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$2m Worth of Rare American Muscle Sports Car Market Riveting Survivor Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder: $4m September 2019 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 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 9 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder by Pinin Farina $4,158,767 / RM Sotheby’s 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible $1,033,341 / Bonhams 92 96 134 148 160 176 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Dale Novak RACE 20 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1964 ASA 1000 GT $154,381 / RM Sotheby’s 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring $534,179 / RM Sotheby’s 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible $1,980,000 / Mecum 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder $3,781,206 / RM Sotheby’s 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo “Fairlady Z” $26,880 / Bonhams 98 100 102 104 108 Cover: 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder; Diana Varga ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market 194 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 188 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 118 122 MARKET OVERVIEW Next Gen cars in the market — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S Cernobbio, ITA: $22.7m sale is topped by $4.2m Ferrari 500 Mondial near Lake Como, Italy — Paul Hardiman LEAKE Tulsa, OK: $8m results from 352 of 516 cars changing hands at Leake’s Tulsa 2019 sale — Brett Hatfield ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: Of 84 vehicles offered, 35 went away, bringing in $5.6m in springtime Paris sale — Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN: Auburn Spring hits $4.7m on 185 of 281 vehicles sold — Daren Kloes BONHAMS Greenwich, CT: Bonhams sells 71 of 99 at Greenwich for $4.4m — Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Mark Moskowitz VANDERBRINK Larchwood, IA: Nine of nine sell for $79,795 in far northwest Iowa — B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and watch for updates and offers! Courtesy of Bonhams


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FEATURES 74 The SCM Interview: Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop — Chester Allen 76 Bonhams’ MPH Move: A big auction house goes after the Next Gen market — Paul Hardiman 80 First Manhattan Concours at Brookfield Place: Two dozen cars navigate tight security and show off for two days — Mark Moskowitz 84 2019 Greenbrier Concours: The second time brings special stories about wonderful cars — Bill Rothermel 86 Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival: A photo collection of the hottest scenes from last year’s party DEPARTMENTS 80 Manhattan Concours at Brookfield Place COLUMNS 28 Shifting Gears Publisher Martin made money on his first auction buy — a 1972 Chevrolet Impala Keith Martin 56 Affordable Classic The Maserati Biturbo was never sexy enough to win forgiveness for its many sins Jeff Zurschmeide 58 Collecting Thoughts Eleven years ago, Porsche guru Jim Schrager picked the top 10 Porsches for increased value. How did he do? Jim Schrager 64 Legal Files Russo and Steele claims Leake Auctions played dirty ball at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick John Draneas 66 Unconventional Wisdom The new FCA Heritage Hub celebrates Fiat, Lancia and Abarth Donald Osborne 70 Drivers Ed It’s not always easy to keep a collector car handy, but there are ways… Paul Hageman 94 The Cumberford Perspective The Ferrari 500 Mondial was built to race, but it’s also a work of art Robert Cumberford 106 Next Gen The Mercedes-Benz R129 cars offer great value to the Next Gen collector Philip Richter 218 eWatch Want to go to lunch with Warren Buffett? Be ready to bid high Carl Bomstead 22 58 Collecting Thoughts Sports Car Market 34 Crossing the Block 34 Auction Calendar 38 Concours and Events: Oregon Festival of Cars, Molto Bella, St. Michaels Concours, Cobble Beach Concours 42 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 44 You Write, We Read: The Pininfarina 124 Spider, Honda Civics, Jensen-Healey comeback 46 Display Advertisers Index 50 Time Pieces: Girard-Perregaux Alarm Watch 50 Neat Stuff: A smaller Lincoln and a valet for your Airstream 52 Speaking Volumes: Another Fine Mess: Across Trumpland in a Ford Model T 110 Next Gen Market Moment 1: 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R 111 Next Gen Market Moment 2: 1988 Ferrari Testarossa 112 Rising Sun: 1971 Datsun 510, 1998 Acura Integra Type R, 1987 Toyota Corolla GT-S 120 Buy/Sell/Hold: Jim Pickering’s picks for late summer 126 Fresh Meat: 2019 Aston Martin Vantage coupe, 2019 BMW i8 roadster, 2018 McLaren 720S coupe 146 Market Moment 1: 1937 Pierce-Arrow C Travelodge 182 Market Moment 2: 1953 Arnolt-MG coupe 190 On the Radar: 1993–95 MG RV8, 1994 Porsche 968 Club Sport, 1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Q4 202 Mystery Photo: “Automobile love triangle” 202 Comments With Your Renewals: “SCM is very, very good. I can’t live without it.” 204 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 210 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Rachel Shuler


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Birth of an Obsession I could buy a classic car at an auction, drive it 300 miles home and probably resell it for a profit Cindy told me she wanted to step outside the auditorium to take Alex for some fresh air. I recall her looking at me and saying, “Don’t you buy a car while I’m gone.” I nodded my head in agreement, never taking my eyes off of the red convertible. A quick sale Before Cindy returned, the Chevy crossed the block. The bidding opened at $250. It crawled at slow increments until it stalled at $1,800. I raised my paddle at the last moment, the auctioneer saw it and cried out instantly, “SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!” He didn’t even wait for another bid. Now that I have a little more experience, I realize that my bid might have been the only real one in the entire process, which is why the car was hammered sold so quickly. Cindy returned, took note of my Cheshire-cat grin and commented, The car was red, but it was hard to be sure, looking through all the red mist A red 1972 Chevrolet Impala convertible was the very first car I bought at an auction. It was 1995. My then-wife Cindy Banzer and I drove seven hours north from Portland to Bob LeFlufy’s AutoClassic auction in Vancouver, B.C. Alexandra, just 4 years old, accompanied us. “LeFluf,” since deceased, was a classic-car raconteur, the Canadian equivalent of SCM regular Uncle Raymond Milo. When the two of them, both inveterate smokers, got together, the evenings were long, the wine consumption formidable — and the stories taller and taller. “And then there was the time I forgot I had a loaded .45 in my carry- on, along with $250,000 in cash to buy an OSCA. There was some excitement at airport security…” The cars on offer were a typical mixed bag, ranging from a Formula Ford to a late-model Ferrari. Rob Myers from RM Auctions was there, as LeFluf was attempting to sell his auction company to him. I recall Myers telling me one of his cardinal rules: “I only move a car twice, from auction to auction. At that point I sell it at no reserve.” We registered to bid, and I got a coveted piece of stiff cardboard with a number on it. Incredible! I was a bidder! Just like all the guys who were buying the Cobras and Ferraris at the auctions I was attending. Just with a lower limit. A big old boat I looked over the cars, and a 1972 Chevrolet Impala convertible caught my eye. It was red with black interior, a 350-ci V8, columnshift automatic and bench seats. The sides were no more wavy than the Pacific Ocean on a calm day, the interior didn’t look like dogs had been living in it and the engine sounded good. I showed it to Cindy, and she feigned indifference. “What would you do with a big old boat like that?” I shared her feigned indifference. I asked LeFluf “sotto voce” what the reserve was. He replied, in his nonchalant way, “Of course, I can’t tell you that, but I do think $2,000 U.S. would buy the car.” OMG! OMG! OMG! I could afford that. I could buy a classic car at an auction, drive it 300 miles home to Portland, probably resell it for $3,000 and make a profit. I didn’t realize it at the time, but a curtain of red mist was descending over my eyes. 28 “You bought that POS Chevy, didn’t you?” I could only nod, mumbling something like, “It was cheap, red and I’d never owned one before” — a justification that has led to hundreds of purchases since. We had driven up in Cindy’s W123 Mercedes turbo-diesel. I fol- lowed them in the Impala as we headed south. We crossed the border, the car clearing customs without a second glance. After all, who would try to smuggle a tired old 1972 Chevy into the U.S.? The Chevy ran flawlessly. The inevitable snafu In the late afternoon, we reached Centralia, WA, which is about 80 miles from Portland, OR. As it began to get dark, I noticed that my headlights were dim and getting dimmer. The alternator light had not come on (I discovered later someone had pulled the bulb out — a clever pre-sale trick). The darker it got, the more closely I followed Cindy, using her headlamps to illuminate the road. Soon even that wasn’t enough, and I began to worry about the safety of being inches from her rear bumper, in near pitch-black darkness at freeway speeds. Once we got within our AAA towing distance, I gave up and called for help. Soon enough, the Chevy, the Mercedes, and Cindy and Alex were home safe. Fun and profit Cindy’s two sons, Eric and McKean, had far more than $2,000 worth of adventures in the car. They never put the top up that summer. I recall one of them taking it to his prom, eyeing the bed-sized front and rear bench seats with barely concealed teenage lust. I also remember seeing them driving off to our mountain cabin on Mount Hood with fishing rods sticking up out of the back seat. They may have named it “the Red Bomb” — or maybe I just wish they had. After having the alternator serviced, I never spent another penny on the car (something I have never said since with other cars). I placed an advertisement for it in AutoWeek for $4,200 (as a weekly, this was the fastest way to sell your car in those pre-Internet days). Three weeks later I sold it for $3,500. I had made a profit on the first car I bought at auction. And we had a lot of adventures with it as well. All things considered, I would call it well bought indeed. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe at RM Auctions’ sale in Auburn, IN RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 29–September 1 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 526/712 cars sold / $21.4m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe • 1966 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch utility Silver Auctions Where: Sun Valley, ID When: August 31–September 1 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 JULY 31–AUG 3— MECUM Harrisburg, PA 3—COYS Jüchen, DEU 3—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 3–4—VANDERBRINK Miles, IA 8–10—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 9–10—VANDERBRINK Beardsley, MN 15—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Pacific Grove, CA 15–16—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15–17—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 15–17—MECUM Monterey, CA 15–17—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 16–17—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 17—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 17–VANDERBRINK Marne, IA 24—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 26—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 29–SEPT 1—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 30–31—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 31—SMITH AUCTIONS Springfield, MO 31–SEPT 1—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 31–SEPT 1—LUCKY Tacoma, WA SEPTEMBER 4–7—MECUM Dallas, TX 6–8—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 7—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 7—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 12—COYS Fontwell, U.K. 14—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 14—VANDERBRINK Red Oak, IA 20–21—RM SOTHEBY’S Comporta, PRT 20–21—MECUM Louisville, KY 20–21—SARATOGA Saratoga Springs, NY 21—BARONS Esher, U.K. 21—SILVERSTONE Southam, U.K. 21—VANDERBRINK Cape Girardeau, MO 23—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 26—BONHAMS MPH Bicester, U.K. 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 28—RM SOTHEBY’S Dayton, OH 34 29—BONHAMS Geneva, CHE OCTOBER 3–5—BARRETT-JACKSON Las Vegas, NV 4–5—WORLDWIDE Corpus Christi, TX 5—BONHAMS Birmingham, AL 3–4—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 5—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 7—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 10–11—RM AUCTIONS Hershey, PA 10–12—VICARI Biloxi, MS 10–12—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 11—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 12—RAND LUXURY AUCTION Roslyn, NY 17–19—SG AUCTION Winona, MN 19–20—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 16—H&H Duxford, U.K. 18–19—BRANSON Branson, MO 18–20—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 19—COYS London, U.K. 24–26—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 26—BARONS Esher, U.K. Web: www.silverauctions.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions Where: Tacoma, WA When: August 31–September 1 Web: www.luckyoldcar.com Last year: 82/154 cars sold / $1m Mecum Where: Dallas, TX When: September 4–7 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 805/1,183 cars sold / $28.3m Featured cars: • 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T • 1959 Chevrolet El Camino • 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX EG Auctions Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 6–8 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com Bonhams Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 7 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 106/130 cars sold / $4.3m Featured cars: • 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I saloon • 1922 Ner-a-Car 2¼ hp Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Specialty Auto Auction Where: Loveland, CO When: September 7 Web: www.specialtyautoauction.com Coys Where: Fontwell, U.K. When: September 12 Web: www.coys.co.uk Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 14 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 80/114 cars sold / $21.2m Featured cars: • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante • 1965 BMW 1800 Ti/Sa • 1963 Facel Vega Facel II VanDerBrink Where: Red Oak, IA When: September 14 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Featured cars: • 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS • 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T • 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible RM Sotheby’s Where: Comporta, PRT When: September 20–21 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1972 Alpine A110 1300 • 2001 BMW Z8 • 1949 Allard K1 Mecum Where: Louisville, KY When: September 20–21 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 402/562 cars sold / $8m Saratoga Auto Auction Where: Saratoga Springs, NY When: September 20–21 Star Car: 1972 Alpine A110 1300 at RM Sotheby’s in Comporta, Portugal Web: www.saratogaautoauction.org Last year: 174/280 cars sold / $5.7m Featured cars: • 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL • 1969 Gulf Mirage M2 racer • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Barons Where: Esher, U.K. When: September 21 Web: www.barons-auctions.com Silverstone Where: Southam, U.K. When: September 21 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com VanDerBrink Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: September 21 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: September 23 Web: www.shannons.com.au Bonhams MPH Where: Bicester, U.K. When: September 26 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • 1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109-inch Pink Panther • 2015 Renault Megane Trophy R • 1960 Volkswagen Transporter Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: September 28 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Dayton, OH When: September 28 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera • 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Flat-Nose coupe • Star Car: 1953 Porsche 356 custom limousine Bonhams Where: Geneva, CHE When: September 29 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • 2014 Koenigsegg One:1 • 2015 Lamborghini Veneno • 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 ♦ Star Car: 1953 Porsche 356 custom limousine at RM Sotheby’s in Dayton, OH 36 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com SEPTEMBER CALENDAR Aug. 29–Sept. 2 Lime Rock Historic Festival, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT; www.limerockhistorics.com 6–8 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Malvern, PA, www.radnorconcours.com Molto Bella at Stan Hywet The Seventh Annual Molto Bella Auto Show brings 400 cars, including exotic sports cars, classics and vintage Ferraris, to the elegant Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, OH, on September 8. Expect to see plenty of rare and exciting Ferraris along with a sprinkling of exotic supercars and even some muscle cars. 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 www.stanhywet.org Full Classics at Cobble Beach The seventh annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance has a full weekend of car events planned for September 14–15. Cars & Coffee at Cobble Beach and a Participants’ Tour for cars in Sunday’s concours are on tap for September 14. Concours Sunday is on September 15 at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community, just outside of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. This year’s concours classes include Horseless Bill Rothermel St. Michaels Adds Post-War Class, New Festival The 13th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance brings post-war cars to the show field for the very first time. The new Post-War European Sports, Touring and Racing Class will feature cars from 1946 to 1969. This year also brings a new, drive-up award cer- emony. In addition, the first-ever Chesapeake Bay Motoring Festival will take place on September 29 in conjunction with St. Michael Concours d’Elegance. The Motoring Festival will be at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This year’s St. Michael’s Concours returns to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD, on September 29. General Admission is $50. This ticket is good for admission to the concours and the Motoring Festival. Check the website to see other events for the weekend. www.smcde.org (MD) 38 Carriages Pre–1916, CCCA Full Classic American Classics 1915 to 1948 and CCCA Full Classic European Classics 1915 to 1948. For more information, visit www.cobblebeachconcours.com (CAN) 6–8 Vail Automotive Classic, Vail, CO; www. vailautomotiveclassic. com 9–14 Colorado Grand, CO; www.co1000.com 15 Dayton Concours d’Elegance, Dayton, OH; www.daytonconcours. com 28 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Murphys, CA; www.ironstonefoundation.org Big Cars and Big Fun in Central Oregon The 24th Annual Oregon Festival of Cars is headed to downtown Bend, OR. This year’s site is the Deschutes Historical Museum, at 129 NW Idaho St. in downtown Bend. The show is on September 14, but there is a full calendar of events from September 13 to 15. 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 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director 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 Associate 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. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Doug Schultz, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Travis Shetler, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, Morgan Eldridge, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 Connect with SCM on The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2019 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors JIM PICKERING, SCM Managing Editor, grew up in a small neighborhood of car guys, so the bug bit him early, and rides in his neighbor’s over-powered street rods sealed the deal for good. His first car was a ’66 Caprice with a big-block Chevy — a car that landed him his first job as a mechanic after high school and through college, got him into drag racing, and much to the distress of his wife, Kristina, causes a lot of searching while home shopping. (The Caprice is 19 feet long and gets parked inside). In addition to the Caprice, he has just built an LS-swapped 1979 Chevrolet C10 shortbed pickup. The truck is the subject of his first book, which will be released later this year. He’s also Editor of American Car Collector, SCM’s sister magazine. Check out his “Buy/Sell/ Hold” recommendations on p. 120. 42 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’s 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, which he has owned for almost 30 years now. Darren lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and daughter. SUSAN L. LOEB, SCM Head of Subscriptions, joined the magazine in early 2017. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College as an English and French major, she’s been in the book-selling, library or magazine world for the past two decades. Raised in a family that embraced a two-tone pink-and-brown Buick station wagon as the only vehicle option, she was nevertheless able to prosper and make reasonable car-purchasing decisions later in life. Although not a car collector, she considers herself an opinionated connoisseur on the topic of cars as well as cheese and chocolate. A nice MG or Opel Manta still turns her head, and she awaits the day she can find the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda a neighbor was selling last year. General P.O. 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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 Can We Respect Rosie? To the Editor: The redheaded stepchild of automotive magazines everywhere is also my favorite sports car. In 1980, the U.S. sued Fiat for violating the NTSA on safety issues, namely rust. In 1983, Fiat left the U.S. market. Soon after, Sergio Pininfarina did a continuation sports car, trusting its timeless design and offering the longest rust warranty in America. And, by the way, this is the only car ever made, marketed and badged solely as a Pininfarina. However, the simple-yet- pretty Pininfarina 124 Spider with Ferrari DNA was forever tarnished. Since then, American motor magazines seem to only find late-1970s models with “Kick Me” signs. So, can I show you my baby Ferrari? Meet “Rosie,” a 124 Pinin Spider with new paint, more ponies and vintage chrome added. Now Tom Tjaarda’s original 1964 design is better unlocked. The Aurelio Lampredi-designed inline 4-cylinder engine had a 32-year production run. When tweaked, these motors from the Ferrari engineer “go vroom” like the hillside echoes from a black-and-white Italian film. I’ve owned everything from F-types to AMGs, but no car has stopped traffic like my “Rosie.” Being a nerd, I have two examples, and my other Pinin Spider has been accepted to its second concours d’elegance. My very-rare 1985½ Pinin Spidereuropa is one of only 186 examples. Even so, I fully expect my Condition 1 Pininfarina Spidereuropa to be placed by the trashcans and the “kids corral.” And that is okay. I understand, god forbid, if someone with a Ferrari 275 GTS had to suffer the embarrassment of having their car yet again compared to a Pininfarina 124 Spider. I can only imagine the shame. Keep up the great work. Good wishes and good health to Publisher Martin. — Nate Westgor, St. Paul, MN 44 Meet ‘Rosie,’ a 124 Pinin Spider with new paint, more ponies and vintage chrome added. Honda Civics? Really? To the Editor: While my fondness for high-performance, handcrafted sports cars that emerged from the legendary European design houses dating to the late 1930s (i.e., BMW 328) through the mid-1960s (i.e., 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider) not only reveals my generation but also my collector-car bias, I am not insensitive to the marketing dynamics of an evolving demographic and the importance of broadening your corporate reach to respond to their interest. The last half of my profes- sional career involved consulting to corporations on matters directly related to strategic thinking, market research, product development, design and implementation. At the same time I have found the overt emphasis on “Youngtimer/Next Gen” interests being increasingly promulgated in recent issues to be disappointing. As a subscriber, I have begun to question if I wish to continue my relationship, inasmuch as there are other print media sources that have resisted the temptation to move in the direction that Sports Car Market magazine is tracking. The July 2019 issue, for example, devoted nearly 14% of the first 70-some-odd pages (excluding advertising) to profiling this trend. The tipping point, however, came while reading the “Buy/Sell/Hold” column (p. 88) in which the author advocated “Buying” a “4th Generation Through 6th Generation Honda Civic” Really? Beginning in the late 1980s, I had the considerable misfortune of commuting into Boston with a colleague who owned a 1988 Honda Civic. It was the single most uncomfortable, unremarkable, ergonomically impossible and aesthetically impoverished vehicle I have ever experienced. If awards were bestowed for sub-acceptable, invisible, nondescript econo-boxes, this car would win it walking away. From its introduction in 1972 to the present year, Honda has minted 16,500,000 Civics over an eight-generation production timeline. Help me understand where, within that minefield of mass-produced mediocrity, elements of exclusivity, provenance, aesthetics, performance and desirability exist? I am hard-pressed to believe that 50 years from now, some poor sod will push open a barn door and become weak-kneed upon discovering a Mitsubishi Pajero, a Honda CR-V, a Toyota RAV-4 or, heaven forbid, a Kia Carnival. Those of us who routinely attend the highly profiled concours d’elegance do so, in large measure, to be amused, entertained, delighted and impassioned. The jewels of the crown that Sports Car Market


