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Boxer Rings the Bell at $398k Sports Car Market Is Worth $425k Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends One Man’s Trash... Did a C-Type Engine Rev Up the Price on This One-Off XK 140? ™ Exclusive: Simon Kidston Goes Behind the Scenes of the $70m GTO Sale September 2018 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends September 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 9 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB $397,999 / Bonhams 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE by Michelotti $425,447 / Bonhams 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupe by Touring $494,068 / Bonhams 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport $1,321,691 / RM Sotheby’s 98 102 104 106 152 166 182 198 AMERICAN RACE by Carl Bomstead by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 20 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible $118,800 / Worldwide Auctioneers 1983 BMW 635 CSi Group A $355,037 / RM Sotheby’s 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 $87,360 / Bonhams 108 110 112 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 203 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 118 122 134 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and census-desginated areas — Chad Tyson MECUM Indianapolis, IN: A recordsetting $65.5m pull from Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indy — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Greenwich, CT: Greenwich sales total jumps 43% from last year to $10.3m — Mark Moskowitz, Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K.: Silverstone’s first Ferrari-centric sale nets $3.3m on 24 cars sold — Paul Hardiman WORLDWIDE Arlington, TX: A $363k 1965 Shelby GT350 tops the $4.1m Worldwide Texas Classic — Cody Tayloe VANDERBRINK Mansfield, SD: Rietz Mopar Collection brings in $441k on 100% sell-through — B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP Highlights from Silverstone in Northamptonshire, U.K.; and Dan Kruse Classics in Midland, TX — Paul Hardiman and Phil Skinner acebook and watch for updates and offers! Cover: 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE by Michelotti; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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90 2018 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 30 Shifting Gears Monterey Car Week is here, and the sale of another Ferrari 250 GTO adds spice Keith Martin 66 Affordable Classic The long line of Lotus Esprit Turbos offers plenty of nimble fun, but keep them maintained Paul Hardiman 72 Collecting Thoughts The recent sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO shakes up the market, but what does it ultimately mean? Simon Kidston 76 Legal Files In this day and age of the Internet, email and social media posts, we all need to be careful about what we say John Draneas 80 Unconventional Wisdom Monterey Car Week isn’t new, but parts of it are always new Donald Osborne 82 Drivers Ed When are “matching-numbers” and “original engine” important? Paul Hageman 100 The Cumberford Perspective Fioravanti’s design of the Berlinetta Boxer recasts proportions in a daring way Robert Cumberford 226 eWatch Napoleon Bonaparte’s Waterloo hat sells for $325,052 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 22 Carl Bomstead 86 Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival: A photographic look at the hottest party in Monterey Sports Car Market 38 Auction Calendar 38 Crossing the Block 42 Concours and Events: ACD Festival, Oregon Festival of Cars, La Macchina Molto Bella 48 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 50 You Write, We Read: Figuring out which Porsche to buy, and elusive profits on some car sales 52 Display Advertisers Index 58 Time Pieces: Tudor Black Bay Bronze watch 58 Neat Stuff: Porsche watches and an eye on the road 60 In Miniature: 1:43 Aston Martin DB4GT from Spark 60 Speaking Volumes: Turbo 3.0: Porsche’s First Turbocharged Supercar 120 Buy/Sell/Hold: Hot hatches, new Ferraris and big-power wagons 140 Market Moment 1: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible 144 Fresh Meat: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider, 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S sedan, 2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 coupe 158 On the Radar: 1987–88 Nissan Be-1, 1990 Nissan Figaro, 1992 Nissan Saurus 2 172 Rising Sun: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo 6-speed, 1997 Acura Integra Type R, 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI 202 Market Moment 2: 1965 Porsche 911 2.0 coupe 210 Mystery Photo: “When a rat rod is just too commonplace, it’s time for a sod rod” 210 Comments With Your Renewals: “Your magazine is hotter than a ghost pepper, sexier than a supermodel and tastier than a bbq pork sandwich. Yee-haa!” 212 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 218 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 90 2018 Villa d’Este: Why smaller works better for this exclusive concours — Massimo Delbò 92 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: An amazing 33 of the 36 Cunningham cars were on the show field — Bill Rothermel DEPARTMENTS Massimo Delbò


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Get Your Red-Hot GTO Here! The Ferrari 250 GTO is a different world, and so is Monterey Car Week For sale in Monterey: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO F or the past 40 years, the Ferrari 250 GTO has been the “Mona Lisa” of the collector-car market. They represent the last of the front-engined Ferrari customer cars that could be driven on the street and then taken to the track. They were contenders for overall victory in events such as the Tour de France. In their era, they were the ultimate usable supercar. When one comes to market, the world sits up and notices. In 2014, Alexandra and I were at Bonhams’ headquarters on New Bond Street in London when Robert Brooks announced that chassis 3851GT would be sold at their Quail Lodge Auction in Monterey — at no reserve. In a conversation that evening with Robert, he was candid that “this wasn’t the best GTO.” It had been crashed more than once and a previous owner had met his end in it, anathema to many European buyers. He predicted it would bring about $38 million. He was spot-on, as the all-in price was $38,115,000. Just three months ago, it was announced that GTO chassis 4153GT had been purchased for a record price in excess of $70 million by American collector David MacNeil, founder of WeatherTech. Our own Simon Kidston had an exclusive interview with MacNeil. It’s on p. 72. RM Sotheby’s recently announced that another GTO, chassis 3413GT, will be offered for sale at no reserve at their Monterey auction this year. It has a superb history, if not at quite the level of 4153GT. Their announced estimate is $45m, but most expect it to go for more — if not much more. Both the RM Sotheby’s and the MacNeil GTOs are at the top of the pecking order of the 36 3-liter GTOs built. Unlike 3851GT, they both have first-rate pedigrees. There is a logic behind the lofty prices of GTOs. The first is its superior drivability when compared with its contemporaries. I spoke with longtime SCMer Chip Connor soon after his purchase of chassis 4293GT. I asked him how it compared with his SWB. “It’s simply a different world,” he replied. “It feels lighter and more nimble. It’s a delight to drive.” The second is that ownership provides entrée into a very exclusive world. It started with a GTO tour presented by Moët & Chandon in 1987. Since then, GTO owners are invited to similarly exclusive events. Reports have circulated about the richest of the rich having their brokers work overtime to find them a GTO in time to be invited to these most exclusive of all collector-car soirées. Just like courtside seats at an NBA final or front-row tickets to a 30 Beyoncé concert, admission to exclusive events has always been “market priced.” This August, we’ll see what admission to the GTO world costs these days. In the end, the price that 3413GT brings won’t change much of the collector-car market. If it brings $50 million, $60 million or more, it will make it easier to justify spending another $10 million on an SWB, TdF or Cal Spyder. It will also let us see if the price for 4153GT was a new indicator of the GTO market — or perhaps slightly exuberant. But the value of your 308 GTS is unlikely to jump because of this sale. Like you, we will be watching the sale of 3413GT with interest. Come to our reception in Monterey Monterey Car Week, August 20–26, is the Super Bowl of the collector-car world. I’ve been attending for 31 years. Most of the SCM staff and contributors are there, and this year you will have a chance to meet them. On Friday, August 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., we are hosting a recep- tion at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It will feature photography by Jesse Alexander. Our co-hosts include the Revs Institute, Turtle Garage and Putnam Leasing. It’s open to subscribers only. However, space is limited, and an RSVP by August 1 to susan. loeb@sportscarmarket.com is required. Please put Jesse Alexander SCM Reception in the subject line. In addition, SCM is pleased to announce that it will support Gordon McCall’s 2018 Motorworks Revival, held on Wednesday, August 22, at the Monterey Jet Center. We are creating a “Collector’s Edition” of this issue with a bespoke cover celebrating the 27 years of the event. I will be at our booth there, so stop by and visit. For the 17th consecutive year, SCM will host its Insider’s Seminar at the Gooding Auction tent. It will take place on Friday, August 24, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. See p. 225 for more details. There is still limited space in our “behind-the-scenes Insider’s Tours,” where analyst Andy Reid takes subscribers on private tours of cars being offered at auction. Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/2018tour for more information and to sign up. I return to Concorso Italiano as emcee. SCM is sponsoring the celebration of Alfa Romeo 4-door sedans this year, and we will have a booth there as well. As SCM embarks on its fourth decade, we can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our affection for old cars and the people around them than by chatting with you on the Monterey Peninsula. ♦ Sports Car Market Patrick Ernzen ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–September 2 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 527/731 cars sold / $18.9m Featured cars: • 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible • 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion • 2005 Ford GT Bonhams Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 1 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 109/127 cars sold / $4.6m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1913 Panhard et Levassor 7-hp rear-entrance tonneau • 1950 Vincent Comet motorcycle Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Auburn, IN When: September 1 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 82/85 cars sold / $2.7m Silver Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 1–2 Web: www.silverauctions.com Dragone Where: Lakeville, CT Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. AUGUST 2–4—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 4—COYS Schloss Dyck, DEU 4—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Shipshewana, IN 4—J. WOOD & CO San Jose, CA 9–11—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 13—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 18—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 23—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Pacific Grove, CA 23–25—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 23–25—MECUM Monterey, CA 24—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 24–25—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 24–25—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 24–25—VICARI New Orleans, LA 25—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 25—VANDERBRINK Vicksburg, MI 25–26—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 30–SEPT 2—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN SEPTEMBER 1—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 1—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 1–2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 2—DRAGONE Lakeville, CT 5—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K. 6—COYS Fontwell, U.K. 6—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 7–8—MECUM Louisville, KY 7–9—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 8—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 8—VANDERBRINK Clear Lake, IA 38 8—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 15—BARONS Sunbury-on-Thames, U.K. 15—CCA Royal Leamington Spa, U.K. 17—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 21–22—TOM MACK CLASSICS Concord, NC 26—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 27–29—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 29—SILVERSTONE Southam, U.K. 29—VANDERBRINK Hartford, WI 30—SILVERSTONE Southam, U.K. OCTOBER 3–6—MECUM Dallas, TX 4–6—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 4–6—VICARI Biloxi, MS 5—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 6—BONHAMS Birmingham, AL 6—VICARI Waxahachie, TX 6—SILVER Vancouver, WA 8—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 11–12—RM AUCTIONS Hershey, PA 12–13—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Columbia, MO 12–14—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 13–14—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 17—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19–20—BRANSON Branson, MO 20—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 24—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 25–27—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 27—BONHAMS Padua, ITA 27—BARONS Esher, U.K. 27—RM SOTHEBY’S Atlanta, GA • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder • 1931 Cadillac V16 Sport phaeton by Fleetwood Coys Where: Fontwell, U.K. When: September 6 Web: www.coys.co.uk Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: September 6 Web: www.brightwells.com Mecum Where: Louisville, KY When: September 7–8 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 317/529 cars sold / $7.8m Star Car: 1913 Panhard et Levassor 7-hp rear-entrance tonneau at Bonhams’ auction in Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 2 Web: www.dragoneauctions.com RM Sotheby’s Where: London, U.K. When: September 5 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 37/69 cars sold / $9.2m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder The Electric Garage Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 7–9 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 8 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 79/111 cars sold / $14.2m Featured cars: • 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Sports saloon • Star Car: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso • 1937 SS 100 3.5-L roadster Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder at RM Sotheby’s in London, U.K. VanDerBrink Where: Clear Lake, IA When: September 8 Web: www.vanderbrink.com Specialty Auto Auction Where: Loveland, CO When: September 8 Web: www.specialtyautoauction.com Barons Where: Sunbury-on-Thames, U.K. When: September 15 Web: www.barons-auctions.com CCA Where: Royal Leamington Spa, U.K. When: September 15 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk Tom Mack Classics Where: Concord, NC When: September 21–22 Web: www.tommackclassics.com Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: September 26 Web: www.brightwells.com Barrett-Jackson Where: Las Vegas, NV When: September 27–29 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 671/675 cars sold / $30.7m Silverstone Where: Southam, U.K. When: September 29 Web: www.silverstone.com VanDerBrink Where: Hartford, WI When: September 29 Web: www.vanderbrink.com Silverstone Where: Southam, U.K. When: September 30 Web: www.silverstone.com ♦ Star Car: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso at Bonhams’ Chichester, U.K., sale 40 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com SEPTEMBER CALENDAR Aug. 30–Sept. 3 Lime Rock Historic Festival, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT; www. limerockhistorics.com 1 Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance, Surrey, British Columbia; www.crescentbeachconcours.com 7–9 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Malvern, PA; www.radnorconcours.com La Macchina Molto Bella The Sixth Annual La Macchina Molto Bella brings squadrons of new and vintage Ferraris to the elegant Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, OH, on September 9. Expect to see plenty of rare and exciting Ferraris — along with a sprinkling of exotic supercars and even some muscle cars. This is a fun meeting of the Ferrari Tribe, and it’s all in good fun — and for the good cause of raising money for the Summit County Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.todaroscarshow.com or email David C. Nelson at dcnelson@coolaire. com. St. Michaels’ Waterfront and Wonderful Cars The 12th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance brings pre- war European and American coachbuilt cars, woodies and 1946–69 European and American sports cars to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD, on September 23. General admission is $45. Check the website to see other events for the weekend. www.smcde.org (MD) 7–9 Vail Automotive Classic, Vail, CO; www. vailautomotiveclassic. com 10–15 Colorado Grand, Vail, CO; www. co1000.com 15–16 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Kemble, Ontario, CAN; www.cobblebeachconcours.com 16 Dayton Concours d’Elegance, Dayton, OH; www.daytonconcours. com 22 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Murphys, CA; www.ironstonefoundation.org Big Cars and Big Fun in Bend, OR The 23rd Annual Oregon A Classic Week of ACD The 62nd Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival gets rolling on August 25 and runs through September 2 in Auburn, IN. This is the place to spend Labor Day Weekend, with events and features including a swapmeet, the Parade of Classics, mini beer tents, car shows and a historic tour. There is something for everyone at this auto happening for the entire family. For a full list of events, visit acdfestival.org. (IN) 42 Two Days of Cars at the Atlanta Concours The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will feature 70 Years of Porsche and the Reunion of the 1900–24 Nationals on September 29–30 at the Château Élan Winery and Resorts in Braselton, GA. Cars will be on display for both days of the concours. Food, bever- ages and ride-and-drives of current high-end cars will be available. A $65 general-admission ticket admits you to both days of the concours. For more information, visit www.atlantaconcours.org. (GA) Festival of Cars is headed to downtown Bend, OR. This year’s site is the Oregon Historical Museum. The show is on September 15, but there is a full calendar of events from September 14 to 16. Friday’s Beer Wash — a combination of car wash and, well, beer — is a ton of fun. The Saturday night banquet is a great way to cap off the show day. Sunday brings the Sunday Dash drive and lunch. This is a must-do event, and it takes place in the most scenic — and sun-drenched — part of Oregon. www.oregonfestivalofcars.com (OR) Sports Car Market


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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 Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Simon started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade he staged highprofile auctions around the world. He branched out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia. Turn to p. 72 for his “Collecting Thoughts” take on the recent blockbuster sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO. DARREN FRANK, SCM Display Advertising Account Executive, has loved cars since he came out of the womb, and he has been in ad sales for his entire professional career. He has been able to marry his avocation with his vocation at SCM, and is in his dream job. If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life, and that couldn’t be more true for Darren. Prior to SCM, he made a career at The New York Times, where he learned the ropes from the best in the business. When he’s not representing SCM across multiple time zones from his home office — or traveling to auctions and concours around the country — he enjoys spending time with his family, and driving and showing his 1969 Iso Grifo. He’s very proud to say that he’s never once trailered it to a show. Darren lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and daughter. 48 CINDY MEITLE, SCM Display Advertising Account Executive, is celebrating 15 years representing Keith Martin’s publications — and 25 years as a collector- car professional. Early on, she also represented several European automotive publications and websites, helping to bridge the collector-car gap between the United States and the rest of the world. Her relationships with top collectors, dealers, auction houses, concours and related professionals, coupled with an ability to listen to and learn from clients, makes her a natural fit to handle many of our top long-standing advertising accounts. She gives equal dedication to newcomers. 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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 Porsche Values — and Drivability To the Editor: Porsche prices peaked a cou- ple of years ago and seem to have stabilized — and even dropped a bit. I’m now curious which models Prescott Kelly would consider to be the best value as collector cars at this time. I’ve got my eye on a couple of different cars, and I’ve been sitting on the fence. I’m fairly sure prices won’t drop by much, if at all, on air-cooled Porsches, but does he think that some models and particular eras represent a better value than others? To keep it simple, let’s also say we’re talking sub-$250k cars. — Greg James, Mercer Island, WA Prescott Kelly replies: Greg, I wish I were sufficiently smart to predict the market, but I am not. My opinion is that the better values are among the relatively less-loved Porsches of the moment, among which I count: The 2002–04 996 GT2 model, which had a U.S. model and fits your price objectives. Later is better. The 2004 GT3 RS, built only 681 strong but never imported — and best purchased and left overseas until 2025, so patience is required. Bringing one in now requires another $30,000 in federalization costs, which puts it right on your price limit, but is still a relative bargain for a limited-production homologation car. (See SCM June 2018, p. 108.) Among the air-cooled, I like the 993 C2S and C4S, preferably 1998, but 1997 is fine. The C4S is heavier but gets the Turbo underpinnings, while the C2S is lighter but without the more exotic suspension. For myself, I chose a C2S — until a 993 RS kicked it out of the garage. Lower weight always wins with me. A bargain car is the 1988 or 1989 944 Turbo S. The 1988 model in one-year-only Rose Quartz paint seems to be in highest demand. I like 1989s for a variety of paint colors and leather upholstery. I owned one for years. The other water-cooled bargain is a 944 Carrera GT. It is almost a race-car 944 50 There is no wrong answer when we talk about Porsches. Personal preference should rule GTS — but for 75% off the price. They were not imported, but are around. If I find a good one, I am buying it. If you find two, call me. See SCM, March 2018, pages 72–73. The 928 GTS (not S4 or GT), preferably with a 6-speed gearbox, is already getting some big love. See SCM, June 2016, pages 74–75. I am becoming a fan (after resisting because of the large quantity built) of the 2010–11 997.2 GT3 RS with the 3.8-liter engine. It gives all the looks and driving impact of a 2011 GT3 RS 4.0-liter at 60% off the price — in your price range, unless in a wild color or with very low miles. Finally, long-hood 911s have not turned back up yet, after a decline in 2015–17. I like the prospects for the 1967 911S and 1972–73 911S and 911E. The 1972 911E is my favorite driver and the ’72 S my favorite investment long-hood 911. As always, the best long-term deal will probably prove to be the lowest-mileage, best-condition car you can find or afford. Please ask additional people. These are just my opinions — they are worth at least two cents, but not much more. All that said, a car you really want is always going to give the most joyous experience. When I buy with my head and not my heart, I do less well. The SCM Platinum Auction Database is a great place to research values, as is the Hagerty website. Good luck and happy hunting. Please let us all know what you decide and if you are successful. Very best from all of us at SCM! Greg James replies: Thanks! I love my 993 Turbo and 1985 3.2. I’ve been thinking about a 993 TT (yes, it’s a bit more than $250k). However, considering what 1973 RS cars get, and 993 RS cars, I have this feeling that eventually the fastest, mostpowerful air-cooled 911 (the 993 Turbo S) is going to end up a million-dollar car. And Porsche made a lot fewer than either the 1973 911 RS or 993 R. Prescott Kelly replies: A-ha. You just highlighted my prejudice for lightweight Porsches — and against Turbos. I have owned Turbos, and they are fine cars — really great on the boulevard. My 30 years of racing, where power: weight is the kingmaker, led me to appreciate lightweight 911s. Over the 30 years, I raced a 1967 911R, a Trans Am 1965 911, a 944 Turbo Cup, and a 1972 ST. Today, I still love lightweights for street use, responsiveness and handling. While I have a 964 RS LW and a 993 RS, I have to also admit to a 997 GT2 RS, hardly a lightweight — although pretty much a handling nightmare until the front tires are really HOT. From a market perspective, I hope you are correct about Turbos and especially the 993 TT. I do note that when the 911/ Turbo market ran up and then broke, the 930s and later Turbos went up last and declined — maybe crashed — first. In those years, the Turbo market was thin. Both going up and down, I think that the 993 TT was the best performer of the bunch. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ....................................................................... 191 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ........................................ 169 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ............................................ 185 Alfa9 Supply .................................................................. 146 Arkonik ............................................................................ 85 Art In Motion Concours d’Elegance ............................. 181 Artcurial ........................................................................... 41 Aston Martin of New England ...................................... 191 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ........................................ 125 Auto Kennel ................................................................... 209 Autodromo LLC ............................................................ 123 Automobiles Historiques Ltd .......................................... 69 Automotive Restorations Inc......................................... 142 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................... 195 Autosport Groups .......................................................... 159 Avant Garde Collection ................................................. 197 Barrett-Jackson ........................................................55, 169 Beverly Hills Car Club .................................................. 217 Boca Raton Concours ...................................................... 62 Bonhams / UK ........................................................... 6–7, 9 Branson Collector Car Auction ....................................... 71 BridgePoint Risk Management ..................................... 169 Car Collector’s Dream Home/Scottsdale ...................... 157 Carnut Images ................................................................ 215 Carriage House Motor Cars ......................................18–19 Cars, Inc. .................................................................... 61, 63 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................... 186 Champion Motors .......................................................... 188 Charles Prince Classic Cars........................................... 137 Chequered Flag International ........................................ 165 Chubb Personal Risk Services ........................................ 57 Classic Auto Mall .......................................................... 129 Classic Investments ...................................................32–33 Classic Motorcars .......................................................... 163 Classic Showcase.......................................................64–65 ClassicCars.com ............................................................ 153 CMC Classic Model Cars.............................................. 197 Collector Studio ............................................................. 196 Cooper Technica, Inc. ...................................................... 54 Copley Motorcars ................................25, 26–27, 116–117 Cosdel .............................................................................. 68 D. L. George Coachworks ............................................... 93 Danville Concours d’ Elegance ....................................... 84 Dobson Motorsport........................................................ 156 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ...................................... 56 Driversource Houston LLC .......................................34–35 Eaton Peabody ............................................................... 136 Eberhard & Co. ................................................................ 91 European Collectibles.................................................... 155 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ............................................ 43 Exotics On Las Olas ...................................................... 133 Fantasy Junction ............................................................ 135 Farland Classic Restoration .......................................36–37 Ferrari Financial Services .............................................. 203 Ferrari Market Letter ..................................................... 225 Formula Selected Inc. ................................................28–29 Frank Dale & Stepsons .................................................. 167 Garage Graphics ............................................................ 147 Gaswerks Garage ........................................................... 164 Gooding & Company ................................................14–15 Greensboro Auto Auction ................................................ 79 Grundy Insurance .......................................................... 101 GT Motor Cars LLC ...................................................... 205 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ............................................ 199 Hall Fabrication & Racing Inc. ..................................... 175 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC ............................................. 83 Heacock Classic .............................................................. 49 Heritage Classics ........................................................... 127 Hilton Head Island Concours .......................................... 47 Hollywood Wheels Inc ..............................................44–45 Huntingridge Motors Inc. .............................................. 201 HV3DWorks llc ............................................................. 180 Hyman, LTD .................................................................. 149 Intercity Lines .................................................................. 77 JC Taylor .......................................................................... 70 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................... 213 John R. Olson Inc. ......................................................... 151 Kevin Kay Restorations .................................................. 46 Kidston ............................................................................. 21 L’ art et L’ automobile .................................................... 209 La Macchina Molto Bella ................................................ 74 Leake Auction Company ............................................... 131 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................... 215 Legends of the Autobahn............................................... 171 LicensePlates.tv ............................................................. 160 Lory Lockwood ............................................................. 200 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ....................................... 187 Luxury Brokers International ............................................ 8 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ........................................... 75 Lyn Hiner Artist ............................................................ 207 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ....................................................... 150 Mattioli Automotive Group ............................................. 39 MBP Motorcars ............................................................. 217 McCollister’s Auto Transport .......................................... 81 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ....................................... 51 Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH .................................. 208 Mershon’s World Of Cars.............................................. 216 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ......................................... 181 Modern Classics LLC.................................................... 207 Mohr Imports, Inc. ......................................................... 206 Morris & Welford, LLC .................................................... 4 Motorcar Classics .......................................................... 173 Northwest European ...................................................... 204 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .................................. 89 Park Place Dealerships .................................................... 95 Park Place LTD .............................................................. 139 Passport Transport ........................................................... 24 Paul Russell and Company............................................ 193 Pendine .......................................................................... 199 Porsche 356 Registry ..................................................... 216 Putnam Leasing ............................................................. 228 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.............................................. 179 REC Watches ApS ........................................................... 59 Reliable Carriers ............................................................ 119 Reservoir Watch............................................................. 161 RM Sotheby’s ................................................10–11, 12–13 Russo and Steele LLC ...............................................16–17 Sam Miller Extraordinary Cars ..................................... 121 Saratoga Auto Auction .................................................. 177 SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar ................................ 225 Scott Grundfor Company .............................................. 174 Simko Motorcars LLC .................................................. 203 Sport and Specialty ........................................................ 225 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations ..................................... 147 Streetworks Exotics ......................................................... 78 Swisstrax Corporation ..................................................... 94 Symbolic International .................................................... 31 Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors .............................. 145 The Creative Workshop ............................................. 67, 73 The Cultivated Collector ............................................... 227 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................................. 143 The Werk Shop .............................................................. 178 The Wilson Collection ................................................... 141 Tom Miller Sports Cars ................................................. 225 Tony Labella Classic Cars ............................................. 164 Torque Classic Cars ......................................................... 53 Trump Properties Concours d’Elegance ....................... 189 Turtle Garage ................................................................... 23 TYCTA .......................................................................... 196 Vintage Car Law ............................................................ 162 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................... 148 Vintage Rallies ............................................................... 195 Vintage Underground LLC............................................ 201 Watchworks ................................................................... 225 Wayne Yoder Auction .................................................... 183 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .................................................. 193 West Coast Classics, LLC ............................................. 205 West Coast Shipping........................................................ 88 White Post Restorations ................................................ 215 Worldwide Group ...................................................... 2–3, 5 52 The seller in fact made a 17% return — over five years, so just under 3% per year. Better than sitting in the bank, or in a five-year Treasury note, but a lot of other things beat it Maybe hedge your bets and go for a 993 TT and one lightweight performance model to balance out the Turbo? There is no wrong answer when we talk about Porsches. Personal preference should rule. Good luck. — Prescott The Whole Story on Profit To the Editor: I see it time and again. Someone made a “HUGE” profit selling a car. But if you do the math, it is rarely true. The latest burr under my sad- dle — a report on RM Sotheby’s 2018 Paris sale of Lot 103, a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D (May 2018, p. 110). The author reports the car was sold for $286,550 and that the owner bought it in 2013 for $183,202 for a “huge profit of over 55%.” But this is wrong, very wrong — and very misleading. Both prices include the buyer’s premium, so the owner was out of pocket $183,202. However, we don’t know what taxes he also may have had to pay. For the sake of argument, and to be generous to the author, we will assume no taxes. But, with VAT and so forth, it could have been another $30,000, more or less. So how much did he net? Well, again the sales price is the hammer price plus commission, so the $286,550 would yield him $249,230, less his 10% seller’s commission, so in his pocket: $224,307. A profit of no more than $41,105, and this assumes NO taxes on his purchase. But wait, there is more! Subtract the entry fee, transportation costs, the cost of getting the car ready for auction, five years of insurance, and any maintenance or upkeep. At the very least, this is another $10,000. All of this makes that purported “huge” 55% profit ($103,348) now about $31,000 and change! This assumes virtually no cost of maintenance and no taxes when he purchased it. To own a beautiful car, and get to enjoy it, and make money on it when you sell it is a wonderful thing. But it is much harder and more rare than it appears on the surface. And huge profits are only made by the auction houses, which in this case, made about $62,000 on this car. If they did the original sale in 2013 as well, they made about another $40,000 then, for a total of, coincidentally, about $103,000 — not bad! For them. As an investment, though, which the claim of 55% profit implies, this is terrible. The seller in fact made a 17% return — over five years, so just under 3% per year. Better than sitting in the bank or in a five-year Treasury note, but a lot of other things beat it. People should buy cars because they love them. If they make a profit when they move on, great. But please stop continuing the idea that this is a great way to make a huge profit. Or any profit. In fact, I would like to see an article going through the real numbers on some of the cars that appear to have made the seller a huge profit. “Sold for a million more than when it was purchased ... but an $800,000 restoration in between ... then $300,000 in commissions...” — Bob Greene, Peoria, AZ Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Greene, you make a lot of good points. However, to say that “huge profits are only made by the auction houses” is not true. I have seen many cars sell for astounding prices — with life-changing money going to the seller. This is especially for owners who bought cars when the market was low — or there was really no market for old cars at all. I have also seen owners go deeply underwater on great cars. As you wrote, “People should buy cars because they love them.” ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg A Modern Watch Made With Ancient Why are luxury watch brands such as Tudo Panerai, IWC and Zenith making modern wa ancient material? Roughly 6,000 years ago, bronze was a Leading technologists of the time discovered t were to melt a mixture of copper ore and arsen derfully strong, malleable metal would result. T made marvelous tools, armor, edged weapons, j and even building materials. Not long after (a not long in the way millennia are measured), a was replaced by tin, which made bronze prod much less hazardous — and the output even m useful. One unique characteristic of bronze is the w patinas, which is caused by a reaction between o in the atmosphere and the copper in the allo darkens slowly — and also seems to further p metal from corrosion. Bronze cannot rust, which made it an ideal m metal ship fittings. Sturdy ships were needed for and exploration. Fast-forward to today, where watch collector prize unique “survivor” watches that show thei and originality in the form of patina. Watch manuDetails Production date: Current Best place to wear one: This is the ideal around-the-town watch for the modern man. It is distinctive, robust and packed with quality and value. Look no further. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.tudorwatch.com facturers, who always look for ways to lure collectors toward new watches, have attempted to emulate the aged look of survivorship in a variety of ways, including styling new time pieces after famous older models. Modern watchmakers are using dial colors and luminous fillers for hands and indices to mimic what collectors would call the “tropical” look (a color fade from exposure to the sun). Given bronze’s unique characteristics and association to nauti- Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Eye on the Road Dash cameras are nothing new, and they’ve always been great for documenting all the weird things you see on your commute home. What is new is Waylens’ Horizon camera setup — “The Driving Camera for Auto Enthusiasts.” Using a wireless OBD II connector, it’ll overlay your speed, RPM, g-force, engine boost, engine temperature GPS location, ambient temperature, barometer, time and date and more right on your dash-cam recording. For a track-day tool in your 1996-andnewer car, it doesn’t get much better for tracking — and learning from — your performance. $499.95 at waylens.com. 58 chmakers have begun to craft dive ze. They are handled with gloves acture and are kept wrapped in pron the retail stores. Upon purchase, a l begin the oxidation process during . Each individual piece will attain a ique patina. udor “Black Bay Bronze” pictured ly example of this genre — and a stic value given the capabilities of e watch. The 43-mm case employs the same er-resistance features that were made us by Tudors’ older brother Rolex, s guaranteed water resistance to 660 e unidirectional rotating bezel, which s a domed sapphire crystal, is hand- rdy. tary Tudor self-winding movement, 01, drives the watch, offering a 70erve. As noted on the dial, the watch d as a chronometer. e Black Bay series of watches are y styled as homage to the Tudor Submariner watches of the 1950s through the 1980s. They have vintage elements such as the “Snowflake”styled hands and vintage logo. The Black Bay Bronze, however, also casts a subtle nod to the seldom-seen attributes of extremely rare vintage Rolex Submariners. The Back Bay Bronze has the “3-6-9” indices that, when found on a vintage Rolex Submariner, can drive the price into the stratosphere. Setting aside the beauty and capabilities of the Tudor Black Bay series, there are two further benefits of purchase. First, for the price of a B-grade collectible (retail $3,975), the buyer gets an A-grade quality piece, with Rolex DNA present throughout at slightly less than half of the price. Second, as we see in Rolex, these Tudor watches (especially in the rarer bronze version) hold their value like few others in the modern collecting milieu. Porsche Time If you love Porsches, you need a Porsche watch. No, I don’t mean a Porsche-themed watch; you need a watch built out of Porsche parts. REC’s 901 collection is just that — mechanical time pieces built using components from salvaged 911s. The 901 features a Miyota caliber 9100 movement, and the dial is cut from a real-deal salvaged 911 and coated with a semitransparent lacquer. No two watches are alike, and each comes with a story card including the VIN and the background of the car that makes up the watch. $1,695 at recwatches.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck This Spark 1:43 Aston Martin DB4GT 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT model is a real gem. Models of any car in this scale don’t get much better than this. Someone at Spark must have a deep-rooted fondness for the DB4GT. The model is far better than many of their other offerings. The proportions and stance look just right. The body casting with its sharp, thin panel lines is coated in a smooth, high-gloss metallic green paint. Almost all of the many parts have their correct finishes. The delicate chrome window trim is especially nice. The photo-etched chrome wire wheels look wonderful, although they should be painted silver with polished rim edges, not be quite as deep-dish as Spark have made them, and have three-ear spinners — not two-ear. There is some basic underside detailing. The exhausts are well done, but they should hang Model Details Production date: 2015 Quantity: 500 to 750 SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.sparkmodel.com down a little lower. detail: to A great tiny fitted the (hood) sides are delicate bonnet little Superleggera scripts! The all-black interior is comprehensive with dash detailing, chrome door handles and window cranks. Even the Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Turbo 3.0: Porsche’s First Turbocharged Supercar by Ryan Snodgrass, 536 pages, Parabolica Press, $250 (Parabolica) “Exhaustive” doesn’t even begin to describe Ryan Snodgrass or his opus on the Porsche 930 3.0 Turbo. Let’s start near the back, on p. 452. Here, along with a handy production-data decoder for the model, is an exhaustive list of EVERY 930 from 1975 to 1977, including paint, interior, engine, gearbox, tires, distributor, delivery and completion date — plus a synopsis of installed equipment. This level of detail is emblematic of Snodgrass’ work. He is a former software engineer, and his love of Porsches led him to start his writing career with Carrera 2.7, now followed by Turbo 3.0. It’s a thick, 10.5-pound, beautifully printed, designed and written book on the car that Porsche used to repudiate the awful cars that came out of the mid-1970s, when fuel economy and safety were the highest representation of the art, and performance was an ugly stepchild. Using turbo technology and knowledge gained from racing the 917, the Carrera 3.0 was an antidote to the times. While only 2,819 of the 3.0 Turbo cars came out of the factory, they had an outsized impact on the market (with prices to match, as a first-year 930 is going for around $150,000). Sometimes called the “doctor killer” for the dangerous intersection of high-horsepower, turbo-lag and a lack of skills behind the wheel, the 930 was actually a touch slower than the mechanically injected 2.7-liter predecessor. But that was mostly down to extra weight that balanced the increased output, mostly thanks to safety equipment (thanks, Ralph Nader!) demanded at the time. Heck, safety was such a top-of-mind item that there were threats 60 to kill all convertibles in that period. So the introduction of the 930 was certainly counterintuitive — and well-received by enthusiasts. And well-received is what this book should be. It’s an instant classic in the category of single-model history and detail. Provenance: Ryan Snodgrass brings a software engineer’s hyper-focus and demand for perfection to his second book. Turbo 3.0 is an intense, deep dive into the history of the model and every scrap of information available. Fit and finish: This book is simply beauti- ful. The claimed (I didn’t count them) 1,508 photos and illustrations are beautifully reproduced on quality stock. The overall design is understated and serves the content. The entire package is top-shelf. Drivability: With Turbo 3.0, Ryan Snodgrass has reset the bar for any future Porsche book. The text is smart, lively and easy to read, supporting an incredible amount of information. At $395 for one of 2,500 copies of this limited-edition tome, you can expect the same appreciation in value as in the car — even as you appreciate Turbo 3.0 as a resource and good read. ♦ Sports Car Market headliner recesses with metal edging have been replicated. This model is out of production and difficult to find now, but it is well worth the search. Expect to pay $125 or less. ♦


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Affordable Classic Lotus Esprit Turbo Fast Fun and Tender Care These nimble cars dole out dollops of joy, but don’t skimp on the regularly scheduled maintenance by Paul Hardiman 1986, with power up to 215 bhp and 220 ft-lb, plus more torque at lower engine speeds. The U.S. got the first fuel-injected Esprits, the HCi variant with Bosch KEJetronic and a catalytic converter. Same power (at higher revs) but torque dropped to 202 ft-lb. Many years, many generations In 1987 came the big change: The body was restyled by Peter Stevens, softening the hard edges to create a much more modern shape without changing any of the basic architecture. The molding process was different, and the name was changed again, to Esprit Turbo. Enthusiasts often refer to it by its project code: X180. The 1988 model year North American Esprit Turbos 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo T he Lotus Esprit was launched in 1976 as a replacement for the Europa. The Esprit had a similar backbone chassis, but it was larger and more luxuri- ous, as Lotus founder Colin Chapman forever wanted to push the company’s output upmarket to maximize profits — which is what was largely propping up the racing team. A memorable appearance in the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” (as the famous submarine car) helped overshadow tacky details such as British Leyland parts-bin door pulls, and off-the-shelf (with some very odd offsets) Wolfrace slot mags. What you did get was a superbly balanced car that did more than you’d imagine possible on 160 bhp. The legend is that Lotus’ chassis man Roger Becker, there to chaperone the two film cars, had to do the driving for the helicopter chase scene in the movie because the production’s own test driver couldn’t find the limits of grip to break the car away for the dramatic sliding scenes. The U.S.-market Turbo arrives in 1983 It was obvious that the chassis could handle more power, but U.S. buyers had to wait until 1983 for the Turbo version. The Turbo had appeared in 1980 on the S2 (with Rover SD1 taillights and cooling scoops behind the rear windows) as the Essex Turbo Esprit. The car’s chrome-sided livery was a tie-in with Lotus’ then-F1 sponsor Essex Wire. This car is very collectible if you can find one Details Years produced: 1980–95 Price when new: $82,000 for a 1990 Turbo Esprit SE Current SCM Median Valuation: $24,000 to $39,000, depending on the model year, condition and equipment. Pros: Gorgeous, fast, nimble cars that drip James Bond cool. Cons: You did see Paul Matty’s list, right? In short, keep your car maintained, or you will pay, pay and pay later. Best place to drive one: On a winding, twolane road, especially in southern England or rural Oregon. Worst place to drive one: On a Porsche Club of America tour. 66 with all its stickers still intact. The rear suspension gained an upper link at the rear, and the brakes were improved. The dry-sump type 910 engine made 211 bhp at 6,250 rpm and 200 ft-lb of torque at 4500 rpm. The car went 0–60 mph in 6.1 seconds, and top speed was 150 mph. A total of 45 Essex Esprits were built, along with a number of plain-colored Turbos. The Turbo Esprit arrived in 1981, although there were no Lotus imports to the U.S. in 1981 and 1982. This has the 2.2-liter Type 912, wetsumped — but with the same power and torque as its predecessor. The final incarnation of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit was the high-compression HC from April kept the Citroën transaxle and Bosch fuel injection system used in the previous model year. Other X180s received a new Renault UN-1 transaxle, which brought outboard rear brakes. For 1989, Lotus introduced the Esprit SE (special equipment) with GM’s multi-port intercooled fuel injection: 264 bhp, 280 bhp on overboost, 0–60 mph in 4.7 seconds and 160 mph. Spot one by its Citroën CX mirrors. The Esprit S is a more basic version, with 228 bhp, and it was built up to 1991. The Esprit Sport 300 was a stripped-down racing version built for IMSA. It produced 300 bhp, and only 64 were built. Yet another redesign, this time by Julian Thomson, resulted in the Series 4 in 1993. New five-spoke alloy wheels, Toyota AE86 taillights and power steering were an Esprit first. For 1994, the S4s offered 300 bhp, 290 ft-lb, 4.6 seconds to go 0–60 mph with a 168-mph top speed. Spot one by the big wing from the Sport 300 racer. Three-hundred sixty-seven were sold from 1994 to ’97; intended to be the last Esprits. The last iteration of the 4-cylinder Esprit was the GT3, a turbocharged, charge-cooled variant with the 2-liter Type 920, which had previously been used only in Italian-market cars. Turbo production ended in 1999, after 6,382 had been built. Where the gremlins live What to watch out for? Quite a lot, but not always where you’d expect — it’s a Lotus, after all. Neglect is the main issue, so you want to see lots of service/oil-change history, and bills for some of the more-expensive items. Radiator and water-rail replacement — even fuel-tank replacement and clutch change on higher-milers — are good to see. You should check that the coolant is nice and clean, harboring no nasty grunge. The body fiberglass is usually pretty good, but check for obvious nicks, cracks and sinkage where replacement body sections may have been let in. Do not expect Corvette-quality ’glass. Sports Car Market


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is the exhaust manifolds, which crack because they get red-hot and they’re exposed to spray from the left rear wheel, so they go through continual heat cycles. The nuts and studs will be rusted and seized, and if you try to drill them out, there’s a chance of going through into the water jacket. You think it’s leaking from the head gasket but it’s not. And early cars have a separate wastegate with no lubrication, which seizes. If it seizes open, you just lose boost, but if it seizes shut it’ll go like an F1 car — but only for about as long, so watch the boost gauge. “The radiator is up front, and they silt up because people ignore them. It’s a cross- flow design, so you’ll still get water flow, but it might only be flowing through half the core. So a replacement aluminum radiator is good to see. “Likewise, the water rails corrode where they come out at the front and join the Lotus Esprit interiors don’t wear well, so expect baggy seats. The gear change isn’t ideally placed, so shorter drivers feel as if they are reaching back. The electric windows are likely to be slow. Listen to Paul Matty Paul Matty, who has looked after old Lotus cars for more than 40 years (paulmattysportscars.co.uk), says: “They are fantastic, and basically the later the car, the less trouble they are. Very early cars had a crude dry-sump system with an externally driven oil pump. People don’t change the belts, and they break… “Early cars had a square-tooth cam belt, and they don’t last well. With most owners only doing 3,000 miles or so, they and the sprockets need annual inspection, and if there’s any wear or scuffing on the back of the belt, change them. Later belts, from the HC engines onwards, are round-toothed and last much better, three to four years. “Head gaskets aren’t bad if they haven’t been over- heated, but they do need the right coolant with corrosion inhibitor for all-aluminum engines. The biggest problem hoses by the steering rack. Changing them is easy enough, but the engine and gearbox have to come out first because they slide out from the back. “If there’s a strong petrol smell from near the outer seat-belt mounts, the fuel tank on that side has rotted out. It’s a massive job, so best walk away. “Never allow them to tick over from a cold start. The cams run in plain aluminum, and oil doesn’t get up there at low revs, so drive straight off instead.” What you’ll pay Paying $20,000–$25,000 should get you into a Turbo, with top S2 Turbos going for $40k, and S4s for $45k. “Of course, collectors want the original Turbo, with all the Essex livery or in white, with the correct interior, including roof-mounted radio, but these are changing hands for three figures in the U.K. now,” Matty said. “Stevens-era cars are much cheaper, under $25k for roughish, $30k–35k for nice and top cars at $40k; SEs are $3k–$4k more. The late Giugiaro S3s had the same HC engine, and they’re beautiful, with nice cars $40k–$60k. “My favorite is the S4s; they are everything the V8 should have been,” Matty said. “At $50k–$65k in the U.K., they look a bargain against a 308 Ferrari. “Second would be the GT3, which was looked down on when new as it’s only 2 liters, but it’s a lightweight… The trouble is, buyers wanted all the ‘stuff,’ so that put the weight back on. But we’re not allowed to go fast anymore, so that doesn’t matter as much.” ♦ September 2018 67


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Collecting Thoughts Sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Does One Sale Make A Market? The recent sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO has everyone excited, but what does this mean for the future? by Simon Kidston “W hy does someone climb Mount Everest? Why not one of the other tall peaks?” was the rhetorical question in response to mine, asking the newest member of the GTO Club: “Why?” Nothing gets the collector-car community revved up like the sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO. It’s the ultimate motoring trophy, the toy-store window icon everyone recognizes aged 18 to 80, the tabloid car-market barometer and, of course, the world’s most expensive fraternity to join. The insider network goes into overdrive at the mere prospect of one changing hands: “Why did such-and-such sell?” “What’s the buyer’s backstory? (Wow, he must be doing well)” and finally, the inevitable, “Isn’t that expensive compared to the last one?” As “I’ve arrived” collecting statements go, it’s right up there with a Fabergé egg, a J-Class yacht or a Leonardo da Vinci painting. It’s just a bit more usable. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months, let me bring you up to speed. Even mainstream news networks have excitedly gushed that an American businessman is “rumored to have paid $70 million” for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that had been owned by a German family for the past 15 years. The highest price ever for a car, only 36 3-liters ever built, they won lots of races... you’ve heard the script. More importantly for SCM readers who know all this already, though, is this: What does it mean for the broader market? Let’s look at three key questions. Have all GTOs just received a boost? The short-term answer has to be yes. Any owner, no matter how financially disinterested (if you find one, I’ll supply the unicorn), will be riding high on this news. “Ownership does make you feel like a motoring Warren Buffett,” laughs Nick Mason, who bought his for less than $100,000 four decades ago (the jubilant seller even paid for lunch). GTOs are ranked by originality, racing history, body style (voluptuous Series 1 cars are worth more than the more-angular ’64 72 Sports Car Market Series 2) and the impossible-to-quantify mystique of provenance. Long or respected ownership and distinctive liveries add bragging rights — and value. The GTO that has just changed hands was one of the best: 1964 Tour de France winner, 2nd in class/4th overall at Le Mans in ’63, highly original (not one but two engines; the original it ran Le Mans with and the TdF-winning motor) and impeccably documented. It ticks every box. We’ll find out soon enough if other potential buyers have drunk the Kool-Aid — after all, it takes both sides to make a market — when a ’64-body-style GTO goes under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction in August. Values are around two-thirds of a ’62 car, but the depth of bidding will be an indicator. If the auction car hits $50 million, the GTO market has probably risen by 10% to 20% this year.


