Pray’s Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company of nearby Broken Arrow, OK. 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Leake Tulsa, OK sion sits slightly low up front and a bit high in the rear. Good gaps and panel fit. Color-coordinated body welting, to include the bustleback trunk. Tidy and stock under the hood. Older brush-painted chassis, with rusty-exhaust system and lots of road grime. Old Denman wide whitewall bias-ply tires. Cond: 2-. it for a tidy profit, good luck. The demographic that likes these cars the most is slowly fading away. #2440-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sun- SOLD AT $77,000. One of the few Cord sedans fitted with the bustle-back trunk, due to a lack of luggage space in the original slantback bodywork. While it does come off as something of an appendage, it’s a pretty rare one, as it’s estimated that about half-a-dozen cars were done up like this. While it initially failed to hammer sold on the block at $63k, some immediate post-block negotiation by both buyer and SCM Platinum-subscriber consignor got it sold by the time the next car up was described. #1183-1954 OLDSMOBILE 88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N: 547K7649. Light beige & maroon/beige cloth & Tomato Red vinyl. Odo: 6,687 miles. 324-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Wears a masked-off repaint that was likely applied at least a decade ago. Generally presents well, even if a few masking lines are evident on door and glass seals. Small rock chip in the passenger’s door window. Decent door fit and good gaps. Muted bumper chrome, more likely an old replate than good original. Lightly polished stainless trim. Reupholstered seat, generally faithful to original in pattern but using modern automotive fabric. Padding is fairly stiff. Reproduction door panels. Light cracking and crazing on the repainted steering wheel. Carpeting stained, akin to having a heater core leaking on it at one time. Older engine repaint, with masked-off original work paint and decals on the valve covers. Heavier use of modern crimp connectors on the wiring. Aftermarket red heater hoses. Modern 12-volt battery and radial tires. Cond: 3+. liner convertible. S/N: D7DC179719. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white vinyl bench. Odo: 1,124 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering and power brakes, plus dealer-accessory “hockey stick” rocker-panel trim. Rather good bare-body repaint, now sporting some chips on the door edges. These doors also don’t fit all that well. Despite acceptable gaps, the latch has dug into the paint on both doors, and while they have new rubber seals, they’re poorly fitted, so the doors rattle. Door to rear-quarter glass slightly out of alignment to each other. Bumpers have been replated, but the rest of the brightwork ranges from new reproduction to overall lightly pitted original to replated over pits. Replacement top rides up slightly over the door glass. Older engine repaint, with grime now in the crevasses. The rest of the engine bay is more minimally cleaned than detailed. Fresh reproduction interior vinyl and carpeting, all expertly installed. Non-stock economy-grade dual-exhaust system is already getting rusty. Cond: 3. merly detailed suspension components, but also has bright fasteners. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Out of the box, this was intended as a competition car rather than boss of the boulevards. If anything, I’m more surprised that the car came with both tops. Usually, it’s one or the other to save weight (and usually it’s the hard top—easily popped off when not needed). This final-year C1 should get at least a touch-up fluff-and-buff detail before showing again—not that it’s a pig right now. This crowd didn’t seem keen on it, as I factored it being bid to at least $100k— and so too did the consignor. #492-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard SOLD AT $34,650. Overall, some things are done really well; other things are just…well, really? Overall, this best selling convertible for 1957 comes off as having been done bit by bit over an extended period of time—and as economically as possible to boot. As such, sold well. #2476-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $12,375. The 1954 Olds was newly redesigned, in both the 88 and 98 series. Most notable was this being the first year of the wraparound windshield for the entire Olds line — influenced by the Motorama-starturned limited-production 1953 Fiesta. More reconditioned than restored as claimed, yet this was still a pretty good deal for the car offered. That is, if you like these and intend on retaining it for a while. If you think you’ll flip 156 Fuelie convertible. S/N: 20867S109639. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 21,295 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Equipped with fuel injection, 4-speed, Positraction, off-road exhaust, metallic brake pads, 5.5 x 15-inch wheels and both tops. Frame-off restoration performed on it within the decade, attaining 97.3 points in NCRS Top Flight judging. Better body prep and paint application than possible when new. Doors protrude slightly from the bodywork, but gaps are good. Replated bumpers. Good presentation and fit of the trim and emblems. NCRS decal on the right side of the windshield. Light oxidation on the master cylinder, engine-block stamping pad, exhaust manifolds and most fuel-injection components, but easily detailed to concours-ready condition. All-reproduction interior soft trim. Light shift knob and doorhandle knob yellowing, heavier on the interior light lens. Correct bare fiberglass on the bottom of the car. Light flash rust on a few for- top. S/N: 237375P118768. White/black vinyl. Odo: 21,310 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation with the car shows factory options as 4-speed, a/c, tinted windshield, power steering, Rally gauge cluster, center console and AM/FM radio. Tri-Power added post-production. Also fitted with a 1970s-era Craig-Pioneer 8-track stereo tape deck. Modern reproduction Rally I wheels and Redline bias-ply Firestones. Excellent body prep and paint application. Good door and panel gaps, with the always-difficult-to-get-completelyright cowl area lined up pretty well (a bit wider around the front of the doors, but otherwise even all around). Replated bumpers and refurbished or reproduction trim. Four T-3 headlights. Highly authentic engine bay. Already has intake manifold bake-off below the primary carburetor—more so than even next to the exhaust manifolds. Reproduction seats, carpet, door panels and optional dashpad. Clean but mostly semi-gloss black undercarriage, aside from new exhaust and gas tank. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. Pretty much equipped the way most folks would want an early Goat, even if the Tri-Power was added later. 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Leake Tulsa, OK #1175-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N: 7F03T169279. Green metallic/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 89,476 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 6-cylinder car in Dark Moss Green, with modern power frontdisc brakes and repop Magnum 500 wheels shod with radials. Otherwise, generally configured as originally sold new. Body-colorchange repaint was done rather well, although it got light towards the bottom of the car and wasn’t painted below. However, it was fully red-oxide primered, with the suspension painted gloss black. New gas tank and chambered exhaust system. Door gaps get slightly wider as they go upwards. Original lightly pitted frosty vent-window frames, but the rest of the plating was redone or reproduction. All-new repro interior soft trim. Modern retrolook AM/FM/cassette sound system in the stock location. NOM 289 with aftermarket 4-barrel induction, dolled up to look stock yet with an open-element air cleaner. Cond: 2-. inspection chalk marks on the cowl were masked off as part of the repaint. Seats reupholstered with modern cloth inserts. Reproduction door panels and dashpad. Grimy, rusty undercarriage, with rusty non-stock dual exhaust pipe—yet new mufflers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. The 307-ci small-block V8 premiered in 1968, replacing the 283 as the entry-level small-block V8. Not having a stellar reputation for performance and longevity (developed for economy and reduced emissions in mind), it was dropped after 1973. With the one-year-wonder 1975 262-ci V8 only used in Monzas and Novas, the 307 was not truly replaced until the vastly better and longer-tenured 305 was introduced for 1976. Today, it seems like you see more six-bangers out there than 307s—let alone being paired with three-on-the-tree. It had lots of eye appeal with the top-shelf trim package, and the reserve was off at the $18k point. #2462-1968 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE SOLD AT $31,625. Another case of throwing out the now outdated adage of nobody fakes a green car. Heck, they even used a different green (although I find it hard to believe more folks would prefer this light ivy green over the original Dark Moss Green). At least it isn’t another one in red. Or worse yet—an Eleanor wanna-be. Solely looking at the aspect of saving $8k on just the restoration, not a bad buy, provided that you’ll always have to explain the engine-swap story. #1200-1968 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. S/N: CE148S145652. White/red vinyl. Odo: 51,994 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Per the original Service Parts decal, originally built in this color combination with a/c, heavy-duty rear springs, push-button AM radio, ammeter/ oil gauge dashboard and full wheel covers. The latter have given way to 1980s-era truck Rally wheels with aftermarket tri-bar spinners. Also now has a period-style AM/FM radio. All-steel cargo box. Generally good-quality repaint done in recent years. The engine—with an HEI distributor and modern alternator—has been repainted in recent years. A/C converted to R134a-compliant fittings. The original 2-dr sedan. S/N: 154118J228447. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 14,349 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 425-hp L72, M21 4-speed, 4.88 Posi, F41 suspension, full tinted glass, power steering, custom steering wheel, stainless-steel side glass moldings and AM radio. Ran on Midwest drag strips for most of its existence, first as “Ennis Menace,” with the doors and front fenders repainted when it changed ownership in 1969 and was renamed “Bisquick.” The rest of the paint is 1968 factory applied and in good condition. 14,349 indicated miles is not accurate, due to higherratio differential gear sets fitted. Excellent panel gaps and door fit. Splendid original brightwork. All-original interior is in excellent condition. Additions to it are a Hurst shifter, modern drag tach clamped to the steering column and gauges below the dash. Stated that the “512” replacement engine block was installed by the second owner in 1969, along with a T10 4-speed. Generally stock under the hood, but few components actually date to original production. Older aftermarket chambered exhaust system. Cond: 2-. #1117-1969 FORD F-250 Camper Spe- cial pickup. S/N: F25YRE14756. New Lime/ black vinyl. Odo: 15,117 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, dual fuel tanks, manually tuned AM radio and power steering. Repainted a few years ago, including the side-market light housings and modern aftermarket fiberglass topper. Fuel from the cargo bedside-mounted filler has lifted off a gas-cap-sized patch of paint below it on the character line. Good door fit. Older bumper replate, with presentable original trim and emblems. Argent-painted hubcaps have heavier surface rust. Newer radials mounted on modern steel rims. Rather dingy under the hood. No belt on the a/c compressor. Heavier surface rust on the replacement master cylinder. New brake lines have been run in, but rather sloppily coiled below the master cylinder. Vinyl overlay on the dashpad. Seat inserts redone in the original style of pleats. Good original floor mat. Rusty exhaust system, getting ready to shed components. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,040. Ford may have called it “New Lime” in 1969, but it’s definitely peasoup green to me. In reality, it was one of those chameleon colors that depended upon the lighting, appearing to be from dark yellow to dark green. In short order over the past few years, this went from being at best a $2,500 backup work truck to a prime collectible. If you think this selling price seems steep, just wait as—depending upon your point of view— vintage pickups continue to either climb steadily in value or make up for lost time compared to commensurate cars. #476-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A NOT SOLD AT $31,000. One of the reasons I elected to write this up is that it has one of the most clever names I’ve run into on a drag car—taking Bisquick all sorts of ways, up to and including being somewhat lumpy (at idle) until it’s ready to get cooking. Has been shopped a couple of times since first appearing in our database, when it sold for $88,000 at 2015 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction (SCM# 6779969). As such, it had a snowball’s chance in Tulsa in June of selling for what was bid. 158 2-dr hard top. S/N: JH23J0B299273. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 56,917 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Retains copies of the original build sheet, broadcast sheet and owner’s manual. Exceptionally good body prep and paint application, although it has some dooredge chips from real use since. Excellent door gaps and fit, although the hood seems like it’s too small. Replated bumpers and mostly reconditioned brightwork. Heavier wear to the plated hood-pin hardware. 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Leake Tulsa, OK SOLD AT $50,600. Back in the late 1980s, everyone was restoring muscle cars with plain steel wheels and dog-dish hubcaps, for the sleeper look. When reproduction OEM-type wheels started becoming available, that fad went away and generally hasn’t returned. As such, I was pleased to see the dog dishes on this T/A, as every other one I’ve seen in the two decades I’ve been writing for SCM/ACC has been wearing Mopar Rallye wheels. Vive la difference! Maybe not as stellar of a car as some may have made it out to be, but was a pretty decent buy compared to the current market. #2463-1970 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N: 0F02R482843. Red & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 38,647 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Pastel Gray, per the supplied Marti Report and Shelby invoice. Also shows it having been sold by Southwest Ford Sale of Parma Heights, OH, with only four options: C6 automatic, Drag Pack with 3.91-ratio Traction-Lok differential, heavy-duty suspension and AM radio. Received a rotisserie restoration at least a decade ago. Good base/clear repaint. Weathered SAAC decal in the rear window. Mostly replated chrome pieces. Generally authentically detailed under the hood when restored and recently cleaned up. However, it also has modern plastic-corrugated wiring ducts and tie wraps. Modern KYB shocks used on all four corners. Mix of original (carpet and dashboard) with reproduction (seats) interior components. Yellowing gauge bezels and surrounds. Signed by the late great Carroll to the right of the clock. Later-era Ford AM/FM stereo radio displaces the original AM unit. Clean, black-painted undercarriage, with fresh brake lines and chambered exhaust system. Cond: 2-. 