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Aeristo ..................................................................85 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ..............................63 Aston Martin of New England ..........................179 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ............................163 Audrain Auto Museum ......................................139 Autodromo LLC ................................................153 Automotive Restorations Inc.............................183 Autosport Designs Inc .........................................23 Avant Garde Collection .....................................124 Barrett-Jackson ..............................................37, 63 Bennett Law Office ...........................................200 Beverly Hills Car Club ......................................195 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ........................78 Boca Raton Concours ..........................................54 Bonhams / UK ....................................................8-9 Branson Collector Car Auction ...........................33 BridgePoint Risk Management ...........................63 Bring A Trailer ...............................................14–15 Carriage House Motor Cars ..........................18–19 Cars, Inc. ........................................................51, 53 Centerline Alfa Parts .........................................144 Central Classic Cars ..........................................132 Chequered Flag International ............................165 Classic Auto Mall ..............................................161 Classic Car Capital ..............................................43 Classic Showcase ..........................................30–31 Coachbuilt Press ................................................177 Collector Studio .................................................191 Concorso Italiano...............................................114 Copley Motorcars ..............................................131 Cosdel ................................................................123 D. L. George Coachworks .................................133 Danville D’Elegance .........................................115 Diecasm LLC /Automodello .............................181 Dobson Motorsport............................................142 Dr. Beasley’s ......................................................185 Driversource Houston LLC ...........................16–17 Electric Garage Inc. .......................................26–27 European Collectibles........................................141 Exotics On Las Olas ..........................................145 Fantasy Junction ............................................40–41 Ferrari of San Francisco ......................................35 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................193 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................193 Girardo & Co .......................................................39 Gooding & Company ....................................10–11 Greenbrier Concours ...........................................88 Greensboro Auto Auction ....................................55 Grundy Insurance ................................................95 GT Motor Cars LLC ..........................................173 GTC ...................................................................157 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ................................187 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ........................143 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC ...............................149 Heacock Classic ................................................211 Heritage Classics ...............................................129 High Mountain Classics ....................................144 Hilton Head Island Concours ..............................79 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..................................187 Hyman, LTD ........................................................32 Intercity Lines ......................................................65 JC Taylor ..............................................................68 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................205 Johnston Motorsports ........................................175 Jonathan Kennard Ltd .......................................121 Kevin Kay Restorations ........................................6 Kidston .................................................................21 La Macchina Molto Bella ....................................71 Leake Auction Company .....................................69 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................193 LIV Sotheby’s International Realty ..................168 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...........................137 Luxury Brokers International ........................24–25 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................83 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...........................................199 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...........................45 Mershon’s World Of Cars..................................197 MetroVac .............................................................73 Michael’s Motor Cars ........................................159 Mohr Imports, Inc. ...............................................67 New England Auto Auction ................................88 Northwest European ..........................................189 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ......................49 Paramount Automotive ........................................62 Park Place Dealerships ......................................107 Passport Transport .............................................135 Paul Russell and Company................................181 Prince Vintage, LTD. .........................................167 Putnam Leasing .................................................220 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..................................155 RAND Luxury, Inc. .............................................81 RCC MOTORS .................................................151 Reliable Carriers ................................................119 RM Sotheby’s ................................................4–5, 7 RMD bvba ...........................................................52 Ronald McDonald House ..................................174 Russo and Steele LLC ...................................12–13 Saratoga Auto Auction ......................................169 Scott Grundfor Company ..................................193 Shook Legal, Ltd ...............................................130 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...........................147 Sport and Specialty ............................................197 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations .........................172 Streetworks Exotics .............................................48 Symbolic International ........................................29 The Classic Car Trust ........................................113 The Creative Workshop .......................................57 The New York City Concours ............................72 The Stable, Ltd. .................................................171 The Werk Shop ..................................................140 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................200 Torque Classic Cars .............................................47 Turtle Garage .......................................................61 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................127 Vintage Rallies ...................................................179 Vintage Underground LLC ...............................185 VintageAutoPosters.com ...................................189 Watchworks .......................................................208 WeatherTech ......................................................125 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ..................77 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................191 White Post Restorations ....................................197 Worldwide Group ..............................................2, 3 You Write We Read Ad Index Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel 46 “Lot 148 is an even finer example than the fine one we sold earlier, though the one later on is the finest.” annually grace the lawns of Amelia Island and Pebble Beach represent the polar opposite of the Nissan 300ZX, BMW 3 Series (9,500,000 produced in just the first four generations through 2005), Mitsubishi Galant (5,000,000-plus milled to date) and Toyota Supra (570,208) manufactured during its six-year production cycle (1986–92), among others comprising the fodder for the “Youngtimer/ Next Gen” aficionados. If such vehicles represent the future of the collector-car hobby, will the tens of thousands who pay dearly to experience Fernandina Beach and Monterey continue doing so to marvel at the parade of hot hatches, SUVs and Twin-Cab pickups that blight contemporary America? My wish is that Sports Car Market magazine not lose its mission and business brief in the process of attempting to grow its model to respond to a phenomenon that, while genuine and legitimate, does not reflect the qualities that have made the publication the industry leader. — J. Christopher Gemmell, Knox, PA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Gemmell, thanks for your heartfelt and eloquent letter. Sports Car Market has no plans to scrap our coverage of traditional collector cars. You noted that 14% of the first 70 pages of the July issue were devoted to Next Gen cars. That means 86% of those pages were NOT devoted to Next Gen cars. You will continue to see the cars that you love in our magazine. We love them too! “Buy/Sell/Hold” is always one person’s view of the hobby, and, as such, it drips with their opinions and biases. The idea is to see the market through another’s eyes. For example, in the August issue (p. 96), Donald Osborne wrote the “Buy/Sell/ Hold.” Donald discussed custom-bodied, limited-production post-war cars, special-edition late-model sports cars and Next Gen cars. Again, SCM will continue to focus most of our coverage on traditional collector cars. Yet, we must also pay attention to the growing world of Next Gen cars. For years, people in the hobby worried about bringing in more young people. Well, they’ve arrived, and many of them are buying — and caring for — mass-produced Next Gen cars. One reason is that these cars are fun — and these young collectors can afford them. The Collector Car World is a big tent, and there is room for everyone. I suspect we’ll see some younger collectors move toward your part of the tent as their incomes rise and tastes develop. Jensen-Healey Comeback To the Editor: As the owner of five Jensen- Healeys, including the 1973 SCCA National Championshipwinning race car, I was at first somewhat hurt by Nick Jaynes’ article (August 2019, “Affordable Classic”: MGB, p. 48). Then I reread the part about him doing his research while sitting in his cubicle at GM. No wonder he ended up own- ing a sports car with the powerto-weight ratio of my John Deere garden tractor. — Pat Lind, Lind Bros. Racing ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The Girard-Perregaux Alarm Watch Was High Tech in Its Day Prior to the advent of cell phones, personal computers and whiz-bang gizmos that track, organize and free us from the labor of paying attention, there were lower-tech solutions. Watches served admirably, with a mix of style and cutting-edge technology. Established in 1856 in one of the most famous Swiss watchmaking cities, La Chauxde-Fonds, Girard-Perregaux was born of a marriage between Constant Girard and Marie Perregaux. Through the late 1800s, GP produced a mix of modest and extraordinary pocket timekeepers. Most notable are their pocketwatch models with a visually stunning arrangement of three parallel golden bridges, one supporting the mainspring barrel, one for the center wheel of the watch and one for the balance wheel. The transition to wrist watches from pocket watches and the later transition from mechanical movements to electronic timekeeping were difficult for GP. During the 1960s, GP produced mostly modest affordable watches for men and women. Some of them were specialized for specific purposes. Most importantly, as the modern world was ever more Details Production date: 1960 Best place to display one: A “Mad Men”themed cocktail party. You can palm it, as it doubles as a prank buzzer. Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.girard-perregaux.com/en utilizes 17 jewels in the gear train and two mainspring barrels — one to drive the timekeeping side of the watch, the other to power the alarm. The beauty of this watch is in its simple layout, making it easy to read and operate. The upper crown (marked with a bold “A” for “alarm” located at 2 o’clock) winds a secondary mainspring, and, when pulled out, allows the user to dial up an alarm time as indicated on the inset dial seen below the hands. That position of that crown also serves as an on/off switch. When that crown is pulled out, the alarm buzzes when the hands reach the time set on the alarm dial. When this crown is pushed back in, the alarm is silenced. The buzz is achieved when the power in the secondary mainspring is quickly and continuously released, triggering a hammer that rapidly taps against a post riveted to the interior of the case back. This makes a fairly loud sound and a strong vibration on the wrist. Fitted to this particular watch is a steel, stretch-style Speidel Twist-O-Flex watchband that would have been added as an accessory after original purchase. driven, many brands sought appointmentto offer watches that featured an alarm complication. Further, as watches were being subjected to rougher usage, the stainless-steel case, with its robust design, protected the delicate, complicated mechanical movement within. Girard employed a well-known caliber 1475 movement made by the firm A. Schild to power their new watch. This Swiss-made, mechanical, manually wound model Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Incorporated into the metal band is Speidel’s perpetual calendar module that has a tiny scroll within that can be dialed to have the first of the month fall on each day of the week. So regardless of the actual month, it can always be set to show a working calendar. Today Girard-Perregaux’s stock in trade is mostly limited to haute horology. Their product mix starts well over $5,000 and climbs quickly into the hundreds of thousands for crazily exclusive product. Happily, their excellent vintage watches can be found for a few hundred dollars. More complicated pieces, such as the GP alarm watch, are easily under $1,000. The only significant downside to these early alarm watches is that they operate on a 12-hour cycle. So unlike using your cell phone, you need to set the alarm knowing it doesn’t differentiate between a.m. and p.m. Valet Your Trailer Backing your trailer into its parking space can be a Mini Diamond Jubilee Lincoln’s Mark-series Continentals were all about excess and comfort, wrapped up in an absolutely massive package. The days of parking one of these behemoths in your suburban garage may be over, but you can still have your personal luxury — now in desktop size. Automodello’s 1978 Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee is a 1:24-scale version of Lincoln’s flagship 1970s boulevardier, done with exacting detail and offered in two colors: Diamond Blue and Jubilee Gold. At nearly 10 inches long, you’ll probably need to make some space for it next to your keyboard. But would you expect anything less? Limited to 175 of each color. $249.95 at www. automodello.com. ♦ 50 challenge — you typically need a spotter to make sure you don’t ram something you can’t see, and you have to train your brain to steer backwards — left is right, right is left. You can forget all that thanks to the Trailer Valet RVR. This lithium-ion batterypowered tug takes the place of your truck or SU ing your trailer. It h planetary-geared m drive two caterpill and it operates wir you control it like a R/C car, so you ca be your own spotte It has a 360-degree range of motion, which allows maneuvering around tight corners, and the treads allow you to use it on grass, dirt, gravel, or pavement. Versions are available to handle up to 9,000 pounds. Prices start at $4,399 at www.trailervalet.com. Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Another Fine Mess: Across Trumpland in a Ford Model T by Tim Moore, Yellow Jersey Press, $12.02 (Amazon) It seemed like such a good idea. What could go wrong if you are a renowned British travel writer who buys an ancient car and takes a coast-to-coast trip to get inside the Middle-American psyche —following a route that traverses the reddest of the red counties that voted for Donald Trump? Moore’s politics are clear: “Brexit was just our own private calamity, an idiotic shot in the foot. Electing Trump felt like shooting Earth in the face.” But the point of travel writing is learning from the locals. What he found was Americans were invariably friendly and helpful, flag-waving and obese. But he also found that traveling the non-interstate route demanded of the almostcentury-old vehicle was a tour through a nation in decline. What Ford created with the Model T was a nation of pos- sibilities, of mobility and surging greatness. But a century later, much of America is empty small towns with shuttered main streets, huge swaths of a country with little to look forward to — except more pain. Tim Moore tells that difficult story in a fast, funny way, but it starts with learning to drive his newly purchased 1924 Model T Touring, which at least had an electric starter. After the familiar shape of the steering wheel, everything else was chaotically unfamiliar — and, in modern terms, just plain wrong. Three pedals, none for gas, right one the brake, the left one for the planetary transmission (kind of a clutch/gear selector all at once) and the valuable middle spot devoted to… reverse? Model T owners say it takes driving a thousand miles to become safe on the road, let alone proficient. But that didn’t stop Moore; off he went, leaving Charlottesville and heading to Detroit — the birthplace of the Model T — and crossing West Virginia and Ohio, 10 gallons at a time. It’s a pretty hilarious adventure as Moore zigzags across the old US of A, turning south from Detroit through the old South and on to Texas, then north again all the way to North Dakota, finally finishing in the Northwest (which was an unavoidable detour to the blue states that line the West Coast). Along the way Model T owners help him patch the car back together, bemused by his lack of mechanical skills and the lunacy of the endeavor, as bemused as he is by their gun-toting friendliness. It’s a terrific journey, sad and hearten- ing at the same time. Provenance: Tim Moore is a London-based travel writer, and he shows all his chops in this tour of rural American back roads. Fit and finish: Printing is so-so, and the few black-and- white photos inside are so badly printed as to be useless. Drivability: It can be pretty challenging to have someone from the outside reveal your own country to you. Oh, he empathizes, recognizing his own country’s trajectory through history, but his eyes are also wide open. There is no Old Glory flapping in his view. Despite the message, it’s a fast, funny read, and enjoy- able as both a wacky automotive adventure, with plenty of detours for Ford history, and a book on par with J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy as a look at the devastation across the country, caused by everything from job losses to opioid addiction to the 32-ounce soft drink. ♦ 52 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Maserati Biturbo What Could Possibly Go Right? There are many reasons why “good” Biturbos sell for credit-card money by Jeff Zurschmeide 1989 Maserati Biturbo coupe, sold for $6,000 by Collector Car Productions in 2013 T he year was 1990, and the venue was Laguna Seca raceway. I was there to get some open track time in an MGB. My run group that day included a deep crimson Maserati Biturbo, and I spent several hours studying every detail of the taillights and rear end. That happened because passing wasn’t allowed in the corners and the damn slug had just barely enough power to outpull a stock MG on the straights. That experience sums up the essence of the Maserati Biturbo. This car should have been much better than it actually was. Biturbo 101 The Maserati Biturbo is a compact grand-touring car built on a unibody chassis. Available body styles include a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and a rather fetching 2-door Spyder convertible. If you don’t look too closely, you might mistake a Biturbo coupe or sedan for a late-’70s Alfetta sedan with a different grille. Power came from a V6 engine — the first ever to be mass-produced with twin turbos and three valves per cylinder. Italian-market cars got a 2.0-liter version for tax purposes. A few of those were imported to the U.S., but most American imports were 2.5 or 2.8 liters with 185 to 225 horsepower. The 2.5-liter engines were carbureted at first and then fuel-injected. All 2.8s were fuel-injected. Engine power is passed to the rear wheels through Details Years produced: 1984–90 (U.S. imports) Price when new: $26,874 (1984) to $52,975 (1989) Number produced: 5,000 (U.S. imports) Current SCM Median Valuation: $9,000–$11,000 Pros: Fun, Italian Cons: Unreliable, disrespected Best place to drive one: Concorso Italiano Worst place to drive one: In front of an MGB A typical owner is: Praying that noise isn’t what he thinks it is 56 a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 3-speed automatic. A limited-slip differential was standard on all models. Between 1984 and 1990, about 5,000 Maserati Biturbos of all body styles were imported to the U.S., mostly biased towards the early years. It’s not really that bad, is it? The Biturbo has suffered from a horrible reputa- tion. There’s no dancing around that. Pulitzer Prizewinning automotive journalist Dan Neil ranked the 1989 Maserati Biturbo Spyder, an $8,000 Barrett-Jackson sale in 2008 Sports Car Market Biturbo 28th on his list of the 50 worst cars of all time. Even so, taken in context of its era, was the Biturbo really so bad? A fair answer would be, no, it’s not really that bad. A 2.8-liter Biturbo coupe can hit 60 mph in about 6–7 seconds, which is roughly the same as a contemporary Ferrari 308. The Biturbo I tailed around Laguna Seca should have left my poor little MG far behind, but there’s no knowing who that driver might have been. Inside, the Biturbo came with nice leather and Alcantara upholstery — even if the seats do look a lot like Barcaloungers. It’s also not necessarily an ugly car. If you get the Spyder, the Biturbo looks about as good as a BMW 3 Series of the same era.


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Twin turbos, twin problems Two of the main problems with the Biturbo are the turbos themselves. During the 1980s, few people ran synthetic motor oils. The oiling system both cools and lubricates the turbo bearings. Natural motor oils tend to burn and clog the passages, leading to expensive tragedy. Furthermore, fuel-injection systems of the era were notorious for vacuum leaks. The Biturbo was subject to all of these issues, but it was never sexy enough to earn forgiveness. Beyond the mechanical limitations of the era, Maserati was in deep financial trouble at this time — and was grasping for a success to stay afloat. A $26,874 sport coupe seemed like a good idea in 1984, but it wasn’t enough. By 1986, most Biturbos were priced around $30,000, and by 1989 they were up to $52,975. Yikes! Cheap to buy The SCM Pocket Price Guide rates the Biturbo as Investment Grade F. To quote the grading rubric, that means “Cars with few if any redeeming characteristics, that are consequently hopeless in nearly every way.” That’s harsh, man. However, every dark cloud has a silver lining, and the good news is that you can get into a vintage (if not classic) Maserati pretty darn cheap. But first you have to get past the dreamers and the charlatans. There are plenty of Biturbos offered for prices in the $20,000–$30,000 range. It doesn’t matter how nicely the car has been kept — just don’t be the greater fool this time. The price 1985 Maserati Biturbo coupe The SCM Pocket Price Guide rates the Biturbo as Investment Grade F. To quote the grading rubric, that means “Cars with few if any redeeming characteristics, that are consequently hopeless in nearly every way.” That’s harsh, man. guide estimates the Biturbo at $9,000–$11,000, and that’s generous. Auction sales have been few and far between because a Biturbo is not a car one sells at auction. At press time, there were two Biturbos on Hemmings, three at Cars.com, and 26 European models on Classic Trader. Those included the $30,000 offerings. A sweep of Craigslist nationwide found a few including a “mechanic’s special” at $1,000 and a very nice Spyder for $5,900. Bring a Trailer has sold several in the $5,000 range. That’s more like it. If you buy a well-kept Biturbo for about $5,000, especially a Spyder, you’ll get a quick, fun piece of history. It’s virtually guaranteed that no one else will show up with one at Cars & Coffee. Just do me one favor: If you see an MGB crowding your rear-view mirror, wave him around, okay? ♦ September 2019 57


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Collecting Thoughts Porsche Appreciation One of the best all-around Porsches: 1978–83 911SC Revisiting the Top 10 Picks in Vintage Porsches One of Schrager’s picks didn’t beat the market — but most of them did. Supply and demand is key by Jim Schrager E veryone likes to make predictions, but the real fun begins when we look back to discover which were accurate — or not. Eleven years ago, Excellence magazine published my list of the Top 10 Porsches likely to deliver strong appreciation (August 2008). How many of those projections came true? And what can we learn about the prospect for future values from studying these forecasts from a decade ago? Only regular production cars were eligible, as factory race and one- off show creations are certain to appreciate. Cars such as 356 Carreras, 904s and Carrera RS variants were already big money, so they weren’t of interest either. The idea was to uncover cars that could outpace the market. Condition is always an important part of value, and in all cases we assumed a very nice car — not but a perfect concours winner or beautifully original “survivor,” as those trade at different levels and in far smaller numbers than regular cars. We focused on cars that look great, are well cared for and that you’d drive just about anywhere. If it wasn’t raining. Too hard. Lessons learned It is humbling to report that some of my picks missed the mark. But both good and bad predictions provide lessons to improve our aim next time. So strap yourself into the Wayback Machine, as we see how well my crystal ball from a decade ago held up. 1973–74 Porsche 914 2.0: My worst pick was so bad that it hardly grew in value from about $12,000–$15,000 back then to $18,000 today. As “king” of the 4-cylinder 914s, it made sense that the 2.0 models 58 1967–68 Porsche 912 and 911 Soft-Window Targas: These two short-wheelbase Porsche models showed reasonable appreciation from $20k for the 912s and $38k for the 911s to double that today. Do remember we are talking about nice, solid drivers — not perfectly Sports Car Market would appreciate, but many 914s were produced, and demand for lovely ones still remains below supply. If that doesn’t change as they get close to a half-century old, it’s a good bet they won’t get there. The only saving grace for this pick is that a good 914 2.0 remains a joy to drive. Outlook: Expect below-market appreciation. Still a great way to enjoy a true air-cooled Porsche experience on a budget.


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1976–77 Porsche Turbo Carrera — up 300% at one point but now a still-not-bad 150% above earlier values executed restorations or hardy survivors with original paint. Note also this does not include 911S models (more about them later). The rarity of the Soft-Window Targa added nicely to the base appreciation these 912s and 911s had on their own. Outlook: Will appreciate at the market rate due to rarity. These remain a comparatively low-cost way to arrive in something unique at your local Porsche gatherings. 1978–83 Porsche 911SC. Pegged at $19k then, these are about $40k now, for a nice gain — although far less than some of the big winners. The 911SC remains one of the best all-around Porsches, so why haven’t these increased in value more? Because many of the over 68,000 built remain on the road, as the chassis is rustproof and the engines are capable of high miles. For this model, demand remains lower than supply. Outlook: Expect average market appreciation. Still the best first 911 to own, elegantly delivered in a strong and durable package. 1976–77 Porsche Turbo Carrera. These were $30k, went to $100k, and have now eased to about $80k. This was one of the better picks, as these cars were up almost 300% from a decade ago at the top of the bubble. They have now cooled off to about 150% above the earlier values. Not bad at all! These early Turbos are not the fastest, but they sold in fairly small numbers and were the beginning of an iconic series of high-performance 911 variants. Their massive Turbo lag delivers a distinctive driving experience, especially when compared with today’s ultra-smooth Turbo power. Outlook: Will appreciate above market. One of the “must-haves” for certain generations of Porsche owners. 1989 or 1994 Porsche 911/Carrera Speedster. This is another big gainer, from $55k 11 years ago to about $200k now. Limited build quantities made this an easy pick, but please do recall that a decade ago, most were selling for less than the original purchase price. The third decade was the charm, aided no doubt by the big Porsche price bubble September 2019 1967–68 Porsche 911S: A decade ago, these first 911S models were a pick at $40k. Today they have risen to about $130k, for a strong gain in value. Many enthusiasts prefer the higher-horsepower S cars with mechanical fuel injection built in 1969–73. These earliest 1967–68 S cars are now catching up with their later cousins, but why? Because these first two years of the short-wheelbase 911S are actually quite different from the LWB S models that followed. These 911S cars are mechanically simpler, as they used tweaked Weber carbs instead of mechanical fuel injection. They have more ornate cabins — and feel lighter and more tossable than the later S cars. Lower build quantities make these harder to find in good condition than the 1969–73 S cars, making the 1967–68 S cars more valuable now than 59 that finally started to ease off in 2015. Outlook: Will appreciate at the market level. Low build volumes will continue to make these desirable. 1992–93 Porsche 964 Carrera RS/RS 3.8: It’s an easy call when small build volume meets big horsepower. Now worth about $700k. These cars were about $160k — for about a 300% gain in value. Outlook: Will appreciate at market levels. Now priced as a true exotic and on the short list for serious Porsche collectors.


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Collecting Thoughts Porsche Appreciation A big gainer — 1989 or 1994 911/Carrera Speedster a decade ago. Outlook: These should outpace the market, once the downside of the Porsche price bubble works its way out of the system. As the first S models, these are landmark cars. These early production cars were the first “fresh design” for a production Porsche road car and would become of great interest to collectors — yet just a decade ago, you could buy a nice driver for about $24k. Today you will spend about $120k to own the same car — for a 400% increase. Why have these early cars with less power than the 1967–73 911S models ended up being worth so much? For the same reason that early pre-A 356 cars also bring big money. There is a very limited supply facing increasing demand for this car. When the 911 was introduced, the substantially higher price was a shock to the market and sales were slow. To respond, Porsche introduced the 912 — with a slightly reworked 356SC engine — at a much lower price. The 912 handily outsold the 911 in the first two years, with fewer than 5,000 911s built and more than 11,000 912s. In addition, for many years, most 911 owners preferred the more- powerful 911E or S models that followed over the 1965–66 cars. As a result, quite a few of the early 911 cars were tossed aside for the newer, faster, long-wheelbase models (1969–73). Demand soared in the past 10 years, as everyone caught on that the 1988–89 Porsche 959: Although this was technically a production car, fewer than 300 were built — making this an easy pick. Loaded with futuristic technology that wouldn’t appear in Porsche road cars for another dozen years — until the introduction of the 2001 996 Turbo. A decade ago, the 959 cost about $375k. This was huge money then — and still is today for a used street Porsche. These cars are now worth about a million dollars. This car has been discovered and has entered the realm of a “true collectible” of interest to Porsche and non-Porsche collectors. Outlook: Will appreciate at the market level. The 959 has arrived in the league of the 904 GTS and will always be highly desirable to knowledgeable enthusiasts. 1965–66 Porsche 911: In many ways, this was my best pick 11 years ago. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the oldest car on the list. The pattern here followed the big increase in values for regular production Porsche 356 models in the 1990s, and I predicted that certain 911 models would have their day as well. I was right. 60 pattern displayed by regular production 356 cars was now happening to the 911 — complete with a heightened interest in the earliest examples. Outlook: Should continue to outpace the market. These models take us back to “where it all started” and as such have a wide and passionate following. Final thoughts In a world where the average vintage Porsche went up about 100% over the past decade, one of our picks didn’t beat the market — although most did. Several wildly outpaced it. Our best picks displayed the basics of limited supply matched with big demand. Additional factors that drive value include the aesthetics of a bold design (such as the 911 Speedster), a landmark first model (the 1965–66 911s, the 1967–68 911S, or the 1976–77 930 Turbos), or a car of exceptional specifications (the 959 or the 964 3.8 RS). Using these guidelines, we study the history of price movements to peer ahead into the future. While not foolproof, a review of the top 10 picks from over a decade ago reveals that this process works fairly well and can serve as a useful guide as we look ahead to tomorrow’s values. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas Auction Wars in Scottsdale Two auction companies are in a legal battle over how one is taking over the other’s Arizona auction site L eake Auction Company has big plans for its first-ever auction in Scottsdale, AZ, in January 2020. But the welcome mat is not out. Immediately upon announcing its new auction, Leake got hit with a lawsuit filed by Russo and Steele alleging interference with contractual relations. Of course, Leake knew it was coming. The cast Drew Alcazar and his wife, Josephine, own and operate Russo and Steele. Russo prides itself on being family-owned and -operated — and on its signature “Auction in the Round” concept. Auction cars sit on ground level with 360-degree elevated platform seating around the stage. Bidders can leave their seats to examine the car on the block. The pit environment lends itself to an interactive, supercharged atmosphere. Alcazar being quite the showman is the icing on the cake. Until October 2018, Mark Landolfi was Russo’s Director of Operations. As such, he oversaw auction logistics and worked closely with Russo vendors and sponsors. Jim Leake Sr. founded Leake Auction Company in 1964. Based in Tulsa, OK, Leake bills itself as America’s first collector-car auction company. In 2018, Ritchie Bros. bought Leake. Ritchie Bros. is a global asset-management and disposition company — but is best known as an equipment auctioneer. Gary Bennett started his career at Leake. He eventually became vice president at Barrett-Jackson, where he managed the consignment, bidder, guest services, and insurance divisions. Bennett recently returned to Leake as its General Manager, New Ventures & Sectors (Collector Cars). Part of Bennett’s job is to expand Leake’s collector-car auction busi- ness. The venue In 2016, Russo moved its Scottsdale auction to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Salt River Fields is a sports and entertainment complex where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies conduct spring training. Russo recognized its potential as a superior auction venue, and negotiated a long-term contract — subject to intermediate renewals — with its owner, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Russo asserts that it invested considerable time, effort and “millions of dollars” in establishing it as a premier collector-car auction venue and in developing a strong business relationship with the owner. The employee According to Russo’s complaint, Landolfi had been in dire finan- cial straits — including a judgment creditor’s garnishment. That, plus a number of other events, caused Russo to develop doubts about Landolfi’s competence, loyalty and fitness. According to Alcazar, the final straw was when Landolfi refused to sign a new employment agreement that included a covenant not to com- 64 pete. That rang the alarm bells — had he already violated it? Or was he planning to violate it? As a result, Russo fired Landolfi last October. Within 48 to 72 hours after Landolfi’s firing, Russo received a very surprising notice from Salt River Fields — they had elected to not renew Russo’s contract, and the 2019 auction would be their last at Salt River Fields. According to Alcazar, this came “out of the blue, a complete bomb- shell. There was no warning — not even a hint — they would not renew.” As this news came immediately after Landolfi’s firing, Alcazar sus- pected it was not a coincidence. Alcazar said searches of Russo and Steele’s server, mail, files, phone logs and other sources revealed a startling situation — Landolfi had been sabotaging Russo’s relationship with Salt River Fields, which resulted in its refusal to renew the contract. The interference Alcazar said Landolfi was doing all that for the benefit of Leake, so Leake could take over the Salt River Fields venue. Russo claims that Bennett, Leake and Ritchie Bros. took advantage of Landolfi’s financial circumstances, and enticed Landolfi to poison the relationship between Salt River Fields and Russo and Steele. Russo claims that Leake wanted to lease Salt River Fields in time for Leake’s 2020 Scottsdale auction. Russo claims that Leake paid Landolfi for his help and would give him a job. Russo further alleges that Landolfi persuaded Salt River Fields to make the switch, gave Ritchie Bros. a copy of the Russo-Salt River Fields contract so they could match it, solicited Russo sponsors and vendors to move to Leake and helped Leake cement the deal. Those allegations aren’t very specific. Asked to elaborate, Alcazar declined to do so. “What I can say is, we have very compelling evidence that shows the interference was egregious and significant,” Alcazar said. “We have the smoking gun.” Alcazar’s reticence to be specific is well founded. When engaged in litigation of this sort, you are better off not being any more specific than you have to. You don’t want the other side to know what you know — or to know what you don’t know. Alcazar said Russo and Steele “did not make the decision to file the lawsuit lightly. We gave it a lot of consideration and thought, knowing that it will be a very expensive undertaking. But once Leake announced they would be holding their 2020 auction at Salt River Fields, we had no choice. We are committed to spending whatever it takes to see this through.” No comment from Leake Bennett was very apologetic about not being able to comment, based upon Leake’s attorneys’ instructions. The media representative for Leake and Ritchie Bros. also declined to comment, stating that they never comment on pending litigation. No surprises there. Keeping quiet is standard legal advice, and they are smart to take it. Sports Car Market


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The legal claim So far, we only have one side of the story, and the other side may be quite different. But if what Russo and Steele claims is true, it looks like Leake screwed them out of their auction site. The legal term for that is Interference with Contractual Relations. The essence of that claim is that Russo had a contract with Salt River Fields, Leake wrongfully interfered with that relationship, and Salt River Fields canceled the Russo contract as a result of that interference. But not every interference with another’s contract is actionable. To create a legal claim, the interfering party must either use improper means or have an improper motive. Let’s say that Leake had searched for a Scottsdale auction site and decided they loved Salt River Fields. So they call the Salt River Fields manager and say, “Look, we just love your site. Whatever Russo is paying you, we’ll pay double.” If that conversation causes Salt River Fields to decline to renew the Russo lease and switch to Leake, there would be nothing Russo could do about it. Business is a competitive environment, and there is no “hands-off” normal. In this hypothetical example, Leake sure did interfere with Russo’s existing contract. But it did so by calling the Salt River Fields manager — no improper means about that — for the purpose of competing with and outbidding Russo — no improper motive either. That’s just good, hard competition. But Russo claims that Landolfi, as its Director of Operations, had legal duties of loyalty and confidentiality to Russo, which Leake caused him to breach. Russo claims that Leake used improper means — conspiring with Landolfi, bribing him, persuading him to breach his duties to Russo, stealing Russo’s information, destroying Russo’s existing good relationship with Salt River Fields with inaccurate information, and so on. None of that can be defended as proper conduct. If any of those claims are proven, it could lead to liability on the part of Leake, Bennett and Landolfi. No stopping them Interestingly, Russo is not asking the court to enjoin Leake from holding its 2020 auction at Salt River Fields. While that may be surprising, it makes legal sense. There is no way this lawsuit will be decided before the 2020 auction. To stop the Leake auction, Russo would have to ask for a temporary injunction while the litigation is still pending. To do that, Russo would have to demonstrate a high likelihood of winning at the ultimate trial. More important, Russo would have to post a bond in an amount sufficient to compensate Leake for its losses if it turns out that it did nothing improper. Leake’s losses from not being able to conduct a 2020 auction could be many millions of dollars. Instead, Russo is asking to recover damages that would compensate it for its lost investment in the Salt River Fields site and its attorney fees. It is also asking the court to order Leake to cough up to Russo any profits Leake realizes from the 2020 auction — essentially as ill-gotten gains. The show goes on So Russo is out at Salt River Fields. What does that mean for it in 2020? Alcazar is totally upbeat about Russo and Steele’s future. “After the problems we’ve had over the years with battles with our competitor and the windstorm that blew our tent down, this is a small bump in the road,” Steele said. “We already have two or three other options under consideration. “2020 is our 20th Anniversary auction, and we’re planning a very big deal. There is zero question about this — 2020 will be the best show we have ever put on!” There will undoubtedly be further developments. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. September 2019 65