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What about the wider Ferrari market? Close relatives can expect to bask in the limelight, so if you’re the lucky owner of a 250 Testa Rossa, Competition 250 SWB or something similarly exotic and dripping with history, the notion that a rising tide lifts all ships may carry some truth. Expecting this to stretch to a 250 Boano or Daytona may be optimistic. What about the market at large? The classic-car market isn’t full of surprises. The demographic is primarily white, middle-aged, male and conservative. Disruptive technology, wider geopolitical concerns and daily practicalities have less effect on our market than most. Blue-chip collector cars have become an investment, a lifestyle statement, a safe-haven asset and, for some, at least, the realization of an impossible dream we had when young that somehow came true. Every kid in the playground wants to have the biggest, best, and fastest, coolest something — from football cards to cellphones — in 2018. As the old saying goes, the difference now is just in the price of the toys. Some playground kids got rich: The gulf between the best of the best and the rest just widened again. Before closing, let’s set the record straight on some details. The price paid wasn’t $70 million. The number’s close, but the currency isn’t. rarest of The man of the hour The buyer, who conceded me the only interview he’s given on this car, is 59-year-old Chicago resident David MacNeil, who started his business in 1989 with a $50,000 second mortgage on his two-bedroom house after seven years of experience in the automotive industry. His WeatherTech automotive-accessory company now employs 1,600 people and sells a stellar variety of accessories, including some 30,000 sets of car floor mats every day. They even make them for Ferraris (I didn’t ask if that yet includes a 250 GTO). MacNeil’s latest venture is PetComfort, a maker of non-toxic pet feeding bowls. MacNeil’s other hobby is flying jets and helicopters as an Airline Transport Pilot. Not your average car collector. Not your average deal. “I could have bought 3,000 Toyota Priuses and nobody would have cared,” MacNeil said. “There’s a reason for that.” ♦ September 2018 73


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Legal Files John Draneas Tucker Torpedo Launches Into Court No matter how badly you may have been wronged in a private deal, it is a bad idea to write about it on social media Pebble Beach showing Without any resolution of the situa- tion, Kerekes learned earlier this year that the Torpedo had been accepted, with special dispensation, for showing at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours. The acceptance letter expressed gratitude that the “Ida and Tucker families” were willing to display the Torpedo. This was more than Kerekes could bear. First, he couldn’t get his car finished on schedule. Now, it was going to be finished and shown at Pebble without any mention that he was the owner. Kerekes fired off an angry letter to down in a financial firestorm. Tucker’s car was identified as the Tucker Torpedo during its design P and promotion phase. When the concept was finalized and ready to go into production, Tucker reportedly grew concerned about “Torpedo” reminding people of World War II. So the model was renamed the “48,” for its year of manufacture. Thus, all Tuckers built were 48s, and no Torpedoes were actually built. However, the Torpedo name caught on, and the 48 is frequently incorrectly referred to as a Torpedo. A bright idea Bob Kerekes, already an owner of a Tucker 48, came up with the idea of building a Tucker Torpedo. He contacted Robert Ida about building it. According to Kerekes, he had previously purchased two cars from Ida Automotive, liked them, and “considered them to be honorable people.” On July 23, 2013, Kerekes and Ida entered into “an agreement to build a custom automobile, the Tucker Torpedo, which was envisioned by Preston Tucker in 1946–48 but never actually built. This was all going to be done with the sanction and participation of the Tucker family, with Sean Tucker actually doing work on the car. The full price of the building [car] was to be $800,000.” Kerekes paid $165,000 up front, and the remainder was to be paid as construction proceeded. Kerekes “envisioned this as a two-year job, with Rob Ida working on it full time.” Slow progress More than four years later, in late 2017, Kerekes had paid Ida a total of $675,000. This was about 85% of the agreed-upon full price, yet the Torpedo was nowhere near done. Kerekes claims that his expert inspected the project at that time and concluded it was only 45% to 50% complete. Ida resisted his demands for a specific finish date, and eventually projected a completion date in mid-2022. Kerekes balked at that, as he would be 87 years old at the time. Plus, Ida asked for an additional $100,000 on the contract to compete the work. 76 the Concours, explaining that he was the owner of the Torpedo, not Ida or Tucker, and that they were not allowed to display it. Kerekes didn’t stop there, but continued to state that litigation was pending and to describe a host of complaints he had about Ida and the reston Tucker sure had big dreams. After World War II ended, he embarked on an ambitious plan to design, build and market his own car. His dreams came to fruition, and his eponymous company eventually produced 51 Tucker 48s before it went way Ida had been treating him. Worried about getting involved in the litigation, the concours withdrew its invitation. The lawsuit Ida filed suit against Kerekes in New Jersey state court. The com- plaint presents three causes of action: • A declaration that there is no contract, or that any contract is unenforceable. That would leave Ida the owner of the Torpedo, with the obligation to refund all moneys paid by Kerekes. • Improper interference with Ida’s relationship with the Pebble Beach Concours. Ida is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. • Libel and slander. Ida is seeking an injunction to prevent further defamation and punitive damages. Whose car is it? Ida claims that he and Kerekes entered into an agreement to build the Torpedo for $800,000, but no time frame for completion was specified. Ida also claims that, even though Kerekes has made partial payments, there was no agreement as to who would own the work in process. As a result, Ida claims that Kerekes would not become the owner of the Torpedo until it was completed. Ida claims that he owns the car until it is completed. Further, Ida claims that because of missing contract elements and the disagreements, there is no enforceable contract between him and Kerekes. So Ida can simply refund the money paid and retain sole ownership of the Torpedo. All that “Legal Files” can say about this is, “Are they serious?” It is mind-boggling that they can actually claim to be the owner of work they have already been paid for. If that is the law, then all of us need to be extremely diligent about getting very carefully written contracts with all our repair shops. The lawyers reading this should have already spotted another glar- ing inadequacy in Ida’s position. If what Ida claims is true, that he owns the Torpedo until it is completed and there is no enforceable contract, then why hasn’t Ida already refunded Kerekes’ money? Instead, Ida and his legal team ask the court to “authorize” them to do that. It is fundamental law that if a party is seeking to rescind a contract, Sports Car Market


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the party must “tender” a full refund to the other party. That means they have to try to give the money back, with the other party refusing to accept it, before they can file a lawsuit. Interference On the surface, it looks like Kerekes interfered with the Ida-Pebble contractual relationship. Once Kerekes contacted the Pebble Beach Concours, the invitation to show the Torpedo was withdrawn. Whether the technical legal requirements of that claim will be met is not very clear. To have a claim, Ida must show that it had a contractual agreement with a third party (looks like they did), that the defendant interfered with that relationship (looks like he did), and that Ida suffered damage as a result (they allege damage to their reputation and business). But Ida must also show that Kerekes interfered by either using im- proper means or by having an improper purpose. The means of interference chosen by Kerekes was an email. That hardly seems like an improper means. If, for example, Kerekes owned a company that was a significant sponsor of the concours, and he threatened to withdraw his sponsorship if the concours allowed the Torpedo to be displayed, that form of economic leverage could be an improper means. But an email directed to the organizers, not so much. The email referenced the litigation with Ida, but didn’t threaten to involve the concours. The email also made a variety of arguably defamatory statements about Ida. Those statements could be seen as improper means, but it doesn’t appear that the concours withdrew the invitation because of them. Ida’s complaint states only that the concours did not want to get involved in the litigation. Kerekes may also have a pretty good defense to this claim — if he is the owner of the Torpedo, then Ida never had any right to take it to the concours. Kerekes could simply have said, “No, you can’t take my car there.” Thus, the two claims may be intertwined. Defamation Ida claims that Kerekes has made a number of disparaging state- ments about Ida and his business, both orally (slander) and in writing (libel), that are damaging to its reputation. Kerekes should take this claim seriously. While slander and libel are both defamation, they have traditionally been quite different with regard to proof of damages. Slander requires Ida to prove actual damages, such as loss of an actual customer or sale resulting from the statement. That can be difficult to prove. However, written statements are seen as more permanent and can be seen by many people, so actual damages do not have to be proven. Instead, damages can be presumed, and punitive damages can be awarded. Thus, letters, emails, Internet posts and the like become more problematic. Kerekes can defend the claims by proving that everything he said or wrote was true. But that is a very sticky wicket to play. It isn’t enough that the author believes a statement to be true — it must actually be true. “Mostly true” or “pretty close to true” aren’t enough, either. The law requires actual truth. Nor does “he made me do it” work — the law does not see any actual or perceived wrongful conduct as creating any justification for defamatory statements. In this day and age of the Internet, email and social media posts, we all need to be careful about what we say, as such statements can live forever and cause continuing defamations. There is nothing private about idea. ♦ 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. this stuff. Some people seem to express every thought they ever have on social media, and have no compunctions about telling the world how someone else wronged them. No matter how badly you may have been wronged, this is not a good September 2018 77


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Finding the New in Something Old Something amazing will happen this year during Monterey Car Week. Not knowing what it is keeps us coming back through the Monterey Week. While I certainly have to be there as it’s one of my major trade meet- ing times, the week transcends that rather prosaic idea. It’s not a conference center with fluorescent lights and rubber-chicken dinners. I have the opportunity to connect with friends from around the world — and to meet new people, many of whom have become great friends thanks to our mutual enthusiasm. What will happen this year? I’m writing this column a month before I arrive at the house we’ve rented in Pebble Beach, so the discoveries of 2018 are still a mystery. I know that I will find something remarkable on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea during the Concours on the Avenue, in the paddock at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion — and in various parking lots and streets in the area. A very specific example of that sense of discovery came in 2015 at 1965 Pontiac Vivant Herb Adams Roadster in the flesh — er, metal I ’m often asked why I go to Monterey Car Week every year. “Don’t you think you could skip just one every now and then?” is the way it’s most often expressed. I’ve been going to the Monterey Peninsula for car events since the early 1980s, and the answer to that question is: “I simply must; I have no option.” The reasons are manifold and have evolved considerably as the decades have passed. Some of those long predated my professional involvement in the collector-car world, and I think it speaks volumes as to why I do what I do today and how I do it. I remain at heart, much to the dismay of my therapist, an enthusiast who still finds it impossible to react to old cars in a dispassionate manner. Long before Monterey Car Week became one of the four busiest weeks in my work calendar, I found it was almost impossible to imagine missing the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Monterey Historic Races, any auctions — and other shows and gatherings that arose. The shock of the new What was true then is still true now. I go to Monterey, and Amelia Island, the Mille Miglia and Scottsdale because every year I see a car I’ve never seen before in my life or that I’ve only known as a small, grainy black-and-white photo in an old magazine or long out-of-print reference book on my library shelf. When I encounter it “in the metal,” I am invariably reduced to com- plete silence — something that anyone who knows me finds shocking. Even now, 14 years after I started working full time in the collector- car industry, that inspiring “shock of the new” still happens. In fact, I am intensely grateful for it, and I hope it never changes. I count myself truly blessed to make a living in my passion. I’ve known what it is like to see a dream fade under the weight of expectation and routine. Creative renewal and friendship As many of you may know, I was a professional opera singer. In singing, the key to connecting with your audience and the composer is to experience the music you are singing as if it’s the first time it’s ever been sung and heard by the public. That sense of creative renewal is central to my existence, and it finds a wonderful place in my living 80 the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Those who know me — and many who don’t — are aware of my fascination bordering on obsession with custom-bodied Italian cars. Although it’s not always the case, that obsession often grows in direct relation to the size of the car shrinking. It’s one thing to have a beautifully designed and executed sedan or grand touring coupe or convertible, but it’s quite another to render an interesting and successful form on a small car. All the great coachbuilders of Italy worked on chassis great and small before and after World War II, and they didn’t discriminate between an Isotta Fraschini and a Fiat. In several books I’d owned for years, I had seen photos of the one- off and very small series of coupes built by Carrozzeria Ghia, designed by the father and son duo of Felice Mario and Gian Paolo Boano as well as Giovanni Michelotti. Until I began working regularly in Italy, I had thought that most were almost certainly lost. As time has passed, I have realized much to my delight that a re- markable number of these very special vehicles have indeed survived, and I am happy to see them become appreciated once more and discovered by an ever-widening audience. A great leap forward for these cars occurred at that Pebble Beach event. I recalled it in a profile I wrote last year in these pages — the aston- ishment I felt when I saw the 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia on the lawn at Pebble. Not only did I think I was seeing a ghost, but it was the most delightful apparition imaginable. That feeling was amplified fourfold at the 2017 concours, when I arrived at the American Dream Cars of the 1960s class. Surely those visions from the now well-yellowed, dusty and fragile covers of Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend or Car Life magazines have by now been crushed, abandoned and lost. But no — there before me, even more splendid than they were in Kodacolor — were parked the 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate, 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Exner Ghia Roadster, 1969 Farago CF 428 Coggiola coupe and the 1965 Pontiac Vivant Herb Adams Roadster. I singled those out as my favorites, but they were all amazing. They stood as virtual time machines, instantly transporting me back to my childhood. When I was 10 years old, the magic these cars represented imprinted itself deeply in my soul — and it came up like a furnace to my skin as I stood before them. I am looking forward to the surprise, delight and renewal this year’s events will bring. I’ll make no predictions but I have a feeling that I won’t be disappointed. Watch this space to find out how, why and where. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman “Matching Numbers” Don’t Always Add Up Sometimes, looking for a “matching-numbers” car doesn’t make any collecting sense engine-exchange program for 356s. You would send in your old core and they would return a perfectly rebuilt motor of the same spec. And Porsche owned Stoddard at the time! Today, seemingly, no marque is free of this new standard or require- ment. Perhaps the most obnoxious effect of all this is “Ferrari Classiche Certification.” What does it mean? Ferrari Classiche Certification is a top selling point for Ferraris on the market today, and “Red book certified” leads many a Ferrari description. But what is certification in this case? As an example, a totally untouched, original 330 GTC can easily be certified as having all its original mechanical components and its original coachwork. Interestingly enough, a 250 Comp SWB that was heavily raced in period — and wrecked — can also be certified. The process might include restamping of a brand-new engine block as well as the car being entirely rebodied, with some pretty serious invoices in a file. Why does Ferrari Classiche Certification mean anything to the market if seemingly any car can receive it? Missing the tree in the forest Perhaps people are looking for “originality” that they can define by digits and a piece of paper rather than recognizing a level of purity through a car’s history and provenance. I once had a conversation with a noted restorer about vintage Bentleys and their many numbered components. For someone in their 30s, I’ve had more experience with vintage Bentleys than most my age. Thanks to my father, we’ve been fortunate to have had a significant majority of the best remaining original examples. Point being, the vintage Bentley is easily my most comfortable subject. That said, the gentleman, who will remain anonymous, said that if a The one that got away F or the past two years, I’ve been on the hunt for a VW bus, and as expected, I have some pretty particular requirements in regards to specification and originality. So while the bus I’m looking for is apparently quite rare, I have come across several that got pretty close. After chatting with some VW enthusiasts and sellers, I learned that the most unusual of my requirements is for the bus to have its original engine. So with all the pushback I’ve gotten, I’ve come to an interesting conclusion — if the bus has everything else I’m looking for, I’m okay with an engine swap. Now, we’re just talking about an old VW here. I get it — calm down, Paul. But this highlights an obsession with collecting today. “Matching numbers” has become an inflexible request. It’s also some form of blanket statement applicable to all cars. Suddenly, we even have to describe race cars in terms of “matching” or “non-matching.” It hasn’t always been this way The “matching numbers” buzzwords have defined market perfor- mance as of late, and in terms of car collecting, it’s actually all very new. Take Porsches, for example. Much like VWs today, matching num- bers wasn’t part of the Porsche culture some 15 to 20 years ago. Today it means everything. When applicable, the first words used to describe a 356 or 911 are “numbers-matching.” To put this in perspective, there was a time that Stoddard offered an 82 car had had a steering box replaced, you couldn’t “rightly” call the car numbers matching. And, therefore, in this particular case, he could not recommend that car to a client. The Bentley, by the way, had its original body, frame, engine, gearbox, front axle, rear axle (I could go on) and its original leather interior from 1928! Suggesting the car wasn’t genuine enough was absolutely ridicu- lous. And the worst part is his client got bad advice and subsequently passed on a car he, frankly, should have bought. But the underlying issue is that an inflexible adherence to matching- numbers componentry can overshadow or negate some really exceptional, more subjective qualities of a particular car. Do your homework An unwillingness to purchase a car with a non-numbers-matching engine, in certain cases, may actually show a lack of understanding. And to be clear, I’m not totally advocating against these principles; I simply mean to express that they’re not so black and white. The problem is blindly applying the same expectations to all cars. Wanting an Aston Martin DB5 with its original engine and bodywork is not an unreasonable request. But wanting a Ford GT40 with race history, the engine it raced with, and the original fiberglass bodywork — well, that’s just not fair. The hard part is figuring out when and how certain requirements apply. I now know that if a Mouse Gray, walk-through, Standard 13-Window bus comes along in decent original condition, I’m buying it regardless of which engine is in it. And I’m going to love it and enjoy it either way. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2018 at the Monterey Jet Center A High-Flying Launch to Monterey Car Week Gordon McCall’s “Jet Party” is a glamorous kickoff to a glittering week of cars and friends Images courtesy of Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival The warm glow of the evening’s party previews a coming week of car lovers’ delights M onterey Car Week is the biggest event in the collector-car world. For the past 27 years, Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival — aka The Jet Party — has been where the week really revs up. Guests mingle among vintage sports cars, warbirds and modern jet aircraft. Great food, refreshing drinks and the buzz of what is about to happen fills the crowd. The hours between 5 and 10 p.m. vanish. Photos — and memories — remain. Here are some scenes from 2017’s gathering. ♦ A small taste of what’s to come American air power meets German engineering on friendly terms 86 Sports Car Market


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How often do you get to see double when it comes to Ferrari 275 GTBs? A Shelby Daytona crouching and waiting All your friends are here One way to sell drinks September 2018 They call it a Jet Party for a reason Both can fly in different ways 87


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Feature 2018 Villa d’Este When Smaller Is So Much Better The Saturday show is for a small, private group, and Sunday is for the public Story and photos by Massimo Delbò The exclusivity and intimacy of the Villa d’Este concours makes for a more relaxed setting to savor the cars I t is not surprising that one of the most coveted and stylish classic-car shows in the world takes place in Italy — the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held on the shore of Lake Como. Villa d’Este is not only very refined, but it has roots in another era, as it was established in 1929. Just being invited to Villa d’Este is a coveted prize for any car collector. The 2018 Villa d’Este, on May 25–27, once again proved that “smaller is better.” There were only about 50 cars on display. This allowed the compact group of invited guests relaxed looks at the cars — before they voted for the Coppa d’Oro — the trophy awarded to the most-popular car during Saturday’s private showing. One popular Alfa This year, a 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale from the garage of Swiss collectors Albert and Rita Spiess stole the show, winning the Coppa d’Oro. The car replayed the win at Villa Erba the following day, when the cars are displayed to the general public. The Alfa Romeo won the BMW Italia Trophy, which is for the car that gets the most votes from the public. The 1968 33 Stradale, chassis 75033110, is one of only 19 declared built — some think definitely less — and is one of the 10 known to survive. It is in absolutely original condition, having covered from new a mere 700 kilometers, or about 500 miles. It was originally kept at Autodelta (Alfa Romeo’s sport division) for PR activities. Then, after a very short private ownership, it was sold to Giovanni Palombo, owner of dealership Alfa Romeo a Velletri (in Rome), where it remained on show for 38 years. One of the biggest wins in this world The BMW Group Trophy, awarded to the best car at Villa d’Este, went to the 1958 Ferrari 335 S owned by Austrian collector Andreas 90 Winner of the BMW Group Trophy for best car: 1958 Ferrari 335 S Sports Car Market Mohringer. The car won the hearts and minds of style guru Lorenzo Ramaciotti and his jury. The 335 S, chassis 0764, the last of the only four built, has a long American history. It was displayed at the Chinetti stand during the New York Auto Show in April of 1959. It was then sold to Alan Connell of Fort Worth, TX — and immediately used for racing. In December 2013, Mohringer bought the car and asked Paul Russell and Company to carry out a comprehensive restoration. The restoration was finished just before the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year was American collector David MacNeil’s debut at Villa d’Este, and he brought his 1960 Ferrari 250 SWB. “I’m surprised by the small size of the venue,” MacNeil said. “But it is absolutely wonderful and very relaxing indeed. There is an amazing level of classic cars, and the opportunity for owners to present their cars makes this place something really special.” ♦


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Feature 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance A Cunningham Reunion The show field hosted 33 of the 36 Cunningham cars built Story and photos by Bill Rothermel A once-in-a-lifetime lineup of Cunninghams Details Plan ahead: The 24th Annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for June 1–2, 2019 Where: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT Number of entries: 185 cars and motorcycles Cost: $40 for one day; $60 for two days Web: www.greenwichconcours.com Best of Show — Sport — at Saturday’s Concours Americana was Joe Robillard’s 1952 Cunningham C-3 coupe by Vignale T he Greenwich Concours d’Elegance knocked one out of the ballpark for 2018. The veteran concours, now in its 23rd year, played host on June 1–3 to a Cunningham reunion that celebrated the cars of noted racer, car builder and America’s Cup yachtsman Briggs Swift Cunningham. Remarkably, 35 of the 36 cars Cunningham built remain alive today, and 33 were on the show field during Saturday’s Americana and Sunday’s International Concours. This was one of those never-to-be-repeated moments in our lifetime. Credit goes to Cunningham owners and enthusiasts Tom Cotter and Chuck Schoendorf, along with SCM Contributor Miles Collier (who served as the weekend’s grand marshal) and concours Chairperson Mary Wennerstrom, who oversaw the monumental effort. In addition, Cunningham’s personal schooner, Brilliant, arrived from the Mystic Seaport Museum. Sails were offered to Cunningham owners. Cunningham’s 1958 America’s Cup-winning yacht, Columbia, along with Brilliant, were moored adjacent to Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, site of the concours, during the weekend extravaganza. Cotter, Schoendorf and Collier — along with Rich Taylor and Dr. Fred Simeone — provided a two-hour-plus retrospective on Cunningham during Friday evening’s well-attended introductory seminar. John Fitch’s cars and an eclectic lineup Saturday’s concours featured a class of cars from yet another noted racer and de- signer — John Fitch. On display were Charles Mallory’s one-off 1966 Fitch Phoenix; Kevin Fear’s all-original 1966 Olds Toronado Fitch Phantom; the 1962–68 Chevrolet Corvair Fitch Sprints of Fear, Mallory, and Byron LaMotte Jr.; and Richard Salzillo’s unusual 1967 Pontiac Fitch Firebird. Wennerstrom said 185 cars and motorcycles were on display each day — the most ever for the concours. She was pleased to report a record attendance of 13,000 for the two days. Sunday’s International Class offered an eclectic cadre of cars not typically seen at any concours. Among the entrants were: • Dmitri Shvestsov’s meticulous Volga GAZ M21V sedan • The Levethan Family’s 1961 Renault Caravelle convertible • Bruce and Lori Turk’s 1963 Saab 95 Estate (complete with tailfins) • Christopher Turner’s 1963 VW Type 34 • Harold Shettle’s 1972 Saab 95 wagon • The Alpine A110 1600S VC Berlinette of Chris Robins 92 • Roman Grudinin’s 1982 VAZ 21033 sedan When have you last seen any of these cars — if ever? Award winners American Best of Show — Elegance — was the stunning 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich owned by Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini. Best of Show — Sport was given to the 1952 Cunningham C-3 coupe by Vignale from Joseph Robillard’s garage. Sunday’s International Best of Show — Sport — was presented to Scuderia N.E. International’s 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti. Best of Show — Elegance honors went to Colin Seid and Richard Annis’ 1935 Jaguar SS1 Tourer. “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the weekend was the highlight for me,” Wennerstrom said. Mark your calendars for the next Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, as this spring ritual is worth attending. ♦ Rarely seen: Bruce and Lori Turk’s 1963 Saab 95 Estate Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE by Michelotti; courtesy of Bonhams FERRARI: 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, p. 98 ENGLISH: 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE by Michelotti, p. 102 ETCETERINI: 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupe, p. 104 GERMAN: 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport, p. 106 AMERICAN: 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, p. 108 RACE: 1983 BMW 635 CSi Group A, p. 110 NEXT GEN: 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40, p. 112 96 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer Not long ago, it looked like 365 Boxers were going to be half-million-dollar cars, but that train has left the station by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1974–76 Number produced: 387 Original list price: About $38,000 in Europe; not sold in the U.S. Current SCM Median Valuation: $405,500 Major service cost: $10,000 Distributor cap: $550 Chassis # location: On frame tube in engine bay Engine # location: Top of engine block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, 1974 Maserati Bora, 1971 DeTomaso Mangusta, 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi coupe Lot 125, s/n ZFFJA09B000049533 Condition 2 Chassis number: 18041 • Gifted new by Enzo Ferrari to Ferrari driver and team manager Peter Schetty • Highly original and well-preserved example with just four owners from new • One of just five examples painted Grigio Ferro from the factory • Highly pedigreed example of the rare 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer SCM Analysis This car, Lot 136, sold for $397,999, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 11, 2018, at Villa La Vigie, Monaco. The Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, like most Ferraris, was as- signed a name derived from the size of its engine and its body style. The number 365 indicates the displacement of one cylinder. Multiply 365 by 12 and you find the engine’s total displacement is 4.4 liters. GT indicates it is a Grand Touring model and 4 indicates the engine has four camshafts. The first B indicates the body is a berlinetta — Ferrari Speak for small, light coupe — and the second B announces the car has a boxer engine. A boxer engine has a flat, or as Ferrari calls it, a 180-degree V engine block. The pistons are horizontally opposed, so they box against each other. Boxer engines can be found in aircraft and automobiles. Volkswagen and Subaru have made good use of 98 the configuration. General Motors put a boxer engine in the Corvair, and Porsche has engineered the configuration to within an inch of perfection. A racing pedigree Ferrari’s first use of a boxer engine was in 1964. Hoping the lower center of gravity of the boxer design would give Ferrari a handling advantage, Enzo Ferrari assigned Mauro Forghieri, the Ferrari engineer behind the 250 GTO, the task of designing a 1.5-liter unit to meet the current Formula One rules. The result was the 1512 F1 — 1.5-liter F1 engine — a name later shortened to 512 F1. The Italian Grand Prix of 1964 was an unusual show of Ferrari’s versatility. Ferrari brought five cars to the race: two V8s, two V6s, and for its debut, the new boxerpowered 512 F1. Although Ferrari decided to withdraw the still-untested 512 F1 from the race, the outing would be the first for an engine that would help Ferrari dominate racing for many years to come. Boxer-powered F1 Ferraris would win Niki Lauda two driver’s championships and Jody Scheckter one. Boxer-powered Ferraris won four Formula 1 Constructors’ Championships. The boxer-powered 312 PB sports racer swept 12 out of 12 of its 1972 races. The boxer-powered 212 E hillclimb car would also go unbeaten for a season. 1981 Ferrari 512 BB coupe Lot 560, s/n 36869 Condition 2Sold at $298,944 Silverstone, Stoneleigh Park, U.K., 2/23/18 SCM# 6863879 Sold at $219,586 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/18 SCM# 6869823 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB coupe Lot 124, s/n 17883 Condition 2+ Sold at $582,498 RM Sotheby’s, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# 6846436 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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A winning engine to the 365 GT4 BB Ferrari passes down their racing experience to their production cars. The beneficiary of their boxer experience became the 365 GT4 BB. Prior to the 365 Boxer, all production 12-cylinder Ferraris were front-engine cars. Enzo Ferrari did not think high-performance mid-engine cars be- longed in the public domain, and he resisted the mid-engine trend other manufacturers were starting to adopt. Positioning the wide boxer engine in the front of a car presented a significant engineering challenge, and that reason — together with marketing pressures — forced Enzo Ferrari to relent. Pininfarina gave the boxer engine a showcase that exceeded any ex- pectations. The Berlinetta Boxer looked like the future it was intended to represent. Four 3-barrel Weber carburetors dominated the top of the boxer engine. The large clamshell hood that covered the engine compartment The seller of chassis 18041 was right to take the money. The Ferrari market moves in cycles, and it may be a few years before we see it move up again. opened to reveal a view of the Webers — as well as the complete engine. A front clamshell also opened, revealing a view of the front mechanicals. When both hoods are opened simultaneously, the effect is about as dramatic as automobile design gets. The lower front end was clean, without a spoiler or lip. The rear end had three taillights and three exhaust tips per side. It would be these features that would make the 365 Boxer distinct from later Boxers — and make them a darling of Ferrari collectors. A short, memorable, collectible run After just 387 editions, the 365 BB was updated to the 5-liter, carbu- reted 512 BB and later the 512 BBi fuel-injected models. The 512s received the more-traditional four taillights and four- exhaust-tip configurations. They also were treated to other updates including a front spoiler that improved high-speed performance, as well as other features. Certain Ferraris are what I call trophy cars. Some are trophies for definable reasons like their racing history — or their ownership history. Others have become desirable due to less-definable reasons, such as styling or minor performance variations. A good example of this is the fiberglass 308 GTB. Other than the fiberglass body, there is little difference between a fiberglass and steel-body 308 GTB, yet collectors will pay nearly twice as much for a fiberglass car as a steel one. In nearly all areas, the 512 BBs are better cars than the 365 BBs, but in the marketplace the 365 is king. Lower production numbers give an edge to the 365, and the distinc- September 2018 tive styling is also a plus. The 365 is thought to be a faster car, but that is probably more myth than fact. There are valid reasons that the 365 is more desirable and justifies a higher value. Our subject car Judging from the auction catalog, Bonhams’ 365 GT4 BB chassis 18041 appears to be a wonderful car. The provenance could hardly be better. The color combination could be better but is not objectionable. The leather looks original and surprisingly good for the mileage. Nothing was mentioned about when the last expensive major service was performed, but that cost is incidental at the car’s value. Even the books and tools are claimed to be with the car. An on-the-money sale Not long ago, it looked like 365 Boxers were going to be half-million- dollar cars, but that train has left the station. 512 Boxers have been particularly soft lately, but the 365s seem to have held their own. The $397,999 paid for our subject car at Monaco seemed spot-on for today’s market. Across town during the same weekend, a $393,000 bid for 365 GT4 BB chassis 17983 at RM Sotheby’s was a little shy of the low estimate and was turned down. The seller of chassis 18041 was right to take the money. The Ferrari market moves in cycles, and it may be a few years before we see it move up again. The buyer got a trophy and a great car. He may not see a great return on the investment, but that may not matter. The car has an excellent backstory that will no doubt be told many times over. How many Ferraris were personal gifts from Enzo himself? This car was, and that means a lot. The buyer also got six taillights and six exhaust tips that will cer- tainly draw a crowd. Everyone should have gone home happy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $800,000 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB $600,000 $550,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 N/A 2013 $552,615 $582,498 $495,000 This sale: $397,999 2014 2015 2016 2017 99


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Ferrari 365 GT4 BB mixes simplicity and daring in a gorgeous machine for fun driving 3 4 By Robert Cumberford there were many great ones — the Berlinetta Boxer is characterized by surface simplicity and a daring recasting of proportions in this first mid-engine 12-cylinder model produced for sale. The front overhang O is truly extreme, about two-and-a-half times as long as at the rear. That was, of course, to maintain the sense of a long hood, thereby preserving the overall feel of a traditional road-going Ferrari. The horizontal datum plane running from straight bumper to straight bumper was further emphasized by painting everything below it black, a happy effect in this dark gray car — less so in some lighter colors. The composition of the front, with the radiator outlet grille flanked by trapezoidal headlamp doors, which themselves recapitulate the transparent leading edge driving-light covers, is subtle and evocative of racing Ferraris. I have been told that these cars are not terribly nice to drive because the engine is quite high in the chassis, and the front end tends to pitch as the car pivots around the rear axle. The respectable mileage accumulated by this example suggests a different conclusion. Whichever it is, I, and probably most SCMers, would be delighted to have this gorgeous machine as a regular — but not daily — driver. ♦ 100 2 ne of Leonardo Fioravanti’s finest Ferrari designs — and 1 5 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 These always-visible lamps were a great safety factor — even if they are too low for headlamp placement. 2 So the true headlights popped up, which was still legal in the 1970s but outlawed now. 3 Despite Pininfarina’s somewhat obtrusive classical flying buttresses, rearward visibility was quite reasonable for a mid-engine car. 4 The “wheelhouse eyebrows” on this car were striking. 5 So was this strong horizontal line bisecting the rounded body sides. This was picked up from the much earlier Touring Disco Volante Alfas. 6 This sharp corner and straight-across front end represent maximum wedge design. Actually, it is rather like the business end of a chisel. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 You’d have to be pretty dull not to realize that with six taillights and six exhaust tips, there’s a 12-cylinder engine inside the back end of this car. 8 This little wing across the back of the cabin may not do too much aerodynamically, but it looks purposeful — and very cool. 9 The windshield angle is rather extreme, but it 8 9 10 emphasizes the high-speed vocation of the design. 10 The “eyebrow” effect is less marked on the front end, but it is definitely a key visual feature of the composition. 11 The Berlinetta Boxer had one of the best expressions of the classic Ferrari five-spoke alloy wheel. With three-ear knockoffs in this case. Yet another design feature outlawed in the regulatory search for security. 12 The rear fascia is almost flat, going across the back from sharp corner to sharp corner, so the car’s footprint is almost a pure rectangle, with just some inward chamfer on the front. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The cockpit is quite simple, straightforward and pleasing to the eye. The pedals are pushed toward the center by the intrusive wheelhouses, which the very wide tires make necessary. The door panels are uncomplicated and provide a bit of storage for odds and ends. You’d have to put your sunglasses somewhere at night, right? The light-colored headliner is a plus, giving the cabin a sense of spaciousness that really isn’t present. There’s enough room, but only just. The seats, with their perforated transverse bands of contrasting darker leather, are a Pininfarina feature that persisted successfully through many models. 7 11 12 Sports Car Market


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English Profile 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE by Michelotti This barn find sold for 10 times its estimate. Could that be because someone really wanted the C-type block? by Paul Hardiman Details Year produced: 1957 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $425,447 (this car) Chassis # location: On plate riveted to firewall or inner wing Engine # location: Right side of block above oil-filter mount, and in vee of head in rear face of cam-sprocket housing Distributor cap: $18 (£11.95 on eBay) Tune-up cost: $400 Club: JDC XK Register Web: www.jaguardriver.co.uk Alternatives: 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic by Ghia, 1954 XK 120 coupe by Pininfarina, 1957–60 XK 140/150 coupe by Zagato SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: S814286 first owner, Mme. Jeanne Gaymard in Paris. It is the 286th left-hand-drive coupé built, with body C number J4457. The original colour scheme was cream with two-tone blue interior. In 1957 the car had an accident. As the original body was beyond repair, the XK came under the eye of the famous Italian coachbuilder Giovanni Michelotti, to be rebodied to one of his bespoke designs. Michelotti designed three bodies for XK 140s around this time. All three are different, making this car unique. Its high waistline and fastback styling would have been considered avant-garde for the 1950s. In the course of the rebuild, the interior, instruments and other details were all changed to Michelotti’s custom design. Roland Urban, French Jaguar Drivers Club president and a collector with a particular interest in one-off Jaguars, bought the XK 140 and registered it in HauteVienne, France. In 1999, the XK 140 was bought in Brussels by the late owner, Mr. Schepens, a Ghent-based coachbuilder. Mr. Schepens was a Jaguar enthusiast who had owned an E-type Series I roadster and Series I coupe at the same time in the 1970s. 102 hassis S814286 was built on May 25, 1955, as a left-hand-drive XK 140 SE coupe. The Jaguar was delivered new in France via the French distributor, Charles Delecroix, to its Schepens registered the car and drove it for some years, and in the mid-2000s decided to undertake a full restoration, which by then had become a necessity. Sadly, Mr. Schepens passed away in 2016 at the age of 80, leaving the car unfinished in its garage together with 10 other cars that have been there for many years. When researching this very special Jaguar, it was the engine block bears the number discovered that E1016-8. This engine number was at one time installed in the C-type XKC016. It is probable that the accident that destroyed the original body also damaged the original engine, which needed replacing. It is possible, as C-type XKC016 was retired from racing in the same period, that its engine was removed and installed into the newly rebuilt S814286. So it would seem that the engine and gearbox have been in this car for most of its life — presumably from 1957 onwards. Mr. Schepens was very much an animal lover. Childless, he decided that his cars would be donated after his death to the animal rescue centre in Ghent, which is now selling this XK 140 and will use the sale proceeds to continue the construction of its new centre. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 132, sold for $425,447, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Grande Marques à Monaco sale on May 11, 2018. 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic Lot 223,s/n 679768 Condition 3+ Sold at $2,062,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/15/15 SCM# 266512 Sports Car Market 1950 Jaguar XK 120 aluminum roadster Lot 218, s/n 670123, Condition 2Sold at $295,142 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/14/16 SCM# 6799783 1956 Jaguar XK 140 SE coupe Lot 122, s/n S814488 Condition 2+ Sold at $102,931 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/18 SCM# 6869824 Courtesy of Bonhams