35,750 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the build sheet on the glovebox door, originally equipped with tinted glass, a/c, power brakes, power steering, AM radio, gauge package and full wheel covers. While currently sitting on a set of later GM truck Rally wheels and radials, the original rims and wheel covers are in the bed—which, by the way, has a steel—not wood—floor. Edelbrock carb fitted, also has the original Quadrajunk carburetor. Also retains the original Protect-O-Plate. Better-quality repaint in the original color combination. Good passenger’s door fit, while the driver’s side needs work. Recently washed-off motor, with an older repaint. Original inspection marks on the cowl. Aftermarket red heater hoses. Well-fitted reproduction seat, door panels and carpeting. New stock-style exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $84,700. I had to chuckle a bit reading the consignor’s description that this was “one of only two built with this equipment.” Never mind that the big thing that made it unique (note the past tense) was that it was painted gray. Now it’s just another red car harlot. Sold market correct as-is. #1161-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Chey- enne 1/2-ton LWB pickup. S/N: CCE142S136149. Ochre & white/brown vinyl. Odo: NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Ochre is the correct name for the mustard yellow of the darker body color—and a far more polite term than any other one I think can make it past the edi- 160 Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK torial censors. The consignor had a list of bullet points about the truck, and one of them was “rare color.” Ahem, not really. This was as common as the dirt it looked like back in the day, although it’s safe to say most that still exist today are now Resale Red. Still, it’s not that bad of a color to warrant this low of a final bid, as this is at least two-thirds of its street value here. #2402-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N: 1Z37L6S406157. Bright blue/ gray leather. Odo: 64,590 miles. 350-ci 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c (currently inoperative), alarm, power windows, interior décor group, tilt steering column and alloy wheels. Older repaint; not quite on the cheap, but barely mediocre. Crazing on the nose and tail. Ill-fitting headlight doors, with paint chipping around the openings. Fairly decent door gaps. NCRS 25th anniversary decal in the windshield. Very dusty and rusty engine bay. If you didn’t believe the windshield card stating the a/c was inoperative, the lack of a belt on the seized compressor should send it home. Thick layer of gunk on the block stamping pad. Thick layer of leaves and organic residue in the windshield wiper cove. Heavier edge tearing on the door panels, yet the only seam splitting on the seats is along the driver’s outboard bolster. Very dingy carpet. Aftermarket trailer hitch. Newer shocks, front and rear. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,225. With two emissions-strangled small-block V8s and no convertible, the only bit of good news for Corvette fans in 1976 was the return of aluminum wheels as an option. The consignor was mighty proud of this, and I’m happy for him—since nobody else would be. Offered at no reserve, yet it took a while to even get an opening bid—eventually starting at $2k. Cheap, but not a good cheap. #1189-1986 BUICK REGAL T-type coupe. S/N: 1G4GK4774GP219169. Light blue metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 9,228 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Upgraded with GNX wheels, a Kenne Bell cold-air intake, VDO gauges in the console, three-inch stainless exhaust system and Pioneer in-dash CD “ 162 audio system. Stated that recent mechanical work includes a transmission rebuild and new injectors. Excellent topical respray, with none of the typical light GM orange peel. Doors do tend to rattle a bit. Good original interior soft trim, showing minimal wear. Tidy and generally stock under the hood. Replacement a/c compressor, converted to R134a. Discolored valve covers. Considerable road grunge on the undercarriage. Newer coil-over rear Bilstein shocks, along with an aftermarket chambered dual-outlet exhaust. Heavier tire wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,680. One can make the argu- The consignor had a list of bullet points about the truck, and one of them was ‘rare color.’ Ahem, not really. This was as common as the dirt it looked like back in the day, although it’s safe to say most that still exist today are now Resale Red. 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne 1/2-ton LWB pickup ” Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK ment that the Regal T-type is the gentleman’s Grand National (or at least a Grand National for those of us who don’t like black), as they share the same powertrain. To be correct, the Grand National is actually a Regal T-type option package—although 5,512 were made out of all 7,896 T-types. For the mathematically challenged, that’s only 2,384 basic Ttypes—which makes Grand Nats look like they fall out of the trees. New for ’86 was the use of an intercooler, for a sizeable increase over the 200 ponies in 1985. While not a minty purestock virgin, it’s pretty close compared to some GNX wanna-bes out there. Cut loose when the bidding went dry, it was a good-enough buy. #466-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S66Y401662. Centennial White & blue/ black leather. Odo: 1,755 miles. Equipped with all four options for this model year—full striping, McIntosh sound system, lighterweight wheels and gray-painted brake calipers—displaying a copy of the original Monroney sticker. Overall showing only minimal signs of use. Tires have more wear in back than up front, and more than what’s usually expected for the car’s 1,755 miles since new— they’re actually close to hitting the wear bars. A few light abrasions from high-velocity rock chips on the undercarriage tunnel and slight road dust. No wear on the paint or interior fittings. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $305,250. If this car seems familiar, you’re right. It was declared sold at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction in February for $341,000 (SCM# 6827765). While it looked like a straightforward deal at that time, and the auction company though so too, I had heard that there was a financial issue with the buyer. Once again selling at no reserve, to bidders who actually can back up their bid. It does show the reason why I feel that if you got a GT new and want to move it and make money, you’d better get cracking, as the original owner is the only person who’s made money on this car so far. Although the auction company has made some too, as it was their top sale here this weekend. #489-2011 SHELBY GT350 45th Anni- versary edition 2-dr fastback. S/N: 1ZVBP8CF7B5110856. White & blue/black leather. Odo: 5,502 miles. 5.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Original since it was upfitted by Shelby American. Beyond the base package, was also fitted with the Baer 6-piston brake upgrade, Watts Link rear suspension, Kicker premium sound system, interior trim upgrade and museum delivery. Well-cared-for paint, with no apparent nicks or dings. On the other hand, the undercarriage shows at least double the 5,502 original miles of use, in road grime, heavy surface rust on bare-metal suspension components, and even surface rust on the Borla exhaust system. At least there’s no bits of shredded rubber from smoky burn-outs. Speaking of which, all four tires have commensurate wear for the indicated miles. Heavy cleanup detailing under the hood. New replacement battery. Slight wear on the steering wheel, shift-knob leather and floor mat; minimal soiling on the carpets and shifter boot. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. I remember these cars well, as they were introduced at the 2010 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. While l like the effort made to replicate the ’65 grille opening, they needed to carry it further to the headlight surrounds for matching the angles, at least to really make it work better. As it was built, I’ll dare say that it looks more like a ’66 Shelby GT350 with a thyroid problem. Even if it was one of 157 made, this was more than sufficiently bid. © September 2017 163


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H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. H&H Auctioneers — Woodcote Park Amid national unrest, after two terror attacks in London, H&H sells half their catalog Company H&H Auctioneers Date June 6, 2017 Location Epson, Surrey, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 23/45 Sales rate 51% Sales total $2,005,628 High sale 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage coupe, sold at $322,266 Buyer’s premium A Colin McRae development car, seat time even includes multi-MotoGP champion Valentino Rosso — 1996 Subaru Impreza WRC 97 racer, sold at $297,647 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics up with an RAC badge on the front of your car does not gain you admittance to this prestigious establishment. The new sale was to coincide with Motor Sport magazine’s “Hall of Fame” event. This was the first time it has hosted an auction, so even the marquee, lined up next to the posh clubhouse, was fitted with chandeliers. Among a bunch of no-sales, there were a few rubies T in the dust: the Impreza, WRC97 001, was a very significant rally weapon, being the development car for the his was H&H’s first visit to the RAC club’s country- and golf-club branch — that’s the Royal Automobile Club, not to be confused with the roadside-assistance people. Showing Prodrive-built 4x4s that made their mark on the sport. The people who built it beautifully restored it as well. This possibly unrepeatable circumstance helped the car claim a world record for most expensive Subaru, deservedly going for just under $300,000. The DB6 did exceptionally well to reach $322,266. Although very Epsom, Surrey, U.K. original and fairly solid, it was dull, dusty and obviously had not been run for years, now needing full restoration. Not long ago this money got you a good, running car — but it was a Vantage, and it had manual transmission. The nicely restored 1956 AC Aceca Bristol got $174,232, while the 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series III and 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale fetched $132,126 and $127,124. Five of the six Jaguar E-types on offer found new homes, one before the sale even commenced, and a barn-find and surface-rusted S1 coupe fetched more than a tatty S2 roadster that drove to the sale. But two of the star lots up at the rostrum end of the tent failed to sell — the DB5 stalling at $870,000, which ought to have been enough to buy it, and the Bentley S1 Continental that H&H offered at its last Duxford sale, with interest waning around $430,000. As ever, the picture was rather rosier than the number of hammer sales suggested, as H&H always converts quite a few provisional bids to done deals during the sale. And so it was here, such as the first lot, a 1997 Aston Martin DB7 being hammered sold between lots a little later for the $22k provisionally offered. Any way you slice it, though, 51% is one of the lowest sale rates in recent months, al- 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage coupe, sold at $322,266 164 though H&H was once again unlucky with the timing of its sale, as political and national events conspired to create an atmosphere even more nervous than the past 12 months. I’d suggest that if you can sell half your catalog in the wake of two terrorist attacks on the public in the capital, the future can only look brighter. ♦ Sports Car Market 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.77)


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H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. ENGLISH #38-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE roadster. S/N: S675858. Blue/red leather. Odo: 2,495 miles. Boy-racered (should that be Jabbekedup in an XK 120’s case?) roadster, with aero screens and head fairing for driver. Restored 2006, further cosmetic resto 2011. Shiny paint, new leather. Bank of 12-volt sockets under the dash. Later engine with C-type head. Doesn’t actually go due to an ignition fault, which the vendor said he’d pay to have fixed. Cond: 2-. decent paint, chrome and interior. Leather could be original, but has a nice “life” to it. Timber has a nice luster, carpets in good nick. Originally Tartan Green with Champagne leather, it’s actually a very dark blue rather than black Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,984. Not sold at an apparent £55k high bid against a £65k–£75k ($84k–$97k) estimate. Beautifully made, but there’s an element of “why have this when you could have an Elite for just a little more?” NOT SOLD AT $161,326. Sold new to California, did Mille Miglia 2013 and 2014, bought by an English owner in 2015. Last in SCM’s database 2011, when it sold for $90,750 at RM in Phoenix in January (SCM# 2078527) and 2006, when it reached $148,500 at Gooding, Pebble Beach (SCM# 1567163). £150k–£180k ($194k–$232k) estimate here looked rather ambitious, but presumably the seller was sticking to his guns and the top bid wasn’t enough. #15-1956 AC ACECA Bristol coupe. S/N: BE573. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 18,627 miles. Good overall, restored 2004, paint and leather still looks newish. Now with alternator, electric fan, dual-circuit brakes, overdrive, harnesses and Moto-Lita steering wheel on collapsible steering column. On Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires—perhaps all that was available in the right size, or perhaps it’s done some rallies. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $425,902. One of 119 S1 Contis bodied to design number 7400 by H.J. Mulliner; in this ownership since 1984. Not sold at a high bid of £330k against a £360k ($465k) lower estimate. Offered at H&H Duxford in April 2016 at a £380k–£430k ($533k– $603k) estimate as a no-sale (SCM# 6802209). #28-1958 JAGUAR MK I Brian Lister Tribute Saloon. S/N: S911275. Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 72 miles. Hot-rodded Jag saloon, one man’s idea of a tribute to Brian Lister. John Pearson-built dry-sumped 3.8 with triple Webers is from a John Coombs D-type. All-synchro ’box, Mk 2 axles with discs, electric-power steering. Original leather nicely patinated, refinished timber. Perfect stance on peg-drive Halibrands. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,010. Sold mid-estimate. You can find them cheaper, but a nicely kept and sorted car makes all the difference. #17-1961 DAIMLER SP250 roadster. S/N: 102526. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 92,691 miles. B-spec car (stiffer, with more tubes in the structure), restored, nice paint, rechrome over slightly wavy front bumper, newish leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $174,232. Hammered right on the top estimate of £120k ($155k), but strangely, final price was declared at £125k ($161k), and later £135k ($174k), instead of the £138k ($178k) you’d expect, suggesting a post-sale deal. However, all interested parties got there, it’s on the money. Last sold by H&H at Duxford right after restoration in 2013 with 17,668 miles for $145,116 (SCM # 6172087). #42-1956 BENTLEY S1 Continental coupe. S/N: BC94AF. Black/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 97,917 miles. Straight and shiny, 166 SOLD AT $108,895. The vendor owned the first factory-supplied Lister XJS and the prototype Lister “Knobbly” Continuation car (BHL 146). As he had loads of spares, he decided to transform this Jaguar 2.4 saloon into the kind of “sleeper” that Brian Lister might have created in period: “With his passing, this is my tribute to an old friend.” I thought it was just fabulous—and couldn’t be re-created for the money. #31-1958 TOJEIRO CLIMAX coupe. S/N: TAD650. Eng. # FWA6578. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 39,467 miles. From the days when you could commission a one-off car, another testament to “Men in sheds.” Lots of recognizable parts on this one. All good order, restored, with newish leather. Interior inevitably looks a bit kit-car, with clumsy veneers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,159. These had reached almost Big Healey money at the recent peak of the market, but this one sold a little lighter than I’d expected. Perhaps even Brit sports cars have been subject to a little market cooling. #26-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I fixed head coupe. S/N: 860826. Blue/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 63,054 miles. Resto project barn find, though it was covered with Sports Car Market #5-1961 JAGUAR MK 2 saloon. S/N: 155656DN. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 44,000 miles. With overdrive. Restored early 2000s. Shell clean and straight, decent paint and chrome. Original leather lightly creased, timber and veneers excellent. Motor clean and tidy with original airbox and trunking. Had power steering added, but current owner removed it for better feel. Cond: 3+.