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Celebrating Heritage The new FCA Heritage Hub is set to preserve and present the fascinating histories of Fiat, Lancia and Abarth assembly area. The cars on display, ranging from 1908 to the 1990s, are parked in groups and rows in the hall, with square areas in the center hosting specific themes. The space has been left deliberately open, with metal bars and poles delineating spaces and holding descriptive signage. It is intended as a “multifunctional” space — as suitable for special events such as meetings, luncheons and dinners as for viewing historic cars. In fact, the FCA personnel take great pains to not call it a museum. In the open space, it’s possible to hold events without moving cars, which gives it a very different feel than some other such spaces in more traditional museums, where the cars have to leave to make way for banquet tables, or events are located “onsite” with the cars — but the people gather in anonymous meeting rooms that could be in any hotel. Thrilling discoveries While I have seen many of the cars on display, a good number, especially some concept cars, were completely new and very exciting to explore. Most memorable for me were three very special Lancias. It is always A very personal vision: Raymond Loewy’s 1960 Lancia Flaminia Loraymo T his spring, I visited the newly created FCA Heritage Hub in Torino, Italy. Housed in a section of the very active Mirafiori factory — where they currently build the Fiat 500e and the Maserati Levante — it houses a large assortment of the company’s collection of historic Fiats, Lancias and Abarths — along with a few Alfas. Hope rewarded Walking across the parking lot and into the space filled me with a warm feeling. For years I had not dared believe that the Heritage Hub might actu- ally be established and these cars — especially the Lancias — might ever be seen by the public again. But I had never stopped hoping it would happen. Hope is something I hold dear — and it keeps me going. Sometimes it can be frustrating. One of my favorite lines in opera comes from Puccini’s last work, “Turandot.” At the moment when the tenor, Prince Calaf, successfully answers with the word “hope” the second of three riddles that will determine if he wins the hand of the icy princess or is beheaded, she’s not very pleased. Her brusque reply is, “The hope that always deludes you!” The near despair of years of hearing that the Fiat Group might open the collection in Torino was second only to the rumors of the return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market. That both have now happened is remarkable indeed. It’s a factory So what is it like and how can it be seen? In sharp contrast to the very designed architecture of the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo near Milan, the Heritage Hub might be called “non design” at its height. It commits to its factory setting. In fact, as when visiting the nearby historic Fiat Lingotto factory, the magnitude of Fiat’s presence in this city is keenly felt. Across the street from Mirafiori are row after row of mid-century apartment towers. Fiat built them all to house workers. As you enter the FCA Heritage Hub grounds, the first things you see are monumental stone sculptures of clenched fists, emblematic of the power of the workers in the plant — and of the company itself. When I first came through the doors, I was somewhat disappointed that it was not more immediately exciting. However, first impressions may be misleading. It is a vast, 160,000-square-foot hall, formerly Workshop 81, and last used as a parts repository for the factory. Before that, it was a gearbox 66 thrilling to be in the presence of one of the three remaining original D50 Formula One cars, and my heart raced as it always does when I have the chance. My pulse relaxed quite a bit as I stood in front of the Raymond Loewy-designed Flaminia Loraymo. Loewy actually penned very few of the products credited to him. He was instead a great inspiration to the talented designers who worked for him. The Loraymo was a rare exception, an object that shows his personal vision. And a very personal one it is indeed — and certainly no improvement on the Pinin Farina, Touring or Zagato versions of the car. The last car brought back great sadness for what might have been. It was the stunning 2003 Lancia Fulvia concept coupe. It is fully functional, so when I sat behind the wheel, it was easy to imagine what it might have been like to be able to have bought one in 2004 or 2005. But back to reality. No public tours — yet Things can have a somewhat timeless way of unfolding in Italy, and it inspires the useful attributes of acceptance and surrender. The Heritage Hub was opened to the press in the early spring. However, it is still not open to the public. Certain details of entrance are still being worked out. They largely relate to security. This is a section of a working factory, and tourists wandering around out of bounds would not be very welcome. However, it’s anticipated that all will be worked out in the late sum- mer, and by October the Hub will be set up to receive regular guests. Visits will be by reservation only and in groups that will receive guided tours. Check the FCA Heritage website www.fcaheritage.com this fall for booking information. A bright future caring for the past In the meantime, the spirited, enthusiastic and hard-working FCA Heritage staff members have been doing all they can to spread the message that FCA really cares about the long and proud history of the marques. They can be found at events with the collection’s cars and spread- ing the gospel. In June I played a small part of that effort at the 2019 Vernasca Silver Flag hillclimb and “Dynamic Concours” in Italy. While I was there, FCA Heritage gave me the incredible opportunity to drive their one-off Fiberglas 1953 Fiat 8V Series II coupe. More on that in a future column. Whatever is happening with new cars in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ front office, we know the past glories of Fiat, Lancia and Abarth are in safe and capable hands. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Driving Season Driving our old cars keeps the hobby going, and that’s more important than ever before both a Friday and the following Monday and was elated to see that the Porsche 2.7 RS was newly covered in bugs and dirt. Between the nearby autobahn and abundant country roads — and a rigorous schedule to exercise each car at least once a month — it was obviously an enviable weekend. Regardless of where we live, there are so many deterrents today that keep us from using our cars, and living in New York has made me acutely aware of many of them. Storage can be costly. Your cars should never be too far from home or too far from good roads, which isn’t always a possibility. Access to a good mechanic, detailer, etc. can be a challenge to find nearby. Road conditions can be treacherous, and year-round driving just isn’t an option with the weather. Worst of all is the salt in the winter — I cringe driving my modern car through it. In an ideal world, you could walk from your home into your garage, where all of your cars are waiting ready to go. Just out the driveway you have easy access to great roads with sparse traffic. And year-round driving weather wouldn’t hurt, either. A sunny sanctuary Fortunately, my father has just such a place, and his garage in Santa Barbara, CA, is full of both his cars and mine. I’m always happy to be there; grateful to have it — and frankly pretty jealous when I’m away. My father is able to take his ’67 Bug convertible out on errands, his 280 SE convertible out to dinner and one of the Porsches out for a weekend drive. I wish we were all lucky enough to have something similar. But I’ve I couldn’t ask for much more W ith the start of summer, I tend to get a bit sentimental about driving old cars. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, summer brought all sorts of little shows and tours, and after months of poor weather, we could once again enjoy our cars. So it’s that time of year when you start to see old cars out on the road. From Fourth of July parades to the numerous concours events leading off the summer, the opportunities to take part are abundant. This year my summer started with a work trip to Europe, which included attendance at the Concours d’Elegance Suisse in Geneva. It was a great event with lots of enthusiastic participants, but interestingly, the European owners seem a bit more nervous about that future of enjoying their cars. The unencumbered ability to use your collector cars on European roads is perhaps more threatened than here in the United States. For example, in some European cities, cars of a certain age are banned from entering the city center. Additionally, motor-vehicle regulations often require you to add mirrors, turn signals and various more “modern” equipment to vintage cars — and regularly have them inspected for current registration. By comparison, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to register cars here in the U.S. In all fairness, we have it pretty good. Against the odds That said, during my trip I happened to visit the same collection on 70 seen numerous collections over the years — some that are well used and others that are relatively static. All of the aforementioned hurdles do play a role, as does the size of the collection and, of course, the collector’s own predisposition to use. That said, I think choosing the right place to keep your cars is every bit as important as choosing the right cars. Choose to use It’s interesting to see the number of car clubs and storage facilities that have sprung up in recent years, and I think it’s a great concept. Particularly for the younger generation, for whom housing (let alone garage space) remains a serious challenge, these types of facilities not In an ideal world, you could walk from your home into your garage, where all of your cars are waiting ready to go. Just out the driveway you have easy access to great roads with sparse traffic. And year-round driving weather wouldn’t hurt, either. only promote the hobby and create a community, but they offer opportunity by removing one of the major barriers to owning a collector car. There are times when I wish I had a collector car in New York, and certainly times I’m glad I do not. Regardless, it remains difficult to be distant from it, and I’m fortunate that in my business, participating in a car rally is work. I believe use is what will keep the hobby going, and whatever hindrances there may be, I think we’re all better served the easier it remains to drive our cars. At the very least, we should all be conscious of how the future may change that. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Jason Wenig Going Full Circle Jason Wenig, owner of The Creative Workshop, left the corporate world for the restoration world almost 20 years ago. It was the right move by Chester Allen Jason Wenig rides the running board on the 1921 Kissel 6-45 “Gold Bug” Speedster owned by Andrew and Tanya Heller at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours. The car, restored by Wenig’s company The Creative Workshop, won an award for American Classic 1917–1929 W ay back in 2000, Jason Wenig left the New York business world and immersed himself in his first love — cars. He went into the car restoration business. Just a few years later, one of his restorations was at Pebble Beach. Lots of cars from The Creative Workshop have graced concours lawns since then. Wenig, 49, will accept the 2019 Master Craftsman Award from America’s Automotive Trust (LeMay Museum) in September. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview: How did the Creative Workshop get started? I spent my childhood working on anything and everything. I would build go-carts out of angle iron — didn’t have a welder — I would bolt the joints together. My family had a 1967 Jaguar 420 — which was our daily driver — and constantly breaking down. My father would always be fixing it — and he was a BIG guy and couldn’t get his hands into nooks and crannies — and so he would pick me up and dangle me over the engine bay, and I would snake my hands in there and tighten bolts or fish out things that got dropped. When I was older and of the age to have a car, I would spend the summer days working on my 1968 Ford Bronco — customizing, fixing, swapping carbs, engines, suspensions, etc. … Still, I pursued a more New York City path — undergrad, graduate school and then into New York for a corporate career. All the while I would come home on the weekends (to my childhood home) to work on cars. The connecting dots happened when friends asked me to join a company they were starting — selling car parts online. Long story short, the startup did not work out. So I had to make a choice — go back to corporate or do something else. The moment Creative Workshop was founded, I was at Bud’s Creek Maryland race- track, when my girlfriend (now my wife with two kids!) watched as a 10-second 1967 Camaro went down the strip. She looked at the car, looked at me and said, “Why don’t we do something with classic cars?” 74 And that started your path to becoming a world-class car restorer, coachbuilder and repair shop? This was the year 2000. It all seemed to converge — my background building cars growing up, my natural mechanical aptitude and unyielding love of cars, being raised with oil in my blood, working at that crazy dot com in the professional car world — and now my soon-to be-fiancée saying, “Let’s do this.” We came down to Florida, rented a car and drove over 1,300 miles looking at about a dozen places — until we stumbled upon “The Barn” (our business location). This old barn was a going concern that was doing restoration work — but was being run by a rather difficult, cantankerous “should have gotten out of the business 10 years ago and is angry beyond recognition that he is still doing this” type of guy when we met him. The building was built in the mid-1930s — exposed wood floors and beams — and through all of the filth and neglect and issues, there was something truly magical about this old barn. We were smitten. So we flew back to New York, begged, borrowed and stole, gathered every penny we had and purchased the business/building/land. We put our keys in our door for the first time in August of 2002. The one employee that was here was very talented — a highly skilled restorer who had the ability to build great cars. I kept him — and he is still with me today Sports Car Market Images courtesy of The Creative Workshop


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— as “restoration manager” of the shop. He is a true craftsman — and in many ways helped me understand the difference between a good car, a great car and a concours/ exceptional car. So it was a struggle… The path was long and difficult — learning the ins and outs of the types of clients, expectations, skill sets and employees and everything in between. But I was dedicated and passionate. And I reminded myself that I was working with cars — a lifelong dream — so I pushed forward every day. What started with one client and some great successes led to another and so on. different coachbuilt tribute to Giovanni Michelotti is compelling to watch. Have you gotten any flak about cutting into a Ferrari to build a one-off tribute car? Actually, no. I was a bit concerned about that as well, but our clients are fantastic — and their pursuit of this project was heartfelt and passionate and knowledgeable. This project/idea was part of their lives for over 40 years. The car was built in the same manner as the original coachbuilt cars were built back in the day. That Old World craftsmanship and detail is not readily found today — but when you see it, it takes your breath away. It is a real Ferrari, built the way Italian car builders would have done it back then. It is not a replica — it is homage — based on the original car and my client’s thoughtful design changes. very cool. I saw this car at Amelia Island, and it was amazing. How do you jump from creating a Ferrari Michelotti tribute to the painstak- ing, historical restoration of the Kissel? I love cars and the diversity of cars. How you jump from one nationality to another, one era to another, one brand to another — is TENACITY! You either love the work or you don’t. If you love it, it isn’t work — it is learning. I can also say that over the years of working with the incredible diversity of cars we’ve seen — our skills and knowledge have increased exponentially. It is amazing when you have correctly worked on a 1940s car — or 1920s or 1930s — how you can see how the technology and techniques have evolved into the 1950s and 1960s. That knowledge helps you understand and fix (and forensically restore) that car from the 1960s. I know you and your team are comfortable restoring a wide variety of cars — from American muscle to Detroit iron to the best European sports cars. What makes your outfit so versatile? My first responsibility is to my clients. The relationship with each client is the most important thing. I am their trusted partner in all things cars. I help with everything from finding/acquiring cars to support on the show field. We have evolved into a place where the things that no one else can do — or has the patience or skill sets to take on — end up with us. ing about a career in car restoration? For us, it is not necessarily hard-core experience or skills that make a good restorer. What would you say to a young man or young woman who is think- Rather, in many instances it is heart and thinking. The desire to do great work. To be proud of the work they do. To enjoy and look forward to the challenges (and not be afraid of them), to want to learn about the cars that are entrusted to us. Perhaps most importantly — to have the internal check valve that, regardless of how difficult the challenge, never lets them take the easy way out. Tenacity. Of course, they have to be talented — and have Your videos on the 1921 Kissel 6-45 “Gold Bug” Speedster are also “For us, it is not necessarily hard-core experience or skills that make a good restorer. Rather, in many instances it is heart and thinking. The desire to do great work. To be proud of the work they do. To enjoy and look forward to the challenges (and not be afraid of them), to want to learn about the cars that are entrusted to us.” skills and experience. But it is the other traits that really make a great restorer. And that is what we look for. How do new people get training? We are faced with the blunt reality that the people that know about these cars are slowly dying off. To help combat this, I have become very involved with the RPM Foundation — a nonprofit put together by the America’s Automotive Trust (the LeMay Museum) and Hagerty (and several other contributors) — a group that helps develop school curriculum, provides scholarships, outreach to shops for placement, connecting with shops that are run correctly — real places that provide real jobs with real futures. Basically, we’re creating a network of interconnected elements to help create a future for this hobby through mentorship and craftsmanship. Creating and having the talent to keep our cars alive is in trouble. The RPM Foundation is fighting back. Do you have a collection of cars? Currently in my stable is a 1960 Sunbeam Alpine custom that we built here. There is a 1925 Citroën Type C 5CV “Le Tréfle” and a 1959 Vauxhall station wagon. I have a 1955 5-window Chevy pickup rat rod that was built mostly from parts found when we initially cleaned this place out. You’ve got a week with the car and co-pilot of your choice. What do you drive, who goes with you — and where do you go? My wife, Kim, would be my co-pilot, and I think she would be able to handle a lot of it. So how about the Peking to Paris rally in a Volvo P444 or the Great American Race in a 4½ Litre Supercharged Blower Bentley? ♦ September 2019 75 The video series on turning a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT into a completely


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Feature Embracing the Future Bonhams Shifts Resources to Next Gen The auction house’s new MPH effort will emphasize modern and popular collector cars with four auctions per year Story and photo by Paul Hardiman The Bicester Heritage guard house — the new office for Bonhams’ MPH program. Already on the docket for September’s auction are a handful of ex-military Land Rovers and Renault performance hatchbacks cars — plans four drive-through auctions each year at Bicester Heritage, a historic former Royal Air Force airfield about 60 miles from central London. The first auction is set for September 26. Rob Hubbard is in charge, and he is moving from Bonhams’ New Bond Street, B 76 London, office. MPH will be permanently based at Bicester Heritage, which has become a center of excellence for classic-car specialists — and a destination in its own right. A new system will reduce auction costs, said Hubbard, who has 12 years with Bonhams’ motoring department and is an enthusiastic VSCC member. Customers will upload details of their consignments to the company’s website themselves, although Bonhams will police condition descriptions and reserve prices — and oversee cataloging. There are three entry levels: • Bronze (half-page in catalog) will cost £150 ($190). • Silver (full page) will cost £210 ($266). • Gold (one catalog page, including photography) will cost £360 ($455). Monthly valuation and photography days will take place on site on the last Friday of each month. onhams has launched a new subsidiary in the U.K., aiming to scoop up cars in the up-to-£50k ($65k) bracket — including Next Gen — aka Youngtimer — cars, which are a fast-growing sector in the collector-car world. Bonhams’ MPH — which stands for Modern and Popular collectors’ motor Bonhams ended car sales from its Oxford (Kidlington) base, 12 miles from Bicester, in 2015, and this is clearly a move to recover some of the market from rivals such as Silverstone’s Classic Car Auctions and Historics at Brooklands. Bonhams Motoring Group Chairman James Knight said the company’s other traditional sales — including Beaulieu — would remain unchanged and that he still expected to run the December Olympia auction. Bonhams’ Olympia Auction is effectively a clearing house for everything that won’t fit into the end-of-year New Bond Street sale, which is limited by architecture to about 35 cars. Seller’s premium will be fixed at 5%, with buyers paying 12.5%, which matches H&H, although CCA and Historics charge less, at 11% and 10% respectively. Already consigned to the first MPH sale are a collection of ex-military Land Rovers and a clutch of Renault performance hatchbacks. A 1920 Buick K645 Tourer and a 2017 Morgan Plus 4 are also on the September docket. For more information, see https://mph.bonhams.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2019 Manhattan Concours Clearing the Hurdles The first-ever Manhattan Concours at Brookfield Place navigates tight security to show off 24 cars on the Hudson Story by Mark Moskowitz Photos by Rachel Shuler C Details Plan ahead: No date has been set for the second Manhattan Concours d’Elegance Where: Brookfield Place, lower Manhattan, New York City Number of entries: 24 Cost: Free to spectators Web: www.goscmproduction.com; www.bfplny.com 80 an you invite just two dozen cars and have a successful concours? Space and logistics made a small number of showpiece cars the wise choice for the first-ever Manhattan Concours at Brookfield Place on May 18. The hurdles were real. Although Brookfield Place is a private, upscale mall, it rents its space from the Battery Park City Authority. The site is just steps away from the 9/11 Memorial, so people pass freely; vehicles do not. Concours cars had to enter under their own power, having navigated through Manhattan traffic, as trailers and other transport would be denied access. Many concours cars journeyed from Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey — most using the famed — and rough — West Side Highway. Others came by flatbed, identified random pullovers and employed rapid “disembarkation” — only to be stopped at concrete blockades. Worth the hassle Participants were prepared to produce ID, registra- tions and insurance info for the guards. Their cars then underwent an inspection — including a chassis scan — before barriers were lowered into the earth. Best of Show — Matt Ivanhoe’s 1937 BMW 328 Sports Car Market


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Feature 2019 Manhattan Concours Jim Amine’s class-winning 1992 Ferrari F40 Three different security teams — and concours and Brookfield of- ficials — surrounded each of the cars and escorted them to the Lower Plaza display area on the Hudson River waterfront. Jay Howard and Ann Nestor, veterans of the Pinehurst Concours and hundreds of major sporting and entertainment events around the country, served as event directors. For Howard, the potential outweighed the difficulties of access, an extensive permitting process and the need to please myriad stakeholders. “Five hundred thousand people pass through Brookfield each week,” Howard said. “The concours will be surrounded by stunning architecture and expansive cross-water views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and what better place to show off automotive excellence? “For stage actors, Broadway is the goal; for many athletes and per- formers, it’s the Garden; for musicians, it’s Carnegie Hall. It is our hope that Brookfield Place in Manhattan will be a goal for owners of great concours cars.” Despite the odds, exceptional cars appeared. High-quality entries John Cory’s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was driven across the George Washington Bridge early Saturday morning. It had been converted to a 2-door coupe and finished in two tones with Mason Black on the bottom and Rose Gold Metallic on the top. The stunning cover car from the May/June Flying Lady received a Tiffany trophy for the win in the Unique and One-Off Class. Dennis Mamchur was reluctant to drive his 1935 Triumph from New Jersey. The week before, he befriended Port Authority Police, who took the remarkable step of stopping traffic to allow his trailer to traverse the Paulo DoCouto’s Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 Holland Tunnel on the day of the show. His new friends referred him to colleagues who secured trailer parking on River Terrace two blocks away from the show. Dennis’s heavily chromed Triumph Southern Cross, named for its Australia-New Zealand field of distribution, was judged as the Best Pre-War Classic. Supercars attracted attendees of all ages. Paulo DoCouto brought his Lamborghini from DC Metro. Previously owned by a Denver football fan, the Diablo VT 6.0 appeared in Broncos Orange with blue accents woven into its carbon fiber. It was positioned near a V10 Porsche once owned by actor Tim Allen, a rare Pagani Huayra Tempesta and Jim Amine’s class-winning 1992 Ferrari F40. Some Italian flavor Chopard sponsorship and the simultaneous running of the classic rally in Italy lent a Mille Miglia flavor to the concours. Three Mille Miglia-eligible cars appeared on the riverfront plaza. Christina Auriana’s Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM was part of a four-car factory effort entered in the 1953 Mille Miglia. Then it became Juan Peron’s car. Among its many pilots were Phil Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio. The handsome red Alfa coupe received the Battery Park Award for “the car that made the greatest impact” on the concours. Matt Ivanhoe’s Mille Miglia-eligible 1937 BMW was the fourth 328 produced and a former winner at the Nürburgring. The BMW was voted Best of Show, and Matt took home a new Chopard watch. The event’s success and impact is best described by New York Times contributor and concours judge Norm Mayersohn: “Busy New Yorkers, alone or with friends, babies or pets, typically walk or jog across Brookfield Place; today they stopped, admired the cars and engaged with the owners. Everyone seemed happy.” ♦ Bobby Singh and his class-winning 1967 Porsche 911S Soft-Window Targa 82 Jake Auerbach’s 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Sports Car Market


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Feature 2019 Greenbrier Concours Special Stories at Greenbrier Sometimes, the tales about the cars are more important than bling or rarity Story and photos by Bill Rothermel Best of Show — 1938 Darracq/Talbot Lago T150 by Figoni et Falaschi, owned by J.W. Marriott Jr. T hirty-three judges, under the tutelage of Chief Judge Phil Neff, made all the right choices at the second annual Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance from May 3 to 5, 2019. Participants gathered at “America’s Resort” in the beautiful mountain town of White Sulphur Springs, WV. The massive hotel, decorated by Dorothy Draper (who designed Packard interiors in the early 1950s), provides an impressive backdrop for vintage automobiles. J.W. Marriott Jr.’s 1938 Darracq/Talbot Lago by Figoni et Falaschi was presented with the Best of Show Award. Count and Countess Júlio Anahory de Quental Calheiros originally ordered the one-off roadster, and it remained with its original owners until 1975. Eleven Best in Class Awards included David Landow’s stunning 1934 Buick 8-94 Roadster, which received top honors among Classic Cars. The 1931 Studebaker Model 54 Regal Roadster from Robert Willams’ garage was best among Pre-War Production Cars. Dennis Frick’s 1934 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly took top Rolls-Royce/Bentley honors. As a veteran judge at countless car shows, concours and marque club meets over the years, I’m as guilty as the next person of getting caught up in the extraordinary cars that win the top awards. Spectacular cars deserve top awards. Oftentimes, though, pedes- trian cars or those of less significance get overlooked due to their lack of style — or perhaps their humble, sedan-like configuration. Sam Fiorani and Susan Tatios were my fellow judges for the Post- War Production Car Class. We awarded Best in Class to Wendell Irby’s meticulous, limited-production 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II coupe. However, two seemingly ordinary cars spoke volumes to us. We recommended them for special awards. Special cars, special stories, special awards Joseph Grasso’s 1951 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe received the Honorary Chief Judge’s Award from Dr. Paul Sable. Owned by Grasso’s father, a laborer in a Massachusetts textile mill, the Spring Green car originally belonged to the mill owner who lived in New York. He only used the car when he visited the mill, storing it there when he was not in town. By 1955, the mill operations moved south and the car was put up for sale. The Chrysler was seemingly out of reach financially for Grasso’s father — who earned $60 a week while supporting his wife and three children — but he offered the owner $500 by telegram for the four-year-old car. Weeks later, he was notified that the car was his. He drove it until his passing in 1969. It remained stored in the family barn until Joe contracted for a frame-off restoration in 2007. Most Historically Significant Road Car honors were given to Anne Buntin’s 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190b Ponton sedan. Buntin’s mother and father, Everett and Julia Braley, ordered the Rio Red Mercedes with rooftop luggage rack in anticipation of using the car on an extended three-month vacation in Europe — and to avoid new-car import duties when the car was delivered to the U.S. The duo clocked sufficient miles such that the car’s first oil change was done in Paris. Anne, who was 21 at the time, joined her parents in Brussels for the remainder of their trip before the car was shipped to San Francisco and on to its new home in nearby Corte Madera. Anne’s father taught her how to drive the manual-transmission car, and she is still driving it today. Some 54 years and 275,000 miles later, the car was treated to an exhaustive restoration to original that was completed in March 2014. Both cars were pleasant reminders that a car doesn’t need to have a million-dollar restoration or be worth untold sums of money. It doesn’t have to be a rare, limited-production vehicle or the car with the most bling. Sometimes, it’s about the story and about the response we feel and the reaction from the crowd when we hear such wonderful stories about people and their connection to an automobile. The looks on the faces of Joe Grasso, Anne Buntin and her mother, Julia Braley, when they received their awards were priceless! ♦ Details Plan ahead: The third annual Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for May 1–3, 2020 Where: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV Number of entries: About 100 Cost: $50 for Concours Sunday Web: www.greenbrierconcours.com Joseph Grasso’s 1951 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe sedan — Honorary Chief Judge’s Award winner 84 Most Historically Important Road Car — Anne Buntin’s 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190b Ponton sedan Sports Car Market


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Feature Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2019 at the Monterey Jet Center Flying High for 28 Years Tip Weiss There’s no shortage of go-fast options by land or air M onterey Car Week is the biggest event in the collector-car world. For the past 28 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 2018’s gathering. ♦ Friendly faces and delicious treats abound Ready for takeoff 86 Sports Car Market Jeff Bushnell Jeff Bushnell


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Tip Weiss Martini, anyone? Old Glory meets new Porsche It’s elbow-to-elbow at the hottest party in Monterey Jeff Bushnell Jeff Bushnell


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder by Pinin Farina, p. 92 ENGLISH: 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, p. 96 ETCETERINI: 1964 ASA 1000 GT, p. 98 GERMAN: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, p. 100 AMERICAN: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible, p. 102 RACE: 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder by Wendler, p. 104 NEXT GEN: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo “Fairlady Z,” p. 108 90 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Diana Varga ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder by Pinin Farina This is a well-documented car — with some crazy history — but it has little in the way of competition success by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 0448MD Engine number: 0448MD SCM Condition for this car: 1- T 92 he 1950s was the golden era of sports-car racing in the United States, and California was the epicenter. On any given weekend, hundreds of spectators would come out to watch sports cars go toe-to-toe on racetracks and airfields. Dangerous, albeit thrilling at the same time, the grids were made up of a cast of extraordinary individuals and automobiles. This car, 500 Mondial 0448MD, was the 12th of 13 Pinin Farina Spyders built and one of only five built with the unusual “coveredheadlight”-style bodywork. It was sold new to Tony Parravano on November 5, 1954, and soon thereafter hit the California tracks. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 148, sold for $4,158,767, including buyer’s commission, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction in Cernobbio, Italy, on May 25, 2019. Millionaire West Coast contractor flees to Mexico with trailers of Ferraris and the Internal Revenue Service hot on his heels. The disappearance of Tony Parravano is one of the most intriguing stories in the sports-car world. Parravano was an Italian immigrant who used skills learned as a cement contractor in Chicago to become a very successful Southern California homebuilder after World War II. Through a chance meeting with a mechanic named Jack McAfee, Sports Car Market he was introduced to racing. Parravano was soon building a stable of Ferrari and Maserati race cars. Parravano was long on cash but short on driving skills, so he recruited some of the best drivers of the time to pilot his cars. Jack McAfee along with Ernie McAfee (no relation) and Carroll Shelby are just a few of the drivers who raced for Parravano. Famously, Dan Gurney was dismissed after an off-road excursion during a test damaged one of Parravano’s cars. The timeline of Parravano’s disappearance is a bit muddy, but some