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were in the same place at the same time, possibly at the French distributor, Charles Delecroix, while the XK 140 was being rebuilt and in need of an engine — and the C-type unit was going spare. This scenario requires a pretty big leap of faith because of the four- year time lag, and you have to ask what the engine was doing during this time. Still, this engine is not exotic hardware: XK engines are largely all the same, with the differences mostly in head porting and carburetion. The engine now in our subject XK 140 Michelotti coupe has a differ- ent cylinder head than when it was in the C-type. The photograph of the crashed XKC016 shows the carbs were smashed off, so the original head may have been damaged. Jaguar cylinder heads in the 1950s came in a variety of configura- tions with slightly different porting, A-, B- and C-type (plus the straightport version used on the S and later the E-type), and a Type C badge on the head does not mean it came off a C-type. A period shot of the crashed XKC016 shows the original engine had The most surprising aspect of this sale wasn’t the car’s unusual styl- ing, but the price it made. A unique body does not instantly make a car worth a million dol- lars — although the Ghia-bodied Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic coupe did make $2m with RM Sotheby’s in Monterey in 2015. That was a slightly different case, as it was a super-elegant design by Savonuzzi that was a known quantity, appearing on three other platforms, including an Aston DB2/4. Our subject car sold for roughly 10 times the pre-sale estimate, meaning there was more than one bidder who really wanted it. A stock XK 140 SE coupe might fetch $150k in really nice condition. An XK 140 restoration project would be nearer $50k. The people who know why this car fetched so much and what’s going to happen to it weren’t prepared to share that information, so what follows is a certain amount of speculation. It’s not pretty First, the actual hardware. This car is not rotten, but it still requires an almost complete res- toration. It was blue when last pictured by a magazine, in 1999, and someone, presumably Mr. Schepens, rubbed most of it off in the course of starting the job — perhaps to establish the state of the metal underneath. The seats have been reupholstered, and at the sale there was evi- dence that work had commenced to refit and reconnect the headlights, which looked as though they came from a Kenworth truck. Bonhams believes that this unique Jaguar is 100% complete, with original badges, gauges, windows and front grille. This is not, however, a particularly desirable or attractive car. It will require much more money to finish. Once that is done, the car might finally be worth perhaps as much as two XK 140 SE coupes — or $250k–$300k, tops. Bonhams did not have high hopes for it, as it was displayed in the car park at the bottom of Villa La Vigie’s driveway, a long way from the top lots, with a “No Reserve” sign propped on the windscreen. The engine may be the key Logic dictates that the extreme price was all about the engine. It certainly does appear to have the block from the Jaguar C-type chassis XKC016. That ties up with XKC016, a 1952 car, being crashed heavily on the 1953 Mille Miglia and then stripped of all useful parts. Later, in the 1980s, the C-type was rebuilt from a twisted chassis (keeping some of the original tubes) by John Harper, and finished with a replacement engine and gearbox. Bonhams offered but did not sell the resurrected XKC016 at Goodwood in 2010 with an estimate of £800k–£1m, which wasn’t a lot for a real C-type then. One has to wonder how XKC016’s original engine found its way into this car. The only realistic explanation is that both sets of wreckage September 2018 The car in its heyday 103 no badges on its cam covers at all. The replacement head is KF85188, a B-type which traces to a 1957–59 3.4 Saloon, the 8 denoting the compression ratio. If the same applies to the block marking, that would be 8:1 too, and I’m surprised that a motor built for competition would not have had the highest compression ratio available from the factory, which was then 9:1. Someone wanted that C-type block The most obvious explanation for the car making so much more money than expected is that someone really wanted that C-type block. The logical reason for that would be to reunite it with the C-type chassis XKC016, although so little of that car remains original that reuniting the original block with the C-type would be an ineffective exercise in attempting to significantly boost its value. Gregory Tuytens, who consigned the car for Bonhams, agrees with me on this one. So why bother? It might increase the C-type’s salability, as a higher percentage of the car becomes original. Back at Jaguar? Restoration of this one-off coupe would have been right up the street of a couple of Jaguar specialists in the U.K.: CMC in Bridgnorth, which restored the Pininfarina XK 120, or JD Classics of Essex, which previously ran Jaguar Heritage’s cars. However, Bonhams confirmed that it has not gone to JD Classics, which recently underwent a change of management. One rumor suggested it had gone to Jaguar Heritage itself, which to me adds weight to the suggestion that the ultimate plan might indeed be to make the engine available for XKC016. That’s pure speculation. All we can do is wait and watch. For now, Dierenasiel Gent, the animal rescue center, must be very pleased with the outcome, as the car fetched so much more than expected, which will assist in building its new shelter at the Watersportbaan. 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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupe by Touring This is a very rare and unique car, but it really deserves to finally spend a lot of time on the road by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1952–53 (Corto Gara) Number produced: 11 (total) Original list price: Unknown Current SCM Median Valuation: $344,000 (for a 1900 5-window coupe) Tune-up cost: $475 Chassis # location: Engine bulkhead, stamped into metal Engine # location: Intake side of block Club: Alfa Romeo 1900 Register Web: www.ar1900reg.org Alternatives: 1953 Lancia B20 S2, 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Allemano, 1953 Fiat 8V Rapi SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Speciale coupe Chassis number: AR1900C01420 T he example offered here is one of 11 Corto Gara (Short, Competition) models built, of which only three were Stradale (road-going) versions like this car. Only two of the Stradale models survive (this car and chassis 01361), with chassis 01047 being the sole surviving Corto Gara. All were supplied with an up-rated engine. Built exclusively for racing, the lightweight Corto Gara models boasted a split windscreen, Plexiglas rear windows, a special dashboard and a fixed boot lid. The bumpers were deleted. There were, of course, numerous more minor differences in addition. The better-equipped Corto Gara Stradale featured tubular bumpers, lightweight door panels, Plexiglas windows, an abbreviated boot lid, and a cockpit air extractor. According to the Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, chassis 01420 was completed on July 22, 1953, and originally finished in Grigio/Azzuro (Gray/ Blue). The car was delivered new to Tessiture Italiane Seriche SpA of Milan, and subsequently was sold to a Mr. Detwiller in Switzerland, who in turn sold it on to Sweden. Chassis 01420 was still in Sweden when it was discovered — in barn-find condition and minus its original engine — by the well-known German racing driver Hans-Joachim Rössing. Mr. Rossing continued to race his other 1900 coupe but left chassis 01420 unrestored. While racing, he met fellow competitor Elviro Mario Govoni, who bought chassis 01420 from him in 1989, 104 although the car’s restoration did not begin until 1993. Officina Gamberini of Bologna, Italy, tuned the engine, which is of period-correct type, while the bodywork was entrusted to Mario Galbiati. It was at Galbiati’s workshop that the previous owner first saw the Alfa Romeo and fell in love with it, purchasing the car from Mr. Govoni a few months later. Chassis 01420 remained in France, unfinished, until 2007, when it was sent to Italy for completion by some of the country’s foremost specialists, a process that would take the next three years. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 114, sold for $494,068 (€414,000; €1=$1.16), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 11, 2018. The eight commonly acknowledged and known Corto Gara competition cars were all built in 1952, well before this car, which came 300 chassis numbers later. It is probable that a well-known client of Alfa and/ or Touring admired the lightweight coupes seen in the leading events of the day and requested one similar to enjoy on the road. Once the first was built, it inspired the next two. They seemed conceived as gentlemen’s transport rather than privateer racers like the Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita was to be. Sharing with the competition cars the alloy-framed side windows, along with 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint coupe Lot 303, s/n AR1900C01247 Condition 3+ Sold at $379,617 RM Sotheby’s, Milan, ITA, 11/25/16 SCM# 6811985 Lot 239, s/n AR1900C01846 Condition 1 Sold at $1,270,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/18 SCM# 6857885 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS coupe Lot 130, s/n AR1900C01801 Condition 2+ Sold at $357,500 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/17 SCM# 6813164 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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the hollowed-out door panels, the car has an immediate racing look. But adding the 6C 2500 “Villa d’Este”-style tubular bumpers and a trunk lid along with bright trim on the bottom of the fenders and doors provides usefulness and a bit of welcome bling. The race cars also had a no-nonsense, function-over-style narrow- slab dashboard with instruments spread across it. Corto Gara Stradale chassis 01361, also built in 1953, has a modified version of that dashboard, with a shaped instrument binnacle. Our subject car has a standard 1st Series 1900 Sprint dashboard, which seems luxuriously incongruous above the un-upholstered gearshift-tunnel cover. A little history This very car sold at RM Auctions’ Monaco sale in May 2012 (SCM# 201751). At that time it achieved €240,800, or $311,836 at the then-current exchange of €1=$1.29. By any objective measure, it seems to have proved a clever investment by the buyer in 2012, as it brought over 35% more in U.S. dollars this time around — and an almost 42% increase in euros, the consignor’s currency. That is indeed impressive considering the restoration is now eight years old. This speaks to the greatly heightened interest in having unusual pedigreed cars at multiple events. A long time in the garage In 2012, the SCM auction analyst graded our subject car as a 1-. This year, it only earned a 3+. This is somewhat surprising given the fact that it had only covered 332 km (206 miles) in the interval between sales. The Alfa seems to have simply begun to age without benefit of actual use. It is a very good thing that on this day it performed better financially than it seems to have been given a chance to on the road. After all those years in restoration shops, the poor thing has never had a chance to live. As I have written before — and never tire of sharing — all Alfa 1900s offer a wonderful driving experience, and a short-wheelbase, lightened coupe version would greatly enhance that. It is unimaginable to me that anyone would own a car such as this and not actually use it. This car is lovely and rare to the point of actually being unique. Once sorted, it will be a blast to drive. There are a number of details that should be addressed, especially under the hood. With the interest, attention and rising values of special Italian cars of the 1950s and 1960s, a restoration of a 1900 like this would be approached in a rather different way today than it was when this began decades ago. More work ahead The car will need major sort- ing. This 1900 began its restoration journey in 1993, and, through fits and starts, was completed in 2010. It has been unused since. The new owner may even de- cide that a major freshening of the restoration in is order. There are a number of details that should be addressed, especially under the hood. With the interest, attention and rising values of special Italian cars of the 1950s and 1960s, a restoration of a 1900 like this would be approached in a rather different way today than it was when this began decades ago. I hope the new owner will do just that and enjoy this car on rallies, tours, events and shows — to share it with as many people as possible. This car was well sold, but it was appropriately bought if it is actually used in the future. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2018 105


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German Profile Column Author 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport This car sold for $600,000 over MSRP while RUF was still offering to build more of the same model by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 2007–18 Number produced: 30 total; seven of them are Clubsports Original list price: $725,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,321,691 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $3,000-plus Chassis # location: Tag inside driver’s door facing rear jamb; tag at base of driver’s side windshield Engine # location: At front of engine on vertical case casting Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org SCM Investment Grade: B Alternatives: 2013–15 Porsche 918 Spyder, 2013–15 McLaren P1, 2018 MercedesAMG GT R Comps Chassis number: W09BM0388JPR06022 A lois Ruf may have cut his teeth as Germany’s pre-eminent Porsche customizer, but the CTR3 is something altogether different. At first glance, its Porsche roots are obvi- ous — there are the twin ovoid headlights and the curvy haunches. Yet the CTR3 is more Porsche-inspired than Porsche-based. Instead of the Porsche underpinnings that governed the design of every RUF car prior, the CTR3’s platform was developed in conjunction with Canadian supplier Multimatic, the same company responsible for production of Ford’s new, Le Mans class-winning GT. Its footprint is about that of a 911, but the CTR3’s wheelbase is nearly 11 inches longer to accommodate a rear-midmounted engine. The Oak Green CTR3 Clubsport presented here is one of the final examples built. It made its debut alongside RUF’s latest model, the SCR, in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and today presents in virtually as-new condition throughout, ready to be driven and enjoyed. Fewer than 30 CTR3s were built, with just seven of those the more hardcore Clubsport. To mark the occasion, this CTR3 Clubsport was signed by Alois Ruf himself, and it will be presented to its next owner with a commemorative watch. Over the years, RUF has earned a stellar reputation for quality and attention to detail in upgrading Porsches and producing its own cars. The CTR3 Clubsport is without doubt RUF’s wildest creation yet and a must- 106 have for any enthusiast of high-horsepower German supercars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 159, sold for $1,321,691, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction on May 12, 2018. Analyzing the market for RUF-built automobiles is a study in contrasts. You have collectors who believe in the technology and performance bonuses that the typical RUF provides. You also have Porsche aficionados who do not believe in the long-term collectibility of any rebuilt/modified Porsche — even if it’s a RUF or a Singer. They point to the current limited market for the tuner cars of yore — those from DP, Strosek, and Koenig, for example. On the other hand, RUF is a duly licensed and certified manufacturer, and most people agree that many RUFs are collectible, especially the late-1980s CTR — the famous “Yellowbird.” Starting as a tuner Alois Ruf and his wife, Estonia, worked long and hard to achieve acceptance of their cars. The business dates back to Alois Ruf founding his service and repair shop in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, west of Munich. He moved on to bus manufacturing in the 1950s and then became a Porsche tuner in the 1960s. When Alois (senior) died in 1974, Alois (junior) took over the firm at age 24, and turned to modifying his favorite car, the Porsche 911. 2018 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder Lot 138, s/n WP0CA2A16FS800652 Condition 1 Sold at $1,570,000 RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 12/6/17 SCM# 6853716 2015 McLaren P1 coupe Lot 26, s/n SBM12ABAFW000156 Condition 1 Sold at $1,732,500 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6856477 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Lot 51, s/n WP0CA2A19FS800290 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,292,500 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/18 SCM# 6858135 Sports Car Market ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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The front suspension was a pretty straightforward 997, while the rear was a RUF-designed multi-link with horizontal shocks. The engine developed 690 horsepower and 660 foot-pounds of torque. That combination pushed the 3,035-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 240 mph. The 2012 introduction of the Clubsport saw horsepower grow to 770 and torque to 720 ft-lb. Along the way, RUF added a 7-speed dualclutch sequential gearbox (Porsche PDK) to the 6-speed H-pattern manual box and a sequential shifting — but still manual — 6-speed. The CTR3 at RM Sotheby’s All this brings us to our car at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction. It was a brand-new 2018 CTR3 Clubsport in attractive Oak Green, with green plaid seat inserts. RUF had displayed it at the Geneva Motor Show in March of this year. The car was one of an estimated 30 CTR3s ever built and reportedly A government-licensed manufacturer in 1981 Repairing, servicing and building up Porsches progressed. In 1981, the German government awarded RUF manufacturer status, followed in 1988 by U.S. certification. That became important because RUF automobiles built in their plant in Pfaffenhausen, with their own RUF serial numbers starting with W09, carry a large premium in the market over Porsches modified by RUF or their licensees but still on Porsche serial-number plates. (See German Profile, August 2016, pages 70–72.) Initially, Porsche treated Alois Ruf almost like a partner. For many years, RUF favorably bought engines, gearboxes and subassemblies from the factory. RUF was also a contractor for advanced mechanics for Porsche’s Sonderwunsch/Exclusive Department. One is reminded of the famous Bob Linton black Turbo cabriolet that was spirited from Werk I to RUF under the dark of night to have an engine transplant. RUF later lost that favored status, but by that time they were established. Enter the world-renowned “Yellowbird” The car that made RUF famous was the original “Yellow Bird” (two words then) that won the Road & Track Fastest Car in the World competition, conducted in April 1987 and reported in R&T’s July 1987 issue. That top speed was 211 mph. RUF then took the car to the Nordschleife, where Stefan Roser set a world-record lap time. The resulting two-lap videotape titled “Faszination on the Nürburgring” was a sales success and an instant must-have for Porschephiles. Roser never had the car straight, and no one knows how the tires lasted two laps, but the wild slides and wailing, smoking tires made for fascinating viewing. It’s on YouTube. You should go watch it. RUF’s models RUF’s earlier cars included a stroked Turbo 3.3-liter engine (up from the Porsche Factory’s 3.0), and then came the normally aspirated SCR, also stroked. After the CTR, the CTR2 continued the world’sfastest-car theme, until the McLaren F1 dethroned it in 1998. The CTR3 followed in 2007, along with RUF’s first V8-powered 911, the RGT-8. The CTR3 debuted in 2007 on a custom chassis The CTR3 was a cross between a 911 and a Cayman, utilizing a mid- engine chassis manufactured by Canada’s Multimatic Inc., a global supplier of automotive parts and systems that also makes the Ford GT race-car chassis. Starting in 2012, the model evolved to become the CTR3 Clubsport. The CTR3 is an attractive — if slightly cartoonish — swoopy design that reminded people of the Porsche GT1, including the roof scoop for the engine. Over the past 11 years, RUF built only about 30 of these cars, so they have not been popular. Spectacular performance is a RUF hallmark The original CTR3 car was powered with a 3.8-liter Porsche flat 6 with twin KKK turbochargers backed by a 6-speed manual gearbox. September 2018 107 one of seven Clubsports. (One knowledgeable observer puts the total at 33, with 10 Clubsports.) At the time of the auction, you still could have ordered a brand-new one from RUF Automobiles for about €650,000, or $725,000. Yes, there was a one-year delivery wait, and the order book reportedly was to close soon. A good friend who followed the auction closely reported that there The stars aligned, the skies parted, and this RUF sold for crazy money. But at least two bidders wanted it, so we could aptly say that the market spoke. were two determined bidders. One was a buyer who did not want to wait a year to get his CTR3 Clubsport. The other was thought to be a new collector who bought about eight very different cars at the event. He won the bidding battle and then sent the car to RUF for a redo of the interior. (We guess he did not like the green plaid.) A spectacular sales result The stars aligned, the skies parted, and this RUF sold for crazy money. But at least two bidders wanted it, so we could aptly say that the market spoke. Estonia and Alois Ruf must be very happy. One of their current cars just brought $1,300,000. If one looks back at older RUF models, one of the 29 original Yellowbirds in very good condition is easily worth $1 million to $1.2 million, and a really fine low-mileage car should draw more money. CTR2s go for $700,000-plus. BTRs, off the twowheel-drive 993 chassis, go for $500,000-plus. That’s solid market affirmation. RUF was once a tuner shop. They are now an established specialty automobile manufacturer with a solid following. Congratulations to them. And if you find a late 1980s original Yellowbird that you do not want, please call me. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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American Profile 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible This is a very nice car that can be driven without concern, but it is still fresh enough to receive accolades at regional events by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1954 Number produced: 2,150 Original list price: $5,738 Current SCM Median Valuation: $66,000 Tune-up cost: $450 Chassis # location: Plate on right door frame rail Engine # location: Upper right corner on right cylinder head Club: Cadillac & LaSalle Club Web: www.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternative: 1953 Buick Skylark, 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 546208241 Cadillac and its General Motors corporate parent, the Motorama-inspired Eldorado crowned its model range for 1953. Equipped with Cadillac’s state-of-the-art 331-ci V8, B the Eldorado was offered only one way — fully loaded. A 1953 Cadillac sales brochure declared the Eldorado as having been “dramatically styled by Fleetwood to capture the heart of all America,” and this was no overstatement. The Eldorado was so celebrated that it joined the regu- lar Cadillac model line for 1954. A wonderful example of what many marque enthu- siasts and collectors regard as one of the most beautiful Cadillac models ever produced, this 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible coupe is presented in correct Alpine White over correct red-and-white leather upholstery. It continues to show the benefits of a very thorough restoration that was completed approximately seven years ago. This highly desirable and enjoyable 1954 Cadillac Eldorado had just received a thorough detailing of the engine compartment. As offered, it stands as a prime example of Cadillac’s highly sought-after models of the “Fabulous Fifties.” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 2, sold for $118,800, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ sale in Arlington, TX, on April 21, 2018. 108 y the early 1950s, Cadillac had finally displaced cross-town rival Packard at the summit of the American fine car market. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of During the early 1950s, General Motors owned the domestic-car market. They had a 54% market share, and they had sold their 50 millionth automobile. GM had a well-defined marketing strategy that took you from the entry-level Chevrolet and, as your fortunes improved, through a Pontiac, Oldsmobile and possibly a Buick. If you reached the corner office, you just might deserve a Cadillac. If it was the large corner office, an Eldorado might be in order. The Eldorado name was the result of an in-house competition for the 1953 concept car that Cadillac planned for the company’s 50th Anniversary at the GM Motorama. The Spanish name translates to “Golden One,” which was certainly appropriate. As an aside, Palm Springs Life magazine attributed the name to the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, where a number of retired Cadillac executives lived, but that was not possible, as the resort was founded in 1957. A Motorama spectacle The General Motors Motorama was established in 1949 and continued in one form or another until 1961. It was first held at the New York Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and was called the Transportation Unlimited Autorama. In 1953 it became a traveling show, with the 1953 Eldorado joining the Buick Skylark and the Oldsmobile Fiesta in a traveling show that was supported by the “Parade of Progress” and a dozen Futurliner custom buses. The 1953 Eldorado was a sensational car that featured “Dagmar” front-rubber bumpers from the 1951 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Lot 117, s/n 546218842 Condition 2+ Sold at $143,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/13 SCM# 215113 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Lot 215, s/n 536234856 Condition 1 Sold at $291,500 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/15 SCM# 265099 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Lot 180, s/n 546268909 Condition 3+ Sold at $78,792 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/7/16 SCM# 6804532 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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LeSabre concept car, a customized body, a wraparound windshield and a stylish cut-down beltline. The first Eldorado was fully loaded. It also was priced at a sensa- tional $7,750. As such, only 532 left dealer showrooms, and Cadillac lost money on each one produced. The Eldorado did, however, serve as a magnet that drew prospective buyers to the showrooms, so the car was continued for 1954. It was restyled, as was the entire line, and it had a standard body. As a result, the 1954 Eldorado was offered at a more-reasonable $5,738, and 2,150 were sold. A lavish car in 1954 The 1954 Eldorado was easily recognizable, with anodized aluminum rear lower quarter panels and lavish amounts of gold and chrome trim. It featured chrome door-guard trim and the EZ Eye windshield. It had Kelsey-Hayes wires, with rear fender skirts and vent wings, which were new for 1954. The interior was equally luxurious, with power windows, heavily padded leather seating and a fiberglass parade boot that covered the top when it was powered down. The power antenna was raised and lowered with the flick of a switch. It also had an Autronic Eye automatic headlamp dimmer, which was Seat Time I own Marilyn, a ’54 Eldorado. When I want to go first class, I take this car — the epitome of class from the 1950s. I looked for two years to find a suitable ’54 to buy. I prefer the oneyear styling to other years. It’s a little more refined and showy than the 1953 and has more graceful lines than the 1959. Since Marilyn Monroe owned one, I had to name this one in her honor. The car was originally delivered to San Francisco. I cannot imagine parking this 19.5-foot-long car in the streets of San Francisco! It stayed in the Bay Area until Martha (see photo) from L.A. bought it in 1980 and kept it unchanged until I bought it in 2011. It was a running, driving car but needed a lot of love, so EVERYTHING was taken down and put back to Day One quality (or slightly better in some cases). Incredibly solid car. Did you know there are almost 300 pieces of chrome and polished trim on an Eldorado? Well, if you’re gonna go, go big or go home, so we left nothing undone. Back together, we took it to its first AACA show in Hershey 2014. Since then she’s been a calendar model and show queen, but nothing compares to putting the top down, Frank Sinatra on the radio (looks stock but has a hidden iPhone connection), an elbow out and cruising down the road. She always draws a crowd when we take her out, which is the best part — meeting car people who understand how amazing these cars were. I love the history of the car and always enjoy sharing it. — Jeff Breault, Wichita, KS September 2018 rather primitive by modern standards, but it was quite the thing in 1954. The optional “Sport Deck” rear-tire carrier, otherwise known as a Continental kit, was not ordered on our subject car, but the exhaust is correctly routed through the rear bumper. Condition determines value The Eldorado was an expensive car to manufacture in the day and is an expensive car to restore today. As such, the value of the 1954 Eldorado depends on condition. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows us that two high-point examples sold in the $160k range during the past few years, but the vast majority of cars sold under $100k. The auction description states that this car received a thorough res- toration about seven years back. It also goes on to state that it recently received an engine detail and is an enjoyable driver. This leads me to believe that this car had been driven and enjoyed with some moderate signs of use. This is a car that can be driven without concern, but it is still fresh enough to receive accolades at regional events. This is just the way we like them, and it changed hands at a price that was fair to both seller and buyer. A solid transaction all around. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $300,000 $250,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $50,000 $0 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible $170,500 $176,000 $159,500 $140,400 This sale: $118,800 $264,000 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 109


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Race Car Profile 1983 BMW 635 CSi Group A The collector value is minimal, so a car like this is purchased for a specific purpose — the joy and the experience of racing by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1983 Number built: 90 (“white” motorsports chassis) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $263,525 Chassis # location: Stamped just outside of the right strut tower in the engine compartment Engine # location: Boss above starter Club: BMW Car Club of America Web: bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1983 Ford Capri III 3.0, 1983 Rover Vitesse 3.5, 1983 Jaguar XJS racer SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: RA122 • Constructed in 1982/1983 by BMW specialists Ted Grace International for Frank Sytner • Competed in BTCC/ETCC in 1983 and 1984, driven by Frank Sytner, Brian Muir and Barrie Williams • Extensive British and New Zealand racing history • Immaculately prepared and eligible for a wide range of 1980s and Group A touring car events SCM Analysis This car, Lot 183, sold for $355,037, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s sale in Monte Carlo, MCO, on May 12, 2018. As virtually all readers of this magazine are aware, the market for collector/racing cars has been a bit challenging for the past few years. It hasn’t really been bad — most cars are still finding new homes — but the inflating-market glory days of the early 2000s are well behind us. Values for non-crownjewel Porsches and Ferraris have been stagnant to drifting downward by 2% to 3% per year. Less-desirable marques have not been so lucky. There are exceptions, though: Over the past five or more years BMW racers have steadily grown in visibility and value. Not only that, but the trend looks likely to continue for a while to come. How is BMW bucking the trend? Hopefully, I can provide some insight. German rivalries Most people (and certainly Americans), when queried about German racing traditions, will immediately point to either Porsche or Mercedes-Benz as the exemplars, but that is an incomplete picture. One of the great internal rivalries within Germany 110 is between the Swabians around Stuttgart (Porsche, Mercedes) and the Bavarians from around Munich (BMW); both sides think they build the best cars. Mercedes more or less invented the automobile, while BMW started building cars in the 1920s, and Porsche didn’t come along until just after World War II, but they all at various times have come to see racing and winning as essential to their identities. BMW goes racing Starting in the mid-1930s, BMW saw itself as a manu- facturer of high-quality, upmarket sporting automobiles. BMW enjoyed considerable success with its 328 series of 2-liter cars. The engine was a light and innovative 2-liter 6 with a somewhat unique cam-drive system that allowed a hemispherical combustion chamber and excellent porting without the expense or complication of twin overhead cams. The car was introduced to the racetrack in 1936, and it was very successful before World War II, winning its class at the 1938 Mille Miglia and the 1939 Le Mans, and taking an overall win at the 1940 Mille Miglia — along with scores of other victories. The engine was so good that the design and tooling were taken as reparations after the war and given to Bristol in England, where it powered many sports cars such as the AC Bristol and was the go-to 2-liter racing engine almost into the 1960s. Recovery from the wreckage of World War II was very hard for BMW, and a series of questionable strategic decisions to build expensive, niche-market cars such as the 503 and 507, for which there just wasn’t a market, made recovery even more difficult. So racing was reluctantly abandoned. 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile coupe Lot 40, s/n 2275525 Condition 3+ Sold at $330,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/17 SCM# 6813209 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe Lot 60, s/n 2212314 Condition 2- Not sold at $245,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844512 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile coupe Lot 1138, s/n N/A Condition 3 Not sold at $135,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6846360 Sports Car Market Kevin Van Campenhout ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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seat, and the wheels more or less had to fit inside the original bodywork. Engine modifications were limited, but transmissions and brakes were free, and the suspension could be modified a little bit. The general idea was to provide excellent racing in cars that the spectators could reasonably expect to be like the ones they drove daily, which gave a basis for marque loyalty. The series was very popular with spectators and paid well enough to be worth chasing after wins. More to the point, the new rules fit BMW’s 3.5 CSi very well. The British championship limited displacement to 3.5 liters, while the European one used weight and other limitations to allow a level playing field, so the CSi had every reason to be competitive. Our subject car Although the factory had given up preparing racing cars itself, it The comeback BMW did obtain a license to build an Italian-designed bubble car called the Isetta which sold extremely well, and they got motorcycle production going again, so by the late 1950s BMW was doing well enough to venture back into normal automobile production. Having learned their lessons about overestimating the market, BMW chose to concentrate on relatively light, high-quality sporting sedans. By the mid-1960s, BMW was one of Germany’s premier manufacturers. With financial success came a return of competitive urges, and BMW re-entered the fray in 1965 with the 1800TiSA, a homologation special that gave tuners Alpina and Schnitzer a good core to build sedan racers around. In the mid-1960s, BMW made the decision to introduce a lighter, simpler version of their 1600 sedan, to be called the 1602 (for 2-door), and it sold well. Several BMW directors independently chose to install 2-liter ver- sions of the engine in their personal 1602s and loved the result, so they persuaded management to offer the big motor and call it the BMW 2002. Much after that is known history. In 1968, BMW introduced what Unless you are a very hard-core BMW collector, there is no reason to buy this except to go play with it. is known as the “big six” series of cars, with the engine being literally a 6-cylinder version of the original 4-cylinder engine, and it was 3 liters vs. 2 liters. In 1965 the 2002 was selling so well that BMW decided to introduce a proper 2+2 coupe version — to be called the 2000 CS, and the logical progression soon had the 6-cylinder engine dropped into it to create the 2800 (later 3.0) CS coupe. For years, privateers had been terrorizing European saloon racing with their 2002 sedans. Now BMW had something to contest the 3-liter “Big Car” class. Through the 1970s and 1980s, BMW had a great degree of success with variants on the CS coupe, running from 2.8 up to 3.5 liters, culminating with the iconic “Batmobile” CSLs that ran at the front of the pack in the FIA premier events. Unfortunately, that was about the time that Porsche finally got their turbocharged 935s fully up to speed and BMW had already stopped production of the old CS, so they had little reason to continue. They exited the FIA championship wars and let hot rod tuner affiliates concentrate on smaller series like the touring car championships. Enter Group A In 1982, a new set of rules was in place for what was to be called “Group A” FIA racing, the category that both British and European Touring Car Championships used. It required “minimum production of 5,000 cars per year and a back September 2018 111 was happy to supply “white” motorsport chassis (basically stripped cores to build from) to competent preparation shops, which is how our subject car came into existence. Ted Grace built the car in the U.K. for Frank Sytner to drive, primar- ily in the BTCC series, with occasional forays into the ETCC. The car did very well over the 1983 and 1984 seasons in Europe. It then was taken to New Zealand to race for a few years before getting put away. It returned to Europe in 2016, and acquaintances who inspected it pronounced it as being a “lovely old original car.” A car for the track Let’s be clear. Unless you are a very hard-core BMW collector, there is no reason to buy this except to go play with it. The collector value is minimal, so a car like this is purchased for a specific purpose — the joy and the experience of racing. In Europe, Patrick Peter runs an excellent Heritage Touring Cup series that provides lots of track time and competition, so in Europe, racing is available. There are fewer events in the United States. In terms of the experience, by all accounts all the BMW CS variants are sweet, easy cars to drive. They are highly dependable and relatively cheap to maintain. A terminally blown-up engine replacement is maybe $20,000 — try that in your Porsche. Finally getting notice So what is happening with value? Why are these cars still going up? I will argue that it is a function of exposure. For better or worse, Americans drive most of the market in racers like this, and most Americans have been obsessed with Porsches and Ferraris. For most of the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S., BMW was selling luxury cars — not competing in races — with the result that few racing folks have taken them seriously. BMW’s very formidable racing cars have been underrated for far too long, but this is changing. The market has only taken off in the past five to seven years, and it is still well behind equivalent Porsche values. What’s not to like? This CSi is German, very pretty, fast, depend- able, a joy to drive, relatively cheap to maintain — and very safe should things go wrong. A number of private sales confirm the price to be within the expected range, and the general trend is still upwards. I would say well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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Next Gen Profile 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 We’ll hold your beer while you run to catch up with the skyrocketing values of the best Toyota Land Cruisers by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1960–2001 Number produced: 300,000-plus Original list price: $10,348 Current SCM Median Valuation: $45,000 Tune-up cost: $100 Chassis # location: Outer right frame rail, behind front bumper Engine # location: Right side of engine block, above starter Club: Toyota Land Cruiser Association Web: www.tlca.org Alternatives: 1954–83 Jeep CJ-5, 1948–85 Land Rover Series, 1961–80 International Harvester Scout SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: BJ40062658 T he iconic BJ40 offered here is a desirable convertible diesel variant that is seldom seen in the United States. The truck has just received a comprehensive, fully documented, body-off restora- tion by marque specialists. Every aspect of this truck has been thoroughly inspected and either upgraded or restored. The countless hours of detailed and meticulous craftsmanship seamlessly blend the iconic vintage design with modern technology, creating a one-of-a-kind vehicle. During the restoration, the body was stripped to bare metal and media-blasted prior to painting. The exterior is finished in menacing flat black with gloss black adorning key details. Inside, the well-bolstered bucket seats and rear benches are covered in exceptional hand-crafted, two-tone leather, providing a comfortable experience for up to six passengers, who are all protected by the custom-built, extra-strength roll bar. Under its beautiful skin is the fully rebuilt, indestructible 3-liter B-type engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Whether cruising on the highway or navigating the roughest of terrain, the Old Man Emu suspension components, steel wheels and new BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires ensure that this 4x4 is prepared for anything that you throw at it. The overarching theme of the build was to keep true to the look and feel of the original icon, but sprinkled throughout are high-end improvements for a more 112 enjoyable experience including items such as LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled Sony sound system. Accompanying the vehicle is extensive photo documentation of the world-class restoration. With room for plenty of friends to hit the road or trail, this convertible BJ40 is a top example of the vintage Toyota Land Cruiser that would be the envy of the crowd whether at a show or off-road event. SCM Analysis This vehicle, Lot 166, sold for $87,360, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 3, 2018. The pre-auction estimate for this fully restored clas- sic Toyota Land Cruiser was $65,000 to $85,000, and neither the vehicle nor the bidders disappointed anyone. Prices have been rising on the gas-powered FJ and the diesel-drinking BJ variants for decades, and with this sale it’s safe to say that the ruggedest Toyotas are now premium collectibles. A knock-off Jeep Toyota first conceived the Land Cruiser as a Jeep clone. In August of 1950, the U.S. Army asked Toyota to build a prototype “Jeep” based on the Willys-Overland M38 spec. Toyota built the vehicles for use in the Korean War and by the Japanese police, putting the prototype together in five months. 1967 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Lot 11, s/n FJ4048587 Condition 1Sold at $49,500 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/18 SCM# 6858143 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Lot 434, s/n FJ4092988 Condition 2+ Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/18 SCM# 6867917 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ45 pickup Lot S201, s/n HJ45008927 Condition 3 Not sold at $22,000 Mecum, Houston, TX, 5/5/18 SCM# 6865855 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Toyota J40 models of any kind are prized collectibles today, and in good condition they bring good money. Hemmings lists two full pages of private-party sales, with most decent examples carrying asking prices in the $30,000–$40,000 range. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows dozens of J40 Land Cruisers crossing auction blocks this year with sale prices ranging from $9,900 (SCM# 6867583) to $154,000 (SCM# 6858377), although most sales fall between $20,000 and $60,000. The subject vehicle The BJ40 auctioned during the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance weekend was the recipient of a fresh and seemingly perfect restomodification, with tasteful upgrades that will make this Land Cruiser fun, comfortable, useful and reliable. The auction listing also included dozens of photographs of the finished product and the restoration process, so the buyer could bid with confidence. Well played, seller. Among the photos was the all-important shot of the original build Then, in classic Japanese fashion, they set out to improve the design. Taking elements from Land Rover Series 1 as well as the Jeep, Toyota produced the first BJ vehicles in 1951. One major difference between the Willys Jeep and the early Toyotas was that even though the BJ had the ability to shift between RWD and 4WD, the transfer case was a single-speed unit. So the Toyota had no low range until 1960. But by 1955 Toyota was calling the new vehicles Land Cruisers and selling them to the public. A long life The Land Cruiser had its most prolific run from the 1960 introduc- tion of the J40 model to the end of formal J40 production in 1984. By 1965, the J40 had been Toyota’s biggest seller in America for several years, and by 1973 Toyota had built over 300,000 J40 vehicles of various types. Buyers could get the J40 as a 2-door soft top or hard top, a 2-door with a pickup bed or as a 4-door wagon. Engine options evolved over the 25-year production run. The Type F gas engines were popular in North America, giving the Land Cruiser its popular FJ40 insider name. The rest of the world preferred the Type B diesel engines, and those are known as BJ40s. Trivia buffs will want to note that the BJ in this designation is not related to the original BJ vehicle name from the 1950s. The subject vehicle was built right at the end of the formal J40 pro- duction run. Theoretically, 1984 was the last model year of production. This one is listed as a 1985, according to Bonhams, but it’s not likely to be an important distinction. At the close of 1984, Toyota officially changed over to the J70 Land Cruiser, a longer and more SUV-like vehicle, although in worldmarket form it could still be ordered as a soft top, hard top, pickup, wagon or van. But in a bit of good news for J40 lovers, Toyota do Brasil kept right on building the old J40 until 2001 under the “Toyota Bandeirante” nameplate. From 1968 to 1993, these Brazilian J40s came with Mercedes-Benz diesel engines, and from 1994 to 2001 with newer Toyota diesels. plate, which identifies this BJ40 as a European-spec LHD unit built at the Toyota Honsya plant, which had been building Land Cruisers since 1953. The plate also indicates that the 3.0-liter Type B engine and 4-speed transmission are native to the vehicle. Based on the level of restorathe bid price was right tion, in the fat part of the bell curve for Land Cruisers. Assuming the new owner takes good care of this BJ40, it should hold that value and appreciate. It’s easy to rate this one as well bought and well sold. A wide-open market The takeaway from this sale is that the market for Land Cruisers is wide open. There are plenty of them, and they’re changing hands in healthy numbers. Sellers don’t appear to have inflated notions of value based on the range of asking prices and successful sales, and buyers are bringing respectable money to the top restored examples. About the only losers in this scenario are the hardcore 4X4 enthusi- asts who have prized the Land Cruiser for decades as an indestructible off-road machine. The market is going to make the J40 far too valuable for that kind of abuse very soon — even if it is what they were built for. If you want to go exotic, it’s still possible to buy a used Bandeirante out of South America, although the potential condition of a used J40 pulled from the Amazon jungle may make local purchase a wiser move. If you decide to go hunting in the rain forest, remember that Bandeirantes made through 1993 are now importable under the 25year rule, and that 1993 was the first year for a 5-speed manual transmission paired with the most powerful of the Mercedes diesel engines. Go ahead, we’ll hold your beer. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $100,000 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 September 2018 $39,600 $31,900 $6,916 2013 $13,500 2014 This sale: $87,360 $101,200 2015 2016 2017 113