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H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. sheets of plastic, surface rusted and scary looking but not rotten; sills and floors not too horrid. Damaged left rear fender, bumpers are past saving. Leather is complete, though later seats fitted as found. Originals come with car; rest of interior trim is all there and would clean up well. Cond: 4. new hood (top) a little baggy, good veneers, motor a little tarted-up with chrome rocker cover. Strange chassis number was issued in New Zealand—real one is HBJ8L25608. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,433. U.S. car sold in 2011 pre-restoration to New Zealand through the Beverly Hills Car Club when still LHD (and already with American and German grille badges seen here); advertised as “solid and original with tons of potential” for $18,500. Imported to the U.K. 2016. Fair money here, hammered a little under the £48k ($62k) lower estimate. Expect to see it pop up in the trade with a mark-up soon. SOLD AT $81,308. Originally Opalescent Silver Blue. Barn stored since the mid 1980s and last started in 2001. Sold right where expected. #14-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 2+2 convertible. S/N: 7AT00T07X15962651. Eng. # AEC960. Red/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 67,593 miles. Older (2011–15) restoration and conversion from left- to righthand drive in New Zealand, and all good with minimal mileage since; still super-clean underneath. Panel fit pretty good, bumper chrome lightly rust-speckled, fresh paint and leather, #37-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N: DB51614R. Eng. # 4001607. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 53,684 miles. Good all around, repaired and gently titivated over the years rather than being fully restored. Fitted with a/c around 2009, and power steering in 2014. Retrimmed and part rechromed 2015, leather just starting to breathe a bit, new carpets. With original jack, tools and instruction book. Cond: 3+. #12-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage coupe. S/N: DB62588R. Silver/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 93,398 miles. Restoration project, very corroded in places, though sills and floors not too bad. So original it’s on ancient, almost unused but very cracked Dunlop SP68s. Leather original and might recover. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $322,266. Stored since 1991. “On sale” at £200k ($258k) and went a bit more. Given that not long back you could buy a running DB6 with an MoT for this, very well sold. #19-1966 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7893013. Green & white/ green & white vinyl. RHD. Odo: 735 miles. Reshelled, repainted, repro interior with aftermarket steering wheel. Looks really proper with correct 4.5-inch wheels and Dunlop Aquajets, but it’s pretty rusty underneath. Sills are a consumable item on a Mini, but you would expect them to be fresh on a car asking near concours money. Motor is a later Mk III replacement. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $864,709. In one-family ownership 1964–2005, much spent since. Just about the star lot of the sale, not sold against a £700k ($903k) lower estimate. The tide has turned for DB5s (see English Profile last month) but the market seems not quite to have acknowledged that yet. NOT SOLD AT $30,975. Not sold against a £28k ($36k) lower estimate. On the face of it, this had everything going for it. In real life when you actually investigated the car, it had quite a lot against it. Seller needs to rethink the bottom price. #6-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II convertible. S/N: 1R1320. Primrose Yellow/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 87,766 miles. Restoration project, very original and all there, but with rot in the body, filler peeling off the sills and very distressed leather. Strangely, though the motor is dull and corroded, the exhaust manifolds are freshly enameled. Has an MOT (U.K. general safety and emissions test) and drove to the sale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,986. Supplied new to Jersey, Channel Islands, then back to England in 1985. Initially passed at £42k ($54k) because the vendor felt the offer was insufficient, 168 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 78,232 miles. Just out of restoration, when it was converted to right-hand drive; sills are slightly wavy. Perforated leather is new, dash good, though since it needed some “light body repairs” and some floor sections and it’s been repainted, why not get rid of the federal side-marker lights at the same time? Cond: 3+. but converted to a done deal before sale’s end, at a little less, £40,280 ($52k). From which we infer than the offer was actually £40k ($51.6k) and £42k ($54.2k) was the next bid being asked. A fair price for an S2 project. #20-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 2+2 coupe. S/N: P1R43100BW. Red/Biscuit leather. RHD. Odo: 90,269 miles. Restored and converted to RHD, nice repaint, okay chrome, floors and sills (rockers) still sharp, recent stainless exhaust. Leather and carpets still look fairly fresh. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $105,469. Supplied new to the U.S., and in Dallas most of its life. A really good one is about £100k ($130k this month), so this represents fair value, though at this level RHD conversion will matter a bit. #1-1997 ASTON MARTIN DB7 coupe. S/N: SCFAA1114VK101280. Green/ Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 81,500 miles. Early DB7, standard and original. No scuffs or scrapes, decent stainless exhaust. Leather only lightly creased and not unduly worn, rest of interior very good. With full service record and book pack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,337. Originally supplied to New York, back to the U.K. in 1985. 2+2 auto is least desirable E, but in super condition this had everything else going for it... and fetched more than the Series II Roadster, Lot 6 (SCM# 6839479). #36-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III convertible. S/N: UE1S23641BW. White/red SOLD AT $64,453. Two owners, the last of which has only covered 2,600 miles in the past seven years (70 of those since 2013) and was selling as he’s giving up driving at the age of 91. Hammered near top estimate, but looking at classified ads of similar cars, there’s almost £10k ($13k) left in it for retail. GERMAN #45-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SL convertible. S/N: 10704322006801. Gold/ brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 63,000 miles. Early 107 that’s been well kept, no obvious rot, MBTex unmarked, as normal (it’s practically indestructible). Eleven service stamps up to 61,822 miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,683. £17k ($22k) provisional bid, £1k ($1.3k) under the lower estimate, was accepted before sale’s end. With its good history, this might retail for a little more. Still more expensive than the XJ-S it’s based on, but the gap will close as the Jaguars climb, bringing these into sharper focus. #35-2008 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC convertible. S/N: SCBDE23W18C058808. Black/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 15,400 miles. Beloved of footballers and the like, with 6-liter W12. Low mileage, unmarked, six stamps in the service book. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,164. 350 is about the least desirable of all the 107 variants, but this had a certain charm, mostly because early ones tend to be quite tatty. It will never scale the heights of a very low-mileage 500 or even a nicely historied post-’85 300, but it did respectably well to get near its £8k ($10k) lower estimate. Last lot in the sale. #9-1978 PORSCHE 911 SC coupe. S/N: 9118302204. Silver/black velour. RHD. Odo: 28,264 miles. Retroed short-hood sunroof car with RS-type bumpers and ducktail plus oversized 16-inch Fuchs alloys. Older paint, stonechipped at front. New velour bucket seats, Momo Prototipo wheel. Pipes and exchangers okay. Mileage is plus-100,000. Cond: 3+. 170 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #d226214930. 1983 HONDA CITY TURBO II “BULLDOG.” S/N 759 (Last 3). 139k km (86k miles). “Turbo II with rare sunroof, repainted, new muffler, refresh back in 2013 with a/c repair, Renoma Paris wheels.” Cond: 2. H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. Unscuffed, well kept and almost like new. With Brabus 20-inch Monoblocks and sports exhaust. Full service history, with four stamps, last in August 2016 at 18,492 miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,202. Three owners. As usual with junior-league supercars, they start to look like a fantastic value once they’re “used cars.” Without the Brabus bits, these are still 350 hp and under £25k ($32k). ITALIAN #33-1965 MASERATI QUATTRO- SOLD AT ¥961,000 ($8,633). The City is a small hatchback in the Honda lineup, but not as small as a kei car. The Turbo II was given an intercooler over the previous Turbo model, increasing the engine output to 108 horsepower; the engine also came with one of the early versions of Honda’s electronic fuel-injection systems—the PGM-FI. This is the ultimate hot hatch Honda made in the early 1980s. I also enjoy the French “designer” wheels the seller installed. Well bought. Yahoo Auctions Japan, 4/24/2017. #p559096976. 1981–85 Honda Motocompo. 0 km. “Never had gas put into it. Comes with glass case and original documentation. Never been used. Comes with parts of the original box.” Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $36,137. H&H runs the provisional bid system where high bids that aren’t quite enough are referred to the owner, and very often converted to sales before the end of the auction, so they count as hammered sales. Provisional bid was £28k here, only £2k ($2.5k) shy of the lower estimate, but the seller must have reckoned it was cheap enough at that. I would have taken the money. #10-1984 AUDI QUATTRO hatchback. S/N: WAUZZZ85ZEA901290. White/gray & beige velour. RHD. Odo: 104,700 miles. WR Quattro, extensively fettled and reworked, with gas-flowed cylinder head, AET hybrid turbo and Karl Schmidt pistons, Koni adjustable dampers, MB-series front-brake calipers, stainless exhaust. Repainted, front seats a little baggy, carpets a bit grubby. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $83,890. First Quattro to get the larger 4.7 engine, a special order for first owner Dr. Enrico Wax, the Italian importer of Johnnie Walker whisky. Talked up to £65k ($84k) against an estimate range of £80k–£100k ($103k–$129k), it was never going to sell... SOLD AT ¥481,000 ($4,242). The Motocompo was made to fit inside of the Honda Today and the City. Since I covered the City above, you need to include the Motocompo as well. This 49-cc carbureted scooter is perfect for the commuter to park farther outside Tokyo and scooter in. This one is in amazing shape. The only thing that would be better would be if it was in the box. Well sold. Yahoo Auctions Japan, 6/18/2017. #152584866408. 1991 Honda Civic Si. S/N 2HGED736XMH00807. 129k km (80k miles). “100% original condition, two owners, always garage stored in winter, no rust.” Cond: 1. #7-1968 ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTV SOLD AT $18,875. Formerly owned by the late editor of Audi Driver magazine, who detailed its refurbishment over 27 articles. Cheap... and I’m not quite sure why. It’s clean and tidy and with no needs. Perhaps it was just the amount of times it’s been apart, and buggered about with non-standard parts. For someone who doesn’t mind that—i.e. a driver rather than a collector—a great motoring icon for less than collector-car money. #23-2003 MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG Brabus K8 convertible. S/N: WDB2304742F036007. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 20,200 miles. 572 ft-lb of torque. coupe. S/N: AR1453161. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 30,485 miles. Clean and tidy older (2010) restoration. Alfaholiced suspension and brakes, replica GTA wheels. Original vinyl shiny, center console a little damaged. Still with original airbox, though now it’s on a correct but non-original 1750, as the car previously had a 2-liter. Cond: 2-. PORTE 4700 inezione 4-dr sedan. S/N: AM107504. Black/red leather. Odo: 3,697 km. Incredibly well preserved, very straight body with good paint and chrome. Interior all good, leather has a lovely patina. Borrani Record wheels. Once had a fitted record player, replaced by an a/c unit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,500. Future classic in the making, the fourth-gen Honda Civic was cranked off the line in huge numbers, but trying to find a clean, original example is near impossible. This car is the “Sports injected” model with sway bars, front lip, interior upgrades and the more powerful D16A6 motor producing 106 horsepower. Well bought and sold. eBay Motors, 6/20/2017. ♦ 172 SOLD AT $34,846. Imported from Australia in 2014. £24,500 ($32,600) provisional bid was converted to a round-number £27,000 ($34.8k) done deal post-sale. #30-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N: ZFFWA20C000081658. Red/Crema leather. RHD. Odo: 32,900 miles. Good order and service history. Underside rustproofed in Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Epsom, Surrey, U.K. 2013, cam belts last done in 2016, 200 miles ago. Original leather has worn a bit shiny. Cond: 3+. a long MOT fail sheet, the most serious item listed being excessive chassis corrosion on the offside rear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,245. Proof that California cars do rust. It’s probably all fixable for a grand, making this look like a fair value for an original-shape Z. #34-1996 SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 97 racer. S/N: PR0WRC97001. Blue/black velour. “P18 WRC,” the Prodrive-built development car for McRae for new WRC Formula of 1997 (Subaru won). Restored in 2009 by the people who built it with authentic parts. Achingly perfect... Cond: 2. SOLD AT $108,895. U.K.–market car, in Greece 2005–10. All-in price including premium was just under the lower estimate, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some dealer doesn’t try it at a bit more. #4-1991 LANCIA DELTA Integrale hatchback. S/N: ZLA831AB000530486. Black/black leather. Odo: 41,565 miles. Nicely standard, repainted. Perforated leather—which lasts better than the usual Alcantara—is barely worn, more so on driver’s side. With books and tools. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $297,647. Won 1998 Boucles de Spa Alphonse Delettre Rally with Gregoire de Mevius/Jean-Marc Fortin, sold to Procar in Italy. Eighth on the 1999 Rally di Monza, driven by Valentino Rossi. Retired from the 1999 Acropolis and 2001 Swedish, then rallied in Ireland 2002–07. One of the most significant rally cars ever made and though it sold at top estimate, the only surprise is that it didn’t do more. Price is in line with a top-line competition Ford Escort. SOLD AT $29,039. Imported from Japan in 2014. Bid up to £18k ($23k), which wasn’t quite enough, but the bidder must have upped his game a bit, because the final price with premium works out to an offer of £22,500— which is a relative bargain these days for a 16-valver. JAPANESE #43-1974 DATSUN 260Z coupe. S/N: RLS30031590. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 69,466 miles. Repainted. Now with 5-speed from Silvia. Looks great and interior is lasting well, as they do, but unfortunately, it has quite #24-2001 SUBARU IMPREZA P1 2-dr sedan. S/N: JF1GM8KDGYG003360. Blue/gray & blue velour & suede. RHD. Odo: 68,800 miles. Number 827 of 1000. Straight and clean, well kept and recent cam belt. Driver’s side suede/Alcantara insert lightly used, rears unworn. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $23,231. £15k ($19k) provisional bid converted to a done deal at £18k ($23k) before sale’s end, just matching the lower estimate. Looks like a remarkable value against a 911 Turbo or Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and I’m surprised the presence of the WRC car “P18” in the room didn’t stimulate more enthusiastic bidding. Well bought. © 174 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI VanDerBrink — Alan Egelseer Collection Alan Egelseer digs deeper into his collection and sells all 17 of his American classics Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date May 6, 2017 Location Hustisford, WI Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Aaron Williamson, Terry Brick Automotive lots sold/offered 17/17 Sales rate 100% Sales total $319,260 High sale 1934 Ford Model 40 V8 cabriolet, sold at $37,750 Buyer’s premium Top-selling car, hammered to a bidder with boots on the ground — 1934 Ford Model 40 V8 cabriolet, sold at $37,750 No on-site buyer’s premium, 8% for online bidders, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics W 176 hile annual collector car auctions are the usual fare for most major and regional auction companies, a repeat performance of a collector’s estate is far less commonplace. This is especially true of Yvette VanDerBrink, the grande dame of salvage-yard auctions and collectors’ estates. Yet I once again found myself heading to the typical bucolic, small rural Wisconsin burg of Hustisford — an hour northeast of the near-antithesis hip and trendy Madison — for a second installment of the inventory-reduction auction of the Alan Egelseer Collection. As I mentioned two years ago at his first auction, he retained several cars from his collection. In addition, he also kept a lot of automobilia and petroliana, which was also offered with the 17 cars that were put up for sale by Yvette VanDerBrink and her crew. Akin to last year, the sale started promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the automobilia and signs, in the same building as two years ago. Upon completion of selling the signs by 11:30, they moved out to the tents, which held most of the cars. Hustisford, WI Previous to sale time, Alan was very reluctant to have the cars outdoors. To a certain extent, his premonition proved to be correct, as there was a rather heavy thunderstorm the night before the auction. However, by sale time, it was a clear day — albeit windy. With some cajoling from Yvette (and even with some encouragement backing her up from this reporter — if just to get better images of the cars), Alan acquiesced to having the cars started and driven out just before each one was sold. Both Yvette and I felt this helped the sales, as it gave something of a presentation to each car, looking resplendent in the sunshine rather than hiding inside. While there were nearly half of the cars compared to two years ago, gross sales were only $20k less — even with the top-selling vehicle this year garnering almost $20k less than the last event’s top sale. This reflects the overall high quality of cars offered, although there were some rough projects and parts cars as well. Even for the project and parts cars, all vehicles were sold with titles. That top sale this year was a 1934 Ford cabriolet. The stock older restoration was hammered sold for $37,750 to a buyer on site, although there were underbidders competing for it on VanDerBrink’s Web presence, Proxibid. While not on the grand scale of vehicles as the typical VanDerBrink auction, Yvette proved once again that she can sell a handful of higher-quality cars just as well as a field full of parts or project cars. Is this the last of the Egelseer auctions or just another chapter? We’ll have to see. However, Alan did indicate that he still has some cars. ♦ Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI GERMAN #14E-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N: WDBFA66E5LF013033. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 98,164 miles. Soft top only. Fitted with AMG alloy wheels on newer Michelins. It has had some older bodywork up front using original parts, but with a few gap irregularities that are not up to M-B fit-and-finish standards. Has a topical repaint from that time, to include masking around the bar-code VIN tag on the trunk lid below the license-plate bracket, with some light orange peel on a few other panels. NonMercedes replacement windshield. One grille bar is distorted from heat. Good door fit, even if you have to be firm with it (it is German, after all). Heavier sun fade on the seatmounted safety-belt cover and seat-belt latches. Seats are stiff as a board from aged padding and leather. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage. R134a retrofit tag for the a/c system dated 2006. All the underhood insulation was removed. Runs out with no apparent issues. Cond: 3. door. Dull windshield frame—looking more like silver paint than any type of plating. Hubcaps have various light dings. All the rest of the brightwork is quite good. No door-glass channel seals on either windshield post or the top bows. Reproduction seats, door panels and carpeting. Pinchweld moldings overhang the top of the door pillars at the rear. Paint flaking on the cowl at the throttle linkage hole. Repaint on the heads and water pumps is pretty good. Heavier fuel staining on the intake manifold and carburetor. Tinny exhaust note, but runs out well. Cond: 3. installed. Fifteen-inch steel wheels. Period replacement engine, the original included off the car. Looks a little scabby and kludged, but runs okay. Electric puller fan on the new radiator. Set up with a one-wire GM alternator and 12-volt electrical system, with the battery relocated to the back-seat area—that is, if it had a back seat. Front seat is a take-out from something else that gets the job done and that’s about it. 1940s Ford steering wheel. Stock ’35 Ford unique shift lever. Various gauges in and below the dashboard, including the original speedometer. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,000. First year for the new 1990s-era SLs, which are now starting to see a bit of appreciation in the market. Still, considering that this example is more at home on the front row of a “Buy Here—Pay Here” usedcar lot than a collector-car auction, it sold exceptionally well. AMERICAN #1E-1934 FORD MODEL 40 V8 cabrio- let. S/N: 181007362. Cordoba Gray/tan cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 56 miles. Older restoration. Fitted with painted 16-inch 1935 Ford wheels. Paint has an authentic sheen, but also has some areas of touch-up on the upper driver’s SOLD AT $37,750. Coming from California (and sold on a California title), one wonders if this has always been stock, or if it had been rodded to any extent over the ensuing eight decades and change. While I liked the very authentic plain look of the car, there were also a few things not done on the button that give one pause to wonder what other shortcuts are hiding in it. It’s in that gray area of too nice as a care-free driver to tear it apart for a restoration, yet you know that it’ll have to have some things tended to—one hundred-dollar bill after the other. Bidding started online at $29k, bogged down past $32k, but was eventually hammered sold to a bidder with boots on the ground at a market-fair price for all. #5E-1935 FORD MODEL 48 custom 2-dr sedan. S/N: MVIN357289IND. Black & gray/gray cloth. Odo: 57,735 miles. Most of the bodywork has been roughed out and a layer of primer is on, but will still need some prep work before filling the paint gun. The hood side panels are nowhere to be found. No windshield-wiper hardware at all. New door handles. Crude attempt at trunk lid hinges. Four-inch front axle drop, with disc brakes on the spindles. Set up for air suspension, but not SOLD AT $7,290. At this point, it is a somewhat streetable rat rod, but one can either go for the full-on rebuild or finish up the loose ends and run it raw. At the very least, get some tires that were made in the 21st century for it. With two flathead motors included here, I would not heed the suggestion that “it’s ready for a Chevy under the hood.” You could pay more for a worse project, but nobody did here, as it sold to an online bidder from Michigan. #2E-1940 FORD DELUXE convertible. S/N: 185543409. Eng. # 185543409. Mandarin Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 15,985 miles. Older, very presentable body-on-frame restoration. Fitted with period dealer-accessory AM radio, clock, bumper guards, grille guards, bumper end wings, plus inner and outer wheel trim rings. All this and the remainder of the chrome is nicely plated. Some of the stainless trim is original and a bit worn. The good repaint has some panel edge chipping, which has mostly been touched up as needed over the years. Minimal door sag, okay door fit. Well-fitted top. Year-old reproductionlook battery. Newer repro seats, door panels and floor mat, with minimal wear. All matteblack undercarriage, with a few areas of light coverage with light surface rust. Runs out well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,000. You won’t get any arguments from me in saying that the ’40 Ford was 178 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI one of E.T. Gregorie’s greatest designs. Just like the 1936–41 Lincoln Zephyr 3-window coupe and the 1939–41 Lincoln Continental, it’s a stunning design that works well with the proportions he had to conform to. While Edsel Ford gave Mr. Gregorie free rein on Lincolns, he had to work around engineering constraints that included Old Henry’s insistence that his Fords had to be able to haul two milk cans in the trunk. Sure, this one isn’t a concours lawn ornament, but it isn’t far from being a regional show car with some work, and would be my first choice here for cruising up and down Dan Patch Avenue during Back to the ’50s. Not a steal, but still well bought. #4E-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE con- vertible. S/N: 6758297. Maroon/black vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 78,638 miles. Old repaint, with light scratches, nicks, polishing scratches and a fist-sized area on the top of the right front fender by the grille that is crazing. Paint chips and polishing compound in the door jambs. Decent door fit. Good grille brightwork, with a V8 Ford Club badge on the driver’s side. Bodyside moldings are getting dull. Blue dots in the taillights. Old replacement top is shrinking and not seating well to the windshield frame. AM radio has paint flaking off all the knobs. Seat vinyl dye has a mottled appearance to it, almost to the point of coming off as a camouflage print. Door and kick panels are better, in a unified brown. Seat has little wear, but lots of dust on it. Good older detailing under the hood, but it is dusty. Wheels fitted with inner and outer trim rings, shod with older reproduction whitewalls. Heavily faded Standard Red Crown valve-stem caps can now be called White Crowns. Electric fuel pump hidden below the car near the gas tank. Cond: 3. tag also states that it had an all-red leather interior. Running boards and floors are mostly rusted away. Most of the stainless trim may be salvageable, but all of the pot-metal trim is pitted and the chrome is shot. The heads haven’t been off the car all that long, as the block decks and bores are still shiny, yet flash rust is forming. Those heads and most of the rest of what was taken off the motor are on a pallet in front of the car. Bare-metal springs on the seat bottoms, but the front-seat backs wear an older redo in vinyl. Original leather on the door and kick panels might be good for making patterns at best. About a square foot in total of the top material remains—and at that, it’s in a replacement white and not the original tan. Period-accessory Guide stoplight prism and Unity spotlight. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $9,450. Talk about online-bidding platforms having a global reach. The high bidder on this car was on Proxibid, from India. While I know they have a growing collector-car community there, they will really have their work cut out for them on this. At least skilled labor there is cheap. Shipping certainly won’t be, but at least it’ll fill one of those otherwise empty Conex containers heading in the vicinity of China (where they almost entirely don’t care about old cars—except making parts that might fit on them). SOLD AT $20,500. Boy, what a difference a year makes. While the ’40 Ford is stunningly handsome, the ’41 is awkwardly chubby. Especially from the front, which really exacerbates the chubby-cheeks look. An interesting conversation I overheard was someone recalling that the previous owner restored this car in the 1970s. Actually, for a car restored four decades ago, it’s not doing too bad, but it’s still looking a bit tired and is best served as a cruiser. As such, correctly sold. #12E-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N: 8350665. Black/maroon & gray vinyl. Odo: 5,619 miles. Originally Crystal Blue Metallic and Oceano Blue Metallic twotone, easily discerned from flaking paint. Body 180 Sports Car Market #13E1-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N: 8353017. Gray/Oxblood Red leather. Odo: 23,728 miles. Per the body tag, originally Rivermist Gray/Dusty Gray two-tone, with beige and red leather interior. Gutted-out interior, sitting in pallet boxes in the parts grouping. Actually, a portable shelter full of parts was set up on tables and in pallet boxes that were part of this large lot. In addition, there were enough fenders and other body components around all this to supply another car or two. Odometer reading taken from the dashboard on the parts pile. No engine or transmission in the car. A lot of bodywork has been done, but the floors still need attention and primer was applied over old


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI paint on the cowl. Top bows are still in the car—for the most part. MixMaster tires, chosen primarily to hold air to move the car. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $12,250. In addition to the convertible, a Series 62 4-door parts sedan and the shelter full of parts was also included with this lot. As such, don’t come to the conclusion that the final bid reflects the value of this car. It’s probably closer to half that, depending on how you value the parts cache, and if keeping one or both of the cars is in the buyer’s master plans. Based on how attached the buyers got to the parts after the lot was sold, I’d venture that the cars are going to go to the four winds. #13E2-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N: 8363507. White/ gray broadcloth. Odo: 56,572 miles. Per the body tag, originally the same Rivermist Gray/Dusty Gray two-tone paint as the convertible that’s also in this lot, but with a blue-gray broadcloth interior. In some ways, it’s in better shape than the convertible it was sold with. At least it hasn’t been gutted out, and is mostly still together. However, the rear fenders and carburetor have been removed. Grille and front bumper removed and splayed out ahead of the car. Thanks to an old aftermarket cover, the seats aren’t all that bad, although the door panels and carpeting are shot. Heavy surface rust on what was the wood-grained interior trim—mostly the dashboard and door-panel tops. Oil-change sticker in the driver’s door frame 200 miles ago dates to 1966. All four bias-ply tires hold air, and that is about the best thing to say about them. Cond: 5. 13E, I elected to break it out separately for a couple of reasons. First, it has a title, so in theory it may live on. Secondly, crazier people have restored far worse cars that will never be worth what this would be—even if this is a 4-door. Like every single 1941 Series 62, it is a CCCA Full Classic. Finally, one can make the argument that the canopy full of parts can be worth the majority of what was paid for the whole lot. Considering that the top bidders on site were far more interested in the parts than the cars after the auction ended, I suspect that this sedan will be on Craigslist or fleeBay before you read this. #7E-1949 FORD F-2 pickup. S/N: 98RD199712. Meadow Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 41,621 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. High enough quality restoration in recent years that it attained 900 points in Early V8 Ford Club judging. It may not be at that point now, but it’s close. Fitted with a radio, heater and armrests. Paint replicates original sheen and is applied better than technically possible 68 years ago. Good door fit. Fitted with wheeltrim rings, and that’s about it for extra flash on the truck. Stock-style replacement bias-ply tires with tubes—with snow tires on the back—that are starting to crack from dry-rot. Armrest vinyl doesn’t match the seat vinyl, which doesn’t match the kick-panel vinyl, but all are in good shape. Restored gauges, reproduction floor mat. Light corrosion on some bare-metal components under the hood—such as the spark plugs—but otherwise cleaned up well. Barring the modern battery, all stock fittings in there as well. Cond: 2. jah! I get so sick and tired of seeing every “correctly restored” pickup out there—Ford, Chevy, GMC, Dodge, even IH & Crosley— with a cargo-box floor that’s nicer than the wood you’ll find in Bill Gates’ foyer. As such, there was lots of interest in this truck, even beyond what one would expect from a threequarter-ton. When all was said and done, it was going to a bidder from Texas via Proxibid. #3E-1951 NASH RAMBLER Custom Landau convertible. S/N: D10859. Red/white vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 4,228 miles. 172-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Factory-optional overdrive and AM radio. Non-stock twin single-barrel carburetor combination intake and head. Higher quality trim-off, glass-in repaint. Thick enough paint application that the body tag is barely legible. Also masked around all the folding-top perimeter trim. All trim below the beltline was removed as part of the repaint, and replated or professionally buffed out. Nash club decal in the windshield. Okay door fit. Top stayed under the tonneau cover, but what little could be seen was decent. Color change replacement, from the original black vinyl. Seats reupholstered to generally come off as stock. Generally stock detailing under the hood, but has been a few years since then. Modern California license plates painted to look like a set of yellow-on-blacks. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,250. While this was part of Lot SOLD AT $27,540. This was so authentically restored, even the wood and skid strips were painted along with the rest of the box. Hallelu- SOLD AT $27,540. I would imagine that 1950s Nash Rambler owners get about as sick and damn tired of hearing these being called “Lois Lane Cars” as Corvair owners do about anything related to Ralph Nader. Since the only Nash people here were tire kickers, among all the Flathead Ford and Cadillac enthusiasts, it sold as a one-bid wonder on Proxibid, going to Maine. #8E-1951 FORD F-2 pickup. S/N: F3R1CH33650. Dark blue/dark blue & red vinyl. 182 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI Odo: 59,322 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Old Wisconsin Rust-Belt special, left sitting for years. Rust perforation has affected every single body panel in one way or another. Even the bottom of the dashboard will pinhole if it gets media blasted. At least you don’t have to worry about the tailgate—it’s gone. The strongest structural member holding the left rear fender onto the box was a large spider web. Headlight rims and door handles are usable— not to be considered good—but that’s because they’re stainless. Various engine ancillaries are missing, reportedly due to an attempt to steal the motor a few decades ago. Old seat cover is split and torn. Light surface rust on all interior steel, all pot metal pitted. Headliner is gone. Four mismatched tires. Cond: 5-. with lots of polishing scratches. So-so door fit. Older bumper and grille replate, good original emblems and lightly scuffed stainless trim. Older seat upholstery work, using nylon inserts that look like the left-overs from redoing Aunt Flossie’s couch. White interior vinyl is lightly soiled and starting to yellow. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,240. I couldn’t help but say to myself out loud as it was hammered sold to an online bidder from Arizona, “Do they really know what they got themselves into?” You can pull out cars that have been sitting on the bottom of the ocean for decades, and they might be as bad as your typical Wisconsin winterbeater rust bomb. Some may call this “Barn Fresh;” it’s more like “Shed Dead.” The only interested party here was a local younger couple, and they opened the bidding at $1k. Almost immediately, they were outbid on Proxibid at this singular $3k bid—which got the crowd buzzing, and they just shook their heads. Adding on the 8% juice for being online, plus hauling it 1,800 miles, there is no upside here at all. Sold so exceptionally well, it’s not even funny. #9E-1955 HUDSON HORNET Holly- wood 2-dr hard top. S/N: X6250. Dark teal & white/teal nylon & white vinyl. Odo: 78,960 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Originally built with factory-installed a/c, with the door badges and everything, but the door badges are about the only components left. Repainted and lightly detailed motor, now with light road grime on it. Just lovely…a 6-volt car with both battery cables black. Average-quality, easy trim-off repaint, done about a decade ago, 184 “ SOLD AT $7,750. That Continental kit on the back is what usually distinguishes a Custom series from a Super Hornet. However, the Hollywood 2-door hard top was only offered in the top-trim Custom, yet could still be equipped with either a six—including the famed Twin-H inline six in this example—or a Packard-sourced V8. While the Packard-built V8 only fitted with Packard-built Twin Ultramatic transmissions, the sixes could be optioned with a GM Hydra-Matic for $179 (once again, just like this car was). Unlike the Nash, at least one person who appreciates Hudson or American Motors was on site and bought it. Then again, since it was a pretty decent buy, a dealer or car flipper could’ve grabbed it also. #11E-1958 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N: 58J074832. Red & white/black nylon and white vinyl. Odo: 67,099 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, plus power windows, door locks and front seat. Stated that it received a body-on restoration in recent years. Excellent repaint and replating of all chrome. All-new door seals, but missing a few stop bumpers, so there’s a bit of door rattle when they’re shut. Hood sits slightly high at the cowl. Clean and nicely restored under that hood, to include a repop tar-top Delco battery and refurbished hood hinges. Largely original interior, although the carpeting seems too nice for original. Heavier yellowing on the door panel armrests. They also show some seam splitting, along with the front seatbacks. Fitted with period-accessory seat belts. Newer fuel tank, but rusty economy-grade exhaust system. Lightly faded wheel-cover centers and radial wide whites on the stock rims. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,500. 1958 Caddys are a love ’em or hate ’em car— rather like a lot of 1958 cars. Being a restyled 1957 rather than a restrained 1959, those Sure, the hard tops are hard to find today in any shape, coupled with the air-ride suspension (or what’s left of it), but if this continues, the bonkers money of the late 1980s may make a comeback. 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-dr hard top ” Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI who like ’57s think they look too fat (thanks to the dual headlights), while fans of ’59s think they look too restrained (then again, possibly barring a 1958 Olds or a 1962 Plymouth, everything is restrained compared to a ’59 Caddy). With lots of eyeball and generally good cosmetic workmanship, it was easy to see how this one was fully bid and sold. #13EE-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-dr hard top. S/N: 59HO1 7358. Light blue & white/white leather. Odo: 65,566 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c and cruise control. Either had air suspension and was converted over to conventional coil springs, or the power-steering pump was replaced with one with the integral air compressor. Has an old repaint that’s dull and faded. Various body panels have been replaced since—it has a red primer right front fender and white hood with a George W. Bush campaign bumper sticker on it. The left front fender has beige paint under the repaint, so that’s been replaced. Bondo flaking off a newer dent aft of the left rear wheel. Original brightwork ranges from serviceable to disheveled, but none is junk. Freshly repainted wheels, but on old bias-ply whitewalls. A couple of wheel studs are snapped off. Interior isn’t all that bad, especially the seats, although the door-panel armrests have lots of seam splits. Stated that it runs, but no attempt was made to make it run here, due to “bad gas.” Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $32,500. During this time frame, Eldorados were either convertible Biarritzes or, like this one, hard-top Sevilles. When ’59 Cadillac prices went bonkers in the late 1980s, a lot of these rough, original Sevilles were parted to restore Biarritzes. With Proxibid starting at $12k, there was exactly zero concern about the reserve on this Eldo not being met. Sure, the hard tops are hard to find today in any shape, coupled with the airride suspension (or what’s left of it), but if this continues, the bonkers money of the late 1980s may make a comeback. #10E-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N: 60F075859. White/black vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 76,252 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Topical repaint, which was pretty good, but for the most part they put the same original lightly pitted chrome back on. Masked-off side spears. Good replate on the front bumper. Rear bumper-to-body fit is off, in addition to the chrome being cloudy. Vent windows starting to delaminate. Doors latch okay, but the driver’s door has rubbed against the rear door jamb and chipped the paint. Good older replacement top. Good original interior, even if the leather has shrunk somewhat and the rear seat is faded. Less fading to the carpet on top of the transmission hump. Heavy soiling on top of the driver’s door panel. Light pitting on all interior brightwork Valve covers and air cleaner repainted years back, now just as dingy as the rest of the usedcar engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,000. As the first year of the receding tailfins, 1960 Caddys have done quite well in the market, for those who like the big sleds but not the overthe-top spaceship 1959s. Speaking of the big beast, this one was all but impossible to get decent images of, both while in the confines of the tent shelter and when nosed out while being sold. Overall, a fairly good price for just a fair car. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC as well. All matte-black undercarriage, aside from newer shocks and dual exhaust system. 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com September 2017 185 Keith Martin’s


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #10-1923 MORRIS-COMMERCIAL PANEL VAN utility. S/N 21921. Gray/black vinyl. RHD. Quite delightful, but originally a two-seat Oxford tourer, cut down to a flatbed some time after 1934. Appealing but with a slightly faded air about it. Body straight, older paint with some rust coming through on front fenders, Rexine top okay. Nickel radiator shell and brass headlights have a nice sheen but aren’t overpolished. Seatpad leather is older but still serviceable. Not driven for a while and no documents. Cond: 3+. 1970 Toytota Land Cruiser FJ40 utility, sold for $28,600 at Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR MECUM AUCTIONS Location: Portland, OR Date: June 16–17, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 282/462 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $7,864,130 High sale: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko coupe, sold at $434,500 Buyer’s premium: 10% or $500 minimum, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chad Tyson SILVER AUCTIONS Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID Date: June 17, 2017 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 42/72 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $444,180 High sale: 1936 Ford Deluxe roadster Sold for $91,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle BRIGHTWELLS Location: Bicester, U.K. Date: June 24, 2017 Auctioneer: Richard Binnersley Automotive lots sold/offered: 37/57 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $806,383 High Sale: 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe, sold at $153,970 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.79) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman SOLD AT $8,538. Last in SCM’s database December 7, 2014 (SCM# 6711936), when it was bid to $11,250, $1,250 under lower estimate, at Bonhams’ Oxford auction but did not sell. This time, though estimated at £8k–£10k ($10k–$13k), it was let go at a far more realistic price. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #39-1924 ALVIS 12/50HP SB Beetleback roadster. S/N 3236. Eng. # 3830. Aluminum/ green leather. RHD. Originally a four-seater by Carbodies, has had this body most its life, now with braked front axle and 23-inch wheels. Body is straight and clean but varies in finish. Nice instruments, lightly worn leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,992. Sent to Australia when new, back to the U.K. in 2013. If the Austin 7 is the starter Vintage classic, this is the kind of thing you graduate to next. Sold a little under the lower estimate of £30k ($38k), making this popular-in-the-VSCC car look like a good buy. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe, sold for $153,970 at Brightwells, Bicester, U.K. 186 #50-1929 AUSTIN 7 Special roadster. S/N 100437. Eng. # 136437. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 37,810 miles. Nicely done A7 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Special known as Felix, slightly deviating from the norm in that it resembles a baby Frazer Nash—especially in the front suspension with four forward-facing quarter-elliptics. 1929 chassis; 1931 motor has a Ruby head. Good order all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,495. Strong money for an A7 special which was reckoned to make the usual £10k–£12k ($13k–$15k)—but there was something special about this one, and I think it was worth it. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #20-1948 ALLARD M drophead coupe. S/N 589G. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 39,999 miles. Restored, clean and shiny, now with Toyota 5-speed gearbox. Electric fan, Offy twin-carb manifold. Seats retrimmed, with Allard script embroidered into seat backs. Cond: 2-. 6801386, sold for $35,200). Why it made its way to this opposite corner of the country, I have no idea, but the seller wasn’t interested in losing money to sell it here. Nearly there based on the seller’s estimate (on the car’s flier) of $35k–$45k. Best of luck next time. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #3-1964 LAND ROVER SERIES II A utility. S/N 243005988. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 60,006 miles. Restored on a new chassis, so that’s perfect; bulkhead okay, paint slightly matte in places. Tropical/Safari roof. Later bucket seats. Has engine transplant from a Holden. Reassuringly, has a small oil drip SOLD AT $34,993. Supplied new to Australia, repatriated “some years ago” but not registered or used on the road. Good value for any Allard in the U.K., probably because offroad status makes buyers nervous. A shrewd buy, as long as it’s all downhill from here. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #S57-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N TD8927. Light blue/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 404 miles. Body-off restoration of unknown vintage, but it appears recent. Impressive work done. Paint with few visible flaws. Sides of gas tank polished to mirror finish. Clean glass. No marks or pitting in chrome trim. Tiny but detailed engine bay, with wiring routed in looms. Biggest detraction is flaking paint on exhaust manifold. Tidy, simple interior. Dash shines enough to possibly blind if sunlight hits it right. Driver’s seat bottom a little baggy, but that’s the worst of the interior. Not even a nick on the steering-wheel paint. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. A bit of an auction frequent flier, with two appearances at BarrettJackson’s Palm Beach sales in 2014 (SCM# 6717336, sold for $55k) and 2016 (SCM# September 2017 from the back of the transmission brake. Not yet registered in the U.K. but NOVA (Notification Of Vehicle Arrival) paperwork done. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,538. Much of its life in New Zealand. Bought here by a chap for his friend in Austria, and at this price level, the engine transplant shouldn’t have hurt it much. Bargain. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #S102-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II convertible. S/N 1R9125. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 77,151 miles. Listed with Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate and original punch card, but neither were presented with the car when I stopped by. Decent paint, with light swirl marks here and there, although tough to tell from five feet. Trunk fit a bit off, as it sits a little high from the body towards the front. Seats appear in great shape. Just a 187


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Roundup bit of oh-so-pleasant creasing started on driver’s seat bottom. No crack in dash. Front frame and suspension painted. The body-color frame adds visual punch to detailed engine bay. Exhaust manifolds baked off paint a while ago. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $82,000. This bid was square middle of the market, but this car’s condition is above average. The seller might have hoped for six figures, but the bidders just wouldn’t go for it. Seen later on the same dealer’s website as several of the cars here with a “was $94,950” caption. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #S162-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III 2+2 coupe. S/N UC1S73387. Red/black leather. Odo: 50,666 miles. Repaint holding up well. Seller states front and rear trim original to the car. Noticeable ding in hood trim on passenger’s side, just above the wheelwell apex. Little spot of paint peeling or scratched off on driver’s side of hood next to trim. Interior in decent condition. Seats appear older, likely original, but well cared for. Large interior panel tossed in back, hanging over useless rear seats and reportedly original spare tire. Wire wheels need deep, thorough cleaning to shine. Purchased new from Portland British Motor Care. Comes with books and manuals. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. Car had a lot going for it. Except that 2+2 hump. This price bid likely wasn’t far off from a sale. Looking at recent sales data in SCM Platinum Auction Database, I found, for Series III 2+2 rows of benches. All well done. Engine bay is a showcase—clean, clean, clean. Recent winner of Best Luxury Bus at Kelley Park Vintage VW Show in San Jose, CA. Cond: 1-. coupes, recent sales of $37,962 (SCM# 6816537), $45,100 (SCM# 6806075), and $25,189 (SCM# 6810004). Not sure how much more the seller expected, but this was a market-level bid. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. GERMAN #F143-1959 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Deluxe 23-window microbus. S/N 481764. Coral & gray/gray vinyl. Odo: 123 miles. Likely the best bus around—certainly the best here. Reportedly found in Oregon woods, and seeing other cars from similar settings, job well done to the restorers. Front safari windows open during display, causing several onlookers to remark how odd it is the windshield opens. Clearly there were old-car newbies here, which is good for the industry. Clean paint on long, non-wavy panels. Interior also big and slabby—lots of vinyl on three NOT SOLD AT $115,000. If one of us could go back 10 years and say that these things wouldn’t sell for six figures, we’d likely be stuck in a psychiatric ward. But this is the world we live in—where Volkswagens can’t sell at $115k bids. Madness really. Undoubtedly top-shelf restoration, but a bid higher than this might be a long ways off. All the luck to the seller in achieving his price, however much more it is. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #3-1963 VOLKSWAGEN DUNE- BUGGY roadster. S/N AZB36545. Green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 82,442 miles. Looks to be a new build, with virtually no wear. Only body flaw found was a two-inch crack along the edge of the battery cut-out behind the seats. A couple of unfilled holes in front look like no one got around to installing some lights. Exposed floor pans showed no signs of damage or rust. Basic dash retains the donor car’s original faded speedo cluster. Other three gauges are common aftermarket pieces and one doesn’t match the other two. Seats covered with baggy weatherproof covers. Wheels feature EMPI (longtime VW parts house) center caps. The engine itself is dirty and a puddle of unknown fluid was forming underneath. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $4,400. No indication on car card who made the body or when the assembly was done, or indeed engine size. It came across as a drivable, but not quite finished, effort. Still, it looked like it would be a fun lake-house accessory. Given the sale was in northern Idaho, where one goes skiing rather than driving in the dunes, the high bid is un- 188 Sports Car Market