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time in 1956, he attracted the attention of the IRS. He was indicted for tax evasion in 1957 and was scheduled to go to trial. The day before the trial, Parravano took off for Mexico with a couple of trailers of his prized race cars. The story goes that some cars got across the border — and some didn’t. The cars that made it into Mexico were eventually sold there and are all accounted for. The IRS confiscated those that didn’t — and auctioned them off to satisfy the tax debt. Despite reported sightings of Parravano in Italy, Mexico and the United States, he has never officially resurfaced, and his disappearance is sports-car legend. About the time the indictment was coming down, Parravano ran an ad offering our subject car, 500 Mondial 0448MD, for sale. Not long after, Javier Valesquez, a Mexican racer and an organizer of the Mexican Grand Prix, appeared with the car. Valesquez reportedly raced the car in a few local races and retired it to a personal collection, where it remained until 1972. Almost every Mondial is unique Like many early Ferrari race cars, there are a few variations of 500 Mondials. There are Pininfarina- and Scaglietti-bodied cars, there are open cars and closed cars, open-headlight cars and closed-headlight cars, Series I and Series II models. As expected with early Ferraris, nearly every Mondial is unique in some way. The 500 Mondials got their power from 1,984-cc, 4-cylinder engines. The engine was developed to give Ferrari an option to their 12-cylinder units. Aurelio Lampredi designed the Ferrari 4-cylinder engine. The engine was based on Lampredi’s “long-block” 12s. There were several advantages to the 4-cylinder en- gines. A big advantage is less weight. If you have ever held a connecting rod, it’s easy to understand how four rods are much lighter than 12. The same goes with pistons, piston pins, bearings, valves, valve springs — and the mass that contains them. A second advantage is torque. The power produced in the large-displacement cylinders of the 4-cylinder engine comes on at lower rpms than in the small cylinders of a 12-cylinder engine. That added torque gave the 4-cylinder more power coming out of a corner, which is a serious advantage on a short, twisty track. Our subject Mondial 500 Spyder Chassis 0448MD is a Series I example with a Pinin Farina-built, covered-headlight body. The Pinin Farina examples were built in two styles. Our subject car has the most-desirable “riveted” body. Pinin Farina built their bodies over a framework of lightweight tubing. They found that if they riveted the body to the tubing, they could substantially strengthen the car. While the purpose of the rivets was functional, the look emphasized the Mondial’s competition breeding. A big change Despite decades of intense studying by Ferrari his- torians and enthusiasts, the Ferrari genome is still not totally mapped. RM Sotheby’s had previously auctioned 0448MD at their 2017 Monterey sale. At the time, the car was represented as a 1954 Ferrari 500/735 Mondial Spider rather than a 500 Mondial as it was represented at this most recent auction. September 2019 It was explained in 2017 that the chassis and engine were both stamped 0448, but the stamp font was somehow different. The implication was that the factory had replaced the 500 engine with a 735 (2.9 liter) engine, which had then been stamped to match the chassis. The 500 and 735 engines were visually similar, so that could have been the case. The issue could have been easily addressed by mea- suring the displacement of the engine, but apparently that wasn’t done. Maybe having a cool 735 engine was judged to be better than having a restamped 500 engine, so the displacement was left ambiguous. RM Sotheby’s sold 0448MD for $3,850,000 in 2017. SCM’s Platinum Auction Database called the sale “a touch under expectations.” At Villa Erba in 2019, the engine size was no longer ambiguous. The car was presented as a 500 Mondial. This time, the car brought $4,158,767. No explanation was offered. Ferrari Classiche certification was provided, which implied that the factory had inspected the engine and confirmed it was indeed a 500 engine with the correct number. The sale barely broke the low end of RM Sotheby’s $4 million–$5.4 million estimate. The sale price was not unexpected or disappointing. The high-water mark was set last year with the $5 mil- lion sale of a Series II model with serious competition history, an exemplary concours record and impeccable provenance. There’s no slighting 0448MD, but it’s a lesser car than the $5 million example. Chassis 0448MD has a well-documented, low-owner- ship history. It is Classiche certified and is a well-known car. Unfortunately, it has little in the way of competition success and no event background. It’s a great car, though, as confirmed by its over-$4 million sale. The seller probably went backwards on the deal — but got a good number. The new owner has a car that will be welcome at virtually every event in the world. The new owner will also be the first to present this car at the events. No one should be disappointed with this sale. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Steve Ahlgrim wrote his first story for SCM in 2002, and he’s been our Ferrari Guy for years. 93 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial 735 Spyder (subject car) Lot 252, s/n 044MD Condition 2- Sold at $3,850,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6846350 1955 Ferrari Mondial Series II racer Lot 22, s/n 05560446MD Condition 2+ Sold at $5,005,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877087 1954 Ferrari Mondial Series I Spyder Lot 44, s/n 0438MD Condition 1 Not sold at $4,000,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/19 SCM# 6891055 Details Years produced: 1953–54 Number produced: 33 Original list price: $10,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $4,152,500 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: On front cross member Engine # location: Center left crankcase above water inlet Clubs: Ferrari Club of America, Ferrari Owner’s Club Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org, www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 1954 Aston Martin DB3S, 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, 1953 Maserati A6GCS SCM Investment Grade: A Comps


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The Cumberford Perspective Robert Cumberford Brutal, Purposeful Beauty The Ferrari 500 Mondial didn’t have to be beautiful — or come with artistic design touches. But it was made in Italy… 4 A complete 500 Mondial body is mounted high on the wall in the visitors’ waiting room at the Ferrari factory in Maranello (or it was a few years ago). It delighted me because it was so extremely asymmetrical, a real example of folkloric automotive design. Frank Stephenson told me that only one other visitor, also a designer, had ever remarked on the irregularity. The charm of the form suffices to expunge all thoughts of the round-head rivets all over the body — and all the oily bits hanging below the painted part. Apparently the Italians can’t help themselves: However brutal and purposeful an object may be, it ends up being beautiful. The one visual refer- ence to the Carrozzeria Touring bodies gracing most early envelope-body Ferraris — the “speed line” coming tangentially off the top of the front wheel opening — might well be present to ensure visual marque continuity for Ferrari racers, but there is no way to know that today… it was all too long ago and the protagonists are mostly gone. Today we just rec- ognize that the creators of this car did a truly remarkable job of integrating performance, efficiency and real beauty in an object for which only the first two attributes would ordinarily matter. Unless you’re Italian. ♦ 3 2 5 1 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The traditional egg-crate grille is still there, but hidden a bit under the nose and leaning back toward the bottom, a notable change from earlier Touring barchettas. 2 Eventually these covered headlamps became almost standard for Ferrari sports cars, but only five of the 13 500 Mondial racers built by Pinin Farina had them. 3 This notch derives from pushing the entire lower nose inward from the upper front body, something both unusual and visually very effective. 4 The body side is set inward a bit, too, evoking the characteristic side line of Touring’s barchettas, but 8 stopping at the front edge of the rear fenders... 5 …which are highly prominent, and riveted in place as an integral part of the body. 6 Like the preceding Touring models, these Mondial bodies end well above the ground, making the cars seem slimmer than they were in fact — with exhausts exposed below. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The body side is relatively flat, but of course, enjoys an elegant, slightly convex section below the side crease. 8 The voluptuous front fenders encroach quite far onto the hood surface. 9 10 9 I don’t see any evident function for these six slots in the metal tonneau cover, but they’re certainly nicelooking. Which may be why they’re present. 10 Nor can I see why this sleek excrescence should be in the rear deck lid, but, again, there is a sort of elegance in the execution. 11 Just one rear lamp is all that was required in the early 1950s, and, of course, one unit is lighter than two. 12 It’s not exactly a Kamm tail, but it is blunt and vertical. Richie Ginther had not yet introduced Larry Fraser’s transverse spoiler to Ferrari when this car was made, so it’s elegantly plain, punctuated by the huge center fuel cap. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Yes, it’s a pared-to- the-minimum racing car, but care was taken to find instruments with elegant faces, to use a steering wheel that is an art object in and of itself, to make sure that the little panel where the ignition switch is mounted is curved slightly to accord with the transverse section of a driver’s thigh, not just a rectangular metal tab which would have done as well functionally, but not aesthetically. Even the centerline brace for the windshield is a little abstract sculpture of its own. It’s all simple and direct, but merits a lusty “bravo!” for the effect. 7 11 12 94 Sports Car Market


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible Twice the price of a coupe and half the price of a Short-Chassis Volante, this car demonstrates how provenance counts for more than logic by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: DB4C1092R SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 210, sold for $1,033,341 at Bonhams’ Aston Martin sale at the Wormsley Estate, U.K., on May 19 2019. This was the star lot and catalog cover star at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale. Although RM Sotheby’s has recently announced itself as Aston Martin’s “official auction partner” with a new marquespecific auction date in Monterey Car Week, Bonhams was doing it first — and this was its 20th edition. Two years ago, it transpired that Aston Martin no longer had the room at Aston Martin Works on Tickford Street to host an auction, as it was building a new series of DB4GTs, so Bonhams piggybacked on to the Owners Club’s annual concours, last year at Englefield House in Berkshire and this time at the Wormsley Estate, a Getty-owned spread on the edge of the Chiltern Hills on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border overlooking the Thames Valley. This magnificent hideaway, which includes a polo field, is accessed by a mile-long driveway that would make a great hillclimb course — if you first removed the speed bumps. A very rare DB4 Anyway, the car: Aside from the Zagato version, the DB4 convertible is Aston’s rarest DB-era road model, with fewer built even than the DB4 GT. Thirty Series IVs were built and 40 Series Vs, on a 3½-inch longer wheelbase and larger 15-inch wheels, the last stop in a continuing line of development before the DB5. This Series V was a lovely example combining originality, ongoing care and a little titivation. So it wore an older repaint in its original Fiesta Red dating presumably back to its early-’80s restoration, with the replacement leather now showing considerable wear since we last saw it at Buxton in June 2010, when 96 Sports Car Market H&H sold it for £297,000 (then $432,000). The engine, a replacement fitted by the factory Service Department before the car was delivered, had recently been rebuilt by Aston Martin Works, and it sat just right on tall Avon Turbospeed Mk4s — the right tire is so important to the stance and overall look of a car, and this approximates what it would have left Newport Pagnell on in 1963. This is one of the first cars we’ve seen at auction to have Aston Martin Assured Provenance — a new program designed to “assess the originality, condition, and historical significance of the company’s Heritage cars,” or a Classiche for Astons, if you will. The process consists of: • A bumper-to-bumper inspection of the car • A build-specification comparison • A road test and report to assess mechanical health; and a thorough assessment of the outcome of these inspections and the car’s


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provenance records by a committee of Aston Martin experts. This process costs £10,000 plus local taxes, which means £12,000 ($15,350) in the U.K. For that, assuming the car is approved, the client receives the Assured Provenance Package consisting of a “richly illustrated” record book, a copy of the digital data collected on a memory stick, a pair of dash plaques, a pair of sill plaques and the Heritage Assured Provenance certificate — all contained in a hand-crafted presentation box. The process includes a digital scan “to assess structural integrity.” Presumably, that means to check whether the chassis is straight and the wheels are in the right places and pointing in the right directions, but 3-D scanning the body must be a hilarious but rather pointless exercise on a car that was built from hand-rolled and beaten aluminium over a bent-tube frame 56 years ago. This car was awarded Gold Standard provenance, which is one notch down from the ultimate Platinum level. Decent money in a slower market Even though red isn’t a flattering color for a Superleggera Aston, it was its original hue and it reached £810,200, or just over $1m, which looked decent money in today’s market, and came 12 lots before Bonhams sold a DB5 for a strong $1.1m. Crucially, This is one of the first cars we’ve seen at auction to have Aston Martin Assured Provenance — a new program designed to “assess the originality, condition, and historical significance of the company’s Heritage cars.” A Classiche for Astons, if you will. that means that the accepted high bid was right in the middle of the estimate range, in a time where we have gotten used to cars selling approximately 15% behind low estimate. That compares with $2,043,800 fetched by a 1965 DB Short-Chassis Volante (with hard top) at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale the week after, which was well sold, no doubt helped by a change of color from its original … Fiesta Red. Details Years produced: 1958–63 (convertibles 1961–63) Number produced: 70 (30 SIVs, 40 SVs) out of 1,185 DB4s Original price: $11,250 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,275,500 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $81 Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to alternator Given that the DB5 is a development of the DB4, and the Short-Chassis Volante is really a DB5 instead of the differently constructed (and longer) DB6, that makes them almost the same thing. Convertibles are always in fashion It’s worth noting that convertible versions of most collectible classics — excepting E-types — are now worth around twice as much as coupes, and the DB4 falls into this category. When new, the convertible DB4 (£4,449, the price of a decent house) cost only £250 — 6% more than the hard top. Now the ratio is about two coupes to a convertible. Continuing that analogy, the value of a DB4 soft top today still buys you a rather nice house in the U.K., but the price of a coupe gets you only a fairly basic one. Interestingly, an Aston Martin dealer who’d con- signed many of the cars in the catalog had for sale at the time an almost identical example, though this was a Vantage (266 bhp), with Parchment instead of black leather, which had been the Works’ 1962 Earls Court Motor Show car. Its asking price was — and still is, as SCM went to press — £1.28m ($1.64m), or about 25% more than our subject car. What he actually gets for it remains to be seen, but so far that’s three strong(ish) sales of top-end Astons in as many months, so perhaps the marque is bucking the general market trend and showing us the way up. ♦ Paul Hardiman, an SCM writer for the past 12 years, is SCM’s go-to guy for British and European auctions. He also writes many car profiles. $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 September 2019 $1,650,279 This sale: $1,033,341 $1,194,826 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible 2014 2015 2016 N/A 2017 N/A 2018 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible Lot 209, s/n DB4C1166R Condition 2- Sold at $1,470,702 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/21/16 SCM# 6803464 97 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $2,332,827 Club: Aston Martin Owners Club, Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire OX10 7BG; +44 1865 400400 Web:www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1957–65 Maserati 3500 GT, 1962–65 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint, 1965–66 Ferrari 275 GTS SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV convertible Lot 125, s/n DB4C1077R Condition 2- Not sold at $1,132,997 Bonhams, New Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., December 2 2017 SCM# 6856388 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V convertible Lot 153, s/n DB4C1102R Condition 1- Sold at $1,275,680 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/7/16 SCM# 6804518


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Dirk de Jager ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1964 ASA 1000 GT The “Ferrarina” looks great, is a spirited driver and drips with Ferrari history. What’s not to love? by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 01126 Engine number: 173123 SCM Condition for this car: 2- T he current owner has driven the ASA alongside his 250 Series Ferrari and comments, “The ASA is a proper little rocket compared to my Ferrari. Although horsepower is 40% of the V12 and the weight of the car represents about 60%, it feels quite light and sporty, helped by its short wheelbase, very direct steering and the surefooted feel of the amazing chassis.” As one of only 90 1000 GTs built, this immaculate example is a proper Italian sports car and one of the first examples of Giugiaro’s automotive design. The car has been maintained meticulously in the Netherlands and comes complete with all documentation and invoices, plus an Italian book dedicated to this very special “Ferrarina.” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 115, sold for $154,381 (€138,000, €1=$1.12), including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba, Italy, sale on May 25, 2019. There was a classical music radio host named Karl Haas. He was a brilliant musicologist whose syndicated show, “Adventures in Good Music,” introduced and entertained millions of listeners with the best in classical music. He often aired segments titled “Rare and Well Done,” in which he played superb performances of little-known works. I immediately recall Mr. Haas and his sonorous, German-accented voice whenever I encounter an ASA 1000 — for me one of the greatest examples I know of “Rare and Well Done” in the automotive canon. An excellent book on the background and cars of ASA was written in 2004 by Franco Varisco and published by Giorgio Nada. In Italian, it tells the fascinating story of how Enzo Ferrari — and all of the top 98 Sports Car Market engineers in his racing department — worked to create an 850-cc, 4-cylinder-powered car in 1959, which he had little intention of bringing to the market. This isn’t shocking when you remember that when the V6 Dino was introduced — followed by the V8 308 GT4 — Enzo Ferrari had problems putting the Prancing Horse and his name on a road car without 12 cylinders. But Enzo did invite journalists at his 1959 year-end press conference to come and test the small prototype to evaluate and report on its performance. Everyone in the room was shocked. He was, in fact, also quoted at that time saying that the car would carry a name very dear to him — which was, of course, Dino.


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Enter the ASA 1000 To that end, the development of the 854 engine proceeded through the building of a Pinin Farina-designed-and-built coupe on a shortened and modified Fiat 1100 coachbuilders’ platform. The little Ferrari engine found a home. The car was equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. The Ferrari F1 team tested the “Ferrarina” coupe at Monza, and the little car handily met its goals. It is thought that perhaps Ferrari intended to sell the engine to Fiat as a replacement or addition to the 1200 line, but the Torinese were already working with OSCA on the 1500 twincam model. Between that and Fiat’s relationship with Abarth for the smaller-displacement sporting cars, there was little room for any such collaboration with Ferrari. So the search began for a manufacturer to take up the engine for, as Ferrari put it himself, “a car for young people who love GT cars but unfortunately do not have the means to think of realizing in actuality.” That the project might also provide Ferrari with a homologated Formula 2 powerplant was a bonus. The ASA company was set up, commissioned the body by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone, instigated an enlargement in displacement to 1,032 cc, and by early 1963, was off and running. All of that is but prelude to what resulted — a brilliant execution and delivery on a car no one actually seems to have wanted when it was new. Big bucks for a little car The ASA 1000 GT was frighteningly expensive — over $6,000 in 1963 at a time when a Ferrari 250 GTE cost $11,000. A Corvette coupe listed for $4,200 — with a 327-ci 8, compared to the 1-liter inline 4-cylinder in the ASA. So the ASA 1000 GT was beautiful, an especially big challenge for a small car. It was carefully built, exquisitely finished and detailed, and entertaining to drive. But the only connection it had to its creator was that it was distributed in the U.S. by Luigi Chinetti, the owner of the North American Racing Team and Ferrari’s East Coast distributor. That wasn’t quite enough. On top of it all, Ferrari never used the engine in F2, thereby also cutting off a possible avenue for cross marketing. By virtue of these facts, the “well done” ASA also be- came the “rare” ASA, with fewer than 100 coupes and about a half-dozen spiders leaving the factory and finding buyers. A short and less-than-brilliant competition career spanned 1965 and 1966. Nevertheless, the difficult realities of a car when it’s competing in a tough market space have relatively little to do with its appeal as an object of collector veneration. Now very collectible The ASA 1000 has much to offer. For concours duty, it is unusual, lovely and well formed. For rallies and tours, it is handy, quick — if not fast — comfortable and vastly entertaining. The imagined drawback to these cars among those who even knew they existed was fear of running them — how could you ever find parts for such an exotic and rare engine? The answer is twofold. First, values have certainly risen to the point that in the event of something catastrophic occurring, parts can be made. Second, contrary to belief, parts do in- September 2019 Details Years produced: 1962–67 Number produced: Approximately 90 (coupes) Original list price: $6,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $146,911 Chassis # location: Tag on wall of engine compartment, stamped on side panel of compartment deed exist. I have personally seen a small warehouse in Northern Italy lined with shelves from floor to ceiling with engine parts for the ASA 1000. Blocks, crankshafts, camshafts, pistons, valves and more — all in original packaging — await the needy owner. What might be a concern is what might happen to that stock should the aging owner suddenly no longer appear at his shop or if a visitor were to find a strange chain and padlock across the bolt. But if we wanted old-car ownership to be safe, we would all drive mass-production cars, wouldn’t we? The one that got away The ASA 1000 also counts as one of my personal “if only” stories. Back in 2007, when values were in the $30k–$40k range for a nice coupe, I was prepared to spend $60k at auction for a spider. It sold for $99,000, and I was devastated. But I thought I still had time to eventually find the right coupe. How wrong I was! Good examples have been selling between $100,000–$150,000 for quite a while now and show no sign of softening. I tortured myself by sitting in this car during the pre- view on Lake Como. I didn’t want to get out, but RM Sotheby’s has very effective security. These are still cars that appeal to a fairly narrow market — explaining your car has to be part of the thrill of ownership, as few will recognize what it is at a glance. But for the right owner, the warm feeling of using it will be enough. This price was high, but understandable. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Donald Osborne is a world-renowned collector-car ap- praiser and consultant. His “Assess and Caress” segments appear on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” He has written for SCM for 23 years. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $200,000 1964 ASA 1000 GT $152,222 $150,000 $129,442 $100,000 $50,000 $0 2014 2015 2016 N/A 2017 N/A 2018 99 $118,094 This sale: $154,381 1965 ASA 1000 GT Coupe Lot 357, s/n 01126 Condition 2 Sold at $146,911 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/4/16 SCM# 271128 1965 ASA 1000 GT Coupe Lot 122, s/n 01238 Condition 2Sold at $152,222 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/5/16 SCM# 270817 Engine # location: On right-side end of block near bellhousing Web: asaclub@libero.it Alternatives: 1962 Abarth Simca 1000, 1963 Lancia Appia Sport, 1964 Glas 1300 GT SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1963 ASA 1000 GT coupe Lot 12, s/n 01022 Condition 2- Not sold at $90,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6844469


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German Profile Adam Warner ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Touring This sale is another indicator that a buyer’s market may be developing in the collectible-Porsche world by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 9113601564 SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 150, sold for $534,179, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auc- tion in Italy on May 25, 2019. The 1973 Carrera RS is an archetype collectible 911 — and a terrific driving car. They are the front end of many collectors’ runs of Porsche 911 RSs, which gives the model credence with even some Next Gen collectors. We detailed the history and specifications of 1973 Carrera RSs in SCM’s August 2018 issue, pages 78–80. After the Can-Am/Interserie era, the FIA moved to production-based race cars and thus so did Porsche. The 2,687-cc RS was the homologation base for the racing 2,806-cc RSR, for which the FIA required 500 street cars to be built. Although the Porsche Marketing Department said they couldn’t sell 500 of them, management forced the issue. The first 500 cars sold out within a week of the Carrera RS introduction in Paris during October of 1972. Porsche made a lot of 1973 RSs In the end, 1,525 Carrera RSs were built in three series: 1,308 Tourings, 200 Lightweights, and 17 RSHs — cars not fully converted from ultra-light homologation-weight spec. Mixed in were 55 competition RSRs — for a total of 1,580 cars. Our August 2018 article detailed the differences between the three series. The first series ends at about serial number 527 and the second at about 1067. That becomes important because after 1067, Porsche phased out thin-gauge steel for the bodies, thin glass, fiberglass rear bumpers on LWs, aluminum front cross members and aluminum frames for the ducktails; changed the trailing arms; and added undercoating — all of which affect values. 100 Sports Car Market Collectors want the original incarnations from the first and second series. The 1973 RS is the most broadly accepted collectible 911, and the Touring variant comes to market regularly. Is the RS Touring a bellwether for collectible Porsche values? If so, what do public-sale results show us? A second-series Touring pulls $918,500 The high-water mark for an RS Touring sold at auction came at the December 2015 RM Sotheby’s sale in New York, where Lot 218, serial number 9113601018, sold at $918,500. That car was a late second series, in desirable Signal Yellow, with all build-sheet-matching numbers, colors, and options — including an electric sunroof. The car was fully restored. It won the Restoration Grand Trophy at the 2008 Porsche Club of America Parade (annual meeting) in Charlotte, NC. The car had a few issues, reportedly to include one or two reproduction panels and


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some repro trim. It was over-restored, missing the original, slightly “messy”-looking finishes in the engine compartment, front trunk, and on the bottom. Moving forward, there have been a number of RS Tourings at U.S. auctions since chassis 1018 sold in New York: Serial number 911361315 in light yellow was Lot 250 at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island in March 2017. It was fully restored but had a restamped number on a Stoddard exchange rebuilt engine, a nonmatching gearbox, and some replacement trim. The car was built with stock 911 seats — later replaced by the preferred RS sport seats. The car was a no-sale. It sold privately a few months later in Colorado for $500,000 (SCM# 6831942). Lot 159 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in August 2017 was serial number 9113600427 in Signal Yellow. It had a sunroof and six owners from new. The car showed well but had plastic filler on it. It was a nosale on the block. A deal was reached later that day at $649,000 (SCM# 6846596). Serial number 9113600813, also in Signal Yellow, was Lot 131 at Gooding Monterey in August 2017. After Nicolas Cage sold it in 2002, it had six subsequent owners. This RS had matching numbers and colors, a sunroof, street 911 seats as delivered, and incorrect wheels. It was a no-sale at a reported high bid of $550,000. Serial number 9113600574 in Bahia Red was Lot 121 at Gooding Pebble Beach in August 2018. It had matching numbers and colors, with a superb $50,000 concours repaint. It also had a sunroof (not on the build The 1973 RS is the most broadly accepted collectible 911, and the Touring variant comes to market regularly. Is the RS Touring a bellwether for collectible Porsche values? card), sports seats, and a limited-slip differential — but the wrong wheels. It sold off the block for $580,000. Lot 192 at RM Sotheby’s October 2018 auction at Porsche Cars North America in Atlanta was serial number 9113600463 in Light Ivory. It was matching numbers and colors, optioned with sports seats, a/c, sunroof, pw, limited-slip, engine-bay lamp, and through-the-grilles driving lights. It was missing its under-bumper fog lights, and had later additions, including side scripts, a stainless rear engine skirt and a ducktail. (As delivered, the car had a “flat tail,” as on a base-model 911.) It sold for a relatively strong $698,000, including buyer’s premium. That money was fair for a first-series car with all the options (SCM# 6882332). Serial number 9113601048 in Bahia Red was Lot 155 at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale in January 2019. It was matching numbers, colors, and options — with sunroof, power windows, limited slip, a Webasto heater and driving lamps. It had just one owner since 1991. The car had rust on the passenger’s side bottom, and a fender and door had been replaced. It had non-Porsche seats. It sold for $467,000, including buyer’s premium (SCM# 6893287). Lot 67 at Gooding Amelia Island in March 2019 was serial number 9113601510 in Light Ivory, with matching numbers and colors. It had one factory option — a sunroof. Added later were leather sports seats, grille- September 2019 Details Years produced: 1973 Number produced: 200 Lightweights, 17 RSHs, 1,308 Tourings, and 55 RSRs Original list price: $10,800 for Series 1 Tourings, $11,200 for Series 2 Tourings Current SCM Median Valuation: $658,500 mounted driving lamps and black side scripts. The car won prizes at local and regional concours. The very capable Pat Williams rebuilt the engine. The car was bid to an indicated $380,000 and was a no-sale (SCM# 6899194). Our RS Touring from Villa Erba Now, let’s look at our subject car. It is a late-third- series car, in Grand Prix White with blue scripts. It had a build card-matching-numbers engine — but not gearbox — and matching colors. The seats were standard 911 issue, not RS sports seats. It had been fully restored in the U.K., where they rectified rust in the sills, floor, front inner structure and doors. With four strikes against it — late third series, rust repairs, changed gearbox and sofa seats — this RS sold for $534,179, perhaps a strong result for this example. So where does that leave the market? What did we learn from these results? Most of the cars above were “driver quality” — and generally greeted with declining prices. During the decline, both RSs and 1964–73 911s held up a little better than 930s and later Turbos. Special models with production quantities of 20 to 100 declined even less, followed by the cars with runs up to 600. That purposefully ignored newly minted “collectibles” that instantly traded over MSRP — until they didn’t, such as the 2016 911R and 2018 GT2 RS. Our takeaway remains that a buyer’s market has been developing — and it is gaining momentum. Build cash reserves. Good buying opportunities most probably await you. ♦ Prescott Kelly is SCM’s resident Porsche guru. He’s been with us since October 2010, and we can’t imagine exploring the World of Porsche without his guidance. $800,000 $1,000,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $935,000 $918,500 $698,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $699,359 $649,000 This sale: $534,179 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring Lot 361, s/n 9113600738 Condition 2 Not sold at $673,860 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/8/18 SCM# 6858242 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 101 Tune-up/major service: $1,000 with valve adjustment Chassis # location: Metal stamping in trunk, above gas tank, passenger’s side; aluminum tag on front trunk threshold; different but co-related build number under dashpad knee bar next to ashtray Engine # location: Vertical fan support, passenger’s side, facing right Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, 1970–73 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9, 1971–72 BMW 3.0 CSL SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring Lot 192, s/n 9113600463 Condition 2 Sold at $698,000 RM Sotheby’s, Atlanta, GA, 10/27/18 SCM# 6882332 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lot 115, s/n 9113601141 Condition 3+ Sold at $686,205 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/11/18 SCM# 6870071