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $65.5m Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, p. 122 $10.3m Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, p. 134 $4.1m Worldwide, Arlington, TX, p. 166 $3.3m Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., p. 152 $441K VanDerBrink, Mansfield, SD, p. 182 Roundup, p. 198 116 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Some Spring Auctions Are Blooming Bigger Than Ever Small-town sales can be deal havens, but don’t let that be the only reason you go to one Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson W 1. 2017 Ford GT coupe, $1,815,000—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 132 2. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible, $1,450,000— Bonhams, CT, p. 138 3. 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $895,000—Bonhams, CT, p. 141 4. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $728,513— Silverstone, U.K., p. 154 5. 1953 Lincoln Capri The Golden Sahara II Kustom roadster, $385,000—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 130 6. 1966 Iso Grifo GL350 Series I coupe, $364,256—Silverstone, U.K., p. 204 7. 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, $363,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 176 8. 1954 Cunningham C-3 coupe, $313,000—Bonhams, CT, p. 150 9. 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe, $225,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 168 10. 1973 Porsche 911S coupe, $224,625—Silverstone, U.K., p. 202 Best Buys 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170Sb 2-dr sedan, $26,880—Bonhams, CT, p. 141 118 orldwide Auctioneers returned to Arlington, TX, alongside the events of the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, for their springtime Texas Classic sale. Consignments and lots sold were up over last year, with a stellar sell-through rate of 93%. However, total sales dropped by 36% — from $6.4m in 2017 down to $4.1m. High sale was a restored, Condition 2 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, which sold at $363k. Silverstone hosted their first Ferrari-only sale the day before their usual May Sale. I expect we’ll see this sort of sale more often in the future from the Northamptonshirebased company. The top-selling lot was a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, which sold for $728,513. Overall, 24 of 34 lots sold, netting $3.3m. Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis, IN, hit a new high-water mark this year. Total sales were up 20% over last year to $65.5m on 1,348 lots sold. A 2017 Ford GT capped the sellers list at $1,815,000 after an injunction by a local judge allowed Mecum to sell the car. Bonhams held their usual auction in early June at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, and it was their best-ever result at $10.4m. This edition featured cars from the late Carroll Shelby’s personal collection, as well as their typical fare of high-end sports cars and classical oddities — when was the last time you saw a 1914 Lozier? An Aston Martin DB5 drop-top was the highest-selling lot of the event at $1,450,000. VanDerBrink Auctions set up shop on the plains of eastern South Dakota, in Mansfield, for an early June auction of the Alan Rietz Collection. All 114 lots sold, with the high seller a 1970 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack at $44,363. It was a majority Mopar sale, but every marquebased collection has a few odd balls, and Rietz had six C4 Corvettes among all that Mopar metal. Highlights in our Roundup section this issue come from Silverstone’s May Sale in Northamptonshire, U.K., and Dan Kruse Classics’ Midland, TX, sale. Chad’s Quick Take: I love small-town auctions (or ones in census-designated places, such as Mansfield, SD). You know, the kind of sale where the number of lots equals or even outnumbers the population of the town. I don’t see anybody traveling around performing these types of auctions with the vigor and enthusiasm as Yvette VanDerBrink and crew. The Lambrect Collection auction put her name in more headlines than any sale before or since, but that doesn’t seem to damper their schedule. The sale of Alan Don’t shy away from small-town auctions Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Worldwide Arlington, TX April 21, 2018 Indianapolis, IN April 15–20, 2018 Silverstone—Ferraris Northamptonshire, U.K. May 18, 2018 Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. May 19, 2018 Dan Kruse Classics Midland, TX May 26, 2018 Greenwich, CT June 3, 2018 Mansfield, SD June 9, 2018 VanDerBrink $0 Bonhams $3.3m $3.1m $1m $10.4m $441k $10m $20m $30m 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 Rietz’s Mopars (one of three sales they conducted in June alone) consisted of many, many vehicles stored unsecured in open fields. Well, not exactly unsecured, as most had their engines pulled prior to parking one last time. Big auctions with bright lights and cameras (to ham it up in front of) are the places to be if one is searching for that one-of-five Ferrari or an Aston Volante. For those of us who prefer to use our cars on a regular basis, or don’t mind tackling a project or two, don’t dismiss the small-collection sales all around this country. It’s all so much more accessible, from the auction principals to the cars in the catalog. Also, there are often deals available. Although some sales command premiums (see the previously mentioned Lambrecht sale), some sales you’ll bid against scrap value. Even if there is no official town in which it’s happening. ♦ $40m $50m $60m Mecum $4.1m $65.5m 2011 Ferrari California convertible, $102,300—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 172 1952 MG TD roadster, $6,600— Dan Kruse Classics, TX, p. 198 1980 Ferrari 512 BB coupe, $212,800—Bonhams, CT, p. 147 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 coupe, $122,100—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 170 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Data Editor pins down the cars to buy — and to avoid — in today’s market by Chad Taylor Buy: Ready-to-import European hot hatches The incredible rally success achieved by Europe’s highly tuned hatchbacks has really grabbed the attention of young car collectors. These cars are quirky, fun and fast — and they’ve been completely out of reach to those of us in the United States. Now that the 25-year rule has finally crept up to include hot hatches, expect them to start appearing in American sales. The already-collectible Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 and Renault 5 Turbo and Turbo II will continue to rise, as will the consistently appreciating Lancia Delta Integrale. A sleeper in this category is the sometimes-forgotten Cosworth Fords. Young collectors who have acquired some disposable income have taken notice of these rally-derived econo boxes from their youth and are willing to pay up for premium examples. Buy one now before hot-hatch mania hits full swing. Sell: 2000–10 base Ferrari I have nothing against this era of Maranello’s finest, and I would love to have one as a driver, but there seems to be an assumption among many Ferrari owners that you will always make a buck when selling. The reality is a 2000s-era Ferrari is just an expensive, extremely fun used car at this point — the exception being limited-edition runs or rare manual-transmission variants (599 GTO, Scuderia, Superamerica, etc.). By the time the production run ends, the waiting list has dried up, there are many barely used examples for sale, and the attention has already shifted to the newer, faster model. For those expecting collector-car appreciation rates on your modern Ferrari, sell it now and put that money toward a model that is already collectible. Otherwise, be prepared to hang on to it for a while. Hold: ’90s and newer high-performance wagons These wagon hot rods are like a mullet, but the party happens in the front and the business in the rear. They provide all the usability one needs with the speed everyone wants. The merging of these two opposing traits in one vehicle is appealing, especially to us Millennials. Plus, there were far fewer muscle wagons sold compared to their sedan counterparts, and they have held their value extremely well. AMG estates, Audi Avants and V8-powered BMW wagons will all hold significant ground in the oddball category. What you may have bought for practical reasons, hold on to it now for financial ones. Unlike the mullet, high-performance wagons have not yet seen their heyday. 120 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Mecum Indianapolis 2018 “This is America. You can buy and sell what you want.” Company Mecum Auctions Date May 15–20, 2018 Location Indianapolis, IN Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knox, Russ Coughlin, Bernie Wagoner Automotive lots sold/offered 1348/1872 Sales rate 72% The top seller — 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,815,000 Sales total $65,502,894 High sale 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,815,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T he 31st edition of Mecum’s Spring Classic experienced another growth spurt, as this was the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth in sales totals. Now with a decade on the grounds of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, the crew pretty much has the layout down pat for making everything flow for six days of auctions. That’s right; Mecum brought back the Sunday auction segment this year. So, in a way it’s easy to say that they got bigger simply because of that, yet it’s a nature-of-the-beast thing if you have the consignments to fill six days. And they certainly did. All told, there were 1,872 vehicular lots of- fered, including 31 boats (there was one collection of them that was part of an estate). Of them, 1,348 found new homes this week, generating a record $65.5 million in sales. This was up from 1,219 sold lots last year for $54.4 million, which should make it worth the effort to run one more day. The car that topped the sales charts also made some of the news feeds, as the high sale was a 2017 Ford GT coupe. No, you didn’t misread that. Not a 2004–06 GT (but there were two of those here, too). This is one of the 250 built in the initial year of production, which were not supposed to be resold within the first two years of ownership. Reportedly, Ford tried to file an injunction against selling it, but a local judge here in Indianapolis allowed the sale. When it hit the auction block on early Saturday afternoon, Dana told the crowd: “A judge did rule in Mecum’s favor that we can sell this car, and if Ford 122 Indianapolis, IN Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices wanted it back, they were welcome to come here and bid on it. We had some people worried that there would be repercussions; there are no repercussions with this car. It was contested in court. You bid on it, you buy it, it’s yours. This is America. You can buy and sell what you want.” And with that, the bidding started at nearly its MSRP of $500k. In short order, when it hit $1.6 million, Dana announced that the reserve was met and it was selling, so with one more bid just before the hammer was going to drop, Mecum has now established the going rate of a free-range GT at $1,815,000. This also bested last year’s top sale: a 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo coupe at $1,595,000. Another big deal here was two offerings from the estate of the late reet. Street was a custom-car promoter in the 1960s, and his holdings unearthed two iconic, modified cars of the era. The first of two offered at no reserve was The Golden Sahara II. Very disheveled from being ignored for nearly half a century, it was back in the limelight here, selling for $385,000. Immediately following it was the T-bucket street rod that is most famous as being used by Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in the TV series “77 Sunset Strip.” Also in tattered, inoperable condition, it became the fourth-highest sale of the weekend at $484,000. Above and beyond those highlight- and headline-making cars, there were six days of all types of collector cars — and trucks — for anyone’s purse and purpose. It’s part of what makes Mecum’s Spring Classic a unique event not to be missed for vintage-vehicle enthusiasts. ♦ $60m $70m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN ENGLISH #F15-1929 TALBOT 14/45 Type AG tourer. S/N: 25065. Dark blue/black cloth/ dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 27,724 miles. Restoration completed in 1996. U.K. tax discs from 1929 (possibly a replica) and 2005 (definitely real). Sanding scratches visible beneath fender paint and slightly better prep work on body, yet application is average at best. Moderate chipping at cowl and at door tops from side-curtain posts. Replated nickel work holding up reasonably well, with some dullness starting to take hold on a few pieces. Periodaccessory 20-liter petrol can strapped to the left running board, Boyce MotoMeter radiator cap, RAC Associate club badge on the grille bar, and Talbot Owners Club badge on front splash apron. Fitted with a period turn indicator, “Four Wheel Brakes” badge, and fishtail exhaust outlet. Some taillight wiring isn’t connected. Seat leather quite supple, along with being quite wrinkled and showing moderate wear on edges. Clean and authentically detailed underhood. Cond: 3+. GERMAN #F71-1964 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- of the later-production units, which were assembled at Longbridge with the improved cylinder head, boosting output from 102 hp to 117. Both the BN4 and the two-place BN6 gave way to the much-improved 3000 models in 1959. Originally a no-sale across the block at $37k, with Mecum showing this car sold on the website post-event. Fair enough deal for all parties involved. #T83.1-1987 LAND ROVER DE- SOLD AT $38,500. This has been shopped a fair amount in the past decade. Last seen by one of us last year at Worldwide’s Monterey auction, selling for $47,300 (SCM# 6844541). The consigning dealer at Indy took a bit of a hit on it—cutting the reserve loose when the money dried up, and the car immediately hammered sold. However, after trying to shop it for almost a year, it’s stale bait and did as well as it could in the middle of the country. #T217-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN4 roadster. S/N: BN4LS49611. Mint green & white/cream vinyl/cream & light green leather. Odo: 42,876 miles. Better repaint than technically possible in 1958. Good chrome replate, but original alloy grille and trim are a bit cloudy. Windshield moldings have light corrosion. Modern non-OEM windshield’s mounting channel protrudes markedly from whole perimeter of frame, almost screaming out to trim it with a razor knife. Decent door fit, especially considering its peers. Clean wheelwells and undercarriage. Well-upholstered seats, doors and dashboard. Fitted with seat belts, front and rear. Carpet showing some marked soiling and wear, especially at driver’s position. Light interior brightwork pitting. Light crazing of dash gauges. Show-quality engine bay presentation. Radial tires on stock steel wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. The first of the Big Healeys, the 100-6 BN4 was introduced in 1956. This example is one 124 FENDER 90 SUV. S/N: SALLDVAB7AA290663. Green & white/green & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 200,811 miles. Recently imported as a used truck from the U.K. Fitted with newer Defender alloy wheels, painted to match bodywork, and shod with new LT265/75R16 aggressive-profile tires. Rather sloppy repaint, with lackadaisical masking around door glass and some areas of light orange peel. New DOT-approved windshield and seal. New door seals, okay door fit at best. Heavily refurbished chassis, with brushpainted frame rails and axles, rebuilt suspension with polyester bushings, new coil springs and shocks on all four corners, plus new brakes. Reupholstered front seats, with original black vinyl on rear jump seats. New forward-compartment carpeting. Not much done to stock engine, with maybe a hose-off with soapy water being the greatest amount of cleanup work done. Cond: 3+. PORTER 21-Window microbus. S/N: 1240030. Turkish Green & off-white/white vinyl sunroof/green vinyl. Odo: 10,841 miles. Optional sun roof and roof rack. Recently completed restoration by a marque specialist. Good authentic repaint, with some light orange peel on door frames. Driver’s door glass frame has some fit tolerance issues with the door opening, but other doors fit well and have decent shut lines. All weather seals have been replaced by new pieces. All-reproduction or -refurbished NOS brightwork. Replacement 1.6-L engine in lieu of the stock 1.5-L unit, yet detailed to appear correct in engine bay. Clean undercarriage, without any road spray. Modern radial wide whitewall tires. Generic pleats on all three rows of seats, but expertly finished. Reproduction door panels, headliner and rubber flooring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $187,000. For those who think that first-gen microbus pricing has ratcheted down from a few years ago when they were occasionally fetching nearly $200k, guess again. It’s back, even if this proves to be a one-time re-flash in the market—although I feel this is more than just a one-time duel between two well-off and determined bidders. Imagine what this would’ve done if it was a 23-window with Safari windshields (actually, probably not far from what this did as a sunroof 21-window). Fully priced, yet not at loony-bin levels. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. While these may be fantastic off-roaders, you can’t get too worked up about the fit and finish of bodywork. Their best day right off the assembly line would fail QC inspections at any American tractor factory. Landies are one of those older SUVs that have been all over the place in the market, based on configuration and which side of the cab the steering wheel is on for our market. The panel-van setup here also likely didn’t help its overall appeal, so while it should do a little better, it will be in the more closed market of its marque enthusiasts. #T160-1982 PORSCHE 930 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ93ZC3000322. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,533 km. Equipped with power windows and sunroof. Originally non-U.S. specification, with a global market VIN, metric gauges, and no U.S. DOT or EPA compliance labels. Also does not have a private importation tag. Consignor is under the impression that the 27,533 klicks on odometer are correct from new. Excellent paint, with period 930 graphics on lower doors. Minimal UV fading on bumper rubber and black plastic body cladding. Newer windshield. Bank-vault door fit. Fog lamps aren’t particularly well aimed. Front seat inserts are perforated, rears are solid. At least everything is black—including accessory Coco mats. Heaviest interior wear is on driver’s seat. Factory a/c, converted to R134a. More tidy than clean underhood, but with a new Hastings oil filter. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $73,700. I’ll readily admit that I’m not Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN a fan of all-black cars, yet if there’s one that looks great in that hue, it’s a 930. Black gives it that combination of Darth Vader sinister and a general vibe of, “If you’re an idiot, I’ll kill you; but if you treat me with the respect that I’m due, we’ll master the universe.” Either that or “Butzi, ich bin dein Vater.” With the reserve dropped at end of bidding, this Euro or RoW turbo was more of a “sehr gut” for the consignor than an “ach nein” for the new owner. #T86.1-1984 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N: WP0JB0922ES863008. White/light beige leather. Odo: 40,883 miles. Optional moonroof and polished alloy wheels. Stated that the 40,883 indicated miles are actual since new. Good partial repaint, with a small hole in driver’s side of hood that’s been lightly painted over and light masking line around windshield gasket. 2018 Massachusetts inspection sticker in windshield. Good door gaps and fit. Somewhat clean underhood, more along the lines of being tidy. Serviced within the the past yearand-a-half for belts, leaks and squeaks. Undercarriage shows no more or less soiling than any other car of similar mileage. Very light seat wear, mostly side bolsters and edges. Period Blaupunkt Monterey AM/FM/cassette deck. Very little carpet soiling or wear. Cond: 3+. still looking very presentable. Good door and panel fit. Replacement glass and new seals, but with delamination starting on edges of rear window. Interior leather redone circa 2013, and is still very aromatic. Dashboard wood starting to dry out and shows some fading on ends. Engine somewhat clean and regularly serviced, yet not detailed. Rusty accelerator linkages. Older exhaust piping to the ANSA mufflers, with most everything under the car wearing undercoating. Runs out well, and isn’t a mosquito fogger. Cond: 2. serve was lifted at $50k, and the car hammered sold after one more bid that was on the Web. After a few years of a rocket-sled rise in values, garden-variety 308s seem to have stabilized, if not retreated somewhat, so cutting it loose here for this seems right for now. At least it will no longer share an upper berth on the transport with the frequent-flyer ’67 330 GTC (Lot S174), being regaled on the road between Indianapolis and Denver with tales of missed bid opportunities. #S107-2002 FERRARI 575M Maranello NOT SOLD AT $550,000. This has been a frequent flyer at Mecum auctions over the past few years, in search of a new home. Was here last year, where we last got it on our radar, as Lot S181, not selling at $575k (SCM# 6838063). The auction company guesstimate is $550k–$700k, with an easy guess that the latter figure is what’s going to take to shake it loose. However, in all of its block appearances, it has never cracked $600k, so any of the last offerings—inclusive of the one here— should’ve gotten it off their books. SOLD AT $25,300. Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction in 2016 for $29,700 (SCM# 6805504), so if it was consigned by that buyer here at Indy, that was an ouch to the tune of $4k. Offered at no reserve here, the easy out would be to say it sold for market value. Yet this was in the zone of what we’ve been seeing 928s with automatics (with several in the 40kmile range) sell for in the last year. ITALIAN #S174-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N: 9955. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 45,904 km. Factory-installed a/c, pw and Becker Europa AM/FM radio. European market when new, retaining its metric gauges. Bare-body repaint approximately a decade ago. Bumpers replated around the same time, 126 SOLD AT $55,000. Last seen at Mecum spring Kansas City auction in March, where it was a no-sale for what proved to be the total realized price here (SCM# 6863973). The re- #S241-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N: 308GTS28725. Fly Yellow/black fiberglass/ black leather. Odo: 67,262 miles. Rather good repaint, although masking around the EPA compliance/serial number tag is a bit sloppy and hints at original or a repaint in red. Scuderia shields seem to be set fairly low on the front fenders—closer to central body line than the tops of fenders. Generally good door fit and shut lines, although lower portion of driver’s door seems to protrude slightly from bodywork. Good front bumper rubber. Good seat and door-panel leather. Modern Alpine DIN-mount CD sound system in dashboard. Light traffic on carpets and carpeted floor mats. Clean, entirely stock (inclusive of all smog gear) and well-kept engine bay, although not what one would call detailed to any extent. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N: ZFFBV55A220129483. Silver/tan & electric blue leather. Odo: 18,102 miles. Daytona-style seats, fitted luggage and Scuderia fender shields. Special-order interior features blue leather for the dashboard and seat accents, with tan hides for everything else. Minimal interior wear, and still very aromatic leather. Well-cared-for original paint, with nary a gravel chip on front fascia or rocker panels. Superb panel gaps. Clean but not necessarily detailed engine bay. Tires showing heavier wear. Wheels could’ve been better cleaned, but they also don’t have curb rash. TPS warning light on when the car is running. Undercarriage is bit dingy, but no more so than any other 22k-mile used car. Aside from the TPS alarm, runs out well with no apparent issues. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. A no-sale at Mecum’s L.A. auction in February (SCM# 6865427). With $220k turned down there, I don’t understand the process that made anyone think it would do better in far less Ferraricentric Indiana. Sure enough, it didn’t. This also despite a $225k–$275k pre-sale guesstimate. Granted, the funky electric blue interior may have put some folks off, although I thought it was a neat change from the usual black and tan hides found in cars of all stripes today. Stick-shift Maranellos seemed to be gaining in value, and while one sale isn’t the market, maybe the shrinking pool of those who use those three pedals on the floor is starting to catch up to a (mostly) younger generation that would rather paddle. JAPANESE #F13-1983 TOYOTA HILUX SR-5 4WD LWB pickup. S/N: JT4RN48D0D0088853. Butterscotch/tan vinyl. Odo: 60,449 miles. Stated by the consignor that it was originally donated by Toyota to the Coconino County, AZ, Sheriff’s Dept. Search and Rescue unit, which retained it until last year. A plaque commemorating the donation is affixed to the Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN glovebox door. Also stated that the 60,449 indicated miles are actual from new. Recent topical trim-off repaint. Good solid door fit. Period aftermarket rear tube bumper. Excellent seats and vinyl flooring, even if the latter doesn’t fit well. New dash top cover. Radio delete, with blanking plate in dash and never fitted with an antenna. Cleanly detailed and bone-stock underhood. Major chassis components brush-painted black, yet by and large with original undercarriage. New radial tires on the stock steel wheels. Cond: 2-. seasons: spring (Emerald Green), summer (Pale Aqua), fall (Topaz Mist), and our car in this winter hue that replicates quite well what we on the prairies of the Upper Midwest call “snirt” (dirty snow). Indeed, I’ve never seen a better color of paint that looks just like salty road spray than this. They look for all the world like someone shrunk a retro Ford Tbird, exacerbated by the dinky 12-inch wheels. These are starting to make some inroads, now that they’ve been legal to import since 2016, so I’ll call this sexy-version-of-a-Nissan-Micra commuter bomb market correct for this side of the pond. SWEDISH SOLD AT $19,800. The consignor is noted for selling well-restored post-war American pickups, so I had to give him and his wife some good-natured ribbing about selling an example of the official truck of the Taliban, after reading my mail about Japanese pickups picking up in interest. If even a die-hard fan of American pickups is seeking and selling 1980s Toyotas, the secret must really be out. A solid example from Arizona, well prepped, and in good period colors, it had no trouble meeting their $17k reserve, and picked up a few more bids before it hammered sold. #F26-1991 NISSAN FIGARO coupe. S/N: FK10000090. Lapis Gray/white vinyl/ light beige leather. RHD. Odo: 90,204 km. Stated actual miles are 56,023, but original odometer was calibrated in km. Although it may be recalibrated in mph since a label stating “MPH” is on speedometer. DOT-approved third brake light in rear package shelf. Good original paint, with a few light stone chips up front. Good original folding vinyl top, which rides on side rails in the roof frame, à la 1950s Nash Rambler or Citroën 2CV. Washed-off, used-car engine bay, with plenty of corrosion on alloy castings. Newer ignition wiring and battery. Hood insulation rather tattered. Light soiling on usual areas a driver would contact on a daily basis—mostly seat bottom and center console armrest. Minimal carpet wear, appearing like the original floor mats were used up and tossed. Scruffy undercarriage, with mostly surface rust. Cond: 3. #F10-1964 SAAB 96 2-dr sedan. S/N: 226697. Silver/gray vinyl & red cloth. Odo: 2,631 miles. Originally exported to the Netherlands, where it had the Hollandia sunroof added. Superbly repainted in recent years. Good door fit. Done up as a replica Monte Carlo 850, with badging inside and out, wiremesh headlight guards, driving lamps with stone guards, spotlight without a stone guard, and leather hood strap. Festooned with periodstyle rally decals and racing roundels with number 69 (some people never grow up). Authentically reupholstered seats and door panels, with modern carpet cut to fit the floor. Modern three-point seat belts and hardware. Rebuilt 2-stroke motor done as part of the redo, which is clean and reasonably well detailed. Cond: 3+. slightly from bodywork when shut. Front suspension seems to ride slightly lower than rear. Good-fitting butteryfly hood. Under it, engine is nearly show-ready. Modern rebuilder decal on generator. Light weathering of top. Expertly reupholstered door panels and seats— both inside and for the rumble seat. Painted woodgraining on dash is a bit light—especially compared to real burlwood inserts and trimming. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $214,500. The Light Eight was Packard’s one-year-only first attempt at an economy model. Priced at $1,795 for all bodystyles except the 4-door sedan (which was $45 less), the company’s hand-built quality made the car a loss-leader. Yet the shovel-nose grille made it a styling tour de force—regardless of price. As one of the more iconic Packards, they’ve now done as well as their more senior brethren in the market, as this example’s selling price shows. #S166-1940 STUDEBAKER PRESI- NOT SOLD AT $30,000. An early two-smoke Saab 96 is one of those cars that nobody can seem to just leave well enough alone and restore back to stock. It seems like all the ones I’ve seen in the auction world this year are wannabe rally cars to some extent—and this example was extended out pretty far. Final bid should’ve been more than enough—even if this was a real-deal Monte Carlo. AMERICAN #T205-1932 PACKARD LIGHT EIGHT SOLD AT $13,750. The JDM Figaro was painted in four colors to represent the four 128 Series 900 convertible. S/N: 5591009. Twotone green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 57 miles. Dual sidemount spares, trunk rack and Goddess of Speed hood ornament. Mostly excellent repaint, although with some patches of light orange peel in a few compound curves. Older car dealer decal affixed below rumble seat on lower beltline. Better-quality chrome replating still resplendent. Doors bow out DENT DeLux-Tone sedan. S/N: B43828. Eng. # B43828. Chocolate & metallic beige/ tan & brown broadcloth. Odo: 19,738 miles. VIN issued on engine number, not unit serial number of 7137840 stamped on door-jamb tag. Superb bare-body two-tone repaint using base/clear, with very clean color break lines. Show-quality chrome replating overall. Allnew tinted glass and seals. Reproduction running-board rubber. Well-fitted, all-new upholstery, although headliner has a few light ripples in it. Light carpet wear and soiling at pedal box. Original brown rubber gas pedal, with black rubber clutch and brake pedal pads. Excellent woodgraining. Water temperature gauge added below headlight switch. Engine bay authentic and clean, aside from modern hose clamps, battery and some added chrome embellishments. Some modern wiring with crimp connectors also added for turn signals. Generally tidy undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. In April 1940, Studebaker introduced the DeLux-Tone trim package. Featuring a standard two-tone paint combina- Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN tion and interior upholstery, it’s easily argued that they were competing with Packard’s newfor-1940 Deluxe trim level in the junior series cars with contrasting paint. The effort that went into restoring this top-end Studey for 1940 was just as fine—if not better—than what is usually lavished on a Full Classic senior Packard of this era. Offered at no reserve, and even ignoring that it sold below the auction house’s guesstimate, it was well bought—even if you can’t ask the man who owns one. TOP 10 No. 5 #S113-1953 LINCOLN CAPRI The Golden Sahara II Kustom roadster. S/N: EXP001. Gold pearlescent/ Plexi- glas/ Ivory nylon. Abandoned for approximately half a century, in non-operable condition from the Jim Street estate. Paint destabilized with age—now has a mottled appearance. Minor trim pieces have fallen off, some are loose. Duct tape on various body panels, appearing to have held wiring in place. Dull, tarnished gold plating hints that it wasn’t 24 karat. A good chunk of that $75k expense went to a host of period electronics including TVs, remote controls for multiple functions (to include driving it—take that, Google and Uber!), PA systems, tape recorders (when’s the last time you’ve seen a 3M Wollensak reel-toreel?), and even a wet bar in back-seat area. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 5+. set of concours judges to scrutinize. Slightly loose seat bottoms, in all positions. No discernible carpet wear and only light soiling around pedals. Top also seems like it has minimal fade and definitely some wrinkling from being stored down. Some rust starting to leech out from between the rear leaf springs; otherwise, undercarriage is quite clean and realistically detailed. Cond: 1-. auction in November 2002 for the thenprincely sum of $80,300 all-in (SCM# 1555858). Shortly thereafter, it was sent off to become this fabulous new creation (if it were a restoration, it would still be white with a black interior). Here, the reserve was off at $95k, garnering one more bid to put it into the sold column. Any way you look at it, this proved to be a money-losing proposition for the consignor. They likely spent the difference in entrance and exit money just on taking it to all the shows and concours in which it competed. If having the best of the 76 real 1960 Edsel convertibles is your goal in life—cost be damned—and you’re the new owner, well bought. #F72-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr SOLD AT $214,500. Per the VIN, this is the first of 484 1957 Chrysler 300Cs built. A rather impressive serial number for a rather impressive year in Letter Car history. A bit more freshening up (a very little bit) and it’ll be ready to hit the concours circuits once again. Bidding opened at $100k and didn’t break stride until it was hammered just shy of the auction house’s low guesstimate of 200 grand. Done right, big fin cars continue to bring big money. If anything—considering this one’s notable serial number—it was at worst low market, if not a good buy. #F138-1960 EDSEL RANGER convert- SOLD AT $385,000. Originally owned by George Barris, who initially built it into the original Golden Sahara in 1954. Further modified with the backing of Jim Street, at a cost of $75k, into its present configuration, the Golden Sahara II. In its heyday from 1960 to 1965, it appeared in a few films and television shows, as it’s one of the more famous Kustom Kars of all time. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as far as I’m concerned, this thing is uglier than a mud fence (and smells worse). While Mecum made a really big deal out of the car, I had no small delight in watching it sell for $99k less than the second-billing, but more historically important, Kookie’s Kar—also dug out of Mr. Street’s estate. #F135-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convert- ible. S/N: 3N571001. White/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 38,130 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. State-of-the-art restoration completed in 1994. Attained several AACA National First Place awards from 1999 through 2011, plus a Chrysler 300 Club Best in Class at their 2012 meet. Overall, the car still presents very well, although some scuffing now seen on windshield trim and a few polishing scratches can be found in paint. Recent cleanup underhood is ready for another 130 ible. S/N: 0U15Y702534. Silver/black vinyl/ silver & red vinyl. Odo: 8,143 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally white over black. Fitted with a/c, full tinted glass, ps, pb, pw, power seat and AM radio, with dual rear antennas. Dealer-accessory spotlights, fender skirts and seat belts. Fabulous over-the-top, state-of-the-art restoration work done approximately a dozen years ago—Ford couldn’t build it this well in late 1959 even if it wanted to. Multiple AACA National First Place award winner 2006–09 (with two grille badges affixed), with a Best in Class at Hilton Head 2008 tossed in for good measure. No appreciable wear on interior, engine bay or even undercarriage—which has correct primer finish. Perhaps some of the dashboard trim could be better polished, but that’s about the extent of fixing it up. Cond: 1. hard top. S/N: 11837A102734. Jewel Blue Metallic/white vinyl & light blue nylon. Odo: 10,841 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent bare-body base/clear repaint. Lesser masking around s/n tag, with some residual red paint. Excellent door fit and shut lines. New, replated or professionally refurbished brightwork. Tribar spinner wheel covers and radials with yellowed whitewalls on stock wheels. Very clean engine bay, with bright fasteners and baremetal hardware. Non-stock deviations include an aluminum radiator, chrome-plated alternator housing, various relays with associated ancillary wiring, and modern plastic washer pump. New front suspension hardware. Rear axle is a Ford 9-inch unit. All-reproduction interior soft trim—including carpet and repop blue rubber full-length floor mat. Clean, mostly black undercarriage; with new fuel tank, brake lines and dual exhaust system. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. As a relatively early production for the 1961 model year (by VIN and the last-week-in-September build-date code on the Body by Fisher tag), this car is correct by date to have the 348 in it. Mid-year, the 409 took its place on the option list (as no Chevrolet came standard with a 348 or 409). Done up more to be a reliable cruiser fresh out of the shop, rather than being concours correct for judging, final selling bid falls in line. #F59-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR SOLD AT $110,000. In its original existence, it was sold out of the Richard Kughn Collection as a Condition 3 car at RM’s Novi, MI, Corsa convertible. S/N: 107675W145151. Cypress Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,233 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Retains the original Protect-O-Plate from when it sold new, as-equipped here by PollardRavenscroft Chevrolet of Van Nuys, CA. Options include turbo engine and push-button AM radio with rear-mounted antenna. Presentable repaint, with masked-off body seals and major trim. Acceptable door fit, but they do Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN rattle a bit when shut. Tail-dragger rear suspension, possibly due to recently installed NOS shocks. Good carpet and dashpad. Repop period-accessory rubber floor mats. Engine bay generally clean and appears to have been worked on by someone who has a clue about Corvairs. Hall-effect electronic ignition displaces the original points, less-than-tidy additions to the wiring harness have been made. Cond: 3+. interior soft trim. Mr. Shelby’s signature on the trim panel over the glovebox. Clean and correctly detailed undercarriage. Exhaust note seems lumbered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $181,500. Last seen at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction in 2013, then a no-sale at $155k (SCM# 5609729). The reserve was initially dropped at $165k, but that was possibly a miscommunication. So the reserve was put back on, upon which they actually did have a verifiable bidder, so the reserve went off and stayed off, with the car hammering sold in short order. Sold well enough, if not very well. TOP 10 No. 1 #S87-2017 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 2FAGP9CW2HH200048. Ingot Silver/ Dark Energy Alcantara & cloth. Odo: 7 SOLD AT $28,600. The problem with being fixated on using all-NOS parts is that some have a shelf life. Granted, trim and body panels are not an issue (if they are properly stored, rather than hoarded in a chicken coop). For things with rubber or chemicals in them (let alone a rebuild kit with gaskets), it may not work out so well. Someone may think the NOS rear shocks look very pretty for concours judging, but being about half a century old, the seals have failed and internal fluid has lifted the paint on body of the shock. That caused the one thing you don’t want on a Corvair—a tail-down stance. Late-model Corvairs seem to have escaped the cheap-car stigma that has plagued them since new, but this was still very well sold. #F130.1-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N: 67401F8A02483. Brittany Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 85,658 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report confirms car was restored to match its as-built configuration. Sold new by Courtesy Motors of Littleton, CO, with optional a/c, front-disc pb, ps, Sport Deck, Interior Décor Group and AM radio. Betterquality base/clear repaint when restored a dozen years ago. Good door fit and panel gaps. While a bidder was inspecting the car and the owner was opening the trunk, the torsion bar spring for the trunk lid popped out and caught on the hinge (easily put back in order, but got everyone’s attention within 20 feet). Clean engine bay, with older detailing work. Fasteners in there starting to corrode, cast-aluminum parts have a very dull finish. One of two rivets on the VIN tag messed with, likely to verify the original Ford VIN. Good reproduction miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. In showroom condition (not that any of these had to molder on a showroom floor during a Sale-ABration event with balloons tied to the mirrors), with the transport steering wheel cover and plastic carpet coverings being the only pre-delivery protection items left on the car. Equipped with optional titanium lug nuts, matching silver wheels and brake calipers, plus Alcantara seating. Virtually no signs of use, aside from rear tire wear. New owner’s goodie packet in the diminutive rear luggage compartment. “This vehicle is protected with IGL Coatings” decal in the windshield. Starts, runs, drives with no mechanical issues. Cond: 1. with that, Mark Delzell opened the bidding, getting the first bite at $500k—just north of the original MSRP. The reserve was off at $1.6m, and with one more bid just before the gavel was starting to drop, we now have the true market value on what it costs to get a GT (as the $2m sale of Ron Pratte’s at Barrett-Jackson in January was a charitable donation). #S178.1-2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Demon coupe. S/N: 2C3CDZH91JH100554. Black/black leather. Odo: 5 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, auto. Options are leather back seat, Comfort Audio Group, Storage Package, a buck for trunk carpeting, and $1,700 in Gas Guzzler Tax. Car has five miles on it from delivery, has not had a pre-delivery inspection, retains most delivery materials in place, and is essentially new-in-the-crate. Indeed, the Demon Crate is still in the crate, still boxed up and banded to its shipping pallet. Under the hood, the blower still has the blue protective film on top of it—the only sign of wear or use is dirty tires. Lot also includes the 2017 New York Auto Show press kit for the Demon launch. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,815,000. There are no mechanical issues, but legal issues may be another story. This despite Dana stating before the car was offered, “A judge did rule in Mecum’s favor that we can sell this car.” Ford claimed that original owners are contractually barred from selling their GTs for two years. Dana further stated, “There are no repercussions with this car. It was contested in court. You bid on it, you buy it, it’s yours. This is America. You can buy and sell what you want.” And SOLD AT $143,000. One of five (!) Demons consigned here, this was the top seller among them. Two were no-sales at $130k and $120k, and the other two that sold did $126,500 and $121,000. Interestingly, all three that sold were black, while the no-sales were yellow and Plum Crazy. And, from what I’ve gathered, the only ones that will actually see combat on a drag strip will be white (to better put sponsorship decals or warps on). Provided that the consignor got an MSRP deal, one can reasonably assume that about $40k profit was made for being patient enough to wait for the car. This is also more realistic for being top market right now, unlike the $500k Buy It Now listings on eBay. © 132 “ Dana stated before the car was offered that, “A judge did rule in Mecum’s favor that we can sell this car.” Ford claimed that original owners are contractually barred from selling their GTs for two years. 2017 Ford GT coupe ” Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Bonhams Greenwich 2018 A partially restored C-3 was the final car in the auction, presented in grand-finale style and sold for $313k Company Bonhams Date June 3, 2018 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 111/123 Sales rate 90% Sales total $10,351,640 High sale 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible, sold at $1,450,000 Nearly two decades of dedicated restoration, with more to go — 1954 Cunningham C-3 coupe, sold at $313,000 Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz, Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel Intro by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics ary Carroll Shelby. And, as usual at Greenwich, the other offerings covered a wide range of makes, eras, conditions and values, with many of the mid-value cars a notch above what we’ve seen in past years. This isn’t a Pebble Beach- or Amelia Island-level auction, but an eclectic mix of auction staples, offbeat rarities and heaps of rusted metal. Among the offbeat was a 1972 Fiat 124 Sport coupe that sold for $19,040, a rallyprepped 1959 AC Aceca that sold for $145,600, and a 1910 National roadster that sold for $147,840. The staples included a 1969 Jaguar E-type that sold for $68,320, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that sold for $43,680, and two Ferrari Testarossas, one that sold for $95,200 and the other going for $123,200. At the top of the rusted-heap pile were two 1957 and one 1959 Fiat-Abarths, the rustier ’57 project cars going for $22,400 each and the less-rusty ’59 selling for $33,600. These three were fascinating to look at sitting silently together, akin to looking at the remains of an ancient civilization. The financial leaders of the auction were a 1965 Aston B Martin DB5 convertible and a 1959 Mercedes 300SL. These two together were expected to comprise a good chunk of the total auction-sales dollars. But both cars failed to meet their reserves. Post-block, the DB5 sold for $1,450,000 and the 300SL made $895,000. Bonhams was 134 onhams’ Greenwich auction was more anticipated than ever this year due to 23 lots from the collection of the legend- Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and an argument can be made that the final sale prices were more in line with the true market value of the cars. The major drama started mid-auction as the highly anticipated Shelby Collection came up. Some were Shelby Mustangs, but most were less-valuable makes and models, with a number of them estimated at just $10k–$15k. It was an opportunity for collectors to grab a slice of Shelby history for a reasonable cost, and they all jumped in like Black Friday Walmart shoppers. Even the Shelby family jumped into the frenzy, with the first car offered, a 1967 Lincoln Continental, going to Shelby’s grandson for $52,640 — almost twice as much as the high estimate. In many cases estimates were blown out of the water, with a 1999 Shelby Series 1 going for $313,000, not far from three times the high estimate of $125k. A group of ’80s Dodges — Lancer, CSX, Charger, Omni — all modified by Shelby for Chrysler back in the day, went for various prices in the $15k–$30k range. We may never see another 1987 Dodge Charger GLH-S go for over $31k in our lifetimes. By the time the final Shelby lot came up, a stunning 1997 Shelby Aurora V8 Can-Am race car that went for $100,800 against an estimate of $20k–$25k, I was sure a new record had been set for underestimating. The last star car was the 1954 Cunningham C-3. Sales Totals The Greenwich Concours featured an historic gathering this year of virtually all the Cunninghams ever built, along with some other notable cars raced by Briggs Cunningham’s team. This partially restored C-3 was the final car in the auction, presented in grand-finale style. The long negotiations to sell it continued on even as everyone else went home and the tent was dismantled, when battle fatigue finally resulted in a price of $313,000. This year’s sales totaled $10.3m — a healthy upgrade from last year’s $7.4 million. This is a unique Northeastern auction, and it has become a very enjoyable segment of the Greenwich Concours weekend. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #175-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Springfield Brewster St. Andrew Town Car. S/N: S203PR. Eng. # 310130. Cream & brown/brown leatherette/tan cloth, brown leather. Odo: 12,314 miles. Handsome Town Car with very sound body, although right front door fit is off. Older paint good enough, but with some chipping and cracking. Colors said by some to be original to this car but look very 1970s to me. Painted wire wheels more authentic than chromed. Interior wood quite nice and rear compartment fabrics likely original and very well preserved. Chauffeur’s compartment materials not as convincing. Carpets worn and could be original. Importantly, has recent engine and auxiliaries rebuild (with new alloy cylinder head and increased compression ratio), as well as renewed brakes and suspension, all by known marque experts. Per the grapevine, the cost of this work was in excess of $100,000. Overdrive a plus for touring. Cond: 3+. well-documented Phantom I can be shown with pride and used enthusiastically for touring. Sold slightly above Bonhams’ low estimate, which I thought was relatively modest. I hope it sold to an end-user who will appreciate a fine value and drive it a lot. #184-1935 FORD CZX sedan. S/N: AZ257821. Green & black/gray vinyl & cloth. RHD. Odo: 90,200 miles. Fully restored in 2004. Body quite nice; no real flaws. Paintwork well done, appropriate to year and model. The few chrome pieces also in excellent shape. Interior neat and carefully restored. Painted spoke wheels show little post-restoration use. Modern cloth and vinyl seats also show little use. Underbody looking clean as well. Original 4-cylinder engine replaced with Ford flathead V8 with 60 hp and a 4-speed manual transmission from a Pinto. Cond: 2+. bit percentage-wise. In 2010, mileage was shown as 90,198—apparently driven just two miles in past eight years. Whether that was due to lack of interest in driving or some mechanical gremlins will be something new owner will discover. But considering it cost buyer about 3% of what the 2006 Ford GT brought here, I’d consider this much rarer Ford a very good buy. Might even out-drag it with that sleeper V8 installed. #219-1935 MG PA Midget roadster. S/N: PA2015. Dublin Green & Ulster Green/Apple Green. RHD. Odo: 519 miles. Shiny green paint with extensive orange peel and other surface imperfections on hood and all four fenders. Panels straight. Mild pitting of radiator shell chrome. Small dent in left headlight surround and fogged lenses. Chrome could have been detailed much better. Excellent job of preserving original engine compartment features, though under the bonnet there is extensive peeling of black paint and extensive oxidation of exhaust header. Leather is excellent with only modest wrinkling. Leather trim atop right door panel is worn. Bluemels steering wheel is scratched, but not cracked. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $91,840. Brewster built only 37 St. Andrew Town Cars. Dignified, of course, but also a touch rakish for a big limo. This type of massive classic is not currently in vogue with buyers, so they can be very good buys for their aficionados. While not a concours winner, this SOLD AT $15,120. A lovely little British Ford rarely seen in the U.S. I thought color scheme and paintwork were eye-catching. The restoration, now 14 years old, was carefully executed inside and out for a car of such modest value. The engine swap makes it sort of a British resto-rod, and somehow I liked that. This was last sold at RM Monterey in 2010 for $25,300—so consignor here has lost quite a SOLD AT $50,400. Sold for $52,800 in Monterey 2014 by Bonhams (SCM# 6719938). Hard to believe this was an AACA national winner in 2001. The paint job must have come afterwards. Some believe these are a bit more stately than the later Ts. Not as valuable as its supercharged brethren, this MG P-type received an appropriate if not generous bid. #104-1939 SUNBEAM-TALBOT 2-LI- TER Sports tourer. S/N: 129200. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 18,399 miles. Reasonably good panel fit for a 1939 car, but some body welting is deteriorating. Old paint with numerous chips, but well applied and retaining a suggestion of shine. Large chrome pieces such as radiator, bumpers and headlights quite nice, but some hardware such as windshield frame looks much older. Glass itself is clear. Decent cloth convertible top. Inside, dash wood is okay, but instruments clouded. Seats appear to have been rather cheaply recovered but are holding up well. Carpeting of questionable authenticity; steering wheel badly cracked. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,880. Rootes-owned Sunbeam-Talbot was a descendant of the Anglo-French SunbeamTalbot-Darracq combine, and a predecessor to the Sunbeam brand, which produced the 136 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT and this example in particular, it should be worth more (he said, with self-interest). Not quite the screaming bargain that the 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special from the same collection (Lot 189) was, but well bought nonetheless. Rapier, Alpine and Tiger. The 2-Liter was introduced in 1939, but World War II interrupted production. Production resumed after the war until 1948, when the 2-Liter was replaced by the more familiar Sunbeam-Talbot 90/Alpine (first generation). As such, this is a very obscure model in the U.S. but has considerable Old World charm. Local car owned by the family of Briggs Cunningham, and kept at his nearby estate for many years. With 36 hp, must be painfully slow on the road today, but maybe more fun (if less environmentally friendly) to drive around the estate than a golf cart. Mid-estimate sale seems fair to both parties. #178-1949 BENTLEY MK VI Standard Steel saloon. S/N: B16LFV. Black & silver/ black leather. Odo: 55,657 miles. Very solid and attractive Standard Steel (i.e., non-coachbuilt) Mk VI in left-hand-drive configuration, which means it has 4-on-the-column instead of a floor shift, and a single Stromberg carb rather than twin SUs. No apparent rust per my magnet; excellent panel fit. Standard sunroof. Paint well-applied and smooth, with a few minor scuffs and flaws, but the two-toning scheme is incorrect for a Mk VI; near-correct for the later, similar R-type. Chrome mostly very nice, but bumper plating is sub-original quality. Inside, the seats are well crafted and comfortable, with upholstery in the correct pattern, but the quality of leather is not the same as original Connolly hides. Wood very good in most places. Tidy underhood and underneath. Cond: 2. #138-1959 AC ACECA coupe. S/N: AEX674. Eng. # CL2349WT. Blue metallic/red vinyl. Odo: 10,432 miles. Interesting, rallyprepped example of the rare Aceca. Nicely put together with very good panel fit for a 1959 AC. Well-applied metallic paint cracking on right side of hood. Drip rail installation messy and amateurish. Most rubber gaskets good. Huge plexiglass hatch window badly fogged. Inside, it appears that the original AC instrument binnacle as well as a group of modern instruments have been grafted onto a custommade flat bulkhead. Red shag carpeting on transmission hump perhaps affords some heat and noise insulation. Blindingly bright red leather seats look good but seem like an odd choice for a quasi-race car. Stroud harnesses hooked to roll cage. Engine compartment very clean and tidy, with alternator and custom radiator fan. Cond: 3+. marked, but clearly older. Dash shows quite a bit of patina, with glovebox door warped and speaker grille a bit rusty. Later JVC stereo/ tape well fitted but obviously not original. Excellent carpets. Original a/c compressor not installed in car but comes with it. Unfortunately, the original factory hard top was sold years ago. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $145,600. The oddly named Aceca was a lovely coupe of limited production, with only 319 built from 1954 to ’63, and only 48 in 1959. By then, the venerable AC 2-liter longstroke 6 was considered a bit of an old wheezer, hence the Bristol engine option, not present on this car (and later the Ford V8s for the Ace roadster, courtesy of Mr. Shelby). This car’s non-matching numbers but period-correct engine has three larger SU carbs as well as a custom side-exit exhaust to upgrade performance. The modifications make it just the ticket for events like the Copperstate 1000, but probably narrowed the potential buyer pool quite a bit, as reflected in the price, $15k under Bonhams’ low estimate and $40k under the SCM Pocket Price Guide median. But looks like a blast. For the right person, well bought. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $43,680. Full disclosure: I have owned a Bentley Mk VI saloon for 25 years and I think it combines the look and feel of vintage motoring in a comfortable car that will run with modern traffic (at least in the right lane). An outstanding tour car. This was a very attractive example in an unusual configuration. With premium, sold a bit above Bonhams’ modest high estimate, but with the quality and usability of the Mk VI in general 138 #139-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 convertible. S/N: DB5C1520L. Eng. # 4001783. Goodwood Green/tan cloth/ beige leather. Odo: 23,015 miles. Repainted, and interior and top redone, about 20 years ago, but never fully restored. Excellent panel fit and beautifully applied Goodwood Green paint, which has accumulated some chips, minor flaws and micro-scratching over the years. Tiny delamination spots in windshield corners. Most chrome very nice, but door handles and windshield header show age. Inside, the beautiful beige leather is soft and un- SOLD AT $1,450,000. Very fine and rare American-market DB5, one of only 39 LHD DB5 convertibles, but far from a concours trailer queen. One Connecticut owner since 1971, and accompanied by an impressive stack of invoices. This car was never neglected. Looks like it could be driven, used in events and shown in second-tier concours asis. In the sales room the apparent high bid was $1.6m, versus Bonhams’ enthusiastic estimate of $2m–$2.5m, resulting in a no-sale. Later, the reported sale price was $1,450,000 including premium. So something interesting happened in between. The ultimate price is almost identical to the price-guide median, and represents a nifty $1.25m savings compared to the superbly restored example sold at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in December. (See Market Moment, p. 140.) #127-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 coupe. S/N: R25890. Eng. # 7R31229. British Racing Green/Cinnamon leather. Odo: 56,611 miles. Lovely Series II coupe benefiting from 2013 restoration. Panel fit excellent, with exception of noticeable gap between upper corner of driver’s window and B-pillar. Must produce wicked wind noise. Smooth, quality paint, very nice chrome, most gaskets good. Inside, seats just starting to reveal slight patina. Metal spokes on beautiful wood wheel show same. Tops of door panels show a little sun-bleaching of the dye. Very nice carpets perhaps could be cleaned. Clean and correct, although not obsessively so, underhood. Partially worn Goodyear Vector whitewalls okay for now. Usually I dislike whitewalls on Etypes, but here the thin whitewalls work well with the color. Period radio and rear speakers do not look “factory correct” to me but are well fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,320. A beautifully presented Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Market Moment E-type, which could be shown at club events and local concours but you would not be afraid to drive. If the driver’s window-fit issue is addressed, it could rise to a Condition 2+. JDHT Certificate in order, but otherwise little in the way of provenance or documentation. Sold slightly above low estimate and priceguide median. If I didn’t already have too many cars, I would have been tempted to bid on this. A very good result for both seller and buyer. #218-1991 LOTUS ESPRIT Turbo SE courtesy of Bonhams 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible Sold at $1,450,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 3, 2018, Lot 139 Chassis number: DB5C1520L I n 1985, I was attempting to drive a 1969 Ferrari 246 GT as a daily car. I was utterly unaware that this was an absolute impossibility. To further compound the impractical life that I was starting to conjure, I then co-owned an Aston Martin DB4 with a grade-school friend. I figured the split duty would at least somewhat better my odds at having wheels that worked on a regular basis. If nothing else, that Aston proved to be more usable and started to get me hooked on the brand. The quality of material, the robust chassis and the sound that the 3.7-liter, inline 6-cylinder motor makes were intoxicating. After much Dino ownership consternation — and more joy being lathered about by the Aston — I studied and formulated (or devised) what might be the perfect next car. My hypothesis was an Aston Martin DB5 convertible. Then I had to find one. With 123 cars produced, how hard could this be? As it turns out, not hard at all, and a RHD version turned up in Pennsylvania. I was committed to let my pal buy me out of the DB4, and the seller of the DB5C was considering taking the Dino as an even swap. It all seemed like a perfect car storm. Then reality hit. The Dino performed flawlessly, but the DB5C up close and personal was a bit of mess — and wasn’t even up to the task of a test drive. Oh, to add insult to injury, the seller wanted my now-wonderful Dino and $7k. I walked away with a photo of the DB5C and the desire to find another Aston. This ended up being a DB4 Series V Vantage fitted with a DB5 motor. The DB5C dream for $31k had passed and remained in the “coulda, shoulda, woulda” file. Leap forward 33 years, and I’ve bought and sold a handful of DB5Cs for my business. They have always remained a desirable choice for collectors around the world. Prices have always stayed well ahead of the DB5 coupes until recently. Now, how do you value one accurately today? I firmly believe that this open Aston is still a great car. For many folks who want just one classic, it is a great choice, much like a Ferrari 275 GTS, Mercedes Benz 300SL or Jaguar XKE Roadster. But why are the prices all over the map? Well, no two are exactly alike, and LHD versus RHD plays an enormous role. That said, this is really a micro example of “what is it worth today?” These cars give the word “variance” proper meaning. Auction sales over the past 24 months have been as low as $1,171,455 (Bonhams, May 2016) to as high as $2,700,000 (RM Sotheby’s, November 2017). On the same weekend as the Bonhams Greenwich sale, where our lovely subject car sold for $1,450,000, I witnessed a gorgeous RHD example in white sell for $1,179,860 at Bonhams’ Aston Martin Sale in the U.K. I was as smitten with that car as I was in the 1980s. I did everything possible to not bid, as the admiration is still there. Simply put, these cars are worth, within reason, whatever the new buyer wants to pay. Welcome to 2018, folks. Take price guides, rhyme and reason, and whatever knowledge you think you had on values — and promptly show it stage right. I think $1,450,000 was a bit of a deal for a proper LHD car with a great history. I know that the motor was changed in period and it isn’t matching numbers, but frankly, who cares? To be fair — and rather pedantic — the engine in the car is meant to be five numbers off from the original. Drive it like you stole it, and stop staring at engine numbers, as they don’t have one bit of impact on the actual experience. I know engine numbers didn’t matter one bit in my DB4 Vantage during the 1980s. No one ever asked about them, either. It was a simpler time. 140 — Stephen Serio SOLD AT $16,800. Peter Stevens’ restyle of Giugiaro’s original sharp-edged and wedgy Esprit kept the car looking contemporary into the ’90s while Lotus continued to develop the chassis and drivetrain. The Turbo SE featured a water-to-air intercooler. 1,608 examples were built from 1989 to ’93. This sale of this car had two problems. First, the catalog properly revealed a small but unexplained mileage discrepancy. Second, the car was just sold at Motostalgia’s Texas auction in October, 2017, for $18,700 (SCM#6851058). Why was it for sale again so soon? Nothing wrong with flipping it, but it was offered here at no reserve, which would seem very risky for a flipper. The Esprit is still exciting to drive, and if it checks out mechanically, then it was a good deal for the buyer. #129-2000 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Van- tage Volante. S/N: SCFAB4233YK400505. Goodwood Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,791 miles. Body and paint good but not as stunning as expected for an 18-year-old car. Front spoiler has scuffs. Driver’s seat side bolster badly worn. Fabric top looks original, showing some age and discoloration. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. With just under 35k miles, this DB7 should have pushed enough buttons to sell somewhere within its modest estimate of $35k–$40k. But it was not carefully cleaned or detailed, wheels were grimy, interior looked dreary, and it looked Sports Car Market coupe. S/N: SCCFC20BXMHF60115. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 35,725 miles. Original bright red paint far from flawless, but looks remarkably good for age. Excellent glass. No evidence that removable sunroof leaks. Exterior door handles oddly appear to be much more aged than other trim. Lotus factory wheels (on almost-new Pirellis) are chromed, which to me is too blingy, but at least they are in good shape. Inside, the seats are baggy, lumpy and dingy, but not cracked or torn (may have been redyed). Dash looks good. Engine compartment at clean used-car level. Cond: 3+.