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Roundup derstandable, but still light. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #S158-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304212008815. Red metallic/ black canvas/cream leather. Odo: 915 miles. Rather diminutive next to a ’69 Hurst/ Olds. Passenger’s headlamp hazy and less clear than driver’s side one. Same with turn signals. Trim in decent condition, but latching for hard top at driver’s door opening nicked up. Few flaws to note in paint—biggest is a scratch on the rear driver’s quarter panel (likely from mishandling the hard top). Light wrinkling on seat backs. Dash lettering and numerals in clear, legible condition. Seats and carpet part of relatively recent restoration. Cond: 2-. Rare VW-dealer propane heater installed. Wheels look a bit goofy here. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. This basic math—which I’m nearly qualified to perform—works out as $8k plus $8k equals $16k. Obviously the seller didn’t see enough (or any) profit at this bid to let it go. Not that I’d blame them, as this was a rather light bid. Perhaps the custom touches kept hands under thighs. The other, older VW Transporter here (Lot F143) didn’t sell at $115k. The current market median value for these is $30k and, as nice as this one was, it should command over that. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #45-1973 BMW 2002 tii coupe. S/N 2752410. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Well restored with straight panels and good paint, though done with windows in. Only criticism is that low-profile 165/70s look too small for it (standard was 165: 185/70s would have looked better). High-back bucket seats with one crack on left bolster on driver’s side, Petri steering wheel. Cond: 2-. them cross the block. This was nicer than many, if not most, that I see. It really had the look of an honest, well-kept car. Bought at the median listed in the 2017 print edition of the SCM Pocket Price Guide; however, the online update says it’s gone up 3% since then. As it crossed the block, Mitch told the crowd these were appreciating, and someone was listening. Well bought. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. ITALIAN #43-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- sina coupe. S/N 19907. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 71,405 miles. Slightly dull and tired looking, with some stone chips in nose and slightly chipped and nibbled at back edge of front lid. Well-creased and shiny seat leather. Last cam-belt change in 2013, less than 1,000 miles ago. A/C compressor removed, but still with car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. One of 22 Mercedes-Benzes at the sale, but the only one built prior to 1970 (and the highest bid regardless of stipulation). Previously part of the Charlie Thomas Collection, from which Mecum sold it back in September 2013 for $39,590 (SCM# 6466077). The bid here was light for the current market median by $8k. I expected this to top $50k. Perhaps next time. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #S189-1969 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N 269163630. Light blue & gray/gray vinyl. Odo: 31,194 miles. New two-tone paint (to the tune of $8k, reportedly). Bottom few inches all around car blue painted over roll-on bedliner. Paint job worth it, with few issues to note. Loads of new components: gas tank, clutch, wiring, interior soft bits, bumpers, glass and moldings, among others. Seller stated the mechanical restoration cost over $8k all-in. Oak rack on top quite well done. Clean interior, but it is mostly new. Gauges with more yellow lettering than white. Restorer seemed to try and find all of the chromed engine pieces available. SOLD AT $34,993. A BMW specialist, when viewing an acquaintance’s almost-as-sharpthough-nearer-stock tii, said: “I could sell that for £25k ($32k) this afternoon.” And he was right, as that’s what this one hammered for. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #17-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412020221. Gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 90,789 miles. Older quality repaint could almost pass for factory, has slight wear and few scratches. Bumpers have minor wear, rest of trim excellent. Door-sill plastic shows some age, but all factory stickers are still in door jamb. The interior looks too good to have that kind of mileage on it. Modern radio. Hard top on, so I couldn’t assess the color or condition of soft top. Engine bay not open for inspection. Car comes with original books and thick stack of service invoices. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $153,970. One of 154 RHD plastic 308s. Originally a Maranello demonstrator with only one owner since. Estimate was low at £70k–£90k ($89k–$115k)—but Brightwells doesn’t sell many of these. Sold at the right money, with “great potential,” as they say. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. JAPANESE #S32-1970 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 utility. S/N FJ4080851. Tan/black vinyl. Odo: 88,399 miles. Quite shiny for a 4x4. Recently restored to where “everything on this FJ40 is new or rebuilt,” according to the seller’s note taped to a window. Roof painted white over roll-on bedliner (or perhaps just white roll-on bedliner). Either way, you don’t have to worry about scratching it, as it’s the rest of the paint you’ll be worried about. Interior appears as-new. Painted gauge bezel on point—dash stickers and knobs, too. Gobs of tire shine, some even on Expo Center floor. Nothing else dripping or seeping out. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,884. An early example of the long-lived R107 SL. Every time these appear in these pages, it’s noted that they’re an auction staple; as such, you get used to seeing 190 Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $28,600. Comparing this with other recent sales on SCM Platinum, it’s apparent this bid is slightly up-market from the middle. Add to that this was in better-than-median condition, and it seems like a decent buy. Loads of market attention is currently on the late-’70s and early-’80s Land Cruisers, which are a little cheaper, but perhaps for not much longer. Sold at no reserve, so this is the market in action. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #S42-1977 DATSUN 280Z coupe. S/N HLS30370731. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 17,997 miles. Conflicting information regarding paint, with one line on the seller’s sheet stating “finished in its original color” and the following line “just won Best Original Car award.” It’s too good to be original. Remarkable interior, as it hardly appears touched— just a few wrinkles in the driver’s seat bottom. Crystal-clear gauges. Engine bay probably most detailed of all auction cars here. Polished valve cover helps distract from what remains of the engine block’s paint. Bundle of documents/memorabilia in back, including repair manuals, tools, owner’s manuals, contemporaneous promotional materials and even a Datsun Saves gas can. Lots of recent work listed, not limited to ignition system overhaul, suspension bushings/springs/shocks, brakes and exhaust system. Cond: 1-. doesn’t quite match the original rear. Underhood is all stock with factory paint, but dirty from storage. Factory serial and trim tag is still legible. Cond: 4-. vious owners had one spot on each painted wheel where they pried the hubcaps off. Still pretty white whitewalls. Long list of new parts and pieces. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,288. Said to be an estate car out of California, so it’s probably a once-loved car the owner was going to get to “one of these days” but still a solid basis for a restoration. Considering its needs, fairly sold. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. AMERICAN #21-1934 CHEVROLET MASTER Fin- ton Silver Eagle Special roadster. S/N Eng. # R4363097. Polished aluminum/brown leather. Odo: 9 miles. Described in the catalog as a “Wild, pre-war Steam-punk special,” and that just about covers it. Based on a 1934 Chevrolet Master, built in New Zealand and complete with “knee-action” trailing-arm front suspension. Very distressed leather may not be as old as it looks. Dash bears the engraved legend SILVER EAGLE. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,200. I had family in town when the auction went down, so I brought them along to check out the auction (and maybe write down a thing or two for me). This ended up as my mother’s favorite car in the auction. Lots going for this one, I suppose, but the big things holding it back sit behind the front doors—rear doors. But the buyer and seller came to a price that both could agree on, and that’s what really matters here. Bid is middle to upper market for this, so fair deal. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #F148-1939 AMERICAN BANTAM MODEL 60 woodie wagon. S/N 62908. Gold metallic/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 25,703 miles. Seller states that of 322 American Bantam wagons produced, only 25 are still around. Lots of wood and gold. Dark brackets holding roof wood to side wood contrasts quite well. Same with strapping from wood sides to floor. Single light out back illuminates “STOP” when the brake is applied. Rear tilted to driver’s side as it sits on flat concrete. Door panels are creative use of thin plywood. Two-gauge dash best part of car—wood lines flow well and staining is consistent. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Crazy, right? What kind of market is this, where 280Z Datsuns don’t sell at $23k bid? Well, this one was quite nice, and, as such, I agree with the seller to hold off for another day. It’s going to take at least this much to bring an average 280Z up to this standard, and that car will likely have more than 18k miles, which the seller believes to be accurate based on his documents. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. SWEDISH #32-1970 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N P1800S5951. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 138,315 miles. Ancient repaint in factory color now dull with chips, nicks and scratches. Heavy paint buildup around windshield rubber. Bumpers and trim seemingly untouched since the car left Sweden. Metal grille insert juts outward so much it looks like the work of a backyard Barris. Window rubber is cracked, but all the glass except the windshield is factory. Dash top deeply split in four places with yellowed padding now visible. Front-seat trim 192 SOLD AT $22,396. Looks like something Dick Dastardly should drive. Imported to the U.K. in 2012 but never registered. I wonder why... Amazingly, it sold. After a provisional bid of £12k ($15k) was turned down, it appeared in the results at £16k ($20k). Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #S23-1937 BUICK SPECIAL Model 40 sedan. S/N 3007315. Maroon/gray cloth. Odo: 58,553 miles. One of the more stately cars here. Seller believes the mileage is correct, with no rollover. Seller’s description of “rust free” comes with at least one caveat, as there was rust above the rear driver’s side door handle. No rust through, perhaps? But that doesn’t sound as good while on the market. Grille needs good cleaning to determine what’s inclusive and what’s just surface debris. Upholstery clean with no stains or tears evident. Shiny wood dash, with clear gauge glass. Pre- NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Comprehensive restorations—as stated was done here by seller—aren’t always the six-figure jobs of which we think immediately. Sometimes they’re on the other end of the spectrum. Some wood, some vinyl, a bit of plywood, the chassis and you’re there with this car. 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Roundup 6825011). The seller wasn’t around, but this car was later on the dealer’s website, with a “Call Us” for the asking price. Bet that it’s somewhere in their $35k–$40k estimate, which is a strong price for these—despite the rarity. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #12-1943 WILLYS MB utility. S/N MB268590. Olive drab/khaki canvas/khaki canvas. Odo: 45,194 miles. Restored 2007–08. Willys chassis, Willys engine, three-hole toeboard gussets and circular-embossed lock depressions identify body as composite type fitted from early ’44, although plain toolbox lids say installed by Willys (er, I’ll get my anorak...). Correct split-rim wheels. Recon engine, though original is available. A couple of small holes in seat canvas. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,800. There were odd bits, like the parts-store radiator hoses, but on a car worth this much, it just doesn’t make any sense to spend thousands to source, or more likely fabricate, accurate replications. The main parts were there, along with some unobtainium trim. That was enough for a big-time price here. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. BEST BUY #S124-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S003531. Venetian Red/red vinyl. Odo: 19,151 miles. 265-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers here, there, everywhere according to the seller. Engine rebuilt 19k miles ago. Seller stops short of saying car was restored, but mostly because it wasn’t repainted and the trim is slightly nicked up. Even has a new wiring harness. Steering wheel and dash top slightly more orange than rest of interior. Passenger’s window-trim fit slightly off. Air scoops on top of fenders faded and dinged. Well-fitted seat vinyl. Hubcaps in great shape. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. An impressive car— it’s hard to believe the Monterey was the bottom-trim line for Mercury. As with most chrome-and trim-laden cars, these are autos you want to buy already done. High bid was below that given for a “fair” car in my price guides, so it was wisely rejected. Still, freshening it up may not be cheap, and investing that kind of money in a large ’50s convertible may be a gamble few are willing to take. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #65-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr SOLD AT $25,195. On the money for a decent matching-numbers Jeep in the U.K. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #S134-1955 DESOTO FIREFLITE con- vertible. S/N 50340225. White & black/black canvas/white & black vinyl. Odo: 23,415 miles. 291-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quite the standout in an expo center full of them. Chrome grille in good shape, same with rest of trim. New power top, brakes, suspension and sill plates. The owner told me it took him two years to find the rear Powerflite emblem. Aftermarket oil and water-temp gauges mounted below dash. New upholstery and carpet. Oldest bit is signal-seeking AM radio. Few flaws in paint on valve covers. Three chrome parts underhood—air cleaner, generator bracket and oil-fill tube cap. Cast-aluminum intake free from stains under Edelbrock carb. Generic air cleaner, but not for lack of effort by the seller. He just never found the correct one. Just 200 miles on rebuilt engine, with warranty to transfer to new owner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,500. Had a constant crowd around it, which makes this price a little surprising. Someone got a deal. The latest price guide shows a median market value of $86,900 for ’56 265/225 ’Vettes. I’m having a hard time figuring out what happened with this sale. Were there just not the right buyers? A deal where no-reserve goes awry? Are automatic transmissions that much of an anchor? Whatever it was, I’m sure the new owner doesn’t care beyond the fact that this was a good buy. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #35-1957 MERCURY MONTEREY con- vertible. S/N 57ME57916M. White/black cloth/black & white vinyl. Odo: 19,026 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older but quality repaint. Excellent body prep; the only flaws noted were a small crack on the inside of the left headlights and a rusty screw in the chrome headlamp trim. Excellent bumpers and trim. Interior is stock, but looks like it’s aged. Complex painted/padded dash is very nice, but again gives off an older-restoration vibe. Quality cloth top. Under the hood all is clean and stock, with factory chrome dress-up parts. Paint on firewall probably original, some of the newer paint has peeling in places. Periodlook bias-ply wide whites. Seller said $10,000 was spent on a recent major service, hinting at an older restoration being revived for use. Cond: 2-. 194 SOLD AT $10,500. A recently completed driver that could be improved with a bit of work. Yanking the rear door handles may impress the guys at the drive-in but condemns the car to a life as a custom cruiser (not that there is anything wrong with that) until reinstalled. Based on overall condition, buyer got a bit of a deal, but the advantage will disappear when the bumpers are done or if the owner wants to take it closer to stock. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #27-1961 STUDEBAKER LARK 2-dr sedan. S/N 61S4357. Riviera Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 12,341 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent paint in factory color over a very straight body. Excellent grille and window trim, bumpers rechromed. Newer windshield. Sports Car Market hard top. S/N VC57L115503. Red metallic & white/black vinyl. Odo: 26 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint on a well-prepped body. Massive front bumper worn and scratched. One section by headlight dull and seemingly worn down to nickel. Rear bumper better but taillight sections pitted. Side and fin trims undented but need buffing. Rear door handles MIA in an attempt to make car look like a 2-door. Holes in driver’s vent window trim. Nice dash, seats done in generic pattern and materials. New carpet and sills. 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Roundup Very basic stock-painted dash. Seats and headliner done in generic style and material (not that many would notice), but well fitted. Matching trim in trunk outdoes anything that ever left South Bend in a Lark. Engine bay spotless, though valve covers are incorrectly painted body color instead of black used on ’61 Studes. The aftermarket chrome air cleaner also detracts from otherwise stock look. Aftermarket wheels look like they belong on a gasser instead of an otherwise stocklooking schoolteacher-mobile. Cond: 2-. that the final 10% is usually the hardest. High bid was light for condition, but then again, a white, non-V8 Falcon isn’t on many collectors’ “must have” lists. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #42-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 4P66X116162. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 91,938 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Still presentable factory paint with some body lines worn, although the primer is down to bare metal. Hood looks like it’s been repainted, easily seen thanks to a couple of large chips. Bumpers have wear and minor pitting, windows and side trim very nice. Interior is stock; the major sign of age/wear is that the silver piping is now losing some color. Newer carpet, excellent dash. Package tray is original, with the usual sun fading. Underhood is clean, but the engine is the wrong color and topped with aftermarket valve covers, air cleaner and carb. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,560. The third year for the popular Lark compact. As a former Avanti owner, I’ve seen my share of Larks at various meets, and this was better than most. Unless you’re a card-carrying Stude fan, the deviations from stock probably won’t bother you. Even in the Studebaker Drivers Club, you often see examples with minor mods like this car has. Very well bought for condition. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #37-1963 FORD FALCON Futura 2-dr sedan. S/N 3H19U125233. Corinthian White/ black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 52,704 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Newer thick paint over a straight body, although someone missed a crease near the rear bumper. All the side trim is there but varies in brightness and has the occasional pit of overspray. Likewise, black stripe in side trim looks like it was done at home. Grille is very nice with accurate anodized look. Doors rattle when shut. Correct aftermarket interior. Dash and steering wheel excellent. Minor sag in headliner. New door sills. Engine bay clean and correct. New tires on factory wheels with Futura-specific wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,856. In today’s world where full-size 2-doors are pretty much extinct, it’s interesting to note that the Galaxie 500 2-door hard top was the best-selling large Ford in 1964, outselling the 4-dr sedan by 10,000 units (207,000 vs. 197,000). While not the pricier, sportier 500 XL, this was still someone’s pride and joy and looks well preserved. Well bought for such a straight car. If one wants to sacrifice originality for freshness, there is economic room to do so. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #19-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07C191195. Poppy Red/black vinyl. Odo: 90,878 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The factory Poppy Red paint looks orange...which is fitting considering the amount of orange peel the finish has. Variable door gaps. Filler crack near trunk opening. Good bumpers and grille; window trim has minor scratches but shines. Passenger’s side rocker trim wavy and noticeable from a distance. Side-scoop trim and door NOT SOLD AT $450,000. Gobs of gawkers around this car, and everyone wanted a picture. I even stepped out of frame when the car’s original owner wanted to get photographed with it. No doubt Mecum was looking to strike Shelby gold twice, as last year’s high sale in Portland was a ’65 GT350 at $335,500. If the gavel hammered sold at this bid, it would have been the auction’s high sale. Bit of a shame it didn’t sell, but when the market median is $420,700, and this is a legit condition-number-one car, it’s difficult to say that the seller was unwise to accept the high bid. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #44-1965 SHELBY GT350 R replica NOT SOLD AT $5,500. A Ford-fan friend was excited to see this; he remembers when these could be found everywhere. The Futura sedan was a notch above the base model, and this one came with the optional 170-ci engine. The restoration had a lot going for it but was let down by the small details, proving again 196 fastback. S/N 5F09C327189. White & blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 213 miles. 306-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Really sharp Shelby replica made out of an October ’64-build C-code car by a Mercedes F1 engineer. Built 302-based 306 motor, Monte Carlo brace, aircraft-style seat belts, and even dropped top wishbones for a little negative camber. Only one seat, rear roll cage, Sports Car Market handles pitted. Nice reproduction interior. Stock dash has nice finishes. Retro-looking radio/cassette. Rare factory-style 14-inch Magnum 500 wheels. Engine bay is clean, but inner fenders are painted the body color. Engine clean and fitted with aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,880. I can’t think of a 50-year-old car that has more examples on the road than 1965–66 Mustangs...but that’s probably to be expected with 1.3 million produced. Not only are they ideal entry-level collectibles, you can still see them in high-school parking lots. This was an honest-looking car, and while Dad may not want it to show at the local Mustang Club meet, Junior would probably welcome it as a fun first car (if Mom will let him have something sans airbags and crumple zones). Fairly bought. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #S135-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM5S411. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 48,542 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-Sp. Claimed actual miles. Top-notch restoration here. Even the exhaust welds are tidy. Vinyl stripes straight, with no bubbling or peeling. Clean paint and clear glass. I didn’t even see an off-color piece of fuzz in the carpet—just immaculate. Worst bit of interior is slight bulge on side of passenger’s seat bottom. Trunk mat not unfolded completely. Comes with restoration documentation and ownership paperwork. Cond: 1-.


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Roundup aftermarket gauges. Cond: 1-. appears new, with a few minor scuffing and polishing issues. Engine bay, housing a Chevy V8, with hoses poorly routed (a/c and heating), and crankcase vent taped off on passenger’s side valve cover. Whole bay covered in fine (clay?) dust. Roll-on/spray-in bedliner professionally done. Wheels more at home on something from DUB. Steering wheel much dirtier than rest of interior—except maybe the shifter knob. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,390. When it hammered for £36k ($46k), £3k ($4k) under the lower estimate, I thought they wouldn’t sell it for that. But it was confirmed in the results. Someone got a gem for relatively bargain money. Very well bought. Brightwells, Bicester, U.K., 06/17. #60-1966 FORD BRONCO utility. S/N U15NL867259. Red & white/silver vinyl. Odo: 35,066 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A mix of original and slightly newer respray. Overall the paint could almost pass for original, but I’m pretty sure Ford never used 100grit sandpaper for body prep. The body is straight, with no signs of rust. Hard top very nice. Stock dash and factory radio. Seller said his grandfather—the original owner—fitted an underfloor water tank for his desert trips. Underhood is largely stock, worn from use but not abused. Homemade tool box fitted atop inner fender. Nice new tires on factory rims with Ford hubcaps. Cond: 3-. Environmentalists might appreciate the recycled anti-freeze jug being repurposed as the expansion tank. Battery tied down with bungee cords. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,480. A decent-looking car at a distance but the longer you looked at it, the more issues you found. I was surprised by the generous result, selling for half the SCM price guide median and about what another price guide gives for a “fair” car. With its many needs, there is no way you could restore it and come out on top. A neighbor spent several winters restoring one of these in his garage—he seems to drive it, about twice a year; hopefully this car will find a similar savior who is looking for recreation, not an investment. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #22-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT/CS SOLD AT $10,450. The last sentence of the window list was “Frame-off restoration.” I guess we can have different definitions for that. I overheard one guy claiming blasphemy when he saw the Bowtie block. I agree—plastic-body hot rods are one thing, but in a popular pickup? Really seemed to limit the audience. Nevertheless, a bidder offered enough for the sale. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 06/17. #58-1967 MERCURY COUGAR 2-dr hard top. S/N 7F91C514688. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 91,805 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old repaint with plenty of orange peel over wavy bodywork. Rear bumper has wear, front is much better. Window rubber mostly gone, stainless worn and scratched. Dash trim pitted and worn. Front seats re-covered in stock pattern, rear looks original. Aftermarket speakers cut into rear shelf. Underhood isn’t any better; significant rust bubbles atop left inner fender. Aside from newer aftermarket horns, engine bay is stock. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. As you might guess about a model for which high-dollar customs are plentiful, prices seem to be all over the map. With this one’s paint issues, it will never be a minty-fresh survivor, so I’ll assume its value is as a one-family, low-miles canvas for future work. As such, the high bid was probably in the ballpark, or perhaps a tiny bit low. Seller told me he wouldn’t take less than $43,000 for it—the price number-one and -two examples were bringing a few months back— because his wife “did some research on the Internet.” Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #F36-1966 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F254R886415. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 1 mile. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A bit of a looker when walking up to it, but upon cursory inspection, things fall apart. List taped to window spelled out new this, new that. Paint 198 2-dr hard top. S/N 8R01J1585572. Candy Apple Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 43,162 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny respray, which didn’t quite cover the primer in door jambs, but did manage to hit lower parts of the vinyl top, which has bumps (rust?) underneath. Bumpers and window trim discolored and scratched, as are door handles. Mirrors pitted. Moisture/rust in lower part of one of the driving lights. Interior looks original; however, the fronts seats look to be re-covered in vinyl that’s a very close match to original. Heavy wear to dash, most of the plastic chrome is gone. Driver’s door panel worn down to base plastic. Engine bay is filthy and included body-color overspray on a/c condenser. No battery tie-downs. Comes with Marti Report. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. One of 4,118 produced in the spring and summer of ’68. With its ’65 Thunderbird taillights, side scoops, spoiler and fog lamps, the California Special brought Shelby glamour, if not performance, to plain-jane Mustangs. Considering its needs, the high bid was more than generous. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. © “ With its ’65 Thunderbird taillights, side scoops, spoiler and fog lamps, the California Special brought Shelby glamour, if not performance, to plain-jane Mustangs. 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS 2-dr hard top ” Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1950 Vincent Comet Series C motorcycle Not a trailer queen, a 2+ driver in very nice condition. Perfect paint, gaps, interior, proper silverpaint 60-spoke wheels, side curtains, top. Owned 14 years, never driven in rain. Stored in heated/ air-conditioned garage. $75,000 OBO. Contact Don, Ph: 617.803.6320, email: don.schoeny@earthlink. net. (MA) 1962 Jaguar Mk 2 sedan S/N F5AB2A4500. Black/black. 19,000 miles. 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching 500-cc single. Great condition and history, a blast to ride, more exotic than just about anything. Has BTH mag upgrade, aluminum rims. $30,000. Contact Jeffrey, email: parzival@pipeline.com. (NY) 1960 Aston Martin DB4 coupe condition throughout, runs and drives great. $169,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics. com. (CA) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A convertible body, Ford 1,600-cc 4-cylinder with 4-speed, leather interior, history/invoices/blueprints. $49,900. Central Classic Cars. Contact Chuck, Ph: 419.618.3855, email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com. (OH) 1977 Jaguar XJ6C Sports coupe S/N B382000703LRXFE. British Racing Green/black and white. V8, manual. Remarkably original, from a private collection where it had remained undisturbed for almost 30 years, only two previous owners. It retains all of its original accessories and components. Repainted once. It has an untouched and remarkably original interior with beautiful dash veneers and a period-correct Motorola AM radio. Never been in an accident. Has its complete toolkit, jack, workshop manual and a very rare factory hard top. Original steel wheels and hub caps, modified with period-correct performance accessories. All the original parts come with the car. Alternate phone # 203.981.9444. FOB Boynton Beach, FL. $75,000. Milestone Motorcars. Contact Ted, Ph: 561.509.7251, email: info@milestonemotorcarsllc. com. Website: https://www.milestonemotorcarsllc. com/single-post/2017/07/03/1966-Sunbeam-TigerMk1A-75000. (FL) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible S/N 177884. Opalescent Maroon/tan. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. One of the most incredible examples available anywhere; it has undergone a documented, comprehensive concours-ready nut-and-bolt restoration in a spectacular color combination, with the original interior wood trim refinished. Featuring 5-speed, a/c, upgraded power steering and much more. No disappointments. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/547. (CA) An absolutely wonderful car. Three-owner history, all matching numbers, original colors and featuring an incredibly rare factory steel sunroof. Meticulously maintained and well documented. A veteran of two 1,000-mile tours, and several one- and two-day rallies. Rock-solid in every detail. $585,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I roadster 1965 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster S/N 1E15098. Black/red (with back top). 78,003 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This black-over-red XKE has held limited ownership and is ready for your daily-driving pleasure. The team at Classic Showcase has just rebuilt the engine, serviced the transmission and went through all other items, making it a great choice for the spring and summer driving season. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/554. (CA) 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 convertible S/N SCBCP73W78C056080. Silverlake (medium metallic blue)/Magnolia (cream). 21,000 miles. V12, 6-spd automatic. Cream Mulliner deluxe diamond-quilted Connolly leather and blonde bird’s eye maple wood interior. Very low mileage, always a trouble-free, garaged Southern California car, turbine-smooth W12 engine, seamless ZF automatic transmission, every extra plus a radio telephone. Everything works, excellent throughout, a timecapsule original with recent 20,000-mile service, tires, brakes and batteries. High performance and docile in traffic, clear California title. The ultimate in quiet and comfortable grand touring eye candy. $79,000 OBO. Contact Donald, Ph: 760.889.5512, email: donmackay@cox.net. (CA) FRENCH 1960 Facel Vega Facellia Corvette Special cabriolet Red/black. A wonderful Mk I that is as flawless on the underside as it is on the top side. All matching numbers, original tools, owner’s manual, all original floors, sills and panels. Still has its ultra-rare factory hard top. Impeccably restored too 100% correct factory standards. $69,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@ aol.com. (CT) 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 roadster S/N HBN7L10966. Red/red. 76,400 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Most attractive/rare BN7 2-seater. 206 Carmen Red/black leather. 29,308 miles. Black factory hard top and matching canvas soft top; two owners and with only 29,308 original miles. Matching-numbers example equipped with chrome wire wheels, twin Talbot side mirrors, period AM/ FM radio, tool roll, manual, original purchase order and warranty card and Heritage Certificate. An exceptional low-mileage E-type in beautiful This immaculate car lived most of its life in California. Matching numbers throughout, razorstraight body that has never been rusted or damaged. Meticulously maintained by a Healey expert for a very fussy owner. Turn-key and ready for show or touring. $69,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1966 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2 convertible S/N UH2J53600. British Racing Green/Biscuit (with black vinyl roof). 94,510 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd automatic. Beautiful BRG over Biscuit interior, low ownership and a great deal of originality. Unique 2-door Pillar-less-window post design, numerous luxury and comfort options including a/c, power steering, windows and brakes. Comfortably fits up to five adults. Recent comprehensive servicing by Jaguar professionals. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/542. (CA) 2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe S/N 1E16046. Red/black, with black top & boot. 71,658 miles. Inline 6, 4-sp manual. Clean driverlevel Series 1.5 XKE at a great price, featuring a 4.2-liter engine with manual transmission, three carbs, toggle switches and open-headlight bonnet. Recent professional servicing by Classic Showcase. Ready to drive and enjoy today! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/550. (California) 1971 Bugatti Type 37 replica roadster S/N FAD158. Black/black with red trim. 20,200 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. One of 90 1960 Facellia cabriolets for the U.S. Corvette engine installation began in 1967. Muncie 4-speed, Ford nine-inch rear end, stainless-steel exhaust. Bare-metal black repaint, black leather/red trim interior, dark red British vinyl top, Marchal lights, rally chronometers, gauges and badges. Fast and unique! $69,000. Contact Mark, Ph: 310.528.7471, email: facel@me.com. (CO) 1962 Facel Vega Facel II coupe 49,250 miles. I4, 4-sp manual. Dri-Sleeve Car Company, U.K. Number 6 of 6, aluminium/fiberglass Dark Grey Metallic/Black leather. 