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American Profile Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible Having only two pedals on the floor held this car back, but it’s still an ultra-rare example of 1970s American muscle by Dale Novak Chassis number: BS27R0B305097 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot F120, sold for $1,980,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale on May 17, 2019, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hemi ’Cuda convertible seems to have found its way into our lexicon as the definition of the high-water mark of the raucous era of fuel-sucking, tire-smoking, ground-shaking American muscle cars of the early 1970s. Sure, there are other rare muscle cars that can truly ring the auction bell, but very few do it with such overwhelming command of the auction block as a 1970 or 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda or Dodge Challenger Hemipowered convertible. As soon as one rolls up on the block, out come the cell phones to capture the moment. Expensive then. Super expensive now Most examples of crazy-rare 1960s and 1970s American muscle were ultra expensive when they sold new. In 1970, a new performance Plymouth ’Cuda coupe with a 383-ci engine under the hood would set a buyer back about $3,200. Jump into a convertible and the price would leap to $3,500 and up. Once you started to add options to the car — including putting huge horsepower under the hood — the price could really ratchet up. That monster 426-ci Hemi under the hood came with a Godzilla-size price tag of $871.45 — just about a quarter of the base price. To put that into today’s dollars, it would be like paying an additional $10,000 for a $40,000 car. Simply put, that made the 1970 ’Cuda convertible not only impracti- cal to own — but also enormously expensive to purchase. With a price tag exceeding $4,300 — sparsely equipped, mind you — that places you in the same general ZIP code of a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 or Shelby GT350 convertible. Given that, only 14 (some sources claim 18) buyers stepped up to the plate to purchase one. Quality was not Job One My very first car was a 1970 Dodge Challenger. I was the third owner. It was a 440 R/T with the sturdy 727 “Slap Stick” transmission on board. I purchased it in 1978 for $500. While it was no cream puff, it was in pretty good shape with the original paint, zero rust, no accidents or dents and an interior that looked almost new once I had the seats reupholstered and tossed in some new carpet. In short, it was a pretty nice used car back in the day. Since it was the first car I ever owned, I really didn’t know much about how a car should handle — and I certainly didn’t know diddlysquat about build quality. But looking back on it, it was, well, a pretty crappy car. It shook and rattled. Slamming the door shut was like working out at the gym. It handled poorly and putting it hard into a turn was akin to being in a soapbox derby with an iron bathtub strapped to a skateboard. The windows leaked and the trunk could occasionally be used as an aquarium after a heavy Florida downpour. All that said, I really loved that car. My point is, Plymouth Hemi ’Cudas weren’t built all that well when they were semi-minty new cars. They had cheap vinyl interiors sur- 102 Sports Car Market


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rounded with molded plastic. The chassis and suspensions were an afterthought in the convertible configuration. Add in a 425-horse Hemi under the hood, a lead foot, and a sticky hook-up out of the hole and you’ve got yourself a pretty good recipe for “Hmmm, why doesn’t the door shut right anymore?” The poster child of American muscle No matter how terrible the cars were when new, it makes no difference today — and that goes for just about any American muscle car. The allure is in the essence of what they represent to most buyers. Some buyers are in it solely as collectors and investors. Others pay up for what the cars represent to them personally. However you define a car in your mind, investment- grade machines such as Hemi ’Cuda convertibles are now works of modern cultural art, worthy of any museum or private collection. They’ve made the rare leap from an ordinary ma- chine into an irreplaceable historical artifact. Those who wish to participate in the pursuit of the object will always set the values for these rare cars — if they have the money to play in that space. No-frills build Our subject 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertible is one of only 14 ever built. Ratcheting it down further, it’s one of only nine built with an automatic transmission. The car retains much of its original DNA. It comes with solid paperwork and most — if not all — of its original body panels. It no longer carries its original engine, but very few do. In short, this is a great example of how the car pre- sented when new, but it is in better condition now than when it first rolled off the Plymouth assembly line. While this car is not a heavily optioned example, it’s still one of the 14 (or 18) ever built and sold. Where the options will make a difference is how it stacks up against other examples, via past or present sales. Of course, this is a very small number of comps. A top-down view of the market Values of the 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertibles — and the even-more-rare 1971 cars — have been bouncing all over the block. To the best of my knowledge, private sales notwithstanding, the highest recent public sale price for a 1970 model chimed in at the 2016 Mecum Kissimmee sale for another Lemon Twist drop-top, which left the auction block at $2,675,000. That car sold for a lot more than our subject car — but it was also better equipped — including the gamechanging A833 4-speed, A34 Super Trak Pak, 4.10 Sure Grip rear end and A62 Rallye instrument cluster. Yes, having that third pedal means a lot in the small, expensive world of Hemi ’Cuda convertibles. Otherwise, the two cars are nearly identical comparables, given the non-original engines, same color and solid paperwork. Going back a bit farther, another 1970 Hemi ’Cuda model changed hands at the 2015 Mecum Monterey sale for $2,250,000. That car was a highly optioned Executive Demo in black — but it also had an automatic transmission. This car was lavishly equipped with nearly every available option, which made it a rarity amongst rarities in the low-production world of Hemi ’Cudas. The SCM Platinum Auction Database pegs the cur- rent median value of 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertibles at $2,475,000. As you can imagine, Hemi ’Cuda convertibles (or Dodge Challenger convertibles) rarely see the light of day, and the last 1970 model sold at public auction was in 2016, but that was for (arguably) a better example with far more desirable options. Be that as it may, here we are three years down the road, and our subject car may have been the only opportunity to put one in your collection. While the pedigree of our subject car is well docu- mented, the lack of options and base trim level (if you dare call a Hemi ’Cuda convertible a base-level trim) likely hurt the overall value. Of course, the biggest ding on the car was the au- tomatic transmission. The tan interior is a one-of-one build — but likely less desirable than black. Based on the limited past sales and current estimated valuations, the sale price of $1,980,000 seems to be fairly spot-on in today’s market. If another example happens to come out to play soon, we’ll find out if this one was well bought, well sold, or market correct. Only time will tell. For now, this is a market-correct result. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Dale Novak got his start with SCM at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours. He’s been our expert on a variety of things — from American muscle to Sunbeam Tigers — ever since. Details Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 14 (or 18, depending on your source) Original list price: $4,400 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,475,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Chassis # location: VIN plate on the driver’s side dash Engine # location: Passenger’s side of engine block, on machined pad above oil-pan rail and in front of the motor mount Club: Plymouth Barracuda/Cuda Owners Club Web: http://pbcoc.com Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Hemi Challenger, 1969–70 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot 48, s/n BS27R0B159521 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,400,000 Worldwide, Houston, TX, 4/30/11 SCM# 177974 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot S723, s/n BS27R0B363502 Condition 1- Sold at $1,705,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168636 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot 1309, s/n BS27R0B212172 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,160,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/06 SCM# 40279 nded with molded plastic. The chassis and suspensions were an afterthought in the convertible configuration. Add in a 425-horse Hemi under the hood, a lead foot, and a sticky hook-up out of the hole and you’ve got yourself a pretty good recipe for “Hmmm, why doesn’t the door shut right anymore?” The poster child of American muscle No matter how terrible the cars were when new, it makes no difference today — and that goes for just about any American muscle car. The allure is in the essence of what they represent to most buyers. Some buyers are in it solely as collectors and investors. Others pay up for what the cars represent to them personally. However you define a car in your mind, investment- grade machines such as Hemi ’Cuda convertibles are now works of modern cultural art, worthy of any mu- seum or private collection. They’ve made the rare leap from an ordinary ma- chine into an irreplaceable historical artifact. Those who wish to participate in the pursuit of the object will always set the values for these rare cars — if they have the money to play in that space. No-frills build Our subject 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertible is one of only 14 ever built. Ratcheting it down further, it’s one of only nine built with an automatic transmission. The car retains much of its original DNA. It comes with solid paperwork and most — if not all — of its original body panels. It no longer carries its original engine, but very few do. In short, this is a great example of how the car pre- sented when new, but it is in better condition now than when it first rolled off the Plymouth assembly line. While this car is not a heavily optioned example, it’s still one of the 14 (or 18) ever built and sold. Where the options will make a difference is how it stacks up against other examples, via past or present sales. Of course, this is a very small number of comps. A top-down view of the market Values of the 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertibles — and the even-more-rare 1971 cars — have been bouncing all over the block. To the best of my knowledge, private sales notwithstanding, the highest recent public sale price for a 1970 model chimed in at the 2016 Mecum Kissimmee sale for another Lemon Twist drop-top, which left the auction block at $2,675,000. That car sold for a lot more than our subject car — but it was also better equipped — including the game- changing A833 4-speed, A34 Super Trak Pak, 4.10 Sure Grip rear end and A62 Rallye instrument cluster. Yes, having that third pedal means a lot in the small, expen- sive world of Hemi ’Cuda convertibles. Otherwise, the two cars are nearly identical comparables, given the non-original engines, same color and solid paperwork. Going back a bit farther, another 1970 Hemi ’Cuda model changed hands at the 2015 Mecum Monterey sale for $2,250,000. That car was a highly optioned Executive Demo in black — but it also had an automatic transmis- sion. This car was lavishly equipped with nearly every available option, which made it a rarity amongst rarities in the low-production world of Hemi ’Cudas. The SCM Platinum Auction Database pegs the cur- rent median value of 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertibles at $2,475,000. As you can imagine, Hemi ’Cuda convertibles (or Dodge Challenger convertibles) rarely see the light of day, and the last 1970 model sold at public auction was in 2016, but that was for (arguably) a better example with far more desirable options. Be that as it may, here we are three years down the road, and our subject car may have been the only op- portunity to put one in your collection. While the pedigree of our subject car is well docu- mented, the lack of options and base trim level (if you dare call a Hemi ’Cuda convertible a base-level trim) likely hurt the overall value. Of course, the biggest ding on the car was the au- tomatic transmission. The tan interior is a one-of-one build — but likely less desirable than black. Based on the limited past sales and current estimated valuations, the sale price of $1,980,000 seems to be fairly spot-on in today’s market. If another example happens to come out to play soon, we’ll find out if this one was well bought, well sold, or market correct. Only time will tell. For now, this is a market-correct result. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Dale Novak got his start with SCM at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours. He’s been our expert on a variety of things — from American muscle to Sunbeam Tigers — ever since. Details Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 14 (or 18, depending on your source) Original list price: $4,400 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,475,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Chassis # location: VIN plate on the driver’s side dash Engine # location: Passenger’s side of engine block, on machined pad above oil-pan rail and in front of the motor mount Club: Plymouth Barracuda/Cuda Owners Club Web: http://pbcoc.com Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Hemi Challenger, 1969–70 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot 48, s/n BS27R0B159521 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,400,000 Worldwide, Houston, TX, 4/30/11 SCM# 177974 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot S723, s/n BS27R0B363502 Condition 1- Sold at $1,705,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168636 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible (auto transmission) Lot 1309, s/n BS27R0B212172 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,160,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/06 SCM# 40279 103 103


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Race Car Profile Scott Pattenden ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder by Wendler These cars hit the market regularly, so buyers don’t take desperation shots at a once-in-a-lifetime chance by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 550A0121 Engine number: 90114 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 140, sold for $3,781,206, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba, Italy, sale on May 25, 2019. It is difficult to think of a 1950s German racing car more iconic than the Porsche Spyders that were built between 1953 and 1961. They were not particularly beautiful — but they were devastatingly effective. These Porsches pestered — and often defeated — much larger and technically faster cars from Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin at venues all over the world. Well before Lotus was more than a twinkle in a young Colin Chapman’s mind, Porsche exploited the concept of tiny cars with small engines, minimal weight and slippery aerodynamics being an easy match in terms of horsepower and weight on all but the longest tracks. These Porsches certainly caught the world’s imagination, as they were feisty underdogs everyone wanted to cheer for. The romantically tragic image of actor James Dean’s accident on a lonely California highway probably didn’t hurt, either, but regardless, the Porsche Spyders have been desirable collector pieces for as long as they have been around. Going racing Starting with mostly Volkswagen components in the late 1940s, Porsche’s new 356 sports car sold well, and the company gradually moved to Porsche-built parts. By 1952, the company was strong enough that the family decided it was time to create a purpose-built racer. There were two pieces to this project — a completely new 4-cylinder, 104 Sports Car Market 4-cam racing engine (Project 547), and a suitable racing car to use it (Project 550). Ernst Fuhrmann designed an engine that was a wonder of compact, lightweight horsepower. It originally made 120 horsepower at 6,400 rpm from 1,500 cc (with low compression for the terrible gas available at the time). It weighed just over 300 pounds. It was also insanely complicated — more of a Swiss watch that made power than a conventional engine.


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The cam drive alone used nine shafts, 14 bevel gears and two spur wheels. The factory figured that an experienced builder with special tooling required 120 hours to assemble the engine, and that is with the entire roller-bearing crankshaft and rods assembly installed as a prebuilt unit. Just setting the cam timing took between eight and 15 hours. The engine was a jewel, though, and it was highly reliable after the inevitable early sorting-out issues were resolved. With only minor improvements, it became Porsche’s default racing engine well into the 1960s, when the 911 6-cylinder was developed. Complex engine, simple car Maybe as balance, the terrific com- plexity of the engine was matched by the extreme simplicity of the 550 race car as introduced in 1953. The chassis was a simple tubular ladder frame with VW-derived front and rear suspension. The engine was mounted forward of the rear wheels in classic mid- engine configuration. A very lightweight aluminum body — carefully designed and wind-tunnel tested for minimal frontal area and drag — was mounted on top of the frame. The wheel rims were mounted directly to the brake drums for simplicity and weight. Fighting above its weight With incremental development over the next few years, the Porsche 550 Spyder proved to be a giant killer. During the 1954 Carrera Panamericana — a 2,178- mile combination of mountain passes and desert straights — the finishing order was a 4.9-liter Ferrari Many Porsches have drifted down from the 2016 price peak, but Spyders, having ridden the craze up, seem to be holding value with a wide range dependent on collectibility. 1st, a 4.5-liter Ferrari 2nd, and 1.5-liter Porsches 3rd and 4th. In late 1954, Porsche started implementing its plan to build “production” 550s for sale, and customer racers started showing up on tracks around the world. Although it was expensive at about $6,800 in the United States (twice a normal 356), the only way to beat a 550 was to have another and drive it better. Sales did very well, with roughly 90 cars built. Porsche was definitely in the race-car business. Lighter and faster By late 1955 it was clearly time to upgrade the 550, so for the 1956 season the 550A was introduced. It was an evolution — but a major one. The chassis was replaced with a space-frame design that was far stiffer — and 35 pounds lighter. With higher mounting points on the chassis, the body panels could be hung rather than stood, which allowed lighter bodywork, so the 550A weighed 200 pounds less than the 550. The rear suspension was substantially revised, improving both grip and stability on the limit. Larger brakes and other details made the new car appreciably faster and friendlier than the earlier versions. Porsche September 2019 sold 37 550A cars in 1956 and 1957 before replacing it. The replacement was called the Type 718RS, but was in fact just a continuation of the concept with evolutionary changes. The RSK was built in 1958–59. It then became the RS 60 and RS 61 before its replacement by the all-new 904 in 1962. All in, there were close to 200 Spyders built and sold between 1954 and 1961, a significant number for a pure racing car. The collector market The 4-cam Porsche Spyders have always been con- sidered something very special. While a few were inevitably lost to crashes, fires and other catastrophes, most survived to the present. That means that at least a few seem to change hands every year, and we can look for a market rather than occasional one-off sales. An interesting detail is that all Spyders, regardless of model, seem to share a common underlying value. Museum-style collectors seem to prefer the purity of the early 550, while racers and other more-active users prefer the friendliness and speed of the later cars, but market value is driven by originality, provenance and history — not model or year. The air-cooled Porsche market stayed relatively flat for years — and then went crazy between about 2010 and 2016, when it peaked. Many Porsches have drifted down from that point, but Spyders, having ridden the craze up, seem to be holding value with a wide range dependent on collectibility. This is complicated somewhat by the fact that the truly great cars disappeared into long-term collections years ago and aren’t available. So the general range of cars that can be bought is from mediocre to excellent. The current range of Spyder values is $3 million to about $5.5 million and seems stable. Buyers are willing to pay appropriate prices for a given car, but they aren’t in a panic lest they miss getting one, as there will be another soon. Our subject car seems to have been in the “good” range: It is undoubtedly real, but it spent its life in East Africa, which isn’t great history. It was recently restored, and the catalog’s Jürgen Barth quote, “original form and all technical aspects are like it was in 1957.” does not suggest originality — only correctness. I doubt that bidders were fighting over this car, and it sold for an entirely correct price for what it is. Buyer and seller should both be pleased. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Thor Thorson wrote his first SCM story in 2003. He’s been our resident race-car expert ever since. 105 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Lot 44, s/n 550A0145 Condition 3 Sold at $5,170,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/18 SCM# 6858134 Details Years produced: 1956–57 Number produced: 37 Original list price: $6,800 Current SCM Median Valuation: $4,900,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis # location: Welded tag on rear chassis cross tube Engine # location: Front top of case Club: Porsche 356 Club Web: www.porsche356club.org Alternatives: 1955–56 Maserati 150S, 1954–57 OSCA MT4, 1955–57 Porsche 356 Carrera SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Lot S91, s/n 550A0141 Condition 2- Not sold at $2,000,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/23/18 SCM# 6877176 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Lot 42, s/n 550A145 Condition 3+ Not sold at $4,200,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804254


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Next Gen Philip Richter Cars From 1985 to 2005 That Are the Next Wave of Collectibles Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz A Rising Three-Pointed Star The Mercedes-Benz R129s are tough, well-built, sophisticated cars that offer a lot to the collector T wo key events in 1989 defined a new order in Germany: The Berlin Wall collapsed and Mercedes-Benz launched the fourthgeneration SL — the R129. Bruno Sacco’s contemporary timeless design evokes impres- sions of confidence, elegance and substance. The long hood line, raked windshield and short trunk deck come together to form a car that is attractive in any configuration — with the hard top installed or with the soft top up or down. The R129 is known for its legendary build quality, technological sophistication and durability. The new SL represented a quantum leap from the long-in-the-tooth R107 that it replaced in 1989. Still a fortress Produced from 1989 to 2002, the R129 was manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen on a shortened W124 chassis. The R129 was a groundbreaking car that ushered in a long list of innovative firsts. It had a removable aluminum hard top and a pop-up roll bar that would deploy in 0.3 seconds. The integral seats were an advanced design with three-point belts and tensioners — these complex chairs required Mercedes engineers to file 20 patents. The R129 had a long list of safety features, including dual airbags, ABS and advanced crumple zones. At the time, the new SL was the safest open car ever built — it is still considered a fortress even by today’s standards. Expensive then, cheap now The R129 could be configured with a 6-, 8- or 12-cylinder engine. Over its long production life, the car evolved aesthetically and technologically. AMG offered several performance-enhanced iterations, including the ultra-rare SL55, SL70 and SL72. In the final year of production, an upgraded SL500 or SL600 Silver Arrow edition was offered in the United States. It’s possible to get into one of these cars for very little money. Decent SL320 cars from the mid-1990s through the early 2000s sell from $9,000 to $16,000. The SCM Pocket Price Guide has a median price of $6,000 for a 1990–92 500SL. 1990–92 300SL cars carry a median value of $5,500. You should always have an expert check out any car before buying. Major work on these cars is very, very expensive. The positive driving experience is the SL’s best attribute — there is no body flex with the top down, and the car is comfortable and capable at triple-digit speeds. The R129 is an affordable and desirable modern classic that is a rela- tive bargain today given the stratospheric original list price, advanced features, attractive styling and bulletproof durability. ♦ Chairs so complex they resulted in 20 patents 106 Extensive safety testing took place Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo “Fairlady Z” With 300 horsepower and 238 foot-pounds of torque on tap, this JDM Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo is no civilized samurai sword by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: GCZ32507838 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ • 2,960-cc Twin Turbo DOHC V6 engine • Electronic fuel injection • 300 bhp at 6,400 rpm • 5-speed manual transmission • Independent front and rear suspension • 4-wheel disc brakes • 9,000 original miles • Japanese Domestic Market car A 108 remarkable example of one of Nissan’s most celebrated cars is presented here. Sold in its home market of Japan, just one owner held title over this vehicle for almost 30 years and put just 14,500 km (9,000 miles) on the dashboard before it was imported to the United States in 2018. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 112, sold at $26,880, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2019. The world works in weird ways. Mere weeks before watching this ’90 Twin Turbo Z cross the auction block, I had my own attitude-altering encounter with a pair of Turbo Zs. I was walking my dogs through our neighborhood, and over the course of a 30-minute stroll, not one but two Z32 300ZX Twin Turbos whizzed past us. Both were silver. One had its T-tops removed. The other had them fitted. This and a couple of stickers were the only features that distinguished the cars from each other. Both Zs cruised past us a couple times. I don’t think they were with Sports Car Market each other, as they were several minutes apart in their loops. The sight of one Z32 alone would have caught my attention. Two in quick succession, however, really piqued my interest. When the first Z passed me, I thought, “Meh.” The second one came by and I thought, “Hmm, all right.” By, let’s say, the fourth pass, however, I was sort of smitten. I suppose enough time had elapsed that my subconscious was able to thoroughly think through the Z32, weigh its wiles, and alter my opinion from indifference to admiration. To be clear, before those two cars paraded past me, I didn’t think much of the Z32. In the span of 30 minutes, though, that all changed. Over the past fortnight or so, I’ve had time to dissect exactly how the Z32 has come to hold a place of high esteem in my heart.


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Having a dream… First of all, Nissan’s current lassitude had clouded my judgment. Thirty years ago, when Nissan revealed the Z32 300ZX, it was actually trying. The brand was pushing the boundaries of engineering design and performance — and doing well. By contrast, the scandal-ridden Nissan of today seem- ingly stands for nothing more than buyer incentives and, when that fails, flooding rental-car fleets. I mean, for God’s sake, the current 370Z has been around for nigh 11 years — virtually prehistoric by modern automotive standards. On the twin Zs’ second go around, the T-tops caught my eye. And the DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter twin-turbo exhaust note rang joyfully in my ears. Suddenly, my head was flooded with images from the 300ZX Twin Turbo commercial directed by Ridley Scott. “So, I’m having this dream … I’m in a Turbo Z.” The sleek — but slab-sided — bodylines grabbed my attention on the fourth pass. The flush headlights in front, the short and wide body and the slow-sloping hatch replete with rear wiper had me nodding with appreciation. Then I recalled the experience of actually driving a Z32 Twin Turbo. It’s been a minute, but I can still remember the directness of the four-wheel Super HICAS steering. Even with Anecdotal evidence suggests that Z32s are mighty expensive to fix when something goes wrong — although they can be had inexpensively enough to leave room in the budget for repairs. its heaps of under-steer and propensity for unforgiving, turbo-spurred snap oversteer, it was a tremendous car in the corners. And the acceleration. Oh, the acceleration. With 300 horsepower and 238 foot-pounds of torque on tap, the Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo is no civilized samurai sword; it’s a missile with a feckless automatic climate control. Thanks to its dual-mode suspension, which is one click of the center console-mounted switch away from being toggled between Sport and Touring, the Z lives nicely in that midpoint between sports car and grand tourer. Nissan’s Z32 Twin Turbo was built to take on the C4 Corvette, which it did rather nicely. Even the ’Vette in Z51 guise wasn’t quite quick enough to best the 300ZX from 0 to 60 mph, which the Z dispatched in the midfive-second range. Driving under the radar Thing is, even now 30 years on, ’Vettes still telegraph to onlookers that you’re trying really hard and that you need to be recognized as a sports-car driver. In my eyes, the Z doesn’t. It’s clear it’s a sports car, but its specialness is disguised by its subdued styling — something no ’Vette can boast. I got that same feeling as I watched those twin Zs cruise through my neighborhood that evening a few weeks back. The owners clearly put forethought into their almost- vintage sports cars. After all, the Nissan brand doesn’t have much pop-culture cred anymore thanks to Ghosn and his weary goons. So, surely, few people recognize and appreciate the Zs for what they are. Plus, anecdotal evidence suggests that Z32s are mighty expensive to fix when something goes wrong — although they can be had inexpensively enough to leave room in the budget for repairs. That brings us to this particular JDM 300ZX Twin Turbo “Fairlady Z,” which fetched a cool $26,880 — nearly double our median valuation — at Bonhams’ Greenwich Auction. Since this one has only driven 14,500 kilometers (9,000 miles) since new and it’s the 2+2 body style, which was not offered in the U.S. in ’90, I’d say it was well bought — especially since we recently witnessed a Toyota Supra Twin Turbo from that era crack $170,000. So 300ZX Twin Turbos are likely to follow suit on a market rise. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Nick Jaynes, a veteran of General Motors and life with an MGB, is quickly becoming one of SCM’s most popular writers. Details Years produced: 1989–96 (Z32 for U.S.) Number produced: 18,274 (U.S.) Original list price: $33,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $13,500 Chassis # location: VIN tag in front left corner of windshield Engine # location: Five-digit code on right-hand side at the rear of the block Club: Z Car Club Association Web: http://zcca.org Alternatives: 1993–97 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo; 1984–96 Chevrolet Corvette C4; 1994–97 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 SCM Investment Grade: D Comps 1991 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe Lot 3007, s/n JN1CZ24H4MX501844 Condition 2+ Sold at $66,000 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/29/19 SCM# 6897920 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe Lot ST0166, s/n JN1C24A7LX003624 Condition 2+ Not sold at $24,500 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/26/18 SCM# 6874918 1989 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe Lot 49, s/n GCZ32505987 Condition 4+ Not sold at $7,800 Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 7/8/17 SCM# 6840064 September 2019 109