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT TOP 10 No. 3 #170-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980428500297. Ivory White/black canvas/black like it needed at least a waxing. Even if not repaired, the driver’s seat would have looked far better if cleaned and treated. Perhaps a good lesson that auctioning a modern car calls for a good presentation, or it just looks like it came off someone’s used car lot. Bidders may fear even more demons lie underneath. GERMAN BEST BUY #206-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 170SB 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1910100061452. Eng. # 12192010009891. Black/red leather. Odo: 26,246 km. Complete and careful restoration done some years ago and holding up well: panel fit good, just one ding in hood, no paint crackling, all chrome pieces excellent. BFG whitewall tires all in decent shape. Most rubber gaskets good, but both windshield and rear window gaskets appear older and have some hardening and cracks. Interior exceptional, with richly done seats; driver’s seat showing some minor cracks. Dashboard, steering wheel near perfection, carpet showing a hint of wear. Underbody restored and still clean. Engine compartment also a pleasure to look at, with neatly done wiring and most components looking fresh. Hose clamps non-original type. An engine from a 190SL replaced original engine, and a/c installed as well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $895,000. This 300SL seemed to be somewhere in the valley of not quite original, nor well restored enough. Some prospective buyers must have viewed it the same way, because it didn’t generate much enthusiasm as bidding started. It was bid to $990k—not enough to meet the reserve, but not that far off the low estimate of $1.1m. A post-block sale happened, at $895,000 with commission. Although it went for well below estimate, I’d still declare this 300SL well sold. SOLD AT $26,880. This was another fastidiously restored, well-cared-for car from the Arnold Petsche Estate Collection. Restoration costs must have been far more than the selling price. A relatively rare Mercedes model to see in the U.S., and its modest market value means even more rare to find one restored to this level. Mr. Petsche must have felt it was unacceptable to do anything other than the best restoration possible. Given its value and modest level of historic significance, installing the similar but more powerful 190SL engine strikes me as an acceptable and even beneficial change. While it hammered at the high end of the estimate, I considered it very well bought, a wonderful car for a bargain price that will be a delight to drive. September 2018 #207-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304412005925. Signal Red/black cloth, red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 94,106 miles. Body panel fit very good overall, with fender swage lines present. Recent respray, overall up to par, but not exceptional, with a few flaws in various areas. Rocker panels seemed okay, redone at some time. Cracked headlight lens. Water in trunk under rubber mat. Driver’s side window gaskets torn. Off-brand Douglas tires. Inside presentable-looking, but went down the checklist of common Pagoda interior flaws: seats uncomfortable because of padding loss, steering wheel cracked, dash wood dull in spots and too glossy in other spots. Engine compartment also good but usual mix of old- and new-looking components and finishes. Battery holddown missing. Cond: 2-. leather. Odo: 92,461 miles. Claimed to be largely original, with unrestored paint and interior. Trunk fit noticeably off. Large ding in rear fender, a few other nicks visible. Windshield appears replaced at one time. Carpet replaced in passenger’s compartment and trunk. Dash padding appears redone at some time, and small bit of black overspray on white metal dash. Engine compartment has badly resprayed valve cover, coolant expansion tank, other parts. Comes with hard top purchased by consignor, not displayed with car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. This 280SL seemed 141


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT to be in a condition that is typical: decent, some excellent elements combined with aging flaws and cost-cutting repairs and replacements. A nice driver-quality example, but bidders may have been turned off by visible items such as the Douglas tires. It was bid to $47k, but the consignor was probably correct to hold on for another try. Just go get some namebrand tires. #126-1970 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N: 9110111751. Eng. # 6102551. Silver metallic/ black vinyl/black leather & cloth. Odo: 78,727 miles. Respectable-looking inside and out. Closer inspection of body shows some noticeable flaws. Front trunk fit badly off, and some sloppy inner bodywork in that area. Older respray holding up well; no cracks or major flaws. Engine hood grille painted silver. Most chrome excellent, but a few pieces aging. Some surface rust in underbody. Kumho tires on imperfect but presentable wheels. Interior very nice; seats and dash all excellent, with foggy tachometer glass and a few other minor problems. Some recent service by long-term owner. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. A long list of imperfect restoration problems and shortcuts. All these flaws could be overlooked if the car was presented accurately, but in this case the consignor portrayed it as having the highest level of restoration possible. I had to disagree, and wondered what other shortcuts were lurking underneath the visible ones. Bidding went to $125k, less than the low estimate but as much as it deserved. Consignor will likely take it to another auction. SOLD AT $60,480. This was a decent-butgarden-variety 911T, with appropriate-level repaint likely done when it was worth far less than current value. The trunk fit and some bad work in that area were biggest negatives. 911Ts are worth considerably less than Es and Ss, and for a good reason. With just 125 hp, owners face the prospect of being outdragged by their kid’s 2008 Kia Spectra. Still, the beautiful Targa body and Porsche aura are all there, and this example had a nice ownership thread. Will make an excellent driver if mechanicals have been maintained as stated. Fairly bought and sold. #201-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N: 11102610000741. Tunis Beige/tan leather. Odo: 11,126 miles. Purported to have just completed three-year restoration. Fresh paint has uneven texture. Door fit good, but trunk fit off and hood fit badly off. Rear riding noticeably higher than front. Sunroof and a/c, but no fog lights. Many parts rechromed, but rear bumper has noticeable hazing. Interior has seats redone to high standard. Dash also well restored, but wood is too glossy and not authentic-looking. Non-original-style shift knob. Cracks in steering wheel, overhead light loose, flaws in headliner installation. Incorrect Phillips screws in some spots, sloppily installed. Engine compartment mixed, with air cleaner and other components new or 142 #217-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N: WBAEE1403H2560325. Schwarz/Lotus White Nappa leather. Odo: 97,098 miles. Pristine and carefully maintained M6. Body and paint near perfect—remarkable considering that it has original black paint over 30 years old. Trim and chrome sections equally impressive. Front lower spoiler appears repainted at some point. Rubber rear spoiler has had restoration at some point, a common M6 problem. Extensive records showing much work to keep mechanically up to snuff by consignor. A/C converted to R134, troublesome self-leveling suspension replaced twice, recent Michelin TRX tires, and more. Interior equally beautiful, although the front seats were reupholstered in 2015. Cond: 2+. repainted, and various other pieces looking quite old. Engine compartment wiring a bit careless-looking in spots. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,080. This was a sensationallooking M6, and estimate of $40k–$50k seemed quite reasonable, perhaps even a bit low. The reupholstering of the front seats was very nicely done and original-looking, a difficult piece of work due to the folds in the leather. The original rear seats showed some age that contrasted with the front. This is a point debated by M6 devotees, and when an example has original seats in decent condition, it’s considered a strong point that adds to the value. Many M6s are high mileage and most have either had seats redone or originals that have cracking and visible wear. Selling with no reserve, it hammered at just $34k, which I thought was shockingly low. Well bought. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Bonhams Greenwich, CT Date sold: 06/06/2018 eBay auction ID: 282994739508 Seller’s eBay ID: neuromd Sale type: Used car with 989 miles VIN: ZFF80AMAXH0227009 Details: Bianco Fuji over Nero leather; 3.9-L twinturbocharged V8 rated at 660 hp and 560 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $329,998, Buy It Now, sf 76 MSRP: $280,900 (base) Other current offering: In Beverly Hills, CA, Ferrari Beverly Hills selling a 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider in Rosso Corsa over Cuoio leather with 325 miles, for $350,000. 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan #165-2000 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ1349YAH60120. Titanium silver/ black canvas, silver hard top/black leather. Odo: 3,864 miles. Said to be a one-owner car and part of his estate. Beautiful silver paint with rare small scratches (passenger’s door and beneath right taillight) and chips. Strut towers do not appear domed and the gaps seem correct on both sides of the hood. Rest of the car is straight. Fabric top looks excellent. Headlights not fogged. I could not test the rear taillights. Some wrinkles in the seat and scratches on the door sill. Dash leather is intact and not wrinkled. Engine is clean. No curb rash on the wheels, and tires appear to be the original Potenza run-flats. Coffee-table book said to accompany sale. Cond: 2+. dash intact, but entire interior needs restoration. Glass appears usable. Engine condition rough except for distributor cap. Stated that engine runs. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $33,600. This Fiat-Abarth is a bit beyond preserving as original and will need a total restoration. On the upside, it appears fairly complete, and body and frame are intact. Engine will also likely need complete rebuild, but new distributor cap means buyer will save $24 off restoration costs. It’s a good start, but new owner now has a challenging project to take on that could result in a wonderful and rare Fiat-Abarth. A far better base than the other two companion Fiat-Abarths, which need so much more. Fairly bought and sold. Date sold: 06/26/2018 eBay auction ID: 153076754042 Seller’s eBay ID: losgatosluxcars Sale type: New car with 34 miles VIN: SCFHMDFS3HGF05951 Details: Scintilla Silver over All Sahara Tan leather; 6.0-L V12 rated at 565 hp and 465 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $218,391, Buy It Now, sf 10 MSRP: $218,391 (as equipped) Other current offering: Park Place Aston Martin in Bellevue, WA, offering a 2017 Ultramarine Blackover-Obsidian Black leather Aston Martin Rapide S for $199,950, with 21 miles. 2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Coupe SOLD AT $196,000. The auction-floor inspection suggested that this was a great Z8. Some big and common bugaboos weren’t there. There was no evidence of a warped frame, which can occur with a simple pothole encounter. The new owner might want to add the post-market factory Performance Package, strut tower reinforcement and a transverse brace, and replace the hard run-flats. Before believing this a good buy, I would like to confirm that the piston-ring-to-cylinder-wall interface issues (which occurred on early cars) had been addressed and that the prohibitively expensive neon taillights functioned without issue. If all was okay, this commonest-color Z8 was bought at the higher end of the typical price range and still bought well. ITALIAN #134-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 Record Date sold: 05/25/2018 eBay auction ID: 282968929035 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinila Sale type: Used car with 2,828 miles VIN: ZHWUC1ZF8GLA03706 Details: Viola Ophelia over Nero Ade leather; 5.2-L V10 rated at 602 hp and 412 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $215,888, Buy It Now, sf 0 MSRP: $286,775 (as equipped) Other current offering: Lamborghini Dallas in Richardson, TX, asking $329,999 for a 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante coupe in Grigio Vulcano over Nero Cosmos Alcantara with 200 miles. ♦ 144 Monza coupe. S/N: 676193. Eng. # 751536. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 42,457 miles. Long neglected, but appears most of the pieces are intact. Body panels reasonably straight, with a generous helping of Bondo in some spots. Some rust in underbody, but could be much worse. New York inspection sticker from 1977, good indication as to when this Abarth was last drivable. Interior pieces mostly there, but seats beyond redemption. Gauges decent, “ #140-1963 MASERATI SEBRING 3500 GTI Series I coupe. S/N: AM10101841. Red/ black leather. Odo: 70,796 km. Recent complete restoration. Paintwork very good, if not quite top-tier. No chips or flaws. Door and panel fit very good. New rubber gaskets everywhere. Some scratches on front and rear glass, but it does appear to be original. Small section of paint missing inside A-pillar. Trunk panel fit slightly off. Heavy undercoating, but no signs it is hiding anything. Pirelli Cinturato tires are a nice touch. Optional Borrani wire wheels in excellent condition. Original Lucas fuel injection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $210,560. This Sebring was striking, impressive to inspect, and generally well restored, with just a few minor flaws apparent under close scrutiny. Interior was top notch, with consignor claiming that seats were restored but dash and much of interior was orig- With much restoration work done just prior to that, it is fit to go and certainly appears fresh. 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Bonhams Greenwich, CT inal. The often troublesome Lucas fuel injection was still installed, a badge of honor in Maserati world. Unsold earlier this year at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale with a high bid of $170k (SCM# 6858150), so consignor saw a better result here. I believe all 3500 GTs are still a bit undervalued, resulting in many lesser-condition examples out there. Seemed like a very good buy to own right now, and an excellent long-term investment. #215-1963 FIAT-ABARTH MONO- MILLE GT coupe. S/N: 1100380. Eng. # 1586414. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 23,296 miles. Converted to race-car standards, with roll bar, switches, disc brakes, Simpson belts and other required vintage-race equipment. New York state inspection sticker from 1972, possibly last year car was on a public road (at least legally). Paint very good, with some flaws, but more than good enough for a race car. Some body and interior restoration done in early 2000s. Campagnolo alloy wheels. Interior clean, seats look barely used. Plexiglass rear and side windows, cracks in one window. Non-original engine block matched to Abarth Bialbero twin-cam head and dual Weber carbs. Five-speed gearbox installed. Engine, exhaust, tires all look fairly fresh. Appearance excellent overall. Cond: 2. history. Stickers show race events at Lime Rock from 2005 to ’08, possibly last time it was out on the track. With much restoration work done just prior to that, it is fit to go and certainly appears fresh. Owned and raced by consignor starting in early 1980s; the thrill of racing this will be passed on to another generation. #194-1967 FIAT DINO Spider. S/N: 135AS0000438. Eng. # 135B000000488. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 16,275 miles. Glossy red paint looks great from afar, but up close, overspray on rubber molding and multiple surface irregularities on right front fender and orange peel in other spots. One of two chrome trunk hinges is markedly pitted. Multiple imperfections in windshield brightwork, with center portion raised over surface abnormalities beneath. Bumper chrome most likely new. Wheels are excellent without curb rash. Seat leather and door panels show use, but there are no signs of excessive wrinkling or wear. Upholstery behind door is scratched and discolored, and obviously of a much older vintage. Engine compartment is quite clean. Engine surfaces have been reconditioned; there are multiple inclusions in painted air cleaner. Some overspray on firewall and paint loss elsewhere. Cond: 3+. model failed to sell in 2016 in Scottsdale, where $120,000 was bid (SCM# 6798511). Appropriately sold at the lower end of recent pricing. #102-1972 FIAT 124 Sport coupe. S/N: 124BC10191930. Eng. # 060674. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 50,634 miles. Respray some years ago, decent quality and largely holding up. Some crackling and bubbles in hood. Body panels in excellent condition—no dents or obvious rust. Bumpers and chrome trim all in fine condition. Cromodora wheels with Pirelli P400 tires, Abarth exhaust and steering wheel. Slightly lowered. Seats and interior also attractive, with no major flaws. Interior chrome foil peeling off door armrests. Engine compartment decent; no faulty mods or flaws. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $151,200. Exciting and rare Abarth with longtime ownership and vintage race SOLD AT $98,560. The Fiat Dino was one of a few cars that improved as it entered the early ’70s. Displacement increased and production moved from Fiat to Ferrari. This early SOLD AT $19,040. A nice example of what is a fairly rare and attractive car. As a 124 Spider and then Sport Coupe were my first two cars, I’ll admit to being opinionated. This example had all the right period modifications I couldn’t afford—wheels, exhaust, shocks, steering wheel. In all other respects, owner kept it correct and avoided tacky add-ons and decay. Rocker panels looked solid, but I could not tell what might lurk farther underneath. My then seven-year-old ’68 Sport Coupe collapsed when I tried to change a tire, and I’m sure many examples had the same fate. While Sport Coupes don’t usually command the same price as Spiders, the integrity of this example resulted in it reaching the high end of 124 prices. Fairly bought and sold. #195-1974 ALFA ROMEO GTV coupe. S/N: AR3023824. Burgundy/beige vinyl. Odo: 23,231 miles. Restoration work done over recent years, with respray in correct burgundy. Panel fit mostly good, but driver’s door won’t close. (Hint: never bring your car to auction unless doors close.) No dents or paint crackling. Has common upgrade of Cromodora five-spoke wheels, with recent Goodyear tires. Spare wheel is original Campagnolo. Interior also restored at some point; seats, door panels, wood, carpets, and other interior pieces look 146 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT fresh and well done. Headliner also excellent. Stereo is down next to driver’s door; an odd place, but owner may not have wanted to ruin look of vintage dashboard, so perhaps worthy of praise. Engine compartment looks authentic, Spica F.I. intact, and no chrome valve cover or odd-looking aftermarket components. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,080. This appeared to be a decent but not Villa d’Este-concourslevel-winning Alfa GTV, which is perfect because I’ve always wanted a GTV, but one I can drive without stone-chip anxiety. If this example drives as well as it looks, it will be a rewarding purchase for new owner, who unfortunately was not me. Seemed fairly priced, well bought and sold. BEST BUY #199-1980 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N: 31363. Eng. # 00611. Rosso Corsa/Nero leather. Odo: 35,454 km. EPA/DOT certified in the mid1980s. Excellent exterior appearance, with extremely nice paint. Unable to determine if it has been repainted, but exterior looks better than interior. Driver’s seat leather patinated and cracked, but not torn. Passenger’s seat looks better, but leather is hard. Door panels slightly warped, as is top of dash. Vents for a/c look collapsed. Controls and instruments very good, however. Very nice Momo steering wheel. Purposeful-looking Cromodora wheels in excellent shape except for some discoloration and lifting of finish on left rear wheel. Very clean underhood; the flat-12 looks as amazing as ever. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $212,800. Documented ownership chain, but no apparent Ferrari Classiche certification. Certainly not the freshest BB interior I’ve ever seen, but hardly atrocious. The sale price with premium was about $82,000 less than the price-guide median (although values may be softening slightly). You can do a lot of restoration to an interior for that kind of coin. To me, the idea of buying a car as complex as a BB at an auction is slightly scary, but if you were braver than I and did your due diligence ahead of time (i.e., had someone drive the car), this could be a fantastic bargain. Kudos to the lucky buyer, I think. #114-1998 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT convertible. S/N: ZA9RU31B5WLA12884. Red/tan leather. Odo: 17,939 km. Body and paint in excellent condition, almost new. Most trim and outer seals also at same level. Interior excellent as well. Driver’s seat could use a cleaning, but no noticeable wear. Newer Pioneer stereo. Wheels chromed a while ago, and now fronts have noticeable corrosion in September 2018 147


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT outer rims. Rears showing some early signs of following. If repaired, this Diablo would deserve a Condition 1 rating. Cond: 2+. Red/black. RHD. Odo: 719 miles. Very good red paint with rare imperfection. Lots of variation in width of pinstripes. Some cracking of brass surrounding headlights. Trim around seats is damaged, while leather on seats shows minimal wrinkling. Stained wood console and dash. Large brass clock. Floorboard is worn and torn. Well-detailed engine compartment. Chassis quite clean. No significant oxidation. Retrofitted with hydraulic rear drum brakes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. Diablos are saying goodbye to used-car lots and entering concours fields. This was a fine example overall, with low mileage, a flawless body, and much recent service work. Only notable problem was the inevitable deterioration of the chromed multi-piece wheels. If owner can find new outer rims for the fronts, replacing them would be a solution that would buy some time. For many people, returning to non-chromed wheels is preferable. Consignor was riding the new wave, with an estimate of $200k–$250k, and decided $150k bid not sufficient. I don’t believe a different auction will provide a much higher bid right now; when you cross the $200k line, you can buy some recent supercars that will easily outperform this, and also have cup holders. But holding onto it a little while longer will likely work—wasn’t that long ago Diablos could be bought for under $100k. #103-2004 FERRARI 360 Modena Spi- der. S/N: ZFFYT53A840138968. Argento/ black canvas/Nero leather. Odo: 9,670 miles. No significant Argento paint or panel-fit problems noted. Top not heavily worn, but fit is off with gap on right. Much finish loss on black trim in front of passenger’s window. Seats are heavily creased on driver side; no loss of leather finish. Gooey switches. Engine compartment shows significant oxidation. Accompanied by luggage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $147,840. A very appealing car previously seen in Hemmings, where it was listed for $295,000. The National brand was made famous by its 1912 Indy win; whether this one was ever a racer is unknown. The National in the Simeone Museum has a different dash configuration, and one has to wonder why there’s a large clock in a racer. Wood trim differs from most Nationals seen. If it was a real racer or one sold by National in a speedster configuration, it would deserve much more. As a re-creation, it was well sold. #174-1914 LOZIER TYPE 77 tourer. S/N: 8215. Eng. # 8207. White/tan canvas/ blue leather. Odo: 938 miles. Imposing car with smoothly applied paint but much wear. A few cracks and scratches on hood, radiator shell and doors. Body panels are straight. Trim needs polishing, especially around cowl. Cork floorboards and step panels show wear. Excellent blue leather seat covers. Original-type gauges. Engine black paint shows age. The engine compartment has not been detailed. Water pump is dripping. Much effort has been made to preserve the original features of the engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,240. The chain of ownership presented in the Bonhams write-up was almost too daunting to follow. But what about service? In an ideal world, a low-mileage 360 Spider from late in the run, after most problems had been solved, sporting the rare 6-speed, would be a bargain under six figures. The post-purchase inspection will tell the tale. AMERICAN #119-1910 NATIONAL SERIES S semi- racing roadster. S/N: 3204. Eng. # 7474. 148 NOT SOLD AT $210,000. This car was formerly the property of Harry Lozier’s grandson. Loziers were an exclusive and expensive car in their day (’til 1915). Ralph Mulford brought the marque great fame with a 2nd place in the first Indy 500, and a later win in Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT the Elgin Road Race. The Lozier was produced in small numbers, and most believe far fewer than 100 have survived. Loziers with more seats and better coachwork have sold on both sides of $1 million. Although interest in Brass Era cars continues to wane, I believe the owner was right to wait for a more appropriate offer. #180-1930 CORD L-29 convertible se- dan. S/N: 2927927. Eng. # FDA3007. Cream/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 60,708 miles. Quality restoration from early 1990s holding up extremely well. Paint not new, but still very good with carefully done details. Clear glass including convertible top rear window. Beautiful and expensive top still looks great. Most of exterior brightwork remains excellent, with a few pieces looking older. Inside, fabrics are in superb condition. Most of the lovely Art Deco brightwork wears its age well, but center plate on dash is tarnished. Some aging of painted surfaces underhood, which shows the car has been driven. Firestone repro tires may be old, but have plenty of tread. Cond: 2+. exquisitely bad timing, arriving in showrooms just as the Wall Street crash occurred. Only about 5,000 L-29s were built through 1932. Even with its excellent condition and documented full chain of ownership, this car did not receive much love at the auction, with lackluster bidding falling well short of Bonhams’ reasonable $160k–$200k estimate. Consignor should try again at another time and place. I like to think there is still a market for a beautiful classic such as this. #211-1954 KAISER MANHATTAN se- dan. S/N: 54212355. Eng. # 2176172. Cream & green/green & tan cloth. Odo: 46,138 miles. Well-maintained and authentic Manhattan with excellent panel fit and solid door shut. Smooth, well-applied paint of indeterminate age with minor flaws. However, insides of door jambs were not painted. Chrome quite good except for bumper overriders. Interesting basket-weave headliner and door panels also very nice, but armrests are filthy. Interior chrome generally dull and pitted, but acceptable for a driver. Cracks in steering-wheel hub. Same level of care not shown in crusty engine compartment, which at least looks authentic except for distributor cap, plug wires and battery. McCulloch supercharger very cool-looking. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels not original but look great. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,160. Interesting Kaiser designed by Dutch Darrin shows real distinction compared to most 1954 Detroit cars. Catalog focused on striking colors. Maybe they didn’t have much else to say, but the color combination was gorgeous. Truly beautiful interior needs a few upgrades, as do exterior and engine compartment, but nothing fundamental required. This car could easily become at least a Condition 2 example. Interior chroming bill may be the biggest hurdle. Sale price at low estimate seemed to be a good value. A 1954 non-supercharged Kaiser Special sedan sold at BarrettJackson Palm Beach in April for an astonishing $44,000, so this now looks like a great value. #224-1954 CUNNINGHAM C-3 coupe. S/N: 5440. Silver & dark blue/ gray leather. Partially restored C-3 with much left to do. Chassis restored. Rebuilt Chrysler 331 Hemi, with Fluid Drive transmission sourced from another C-3 chassis. Engine very impressive with four Zenith carbs and custom Cunningham manifolds. Car runs and drives, but is not practically drivable as interior is unusable in current state. Interior and trim parts piled up in car, but some interior parts said to be missing. Instruments present but not installed in car, so no odometer reading (really not relevant at this point anyway). Outside, car has a new windshield and much of the rear has been re-fabricated in aluminum. Decent paint in non-original colors, but ultimately deserves a higher level of finish. New wheels, tires and hubcaps. Cond: 4+. TOP 10 No. 8 NOT SOLD AT $145,000. In Cord parlance, this body style is called a Phaeton-Sedan, and it is supremely elegant with the top up or down. When new, the L-29 was a victim of SOLD AT $313,000. The last car in the auction and certainly the most interesting. Complex ownership and legal history. Saved from a Queens, NY, wrecking yard in the 1960s following an accident. Consignor has dedicated almost two decades to restoring this car, but now it needs a new owner with renewed vigor and funds to complete the restoration. Cunningham Gathering at the Greenwich Concours, literally a few feet from the auction tent, made this the perfect venue. Exciting bidding, with hushed discussions going on between Bonhams reps and seller and Bonhams reps and bidders. Ultimately hammered slightly below low estimate; so sold for a bit above low estimate with the premium. The buyer will need determination, but the car has enormous potential and importance, so I think it was very well bought. © 150 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. Silverstone — A Sale of Ferraris High spot went to a nice ’72 Daytona with interesting history at $729k Company Silverstone Date May 18, 2018 Location Northamptonshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 24/34 Sales rate 71% Sales total $3,277,427 High sale 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, sold at $728,513 Buyer’s premium 15%, included in sold pricess ($1 = £0.74) Quite strong money by current standards — 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, sold at $728,513 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics running its auction in association with the Ferrari Owners Club Ltd. at Silverstone— the day before its traditional May sale (see Roundup, p. 198). This makes a lot of sense if you examine H 152 aving established its annual onemarque Porsche sale, Silverstone dipped another toe in the water with its first all-Ferrari sale, other end of the scale there were a number of federal-spec 308s imported from the U.S. since 2016. The cheapest of these was $36,427, and the nicest, a Euro-spec former concours winner GTS QV, was $103,211, or near top retail money. A Mondial T at $71,337 outsold a 348 ts, both with minimal mileage that shows Northamptonshire, U.K. Silverstone founder Nick Whale’s association with the marque. In a previous life, before he founded the auction company and before Nick Whale Sports Cars Direct, he operated a Ferrari/Maserati dealership (as well as two Porsche centers) in the Midlands, and understands the marque well. That helps explain the broad range of cars on offer, as the company is au fait with the modern cars as well as the old ones. The newest offering was an F12, at just four years old, and the oldest a 1964 330 GT 2+2 Series I. So if not everything at this sale is strictly “classic” in the age-related sense of the word, it had the potential to be in coming years. Anyway, to the metal: High spot went to a nice ’72 Daytona with interesting history at $729k, while at the the newer car is still a little behind the curve in its rehabilitation as a classic. The F12 was still available after the sale for $317k, but a 2011 FF V12, Ferrari’s 4WD hyper-hatch, looked like a great value in a post-sale deal at $135k. It was from the collection of musician Jay Kay, whose first supercar, a 550 Maranello, Sales Totals was also entered and sold in a post-auction deal at $169,995. And 456s are looking like a better value than ever, with an M GTA selling to Australia for $63,750. The 330 looked almost out of place here, but it came with correspondence between supplying dealer John Coombs, who left us only in 2013, and the U.K.’s original Ferrari importer Colonel Ronnie Hoare, and sold to applause for $197,315. It was a pretty good sales rate by current U.K. standards at 71%, and enough to ensure that Silverstone will be repeating the exercise. Its Porsche sale is on September 29. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. ITALIAN #308-1964 FERRARI 330 GT Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N: 6015. Eng. # 6051. Blu Sera/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 54,000 miles. U.K. RHD overdrive car with straight panels, even paint and okay chrome. Sits right on tall Avons. Motor tidy in factory finishes, although it was changed at some point and is not the original, but is unleaded tolerant. Leather lightly creased. Dash okay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $189,717. One of 101 RHD, U.K.supplied 512 BBs, and being offered from a deceased estate. The market wants original cars now, making modified Ferraris look rather passé, so it was always going to be cheapish. Sold for a mid-estimate figure, and a brave buy when the scope of the work needed is unknown. #315-1980 FERRARI 308 GTSI Spider. price tag. In SCM’s Platinum Auction Database in 1997, when it was already red and sold at Coys for $60,800 (SCM# 1538870). The 365 is the most collectible Boxer, but at top money it probably wants to be in its original color. SOLD AT $197,306. Complete with correspondence between importer Col. Ronnie Hoare and Coombs of Guildford, which ordered the car for its first customer. Sold to applause. I’m not sure why, as it was on the money with perhaps one more squeeze left in it for retail. #316-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N: 15835. Silver/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 35,904 miles. One of 158 U.K.-supplied, right-hand-drive cars, with a/c and nine-inch rear tires. Older repaint, seats refurbed with leather now a bit creased, mouse fur to dash redone, motor rebuilt in 2012. Newish Ansa exhausts. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 4 #329-1977 FERRARI 400A convertible. S/N: 20917. Dark blue/blue cloth/Crema & blue leather. RHD. Odo: 2,500 miles. Period chop, apparently one of six done by Autokraft, which at the time owned AC Cars, using folding-top mechanism from Rolls-Royce Corniche. Good all around, with unscuffed alloys, front seat leather only lightly wrinkled and very low mileage (possibly because nobody wanted to be seen in it). Cond: 3+. S/N: ZFFAA02A1A0032451. Red/black fiberglass/ tan leather. Odo: 49,000 miles. Federal model (which means down on power compared with Euro cars, plus ugly bumpers) not long in the U.K., although cam belt was changed as soon as it got here. Paint is a little rough, slightly microblistered in places. Interior okay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $57,674. Sold for $35,050 (SCM# 1546933) at ADT Blackbushe in 1992, then 20 years in this ownership—dry-stored for much of it. Price paid almost reached the lower estimate, which was a surprise. Still, it’s less naff than an Aston V8 Volante with body kit (which currently sell for over £100k [$132k]) and will presumably appeal to the same kind of people. Well sold at any price. SOLD AT $728,513. Originally owned by former historic racer Jeremy Agace. Sold on the phone (to applause) for a mid-estimate price. With all Daytonas having slipped back a bit in the past three years, this was quite strong money by current standards. #323-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 BB coupe. S/N: 18071. Red/tan & black leather. RHD. Odo: 37,400 miles. Right-hand drive with factory a/c, said to be one of only 58 in this spec. Originally yellow; repainted Retail Red in 1982. Seats redone, with base of driver’s side just starting to go a little baggy. Dash top okay. Cam belts just changed. With books, tools and a very comprehensive history. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $310,293. Not sold at £230k, which I thought should have been enough. Offered after the sale for a rather imaginative £304,800 ($411,225) Buy It Now 154 #314-1978 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N: F102BB24043. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 39,700 miles. Under the very shiny paint is a slightly tired old Boxer with a body kit and big wheels, thought to be the first Emblem conversion. Seat leather only lightly creased and dash top okay. Big restoration in 1997 at 38,000 miles. Said to run and drive, but as the catalog said, ability “to return to original specification.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,426. Federal car supplied new to the U.S., exported to the U.K. in 2016. Sold from the same deceased owner’s estate as the other 308 GTSi (Lot 315) and the 328 (Lot 303). Offered at no reserve and sold for £27k—that looks cheap, but the federal injected cars were the least powerful of all the 308s, with ugly bumpers, and this isn’t the sharpest one around. A fair deal both ways. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $50,085. Imported to the U.K. in 2016, and offered at no reserve from the same deceased-owner’s estate as the other 308 GTSi and 328 GTS (Lots 334 and 303). Sold on the phone for £37,125. I’d call that a fair deal both ways for a car you could drive away and possibly improve later. Though the paint wasn’t perfect, it was better than you’d expect for the money. #334-1981 FERRARI 308 GTSI Spider. S/N: ZFFAA02A4B0035975. Black/black leather. Odo: 73,950 miles. Driver quality, although very shiny and the body is straight... but for a few dings on the flanks as if something has fallen on it. Interior fair, with decent leather. Cam belt change in 2016. Cond: 3.


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. #330-1981 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N: F106AS23549. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 44,624 km. Clean and tidy, but paint slightly microblistered. Decent interior with leather only slightly wrinkled and looking newer than the rest of the car; dash top very good. Optional (or later) 16-inch wheels. Better than it looks, and cam belts just changed. Cond: 3+. of 233 RHD GTS QVs. Excellent order. Wing shields look a bit naff on these, as they’re stick-ons. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,206. Top money for a steel 308, but it’s in super-sharp condition and a previous concours award winner. Retailers would ask a little more. #328-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N: 45927. Rosso/tan leather & wool. RHD. Odo: 21,014 miles. Said to be one of 42 U.K.spec RHD cars. Clean and tidy. Alloys unscuffed and still wearing original-type TRX tires. Exhausts in good shape. Interior still exceptionally good, with rare wool inserts to leather seats only lightly worn, making the mileage believable. Cond: 3+. wheels. It probably felt like a good idea at the time.... Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $54,638. Must be earlier than 1981, or it would be fuel-injected, with corresponding loss of power (215 hp Euro, 205 hp U.S.). Originally supplied in Italy, to the U.K. in 1989. Sold on the phone for £40,500. With some attention given to the paint, it should retail for much more, especially as a carburetor car. #305-1983 FERRARI 308 GTS QV Spi- der. S/N: ZFFLA13000045957. Rosso Corsa/ Crema leather. RHD. Odo: 31,800 miles. One NOT SOLD AT $47,218. Originally supplied to Germany, then in the U.S. Imported to the U.K. in 2015. But oh dear—’80s body kit and onanist’s wheels.... The only way you could make it less saleable would be if it was a federal-spec GTS. High bid of £35k (against a £45k–£55k [$61k–$74k] estimate) was rejected in favor of hanging out for a £48,700 ($65,700) Buy It Now price post-sale. I would have taken whatever was offered, and run. #333-1985 FERRARI MONDIAL QV NOT SOLD AT $242,838. In a large Ferrari collection since 1994. Not sold on a high bid of £180k, which clearly wasn’t enough against an estimate of £210k–£240k ($283k–$324k), but post-sale Buy It Now price of £241,500 ($325,800) looks a little ambitious. #325-1984 FERRARI 308 GTB QV coupe. S/N: ZFFLA12B000049197. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 6,200 miles. With a/c. Very low miles and Ferrari Service History, plus books and tools. Interior very good, with only the driver’s seat looking slightly used. Good dash top. Fitted in period with deep chin spoiler (which is now chipped at the leading edge), side skirts and big aftermarket cabriolet. S/N: ZFFUC15A8F0055595. Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 37,585 miles. Clean and tidy, though paint perhaps a little dulled. Unscuffed alloys, still on original-type (but new) TRX rubber. Seat cushions still plump, dash top okay. Recent cam belt change. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $31,029. Supplied new in California, then in Florida. Only recently (2017) arrived in the U.K. (catalog pictures show it with red Montana plates). Sold by Leake in Dallas in 2014 for $24,750 (SCM# 6772590). Again sold by Hollywood Wheels at their 2016 Amelia Island sale for $34,560 (SCM# 6799246). Not sold on a top bid of £23k against a £28k–£33k ($38k–$45k) estimate, and later offered with a Buy It Now price of £32,200 ($43,443). #321-1987 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFAA17C000068011. Rosso Corsa/Crema leather. RHD. Odo: 13,867 miles. One of 438 built for U.K. market, with this owner since 1994. Good all around. Engine-out service only a few hundred miles ago. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $125,466. Not sold at £93k and offered post-sale with a Buy It Now price tag of £120,800 ($162,980), which was slightly over the top estimate. Weird. I always thought that if something didn’t sell, 156 Sports Car Market