111,839 miles. Number 042 of only 180 ever produced, with only Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 111,839 original miles. In California and under the same ownership for many years, this magnificent example is equipped with a Chrysler 383 Wedge engine, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, fourwheel disc brakes, Borrani wheels, power windows and HMV radio, A truly rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate model ever created by the prestigious French marque. $345,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1334-facelvega-facel-ii.html. (CA) GERMAN 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible This gorgeous SL was restored a few years back while in the possession of the president of the 190SL Club of America. Thus, it is 100% correct and absolutely flawless. And it drives as good as it looks; having been driven on two 1,000-mile tours in the past few years without a sputter. Perfect in every way. $215,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster Midnight Blue/dark blue. 61,000 miles. V8, automatic. This is a pristine classic Mercedes that has been stored inside and well taken care of. I am the third owner, with records dating back to the first owner. It currently has just 61k miles on the odometer. I have kept this car in an enclosed garage and covered during my ownership. As a result, it is in amazing original condition. Car will be in Los Angeles in August 2017. Has clean Illinois title and registration. $15,500. Contact Mark, Ph: 808.638.8920, email: markhcd@earthlink.net. 1996 Porsche C4 coupe 17-year hibernation. 911 S motor built by Kremer (Germany), seven-inch Fuchs, sway bars, Bilstein, Hurst Airheart calipers, limited-slip differential. $50k in invoices. Recaro C seats, Porsche Design steering wheel and more. $89,900 OBO. Contact Jack, Ph: 604.805.4385, email: jackhabart@gmail.com. (British Columbia) 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL sedan There isn’t a better Lusso anywhere in the world. Flawlessly restored, original colors, matching numbers, Massinni report in hand, plus tools. Way too many wonderful details to list here about this great car. Please call or email. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe Silver/black leather. 31,810 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. Black full tonneau, chassis # CSX2023 equipped with a 289-ci engine, manual trans, disc brakes and full weather equipment with side windows. The 23rd production Cobra built. A rare early model and an outstanding example with fantastic performance. $895,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/ detail/1336-a-c-cobra-289.html. (CA) 1965 Buick Riviera 2-dr hard top ITALIAN 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe AMERICAN 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster A spectacular example. Formerly the personal car of Shelton Ferrari owner. Repainted once. Flawless mechanicals. All original books and tools. Turn key and ready for show or tours. Too much to list, please inquire. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe Silver/navy blue. Silver with navy blue leather interior, matching square weave carpets and German canvas soft top. Beautifully restored example with fitted leather luggage set and handbook. Showing 81,466 kilometers, absolute-stunning example of the iconic sports car in the most desirable color scheme offered. Runs and drives beautifully. $1,095,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics. com. (CA) 1972 Porsche 911 Targa Silver/black. 42,000 miles. 6-spd manual. Absolutely flawless from top to bottom and front to back. Meticulously documented service from the top shop in the East. Upgrades: Euro sport suspension, 18inch wheels, Lightronic headlights. 100% original inside and out and not a single blemish on the body. A beautifully cared-for car. None better. $79,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 2008 BMW Z4 coupe S/N 494475H942072. Seafoam Green/green. 24,000 miles. V8, automatic. Style and power in an iconic design. AACA award and recent 600-mile road trip. Factory a/c. Beautiful car. $28,000 OBO. Contact David, Ph: 412.576.7900, email: dbesch@comcast. net. (PA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe S/N 9112110456. Signal Yellow/black. 62,000 miles. H6 (flat 6), 5-spd manual. Two-owner 911, never a daily driver. Mechanically rebuilt after a White/red leather. Buy your late-model collector car now. Get a jump on the market. Drive what you’ll never see coming at you. Exclusive and extremely rare. Took two-and-a-half years to find this color combination. “Isn’t it nice to have what everyone wants, and no one has?” Contact Kent, Ph: 575.336.4670, (NM) S/N 15609. Silver/tan leather. 18,900 miles. V12, 5spd manual. 340-hp, 4,390-cc DOHC V12 engine with six Weber carburetors, front and rear independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers, and four-wheel disc brakes with power assist. Wheelbase: 98.4 in. One of only 500 GTC4s produced between the spring of 1971 and autumn of 1972. Three owners. Recent comprehensive mechanical service including rebuild of its original rear self-leveling suspension and new clutch. Looks as good as it drives! Price upon request. Alternate phone number 203.981.9444. Milestone Motorcars. Contact Ted, Ph: 561.509.7251, email: info@milestonemotorcarsllc.com. Website: https://www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com/singlepost/1972-Ferrari-365-GTC/4. (FL) 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV coupe Silver Pearl/black. V8, 4-spd manual. NCRS got it right when they awarded this gorgeous car a Top Flight award. With matching numbers, original colors and every detail being correct, it would make a welcome addition to any sports car collection, not to mention being an incredible kick to drive. Options include the big-block 427/425 engine, leather interior, sidepipes, AM/FM radio, knock-off wheels and a wood steering wheel. $145,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) RACE 2001 WR LMP 675 Rolling Chassis Prototype racer S/N AR3022761. Verde Muschio Chiaro/Maremma Wild Boar. 67,700 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. This GTV has lived most of its life on the West Coast. Low-mile original-engine example wearing its correct factory color paint. It has a full engine rebuild with excellent documentation. In the care of two Alfa enthusiasts over past 20 years who have carefully preserved and enhanced it. We have a full history report and over 100 detailed photos available on our website. $36,990. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: http://www.autokennel.com. (CA) 208 S/N LM200101. Red/5-spd manual. Ex-Le Mans, WR Factory car. Roller with lots of spares-minus engine. Original engine was a Peugeot turbo. Jim Downing ran Le Mans in 2002 with Mazda power. $125,000. Contact Jim, Ph: 404.680.6590, email: jim.downing@downingatlanta.com. (GA) © Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) GAA Classic Cars. 1.855.862.2257. The Southeast’s Premier Classic Car Auction. Located in Greensboro, NC, GAA offers 550 vehicles three times a year from a permanent facilty that allows for vehicles to be out of the weather and easily viewable no matter the weather conditions. With 30+ years in the auction business, the team at GAA Classic Cars knows that building strong relationships with our buyes and sellers is crucial. Not only is customer care our business it is our passion. www.gaaclassiccars.com (NC years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Centerline International. (888) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan personally has over 210 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. 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Automobilia Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) art illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques and eras, concours and racers. Ferrari- and Porsche-licensed illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Classic Fit Covers. California Car Cover Company. Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imagdriversroad.com 513.490.5621. Large portfolio of automotive art prints, new and old, street or race, four wheels or two! Any car you had, have or desire! Custom commissions and commercial work accepted. Steve Petrosky, driversroad, 8711 Reading Road E1 Cincinnati, Ohio 45215 (OH) ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Canepa of Scotts Valley. Automotive Restorations. Exotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com 831.430.9940. Offering fine investmentgrade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000-square-foot facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa.com www. canepa.com (CA) sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price! We have you Covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) ence offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Celebrate your ownership experi- ence! Automotive designer and illustrator Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fine- September 2017 Autosport Groups 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experi- For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. 211


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. c Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Paramount Automotive Group/ Luxury Brokers International. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc. of Monterey, CA, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics. Visit us at www.MohrImports.com. (CA) Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 212 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) www.SignificantCars.com. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides Sports Car Market 800.837.9902. Since 2002, SignificantCars.com has been changing the way collector cars find new homes. A pioneer in the online marketing of important collector cars, Significant Cars has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value—not what we want to buy it for. RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Classic Car Transport Ray Zuder. 860.830.6104. Single Car / Enclosed / Air-Ride Transport Dedicated to Extreme Personal Level, Drama Free, Best-inClass Service * Auctions * Concours/Shows * Door to Door * Races/Rallies * Security Provided at All Times * There When You Need Us Over 15 years of “not-even-a-scratch experience.” www.rkzmotorcar.com nate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com September 2017 RideCache Your documentation represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value – yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources – all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM RideCache—Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortu- Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a hand-crafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates 213


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@allardj2x. com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/ allardj2x.com Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) The BMW CCA is the world’s largThe Quail, A Motorsports GathAston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Finance European Collectibles Inc. Hilton Head Island Motoring Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) German Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 6-8, 2018. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Riverside Military Academy JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). 214 Champions and Heroes. 404.237.2633. June 1–3, 2018. A 3-day Time Trial, a Concours, a Rally plus more from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com www.rmachampionsandheroes.com. (GA) (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Legal See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Cosdel International Transportation. Porsche Club of America. 410.381.0911. We know the joy Porsche ownership can bring, and we’ve built a community around that. With 3,000-plus events each year – from competitive club racing to relaxing getaways, from driver education to technical sessions — there is something for everyone in PCA. Whether reuniting with old friends or making new ones, we hope you will join us! www.PCA.org Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Barber Vintage Motorsports MuHamann Classic Cars. Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Import/Export 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing seum. 205.281.3519. When looking for a new home for your vintage car why not consider The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum? Home to over 100 cars and 1,500 motorcycles. The Museum, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 foundation, is dedicated to the preservation of cars like yours, and it could help future generations understand why we all love cars. An outright donation or a bargain sale can both offer generous tax advantages. For more information please call or email, Lee Clark,Senior Manager of Restoration and Conservation LClark@Barbermuseum.org www.Barbermuseum.org (AL) Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) LeMay—America’s Car Museum CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 September 2017 Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us 215 QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Race Ramps. 866.464.2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the best-selling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps.com. (MI)


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Racing Services Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com roads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) we have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan Motor Company Dealer, warranty and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are conveniently located in North Phoenix. We offer a unique collection of Morgan cars, The Morgan Three Wheeler and special interest European vehicles and motorcycles. www.BrightonMotorsports.com or info@brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Academy of Art University. 866.845.9686. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Creative Workshop. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Underground. On the Road Again Classics. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we 216 D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the cross- 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and in 8 short years 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch How Many Ferraris Would “Untitled” Buy? “Untitled” is worth, at least for now, a pretty good fleet of 12-cylinder Ferraris Thought Carl’s Sotheby’s, at their Contemporary Art Sale on May 18, sold Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled,” a spray- of that, but here are a few items that at least got my heart started: is a stunning ring that was probably presented to executives and dealers for their achievements. An impressive ring that can be proudly worn at the next Packard outing. EBAY #201945710900—ONEGALLON TIGER OIL CAN DATED 1918. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $3,350. Date: 6/10/2017. The Tiger Oil Company was in San Francisco and was in business in 1918 — and lasted for a very short time. This can is in exceptional condition, especially considering it is 99 years old. Amazing how some things manage to survive. The graphics were striking, and considering the rarity, the price paid was not out of line. EBAY #302250283700—1915 UTAH LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 33. SOLD AT: $4,120. Date: 3/19/2017. This was the first year Utah issued license plates, although they were required starting around 1909. The early ones were homemade, and many car owners just painted the number directly onto the bumper. This one was in decent condition, but the price was up there. As we have seen, plate collectors will pay silly money for first-issue state plates, so this may be a market-correct price. do we see one in this condition — let alone with the correct hanging bracket. It was stated to have been in the seller’s possession for 60 years, and the colors were bright and vibrant. There were no chips or marks, and it had the correct “Property of Ford Motor Company” markings. Now, another example, also in excellent condition, sold for about $2,000 — but without the bracket. Is the bracket worth the delta? I don’t think so, but they are hard to find and do complete the package. scarce, and when they do show up, they sell for serious money. Price paid here was not out of line. paint and oil-stick painting, for $110,487,500. The catalog described the piece, which was done in 1982, as “pure unbridled electric charge” and “pulsating with creative furor.” I must say that I did not feel any WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 16—PACKARD GOLD PRESENTATION RING. SOLD AT: $6,900. Date: 6/24/2017. This 10K gold presentation ring was finely detailed and had the Packard name and logo on both sides. Balfour made the ring, which has a bloodstone surrounded with a wreath. This EBAY #222466539326—FORD OVAL PORCELAIN SIGN “GENUINE FORD PARTS” WITH BRACKET. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $3,600. Date: 4/14/2017. This is a fairly common 24-inch sign, but rarely WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 120—BOMBER ONEQUART OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $1,898. Date sold: 6/24/2017. Art Lacey’s Bomber Service Station in Milwaukie, OR, featured a B-17 Flying Fortress airplane mounted over gas pumps. In 1947, after crashing the first B-17, he was successful in flying the second from Oklahoma to the Portland area. He was a bit of a rebel, clashing with the established brands, and he started his own Rebel Oil Company. The station closed in 1991, and the B-17 was removed for restoration. However, the restaurant remains, serving Bomber Burgers. The one-quart oil cans are rather SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 218 EBAY #15253101630—1958 BUICK CENTURY 2-DR SEDAN BY ATC NR. Number of bids: 41. SOLD AT: $1,055. Date: 5/7/2017. This Japanese tin toy was about 14.5 inches long and was complete with a reproduction box. The car was in very nice condition, with undamaged trim, and the celluloid windows were in good order. The box, even though it was a reproduction, added to the presentation, and the toy sold for a reasonable price. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 80—PRATT CARS FOR HIRE WOOD FOLK ART FINGER SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,140. Date: 6/24/2017. This unique hand-painted trade sign measured about three feet in length and was about a foot tall. It certainly was impressive, with an early folk-art look. The original paint was in good condition, and there were a couple of minor cracks in the wood. A great-looking early advertising piece. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market