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Next Gen Market Moment ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R Only 300 of these cars were made. Many were kept off the road as investment cars — which hasn’t worked out Sold at $61,600 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN June 1, 2019 Chassis number: 1FAFP47HXYF223296 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ T he 2000 Mustang Cobra R was Ford’s third go-round for a limited-edition Mustang R model. This car was a marketing centerpiece to generate excitement for what was a revamp of a six-year-old chassis that was initially designed during the 1970s. The 2000 Cobra R took a different approach than the previous 1995 R model. In 1995, Ford chose to strip that version of the Mustang R of all features — but add power and handling. The paint was a generic white and the seats were junk on purpose. The 2000 Mustang R was the first to have actual aerodynamics reserved to the R model, including a removable front air dam that made trailering easier, and embroidered Recaro seats that actually kept you from tipping over the console. The 2000 R felt like Ford’s exercise in utilizing aftermarket parts. Yes, we’re talking about the parts that so many enthusiasts tapped into to get performance gains with their new Mustangs. Ford took a cue from Mustang fans and looked into aftermarket icons such as Brembo, Tremec, Borla and Bilstein. Then Ford slathered these performance parts onto the 2000 Cobra R. Ford engineers also used the 5.4-liter modular engine that was being stuffed into the F-150 pickup and tweaked it to produce 385 horsepower. For reference, this same engine was fitted with a blower and put into the 2005 GT. This engine was definitely versatile — and powerful. Fast — but flawed The downside of these cars is the period fit and finish that had not caught up with European standards of the day. Brute-force American muscle-car performance is what really sold Mustangs at the time. But the Cobra R had a massive price sticker on the window glass. This price soared into the realm of fine-tuned European cars. In short, there was a very limited market for these cars. Many other cars outperformed them on the track. So, in typical American form, the Mustang Cobra R used muscle to make up for chassis shortcomings and weight. Many cars in the pickle jar Only 300 Cobra R cars were made, and all were moved off the lots pretty quickly — with dealer premium. Most were bought for squirrelling away, so many of them have only a few miles on them. With rare exceptions, 2000 Cobra R values never got much above the $55,000 sticker price. There often is a price for salting away a fun car in hopes of scoring big money down the road. If you take inflation and the cost of insurance into account, sticking this car into the back of the garage for a few years was a downright bad investment. Drive it or store it? These cars do represent a milestone in the Mustang lineage. Maybe it wasn’t a memorable or emotional milestone, but these 300 cars will always have the R badge. For that reason, they will bring a premium going forward — even if they won’t sell for life-changing money. This car was fairly well sold, as it was not a hermetically sealed example that dodged pre-delivery inspection. It had almost 2,500 miles at time of sale. Yes, you could drive it some, but real miles will further devalue the car — and getting your money back real soon might be tough. For now, it’s a nice centerpiece that will always have a following. I guess that is a good thing if you want a fresh one now, but this car never really represented any sort of return on the original investment. So why not drive it now and have fun? — Sam Stockham ♦ 110 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Market Moment ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1988 Ferrari Testarossa Someone just got a great deal on a fun, drivable Ferrari, and there are many more deals out there to be had Sold at $99,000 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN June 1, 2019, Lot 6048 Chassis number: ZFFSG17A6J0078052 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ T here’s really no such thing as a cheap Ferrari anymore. However, it’s surprising to learn that a 1984–91 Testarossa can be quite affordable — at least compared with other flat-12 boxer engine models. The Testarossa came with a 4,943-cc, flat-opposed, 12-cylin- der engine rated at 385 horsepower and 361 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is located behind the cabin and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. The Testarossa will do 0–60 mph in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 180 mph. That’s a respectable Ferrari in anyone’s book, and it was Ferrari’s flagship nameplate in the late 1980s. Stagnant prices Yet when it comes to current prices, the Testarossa is falling behind. Check out SCM’s Platinum Auction Database and search the Ferrari 512 BB or 512 BBi that preceded the Testarossa, and prices start at about $200,000 and range up to about $350,000 (SCM# 6877753, SCM# 6898032). Go a little later to the 512 TR from 1992 to ’96 and you’ll find prices from $130,000 to $175,000 (SCM# 6887646). The 512M is even a little higher than that (SCM# 6794534). The Testarossa isn’t feeling that same love. Aside from a few showroom-perfect sales as high as $220,000 earlier this year (SCM# 6891191), these cars typically earn bids between $64,400 (SCM# 6897371) and $125,500 (SCM# 6897382). That’s not far out of line with the SCM Pocket Price Guide median estimates of $108,000 to $116,500 for this model. Sixteen Testarossas were offered at auction in the first four months of this year, so there are plenty of data points. A screaming deal for a screaming ride This sale at RM Sotheby’s was right in the fat part of the bell curve at $99,000. A quick look through the catalog photos shows no visible damage or unusual wear. With 15,653 miles showing on the odometer, this car appears to have been carefully looked after, as is typical for high-line Ferraris of the era. Unlike many other sports cars, a Testarossa will never have known a “who cares?” period in middle age. The catalog listing states that this car had the same owner for 15 years, all the books and tools are present, and it looks the part in Rosso Corsa Red. When it was new, contemporary reviews praised the Testarossa as a driver’s car. If you believe, as I do, that sports cars are meant to be driven, someone just got a great deal on a drivable Ferrari, and there are many more deals out there to be had. — Jeff Zurschmeide ♦


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1971 Datsun 510 #20254. S/N PL510266130. “500 miles since rebuild, 2,360-cc Rebello Racing inline 4, 5-speed 280ZX manual, Vanilla Shake/black suede, seam-welded body tub, Watanabe wheels, four-point roll bar, RacePak IQ3 digital display, mil-spec wiring, 3.70 LSD rear, 15-inch Watanabe alloys” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $45,000. Bring a Trailer 6/26/2019. Brian’s take: The 240Z/260Z/280Z isn’t the only Datsun to start seeing rising prices. The 510, known in Japan as the Nissan Bluebird, was sold in the U.S. from 1968 to 1973. It was said that the design is heavily influenced by the BMW 1600 as a sporty sedan. However, many 1998 Acura Integra Type R #20053. S/N JH4DC2311WS002067. 27k miles. “1.8-Liter VTEC inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, fresh timing belt and water pump, #79 of 1,000 produced for the U.S. in 1998, Championship White Exterior, black fabric interior. SOLD AT $65,500. Bring a Trailer, 6/20/2019. Brian’s take: Once again, we are seeing another Integra Type R set the high end of the market. A very similar car sold at BarrettJackson Las Vegas 2018 for $63,800. That car had only 1,100 miles on it, while this has 25k more. Why did this one sell for more than the one in Las Vegas? Audience and precedence. At Barrett-Jackson, the only people who were bidding on it were people there or who had someone to bid for them in person (now online bidding exists for a few of these auction companies). It was unprecedented for an ITR to sell for $60k, so the market wasn’t set on the knowledge of what a low-mileage ITR goes for. When I first 1987 Toyota Corolla GT-S #20306. S/N JT2AE88S7H0284936. 103k miles. “Stroked 2.4-L in- line 4 Honda S2000 motor, Precision 6262 turbocharger, S2000 6-speed manual gearbox, Ford 8.8-inch rear end, 4.11:1 limited-slip differential, aftermarket brake kit, 17-inch BBS wheels, GReddy coil-overs, threeinch exhaust.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. Bring a Trailer 6/27/2019. Brian’s take: A Honda swap inside of a Toyota might seem a little sacrilegious, especially one out of an S2000, but this isn’t the first time. While a more common engine swap in the AE86 Corolla is the 4AGE, a slightly higher-performance 4-cylinder out of similar Toyotas, people tend to get creative when hunting for horsepower. Some owners have gone slightly more extreme by putting in a 3S-GE BEAMS (Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System), an imported motor out of limited Japanese Toyota models, all the way up to swapping in a 13B rotary engine out of a Mazda RX-7. A motor-swapped Corolla isn’t ideal with the purist collector in mind, but it is aimed at the guy who wants to drive it and show it off. As long as the car is well built with quality parts and has a nice chassis, it won’t hurt the value of a Japanese car. Well sold. ♦ 112 Sports Car Market journalists of the time referred to the 510 as a “poor man’s BMW”. This 510 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is packed with an engine built by a well-known Datsun engine specialist pushing out 235-plus horsepower using Weber 45s. Transmission is swapped with one out of a 280zx, along with an LSD-equipped Subaru differential. The looks of the car are best described as a very mild resto-build. Taillights have been swapped out for an increasingly harder-to-find Bluebird (Japan spec). The car is well built, looks great and is becoming a classic. Well- modified cars don’t hurt the price when it comes to Japanese cars. With the market the way it is, this won’t be well sold for long. wrote about the ITR in June 2017, an example with 57k miles went for $26,250. It has only been a few years and the price has doubled. This car here has aftermarket shocks, along with (easy to remove) cheap pedal covers. While not completely original, it’s also not an issue to revert it back. The reason for the couple thousand over the other ITR is the ability to bid on it over the Internet and an already established price point in the market. Well sold.


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $22.7m RM Sotheby’s, Cernobbio, ITA, p. 122 $8m Leake, Tulsa, OK, p. 134 $5.6m Artcurial, Paris, FRA, p. 148 $4.7m RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, p. 160 $4.4m Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, p. 176 $80k VanDerBrink, Larchwood, IA, p. 194 September 2019 117


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Market Reports Overview How Far Are Next Gen Cars Rising in Value? Some are rocketing to the moon, while others are parked behind the dealership Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson S 1. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder, $4,158,767—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 128 2. 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder, $3,781,206—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 127 3. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $2,169,061—Artcurial, FRA, p. 154 4. 1965 Aston Martin ShortChassis Volante, $2,019,254—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 124 5. 1955 Fiat 8V coupe, $1,981,497—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 128 6. 1931 Bugatti Type 50 roadster, $1,578,765—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 126 7. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf coupe, $886,570—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 132 8. 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder, $741,838—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 128 9. 2006 Porsche Carrera GT convertible, $723,110—Artcurial, FRA, p. 154 10. 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC coupe, $622,277—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 130 Best Buys 1966 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 sedan, $5,500—Leake, OK, p. 136 118 CM, along with many other print and online publications, has spilled many gallons of ink and colored millions of pixels across screens worldwide trying to dissect, analyze and prognosticate this latest craze in automotive collecting: Next Gen cars. I wanted to see how far and quickly values of certain models have risen in the past few years for a few — let’s call them highlights or stars — of the Next Gen era. The Lamborghini Diablo VT (1994–98), 1992–93 MercedesBenz 500E, 1987 Buick GNX and the 1993–98 Mk IV/A80 Toyota Supra Turbo should do the trick for this exercise. Just so we’re all on the same page here: I’m loosely de- fining Next Gen as cars from 1985 to 2005 that have gone relatively unnoticed by the collecting hobby. The obvious caveat is they must be desirable, sporting cars — my first car, a 1989 Mercury Topaz, won’t make the cut and neither would my second, a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro with the wheeziest 2.8-liter V6 ever. Now, what I’m looking at is the median pricing data from our printed Pocket Price Guide from the beginning of 2016 through to the 2019 Q3 update we published online. We’re not charting the ups and downs for each car per quarter here but getting an idea of where each one is trending. Fast risers The biggest gains in rising value belong to the Mercedes 500E, which does not include the E500 median values, as those cars are worth a bit ($20k–$30k) less than the 1992– 93 models. The 500E’s median value in 2016 was $20,900, and they clocked in at $84,000 in the Q3 2019 update — for an increase of 302%. Another model with significant increases to its median value is the Toyota A80 Supra Turbo. While the 2016 median started at $21,800, by the latest online update of the Pocket Price Guide, the median value for those cars climbed 132% to $50,500. Sure, most of us can point to the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale of a Turbo Supra for $173,600, but it’s obvious the rest of the pack wasn’t entirely left in the dust. Increasing, but not as quickly I used to joke around the SCM offices a number of years ago that maybe some year Diablo owners and auction buyers would one day agree on Diablo pricing. When I started at SCM in 2010, it seemed that hardly any Diablos going to auction were selling. Nowadays, they’re selling easily and for a fair chunk of change. For this exercise, let’s look at the pre-facelift VT models (the ones with all-wheel drive and fun features that eventually moved down to the base-model Diablo). The VT starts at $120,300 in our exercise, but quickly plateaued in 2018 at $183,000, where it has stayed since. Still, that’s a 52% increase overall. Stalled in the lot It’s not terribly easy to pick an American-built car for Next Gen. Sure, there are ZR-1 Corvettes and SVT Mustangs that warrant examination, but the sheer quantity of options just isn’t there for American cars as it is for the European or Japanese set. So I settled on a long-established brand of ’80s American performance — the Buick GNX. Start to finish, they’ve risen about 10% in the four years of data at which I’m looking. My analysis of it is that it was already a valuable car, much more so than pretty much any other American car of its era, and there was no marketdriven reason to take it higher. Overall, the point is this era of vehicle is experiencing a rapid ascent after years of only a few cars getting and keeping magazine headlines and primo auction spots. You might be too late to ride one of these waves to record heights, but you now know where the getting is good. So go and get ’em while you can. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA May 25, 2019 May 29–June 1, 2019 Larchwood, IA June 1, 2019 Greenwich, CT June 2, 2019 June 6–8, 2019 June 17, 2019 $0 Artcurial Paris, FRA Tulsa, OK Leake Bonhams VanDerBrink RM Auctions Auburn, IN $4.7m $80k $4.4m $8.1m $5.6m $10m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $20m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $30m $40m $22.7m 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible, $25,300—RM Auctions, IN, p. 164 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport cabriolet, $417,500— Bonhams, CT, p. 188 1970 Chevrolet C20 Custom pickup, $15,500—VanDerBrink Auctions, IA, p. 196 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE coupe, $18,700—Leake, OK, p. 138 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Miata, McQueen, and a front-drive Porsche are on Jim Pickering’s radar by Jim Pickering Buy: 1989 Mazda Miata 1989 was a pivotal year in the car world. This was when someone finally made the perfect British sports car. In Japan. The Miata was fantastic in both its sporty feel and its daily-grind reliability, and as such, a bunch of owners used these cars for hundreds of thousands of miles. Attrition has played its part now, and most “blinky” Miatas (as I call the “NA” models with folding headlights, built 1989–97) have either become tuner fodder or track rats. Yes, you can still buy a new Miata, or derivatives such as the S2000 or “Fiata,” but there will always be purists who see the original as the cleanest form. Find the lowest-mile first-gen car you can and hang on to it. It may only cost you $5,000 or so right now — but as racers and tuners finally wear out their cars, they’ll be coming for these, and good examples will cease to be cheap. Sell: Anything connected to Steve McQueen I’ve got nothing against the King of Cool, but “cool” has a shelf life. McQueen’s bump has been pretty significant on everything from sunglasses to step-down Hudsons, and that’s great. But who will buy this stuff in the next generation? Will this new group of spenders be willing to pay the same premiums of today to own these things? I don’t think so. You may consider McQueen’s Mustang to be the be-all, end-all of car-culture cool, and that’s fine. Maybe it is. But do your kids agree with you? Would they rather have Paul Walker’s R34 Skyline? Buy what you want to buy and spend what you want to spend — but you might think about moving McQueen’s stuff while the market is still white-hot. Hold: Porsche 944 The 944 is no 911, but the water-cooled ’80s darling has an overall shape that’s just as iconic — and it really speaks to the era in which they were produced. If you want to remember the ’80s, a 944 isn’t the worst way to do it. The real driver here is the growth of events such as Porsche Werks and RADwood, which overlap in this car. Underpowered but with great overall balance, these can be a lot of fun to drive, and the market is poised for some movement here, so hanging on to your low-miles example may prove to be smart. 120 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA RM Sotheby’s — Villa Erba 2019 This month’s price for a clean, late Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Touring is $534,179 Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 25, 2019 Location Cernobbio, ITA Auctioneers Filippo Lotti, Mark Grol Automotive lots sold/offered 32/54 Sales rate 59% Sales total $22,721,720 High sale 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, sold at $4,158,767 Buyer’s premium 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 coupe, sold at $534,179 15% on first $223,740; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.89) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics L ight drizzle for the evening auction following a warm, sunny preview day beside Lake Como prompted auctioneer Mar Cernobbio, ITA e Ferrari Mondial, both on the phone, well under estimates. The rest of the sale her muted, and the 427 Cobra remained unsold at €650k ($727k). e Aston Martin Short-Chassis Volante did well to get €1.8m ($2,019,254), though Grol to ask whether the onlookers in t bleachers on the opposite side of the d through path would like some blankets a chocolate. With rostrum regular Maarten ten H Grol danced lightly across three langua of former incumbent Max Girardo, and got the two big cars away — the Porsche 550A Spyder ($3,781,206) and factory hard top. Following no-sales on two similar cars at rival auctions, RM eby’s finally got a value on a new Vanquish Zagato shooting brake: €450k $503k), well under the $730k–$950k catalog ask, although once you add the premium and VAT to the whole price because it’s a new car, you end up at a rather inflated $695,220. As partial confirmation of that valuation, the apparent high bid on Bonhams’ example two weeks before was £540k ($692k). More notable no-sales were the McLaren P1 at €1m ($1.1m) and a 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster unsold against a €400k ($448k) lower estimate, plus a very original 1963 E-type roadster with old, tired paint stalling at $201k. The Porsche Speedster and Aston Martin V8 Zagato rather confirmed their market values as their owners cut them loose under estimates at $383,155 and $370,569, while this month’s price for a clean, late Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Touring is $534,179. Is all this a tragedy? I don’t think so. It may be 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Shooting Brake, sold at $571,935 122 painful for some of the sellers, but I think cars are, finally, returning to more realistic values — and that means it’s a great time to buy cars in Europe, particularly if you’re trading in dollars. Perhaps one day I will be able to afford that Dino…. ♦ Sales Totals $35m $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ENGLISH #147-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 3.8 road- ster. S/N S832171DN. Red/black leather. Odo: 59,806 miles. Fourth-to-last XK 150 roadster completed and second-to-last of 36 left-hand-drive 3.8s with overdrive. Restoration looks recent; paint still bright and shiny, even under the subdued light of the awning at Villa Erba. Chrome all good, door gaps pretty even, leather only lightly creased, super-clean engine bay now with alternator, newish exhaust. Cond: 2-. the sides. Newish leather already going a bit baggy. With hard top. Cond: 2. lante in 2002), had a resurgence to $426k (this sale in 2017) and are still holding good. Last one offered for sale, in England in May (SCM# 6900979), appeared to reach £370k ($472k) unsold, but it was lower mileage than this. #124-2012 ASTON MARTIN V12 Za- SOLD AT $2,019,254. One of the 37 between DB5 and when the DB6 proper came on stream: It’s really a DB5 but not referred to as such. Very well sold. #122-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- SOLD AT $151,164. Originally supplied in the U.S., came back to Europe at some unspecified time. Offered at no reserve with a pie-in-the-sky €290k ($324k) lower estimate. Sold for a realistic amount, though starting the bidding at €30k ($34k) made proceedings a bit tedious. Last in SCM Platinum Auction Database May 2018, when it was offered but not sold at Sotheby’s Monaco for $286,416 (SCM# 6871989) against a €290k–€340k ($326k–$382k) estimate, when it had a Croatian title. #135-1965 ASTON MARTIN SHORT-CHASSIS Volante. S/N DBVC2335L. Dark blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 346 km. Older restoration by Roos in Switzerland; was red. Couple of flaws and imperfections in body when you sight down TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT $370,569. After all that chopping and junking of weight, these only ended up 10% lighter than the regular V8. Oh well. These were once very cheap ($64k for a Vo- tage coupe. S/N SCFCV81Z0HTL20053. Eng. # V5800053X. Javelin Grey/black leather. Odo: 15,456 km. One of 14 LHD manuals out of 52 coupes built. Good order, recently recommissioned. Leather hardly worn. Engine bay notably neat and tidy for one of these: Usually the airbox seals are deranged and coming adrift. With toolkit. Cond: 2-. gato No. 1 coupe. S/N SCFEBBGF7CGS31111. Alloro Green/tan & blue leather. Odo: 275 km. First one built out of 65, with various AM Q-division cosmetic touches such as red badges and stitching. Still as-new, and as a result it’s liable for VAT on the full hammer price and not just the buyer’s premium. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $671,220. Not sold against a €650k–€750k ($727k–$839k) estimate. If the Shooting Brake (Lot 120) is anything to go by, it should be €400k–€450k ($450k–$510k). #142-2015 MCLAREN P1 coupe. S/N SBM12ABB6FW000357. Supernova Silver/ black leather & suede, carbon fiber. Odo: 191 miles. The 357th of 375 twin-turbo V8s hybridized by 176-hp electric motor (and the battery to power it, meaning that despite all the clever weight saving such as thinner glass and leaving the internal carbon surfaces uncoated, it still weighs 1,400 kg/3,000 lb). Supernova Silver with Stealth Pack (visible carbon fiber all over it). Orange brake calipers. Still like new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,118,700. Went to Lanzante to be converted into a P1R, but it never happened, so it’s been in storage there ever since, which explains the 2019 instead of 2015 U.K. registration number. Unsold at €1m, but only under estimate by €100k ($113k) or so. Full VAT to pay if it had sold. #120-2019 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH Shooting Brake. S/N SCFNMCUZXKGJ54490. Red/black leather. New. One of 99, 12th built. Optioned with black brake calipers, roof in bare carbon fiber, black exhaust pipes, Shadow Bronze jewelry interior pack and Zagato emblems embroidered on the headrests in Spicy Red. Cond: 1-. 124 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Cond: 2+. RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA Date sold: 06/05/2019 eBay auction ID: 382981597802 Seller’s eBay ID: maserati_charlotte Sale type: Used car with 1,186 miles VIN: SCFSMGAW8KGN00380 Details: Skyfall Silver over Obsidian Black leather/ Alcantara; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 503 hp and 505 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $139,896, 21 bids, sf 20 MSRP: $172,621 (as equipped) Other current offering: St. Louis Motorcars in St. Louis, MO, offering a Q Flugplatz Blue over Pure Black leather/Alcantara 2019 Vantage coupe for $190,251, with 32 miles. 2019 BMW i8 Roadster SOLD AT $571,935. One owner, in France. After Artcurial failed to sell it in Paris in February and Bonhams had no luck with another example (with a blingier front grille) in Buckinghamshire in May, we turn to this to see where, at the third time of asking, the market perceives the futuristic station wagon. €450k ($503k) is the answer, having been offered without reserve against a €650k–€850k ($727k–$950k) estimate similar to the other attempts, or €511,250 once you add the buyer’s premium. Full VAT will be liable on that, as it’s a new car. FRENCH Date sold: 06/26/2019 eBay auction ID: 303187479112 Seller’s eBay ID: siliconautogroupofaustin Sale type: Used car with 40 miles VIN: WBY2Z6C53KVB82910 Details: Sophisto Gray Metallic over Giga Ivory White/black leather; 1.5-L I3 w/ hybrid assist rated at 369 hp and 420 ft-lb, 6-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $157,867, Buy It Now, sf 14 MSRP: $189,655 (as equipped) Other current offering: Ferman BMW of Palm Harbor, FL, asking $175,895 for a 2019 i8 Roadster in Crystal White Pearl Metallic over Copper leather, with 4 miles. 2018 McLaren 720S Coupe Date sold: 06/19/2019 eBay auction ID: 123807086046 Seller’s eBay ID: franzforman Sale type: Used car with 670 miles VIN: SBM14DCAXJW001506 Details: Tarocco Orange Pearl over black leather/ Alcantara; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 710 hp and 568 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $294,000, Buy It Now, sf 561 MSRP: $372,174 (as equipped) Other current offering: In La Jolla, CA, McLaren San Diego selling a 2019 720S coupe in Onyx Black over red/black leather/Alcantara with 37 miles, for $354,490. ♦ 126 SOLD AT $1,578,765. One of two Type 50 roadsters left (of 65 T50s in all), sole remaining example (of four) still to have its original Jean Bugatti-designed factory coachwork. First owned by painter André Derain, who had it painted black with a yellow stripe. Sold where expected. #157-1948 DELAHAYE 135 M Sport coupe. S/N 800870. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 749 km. Body was originally created on a pre-WWII 135S racer in 1948, fitted to this chassis in 2017. Still very sharp—mileage is presumably since it was completed. Weird Hebmüller styling includes carrying spare wheel in front wing, like a Bristol. Deco dials and switches (in green-painted dash) all good. Cotal electric-shift gearbox has tiny column-mounted gate; conventional “gear lever” is just for selecting forward or reverse. Sports Car Market #137-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 50 roadster. S/N 50123. Gray & black/ dark brown leather. RHD. Odo: 9,981 miles. Most powerful road car Etttore ever produced. This is likely the shorter 3.1-meter (10-foot) chassis. No doubt restored more than once, very straight and clean, excellent paint and dash veneer, leather lightly creased. Headlight and radiator shell plating very good, wheels polished. Not original motor; swapped post-WWII. Engine bearers nickel-plated, which looks a bit unnecessary. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $320,228. Presumably the 135S was rebodied as a racer again. Hammered sold at the bottom estimate figure. It’s a strange thing to do, but I guess the weird body was worth saving for its very uniqueness. #113-1963 CITROËN 2CV Sahara se- dan. S/N 0663. Gray/gray vinyl/red cord. Odo: 36,559 km. Wild twin-engined 4x4 (or 4x2, if you only run one engine). Strictly speaking, this is a 2CV 4x4, as the Sahara name was dropped after Algerian independence in 1962. Slightly tired-looking with a paint blowover and stained seat fabric. 204 hours showing on the clock. With workshop manual and parts list. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $83,623. One owner, in Belgium. Offered without reserve; winning bid almost reached the lower estimate of €70k ($78k). Last one of these at auction (Lot 317, s/n 0244, SCM# 6891383) fetched €87,440 ($99,155) with Bonhams in Paris in February, but it was a fair bit sharper, so we’ll call this correctly sold. #112-1980 RENAULT R5 Turbo hatch- back. S/N VF1822000B0000564. Blue/orange velour. Odo: 84,012 km. Turbo 1 repainted in two shades of blue—probably the correct


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA Olympe 405 but not sure the bonnet should be the same Olympe 496 as the bumpers. Wild interior and holding up well; seat vinyl probably redone; blue leather dash looks too good to be original. With toolkit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $96,488. Offered with no reserve and, although hammered 20% below the lower estimate, I’d say pretty much on the money at about 20% more than a decent Turbo 2. GERMAN #140-1957 PORSCHE 550A Spyder. S/N 550A0121. Silver/beige leather. Former racer, obviously battered and straightened out multiple times; was blue at one stage. Last restored in 2016 with 100 km since, so leather still looks new. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 2 York; no more history until it pops up in Honolulu in 2006, after which is was sold as a project by European Collectibles in California. On the money in today’s market. #158-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210003135. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 61,880 miles. U.S.spec, factory discs and aluminum block. “Very original” or nicely patinated, depending on which way you lean—which means older paint, hood cover a bit split and perished. Seat leather well worn. Motor rebuilt by M-B Classic in Stuttgart 2018. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,781,206. Only one (of 40) sold new in Denmark, where it had a few wins, then raced in East Africa from mid-’58. In Italy from 1978; ran in the Mille Miglia retrospective several times. Was registered in Monaco from 2011. Hammered 10% behind lower estimate, but just enough to get the job done. #141-1957 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N 83142. Ruby Red/black vinyl. Odo: 4,309 km. Clean, tidy and stock; all there including tool roll and U.S.-spec overriders. Restored in Italy 2009–18; in Switzerland since, so it’s a temporary import to the EU. Liege-Rome-Liege badge on tail, although it’s unlikely to have participated. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,431,936. Had been owned by the chairman of Hublot and Blancpain. RM Sotheby’s had a stake in this, but it was passed at €1,280,000, which was only €120k ($134k) under the bottom estimate. Last seen in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database at RM’s February 2015 Paris auction with 61,060 miles, when it sold for $1,410,640 (SCM# 6772625)... We remarked then that the owner was probably right to let it go under ($1.6m) estimate, as enough people were seeing that the tide was just beginning to turn. #150-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 coupe. S/N 9113601564. Grand Prix White/black cord & vinyl. Odo: 90,939 km. Late Touring-spec car. Clean and tidy. Couple of tiny ripples in sill (rocker) finishers. New cord and vinyl to seats. Motor so clean it looks as if it’s hardly been run. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $383,155. Supplied new in New “ September 2019 SOLD AT $534,179. Hammered sold at €420k One of two Type 50 roadsters left (of 65 T50s in all), sole remaining example (of four) still to have its original Jean Bugatti-designed factory coachwork. 1931 Bugatti Type 50 roadster ” 127