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1987–88 Nissan Be-1 Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. Pros: If you’re looking for the authentic descendant of the original Mini, look no further. The Nissan Be-1 offers 51 horsepower from a 1-liter engine, and you can take your pick from a 3-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox. Front disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering and a modern suspension will outperform most stock Minis. Canvas sunroof version is available. Cons: Only 10,000 were produced, so they might be hard to find. Might be mistaken for a tiny Citroën or Peugeot. Price range: $2k–$4k, plus import costs. 1990 Nissan Figaro you dropped the asking price. Anyway, U.K. retail price on a low-miler is usually $160k– $180k, but with even one London dealer offering a 24k-mile ’88 TR for under $135k, perhaps the seller needs to lower his expectations a little. #303-1987 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N: ZFFXA20A7H0073055. Black/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 37,000 miles. Clean, straight and shiny. Seats still plump, dash top looks okay, Ferrari-badged floor mats. Cam belt changed in 2016, not many miles ago because it has mostly been stored since. Cond: 3+. It Now price of £63,300 ($85,400). Given that the other one (Lot 302) with a higher estimate sold post-sale for a bit more than this one’s high bid, I was surprised a post-sale deal couldn’t be done, especially as A) this was lefthand drive and therefore more saleable in Europe, and B) Silverstone has twice offered it before, in 2016 and 2017, both times unsold. Perhaps there was only one 348 buyer at this auction, or the BIN price was a sticking point, but you’d have thought that the seller would be prepared to cut his losses by now. #302-1992 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. S/N: ZFFKA36000092612. Rosso Corsa/ Magnolia & red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,517 miles. One owner from new, with very low mileage. Leather looks almost unused. Last cam-belt service 44 miles ago. With books and tools still in their leather wallet and bag. Cond: 2-. Pros: Have you ever wanted a Renault Dauphine, but with Japanese reliability? Consider the Nissan Figaro, which looks like a Dauphine and even gives you a princess-ready interior. Inside, you’ll find leather seats, air conditioning, CD player and a canvas fabric sunroof. You can expect 76 horsepower from the 1.0-liter turbo engine, with a top speed of 106 mph. Cons: A 3-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. Could be mistaken for a Barbie accessory. Price range: $10k–$15k, plus import costs. 1992 Nissan Saurus Jr. SOLD AT $62,227. Supplied new in Kentucky, then imported to the U.K. in 2016 and one of three 308/328s in this sale from the same nowdeceased owner’s estate. Offered at no reserve and tipped as the possible bargain of the sale, it was bought by a lady bidder in the room. About on the money for condition and federal spec, and a fair deal if you just want to be seen driving an Enzo-era Ferrari. See Lot 305 for the price of a concours Euro 308. #312-1989 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. Pros: Purpose-built single-seat racer constructed for a Nismo-sponsored racing series and racing drivers’ school. Mid-mounted 998-cc DOHC engine makes 59 horsepower and 59 ft-lb of torque. Definitely a worthy track-day car, even if you’ll never get it licensed for the street. Cons: Just 120 were made, so finding one could be difficult. Definitely won’t be mistaken for anything else. Price range: $8k–$18k. ♦ 158 S/N: ZFFFA36A9K0082453. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,985 miles. Almost like new and so original it sits on its original Bridgestones, on unscuffed alloys. Which is a talking point, even if you wouldn’t actually want to drive on them. Leather only lightly shiny on driver’s side. Even the fasteners underneath still retain their yellow-zinc plating. Originally supplied to Florida, but almost immediately exported to Germany. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $67,455. The 348—essentially a practice run for the 355, which was a huge success— has always been rather unloved, with even 308 GT4s and Mondial Ts overtaking values. As it happens, they are gradually gathering in appreciation, but not this one: not sold at £50k, £5k ($7k) behind the lower estimate, and rather hopefully offered post-sale at a Buy SOLD AT $79,822. Sold post-auction for £52,167. That’s what the website originally said, confirmed by the results list sent soon after by Silverstone’s PR. Later the website was amended to say sold for £60,000 ($79,822). Strange. Price paid was fair deal all around, however. #332-1996 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48C000106768. Rosso Corsa/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 25,400 miles. Clean and well kept. Alloys unscuffed, no road rash on chin or sides. Seat bases quite well creased, but dash covering okay. With books and tools. Recently serviced and with fresh MOT. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. SOLD AT $107,928. Sold for £80k post-sale after being offered with an £89k ($120k) “Buy It Now” tag immediately after the auction ended. On the money, although might retail for a smidge more as the U.K. market prefers manuals over the early F1 paddle-shift auto— and it’s Retail Red with black leather. #306-1996 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48C000106241. Yellow/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,200 miles. Good, well-kept and unscuffed example. With books and tools. Cam belts done just before sale. Cond: 2. #327-1999 FERRARI F355 coupe. S/N: ZFFXR41C000115287. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 6,257 miles. Clean, tidy and well kept. Leather unsoiled and looks hardly used, although airbag cover and, to a lesser extent, the dash leather, are wrinkled. Embossed Scuderia shields. With books, tools and full service history. Belts changed 350 miles ago. Speedo change at 15,217 miles means total mileage is 21,474. Cond: 2-. £126k, £9k ($12k) behind the lower estimate. Will retail for more. #313-1998 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N: ZFFZR49C000112448. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 3,429 miles. Like new and with low mileage. Just had cam belts changed, but previously in long-term storage, so there may be a bit of snagging required. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $127,715. Sold post-auction for £94,667. That’s 15% more than the red example (Lot 332), but this had less than half the mileage. #318-1998 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N: ZFFZR49C000111599. Grigio Titanio/Bordeaux leather. RHD. Odo: 13,980 miles. U.K. right-hand-drive car in excellent order. No scuffs of scrapes. Bordeaux leather only lightly worn. Low miles and Ferrari Service History. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $169,986. From the collection of musician Jay Kay: This was his first supercar. Sold post-action for SOLD AT $163,915. In Ireland all its life, with one owner who was away on business a lot. Sold in the room for £121,500, well behind the lower estimate. Pretty much a bargain— provided it doesn’t suddenly start generating big bills. SOLD AT $100,913. Sold post-auction for £74,800, which was within the £65k–£75k ($88k–$101k) estimate range, and correctly cheaper than the two manual-shift Spiders in the same sale (Lots 306 and 332). Having achieved classic status, these have been steadily climbing these last few years, and today sell for more than 360s. A fair deal both ways for a very tidy example—and it’s not Retail Red! #320-2000 FERRARI 550 World Speed Record edition coupe. S/N: ZFFZR49C000117429. Grigio Metallic/Bordeaux leather. RHD. Odo: 42,786 miles. From a 33-off limited edition of commemoration cars, of which only 10 were RHD for the U.K. Differences over the stock model were Fiorano handling pack, leather-trimmed roll cage, suede-covered steering wheel, carbon bucket seats with Daytona stitching and race harnesses, Scuderia wing shields, sports exhaust, Corsa red calipers, Bordeaux carpets and a WSR plaque. Aside from the Bordeaux seat leather now being a bit shiny, immaculately kept with full service history and last cam belt change fewer than 100 miles ago. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $197,306. Sold in the room near the lower estimate. All the 550s looked good value at this sale, especially this one, but then not everyone wants to drive with a roll cage on the road. 160 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. #307-2000 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N: ZFFYR51C000120559. Argento Nürburgring/Blu Scuro leather. RHD. Odo: 27,696 miles. Big seats, red calipers, stick-on fender badges. Ferrari service history. With books and tools. Cond: 2-. sold at £45k against a £58k–£66k ($78k–$89k) estimate, with a £57,300 ($77,300) Buy It Now price later posted, but it could probably be had slightly cheaper than that. Great value when compared with a 550. website as not sold at £270k, £55k ($74k) behind the lower estimate. NOT SOLD AT $74,200. Not sold at £55k ($74,200) against a £64k ($86,350) lower estimate. Offered after the auction with a £74,800 ($100,920) Buy It Now price, which is about market correct for a manual-shift car with this mileage. #310-2001 FERRARI 550 Barchetta. S/N: ZFFZR520000124178. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,022 miles. U.K.-supplied, RHD car with very low mileage. Carbon steering wheel, carbon dash inserts and split-rim wheels. Almost like new except for Tubi exhaust fitted in 2013, with all the original kit— including the pair of helmets. Only seven miles covered since last MoT in August 2017.... Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $364,256. One of 42 U.K.-supplied, right-hand-drive Barchettas. Obviously an investor’s toy, as it’s already had five owners. Silverstone’s website said price “to follow,” although immediately after the sale I recorded this car on the same #331-2002 FERRARI 575M F1 coupe. S/N: ZFFBT55B000128190. Grigio Titanio/ black leather. Odo: 61,135 km. Left-handdrive automatic (first time the F1 paddle shift had been seen on a Ferrari V12). Decent paint and alloys unscuffed. Electric Daytona-style seats are lightly worn. Dash all good. With books and tools, full service history: last cambelt change in 2015. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $122,768. Sold for £91k post sale against a £95k–£100k ($128k–$135k) estimate. Still occupying that no-man’s land between old Ferrari and future classic, these have yet to bottom out and bounce back as the F355 has done. Might be a bit before then, as the 360 is next in line. #309-2009 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano NOT SOLD AT $60,709. Supplied new in Germany, then in Spain from 2004 before coming to the U.K. at an unspecified time. Not coupe. S/N: ZFFFD60T490165611. White/red leather. RHD. Well-spec’d with all the toys that owners like to brag about—Superfast gearbox, LED shift lights (around the top of the steering-wheel rim...), Daytona seats, carbon dash, contrasting white stitching to red leather and upgraded Bose sound system. Only the color is against it. Cond: 2. #324-2006 FERRARI F430 coupe. S/N: ZFFEZ58C000146911. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 7,901 miles. Red stitching, yellow speedo, leather headlining, red calipers and wing shields. Retailers love this kind of detail. Jack never unwrapped. With books and two keys. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,029. Sold on the phone for £65,250. I thought these had bottomed out, but it looks as if they might still have some way to go. These blindingly fast “modern Daytonas” have an air of “compensation” about them, but represent the performance bargain of the moment. #304-2009 FERRARI 612 SCAGLIETTI One to One coupe. S/N: ZFFJY54C000161201. Rosso Mugello/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 24,164 miles. Clean and tidy, with huge spec: glass panoramic roof, 20-inch ball-polished Challenge wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, Daytona heated seats with beige stitching, rear parking camera, yellow rev counter and black 162 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. brake calipers. Still with full book pack in wallet, Maglite, tire inflator, battery conditioner, indoor car cover. Full service history. HGT2 pack fitted later in 2014 at 20k miles, at the same time as its last cam belt. Cond: 2. #322-2011 FERRARI FF shooting brake. S/N: ZFF73SKC000183279. Grigio FF/tan erstone Northamptonshire, U.K. brake calipers. Still with full book pack in wallet, Maglite, tire inflator, battery condi- tioner, indoor car cover. Full service history. HGT2 pack fitted later in 2014 at 20k miles, at the same time as its last cam belt. Cond: 2. #322-2011 FERRARI FF shooting brake. S/N: ZFF73SKC000183279. Grigio FF/tan Kay, Kay, whose cars are regulars at Silverstone auctions. A post-sale deal at £100k, under the £120k ($162k) lower estimate. #326-2014 FERRARI F12 coupe. S/N: ZFF74UHC000204078. Grigio Silverstone/ black leather, silver stitching. RHD. Odo: 12,715 miles. Almost like new. One owner and low miles. Spec’d with Daytona seats, 20-inch forged wheels, yellow calipers and carbonfiber “driver zone.” Ferrari Service History, with books and two keys, still under Ferrari warranty. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,731. With these modern Ferraris it’s all about the detail spec, and this one’s is massive—even if the HGT2 pack isn’t factory. Like the 599, will probably get a bit cheaper if you wait a while. well kept, with massive spec list including semi-aniline baseball-stitched leather (including roof and boot lining), 20-inch Diamantati wheels, carbon FF grilles, fender shields and aluminum calipers, and an even bigger list of toys inside. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $134,910. Another from the collection of musician Jay NOT SOLD AT $222,601. “A future legend,” said the catalog. But not yet, or not at this sale at least. Not sold on a £165k high bid, against a £190k–£240k ($256k–$324k) estimate. Postsale, offered at a Buy It Now price of £235,800 ($318k). Retail on ’14s with similar mileage appears to be £150k–£220k ($202k–$297k) in the U.K. © SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum 164 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX The Texas Classic Thanks in part to the no-reserve Knies Collection, Worldwide achieved a 93% sell-through rate with total sales of $4.1 million Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date April 21, 2018 Location Arlington, TX Auctioneers Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered 104/112 Sales rate 93% Sales total $4,145,625 High sale 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $363,000 Buyer’s premium Top-selling car from the Knies Collection — 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe, sold at $225,500 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics hicles offered at Worldwide Auctioneers’ 17th installment of their Texas Classic Auction. This was Worldwide’s second year in a ro Q in Arlington, just outside of Dallas, since mo the sale last year from the shores of Lake Con north of Houston. The sale runs in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas — now in its sixth year. Thanks in part to the no-reserve collection, Worldwide achieved a 93% sell-through rate with total sales of $4.1 million. Overall, the sales total is down year over year due to the lower average price paid for each selling lot. Absent was a high-value sale to help elevate the average. Walking through the gallery, there was a lot of chatter about the uniqueness of the collection. While some of the offerings more on the blue-chip end of the spectrum were displayed in the lobby and upon entry to the gallery, one that created a significant amount of buzz from participants was the 1,900-mile 1980 AMC Pacer. Why someone chose to preserve the Pacer — and many of these other mundane examples — is a mystery, but it certainly created a great amount of interest. The Pacer ended up bringing near-record money, selling for $28,600. Only the movie-car Pacer from “Wayne’s World” has commanded more. Bidding opened to an excited crowd, and it was 166 uirky. Eclectic. Diverse. This is how m would describe the cars of Pamel Eugene Knies, whose no-reserve coll accounted for nearly 80 of the ve- Arlington, TX vident that many were here to buy. Bidding was fierce at times, often with a third bidder jumping in right about the time some lots were about to be hammered sold. In addition to live block bidding, phone bidders were active throughout the sale. Last year, the auction block was in a separate hall at the opposite end away from the gallery. This year, everything was combined in one room. Overall, the top seller was a matching-numbers 1965 Shelby 350 that was not part of the Knies Collection. It was one of 562 produced and met the reserve, selling for $363,000. A 1959 Porsche 365A 1600S convertible D was the number-two seller, and also sold outside of the collection, bringing $209,000. The third-place sale and number-one seller out of the Knies Collection was a 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe, which changed hands at $225,000. Many of the sales were noteworthy as the low Sales Totals mileage and survivorship on many of these examples commanded above-average money. One of my favorites was a 27,000-mile 1987 Subaru Brat that sold for $17,600. I had plans to bid but was out early when the bidding continued to soar. A 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha with fewer than 4,000 miles sold for $184,800, likely beating the expectations of many. A 1974 Buick Electra 225 Custom survivor brought $14,025 — helped by having fewer than 1,000 actual miles. Worldwide returns with two sales in August, followed by their Auburn sale in the beginning of September. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 10%, included in sold prices


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX ENGLISH #10-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N: 671814. Birch Grey/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 42,047 miles. Factory LHD U.S.-delivery XK. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate confirms matching numbers. Recent tune-up and mechanical inspection. Includes owner’s manual, tool roll, jack and spare. Rear fender spats and disc-style steel wheels. Recent canvas top. Older restoration showing some age flaws in paint. Paint chipped around front grille. Paint run on front of driver’s door. Trim minimally pitted. Driver’s door slightly out at bottom rear. Interior finely restored. Leather in top condition on the seats, as well as door trim. Steering wheel looks like it has hardly been handled. Slightly hazy gauge glass on tachometer. Carpets in very good condition. Pitting on shift lever. Cond: 2-. at no reserve; Leake offered this one twice in 2017 after it sold at Barrett-Jackson earlier the same year. There, it sold for $23,100, which is the best this example has done (SCM# 6826318). It then crossed the block at Leake’s Oklahoma City sale, where it was a no-sale with bidding starting at $5,000 and resting at $19,250 (SCM# 6827659). A second attempt was made at Leake’s Tulsa sale a few months later, where the consignor let it go for $21,725 (SCM# 6840567). With the previous two sales, both in 2017, being very close to the price paid here, call it market-correct. #1-1967 MGB GT coupe. S/N: 67GH13- SOLD AT $88,000. Restored in the early 2000s, the history of this example is known going back to U.S. importation and first ownership. The car has spent nearly all of its life on the East Coast, and benefits from recent service. Although some low outliers with lots of needs skewed the overall sales averages in 2017, many successful sales of comparable examples were north of $100,000. Here, this XK was in the minority of cars offered with a reserve and was very well bought. The 2018 values, so far, are much softer than the previous year. Unwound enough to drive with no immediate needs, it was well bought here. #111-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N: HDA362255. Black/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 44,750 km. Older frame-off restoration circa 1991 in good condition. Minor finish flaws from age. Small cracks on passenger’s side running board. Light scratches in the clearcoat. Brightwork in very good condition, with some scratches but nothing significant. Front windscreen in good order. Light pitting on windscreen trim. Panel alignment within factory specs. Leather interior in very good condition. Carpets appear to have been replaced. Original Jaeger gauges housed in unrestored dash. Interior trim in very nice condition. Original steering wheel in excellent condition. Newer Coker whitewalls. Recently replaced brakes and wheels cylinders, exhaust, front and rear main-seal gaskets, and an oilpan gasket. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. Originally purchased by a U.S. serviceman stationed in Belgium, and brought stateside after completion of his tour. It still wears the original Belgian registration. Offered here 168 L117040. Red/black leather. Odo: 96,762 miles. Older restoration with recent refreshening. Paint shows surface scratches and light fading. Prep issues on hood with several fisheyes. Panel alignment good on doors, but the hatch is out at base. Small door ding in right side of rear hatch next to glass. Said glass slightly cloudy. Light pitting on brightwork, with a few intermittent trim dings. Rubber is dry and hard on door seals. Heavy wiper streaks on front glass. Interior rear-view-mirror mast heavily pitted. Amateur carpet fitting around handbrake. Carpets slightly worn on floorboards. Upholstery in good condition, but seat hardware shows age. Smiths gauges clean and clear. Door-panel upholstery slightly wavy, especially on the top side of passenger’s door. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. Only 78 examples were produced in 2002, which was the final year of the Mark I. The early Azure was based on the Continental R and demanded a $36,000 premium due in part to the expensive Pininfarinadesigned and-built soft top. With the limited run in the final year, we have seen eight 2002 sales since examples began crossing the block in 2010. RM holds the record for the final Mark I, which sold at their Monaco sale in 2010 for $190,000 (SCM# 161953), followed by one at a Mecum sale the following year selling for $108,000 (SCM# 180092). They have cooled down since, and this example is in the top half of historical Mark I sales from the final year. Fair deal for buyer and seller. TOP 10 No. 9 #41-2010 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM drophead coupe. S/N: SCA682D52AUX16422. Red/black cloth/ Oyster leather. Odo: 2,237 miles. Low-mileage example is all original and in well-kept condition. Scratches throughout the clearcoat —could use a good buff and detail. A few scratches on the hood stainless. Paint rubbed in a few places. Panel alignment excellent. Glass original and in good condition. Stainless free of any pitting and is in very good condition. Wood inlays are excellent. Driver’s seat shows some outer bolster and SOLD AT $9,900. This example is said to have re-emerged in 2016 after 30 years of storage. The engine was rebuilt before being put away and the car is said to have been reviewed and recommissioned, which included rebuilding of the SU carbs along with a new exhaust system and new fuel tank. Also added were new bumpers and an interior refresh. Recent sales of other tin-top GTs fall within a few hundred dollars of the transaction price here. Fair deal on the first lot of the sale. Sports Car Market #47-2002 BENTLEY AZURE Mulliner convertible. S/N: SCBZK25E92CX01111. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 2,320 miles. Factory wide-body. Bespoke Mulliner with assumed special-order yellow paint. Low-mileage original in very well-kept condition. Yellow paint nearly flawless. Stainless in very good condition. Panel alignment is factory-correct. Very little to fault overall on exterior. Interior equally as nice. Gauges are clean and clear. Slight rub on the right rear seat leather. Center armrest leather is wavy. Dash stainless shows no flaws. Hardly any scuffs on the driver’s door threshold. Carpets slightly worn at the driver’s foot pedal, but nothing significant. Cond: 2.


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX bottom cushion wear. Center console leather shows some minor soiling. Carpets are very good. Missing passenger’s headlight washer cover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $225,500. Offered at no reserve, this example had an original MSRP of nearly $500k. There were a few items to fault on an example with fewer than 2,500 miles, with one of the most obvious being the missing headlight washer cover. Sure, it may seem simple on the surface, but you likely have to visit the dealership, have one special ordered and shipped in from the U.K., painted, and installed. What may cost $100 or so on your VW Rabbit is going to cost 10 times that here. At least recent service and maintenance is said to have been completed. This is a lot of money for a used car, but just a few short years ago it was half a million dollars new. Many of its peers in this age range have sold for a lower price in the last few years, but they are also stacked with more miles. Well sold. #55-2015 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC Speed convertible. S/N: SCBGJ3ZA0FC045099. Purple/black cloth/Bone leather. Odo: 3,564 miles. All correct and original. Little to fault with the paint, which can be quite unforgiving. No signs of prior paperwork. Front chin free of any scrapes or scratches. Soft-close doors work properly. Panel alignment is factory-correct. Glass is all original. Slight bolster wear on the driver’s seat. Minor smudge on bottom cushion of same seat. White leather on driver’s lower door panel scuffed with shoe marks from entry and exit. Gauges are clean and clear. A few light scratches on the center console. Thresholds are in good order. Screen printing looks good. Magnificent wood inlays are rich and lustrous, as would be expected. Cond: 2-. GERMAN #23-1959 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Super Convertible D. S/N: 86380. Silver metallic/ black cloth/black leatherette. Odo: 36,235 miles. U.S.-spec, numbers-matching example, with Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex copy. Original roadside jack and spare included. Correct date-coded wheels. Original body-number stampings. Original color combination with older paint, which could be original. Touch-ups on driver’s door. Bubbling on top surface of left front fender. Early signs of crazing. Body side trim is wavy. Pitted stainless. Dull windshield surround with nicks and gouges at the bottom of the frame. Convertible-top rubber a bit dry. Carpets and upholstery in good condition. Torn stitching on the driver’s door pocket. Unrestored engine compartment. Cond: 3. by a black 2000 Z8 which sold at Bonhams’ 2017 Zoute sale in Belgium for $370,000, almost $100k over the catalog estimate (SCM# 6851076), as well as an average-condition example that brought above-average money, once owned by Steve Jobs. The sales price here pushed into the low range of Alpina territory, helped along by an uncommon color combo and low mileage. Still a fair price for a low-mileage, uncommon color combo. SOLD AT $209,000. Produced from August 1958 through August 1959, the convertible D was a one-year-only example, with Porsche making 1,330. The completion date on this one was May 1959. These came right after the Speedster and shared a few of the enhancements such as the dash. This car’s history is known back to when a U.S. serviceman bought the car new in Germany. After changing hands, it enjoyed single ownership for nearly 30 years. Here, it brought a nice premium thanks to the originality, and the price paid encourages this example to be maintained as a survivor. Well sold. SOLD AT $149,600. Low mileage is not uncommon on Bentleys, as for many owners this is not their primary vehicle. Even 10- or 20-year-old examples can show fewer than 10,000 miles of use. This one was an upmarket Speed, which includes some additional body and trim enhancements over the “regular” car. The consignor’s representative also stated that recent service had been performed, which can be a significant benefit to the new buyer as everything for these is costly. Looking at the retail market, the GTC starts just north of $150,000 with mileage in the low-to-mid teens. The miles on this one were below the sample, but the price paid was not quite light enough to be true wholesale. This one was somewhere in the middle, making it fair for buyer and seller. 170 #61-2002 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ134X2AH61669. Red/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 4,234 miles. All original with no signs of previous paint or repairs. However, paint does show age-related flaws, with a few nose chips and light surface scratches. Rubs on underside of chin not visible when standing. Panel alignment is excellent. Left front headlight slightly hazy. Interior has a few areas needing attention. Some stress on outer side of the driver’s bottom seat cushion. Dash leather loose and curling near windshield. Minor scratches on black piano interior finish around shifter. Screen printing in good order. Chrome factory wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $200,750. This example was a nice departure from what seems to be an endless supply of silver Z8s. Sales in 2017 raised the bar, averaging $222,000 a copy, but bear in mind that sample does include Alpina examples, which bring a premium over the standard-issue Z8. That average was also aided #6-2014 PORSCHE 911 GT3 coupe. S/N: WP0AC2A98ES183079. White/ black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 2,500 miles. Dual-clutch PDK gearbox, direct fuel injection and electric on-demand oil pump. Clean CARFAX. Two previous owners, both from Texas. Extended factory 10-year engine warranty. Fifteen factory options including extended-range fuel tank and Front Axle Lift System. Very nice example that is all original—showing hardly any use. Very little to fault. Well-cared-for factory paint with no signs of touch-ups. Panel fit is factory spec. Hard-water spots on glass. Low chin mostly scrape-free. No excessive wear on the seat bolsters or steering wheel. Gauges and buttons look as though they have hardly been touched. Light scratch on the driver’s door panel leather extending to plastic at window controls. Clean wear-free carpets. Cond: 2. BEST BUY SOLD AT $122,100. When new in 2014, this specific example with options stickered new for $146,120. Porsches in general, even the newer ones, hold their values quite well. We have all seen what the air-cooled cars have done over the past few years, which is a testament to the popularity of the brand. So far in 2018, six have sold at dealer-only auctions with an average of 9,300 miles and wholesale values averaging $119,000. Five of them were white; one was silver. Adjusted for mileage, $124,000 was the wholesale number here. Even after fees, well bought at better-thanwholesale value. #96-2015 MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER Executive conversion limousine. S/N: WD3PE8CC2F5959281. Black/ black leather. 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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) #10589. 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo 6-Speed Coupe. S/N JT2JA82L3P0001427. 29,000 miles. “3.0-L 2JZ inline-6, 6-speed manual gearbox, hard top, clean CARFAX, RPS single turbo conversion, GReddy front-mount intercooler, TRD exhaust, TRD differential, Fikse Classic Aro wheels, JIC FLT-A2 coilovers, TRD front seats.” Condition: 1.5. Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX passengers. Low mileage and still shows as like-new condition. Conversion by Midwest Automotive Designs. Dent with paint damage on right rear ambulance door. Panel alignment good. Lenses are fade-free. Interior has hardly been used. Fitted rugs over a custom wood floor in passenger’s area. Seat upholstery shows no damage or excessive wear. Star lights on roof. Very nice woodwork. Pleated shades look a little dated. Faux wood in the driver’s compartment. Fitted mat over factory vinyl floor. Little wear on the seats. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,900. An early production example as denoted by hood creases and fuel filler near driver’s cowl accessible through a flap in hood. Benefits from recent mechanical sorting, and prior ownership spanned 10 years. Not long ago, average sales were in the low-$20,000 range. Today, that number has increased with averages over $30,000. One has to go back to 2016 to find a sale price comparable to the one here. Offered at no reserve; the consignor likely wanted more after spending the money on the mechanicals, but condition held back the price. ITALIAN BEST BUY SOLD AT $80,700. It is going to be hard to find original examples of most Japanese cars, as many of their owners enjoy modifying them, but this one is very tastefully done. The Mark 4 Supra will continue to demand money. Buying well-done examples around the $30k range is the current norm, but I see them gaining traction from there. Well sold. BringA-Trailer, 6/28/2018. #10592. 1997 Acura Integra Type R Coupe. S/N JH4DC2318VS002890. 58,294 miles. “1.8-L VTEC inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, one-owner, #65 of 320 U.S. cars built, lifetime Florida car, dealer-added a/c, tinted windows, clear CARFAX report.” Condition: 1.5. SOLD AT $77,000. Part of the Knies Collection. It is safe to assume, judging from the mileage and condition, that this was used by the family and has never seen commercial use. The upfitter, Midwest Automotive Designs, specializes in Sprinter conversions ranging from premium shuttle vans to limos and luxury RVs. A comparably equipped, new example can be purchased for around $125,000. A used one could not be found in this price range, making it a good buy for the age and mileage. SOLD AT $40,750. This isn’t the first ITR (Integra Type R) to sell for $40k at auction, and it sure won’t be the last. The generation that looked up to these cars is now finally able to afford one. Ride the wave now. Good ones can be found for $20k, but stellar examples like this demand more money. What could make this a 1 condition is a really nice detail job. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 6/29/2018. #600. 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI Coupe. S/N JJ3CC54N9KZ015004. 68,744 miles. “Turbocharged 2.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Final-year production model.” Condition: 1. IRISH #20-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 Gull- wing. S/N: SCET0T26T4BD001174. Stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 38,407 miles. Flaws throughout stainless. Heavy scratch above the driver’s side front tire. Seven (or so) dimples in roof panel between doors. Rear louver finish flaking. Glass has a few scratches. Bumper trim has been repainted and showing fish eyes. Interior worn and shows age, with a slightly foul odor. New leather interior with several small impressions on the driver’s seat. Interior panels do not lineup well. Screen printing worn on console controls, with misaligned switches. Gauges clean and clear. Rear cargo lamp hanging down by bare wires and missing its cover. Wavy dash covering in front of driver’s position. Original bill of sale and windows sicker displayed on the dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. The name may be misleading, but this is really a Mitsubishi built in Nagoya, Japan. Are these rebadged variants still “JDM” with USDM names on them? Or is that what makes them unique? Will other people recognize it as Japanese? At a car show, will it sit with domestics or imports? It is still a gray area, but a great-looking car is a great-looking car. I say the buyer got a great deal. Barrett-Jackson, 6/21/2018. ♦ 172 SOLD AT $102,300. Past sales show the Ferrari California fares much better at collectorcar auctions than it does in the wholesale marketplace. Comparable cars of similar year and mileage can be bought for around $100,000 at dealer-only auctions. Looking at past sales at collector-car auctions, the average selling price is between $140k and $145k on examples that are 2011 and older. The second-generation California was introduced in 2014 and received a power boost over this one thanks to the 3.9-L turbo V8, making those a little more desirable. This one was well bought at a wholesale price. JAPANESE #95-1987 SUBARU BRAT pickup. S/N: JF3AU53B4HE500452. Gray/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 27,361 miles. With Subaru Fun Roof (T-tops), custom pinstriping, and rear bed jump seats not bolted down and missing handle grips. Good original overall, but showing some age. Heavy rock chips on hood have been touched up, and paint does not match Sports Car Market #60-2011 FERRARI CALIFORNIA convertible. S/N: ZFF65LJA0B0178273. Rosso/tan leather. Odo: 7,937 miles. All original in very good condition. Includes Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic discs, Daytona seats and optional magnetic fluid-filled shocks. Original purchase documents and manuals included. Accessory Ferrari car cover. Right front fender shows signs of previous paint with prep issues noted. Panel alignment is spot-on. Small, deep scratch on passenger’s door. Front chin is free of any rubs or scrapes. Glass is clean and clear. Interior is original and in good condition. Gauges are clean and clear. Wear on the finish on reverse button. Leather coming loose at front of driver’s gauge pod. Minor wear on the driver’s seat outer bolster. Cond: 3+.


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX exactly. Panel alignment is decent. A few nicks here and there. Vinyl graphics are in very good condition. Bed stainless trim in good condition with light scratches, but well above average. Spray-in bedliner. Driver’s floor mat is worn and frayed. All screen printing intact. Air-conditioner vents do not appear to be broken. Headliner in good order. A few rubs on steering wheel. Missing spare under the hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,840. Earlier in the sale, we saw essentially the same vehicle, a Geo Tracker, sell for $3,575 (SCM# 6867660). With the exception of very early Trackers and Sidekicks, these two vehicles were built side-by-side at GM’s CAMI Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, plant. Mileage in this range is nearly impossible to find, and these are quite reliable. In 2017, a non-convertible, fixed-roof hard top 1989 Sidekick with 42,500 miles sold at Twin Cities Auctions’ Back to the ’50s sale for $8,640 (SCM# 6839552). I agree with our reporter there, who felt there was still some retail upside. This one needs a few cosmetic touches, but there is upside here as well. A good buy at this price. SOLD AT $17,600. This was my favorite of the sale —the one I was after. Bed seats, Subaru Fun Roof and low mileage: What more could I ask for? I was hoping I was the only one who was paying attention. With access to a very powerful tool, the Sports Car Market Platinum Auction Database, I knew what the car was worth. I had a value and strategy in mind, and I was going to bid $9k tops so I could be “all-in” under $10k. In January 2018, a record was set for the Subaru Brat, with a 1986 example showing 43,000 miles selling for $13,200 (SCM# 6863399) at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. Although all sales prior to 2018 were under $10,000, I was wrong about my assumptions and not even in the market. Collectors are taking notice. Very well sold. #101-1995 SUZUKI SIDEKICK JX SUV. S/N: 2S3TA02C0S6416305. White/gray cloth. Odo: 55,178 miles. Aftermarket bull bar and off-road lights. Solid original. A few rock chips on front. Replacement vinyl top. Rear bumper misaligned on left side. Exterior illumination heavily faded, especially the taillights. Panel alignment is good. Rubber is decent, showing age, but not failing. Rock chip on windscreen. Driver’s mirror shows scrape rubbed down to plastic. Interior in good condition aside from seats. Driver’s seat has a sizable hole in bottom cushion, passenger’s seat has a rip exposing foam on outer bolster. Foul odor inside. Top hardware in good condition. All screen printing in good order. Gauge acrylic slightly cloudy. Steering wheel in good shape. Shift knob is not worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. This one was top drawer for a Baja and highly optioned, with preservation mileage that just does not exist. The styling was polarizing when new, but these have developed a cult following after production ended. Average wholesale mileage on a 2006 Baja is about 125k, and dealer auction values range between $4,400 and $9,100 depending on mileage and condition. As with the Brat, I wanted to own it all-in for $10k, and as with the Brat, bidders on this were active and taking notice. I was priced out almost immediately, with bidding climbing well beyond my expectations. In hindsight, I would have felt guilty adding miles to the clock. Very well sold. AMERICAN #9-1925 CADILLAC V-63 phaeton. S/N: 63G707. Dark red & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 50,385 miles. CCCA Full Classic and CCCA First Prize Winner. Dual rear spares. Four-wheel brakes. Period Boyce MotoMeter radiator cap with Cadillac ornamentation. High-quality restoration with a few years of age. Light clearcoat scratches. A few nicks here and there. Panel fit off by nature but consistent with factory specs. Some hard-water September 2018 173 #99-2006 SUBARU BAJA pickup. S/N: 4S4BT63C665104251. Black/black leather. Odo: 2,320 miles. Super-low-mileage original in very well-kept condition. As close to new as any one you will find. Factory paint glossy, with a few flaws. Some chips on hood. Minor rubs and flaws on the plastic trim. A few minor scratches here and there. Panel alignment is factory-correct, as would be expected. Glass is clean and clear. Weatherstripping and seals in good shape all around. Interior is remarkable: virtually no wear anywhere. Still smells new. Nothing to fault inside. Screen printing is perfect. Cond: 2.


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX stains on brightwork; otherwise in very good condition. Nicely restored interior. Some bunching on the seat-bottom corners. Gauges have been restored and are in excellent condition. Top is in good overall condition—showing little signs of operation. Some cracks in the hard-top hardware finish. Restored woodspoke wheels with pinstriping. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2-. #25-1929 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT Series 640 phaeton. S/N: 174637. Burgundy & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 64,827 miles. Restored in 2017 by noted marque specialist. CCCA Full Classic certification. Doughnut-chaser ornament, dual spares, rear luggage rack and mirror-finish paint with replated trim. A few scratches in places you may expect, such as the fenders. Hood has light scratches in clearcoat. Canvas tops replaced. Driver’s door out slightly at rear edge. Vintage California plates in corresponding year of car. Wood top frame and interior in very good condition. Small scuff on outboard side of driver’s seat. Otherwise, seat leather is new, with quality refinished wood dash. Screen printing on odometer and speedometer faded. Carpets dirty but not overly worn. Frame finish is older and chipping. Cond: 2-. reserve, but a post-sale deal was put together and the car was sold. Hard to imagine the consignor coming out very far ahead there after writing a check to a marque specialist. The crowd here was much more enthusiastic about this Packard, and the hammer price speaks for itself. Very well sold. #8-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $55,000. The history on this example is known from when it was delivered new in 1925, giving it added provenance, as collectors always like to have a good story to tell. Last offered at Leake’s Spring Dallas sale in 2017, where it did not sell with a top bid of $36,500 (SCM# 6835253). The reporter there called the offer “a tad light.” More money was likely spent on the restoration than the peak of bidding in Dallas. Here, a successful sale was achieved, and although this is not one with mass appeal, the sales price was still on the lighter side. Production numbers are slim, and, even without a decent sample with which to compare, other 1920 era pre-war V8 phaetons have brought in higher sales since 2011. Well bought. roadster. S/N: E53F001209. Polo White/black canvas/Sportsman Red vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Number 209 of 300. Expertly restored by Corvette specialist. Factory inspection markings re-created. Newly restored side curtains. Soft top with correct stitching. Wonder Bar radio as standard on all first-year examples. Rebuilt engine shows correct paint color, hoses and clamps. Hand-laid fiberglass cloth not visible through paint finish. A few small paint chips at tonneau cover. Restored brightwork in excellent condition. Panel alignment is near perfect. Interior shows no signs of wear. Seats are perfect with no visible wear on the replaced carpets. Speedometer face slightly faded. Knobs and switches in very good order. Trip odometer shows 78 miles, with only 4 miles on the odometer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. Accepted to the 2018 Concours d’Elegance of Texas, where it was shown the following day. This is said to be the only known example in 5-passenger configuration and one of three listed in the Packard Club directory. Last sold at Leake’s Tulsa sale in 2017 for $69,850. (SCM# 6839151). There, bidding slowed once it hit $60k, and it rolled away as a no-sale with a final bid of $64k. The seller in Tulsa was reported to have a $75k NOT SOLD AT $230,000. First-year C1s peaked a little more than 10 years ago. That’s when Barrett-Jackson sold production #003 for over a million dollars at the 2006 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 40401). A few months later, Mecum sold car #005 at their 2006 Bloomington Gold sale for $840,000 (SCM# 42001). There were four sales in 2006 and 2007 that hovered around the $400,000 mark. As one could imagine, those were all Top Flight-condition cars. This one has never been judged, but is certainly ready. The reserve wasn’t met, leaving it as one of the 7% of cars not sold. With judging sheets already in hand, it may have brought more, but even without, it should still bring a premium over the high offer in this condition. #18-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N: 7A1082957. Arctic White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 1,534 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration (’90s) in very good condition. Paint well prepped and well applied. A few paint cracks inside driver’s door sill. Otherwise, very few flaws. Driver’s door slightly out, misaligning the trim. Brightwork in excellent condition. Engine is fantastically restored and is all correct. Highly restored engine compartment with everything looking new. Interior is excellently restored. The carpets at driver’s position point to some use but nothing major. Dash paint very well 174 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX applied. Gauges restored. Steering wheel is perfect. A few scratches in brightwork at top of doors. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2+. 6836564). Prior to the sale here, Worldwide offered it at their 2018 Scottsdale auction, where it was reportedly sold for $82,500 (SCM# 6868216), a $55,000 discount over the original sale. Here, it was one in the minority of offerings with a reserve. Still wearing very low miles; the build costs likely exceeded anything previously offered. TOP 10 No. 7 #22-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N: SFM5S482. White/black vinyl. Odo: 92,815 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, SOLD AT $115,500. Buick produced only 836 in 1954, so most of these are well looked after, as seen here. Mecum offered this car at their 2014 Seattle sale, where it did not meet reserve with a high bid of $130,000 (SCM# 6709807). Sales were averaging $145,000 that year, so it was a little soft for a top-shelf example. Since 2014, values have decreased every year. Next, it was offered by Russo and Steele at their 2018 Scottsdale auction, where the reporter called it a steal at $88,000 (SCM# 6858115). Even with values on the decline, it was significantly under the money there. It was in the minority of cars here offered with a reserve, and the selling price earned the consignor a nice profit. Well sold. #27-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. S/N: 30867S100739. Platinum Pearl/red canvas/red leather. Odo: 128 miles. 327-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Known as the “Furious Fuelie.” Frame-off restoration. Weber-style short-stack billet EFI system. Tremec 5-speed. Later-model stinger hood. Exceptional paint and finish—House of Kolor Platinum Pearl is better than original. Panel alignment is spot-on. High-back bucket seats with bottom cushion bolsters. Carpets have been replaced and are in excellent condition. Radio delete. Gauge faces match finish of the car. Reimagined door panels with excellent, even stitching. Engine compartment a marvel to behold. Independent front suspension with smooth inner fenders and factoryappearing cut-outs to make room for suspension. Everything is polished stainless and could use a repolish. Wilwood 13-inch brakes. Cond: 1-. 4-sp. Hi-Po solid-lifter V8. Listed in the Shelby Registry. Matching numbers verified by SAAC. Correct wheels, Le Mans stripes, side exhaust, fiberglass hood and dash tach. Straight body. Older restoration is very well cared for, as evident in the paint and finish. Slightly loose driver’s door handle. Exterior seals are good all around. Sound of doors closing is solid. Light pitting on taillight trim. Interior is excellent, with minimal wear on carpets and upholstery. Gauges in like-new condition. Steering wheel has a few nicks and scratches showing in the wood. Steering wheel stainless would benefit from a polish. Light pitting on interior door hardware. Cond: 2. Carpets show little wear. Gauges clean and clear, with exception of console gauges, which are slightly dingy. Heater delete and radio delete options. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Said to be restored using all NOS OEM parts, but some trim and emblems are reproduction. First sold—after coming off of a fresh five-year-long nut-andbolt rotisserie restoration—at Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 Scottsdale sale for $143,000 (SCM# 6725182). There, the seller was rewarded for the quality of the restoration with a strong selling price. In 2017, Leake offered it at their spring Dallas sale with 12 fewer miles than seen here, where it sold for $79,200 (SCM# 6835835). Well sold in 2014 and well bought in 2017; the high bid here was right on the money and above average given the current market, but the consignor decided to hold out for a higher reward. #75-1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL SOLD AT $363,000. Originally built for SCCA homologation; there are a lot of replicas out there, but only 521 are the real deal. This is an older restoration performed in the late 1990s, with a significant portion of its post-restoration life spent preserved and sitting on blocks. Sold just a few months prior to being offered here at Worldwide’s 2018 Scottsdale sale for $352,000 (SCM# 6856529). Recent sales point to similar figures for comparable early-production-year cars. With seller fees, the consignor nets less than what it was purchased for in Scottsdale, but all-in was still a premium over the last price paid. #17-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO NOT SOLD AT $90,000. First sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in 2016 for $137,500 (SCM# 6811098), where it was described as a “fresh and documented frame-off restoration.” In 2017, it surfaced again at Leake’s spring Dallas sale, where it garnered a high bid of $100,000 but did not sell (SCM# 176 Z/28 coupe. S/N: 124379N590547. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 59,325 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-documented five-year restoration process. Certified by Jerry MacNeish’s High Performance Chevrolet. Original 302 DZ engine with second-edition 5754 camshaft. OEM fiberglass hood. Date-code-correct Muncie Rock Crusher close-ratio 4-speed. Cross Ram induction. Restoration using OEM NOS parts. High-quality restoration now a few years old in very good condition. Paint very well prepped and applied. Door-panel alignment is good, with some gaps slightly out of tolerance. Brightwork has all been replated and restored. Interior is in excellent condition. SOLD AT $17,050. Before it became its own nameplate, these pre-first-generation Town Cars were part of the fifth-generation Continental family. Offered at no reserve from the Knies Collection, one of two nearly identical 1979 Town Cars being offered. The other, Lot 73, had 13,000 original miles, while this example had fewer than 2,500 original miles. Lot 73 sold for $15,400, while this one brought a slight premium. Aside from an example sold by Auctions America in 2016 for $25,300 (SCM# 6806095), the two sales here Sports Car Market Town Car sedan. S/N: 9Y82S766711. Blue/ blue leather. Odo: 2,434 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional full-padded vinyl roof with B-pillar coach lamps. Factory sunroof. All original and well preserved. No signs of previous paint. Paint crack at front of driver’s door reveals some minor rust. Small scratch on left side of trunk lid. Trim is in good original condition, with a few smudges here and there. Sunroof not flush with top. Vinyl top very good overall, with some light fading. Interior is in very good condition, with carpets slightly faded and worn on floor mat. Door panels in good overall shape. Seats look as though they have hardly been sat in. Headliner is holding up well. Cond: 2-.


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX fall into record territory. Well sold with low mileage and solid survivorship. #63-1986 BUICK ELECTRA wagon. S/N: 1G4BV35Y9GX413378. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 14,034 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Original paperwork and service manual included. All original and good condition. No signs of previous paint; what is here is all original with some light fading. Chemical stain on front left corner of hood. Brightwork shows some light pitting. Side trim stainless in very good condition. Panel alignment factorycorrect and good overall. Glass is all original. Interior is exceptional. Note on steering wheel says brakes are bad. Door-lock switch missing from both front doors. Gauges are clean and clear. Dash free of any cracks. Seats appear like new other than minor collapsing on the outer portion of the driver’s seat bottom. Cond: 3+. prices. Lot 53, the 1988, sold for $4,400, while this one brought more than double. The other was well bought; this one was well sold. #68-1992 GEO TRACKER SUV. S/N: 2CNBE18U0N6942485. Blue/blue cloth & black vinyl. Odo: 48,872 miles. 1.6-L fuelinjected I4, 5-sp. No signs of prior paint. Finish flaking off front grille plastic. Heavy scratch on right front side of hood. Small door dings on both sides of rear. Good panel alignment, and glass is exceptionally clean and clear. Wheels losing their finish and in need of refinishing. Exterior lenses in good condition. Interior dash is in very good condition. Gauge cluster is clean and clear. Seat faded with a tear on the driver’s bottom cushion. Carpets very worn and could benefit from replacing. Panel missing under steering column, exposing wires. Aftermarket Sony cassette player connected to subwoofer. Minimal wear on shifter. Rear tailgate handle inoperable and will not open rear gate. Cond: 3. wanted me to have something less expensive, less safe and with less room. These, along with the Suzuki Sidekicks, do have somewhat of a cult following in certain circles. Outdoorsmen and hunters love them for their light weight and—unlike the $20,000 UTVs of today—they have a heater and a/c, and are similarly capable of getting you where you need to go. The problem is most Trackers/Sidekicks out there are in poor condition. Call it well bought. #58-1995 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS sedan. S/N: 1G1BL52P9SR160277. Dark red/gray leather. Odo: 6,952 miles. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Paint has aged well throughout. Flaws can be seen in minor clearcoat scratching and some chips in the paint. No significant areas of fading. Panel alignment is factory-correct. Glass is all original and in good condition. Original front windscreen. Interior is in very good condition. Some minor soiling on the driver’s seat. Screen printing is all in good order. Plastics appear to be in very good condition. Slight wear at driver’s door carpets. Seats do not show much wear. Headliner is in good condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,010. Bidders tend to get excited about wagons, but there are not many collectors clamoring to own Buick wagons from the 1980s. This was one of two Buick Electra Estates at the sale. The other was a 1988 and was nearly identical in appearance, and how two low-mileage examples ended up in the same collection probably makes for a good story. While this one was two years older, it had just more than half the mileage of the other, and this one was in far better condition. These factors were reflected in the selling SOLD AT $3,575. Although it is relatively low mileage, it is doubtful these will ever see collector-car status and will remain just used cars. This one appealed to me personally and I know these intimately; it is what I drove in high school and owned for years afterwards. I wanted a Wrangler, but I suppose my parents SOLD AT $23,100. The seventh-generation Impala SS, produced from 1994 to 1996, had the right formula to be considered a true muscle car, which some even called a 4-door Corvette. It captured the attention of collectors early on, with many being stored away with low mileage, such as this example. Average sales prices have been steady over the past several years, selling in the mid-teens, with the lower-mileage ones being had in lower $20,000 range. Many of those sales were fiveplus years ago, and more-recent sales bring right at $20,000 for a good example. This one was slightly above average when compared with its peers. Well sold. #37-1998 LINCOLN MARK VIII LSC coupe. S/N: 1LNFM92V0WY727320. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 152 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. LSC Collector’s Edition. All original and carefully preserved. Bumper paint appears slightly faded. Some light clearcoat scratches at top of driver’s side fender. Lens acrylic is brand new in appearance and very clear. Seals in good condition other than around rear glass gasket, where it’s wavy on right side. Panel alignment factory-correct. Fuel-filler door slightly misaligned at rear. Interior looks almost completely untouched. Mark on the driver’s seat back appears to be pen ink. Driver’s carpets have minimal wear. Screen printing and button finishes show no signs of previous handling. Cond: 2. 178 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX #87-2002 CHRYSLER PROWLER con- SOLD AT $19,525. This year was the final year for the Mark cars, with this example being the LSC, or Luxury Sport Coupe version. The original window sticker was still affixed to the passenger’s side window and the inside was a time capsule, appearing to have never been touched. Someone planned ahead, assuming these would rise in value one day. The original MSRP on this one was $42,000 with options. Even with careful preservation, the gamble did not pay off, with a final sales price of less than 50% of the original new-car price. Maybe many years from now the trend will reverse, but as long as there are still highmileage beaters with blown air (suspension) bags that can be bought for around $1,000, it’s going to be a while. #52-2000 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Jeff Gordon NASCAR Edition coupe. S/N: 2G1WX12K4Y9360540. Red & blue/black leather. Odo: 639 miles. 3.8-L fuelinjected V6, auto. Sold new by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. One of 24 Jeff Gordon factory NASCAR tribute vehicles produced. Still smells brand new inside. Factory tag still hanging from glove compartment. Paint is mostly flaw-free. Some discoloring on rubber window trim. No damage to low front chin. Panel fit is factory-correct. No signs of prior paint. Interior is like-new. All screen printing intact. No wear on the carpet or the seats. A few scuffs at the driver’s door threshold, but nothing major. Cond: 2-. vertible. S/N: 1C3EW65G72V101169. Yellow/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,331 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Factory original in very good condition. Little has changed since it left the showroom. No damage underneath front chin. No signs of previous paint. Panel alignment factory-correct. Lenses are not faded. Top of trunk lid looks as though top has never been put up. Exterior passenger’s door mirror glass is missing. Rubber is in good original condition. Interior shows minimal use. Driver’s seat is slightly slicker than the passenger’s seat with minor wrinkle in the leather. No bolster damage. Screen printing is all intact and appears as though new. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,075. After the Plymouth brand ceased to exist in 2001, the remaining Prowler production moved over to the Chrysler nameplate. The cars are identical; the only change was the name. Over one-quarter of Prowlers produced wear the Chrysler badge, so they are not all that rare. It would be very surprising to find an example that was someone’s daily driver, and while that could be a possibility, many of them were seldom driven, making low-mileage finds less than an anomaly. Prowlers are also a common sight at collector-car sales. This one brought a price that hasn’t been seen in several months, resulting in a fair price for a low-mileage piece. #70-2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha pickup. SOLD AT $20,075. Aside from unique graphics to commemorate the NASCAR legend, the engine is the same ho-hum powerplant found in the normal Monte Carlo SS. Limited to 24 examples, there have been a few at auction over the years, as well as one that was currently for sale by a dealer at the time of this sale. The Ohio dealer had theirs listed with a $30,000 price tag, and that example had just over 1,000 miles. Past auction sales show one sold in 2016 for $20,800 (SCM# 6815991) and in 2013 for $16,500. The crowd was pretty enthusiastic when this one took the stage, and the car was sold just a few bucks shy of the one sold in 2016. At no reserve, the market has spoken and the price is in line with where it needs to be. 180 S/N: 137PH90316E220607. Yellow/black vinyl/black & tan leather. Odo: 3,826 miles. 6.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. One of 729 built in the final year of production. Auxiliary rearbench center jump seat. Low, original mileage. Factory original with no signs of previous damage. A few minor cracks in the paint at body seam behind rear doors. Exterior lenses free of fades or defects. Black door handles are slightly faded. Panel alignment is good. Rubber is in good shape. Canvas top is in very good condition. Interior is in excellent condition. Seats show virtually no wear. Very little threshold damage from entry and exit. Gauges are clean and clear. Screen printing is all intact and like new. Carpets are in good shape, as they only cover the tunnel. Two-tone leather and black and tan is very tasteful. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $184,800. Of the different configurations offered in this final production year, the most desirable examples are the Duramax Diesel-powered 300-hp Alphas, which were only available as a 4-passenger wagon and Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX when standing. Panel alignment quite good. Tidy interior, with no significant damage to the outer seat bolsters. Gauges clean and clear. All screen printing is intact. Driver’s floor mat slightly worn, but the carpets underneath in good condition. Cargo compartment has heavy scuffs and damage to the plastic. Cond: 2-. 4-passenger open top as seen here. With so few built, Alphas do not cross the block often. The last sale SCM witnessed was an Alpha wagon with just under 9,000 miles, which sold at Mecum’s Houston auction in 2012 for $148,000 (SCM# 211745). This one shows continued upward momentum in pricing. Soon after the sale, a California dealer had this one retail-ready with an asking price of $220,000. In a matter of years, that could be a wholesale price—if you can find one. Offered at no reserve, fair deal for both parties. #85-2008 DODGE MAGNUM SRT8 wagon. S/N: 2D4GV77368H200710. TorRed/ black leather. Odo: 37,083 miles. 6.1-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Factory Brembo brakes, sunroof, suede-trimmed heated seats. No signs of previous paint. A few rock chips on the nose. Bug damage to the paint finish. Heavy scratches along the rear bumper from cargo removal. Clearcoat scratches easily buffable. Damage underneath front chin not visible SOLD AT $22,000. While the base Magnum saw a four-year run before Dodge discontinued it, the SRT8 was only produced for the final three years. This was a final-year example, and one of only 239 SRT8s built that year. Even when new, these had a cult following and could even be considered the poor man’s E55/E63 AMG wagon. The CTS-V wagon is similar in status but, like the Magnum, lacked the mass appeal for Cadillac to keep the program going. The Magnum could have been the right car at the wrong time, being cut loose along with the Pacifica, Crossfire, and PT Cruiser convertible amid a looming government bailout. Well bought with upside left for a future sale. © September 2018 181


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD The Rietz Mopar Collection The car that sparked Rietz’s interest in Mopar muscle was a Go Mango with black vinyl roof 1970 Dodge Challenger SE hard top, sold for $16,275 Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 9, 2018 Location Mansfield, SD Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Aaron Williams, Justin Van Grotheest, Terry Brick, Glen Troutman Automotive lots sold/offered 114/114 Sales rate 100% Sales total $441,219 High sale 1970 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top, sold at $44,363 He saw it new at the dealer, couldn’t afford it then, but found it and bought it in 1976 — 1970 Dodge Challenger SE 2-door hard top, sold at $16,275 Buyer’s premium 5% onsite, 10% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics F rom the time he bought his first car until his untimely passing at his farm on September 30, 2017, the late Alan Rietz was the commensurate Mopar aficionado. If a Mopar muscle car was for sale in central South Dakota, he likely had checked it out or had bought it. Indeed, the car that sparked his interest in Mopar muscle was a Go Mango with black vinyl roof 1970 Dodge Challenger SE hard top, when it was sitting new on the showroom floor in nearby Aberdeen, SD. In 1976, after high school, he not only found and purchased the car, but it remained in his possession for the rest of his life. In addition to the Challenger, he also had 96 other Chrysler products — cars and trucks — that he had acquired over the years. If it wasn’t for a few flings with seven project Corvettes, two Cadillacs and several motorcycles, you could say he lived the adage “Mopar or no car.” To liquidate his collection, his widow contracted with Yvette VanDerBrink to conduct an auction at their farmstead near Mansfield, SD, that Mopar enthusiasts will recount for years to come. Yvette mentioned as part of the opening statements that 182 Mansfield, SD Alan was highly concerned about theft and pilferage, so a substantial number of the cars had their engines removed, with all of the extracted motors put into one of his buildings. As such, only one of the vehicles was actually started and run during the auction, although several of the remainder with their powertrains intact were billed as “runs but has bad gas.” The majority of the cars were rollers only, and you had to be onsite to look though the lineup of engines (which were sold offline once the cars were completed after 2:30 that afternoon) if you had any chance of finding the original one for a given car. The weekend of June 9 was quite warm, with a high of 91 degrees. With a dry spring and early summer, the region was in a drought condition. In fact, there was a smoking ban on site, per the local fire department. Yes, you can say that there was plenty of dust to go with all those Dusters that were sold. After two hours of selling higher-value parts and collectibles live and on Proxibid, they started on that Challenger SE, which was Alan’s first Mopar. Selling for a rather strong $16,275 for its distressed condition, it set the tone for the day. Six lots later, they had attained their high sale: a 1970 Dodge Super Bee hard top, with its original 440 Six Pack and 4-speed powertrain, for $44,363. When all was said and done, the 114 whole vehicles had garnered $441,219 in sales. While there were a few online buyers, most car buyers had boots on the ground and made the trek to north central South Dakota to inspect and purchase, with buyers from as far away as California and New York. No doubt about it, Yvette VanDerBrink got the word out to enough of the Mopar faithful to turn Mansfield, SD, into the Pentastar capital of the world for June 9. ♦ Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD AMERICAN #166M-1961 DODGE M37 B1 weapons- carrier utility. S/N: 64414. Black & white/ Olive Drab vinyl. Odo: 26,310 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with a depot-level-installed hard top, standard soft top and bows removed. Also with a bolt-in boom inside cargo box, as an ad-hoc tow truck. Repainted black and white most likely at that same time. Careful sanding will reveal the original Army registration numbers on hood. Last set of tabs on the SoDak license plates date to 2003, with rear attached to a late-model chrome pickup bumper bolted on below stock bumperettes. Wheels were rattle-canned OD green with no masking—including two spares sitting behind the truck. Bone-stock engine bay, retaining all mil-spec waterproof ignition components, but very dirty from years of sitting outside. Interior also stock, but also distressed from outside storage. Cond: 5+. past, as they haven’t sun-baked and split, yet they need a bath. Carpet turning green—from fading and mold. Complete, bone-stock engine under a ton of dust. Cond: 6+. carpet in his cars, as most had it pulled out. A 1970-dated, 340-ci factory replacement block was sitting ahead of the car, almost as a subtle hint that it could go in here if you don’t like a perfectly good Slant 6. Yet that engine proved to be destined for the Pepto-Bismol Duster (Lot 136M), which is just as well. While a bit on the well-sold side due to the Slant 6 and long-term disuse issues, this shouldn’t take a whole lot to get back on the road again if you just want a cruiser, or an easy restoration to concours quality if you’re keen on burning though cash with little return like Elon Musk is. #147M-1968 DODGE DART Sports Spe- SOLD AT $893. Being from the land of 10,000 pounds of road salt dumped on the roads per mile each winter, I can say with great authority that they should’ve put the following in shoe polish on windshield: DO NOT RESUSCITATE! Nobody should be that bored or need that much of a challenge to cut and patch all that metal, with about three square feet of original steel left. All for a baselevel B-body? Put that Poly 318 into one of the solid Darts that was out here, swap over a/c, put seats on Craigslist, and then push the rest of the mess across the scale. It’s just that simple. Final bid represents value of the powertrain, less the hassle of dealing with jagged rusty metal and co-pay for a tetanus booster. Been there, done that, junked the pipe-dream project(s), have the scars, and still getting the booster shots. SOLD AT $4,725. This was originally listed online as a “Jeep,” so I initially dismissed that as a brain fart on behalf of whoever compiled the listing. However, when it came time to sell it, Yvette announced that there was a title error. I instantly figured that she meant that the VIN didn’t match, but then she said, “You’ll need to see about having it changed from Dodge to Jeep.” With that, the entire crowd full of Mopar enthusiasts (and at least one SCMer who used to own one of these) gave her the “Lady, you are a moron” look. To which she replied, “Oh, whatever.” Well, she is a self-professed Chevy Girl. Call it whatever you will (even if it IS a Dodge), I’ll call it a reasonable buy in today’s booming vintagetruck market. #158M-1966 PLYMOUTH BELVE- DERE I 2-dr sedan. S/N: RL21E61233590. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 14,674 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Body tag almost illegible. Factory optional ps and a/c. Old respray peeling off almost like it’s 30-year-old house latex paint. Significant rust-out issues: around windshield, tops of doors, bottoms of doors, where front fenders join to cowl, base of C-pillar (both on body and roof), below rear window, tops of rear quarter panels where they join taillight caps, plus leading edge of roof. The fact that the wheelwells and rockers aren’t blown out is enough to convince me that they are full of filler. Windshield broken, with trim pulled off. Seats redone not too many years 184 #144MM-1967 DODGE DART GT con- vertible. S/N: LP27B72377455. Blue metallic/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 29,005 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Later-era Mopar Rallye wheels on radial tires. Repaint in a brighter shade than original blue. While most exterior trim was removed when resprayed, they got lazy with the engine bay, as the hood being shut was apparently good ’nuff for them instead of masking it off. Has a painted-on stripe on left rear flank, but only on that side and not over the top or on the right. Wavy bodywork. Decent original bumpers and stainless, dull alloy trim on trunk lid. Trunk lock cylinder removed. Carpeting rolled up and sitting on the rear seat. Front seat bottoms moldy, with a long split on driver’s side. Hood hinge bracket broken on driver’s side. Original Slant 6 still in place under said hood, and while dirty, looks to just need a battery and fresh fuel to start. Cond: 4-. cial 2-dr sedan. S/N: LL21B8E166465. Light green metallic/dark green vinyl. Odo: 14,716 miles. Originally had a 225-ci, 145-hp Slant 6, backed up by an automatic. Now, there’s a significant air gap in the powertrain between grille and differential. Old, topical repaint starting to lift and flake off—making original paint in door jambs look pretty darn good. Solid door fit. Rust blisters forming on rockers aft of all wheelwells, but has solid floors. Vestigial remains of green vinyl roof in C-pillar moldings only. Left front fender pushed in between headlight and marker lamp. Light pitting on the Sports Special badges, but rest of trim is pretty good. Gaping hole in fender where antenna was. Rocker panel trim pulled off. Complete yet very dingy interior, which is all at the point where it won’t recondition, with possible exception of rear-seat body side panels. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,310. If I had bought this car, I’d put a Slant 6 back into it, but with a Hyper Pack or at least a Clifford split intake manifold, then split the exhaust. That way, it would make this originally sexed-up-in-name-only, base-level Dart both Sporty and Special. Considering not just everything here but the market as a whole, this wasn’t too bad of a deal. They even had a no-issues title for it. Indeed, this was one of the few vehicles here that I’d have whipped out the check book for. This, from a tightwad Midwest Scandihoovian, says enough of how decent of a deal this was for a project car. #110M-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- SOLD AT $12,075. A quickly discernible penchant of Alan’s was that he seems to not want NER 2-dr sedan. S/N: RM21H9G162527. B5 Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 70,926 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body tag decodes as presented, with no options. Not even a radio, although a stock unit is now in place (possibly dealer installed). Prepped and started to get repainted in its original B5 Blue, but was stopped and still has some masking materials Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD in place that have now weathered. Lousy driver’s door fit, not much better on the passenger’s side—but at least it latches. Grille components sitting on rear and passenger’s seats, other trim that was removed rather than masked may or may not be in the trunk. Shot original interior still in place, so you know how and where to put all the pieces when you order and install the repop full-replacement set. Speedometer stuck at 58 mph. Complete engine, but very dingy and unkempt. License tabs from the year 2000. Cond: 4-. that’ll continue where another left off (most refuse to), they’ll still have to start back from scratch, as none of the masking can be trusted. Better yet, it’s not too painful at this point just to hit the reset button and start all over—with a bare shell, and do it right. Sold to someone onsite from Florida, so it’s already eating into the restoration budget just to get the car and bring it home. #112M-1969 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE SOLD AT $15,750. This was as basic as you could possibly get a Road Runner in 1969, and the dealer likely added the AM radio just to move it off the lot back when it was new. This example had reportedly been at Alan’s body shop of choice at the time of his demise, so his widow had it removed from there and it got deposited here in the auction line late in the winter. Even if you’d find a body shop 2-dr sedan. S/N: RL21B9G261682. Ice Blue Metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 3,584 miles. Built with the 225-ci Slant 6 with three-on-the-tree and not much else. Ice Blue Metallic originally, which is hard to tell with fenders, trunk lid, and hood from other cars plus primer and rust on upper surfaces of body. Old body filler flaking off top of rear wheelwells. Structural rust seems to be confined to bottoms of rear quarter panels and base of rear window. Door fit off on driver’s side, okay on the passenger’s. Hood loosely set onto body, with hinge springs lying in battery tray. Not much else is left in engine bay, with the motor, trans and radiator pulled. Some trim salvageable, and bumpers will make good cores. Carpet and seats gone, with door panels heavily degraded. Various bits of wiring dangling below dashboard, a lot of it added postproduction. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $2,625. The auction company cataloged this as a Satellite, likely due to front fenders that came from a Sport Satellite, which still retained the original badges. In reality, this is the most basic 2-door mid-size Plymouth you could get in 1969, a Belvedere. Couple that with it having the entry-level 225 6-cylinder, 3-speed when new and that it didn’t have a title so it was sold on a bill of sale, and this was one of the more realistic sales of the day. Somehow I get the feeling that if it makes it back on the road again, it’ll have a VIN swap with a rusty, crusty Hemi or 440 Road Runner. #126M-1969 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N: XP29H9B338315. Gold metallic/ green vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 84,633 miles. Sold on a bill of sale, no title. Body tag decodes as equipped with a 383 V8/4-speed with optional Light Group, pb, center console, remote control driver’s door mirror, hoodmounted turn signals, bright sill moldings and Music Master AM radio. Entire powertrain from radiator through driveshaft gone. Crumpled right front corner now rusty. Heavily oxidized original paint, with some surface rust. Vinyl roof all but baked away, showing what little prep work Chrysler did when these were built. Stainless moldings aren’t too bad and easily refurbished. Rusted-out trunk and interior floors, rot around rear wheelwells. Baked and crumbling door panels and seats. Center console, tachometer and radio AWOL. Gauges are shot. Rusty steering-wheel spokes. Period aftermarket rear helper springs. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $9,713. Gee, a ’69 Charger that the producers of “The Dukes of Hazzard” (either the TV series or the movies) managed to miss. Being a cult classic because of that series, even a rough-and-tumble example like this in an original pukey color combo (who’d think that gold and green work well together, even in the LSD-infused 1960s?) that’ll need everything—and doesn’t even have a title or an engine—can manage to bring this kind of coin. At least this one has wheels on it; the shell of a ’69 R/T (Lot 127M) that was next to it was hammered sold for $500 more, making this a veritable bargain. Not! #100M-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER SE 2-dr hard top. S/N: JH29N0B150852. Go Mango/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,748 186 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new by Martyn & Edwards Dodge of Aberdeen, SD, with a 383 V8 underhood. Fitted with dealeraccessory trunk rack and period aftermarket fiberglass hood scoop cut into stock hood. Original paint—aside from that hood—but faded and heavily scratched. Repainted hood is slightly off hue. A few light dents and heavy chipping in rear quarter panels. Rust-out behind all wheelwells. All metal inside car has surface rusting—even the gauge faces and steering column. Seats have heavier wear and seam splitting. Front seats have a pair of Members Only covers on them (that’ll be more accurate than Carbon-14 dating as far as how old they are). Dingy engine bay. Dual snorkel air cleaner, with aftermarket alloy valve covers. Cond: 5+. with inserts redone in a non-stock fuzzy cloth. Surface rust on some faces of Rally gauge cluster. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $14,175. With no sign of the fender tag (Yvette said it was off the car and couldn’t find it among Alan’s other loose tags), it would be best to consult one of the Mopar provenance-verification services to ascertain how this was originally optioned from Chrysler before the new owner does anything more than clean and sort. Opened online with an $8k bid, and was strongly bid thereafter—and strongly sold. You could do worse for the money, but you could also do better for either continuing a project or hitting the reset button. #105M-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr SOLD AT $16,275. This was the car that started it for Alan. He saw it new at the dealer, couldn’t afford it then, but found it and bought it in 1976—keeping it until death did they part. Yet it’s been parked way too long—as a restoration, will be quite the expensive chore. Combined with a non-correct 440 parked where a 383 used to be, it sold well enough. #103M-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N: BS23U0E137284. Brilliant Blue Metallic/blue vinyl & tan cloth. Odo: 32,639 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a 375-hp, 440-ci V8 car, now built up with a high-rise intake and a Holley doublepumper perched on top of it, along with fabricobbled aluminum valve covers. Ancillaries such as alternator and ps pump are peeled off and lying against the wheelwells. Before engine was dropped in, the car was repainted, as pb booster, master cylinder and wiper motor are now B5 Blue. Just as good of a job underhood as on exterior (and, no, that’s not a compliment), due to minimal prep work over old paint and occasional orange peel. Some trim put back on, some trim not or is missing. Taillights and side markers are not installed. Interior door panels off and sitting on seats— hard top. S/N: WM23V0A178559. Go Mango/burnt orange vinyl. Odo: 57,744 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Correct as currently configured for when it was originally built. Sparsely equipped, with the 440 Six Pack and Ramcharger intake, plus AM radio as the only options. Old repaint, with lazy masking around windshield trim and no masking underhood—save tossing a tarp over engine while painting. Decent job of putting the graphics back on. Trunk lock cylinder is punched or pried out. Heavier surface rust on upper corners of dashboard. Dirty, mismatched interior, with replacement rear seat and driver’s door panel in black vinyl. Rally gaugepackage dashboard, but fender tag does not denote that. Period aftermarket tach clamped to steering column. Stated that it can run, but has a leaky radiator and old gas in system. Non-stock exhaust exits ahead of rear wheels. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $44,363. One of 599 Six-Pack 4-speed Super Bee hard tops built, although I suspect that the majority of the remaining examples are in better shape. It may have been low-budget muscle back when it was new, but here it was the top-money car, selling for more than cars twice as good would usually fetch in the real world. #108M-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- NER convertible. S/N: RM27N0G194067. Dark aqua metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 69,586 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 3-speed wipers, LH remote-control mirror, white transverse tape stripes, body side moldings and AM radio. However, original tag is severely corroded due to placement close to battery. Originally powered by standard 335hp, 383-ci V8, now fitted with a 440. Also now has an Air Grabber hood and air cleaner 188 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD assembly. Old repaint, with heavier chipping and two fist-sized worn-off areas over left front wheelwell. Rims painted current body color with stock dog-dish hubcaps and old radial tires. Trunk-lid structure rusted out, while body seems pretty sound—aside from previous repairs at base of windshield. Interior is all there, but it also all needs to be replaced. Motor has been sitting long enough that the block-to-intake cover has rusted out in front. Cond: 5+. should be Job Number One if you plan on doing anything with this beyond parting it out). Not the worst place to start a project, but not the best way, either. Sold well enough. #136M-1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER SOLD AT $33,600. A fairly rare combination for a Road Runner, but that doesn’t explain the over-the-top final bid. It opened with an online bid of $14k, but kept going between two parties here and Proxibid until $30k. Just when the crowd started mumbling that it was going to sell well enough, the remaining onsite bidder took one more swing at it, getting it bought. I talked to him after the sale and asked him why he felt it was worth pursuing. He used to have a ’70 Road Runner drop top and had heard about this one. He had always wanted to visit Alan, but was always rebuffed by him. While he agreed that it was fully bought, he also said, “They aren’t getting any cheaper, and I figured that if I didn’t get it now, I’ll regret it later.” It’ll take awhile to make this look well bought, but he’s happy with it, and can afford to get and restore it— proving once again that final value is always in the eye of the beholder. #114M-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- NER 2-dr sedan. S/N: RM21N0C153528. Dark green metallic/two-tone green vinyl. Odo: 8,472 miles. No title, bill of sale. Optional 4-speed, Décor Group with black exterior stripping and AM radio. Engine, transmission and radiator removed. Replacement light green metallic right front fender from a Sport Satellite, but otherwise wears what’s left of original paint job. Significant fading and now surface rust on left front fender. Structural rust at base of windshield and in rear rockers. Older body filler flaking off just over left rear wheelwells. Decent original bumpers, but with lots of light dents and dings. Grass growing through floorboards along body seams. Seat bottoms blown out, now more useful for holding parts for the car that have been squirreled into it. Gauges are shot, radio is missing. Full set of old Cragar SS mag wheels on weathered tires. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $6,825. With a $6,825 start, you’ve got about $40k to spend to make it possibly worth that $40k. And that’s not without dealing with the darn pesky no-title issue (which 190 2-dr hard top. S/N: VS29H0B38017. Dark pink/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 60,484 miles. Originally Blue Fire Metallic, with repaints in gold and dark blue metallic before it was given a Pepto-Bismol coating that is now heavily oxidized and really looks spot-on for the digestive-tract elixir. Most brightwork still on the car, yet a few pieces—such as the lower windshield framing—are off. Remarkably good door fit. Period mag wheels on back, stock rims and dog-dish hubcaps up front, and dead tires all around. Pink overspray on steel rims and front tires. Green weeds growing up through floor, as carpeting is gone. Replacement bucket seats from a different Mopar sitting loose up front and are in pretty decent shape, with the back seat shot. Five-gallon plastic pails full of parts sitting among seats. Door panels okay. Vines and weeds wrapped around brake master cylinder, since they are unencumbered by not having an engine in there to snake around. Cond: 5. painted at least once, with all indications that it’s always been Green Go. Current respray is a base/clear, done long enough ago that clear is flaking off roof and hood. Bumpers painted over, with several large chips on both. Decent seat upholstery. Door panels good, but now have heavier yellowing from being sun-baked. Aftermarket carpeted dash cover. Nitrous switch electrical-taped to column-shift lever. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,475. This was the first of two ’71 Super Bees that had sequentially numbered VINs. This was also the only car that they were able to start and run during the auction—and at that it was an afterthought. In fact, as Yvette started selling it, she stated, “Oh, yeah, this one runs. Someone go run to the office and get the keys.” Bidding opened online at $8k. With the bid hung at $14k, someone had the key and it lit right off—garnering one more bid to sell. And as Yvette also said earlier, “It sounds mean.” Bought by someone here on site but from the Milwaukee area, as one of the five cars he had targeted for buying. As least as a runner, he knows more about what he’s getting than most here. One of the more reasonable deals here. #107M-1971 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr SOLD AT $5,775. One of five cars sought out by the eventual buyer to pick up here; he also bought a period-correct 340 V8 long block expressly to put into this car. His plans are to make a phantom Duster 340 T/A, retaining the Panther Pink when repainting it. He’s happy, so we’re happy; even if he paid market-plus money for a rolling shell with a title. #106M-1971 DODGE SUPER BEE cus- tom 2-dr hard top. S/N: WM23N1A194966. Green Go/white vinyl. Odo: 27,285 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Currently set up as a drag racer. Originally equipped with the 300hp, 383-ci V8 that’s shrink-wrapped and sitting on a pallet ahead of car. The 440 that’s in it is built up with a high-riser intake manifold, double-pumper carburetor with nitrous feed, headers, and full MSD ignition from distributor to spark plugs. Body tag missing. Re- Sports Car Market hard top. S/N: WM23H1A194967. Black primer/black vinyl. Odo: 76,001 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body tags are missing. Most of car in flat-black primer, with a gray-primer hood, but undercarriage and engine bay were shot in Green Go. No two body panels that reveal original paint are the same two colors. Right rear quarter panel has the worst job I’ve ever seen of troweling on filler and attempting to sculpt it—then trying to chisel and grind the mess back out. All under primer. No headlights, taillights broken. Three alloy wheels and one scabby, original steel rim. No door panels or carpeting, console loosely fitted. Stock engine—aside from carburetor and air cleaner—just sitting in there without ancillaries or even a radiator. Even wiring harness


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD was yanked from underhood, which at least didn’t get painted over like brake master cylinder. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $4,725. The VIN on this car was sequential with Lot 106M, the Super Bee preceding it. While finding cars with sequential serial numbers is not all that common, it’s not quite as rare as one would think. Especially if a dealer did a multiple-car order or the sales region processed all of their dealers’ orders for a certain equipment package all at once (as was likely the case here, since these Super Bees could’ve well been nearly identical as built). While sequential serial numbers are prized in certain areas of collecting (especially vintage firearms), by and large car guys seem to be less impressed by it. Yvette and I were the only ones here who seemed to give a damn. While the romantic in me was hoping that the same person would buy both cars, they literally went separate ways—this car going to Montana, while WM23N1A194966 is heading to Wisconsin. #134M-1971 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 2-dr hard top. S/N: VL29G1B396073. Gray/ black vinyl. Odo: 56,488 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Sprayed in gray primer quite a few years ago, with 340 decals added over it (at least someone admitted they’ll never get it painted). Now both primer and stripes are flaking off in places. Underneath that is dark blue, orange and white. No body tag. Okay original bumpers and trim, with upper grille trim falling off. Originally powered with a gardenvariety 318, now has a 340 transplanted into it to match the stripes—or the other way around—or done at the same time, judging by the all-gray-primer engine bay (except for the dirty motor). Replacement bucket seats from a Challenger or Barracuda, reupholstered with a diamond-tufted pattern for inserts. Original, albeit very dirty, back seat and carpeting. Door seals have mostly fallen off and coiled in floor boards. Cond: 5+. 25,659 miles. Originally powered with a 240hp, 340-ci V8 with 4-speed. Now both are gone and it’s a roller. Older faded repaint on fenders and rear quarters, with peeling-off original door graphics. Multi-decade-old fiberglass patching at top of rear wheelarches and rust around rest of it. Decades-old body filler in rockers and fenders cracking and falling out. What brightwork is left is better than expected, but still not great. 1980–81 SD State University parking permit sticker on the back bumper. Decent door fit. Fitted with extended rear-spring shackles and oversized rear drag tires on aftermarket alloy wheels. Extremely dingy interior, if not moldy, with seats, carpeting and kick panels loosely sitting in it. Power-steering pump dangling from steering box. Both lower rear shock mounts broken. Cond: 5. over the place on military bases—although the Army bought the lion’s share of these barebones pickups in the days before S-10s, Rangers and even Plymouth Arrows (for which USAF seemed to have a particular fondness). The fact that this Utiline pickup (that’s stepside, in Dodge Trucks marketing parlance) was bid to what a worker-bee running, driving example would regularly bring confirms two things. One, that this was perhaps the most rust-free vehicle here. Two, bidders here were goofier than an outhouse mouse to buy a barnfind rust-free truck that’ll need everything else. #170M-1977 DODGE RAMCHARGER SOLD AT $6,825. 1972 was the first year of the two years the Rallye package was available. It was then the lone Challenger performance package, also in the first year that the car was only available with a Slant 6 or smallblock V8. Granted, emissions controls hit hard and heavy that year, but the top performanceoption 240-hp 340 V8 not only did well on its own out of box, but was easily warmed up for more. The late Brock Yates, a former SCM subscriber, had one that he tweaked for doing his Cannonball events. Online bidding opened at five grand, and from there it was all onsite bidders. Considering it’s the first year of the smog dogs and is something of a Bondo sculpture, this sold quite well. #179M-1974 DODGE D100 custom SOLD AT $6,300. One of the few cars here that was generally complete, even if that means a non-stock engine, transmission and a good chunk of the interior. Still, you have to hit the reset button on it anyway—even if you want to run it in its Redneck Gray primer and black stripes. Opened online at $2k and the bidding went to $6k in mere seconds, where it hung for awhile while everyone looked around and tried to figure if they’d look silly going beyond that. Without any further action from them or the Internet, Yvette hammered it sold. #101M-1972 DODGE CHALLENGER Rallye 2-dr hard top. S/N: JS23H2B279768. Dark gold metallic/black vinyl & leather. Odo: 192 pickup. S/N: D13AB4S150899. Red/tan cloth. Originally had a 225-ci Slant 6 and a floor-shift manual transmission. Flooring, pedal pads and speedometer missing. Now it has more dried-up weeds than anything else underhood. Cowl under the hood gives away its past—an originally Army Green ex-GI. Lousy masking for cheapie repaint over the green is starting to fade and flake away in sheets. One thing that miraculously didn’t get painted over was the dry-rotted wood pickup box floor, which now has the driveshaft and extra bumpers in it. Back bumper now on truck looks robust enough to back over prestressed concrete pillars. Fitted with a 1977– 78 vintage grille. Nary a ding in smooth, clean pickup box, even at top of tailgate (must be a government truck—looks like it never worked for a living). Baked, dirty and faded original seat. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,675. Back when I was working for Uncle Ronnie in the U.S. Air Force during the early 1980s, these were all custom MPV. S/N: A10BF7S224761. White & black/blue cloth. Odo: 73,979 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional V8, hard top, ps, pb and AM radio. Red metallic hood and yellow front fenders grafted onto an originally light green metallic body. Minimal-effort, old repaint, with the top and hood done in flat black. Refitted with the butt-ugly 1991–93-era grille. To make it fit, hood latch was fabricobbled to release when you pull a wire from left front wheelwell. (To quote from the 1984 movie “Spinal Tap,” “It’s such a fine line between clever and, uh, stupid.”) Once sprung open, you’re greeted by a stock engine—including a dual snorkel air cleaner—but with dead weeds balled up around frame and steering column. All interior panels removed on driver’s side; all panels in place on passenger’s side. Headliner falling out of hard top. Carpet removed. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,100. For those who weren’t around when the original Ramcharger was new (or were but didn’t pay attention, or give a damn back then), they came standard with no roof. Just like a 1970–76 Chevy Blazer/ GMC Jimmy, it had full-length doors with frames, but open over the driver. The hard top and a soft top were available as extra-cost options, with most folks springing for the hard top. While these were built until 1993 (complete with that butt-ugly grille and a hood Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Mansfield, SD latch that actually worked from inside the cab), the 1980 restyle gave the Ramcharger an integral roof. With the current popularity of vintage SUVs—even if they were built as Multi-Purpose Vehicles when new, like this one—this easy-to-redo example was bought well. Either that, or just get it running as-is. #189M-1981 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL coupe. S/N: 2ABBY62J7BR138264. Dark blue metallic/gray leather. 5.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional AM/FM/cassette stereo and alloy wheels, dealer-accessory stone guards on trailing edge of wheelwells. Last registered in 2011. Original paint getting quite haggard from its seven years in outside storage (aka parked in a field). Oxidized paint shows off its multitude of scratches quite well. No obvious structural corrosion. Brightwork still very presentable. Decent door fit, with just a hint of sagging hinges. All stock and generally complete underhood, with a thick coat of dust on everything. Non-stock (but always prudent) bungee-cord battery retention. Headliner fabric self-destructing. For once a passenger’s seat is more distressed than driver’s side, with a long seam split. Carpet soiled or moldy— more likely both. Cond: 5+. on plastic schnoz heavily faded. Tape striping starting to flake off. Imperial fender badges have fallen off, as have B-pillar landau lamps. Remaining brightwork still presentable. Heavy layer of dust underhood. Complete in there, aside from a long-vacated battery (so no odo reading), with stock retainer lying in tray. Windshield has a few light stone chips. Noticeable fading on pseudo-wood trim, especially on lid for tape cabinet. Carpeting may clean up, but burn the matching floor mats. Cond: 5+. which is covered with rodent droppings. Stock and dusty underhood, with air-cleaner plenum and valve covers painted to match the exterior a while back. Factory a/c converted to R134a fittings. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $945. These firstyear C4s have now fully entrenched themselves as the Rodney Dangerfield of Corvettes. In some ways justified; in others, just a victim of being a new GM platform. Despite Alan being of the “Mopar or no car” camp, he did have a penchant for cheap-and-needy C4s. All told, he had six of them, and at least he thought enough of them that they mostly stayed in his buildings, out of the elements. The baked digital displays scare me off more than the ECC swinging in the breeze, but as Corvettes age, the specialty electronics market is starting to cater to our niche repairs. More of a project for someone more used to doing electronic-system diagnosis than swinging a wrench or an HVLP spray gun. Sold cheap enough to make it worth a try if this is your thing, like it was for Alan. #195M-1990 CHEVROLET COR- SOLD AT $1,365. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Frank Sinatra Edition was offered in 1981 and 1982, featuring FS badging, Precision Series AM/FM/cassette deck, and a set of Old Blue Eyes tapes in a unique center console. Only 148 were made in 1981 and 279 for its swan-song year of 1982. Maybe Mr. Sinatra’s buddy, Lee Iacocca, had to invoke the old Don Rickles line: “Just kidding, Frank.” Granted, if the high bidder elects to continue down the path of the wheels and heavily modifies this new purchase (heaven forbid trying to restore it—save the hassle and find a minty low-miler at some grandmother’s estate sale), they can then at least say, “I did it my way.” SOLD AT $1,050. Being the top-shelf Chrysler for its introductory year of 1981, and playing copycat to the 1980 Seville that played copycat to 1930s Rolls-Royces, the Limperials had fully digital dashboards—including the odometer. A problem with modern vehicles with electronic odometers is that when the battery is toast, one has no clue how many miles are on the car. Let alone if it’s been sitting dead in a field for the better part of a decade. These also ushered in Chrysler’s first use of electronic fuel injection in the modern era. They also helped usher in a new term in the American vernacular: bleeding-edge technology. If you think these were bad in the early 1980s, try resurrecting one that’s been parked in a field for over a decade. Well sold. #190M-1982 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Frank Sinatra Edition coupe. S/N: 2A3BY62J1CR198705. Light blue metallic/gray leather. 5.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Modern aftermarket alloy wheels on 235/60R15s that protrude out past wheelarches (so much for retaining that crisp, restrained conservative look). Original paint on body could very well buff out, provided that you don’t burn though what’s left on roof and top of trunk lid. Paint 194 #196M-1984 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE coupe. S/N: 1G1AY0788E5145038. Two-tone blue/blue cloth. Odo: 134,947 miles. 5.7-L 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional two-tone paint in fairly decent shape (emphasis on fair over decent). Does have some scuffing and a break in the left rear quarter from rough handling. Dry-rotted door and window seals. Post-1986 third brake-light pod on top of hatch now pitted and has most paint flaked off. Aftermarket wood-grain dash trim and seat covers—both markedly faded. Carpeting and dashboard displays baked out in the sun. Newer, carpeted dash-top cover. Engine Control Computer is dangling from its wiring harness above passenger’s footwell below dash, VETTE coupe. S/N: 1G1YY2381L5110094. Black/red leather. 5.7-L 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Tinted roof panel has several cracks in it, and resultant repairs with the handyman’s secret weapon: duct tape. Smells like moisture did get past said repair, due to mold and mildew. Hard to tell if carpet was originally black or red. I’m leaning towards red, as door panels are—underneath the grime. Various bits of door panels and center console cladding are ripped off and tossed in back. Original clearcoat more heavily distressed at back of car. NASCAR stickers front, back and sides at rear. Period LeBra aftermarket nose cover (ah, those blissful days before protectant film, when we thought flimsy vinyl flapping on paint was better than rock chips). Odo inoperable. Grubby, stock engine bay. Aftermarket Bowtie exhaust outlets. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,760. One wonders if C4 Corvette Chief Engineer David McClellan wakes up at night in cold sweats knowing his babies have now descended to this. And to think, 1990 was an uptick year, now that it had a revised interior and the 6-speed manual transmission. Build a wild customized beast or part it out for what was paid, but don’t waste your time restoring or even rejuvenating this. You’ll spend more redoing the interior than its worth. We haven’t even started talking about bodywork. Or paint. 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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH BEST BUY #019-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N XPAGTD21536. Black/tan canvas/ green leather. Odo: 41,234 miles. This was a no-stories, unrestored, fairly well-preserved, entry-level British sports car at its finest. Paint shows some age and wear, needs to be reapplied before wining any beauty pageants. Top still intact and serviceable. Seats wear their factory leather but are tattered and torn from just being nearly 66 years old. Car runs out well, with a bit of blue smoke on start-up. No signs of being molested, as all factory parts such as gauges, steering wheel, underhood components and suspension parts appear to be from the factory. Tires showing their age, and while not original to this car, are vintage. Lights working all around along with the brakes. Cond: 3. Top seller — 1966 Iso Grifo GL350 Series I coupe, sold for $364,256 at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K. SILVERSTONE Location: Northamptonshire, U.K. Date: May 19, 2018 Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 36/63 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $3,149,250 High sale: 1966 Iso Grifo GL350 coupe, sold at $364,256 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.74) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Midland, TX Date: May 26, 2018 Auctioneers: Dan Kruse, Ryan Reed Automotive lots sold/offered: 52/108 Sales rate: 48% Sales total: $1,021,185 High sale: 1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe, sold at $52,800 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner SOLD AT $6,600. What was not to like about this car? Maybe the venue was the main reason, more of a truck and Hi-Po neighborhood, which meant this car was sold for a relative song. This is the type of vehicle one could give a heavy detailing to and go for a preservation award, or start with a very solid, complete and running little car and do a bang-up restoration. Either way it was very well bought, and should make the new owner a very happy chap. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #531-1965 MORRIS MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S4553441. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 34,990 miles. Good older restoration. Originally white, then gray, then blue again, finally red in the last restoration in 2004. With Radford body and interior mods from new: deseamed, with extra beltline chrome trim and wooden Mk II dash. Repro seat covers, new carpets, Moto-Lita steering wheel. Motor modified by Downton in ’70s, ndup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH BEST BUY #019-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N XPAGTD21536. Black/tan canvas/ green leather. Odo: 41,234 miles. This was a no-stories, unrestored, fairly well-pre- served, entry-level British sports car at its fin- est. Paint shows some age and wear, needs to be reapplied before wining any beauty pag- eants. Top still intact and serviceable. Seats wear their factory leather but are tattered and torn from just being nearly 66 years old. Car runs out well, with a bit of blue smoke on start-up. No signs of being molested, as all factory parts such as gauges, steering wheel, underhood components and suspension parts appear to be from the factory. Tires showing their age, and while not original to this car, are vintage. Lights working all around along with the brakes. Cond: 3. Top seller — 1966 Iso Grifo GL350 Series I coupe, sold for $364,256 at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K. SILVERSTONE Location: Northamptonshire, U.K. Date: May 19, 2018 Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 36/63 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $3,149,250 High sale: 1966 Iso Grifo GL350 coupe, sold at $364,256 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.74) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Midland, TX Date: May 26, 2018 Auctioneers: Dan Kruse, Ryan Reed Automotive lots sold/offered: 52/108 Sales rate: 48% Sales total: $1,021,185 High sale: 1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe, sold at $52,800 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner SOLD AT $6,600. What was not to like about this car? Maybe the venue was the main rea- son, more of a truck and Hi-Po neighborhood, which meant this car was sold for a relative song. This is the type of vehicle one could give a heavy detailing to and go for a preservation award, or start with a very solid, complete and running little car and do a bang-up restora- tion. Either way it was very well bought, and should make the new owner a very happy chap. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #531-1965 MORRIS MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S4553441. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 34,990 miles. Good older restoration. Originally white, then gray, then blue again, finally red in the last restora- tion in 2004. With Radford body and interior mods from new: deseamed, with extra beltline chrome trim and wooden Mk II dash. Repro seat covers, new carpets, Moto-Lita steering wheel. Motor modified by Downton in ’70s, Dan Dan Kruse Classics’s top seller at the Midland, TX sale — 1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe, sold at $52,800 198