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ($470k), €55k ($62k) under bottom estimate. So that’s this month’s reading... (See profile, p. 100.) ITALIAN #133-1937 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2300 B Pescara sedan. S/N 813897. Dubonnet/red leather. RHD. Odo: 27,880 km. Splendidly original—apart from the older-repaint top coat, some of which is flaking off—and verging on tatty. Red leather very baggy, instruments good. Period Condor radio. With full original toolkit and jacks. Cond: 3. #125-1955 FIAT 8V coupe. S/N 106000076. Green/Magnolia leather. Odo: 14,782 km. One of 26 Zagato coupes. Recently restored in its original color, and with original engine reinstated. Straight body, near-perfect paint, new leather and carpets; sits right on Cinturatos (and, randomly, a Michelin X on the spare). Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 5 later declared sold at €444,875, which equates to a bid of €391k/$437,400.... #170-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. SOLD AT $1,981,497. Pre-restoration had run in the Mille Miglia retrospective eight times. Sold mid-estimate, and fourth top sale of the auction. #119-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 GT SOLD AT $295,057. Three owners, 55 years with first family, deregistered from road use 1992. €230k ($257k) provisional bid (€70k/$80k under the lower estimate) converted to a sale before the final hammer fell. #148-1954 FERRARI 500 MONDIAL Spider. S/N 0448MD. Red/tan leather. RHD. Twelfth of 13 Pinin Farina Spiders built, one of five with covered lights. Fitted with 735 engine before leaving factory, providing an additional 75 horsepower. Raced with Tony Parravano in the U.S. in the ’50s before being sold to an owner in Mexico City in 1957, shortly before Parravano was investigated by the IRS and subsequently disappeared. Came back to the U.S. 1972, sold to Hong Kong 1999. Recently elaborately restored by Ferrari. Motor so clean it looks painted. Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 1 coupe. S/N 100556881. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 1 km. Restored since new ownership in 2015; very clean and sharp, sheet metal all good, leather looks hardly sat in, confirmed by odo at 1 km. Perfectly refinished crackle-black dash. Lightly scratched plastic windows. Said to have Mille Miglia engine with lightened crank. Abarth Classiche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2. S/N AM101600. Silver & black/dark blue leather. Odo: 135 km. Tidy and clean, nice paint and chrome (last owner of 27 years had the roof changed to black). Originally white leather, redone in 2016 restoration. All good inside including new carpets, except rev counter is slightly more yellowed than rest of instruments. Sits right on tall crossplies. The 5-speed ZF fitted in 1975. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $210,987. What a difference a softtop makes (see Lot 132). And less money than an Aston DBS. TOP 10 No. 8 #132-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT Spyder. S/N AM1011333. Green/tan leather. Odo: 10,774 km. Number 173 out of 242 Vignale Spyders. Older (Italian) restoration holding up nicely; was originally gold. Interior still looks newish. With tools and rare factory hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $115,785. Originally supplied in U.S. and believed to have period racing history. To the Netherlands in 2014, then home to Italy the following year. Probably not Mille Miglia eligible, though, which dampens the price slightly, but final price still (just) exceeded lower estimate. #165-1959 FERRARI 250 GT Series II SOLD AT $4,158,767. This was the one everyone was waiting for, and RM Sotheby’s declared an ownership interest. Last sold by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey 2017 for $3,850,000 (SCM# 6846350). Drove up to the rostrum and notwithstanding the lower estimate of €4.25m ($4.75m), it was on sale at €3.3m ($3.7m), where it was hammered away—though it needed a push to get it away again. (See profile, p. 92.) 128 coupe. S/N 1533GT. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 99,587 km. Seventh Series II PF coupe, still excellent after restoration and leather hardly looks used. Period Blaupunkt radio, polished Borranis, ANSA exhausts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $497,682. Originally supplied near Modena. To Los Angeles in 1969; to the U.K. in 2012, where it was restored soon after by the fatherand-son team at GTB Restorations. Bid on the day to €390k ($436k, about $34k under lower estimate), to which auctioneer Grol’s response was: “Sorry, I can’t sell it for that,” but it was SOLD AT $741,838. Originally collected from the factory by its first, American owner and shortly afterwards shipped home to Nebraska. Back to Italy in early 2000s, after that in Germany. Quite well sold but still less money than an Aston Martin... though the gap is narrowing, as this is more than half the price of a DB4 convertible. (see English Profile, p. 96.) #153-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE Series II 2+2 coupe. S/N 3723GT. Black/tan leather. Odo: 25,776 km. Nice older restoration just settling in. Paint and brightwork still mostly Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA nice, although trim around grille opening slightly wavy. Leather lightly creased and worn. Polished Borranis. Period push-button Radiomatic. Classiche certified. Cond: 2-. made, all told. Delivered new to Germany, recently in the Netherlands. Sold by Bonhams in Paris February 2016 for $146,911, which we reckoned then was market correct (SCM# 6798929). Same again here. (See profile, p. 98.) #145-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SOLD AT $383,155. Originally sold in France. At some point owned by Jay Kay, musician and car collector. Last seen in SCM’s database when it sold for $259,459 on February 2011 (which we considered top money in those pre-last-boom days), at Artcurial Paris, with 9,223 km (SCM # 2079935). Sold here mid-estimate. #115-1965 ASA 1000 GT coupe. S/N 01126. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 216 miles. Gorgeous little coupe by ex-Ferrari men; motor is effectively one-third of a Colombo V12. Good older resto (2008–14), still very straight and sharp. Interior all clean and tidy. Now with electric fan and add-on ammeter, plus tripmeter. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $199,408. In France most of its life. Offered without reserve against a €250k–€300k ($280k–$336k) estimate, though auctioneer Grol announced that after consultation he could sell at €145k ($162k). It hammered for €10k ($11k) more. #121-1966 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super SOLD AT $154,381. Only about 90 of these Sport 3C 2.8 coupe. S/N 826232002028. Gray/red leather. Odo: 71,525 miles. Older (2008–10) restoration. Body, paint and chrome all good, though rear bumper doesn’t sit quite SPRINT GTA Stradale coupe. S/N AR613295. Dark blue/black velour & vinyl. Odo: 2,062 km. A competition car since early 2000s, more recently set up as a race car, though still with two seats. Had been configured for road rallies; claimed to have all its original aluminum panels, though rear end is notably out of square. Previously red; restored by former Conrero chief Tony Rotondi. Modern safety gear all in good nick, but the tugboat tow-loops are going to have to go before it hits the circuits. Cond: 3+. straight—in fact, rear isn’t very symmetrical, but they’re all like that, sir, until they’re 3-D scanned to within an inch of their lives. Decent leather, carpets, instruments. Sits right on a tall set of Michelin Xs. No other info in the catalog about this other than it was a temporary import. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $282,472. One of 150 Super Sports. The last one of these I drove, a 1965 car in the U.K. in January, was asking £295k ($378k), and the one before that, a 1962 2.5 Sport 3C with faired-in lights, was priced at £334,950 ($429,500) July 2018. Offered at no reserve, this did approximately two-thirds the asking price of those cars. #161-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 08773. Silver/black leather. Odo: 67,103 km. The 10th 330 GTC built; originally on Campagnolo alloys but now on Borranis. Recently restored (in the U.K.), with interior by Luppi in Italy; previously had red leather. Modern a/c installed at some point. U.K. registered. Campags included. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $622,277. Supplied new in Italy, went to the U.S. in 1968, stored 1977–96. Briefly appeared in the Denzel Washington film “American Gangster.” Sold for $220,000 (SCM# 2076713) at Gooding & Co. Scottsdale 2011, then listed on eBay January 2016 with 65,948 km by G&S Motors at $735k; by April 2016 relisted by G&S in Hemmings at $690k. Hammered sold near lower estimate. And that’s what you have to go through to sell a car for the right money these days. #123-1990 FERRARI 348 TB Elabora- zione coupe. S/N ZFFKA35B000083560. Yellow/black leather & suede. Odo: 19,500 km. One of 10 modified by Zagato and, rather interestingly, a portent of the styling to come on the succeeding F355. Good order with low mileage, although leather already looks quite worn and suede parts of interior look grubby. Cond: 2-. 130 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ern cars all look the same to me. More or less reached its lower estimate, though as a one-off junior supercar, almost nothing contemporary to compare it to. Used first-year 4Cs with this sort of mileage start at £35k ($45k) in the U.K. AMERICAN #111-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO SOLD AT $244,436. Prototype show car on the Zagato stand at the 1991 Geneva International Motor Show and one owner from new. Sold for approximately four times what a stock 348 would fetch. #155-2016 FERRARI F12TDF coupe. S/N ZFF81BHB000214162. Silver/black Alcantara, carbon fiber. Odo: 6,000 miles. Return of the front-engined V12 dinosaur as replacement for the 599 GTO, though rear-wheel steering fools it (and the driver) into thinking it’s smaller and nimbler than it is—it still weighs 1,600 kg (3,500 lb). Tidy and low mileage. Specced with carbon-fiber trim, yellow rev counter and black wheels. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 7 Biarritz convertible. S/N 58E017174. Black/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 3,000 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One of 815 ’58 Biarritz convertibles. Straight, very shiny, restored, originally green with green leather. All there including Autronic Eye dipper and E-Z-Eye glass, and all brightwork good. Dash and instruments good. Leather lightly creased with a few marks on fold-down central armrest. Some chrome dress-up parts on motor, now with alternator. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,904. First car lot of the evening. In this ownership (in Germany) since 1982. Offered without reserve, let go at half the lower estimate, although it’s hard to get fired up when it’s drizzling and everyone is really here for the Ferrari Mondial (Lot 148). SOLD AT $886,570. One of 799, with two owners. Presumably their nerves couldn’t take it anymore, but there’s been a profit in it. These were about $450k new, so someone’s done quite well. Shame the Aston Vanquish Zagatos aren’t going the same way. #114-2018 ALFA ROMEO 4C Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001 coupe. S/N ZAR9600000M090943. Silver/black & orange leather, black carbon fiber. Odo: 40,000 miles. One-off shown at Geneva in 2019, following end of production of the 4C in 2018. Body and interior like new, though it was built on a used car. Cond: 2+. #167-1965 SHELBY COBRA 427 road- ster. S/N CSX3110. Red/black leather. Odo: 18,903 km. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tenth street 427 and believed the first Cobra delivered with Kelsey-Hayes Sunburst wheels, although only the spare remains. Very tidy with good paint, though rear wheelarch profiles are a bit uneven/ freehand. Little wear to seat leather. Unreasonably subdued when fired up. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $186,543. Hmmm. It doesn’t look very different from the stock 4C, but then mod- 132 NOT SOLD AT $727,155. Bought as a wreck in the mid-’70s and given a rebuilt vehicle VIN by Florida DMV, but eventually got its original number back. To Switzerland in 2002, in vendor’s ownership from ’06. Bid to €650k, which was €50k ($56k) under the lower estimate. © Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK Leake — Tulsa 2019 “I’d rather have 20 $50,000 cars or 10 $100,000 cars than one $1,000,000 car. It gives us more opportunities to cater to our customers” Company Leake Date June 6–8, 2019 Location Tulsa, OK Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Amy Assiter Automotive lots sold/offered 352/516 Sales rate 68% Sales total $8,096,495 High sale 1963 Chevrolet Corvette custom Split-Window coupe, sold at $126,500 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR coupe, sold at $30,800 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics L eake is finding their stride in the face of big changes. In 2018, Leake was pur- chased by Ritchie Bros., the la heavy-equipment auctioneers in t creating the single largest auction c the planet. The stage is now an elevat including an auctioneer’s box center behind, with a massive video screen above. A boomoperated camera rig adjacent to the exit ramp provides streaming coverage online. The bidders’ pit is bisected by a center aisle, flanked on three sides by bleacher-style seating. A concert-quality lighting rig hangs from the ceiling. A massive American flag hangs in front of the rig, perfectly situated for the singing of the national anthem prior to the commencement of each day’s selling. Coincidence? Not a chance. General Manager, New Ventures & Sectors (Collector Cars) Gary Bennett’s vision was seen throughout the sale. Ritchie Bros.’ New Sector Development Manager for Collector Cars (and Gary’s wife) Muffy Bennett was a whirlwind, crossing the massive building several times a day, ensuring that all details were attended to. She is the former Barrett-Jackson Dealership Division Manager. It is clear they have come to build a successful, lasting operation. In conversation, Mr. Bennett said, “We are proud of the fact that we cater to the customer more than we cater to the camera.” Consignors filled the expo center with 516 cars, 134 Tulsa, OK trucks, motorcycles and RVs. There were no million-dollar cars present, but plentiful show-quality restorations, high-quality resto-mods, over 40 Corvettes, numerous exotics, and plentiful European and Asian offerings were on hand. A gorgeous 1963 Corvette Split-Window resto-mod coupe, featuring a 525-hp LS engine, 5-speed transmission, modern suspension, brakes and Vintage Air, was the high seller at $126,500. Multiple Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes and Panteras crossed the block. There was even a very accurate Ford GT40 replica, complete with Gurney Weslake valve covers. About the impressive selection, Bennett said, “I’d rather have 20 $50,000 cars or 10 $100,000 cars than one $1,000,000 car. It gives us more opportunities to cater to our customers.” Veteran auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, rarely seen without his reading glasses perched upon his forehead, along with wife, Amy, both formerly of Barrett-Jackson, kicked off the sale Thursday. With more than 48% of the lots selling at no reserve, the sell-through rate was an impressive 68%. “The sale exceeded all our expectations. We had the most no-reserve lots we’ve ever had at any auction. Post-bid sales were strong through IronPlanet’s Marketplace-E online forum,” Bennett said. In all, the sale managed to net just over $8m — a big jump from last year’s $6.3m. The auction company is looking forward to a new sale next year, as they will make their inaugural foray at Arizona Car Week in January, hosting a sale at Salt River Fields. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK ENGLISH #444-1966 JAGUAR MK 2 3.8 sedan. S/N P1B59970DN. DuBois Red/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 54,761 miles. Paint is beginning to show its age, with swirl, nicks and chips. Chrome has plenty of patina. Stainless is also showing its age. Chrome wire wheels show a bit of rust, corrosion. Seats and door panels have been recently refurbished. Carpets, although plush, have stains. Engine bay, like the rest of the car, could stand some attention. Cond: 3. BEST BUY accumulate over years. Stainless could also be a bit better, but is passable. Driver’s side seat bottom has a seam that has separated. Dash wood has a few small cracks, but is in better shape than most Jags this age. Underhood is typical of V12s of this era, a quagmire of wires and hoses. Cond: 3. pinhead-sized pock marks on the nose. Panel gaps are factory tight. Glass and weatherstrip are as-new. Interior shows similarly, with the slightest creasing on the two-tone leather. Engine bay is tidy enough, but has not received a final detail. No abrasions to be found on any wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,500. Sale price here was a fraction of book price of $34,500, likely driven by condition and right-hand drive. There may have been other underlying factors not readily apparent to visual inspection. Maybe a steal? #733-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF57500U0. White/red vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,440 miles. Red vinyl soft top makes for an attractive contrast with this glossy white finish. Paint shows some orange peel, but this color is among the most forgiving. Small cracks present at body-filler seams—common on these cars. Chrome bumpers have been refinished, but the bullet-style exterior rearview mirror shows faint signs of patina. Engine compartment is very clean, housing the venerable 2.5-liter I6. Black vinyl interior shows little wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. These cars were always attractive, and this one was no exception. Resplendent in traditional BRG over tan leather, it looked to have been loved and cared for— precisely what one would want in one of these complex machines. Top dollar here was below book, but allows for some light reconditioning. Fairly bought. #764-1997 BENTLEY AZURE convert- ible. S/N SCBZK14C4VCX61117. Black/ black cloth/Magnolia leather. Odo: 37,930 miles. Glossy black from a few feet away becomes plentiful swirl upon closer inspection. Chrome factory wheels show no rash or damage. Chrome trim on top of front bumper has some burnish marks, as if from careless buffer use. That theme carries over to windshield trim, but glass is clear and weatherstrip decent. Magnolia leather shows light cracking on driver’s side seat bolster. Interior courtesy light is falling down in driver’s side footwell. Carpets are clean with little sign of use. Wood trim is excellent. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. Last seen at the February 2019 Leake Oklahoma City sale, where it also failed to sell for $57k (SCM# 6899305). At the same sale in 2018, it traded hands for $55,000 (SCM# 6866336). High bid offered here just barely scraped low retail, inconsistent with miles and condition. Trying to realize a better return on investment may take a different venue. GERMAN #762-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N 502480. Signalrot/black vinyl & cloth/ gray vinyl. Odo: 12,358 miles. Older repaint, with orange peel around emblems. Chrome is passable. Painted accessory luggage rack with rusty mounting hardware. Material on roof panel newer than folding rear window. BMW logo painted onto gas cap. Wheel covers are in good shape. Needle and odometer numbers crazed, with heavy patina on speedo bezel. Tweed seat cover in good condition, but carpets are stained. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,250. The final year for TR6 production; this copy had had a sympathetic restoration done to a better-than-average standard. The not-often-seen red vinyl top was a nice change of pace from the ubiquitous black standard. SCM median book value is $18,000, and the premium paid was indicative of the work that had been done. Favorably bought. #422-1979 JAGUAR XJ12 L sedan. S/N JBVLV49C109754. British Racing Green/tan leather. Odo: 40,000 miles. Shiny paint is holding up well, but could be better with some polishing. Chrome shows the scuff marks that 136 SOLD AT $40,700. With a base price of $329,400 when new, and a current low retail of $53,600, the price paid here was a screaming deal. The massive 6.75-liter turbocharged V8 in the Azure helped propel the 5,700-plus pound behemoth from a dead stop to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, all while coddling the driver in ultimate sumptuousness. This for well less than the price of a decently equipped Camaro convertible. Despite some minor cosmetic deficiencies, this was a lovely driver, and well worth the price paid. #766-2003 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N SCFAC23393B500844. Tungsten Silver/dark gray & light gray leather. Odo: 9,811 miles. Glossy paint shows only the faintest signs of use, limited to a couple of NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Last seen at the February 2019 Leake OKC sale, where it failed to meet reserve at $28,000 (SCM# 6897348). Built under license from Italian manufacturer Iso; BMW redesigned the Isetta, and in 1956 enlarged the engine, taking advantage of a change in tax law. Also new in ’56 were sliding side windows. These little egg-shaped cars will bring big money if they’ve had excellent restorations; this one had not. Unsure what the seller was hoping to Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK get here, but the high bid was well north of median value, and quite a bit more than this one deserved. The seller should have let it go. #795-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 190SL9501114. Black/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 89,890 miles. Claimed to be the subject of a full restoration and museum-kept for eight years. Glossy black paint shows some very light dry dusting swirl marks and a slight ripple in the finish just aft of passenger’s side headlight. Red leather seats are soft but show some wear on driver’s side bolster. Rest of the interior presents well, with a nicely restored dash, gauges and door cards. Engine compartment could use a bit of detailing. Presentable, but shows no real change in condition from the previous sales. Cond: 2-. with a non-original motor. With SCM Pocket Price Guide median value at $159k, the sale price here seems a bit of a steal. #755-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE coupe. S/N 11102112025973. Black/red leather. Odo: 72,388 miles. Shiny black paint presents well, with a bit of buffer swirl. Chrome grille shows ample patina, but bumpers are aging better, with only light scuffing present. Chrome at windows shows lighter patina in the form of very minor pitting. Glass and weatherstrip are in good condition. Wood dash top is beginning to show signs of age. Steering wheel free from cracks or discoloration. Red leather is wearing as only Mercedes leather does, with little sign of use. A very attractive combination. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY sunny-day cruising, and sold just a bit under the $11,500 median value. Fairly bought. #412-1985 BMW 518I sedan. S/N WBADK990608349696. Light green metallic/ green cloth. Odo: 36,500 km. Exterior finish shows plentiful swirl, almost to the point of being hazy. That aside, the car has no glaring nicks or dings, with spotty patina on stainless window trim. All four 14-inch factory alloys free from curb rash and present nicely. The driver’s side cloth seat shows light wear, with the balance of the interior appearing almost unused. The dash has none of the usual cracking found on this vintage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This example is a graduate of multiple auctions over the past year, with high bids from $77,500 to $100,000 (the latter from Dan Kruse Classics in Houston, November 2018, SCM# 6890839), none of which managed to secure new ownership. With median values tipping the scales at $109k, and condition better than average, there was little question why the seller chose to hold out for more, again. #812-1961 PORSCHE 356B 1600 cabrio- let. S/N 154359. Eng. # 804145. Ivory/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 68,897 miles. Paint is glossy with minor buffer swirl. Chrome looks to have been recently replated. NOM Super 90 replacement engine resides in a tidy engine compartment. Interior shows no visible wear, appears as-new. Instrument bezels have light patina. Speedo shows different first-digit odometer font. Reportedly three owners from new. Full restoration with receipts, photos, documentation of work done, and Porsche CoA. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. The coupe variant of the Mercedes W111 platform, the 220SE was one of the first automobiles to feature retractable seat belts and engineered crumple zones. Prices for these have risen over recent years, along with those of the cabriolet version of the platform. With median values checking in around the low-$40k mark, the sale price here represented a genuine bargain. One can only wonder if this was sold sans reserve, with the thought that it would surely bring more. #5551-1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1582027592. Brazil Brown/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,910 miles. Repaint is fair, with orange peel and overspray both present. Chrome bumpers show plenty of scuffs, swirls. Weatherstrip is recent, but sticking out on passenger’s side door. Stainless is nicely polished. Black vinyl interior looks reasonably fresh, without any significant wear. Aftermarket EMPI wheels complement the car well. Engine bay is fairly clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,800. Japanese-market model, imported to the U.S. It was rather odd to see this early 5-Series powered by the 1.8-liter 4 associated with the efficient 318i. With no explanation of how this example came to the U.S., we were left to speculate. However, for bargain-basement money, someone took home a classic BMW in better-than-decent nick, with only 22,680 miles on the clock. Well bought indeed. #430-1986 PORSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N WP0JB0923GS862971. Schwarz/black leather. Odo: 99,981 miles. Black paint appears neglected, with plentiful swirl marks, road pepper, water spots, haze, and scuffs on the roof. Broken driver’s side electric seat switch. Front seat leather has not succumbed to the hardening typical of ’80s German cars. Aftermarket stereo resides in the uncracked dash. Dirty engine bay suggests deferred maintenance, despite $7,800 in service receipts from October 2017. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $121,000. Last seen in March 2015, at the Bonhams Amelia Island sale, where it traded hands for $167,200 (SCM# 6773102). As noted in the previous sale coverage, this was a monster price for an Ivory 356 138 SOLD AT $9,350. With vintage Beetle prices on the rise, this is one you could drive and enjoy, and possibly improve, without fear of losing money. This one was decent enough for SOLD AT $9,350. There seem to be only two conditions for old 928s: absolutely coddled or utterly hammered. This one was closer to the latter. These Autobahn rockets are notorious for being expensive to maintain and repair. For years, their resale prices have languished in the basement, crippling return on investment for owners. Only in the past several years have these begun to appreciate, as Gen Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK Xers with disposable income have sought out the cars from their adolescent bedroom posters. Below median value, this may have seemed a bargain up front, but there isn’t anything much more expensive than a cheap Porsche. #796-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0935GS050466. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 28,220 miles. Paint is lustrous, well polished. Glass and weatherstrip show only the faintest signs of age or use. Tan leather is soft and supple—unusual for German interiors of this vintage. Driver’s side seat has minor creasing on outside bolster. Engine bay is as you would expect, clean and correct. This car has been lovingly cared for. Stunning. Cond: 2+. Finish of the flexible lacquer shows well, with light swirl present. Original suede upholstery has been replaced by leather, which is wearing well. Glass and weatherstrip in good nick. Canvas soft top is lightly faded and has a snag on driver’s side. Panel gaps are quite consistent. Some signs of wear present on the door sills, but not nearly as bad as one would think given the method of entry. Engine compartment could be cleaner, but is correct and complete. Cond: 3+. nicks or dings. Light swirl in paint, but nothing untoward. Wheels are rash-free. Leather interior is supple, with very little wear at the bolsters. Engine bay is well detailed. Clean little Benz. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $106,700. Pure ’80s flashback, as this one is as close to new as I’d seen in quite some time. I wanted to take this one home. G-body Porsche 911s have softened of late, coming back down from their meteoric price increase, peaking in 2016. Ultra clean examples with ownership history, like this one, still command a premium. The sale price here was spot-on, and someone took home a gorgeous little Porsche. #829-1991 BMW Z1 convertible. S/N WBABA91040AL05615. Dark green metallic/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 50,081 km. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A quick Internet search turned up a bit of interesting history. This copy of BMW’s unique little roadster was originally purchased by a doctor in Bogota, Colombia. It was imported to Florida sometime before September of 2016, when it failed to sell at $37,250 on Bring a Trailer. With doors that recede downward into the door sills, ingress/egress is akin to that of a canoe. The plastic body panels were designed to be quickly and easily replaced, and BMW suggested buyers purchase a complete second set of panels, possibly in a different shade. With a median value of $49,000, the seller of this interesting car was wise to hold out for more. #148-1994 MERCEDES-BENZ SL600 convertible. S/N WDBFA76E1RF092117. Obsidian Black Metallic/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 30,469 miles. Paint is free from SOLD AT $17,600. The SL600 had a number of parts that were exclusive to that model, making maintenance pricey at best, terrifying at worst. When looking for a used example, finding one that has had obvious care is a boon, as deferred maintenance on these can be the kiss of death. Price here was spot-on for a small car with a monster performance punch. Well bought. #854-2002 PORSCHE 911 Carrera cab- riolet. S/N WP0CA29992S655191. Seal Gray Metallic/gray cloth/Graphite Gray leather. Odo: 94,274 miles. Paint shows a bit of pepper on the nose. There are some small black drips on passenger’s side rear fender. Headlight lenses have ample haze. Soft top has wear at pinch points. Seat bolsters have surprisingly little wear, just creasing. Engine compartment is dusty. Appears to have been rushed to sale, and would be infinitely better with a thorough detail. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,050. Porsche 996s are one of the modern performance bargains. Originally shunned by Porsche purists for being the first water-cooled 911, the 996 Carreras have also been plagued by the infamous IMS bearing failures, RMS leaks and early “fried-egg” headlights. However, once the mechanical issues have been addressed, these have proven to be robust sports cars, well worth the price of entry. Sold well below book value. Provided there aren’t rabid deferred-maintenance concerns, this was a tidy bargain. #553-2003 MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG convertible. S/N WDBSK74F63F056423. Diamond Silver Metallic/Ash leather. Odo: 100,557 miles. Paint reveals minimal pepper for the miles. Headlight covers have begun to haze with age and exposure. 140 Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK Driver’s side door handle has a small crack and paint rubbed away from use. Wheels are in decent condition. Driver’s side seat bolster shows some creasing, but not the wear one would expect. Balance of interior is in pretty decent condition, with lovely wood trim adorning the dash and console. Cond: 3+. the dash, console and steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,250. There is an underlying sexiness inherent in a big Mercedes coupe. The direct descendant of the gorgeous SECs of the ’80s and ’90s, this carries their attitude and confidence, backed by the monstrous power of a supercharged AMG V8. The idea that you can have swagger, power and luxury for less than half the price of a new Honda Accord seems staggering. The sale price was a bit above book, but the condition warranted it. ITALIAN SOLD AT $9,900. This was a decent driver with plenty of miles left to go. Price paid here was about average trade-in value. It’s difficult to find basic transportation under $10k these days, much less a supercharged, retractable hard-top Mercedes with legitimate performance. Nobody got hurt on this one. #5601-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ CL55 AMG coupe. S/N WDBPJ74J05A046208. Bordeaux Red Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 72,784 miles. Lustrous paint shows the slightest bit of swirl marks. Headlight lenses have yet to begin fading. Wheels are all in good shape, free from curb scars. Engine bay nicely detailed. Tan leather interior shows light creasing on seat bolsters, with beautiful wood on #788-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNJ05102. Red/black leather. Odo: 28,623 miles. Claimed to have only 8k miles added since restoration in the late 1990s, and thought to show 28k original miles. Shiny red paint shows only light towel marks, with no rock chips or road rash. Black low-speed-impact front bumper bubbling on driver’s side. Body panel gaps are consistent, likely from the resto, as ’70s Italian build quality left something to be desired. Stainless trim in good shape, with little polishing needed. Factory Campagnolo wheels are in good shape. Black vinyl seats show a bit of use, but nothing untoward. Carpets appear fresh. Very light patina present on gauge bezels. Engine bay is tidy. Parcel tray is present and in good condition. Included with sale are owner’s manuals, receipts, jack and jack bag. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. As with most other Gen-X-bedroom poster cars that saw a meteoric price jump in recent years, Panteras finally came into their own a few years ago. Having languished for decades in the $30k– $50k range, the Italian-built/American-powered cat doubled in price almost overnight. Prices have come down somewhat, but will likely never return to pre-2012 levels. This example was bid right at median book value, and could have been a small bargain given condition, miles, and ownership history. But consignor wanted more and will take it elsewhere to get it. #825-2004 FERRARI 360 Modena Spy- der. S/N ZFFYT53A040138592. Nero/black cloth/Nero leather. Odo: 61,786 miles. Paint could be so much better with a decent defectcorrection detail to remove plentiful swirl and insect marks. Headlight lenses are fogging. Requisite bolster wear is present on both seats. Black leather seats not as supple as one would hope. Black leather dash is pulling back from defrost vents. Aftermarket wheels are free from damage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,500. The condition here was an obvious sign of neglect, something that should be scary when considering the purchase of a used Ferrari, as it may also indicate deferred maintenance. The high bid was well south of median value of $90k, but commensurate with the car’s condition. JAPANESE #748-1990 NISSAN 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JN1CZ24A8LX001977. Yellow Pearlglow/black leather. Odo: 59,653 miles. Super clean, low-mile example of this secondyear Z32 platform. Yellow Pearlglow metallic paint is attractive, shiny. There is a small ding on the driver’s side rear fender lip, but that is the only exterior defect present. Wheels are rash-free. Engine bay is clean, almost as-new. Interior shows little sign of use, with no 142 Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK real wear on bolsters. Factory stereo is fitted. Hard-top covers are present in luggage area. Nearly new 30-year-old Z. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,000. The Z32-platform Turbo Z featured the very cool, hydraulically activated Super HICAS active rear steering, Garrett twin turbos and dual intercoolers. The 300-hp output assured you would be near the acme of sports cars of the day. Clean as this copy was, the price seemed low, possibly hampered by the slushbox transmission. Well bought. #774-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH- 4NA1159MT003047. Berlina Black/Ivory leather. Odo: 35,783 miles. Rare color combination is attractive on this first-year NSX. Paint on the nose shows very light road pepper. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Glass is clear and clean, free from chips. Driver’s seat bolster, so often worn from entry and exit, shows very little sign of wear. Balance of interior shows very little use of any kind. Weatherstrip is in good nick. Chrome aftermarket wheels are in decent shape, and factory originals come with the car. Engine bay appears tidy and correct. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. In recent years, these first-generation NSXs have begun to show some strength in the market. Acura’s answer to the Ferrari 348, this all-aluminum, mid-engine offering was Honda’s first venture into the exotic market. Most snap-ringplagued ’91–92 models have been repaired, but one would still want to check the transmission number, as it is impossible to tell from the VIN. Came with full single-owner documentation and a completed belt service within the past 6k miles. Condition on this one was certainly far above median, meaning the seller wanted more than what was offered here. #752-1991 NISSAN SKYLINE R32 GTR coupe. S/N BNRT32017447. Jet Silver Metallic/ dark gray leather & suede. RHD. Odo: 131,732 km. While not identified as a NISMO edition Skyline, this R32 has numerous NISMO upgrades, such as the hood spoiler, additional air intakes, lack of mesh in front of the intercooler, rear spoiler and NISMO roll cage. Only 500 road-going copies of the R32 NISMO Edition were produced. Restored after importation, the finish presents well, save for some waviness on hood, spoiler and above trunk lock cylinder. Aftermarket wheels free from any kind of damage. Glass is clear, free from nicks. Weatherstrip peeling at right-side B-pillar. Interior has been refinished in leather 144 Sports Car Market