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Roundup with 731 cam. Wet (Hydrolastic) suspension replaced with rubber cones at some point. Has worn Mk II taillights at some point, but original type reinstated. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,050. Owned by two families from new. This wasn’t absolute top money for a Mk I Cooper because it’s been fiddled-about with in its time—deseaming was all the rage in the ’60s and ’70s, but just looks a bit weird now. The right money for an authentic S with an interesting history. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. #054-2007 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage coupe. S/N SCFBB03BX7GC03516. Onyx Black & custom wrap/red & black leather. Odo: 48,960 miles. Described as a Union Jack wrap, had been used in a television show and then a personal car for the producer. Not driven that far over the past couple years, it reportedly has a clean CARFAX with no records of major repairs or road-going mishaps. Interior reveals little wear. Underhood is all in order and reportedly recently serviced at a marque dealership. Premium sound plus GPS/Navigation, heated seats, climate and cruise control. Smooth body, even gaps and clear glass all around. Cond: 2-. performer, but at this age there can be a number of maintenance issues that start popping up. Fair to say the seller was quite wise in letting it go, and if the new owner has any luck, they should be able to enjoy the summer months ahead. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. FRENCH #501-1985 RENAULT 5 Turbo 2 Evolu- tion hatchback. S/N VF1822100F0010110. Red/beige velour. Odo: 141,845 km. One owner from new to 2017. Very neglected with flaking paint, fading plastics and dusty interior, but looks to all be there including parcel shelf—although carpets are very grubby in the back. Seat velour very baggy and various wiring and relays hanging out from dash, suggesting an attempt to start it. Dash plastic and door trim okay. Cond: 3-. some of whom were on the phone, for almost as much as a nice, regular Turbo 2 sells. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. GERMAN #548-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304222014909. Silver/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 64,205 miles. Recent restoration by John Haynes, following fitment of 2.5 motor in ’90s. Almost flawless, with inner headlamp swages and rubber sill drains present, though retrimmed in perforated leather instead of original MB-Tex. Heater controls intact, Becker Europa radio. Motor in as-factory finishes. With hard top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. Seller had acquired the car a few years ago for a bit less than this sale price, so after its professional use it actually paid a little dividend in the end. This now 11-year-old sports coupe is still a formidable SOLD AT $74,369. It’s all about the chassis number, and VF18221 makes R5 Turbo fanciers wet themselves with excitement, because it’s one of the 200 Evolution models from which the Maxis were made. As a result, it sold after a battle between multiple bidders, SOLD AT $125,213. On the money for a sharp W113, although didn’t quite cover the cost of its £100k ($140k) restoration. If it had been a matching-numbers 280 (which costs the same to restore), that might just have tipped it over the “ton.” Well bought. Just don’t mention the engine.... Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. #014-1973 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1532467199. Brilliant Orange/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 94,141 miles. Paint appears to be at least 12– 15 years old. Some signs of minor body repairs, especially on rear fenders. Interior appears to be mostly original, with upgraded JVC stereo. Top reportedly about five years old. Riding on a set of Center Line-style disc alloy wheels, tires seem to be in good condition. Top kept down during the sale, but the boot is clean and did its job well. Engine starts easily, with no odd noises or clatter. Seller states that neither the heater nor the radio currently operate, which could be a hint to some electrical issues. Chrome good, lenses crazing, and some issues with the exhaust system. 200 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Market Moment Engine compartment has not seen any attempts of cleaning or detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,850. Bidding was one-sided with this car, and the winning bidder was online from a major European country, but not where this car came from. For a VW pro, the selling price for this car is a great starting point, and VW people seem to thrive on fixeruppers. I would really call this car well sold and despite shipping charges to a far-off land, it was still a reasonable buy for a person who is expecting to renovate before they motivate. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. courtesy of Bonhams 1965 Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe Sold at $207,200 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, March 8, 2018; Lot 110 Chassis number: 301327 for most early 911s (1965–73), the 1965–66 cars have managed to hold their values quite well. This means collectors are passing by the higher-horsepower versions, such as the iconic 911S cars (1967–73; 160 hp to 190 hp) and the torquey 911E models (1969–73; 140 hp to 165 hp), for these early 911s with just 130 hp. Why is this? The first reason is rarity. 911S and E cars were made in far higher volumes than the 1965–66 cars. W If your interest is owning the fountainhead of the 911 legend, there were only about 5,099 1965–66 911s produced versus approximately 27,937 911E and S cars built throughout 1967–73. The second reason is all about beginnings. For those who were of age when the 911 was intro- duced, it appeared as an apparition. The Jaguar XKE came first, and it certainly was an arresting design. But the new 911, compared to the outgoing 356C (which we all loved), seemed generations ahead of itself. It was as if Porsche saw the future and made it happen — not just as a show car, but on a production basis — way ahead of its time, in 1965. Porsche buyers, like most who enjoy sports cars, like to go fast. The cognoscenti lean toward owning the highest-horsepower versions. As a result, these early models were left behind by most, which made a rare car even scarcer. With over 50 years of the 911 under our belts, going into the Wayback Machine to where it all started is ever more enticing and exotic. All this makes for big prices — even in the face of the deflating Porsche price bubble for all early 911 cars. This 1965 911 coupe, beautifully restored in Light Ivory over a red vinyl interior and with its numbers-matching drivetrain, was originally owned by racer Bob Holbert. It sold earlier this year at Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction for $207,200, including buyer’s premium. This price places the transaction right in the middle of the expected range, which shows continued strength of the early cars. This Porsche was well bought and stands as a testament to the current desirability of these first two years of 911 production — even if they are not the fastest variant made. 202 — Jim Schrager SOLD AT $151,774. In the hands of last owner for 28 years including 2000–16 in the Sports Car Market hy pay more for less? I am speaking here of horse- power, of course. In the face of softening values SOLD AT $224,625. Sold in the room at just over lower estimate. A nicely tidy but usable example that’s enjoyed a lifetime of ongoing care and the sort of story that dealers hope will give buyers a warm glow of approval. With that in mind, might retail for a little more. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. #527-1987 FORD SIERRA RS500 hatch- back. S/N WF0EXXGBBEGG38797. White/ Raven velour. RHD. Odo: 12,021 miles. Number 451 of 500. Excellent, well-preserved order with low mileage, backed up by Raven seat velour being nicely taut (when it’s usually baggy), plus full service history. Interior plastics perfect, outer body plastics unscuffed. Original Dunlop still on spare. Cond: 2. #544-1973 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 9113301023. Black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 210,000 miles. Originally cream, but black since the ’70s. Older (2003, at 190k miles) body restoration still presents well. Big history file shows motor rebuilt at 165,000 miles in 1990. Recent heat exchangers and exhausts, dash top, headlining and sun visors. Front seats retrimmed in leather in nottoo-distant past. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 10


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Roundup U.S., but unused as it was too difficult to register. Sold to the vendor in 2016. Unsurprisingly, a bidding war between the room and several phones took this well over estimate, but find a better one. Strangely, no more than £75k ($101k) was forthcoming for the very first RS500, in the same sale, alongside two regular, 3-door Sierra Cossies. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. ITALIAN #535-1966 ISO GRIFO GL350 Series I coupe. S/N GL660081D. White/red leather. RHD. Recently restored/repainted. Decent chrome and sill trims, alloys unscuffed. New leather, dash and instruments excellent, though dash stitching a little wavy. Becker Grand Prix radio. Edelbrock Performer heads, though this was always the high-compression (11.5:1), 350-hp version. Fresh-looking exhausts. Sits just right on very period XWXs. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 6 died in a road accident in 1981.) Returned to the U.K. in 1970. Sold on the phone at midestimate; adding premium takes price over the £260k ($351k) high estimate. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. #074-2012 MASERATI GRANTUR- ISMO convertible. S/N ZAM45KMA1C0062962. Bourdeaux Pontevecchio Metallic/ black canvas/light tan leather. Odo: 41,365 miles. Finished in its factory-applied deep burgundy, with a tight-fitting original top and seats showing minimal wear. Appears to be a well-cared-for original car. All factory amenities in place and working, including full complement of gauges, Bose sound and entertainment center, cruise control and power-operated toys. Body is tight and CARFAX is clean. Some swirling and spider webbing in paint. Glass is good, but faint wiper marks on windscreen observable. Consigning dealer promoting recent (past six months?) $3,500-plus servicing by factory techs. Factory alloy wheels wearing fairly new Michelin tires. Cond: 2. it appeared to be mechanically sound. Probably has an expired warranty, which could make future ownership costs go up quite a bit. For the time being, this is a heck of a price break on a later-model performance Italian stallion. Well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. JAPANESE #097-1986 TOYOTA HILUX Extra-Cab pickup. S/N J4RH67F6G5037307. Tan/gray cloth. Odo: 120,745 miles. Given a quickie paint job over an original red pickup, this was used as a prop and hero car in TV series “SIX” related to the exploits of the Navy SEALs. Presented in rather bare-bones condition. Does start and run out well; body is presentable except fuel-filler door, which is loose. Extra holes in floor of bed for accessories or camera mounts. Does have working aftermarket radio system and heater, but no sign of a/c. Plenty of questionable stains on what appears to be the factory seat covering, but floor carpeting in decent shape. Best of all, it’s on a salvage title. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $364,256. One of 26 RHD cars built, the first of two Grifos owned by Mike Hailwood MBE, reckoned to be the greatest motorcycle racer ever. (He came out of an 11-year retirement in 1978 to win the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy again at the age of 38, but SOLD AT $49,500. These are beautiful machines and with an original MSRP north of $130k, this could be money very well spent if it was an end user. A proper deep detailing could take away the very minor cosmetic issues, and SOLD AT $4,290. Take away the TV connection and you have a rather desirable and sought-after 4x4 Toyota truck, and based on that, this was still a pretty good price. With a little sprucing up—some snazzy graphics, chrome wheels and a roll bar with night lights—this would be an excellent off-road truck. Consignor was happy to see it go and didn’t expect much more than what it got, having entered it with no reserve. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. AMERICAN #099-1933 DODGE SERIES DO coupe. S/N 4527310. Burgundy & black/tan velour. Odo: 2,451 miles. Unusual and attractive body style. Restored at least 20 years ago, the car has deteriorated. Body and paint showing age, with minor crazing on body and fender lips. Interior with numerous stains from dirty hands trying to get the car running. Underhood was a show piece, but a burst radiator hose showered the compartment with rusty droplets/splotches of water—which are now dried up. A bit difficult to start, but runs out well when it finally fires. Original wire wheels, rumbleseat in the back, dual sidemount spare tires with rearview mirrors, plus a removable touring trunk on folding rack. Miles are believed since the restoration. Cond: 3-. 204 Sports Car Market


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Roundup NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Seller was not present when this car crossed the block and was unable to be located. Had been looking for around $24k, but this was a solid cash offer that couldn’t be accepted due to owner’s absence. Unknown if seller was ill or had forgotten they had put a car into the auction. Under normal circumstances, this bid should have bought the car as presented. A couple hundred spent on a deep detailing might have propped this up over the $20k mark. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #036-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR se- dan. S/N VC55L075257. Regal Turquoise & India Ivory/white vinyl & turquoise fabric. Odo: 53,541 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. At first glance it looks like a tired, original-paint car, but closer inspection reveals it’s a tired, older repaint. Car redone in original two-tone “ 206 NOT SOLD AT $14,000. The 1955 Chevrolet continues to be one of the most beautifully designed American production cars of all time, and even in the form of a pedestrian 4-door sedan looks distinguished. However, this seller Mid-year Corvettes are still the cat’s meow to collectors, and this one purred like a kitten. Bidding was intense, but the seller had $45k for his reserve and would not budge even with the bidding at $44,900. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible scheme, and retains a number of original parts including rocker moldings, back-up lights and decent chrome all around. Wheel covers from 1957. Fitted with original AM radio, clock and heater. Modern R134a a/c setup fairly well concealed. Underhood detailed by “On the Cheap, LLC,” but nothing that can’t be brought back. Miles probably original, with no sign of major metal issues or previous accidents. However, paint in several areas has faded at a different rate than the rest of the car. Glass good all around. Soft trim looks like original materials and patterns. No ps or pb. Cond: 3-. must have been under the impression he had a convertible or at least a hard top to sell and with a reserve over the $31k mark. Not only was that not going to happen in Midland, TX, it is doubtful it would happen anywhere. The offer made at the sale was truly in the market range for the car on the floor. This one really should have gone to a new home. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #029-1964 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 45680B111234. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 50,070 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Given an economical cosmetic restoration, appears to be pure stock with exception of the modern Hurst shifter. Looks good from outside, but inside one notices overspray and rust in crevices. Underhood clean, but black paint over surface rust on suspension parts. Minor pitting on chrome-plated parts, also dust in paint. Fitted with factory AM radio plus heater-defroster. Spray-in bedliner another sign of staying on a tight budget. Some bodywork visible in rear quarters, but doors and hood line up fairly even all around. I do like the base hubcaps and nicely finished wheels, as well as the rarely seen bumper guards. Cond: 3+. ” SOLD AT $10,450. These first-generation, Chevelle-based El Caminos are not only a smart-looking vehicle, but they hold up well 50-plus years after going on sale. This example had good eye appeal for the passer-by, which the seller was able to play on. It looked good in photos, really wasn’t a bad car and most bidding activity took place on the Internet. Seller dropped his reserve to see the car go to a new home, and it was reportedly bound for Europe, where its simple and smart lines will be appreciated. Hope it is there in time for Oktoberfest! Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #070-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S125806. Ermine White/white canvas/Saddle Brown vinyl. Odo: 4,650 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint appears fresh, with no signs of repair or stress cracks. Doors and hood all line up, and gaps are even all around. Glass clean and clear, with no marks or scratches. Interior looks fresh and all gauges are readable. Factory AM/FM radio, tach, etc. all in place, same with teak steering wheel. Factory a/c there and reported to be in working order. Also has original-style knockoff wheels and the sidepipes to give it that special sound and mean look. A couple of minor blemishes on trim and floor Sports Car Market


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Roundup covering could be a little more squared away (details are important, people). Cond: 2. Fitted with ps and pb, plus dual exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,500. Mid-year Corvettes are still the cat’s meow to collectors, and this one purred like a kitten. A few years ago, this might have been a bit light, but currently, and for the venue, this was all the money. Bidding was intense, but the seller had $45k for his reserve and would not budge even with the bidding at $44,900. Have to give the entire auction crew kudos for working their hearts out getting this deal done! Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #061-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379N110979. Bright yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 57,444 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sporting a relatively fresh coat of paint, this shows a few signs of some bodywork—especially in rockers and lower quarters. However, panels line up neatly with proper gaps. Glass looks good all around, and most of it appears to be original OEM panes. New tires on a new set of American Racing Torq Thrust wheels. Chrome shiny, interior usable, but area around driver’s kick panel showing some wear and tear—plus gauges needed to be cleaned as covers clouded over from dust. Upgraded radio system, heaterdefroster looked original. No sign of a/c—a must-have in Texas from April to October. SOLD AT $18,700. Side by side, if this was a Camaro in this color and condition, it most likely would have brought 20%–25% more. Seller knew what was needed and when money came to him, it was time to let it go—a wise decision. As presented, there was nothing to be ashamed about and new owner should expect plenty of summer driving, with at least a break-even chance in the fall. I’m going to call this one well bought, but not much meat left on the bone right now. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #022-1971 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494871H928484. Arctic White/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 25,398 miles. 455ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appears to be an unrestored, very well-preserved car. Factory AM/ FM radio and a/c. All the lights work and the engine starts smoothly. Some scuffing on both front and rear bumpers. Doors, deck lid and hood all aligned with even gaps all around. Tinted glass clean and clear, with no cracks or marks. Well equipped with power steering, front disc brakes, windows and driver’s seat. One repaint of high quality done several years ago. Minor scuffing on chrome bumpers and dulled down bright trim. Easy-starting, smooth-running preservation candidate. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. The interest in this car was rather light, but these boattail Rivieras have a strong following. Seller was looking for close to $20k on paper, but another $2,500 in real money would have probably seen this car go to a new owner. It was one of my favorite cars in Midland, and in the right market it might have been easily sold well above this bid. About the only thing this car needed was a new owner. The bid was low-end of wholesale, so consignor may have been wise to look for a greener pasture. Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 05/18. #516-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90575Y401071. White/black leather. Odo: 5,000 miles. One of 27 U.K.-supplied cars, of 101 sent to Europe. Well kept and almost like new, with minimal mileage. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $310,293. In the vendor’s hands since 2014 and included to gauge the current market price of GTs in the U.K. Not sold at a top bid of £230k, £40k ($54k) shy of the lower estimate. U.K. retail price on these is currently £230k–£260k ($310k–$350k), including two cars at specialist GT101 (which has serviced this car twice). Silverstone’s own guide price on the next 5,000-miler it has coming up for auction in July is £220k–£240k ($270k–$325k), so this should have sold. It’s an icon, for sure, but similar-age Ferraris and Astons are faster and cheaper. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/18. © FOLLOW SCM 208 Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer S/N 404MF. Indigo Blue and black/black. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Highly desirable open coachwork with dual windscreen. 7,431-cc L-head inline 6-cylinder engine. Single R-R carburetor. Side-shift 4-speed manual transmission with extremely functional overdrive. Live front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle with platform cantilever rear suspension. Rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Known ownership history from new including renowned Rolls-Royce enthusiast Prestley Blake. Highly original example. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail. com/vehicles/220/1924-rolls-royce-silver-ghost-pallmall-tourer. (CA) 1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre Overdrive Pillarless Coupe by Park Ward manual. Independent front suspension. Overheadvalve, 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine, 4-speed manual transmission. Elegant drophead coachwork in rare left-hand-drive configuration by Tickford. Only 80 of 302 dropheads were left-hand drive. Special features ordered from the factory include Lucas headlamps, dip switch and pattress, Trico windscreen washer, bonnet ventilators, polished wood cappings to screen pillars, twin carburetors and heat/defrost, sun visors, new d/light levers, metric speedometer and Dunlop tires. Comes with factory build sheets and an extensive history and service file. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/15/1951-alvis-ta-21drophead-coupe. (CA) 1961 Bentley S2 Continental by James Young Sedan Cirrus White/black. 1,000 miles. Inline 4. Originally California-delivered car with clean and clear California title. Full frame-off restoration by exFormula 2 Lotus team engine builder. 1600-cc BDA 181-hp motor. Very streetable and a fun, well-sorted car with all the details taken care of. We have over 100 pics and the full history on our website. $39,990. AutoKennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel. com. (CA) GERMAN 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Sculpture S/N 463123. Polo Red/black. 127,665 miles. H4, manual. Recently restored 912. All-new suspension bushings, 15-inch steel wheels, lowered ride height. Full service completed on the 1,582-cc flat-4 engine and gearbox. The interior sports a new headliner, complemented by the Polo Red exterior and newly installed decals. $79,990. Gaswerks Garage. Contact Chris, Ph: 833.507.7324, email: sales@gaswerksgarage.com. Website: www. gaswerksgarage.com/cars-for-sale.html. (NJ) 1979 Mercedes 450SLC 2-Door Hard Top 1971 Lotus Elan S4 SE Fixed-Head Coupe 1967 Porsche 912 Coupe Bronze Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing bronze sculpture by Richard Pietruska. On marble base, 11 inches by 11.5 inches by 9.25 inches. $4,100 including shipping in the U.S. L’art et l’automobile. Contact Jacques, Ph: 830.864.5040, email: info@ arteauto.com. Website: www.arteauto.com. (TX) 1961 Porsche 356 B Super 90 T-5 Cabriolet S/N BC5LBY. Burgundy/tan. 48,000 miles. V8, automatic. Shown at the Geneva Motor Show when new and Swiss delivery to its first owner. Rare James Young alloy coachwork. One of six in left-hand drive with factory air-conditioning. High-quality restoration. One of the rarest post-war Bentleys ever made. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/224/1961bentley-s2-continental-by-james-young. (CA) 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Convertible S/N B131MX. Red/beige. 7,984 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Highly desirable MX Series, 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive fourth gear. Attractive one-off Pillarless Coupe by Park Ward. Exceptionally well-documented history. No-expensespared restoration. 4,257-cc OHV 6-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors. Approximately 100 hp. Fourwheel servo-boosted drum brakes. Known history from new. Over $235,000 in restoration receipts on file. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/221/1939bentley-4-1-4-liter-overdrive-pillarless-coupe-by-park-ward. (CA) 1951 Alvis TA21 Drophead Coupe by Tickford S/N 1.07E+13. Black/black leather. 52,170 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this one-original-Southern-California-owner car with only 52k miles. The most expensive model of the legendary 450 series, at an original MSRP of $36,700 (over $120k, according to the CPI adjusted for inflation for 2018) compared to $31,845 for the same-year 450SL convertible. In absolutely beautiful and quite exceptional condition throughout. $29,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible Cream/dark tan. 20,173 miles. Cream with dark tan interior, tan canvas soft top and matching full tonneau. Stunning black-plate California car with Certificate of Authenticity, equipped with Talbot Berlin side mirrors, Becker Europa radio, toolkit, beautifully photo documented restoration and complete with extensive service records and receipts; runs and drives beautifully. $158,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1963 Porsche 356 SC coupe S/N 1.02E+13. Classic White & Midnight Blue hard top/Midnight Blue. 12,800 miles. V8, automatic. Low documented miles from new, with single ownership until 2013 and meticulous service records from new. The final year of 450SL production. Unique and very attractive color combination. Totally original and unrestored condition. Without a doubt one of the finest examples in existence. Comes with service file, data card, as well as original books, tools, hard top and soft top. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@ gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/ vehicles/14/1980-mercedes-benz-450sl-roadster. (CA) 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster S/N 24501. Willow Green/Fawn Leather. Inline 6, 212 S/N HBJ8L29412. Blue/blue. 77,484 miles. V6, manual. A fine example of a Mk III BJ8. Rotisserie, ground-up restoration completed in 2007. Paint in excellent condition, as is fit and finish. Interior is in excellent condition, as is the wood and telemetry. Engine and transmission rebuilt, and is in excellent running condition. Vehicle runs and drives like new. Vehicle has been maintained and garage kept. 2011 first place in class at St. Louis European Car Show. Complete documents of restoration. All matching numbers. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. $88,000. Garcia’s Classic Car Restoration. Contact Fred, Ph: 618.874.3992, email: garciasplace@aol.com. (IL) Yellow/black. 90,757 miles. Yellow (6405) w/ black interior and oatmeal square-weave carpets. 90,757 miles. Equipped with chrome wheels, trunk rack, Blaupunkt radio and jack. Very tidy SC model; runs and drives great. $78,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com. (CA) S/N WP0CB2964NS460736. Guards Red/black leather. 32,348 miles. Flat 6, manual. Rare 964 America Roadster in Guards Red over black leather. One of 250 made, extremely low production original U.S. spec. Enthusiast owned and garage kept, with 5-speed, electric height adjusting seats, velour-like carpet, leatherette welting, black piping, tonneau Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery cover, complete books and original window sticker. $149,900. Gaswerks Garage. Contact Chris, Ph: 833.507.7324, email: sales@gaswerksgarage.com. Website: www.gaswerksgarage.com/cars-for-sale. html. (NJ) 1993 Porsche 911 RS America Coupe S/N WPOAB2962PS419337. Guards Red/black. 64,500 miles. Inline 6, manual. #337 of 701 built. Three owners from new, clean CARFAX, never tracked. Recent 60k-mile service by marque specialist. All four factory options: sunroof, limitedslip, a/c and radio. Very tight and with perfect road handling. Margins are excellent, with original paint showing very well. $96,500 OBO. Simko Motorcars LLC. Contact Orrie, Ph: 860.782.1554, email: orrie. simko@gmail.com. (CT) 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 Pickup S/N AR10204102180. Gray/tan. 40,352 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Engine #AR0020403337. The epitome of Italian grand touring. California car since 1979. Bodied by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. Fresh restoration in extremely attractive color combination. Cast-iron block 2.0-liter engine. Alfa Romeo’s flagship open touring car from 1958 to 1962. Fewer than 3,500 of these Spiders were produced over approximately four years. Comes with a rare full set of tools, original bumper guards, owner’s manual and brand-new black soft top. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www. charlescrail.com/vehicles/222/1962-alfa-romeo2000-spider. (CA) 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Touring Spider 1962 Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spider whatsoever. Must be seen to be believed and driven to be truly appreciated. $18,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1985 Alfa Romeo “Graduate” Spider find! Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/215/1941buick-series-50-super-convertible. (CA) 1947 Ford Sportsman Woodie Convertible Red/black. 19,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. An exceptional one-owner car with low, original miles. As nice underneath as it is on top. Factory a/c, full documentation from new, including the original window sticker. Freshly serviced and ready to enjoy. None finer. Full details online. $25,000. Colin’s Classic Auto. Contact Colin, Ph: 414.3752656, email: colin@colinsclassicauto.com. Website: colinsclassicauto.com/inventory/1985-alfa-romeospider-graduate-1-owner-19k-miles/. (WI) JAPANESE 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 SUV S/N WDBJH65J1YB094941. Black/tan. 23,000 miles. V6, 5-spd automatic. Factory-built pickup, Parktronic, NAVI, phone, CD, rear reclining seats, aluminum diamond-plate bed, LED bed lighting, AMG Monobloc wheels, extremely rare. $45,000 OBO. Contact David, Ph: 310.283.3780, email: dave. barakat@icloud.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1951 Lancia Aurelia GT Coupe S/N AR192672. Red/black. 28,669 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. Engine #AR0060106439. Coachwork by Touring of Milan. 2,584-cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine. Three Weber carburetors, produces 145 hp at 5,400 rpm, manual transmission. Front independent suspension, live rear axle, four-wheel Girling power disc brakes. Sold new at the Carl Block Alfa Romeo dealership of Oakland, CA. Three previous owners from new, all within a few miles of the selling dealership! Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@ gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/ vehicles/223/1964-alfa-romeo-2600-spider. (CA) 1969 Lamborghini Islero S Coupe S/N B201047. Red/tan. V6, 4-spd manual. This early Aurelia GT claims a number of benchmarks of rarity. Being one of the pre-production B20 examples and one of the very small number of cars to have been constructed by Vioti within the early run of 90 cars. This chassis is likely one of the earliest surviving B20s examples. This Aurelia was restored around the year 2000 with a full body strip/repaint, interior and mechanical rebuild. All this work was performed by Reggio Emilia. After the 2014 sale the Lancia underwent a color change along with an interior upgrade. Full documentation of the restoration process is available. $219,000. Automotive Restorations Inc. Contact Tony, Ph: 203.377.6745, email: tony@auto-restore.com. Website: automotiverestorations.com/sales/ home/1951-lancia-aurelia-gt. (CT) 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Normale Type 750 D Spider S/N 799A1972826. Maroon/tan. V8, manual. Although an older restoration, it is still in outstanding condition with beautiful paint and chrome trim. One of the few well-cared-for examples still with the original wood in fabulous condition! Recent motor service completed by expert Tim Krehbiel (Los Angeles, CA) included engine tune-up, power window and convertible top electrics and hydraulics. Overdrive, throttle and choke adjustments, radio, instruments, new battery and more. The work totaled more than $15,000. A well-known example, having spent years in California, this car is ready to drive and bring a smile to your face. $160,000 OBO. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www.grandprixclassics.com/inventory/1947-fordsportsman-convertible-woody/. (CA) 1955 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe Sedan White/tan. 147,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. An exceptionally preserved, three-owner, finalyear FJ60 with factory a/c and 147k miles. Freshly serviced and detailed rust-free Western example that needs nothing and is ready to conquer Dakar, or even your daily commute. Full details available online. $27,500. Colin’s Classic Auto. Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@ colinsclassicauto.com. Website: colinsclassicauto.com/ inventory/an-exceptional-1987-toyota-fj60-landcruiser/#progression-description. (WI) SWEDISH 1973 Volvo 1800 ES Wagon Grigio Fumo/Cinnamon leather. 8,854 miles. One of only 100 ever built, driven only 8,854 original miles since new, equipped with Miura wheels, in beautiful condition throughout. Truly magnificent interior and coachwork. $375,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com. (CA) 1978 Alfa Romeo 2000 Veloce Spider S/N 1.84E+12. Volvo Red/black. 79,800 miles. Inline 4, automatic. One previous owner from new. Under 80,000 documented miles with mostly original paint. Original interior, carpets and dash. Fuel injected, a/c, extremely rare and desired BorgWarner 3-speed automatic transmission. Comes with original jack, tools, owner’s manual, service manual and maintenance records. A collector’s dream! Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/vehicles/7/1973volvo-1800-es-wagon. (CA) AMERICAN 1941 Buick Series 50 Super 8 Convertible Red/black. 43,256 miles. Red with black leather interior and red piping, black canvas soft top and red wool carpeting. A very nicely detailed restoration of a Pinin Farina classic design; odometer shows 43,256 miles, rally eligible, runs and drives great. $84,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics.com. (CA) 214 S/N AR115410005369. Green/tan. 32,400 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional and stunning example of this rare, ultra-loworiginal miles and longtime single-family-owned Spider Veloce (541 VIN). Highly desirable Italian Racing Green original exterior color and tan interior combination with matching canvas soft top. Gorgeous light tan original-seat interior. Always garaged and covered; no rust or accident history S/N W5573927. Heron Blue & white/blue & gray pattern. 63,950 miles. V8, automatic. An exceptionally straight, original, rust-free and great daily-driving survivor of this very rare Mopar model. Original 301-ci V8 engine and super-rare factory options including: PowerFlite automatic transmission ($189), Air-Temp a/c ($570), two-way power front seat ($71), power steering ($113), power brakes ($40), power windows ($125), heater and defroster ($78), Solex tinted windshield ($20) and wire wheels with white sidewall tires. One of very few such remaining examples, with extremely rare additional factory options including ps, pb, pw, power seats. $25,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible S/N 139I3347. Sienna Rust/tan. Inline 8. One previous owner from new; in largely original condition. Fascinating history. Optional Dynaflow transmission. Go to our website for the full story on this magnificent S/N 194675S110568. Rally Red/black. V8, automatic. 327/300-hp, two-owner car from new, same owner past 16 years, who is a technical director for the Corvette club. Originally an Arizona car. Very rare, one of 872, with ice-cold factory a/c. This nicely optioned car has knockoff wheels, teak steering wheel, telescopic steering column, ps, pb, AM-FM radio, power antenna, tinted glass, whitewall tires and leather seats. Numbers matching. All original with one repaint, updated to R134a a/c and bigblock radiator. This car is in excellent condition and comes with the original owner’s manual, brochure and records. $64,900. Contact Ron, Ph: 215.633.0775, email: rga11@msn.com. (PA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery SCM Showcase Gallery 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback 1970 Dodge Charger 500 2-Door Hard Top White/black. V8, 4-sp manual. #1763 is an original 4-speed/ inboard-headlight GT500 in as-delivered specification. Unrestored, with one repaint in 1986, #1763 retains its original engine, transmission, sheet metal, fiberglass, interior, tags and all Shelby components. Documented with complete history from new. A GT500 with great integrity. $195,000. Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@ thecomercollection.com. Website: colinsclassicauto. com. (WI) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 Pace Car Convertible Green/green. 80,200 miles. V8, automatic. Very nice condition, originally California car. I have owned it for 26 years, 318-ci engine with automatic transmission. $29,500. Contact Peter, Ph: 250.858.8213, email: barracuda71@shaw.ca. (BC, CAN) Showcase Gallery SCM Showcase Gallery 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback 1970 Dodge Charger 500 2-Door Hard Top White/black. V8, 4-sp manual. #1763 is an original 4-speed/ inboard-headlight GT500 in as-delivered specification. Unrestored, with one repaint in 1986, #1763 retains its original engine, transmission, sheet metal, fiberglass, interior, tags and all Shelby components. Documented with complete history from new. A GT500 with great integrity. $195,000. Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@ thecomercollection.com. Website: colinsclassicauto. com. (WI) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 Pace Car Convertible Green/green. 80,200 miles. V8, automatic. Very nice condition, originally California car. I have owned it for 26 years, 318-ci engine with automatic transmission. $29,500. Contact Peter, Ph: 250.858.8213, email: barracuda71@shaw.ca. (BC, CAN) S/N S/N 124679N641963. Dover White/orange. 39,581 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Meticulously restored Jerry MacNeish-verified RPO Z-11 SS 396 Pace Car. Additional photos and information available upon request. $90,000. Contact Rich, Ph: 413.525.6908, email: skwerly1@msn.com. (MA) 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Door Hard Top S/N 1Z37Z3S409844. Dark blue metallic/black custom. 6,000 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. LS-4, Benchmark, Bloomington Gold-Survivor-Corvette USA. Close-ratio manual transmission. Killer FireStone 500 tires, including spare. $73,000 OBO. RMC Enterprises Inc.. Contact Richard, Ph: 773.725.4848, email: asnowplower@aol.com. (IL) RACE 1966 Ford Mustang A/S 289 Coupe S/N 223379L116357. Warwick Blue/Parchment. 31,990 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this very rare and all-American classic muscle car. 400/350 hp 4-bbl V8 car with a date-correct XH-code replacement and rebuilt engine matched correctly to a TH400 3-peed automatic transmission. Independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, dual exhausts and PHS documentation. $32,499 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 6T07T145027. Blue/gray. V8, manual. Raced from new with documented history, period photographs and ownership by Lauren J. Fix. Refreshed every eight hours, two hours on car now, with recent gearbox rebuild. SVRA medallion car in immaculate condition, with collector owner. Fully sorted and track ready with SVRA & SCCA logbooks. $60,000 OBO. Simko Motorcars LLC. Contact Orrie, Ph: 860.782.1554, email: orrie.simko@gmail. com. (CT) © 216 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) GAA Classic Cars Auction, 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) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) 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, 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) Premier Auction Group. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com 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 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Wheeler Auction Group. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 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) 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) 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) Worldwide Auctioneers. 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 has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 218 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 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and 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) Sports Car Market 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Alfa Romeo able, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R 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) 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. September 2018 Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience 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) 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 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. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. 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) 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. 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, knowledge- 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 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) 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 Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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) Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert 219


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 Legendary Motorcar Company. 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 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 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 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) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Symbolic International. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. 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 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 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) 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 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) 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) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) 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) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. 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) Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com 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 West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. Paul Russell and Company. Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us 220 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You Sports Car Market 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Car Storage 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 Classic Car Transport RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profesIntercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. 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 sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://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. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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 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 unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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. September 2018 English Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management tions, 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) 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) 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) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 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 limita- 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) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 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. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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) your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows Ferrari Financial Services. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 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. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) 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 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) Scott Grundfor Company. 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! Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 12–14, 2019. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- 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 The BMW CCA is the world’s largClassic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand 222 est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 68 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. (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 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com 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 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Cosdel International Transportation. 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 For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing products perfect for both modern and vintage cars. Dr. Beasley’s products are now used and recommended by some of the biggest OEMs in the automotive industry including BMW, Audi and Kawasaki. Try them for yourself and discover a better way to detail your car. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 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 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. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com LeMay—America’s Car Museum 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) 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 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 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) Alan Taylor Company Inc. 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. Racing Services Dr Beasley’s. Unimpressed by inferior car care products that didn’t meet his standards, Jim Lafeber, owner of renowned detailing facility Simon’s Shine Shop, and Founding Member and past President of the International Detailing Association, turned to his background in chemistry to formulate his own products. By utilizing the safest, highest quality ingredients available, Jim was able to launch Dr. Beasley’s, a line of highly advanced, innovative September 2018 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com Automotive Restorations. 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 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) The Creative Workshop. On the Road Again Classics. 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) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil 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. 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) 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) 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 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. 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 Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. 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 Treasured Motorcar Services. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. 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) 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 Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts 224 Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com Sports Car Market Vintage Underground. 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) © Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/ luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Napoleon Lost a Hat and a Battle at Waterloo An unknown buyer forked over big bucks for Napoleon’s hat, but the British Royal Trust still has his cloak Thought Carl’s Napoleon Bonaparte was a “hat guy” who, historians state, often wore a dozen different ones during the day. They were known as “bicorne” hats due to the two points. It is claimed that he had over 120 different ones, with 19 thought to exist today. The military hat he wore at his 1815 defeat at Waterloo was auctioned by the De Baecque auction house in Lyon, France, on June 18 for $325,052. Napoleon’s battle garb is very collectible, and the red cloak he wore at Waterloo has been in the British Royal Collection since 1837. Here are a few more interesting items we found, but they will never find their way into the Royal Collection. body of the sign was in exceptional condition, and the image of an early Greyhound bus added to the allure. Price paid was up there, but it was well warranted considering the condition. was in exceptional condition, and the graphics were dramatic. It had the image of a Hartford tire on one end and early touring cars on the other. The seller stated he bought it recently at the Brimfield Flea Market, and what a wonderful find it was. Buyer paid up, but it was worth the money. EBAY # 192553749769—FISK “TIME TO RETIRE” HANGING PAPER DISPLAY. Number of bids: 34. SOLD AT: $224.50. Date: 6/10/2018. This was a twopiece paper display that featured the Fisk boy with his candle. It may have been a hanging advertisement, or perhaps it was on the tire. This is a cute little advertising piece that sold for a marketcorrect price. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 1—GREYHOUND LINES TICKET OFFICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $11,200. Date: 6/22/2018. This impressive 30-inch-by-25-inch porcelain sign was double-sided, and the colors were bright and vibrant, with only faint non-offensive scratches to the surface. The EBAY #312146442946— EARLY WHIZ ONE-QUART METAL POLISH CAN. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $197.50. Date: 6/10/2018. Whiz was the brand name for the 100 or more products that the Hollingshead Company produced. They were mainly automotive-related, but they even produced a bed-bug powder. Many of the early cans, such as the one here, had images of early touring cars. This can had a soldered top and was about seven inches in height. The condition, considering the age, was very acceptable, and the price paid was well within reason. DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $3,446. Date: 6/22/2018. The Hood Rubber Company was founded in 1896 and began making tires in 1906. At one point, they were making 35,000 tires and 70,000 pairs of rubber footwear a day. BFGoodrich bought the company in 1929. The Hood patrolman logo was used for all their promotional items, and anything with the Hood man is very collectible. This display piece shows up from time to time, and they all seem to be in unused condition. Considering the exceptional day-one condirl Bomstead eWatch Napoleon Lost a Hat and a Battle at Waterloo Bomstead eWatch Napoleon Lost a Hat and a Battle at Waterloo An unknown buyer forked over big bucks for Napoleon’s hat, but the British Royal Trust still has his cloak Thought Carl’s Napoleon Bonaparte was a “hat guy” who, historians state, often wore a dozen different ones during the day. They were known as “bicorne” hats due to the two points. It is claimed that he had over 120 different ones, with 19 thought to exist today. The military hat he wore at his 1815 defeat at Waterloo was auctioned by the De Baecque auction house in Lyon, France, on June 18 for $325,052. Napoleon’s battle garb is very collectible, and the red cloak he wore at Waterloo has been in the British Royal Collection since 1837. Here are a few more interesting items we found, but they will never find their way into the Royal Collection. body of the sign was in excep- tional condition, and the image of an early Greyhound bus added to the allure. Price paid was up there, but it was well warranted consid- ering the condition. was in exceptional condition, and the graphics were dramatic. It had the image of a Hartford tire on one end and early touring cars on the other. The seller stated he bought it recently at the Brimfield Flea Market, and what a wonderful find it was. Buyer paid up, but it was worth the money. EBAY # 192553749769—FISK “TIME TO RETIRE” HANG- ING PAPER DISPLAY. Number of bids: 34. SOLD AT: $224.50. Date: 6/10/2018. This was a two- piece paper display that featured the Fisk boy with his candle. It may have been a hanging adver- tisement, or perhaps it was on the tire. This is a cute little advertis- ing piece that sold for a market- correct price. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 1—GREYHOUND LINES TICKET OFFICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $11,200. Date: 6/22/2018. This impressive 30-inch-by-25-inch porcelain sign was double-sided, and the colors were bright and vibrant, with only faint non-offen- sive scratches to the surface. The EBAY #312146442946— EARLY WHIZ ONE-QUART METAL POLISH CAN. Num- ber of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $197.50. Date: 6/10/2018. Whiz was the brand name for the 100 or more products that the Hollings- head Company produced. They were mainly automotive-related, but they even produced a bed-bug powder. Many of the early cans, such as the one here, had images of early touring cars. This can had a soldered top and was about seven inches in height. The condi- tion, considering the age, was very acceptable, and the price paid was well within reason. DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $3,446. Date: 6/22/2018. The Hood Rub- ber Company was founded in 1896 and began making tires in 1906. At one point, they were making 35,000 tires and 70,000 pairs of rubber footwear a day. BFGoodrich bought the company in 1929. The Hood patrolman logo was used for all their promotional items, and anything with the Hood man is very collectible. This dis- play piece shows up from time to time, and they all seem to be in unused condition. Considering the exceptional day-one condi- EBAY- EBAY #312146273589—SEIP BEER TRAY WITH EARLY CAR GRAPHICS. Number of bids: 30. SOLD AT: $706. Dat 6/10/2018. This very early tray h amazing graphics that were bol and crisp. The slogan, on the si of the hill, stated, “You can’t ge around it. It’s the pure food bee Wish they’d told me that in college. The condition was good, s am surprised this did not sell fo bit more. Well bought! EBAY #192553749769—HARTFORD TIRE CANVAS BANNER. Number of bids: 40. SOLD AT: $5,177.77. Date: 6/10/2018. This four-foot-long canvas banner WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 117—HOOD RUBBER AND TIRE COMPANY TIN 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, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 226 WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 128—EARLY AUTOMOTIVE DEALER FELT PENNANT. SOLD AT: $1,594. Date: 6/22/2018. This early heavy felt pennant was from a Ford and Dodge Bros. dealer in Mason, TX. It was 28 inches in height and featured a colored image of an open Dodge and Ford. It was in very acceptable condition. It mentions the services the dealer offered, including parts, accessories, repair and the “Best Grade of Gasoline.” This is a cool piece that sold for rather strong money. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market