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Leake Tulsa, OK Market Moment and suede, and features an aftermarket head unit, steering wheel and electronic enginemanagement controller mounted atop steering column. Cond: 2. 1937 Pierce-Arrow C Travelodge Sold at $44,800 RM Sotheby’s, Guyton Collection, St. Louis, MO, May 4, 2019, Lot 356 Chassis number: 20020 F rom birdcages to fire engines, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company cranked out a lot of different things. Although the company is best known for its glamorous and expensive prewar luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow tried its hand at anything that might find a market, especially during the Great Depression, when luxury-car buyers were hard to come by. Building a camping trailer might not have been the first choice for Pierce-Arrow, but by 1937, there was no room for snobbery in any factory. Say “vintage silver travel trailer” to anyone, and after they laugh at the tongue twister, they’ll answer, “Airstream.” That curvy, mirrored brand has become the iconic image of tow-behind campers, but in the early days of rolling living spaces, there were more than 400 different companies making travel trailers, including Pierce-Arrow, which offered its steel-and-aluminum “Travelodge” in three sizes: a 19-foot Model A, a 16.5-foot Model B, and the cutie we see here, the 13.7-foot Model C. Contemporary overlanders didn’t invent luxury camping. The Pierce-Arrow trailers were built like their cars — elegant, handcrafted and full of thoughtful details. The trailers were built on a steel frame and sheeted in aluminum, which could be painted to match the Pierce-Arrow car you were using as a tow vehicle. The trailers even had independent suspension and a hydraulic brake, which worked off a vacuum cylinder that could be connected to the tow vehicle. The bigger models offered a bathroom and multiple sleeping areas, but even in the less well-appointed Model C, the design and craftsmanship is extraordinary. Values for travel trailers depend primarily on the interior. The wood, flooring and fixtures can be nearly impossible to replace with any accuracy, which is what made this offering so tempting to buyers. The interior practically glows with warm birchwood and patterned gumwood. The cabinetry, linoleum and dinette appear period correct, and it even has the icebox, pump-sink and camping stove. Who wouldn’t want to tow this beauty to Yosemite National Park — or maybe Monterey Car Week — and call yourself at home? Despite its charm, the Travelodge couldn’t save Pierce-Arrow, which went out of business in 1937 and into liquidation in 1938. The last trailers rolled off the line in early 1937, not even a year after the first were made. While at one time there may have been as many as 500 of the three different models of Pierce-Arrow travel trailer on the road, these days there are a claimed 20 known survivors in total, and only a handful of those are the pocket-size Model C. Considering the splash this little add-on would make behind a PierceArrow car, I’d say this fun, beautiful, portable living space was well bought at $44,800. — Elana Scherr 146 SOLD AT $30,800. Qualified for importation under the 25-year NHTSA exemption, this R32 Skyline GTR had received significant attention after arriving on U.S. shores. Possibly a NISMO, but lacked supporting documentation. The winning bid here was below median book value for a regular R32, resulting in a tidy bargain for the new owner. Well bought. AMERICAN #7281-1983 AVANTI II coupe. S/N 12AAV1234C1003558. Avanti Black/tan leather. Odo: 88,129 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny black paint looks great from a few paces back, but closer inspection reveals signs of age checking. A two-inch-long scratch on the passenger’s side front fender has been touched up. Chrome bumpers present well. Driver’s seat bolster is faded and worn. Wood dash has some small cracks at gauges. Glovebox has a cool slide-out cosmetics drawer with pop-up mirror. Engine bay is clean but is a quagmire of wires and hoses. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,900. Last seen at the November 2018 Leake Dallas sale, where it was bid to $11,500 (SCM# 6884066), but failed to meet reserve. Avanti IIs were the rebirth of the Avanti after Studebaker was shuttered in the 1960s. The manufacturing rights were sold to Leo Newman and the Altman brothers, Indiana Studebaker dealers. Their consortium built Avanti IIs until the death of Nathan Altman in 1982. The company was then sold to Stephen Blake. Only 289 Avanti IIs were produced in 1983. This copy was in decent condition, but beginning to show its age. Money paid was well below median value of $13,500, leaving room for mild re-freshening. © Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Automobile en Scène Raced in the ’90s, but recently restored back to original spec, the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB stole the show at over $2m Company Artcurial Date June 17, 2019 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 35/84 Sales rate 42% Sales total $5,595,439 High sale 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, sold at $2,169,061 Buyer’s premium Top-selling showstopper: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, sold at $2,169,061 16% on first $1,011,060; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.89) Report by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics W e looked forward to the first F40 coming to public auction for a couple of years to see how the market gauge it. However, it was withdrawn, though s present in the viewing room (an underground car p next door to Artcurial’s Champs-Élysées main office) t day before the sale. On the morning of sale day, it was replaced by a new (2010-built) Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe racer (perfect Paris, FRA copies of the real thing are allowed to race in historic events in Europe) that was probably even more exciting to drive, but which failed to sell. Also failing to sell were the Mercedes 300SL Roadster, the very original Dino with flaking paint and the rebodied Bugatti Type 49, leaving the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB as the star of the show. Once owned by Peugeot’s director of styling Paul Bouvot, and raced in the ’90s, it had recently been restored back to original spec complete with factory alloys for the vendor, prominent Ferrari collector Jean-Pierre Slavic, though its six carbs remained instead of the original three. It sold for over $2m, just enough to get the job done, having been hammered a little way behind the lower estimate, near where the reserve normally lies. Even the “no-reserve” cars appear to have minimum prices, though, as a few of the cars offered this way failed to sell, including a Lotus Esprit V8-GT (which eventually traded hands post-block for $43k), a small clutch of Fiat 500s and a couple of Minis near the end of the auction. A very dilapidated and rusty 1900 De Dion-Bouton Vis-à-vis sold well, though, for the sort of money usually attracted by a decent, running car. The sale included the eight-Porsche collection of the late Eric Coicaud — who’d acquired most of them in the past five years with wealth accumulated from his shippingservices company but died at the young age of 54. Half of them sold, including a 2006 Carrera GT with under 9,000 km at $725k. A low 42% sell-through rate isn’t unusual in Europe at the moment, but it did reflect Initially a no-sale but let go later at $42,851 — 1998 Lotus Esprit V8-GT coupe 148 that most of the expensive or otherwise interesting cars aren’t finding new homes, including the 1975 Lancia Stratos in an unusual black finish. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #42-1964 LOTUS 26R Series 2 coupe. S/N 26S24. Green/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 21,361 miles. 26R is the racing version of the Elan, with tweaked motor by either Cosworth or BRM and stronger driveshafts. Very good condition because it’s mostly new—chassis, body, interior and new motor, now with large aluminum radiator, though apparently keeping the BRM-worked engine block—and only recently put back together, so will need shaking down. Autographed on glovebox lid by Peter Peter. Austrian title. Cond: 2-. it might be wearing a Sport 350 rear wing. All good except seat leather well baggy and creased. French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,851. According to catalog, previously sold by Poulain in 2008, though not showing in SCM database. Now, here’s an odd thing. Like a few other lots in this sale, offered at no reserve but declared passed, in this case against a top bid of €30k ($34k). Later declared sold at €38,144, which equates to something like €33k ($37k) before premium, so presumably a post-sale deal was done. But, even if the high offer was €15k/$17k (onethird) under the low estimate, how can you pass a no-reserve lot? SOLD AT $93,736. Route book from EnnstalClassic 2012 suggested that might be the last event it did. Authenticated (which is all-important with these as they are widely copied/ faked) by leading Elan authority Tony Thompson. Hammered €10k ($11k) behind lower estimate. The identity might be genuine, but the car’s mostly new. #47-1973 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 open two-seater. S/N UE1S24458. Black/black mohair/brown leather. Odo: 46,449 miles. Straight and older repaint is still shiny; sits a little high at the back. Driver’s seat baggy and saggy. Moto-Lita steering wheel. English title. Chassis number makes it a 1973-manufactured U.S.-spec 1974 model year. Cond: 2-. FRENCH #23-1900 DE DION-BOUTON TYPE E 3½-hp Vis-a-Vis. S/N 30. Eng. # 5190. Red/black leather. RHD. Very dilapidated and rusty, having been dormant under a tarpaulin since 1974, but quite original and largely complete. Engine is a 3½-hp from 1901 and turns over, but block noted to have suffered frost damage (i.e.: cracked). Leather might conceivably be reusable with a lot of feeding and effort. Cond: 4. no reserve and sold for the right money. An original car like this was always going to sell, but I’m surprised it didn’t take a little more. #43-1973 CG 1300 coupe. S/N 03049. White/black velour & vinyl. Odo: 39,163 km. Cute “Say-jay” coupe in nice order, said to be one of 95 built (only some with the 95-hp motor found here), by Carrosserie Chappe Frères et Gessalin. Motor is from Simca Rallye 2. In race/rally trim with roll cage, extinguishers, cut-offs and Historic Technical Passport. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $64,276. This quintessentially French small-bore, rear-engined plastic coupe is eligible for events such as Tour Auto, and a refreshing change from Alpine A110s, Matra Djets etc. Sold behind estimate at about twothirds the price of an A110 1300 (and probably a Spanish-built FASA version at that), but it’s in a very niche market. GERMAN #58-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL SOLD AT $87,041. Sold new in New York (but km speedo). E-types appear to be worth a bit more in the U.K., although bringing it to Paris from London must have sounded like a logical move, as it’s a left-hander and the euro is stronger than sterling. #76-1998 LOTUS ESPRIT V8-GT coupe. S/N SCCDA0824WHD15562. Silver/black leather. Odo: 54,120 miles. One of 204, delivered new in Italy and optioned with a/c, Alcantara roof lining and leather seats, but not registered until 2002. Looks like 150 SOLD AT $66,955. Offered at no reserve (and no surprise!) Though it needs complete restoration, sold for almost the same as a runner... weird. #25-1967 CITROËN DS19 Pallas sedan. S/N 4318285. Silver & black/red velour. RHD. Odo: 63,241 km. Very original aside from older (1992) repaint. Body looks straight and brightwork all good, seat cloth unworn. With handbook. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,063. In one-family ownership from new, and best year for the DS with original styling, but better engine and green fluid. Offered at Sports Car Market Roadster. S/N 1980427500152. Eng. # 7500177. Black/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 6,777 km. Early Roadster, originally white with blue leather. Mileage is since restoration starting in 2006. Paint and chrome excellent, seat leather slightly wrinkled, intake manifold over-polished. With tools and fitted luggage. Cond: 2.


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Artcurial Paris, FRA NOT SOLD AT $954,890. French (Cannes) supplied, same owner 1968–2006. Not sold at €850k, €130k ($146k) under bottom estimate, which compares with the €1.28m ($1.43m, unsold) offered for the less-sharp late (alloy motor, discs) Roadster at Villa Erba the month before. #57-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210428502568. Lindgrün/ green cloth/green leather. Odo: 89,325 miles. Roadster version, so no hard top. Very original: older repaint in original color (DB218 Lindgrün) but rare leather (Grün 1082) is likely factory, with sideway-facing rear seat. Rear bumper a little dulled. Motor still on Solexes. With books. U.S. registered. Cond: 3+. tion (875 made to to celebrate 250,000 911s) of the best-rounded G-Series, with sunroof but thankfully without the whale tail. Good all around (as far as I could see: Look, it’s really hard to tell in the dark basement car park that is the display room), all factory stickers still in front compartment, lowish mileage, leather lightly creased. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,512. Delivered new in Germany, bought by the vendor in Holland in 2009. Offered at no reserve, hammered €9k ($10k) behind the rather hopeful €40k ($45k) lower estimate; on the money for condition in today’s market. SOLD AT $69,633. Bought from Spain in 2013. Appeared “sold” as Herve Poulain dropped the gavel at €46k ($52k)—though there were still eager bidders trying to attract the attention of the two spotters among the melee, and later declared in the results at €61,984. This is about the same money as a nice, regular, low-mileage 3.2 Carrera, which of course is essentially what it is. SOLD AT $150,876. Bought new in Venezuela and moved to California; with same owner until her passing in 2018. Strong money for a largely unrestored 190, showing how the market likes originality... even in a weird color. #55-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412007257. Silver/red leather. Odo: 48,000 miles. Good order, with most likely an older repaint and no obvious rot; unlikely it’s had bulkhead work, although sill drains look okay. Very good interior redone a while back in plain leather rather than perforated. Motor tidy, with new distributor cap, belts, etc. With hard top. U.S. title. Cond: 3+. #13-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZKS151936. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 48,814 km. Clean, tidy and well kept; only lightly worn leather with some creasing on the driver’s side outer bolster. Original paint code sticker still under bonnet, spare tire unused. With books and spare keys. Cond: 2-. #14-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZRS455187. Black/black leather. Odo: 22,383 miles. One of 936, in triple black, with part-electric seats and a/c. Good all around, well presented, straight and shiny with some new paint (‘They’ve all had paint, sir...’), though still with paint-code stickers under bonnet. Leather hardly worn. With tools and both keys. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $200,864. Sold new in France, bought from the first owner in 2015 by the now late Eric Coicaud. Sold extraordinarily well (even though it was slightly behind estimate), for nearly $50k more than the 3.2 Speedster (Lot 13). #80-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 SOLD AT $34,816. Supplied new in the U.S., to Holland in 2009. Weird, though: Artcurial went to the trouble of studio-photographing this one, and then left it out on the street along with a few others that wouldn’t fit in the basement car park of the small courtyard outside the head office. Offered at no reserve and sold healthily: It’s the post-’85 cars that get the most money. #79-1988 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 3.2 coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZJS100187. Silver/ blue leather. Odo: 71,527 miles. Jubilee edi- 152 SOLD AT $153,996. Supplied new in Germany, with two owners in Luxembourg before joining the collection of the Eric Coicaud in 2016. His eight Porches were being sold early in the auction, with this being the oldest. Low estimate of €125k ($140k) obviously attracted bidders, and it sold comfortably over that; even though the numbers are down, a Speedster is still about twice the price of a regular 3.2 Carrera. #9-1990 BMW Z1 convertible. S/N WBABA91050AL03064. Green/black cloth/ camo suede & leather. Odo: 88,811 km. Good order, no cracks in body. Camo interior okay—they don’t wear well on these, but this one’s holding up well, with just the usual creasing and rippling to seat bases. Dash plastics okay. Doors function perfectly, no scrapes on inner trim. Top newish, though it doesn’t fit very well. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZPS403137. Silver/ brown leather. Odo: 89,920 miles. Turbo-look 964 C4, with sunroof. Tidy and unscuffed except for ding on left rear wheelarch. Leather only lightly creased, dash plastics all good. Engine rebuilt at 89,342 km... why? Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,719. Sold new in Switzerland and later the property of composer Michel Legrand until his death earlier in 2019. Quite well sold at mid-estimate. Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA #74-1993 PORSCHE 911 Turbo XLC coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZWS370487. Black/ black leather. Odo: 45,011 km. Clean, straight and tidy, although gaps around the front bumper are varied. Optioned with a/c, electric sunroof, electric sports seats, window tint. Front leather only lightly worn, rear looks unused. Spare unused, with tools. Belgian title. Cond: 2-. seat leather just lightly creased. Last serviced December 2016 at 11,054 km; was due to be serviced again just before the sale. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $723,110. From the collection of Eric Coicaud, who bought it in Germany in 2014 and was the third owner. Hammered €10k ($11k) behind the lower estimate. A Ford GT is still cheaper, but it’s neither as rare or a roadster. #15-2011 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZBS795103. Blue/blue & black leather. Odo: 7,136 km. Number 82 of 356. Almost like new with very low mileage, books and spare keys. Cond: 1-. #67-1969 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Eden Roc convertible. S/N 110FB5009191. White/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 65,750 km. Eden Roc was the name the Trasformabile was marketed under in France: Series 3 (1965–69) is based on Fiat 500F, with 2,500 built. Older restoration, trim all looks to be there. Fairly tidy, but older paint already looking a bit scruffy under the front valance. New interior and top. Motor from a 126—a common conversion of Fiat 500s so that they can get out of their own way. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $254,428. French-market car, in vendor’s hands since 2000. Sold mid-estimate. Should retail for more, especially in the U.K. #20-1996 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS Club Sport coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZSS390218. Blue/black velour. Odo: 59,082 km. One of 1,014 Carrera RS 993s and one of 200 Club Sports. Optioned with grad-tint windscreen, driver’s airbag, a/c and big battery. Repainted from bare body shell in past four years, though paint-code stickers remain. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $330,756. Acquired by Eric Coicaud in November 2014, when it had 3,800 km. With almost double that today, it hammered at mid-estimate when most cars in the sale were being let go slightly under, so we’ll call it well sold. ITALIAN #37-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N 7555. Silver/gray cloth, black leather. Odo: 11,427 miles. Short-nose car restored from 2013 by Bonini, now with six carbs (fitted in ’80s). On standard alloys from new—unusual, as we’re so accustomed to seeing them on Borranis. Good history, Ferrari Classiche. French title. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 3 SOLD AT $328,078. Delivered new in Holland, three owners in Luxembourg, joined the Eric Coicaud Collection in 2015. Once you include buyer’s premium, sold mid-estimate. TOP 10 No. 9 #21-2006 PORSCHE CARRERA GT convertible. S/N WP0ZZZ98Z6L000179. Red/Terracotta leather. Odo: 11,690 km. Number 1,199 of 1,269. Excellent order throughout, as like most of these supercars it’s barely been used—fewer than 1,000 km in three years, in this case, with driver’s SOLD AT $2,169,061. Delivered new in France and there all its life. From the JeanPierre Slavic Collection; second owner 1968– 69 was Peugeot head of styling Paul Bouvot, who traded the ex-Roger Vadim California 250 GT SWB (s/n 2175GT) for it. Was yellow and raced in early 2000s. So it’s had quite a life, but now restored to original specs (apart from those carbs). Price with premium just crept up over the lower estimate of €1.9m ($2.1m): Sold on the money. 154 SOLD AT $26,782. Offered at no reserve, sold for about 2.5 times the price of a stock 500 sedan. Prices for these in the past two years have clustered around the $20k mark, with a few spikes to this level, so we’ll call this, quite late in the auction, well sold. 600-cc motor shouldn’t hurt the value, as it’s a common conversion and looks the same. #35-1969 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 coupe. S/N AM115950. Silver Blue/black leather. Odo: 25,921 miles. Fairly rough and fairly described in the catalog as a restoration project, having suffered some earlier renovation work. Ran when parked, but that was a while ago. Doesn’t appear too rotten, although front lip of body is wavy, and there are bubbles in the paint around leading edges of the bonnet and doors. Original seat leather well worn but will probably recover; rest of interior including dash and center console pretty good. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $107,127. In one-family ownership for 28 years. Sold quite high up its estimate range. Though this is still only rough Aston DBS/V8 money for a car that was a Daytona rival in period, there’s not much margin here for restoration work before going underwater: Top whack for a 4.7 Ghibli these days is about $250k. Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA #36-1972 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 03792. Red/black leather. Odo: 13,657 miles. Fantastically original Dino, never refinished and paint flaking off, but otherwise in quite good nick, including mouse fur dash top, all even in color and texture, just slightly faded. With U.S. title, plus original books and tools. Cond: 3. (they’re usually threadbare). Manual transmission from a different parts car replaces original auto. Italian title. Cond: 2-. Big roll bar inside, dash switches all okay (some usually get fried). A 24V winch on the front, though rather rough welding to front bumper. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,477. Offered at no reserve, sold just under low estimate. About the price of a nice, restored Series 1 Land Rover, with the difference that it’s more usable. As the Aussies say: “If you want to go into the bush, get a Land Rover; if you want to come back out again, get a Toyota.” AMERICAN NOT SOLD AT $269,616. In same-family ownership from new in the U.S. until 2016. Obviously a crime to paint it, but even that couldn’t attract the right buyer, and it was not sold against a fairly low €280k ($315k) ask (nice restored cars are about $350k in the U.K. now). Find another like this that’s not rotten.... #3-1974 INNOCENTI MINI 1001 Mini- matic 2-dr sedan. S/N B383661920. Cream/ black vinyl. Odo: 46,656 miles. Italian-assembled Mini (though by this time Innocenti was in the hands of Leyland, with this model built 1972–75), clean and tidy, lowish mileage (it’s been in Monaco, and automatic Minis really don’t like hills). Decent interior vinyl, still with running-in sticker in windscreen, and even the Innocenti heel mats haven’t worn through. Monaco title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $95,076. Supplied new to Switzerland, where it had two owners; to France in 2014. Sold by Artcurial in Paris for $109,772 in November 2017 (SCM# 6853574). This time sold mid-estimate, for fair money. JAPANESE #71-1984 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ42 utility. S/N JT1VOBJ4200917055. Cream/beige canvas/gray vinyl. Odo: 210,000 km. Recent resto fairly hurried, by the looks of it; was red. Rear wheelhouses look rather battered under new paint. New interior, new top. SOLD AT $13,391. Sold new in Monaco to Prince Rainier III in 1974, later handed to his son, Prince Albert II, who put it in the Monaco Automobile Museum, before offering it to his doctor, who sold it to the current owner. Offered at no reserve and sold around 30% lighter than expected, for around the price of a later Rover Group Mini Cooper. #38-1974 FIAT 130 coupe. S/N 3729. Silver/blue velour. Odo: 69,434 miles. Straight and tidy after recent restoration, panel shuts quite good and almost the same shade of silver all over. Blue velour to seats holding up quite well—only a little thin, if a little baggy 156 SOLD AT $13,391. Offered at no reserve. Though it’s now a bitsa, making one good car using the best parts from two (or three) donors was once a time-honored practice, and a pragmatic way of keeping rare but not intrinsically valuable models on the road. Sold for about two-thirds of what it cost to restore. No real winners here. #33-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17S000078992. Red/red leather. Odo: 44,993 km. Twin-mirror car in good order, paint all even, leather only slightly baggy, belts last done at end of 2018. With books and tools. Cond: 2-. #5-1943 WILLYS MB utility. S/N 209982. Green/buff canvas/buff canvas. Odo: 13,817 miles. Older refurb and quite rough compared with the Jeeps we’re used to seeing at auction, with various splatter-welding to chassis and rust creeping out of suspension joints. All Willys and still with combat wheels. Has all the toys, though, including radio, siren plus rare capstan winch and towbar, as well as matching Bantam trailer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,477. Offered at no reserve and hammered at €25k ($28k)—if that’s €20k ($22k) for the MB and €5k ($6k) for the trailer, that’s about right for condition. Fair deal both ways. #77-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J8P5800172. Black/ black leather. Odo: 82,439 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Fair order all around. Presumably a domestic model, as speedo is in mph and door jamb stickers in English. Body and paint look okay, alloys shiny and unscuffed, seat leather well creased. French title. With French handbook, and Corvette-branded roof wrench. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,425. Much misunderstood and almost ignored in the U.K., and it looks as if the same is true in France, as it was knocked down for half the lower estimate of €30k ($34k), no reserve. Offered (against a higher estimate) at Artcurial’s Le Mans sale July 2018, but not sold. © Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN Auburn Spring 2019 Car worshippers flock to a Midwest Motoring Mecca Company RM Auctions Date May 29–June 1, 2019 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 185/281 Sales rate 66% Sales total $4,689,515 High sale 1930 Cord L-29 convertible sedan, sold at $157,300 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Drop-dead gorgeous lines and state-of-the-art engineering — 1930 Cord L-29 phaeton, sold at $157,300 Report and photos by Daren Kloes Market opinions in italics T 160 wice a year, RM Auctions’ 235-acre Aubur Auction Park in Indiana becomes a sort of Mecca t car aficionados, and any serious cruiser or gearhea within spitting distance of the Hoosier State make the trip. This year’s Auburn Spring collector-car weekend ra from May 29 through June 1. The broader event include the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), whic joined with the Rolls-Royce Owners Club for its first-eve joint national meet of more than 400 cars. There was also a good-sized swapmeet and car corral, but it was RM Auctions’ Auburn sale that took center stage. If the cars offered at Auburn Spring seemed a little more “mainstream” than RM’s usual fare, the explanation can be found in a business strategy employed in 2010. It was then that RM expanded its North American operation with a new subsidiary, Auctions America, after buying the Auburn facility from Dean Kruse, a wellestablished auctioneer who ran sales there for decades. The strategy allowed RM to move down-market from the multi-million-dollar Ferraris, Astons and Maseratis headlining its Pebble Beach and Amelia Island events. Under Auburn, IN he new moniker, the dockets would include a more down-to-earth election of popular ’50s and ’60s classics, customs and muscle cars. When RM brought the subsidiary back under the corporate name in 017, the name changed, but the strategy remained. It was most fitting that a 1930 Cord L-29 phaeton born 89 years go in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg factory about three miles down he street from the sale took op honors, hammering at $157,300. At the extreme other end of the spectrum was 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith t brought nearly as much at . Further proving the diversity of this sale was the 1965 Shelby Cobra Sales Totals $10m CSX8000 continuation model that found the third spot, selling at a final $104,500. The final tally reached $4,689,515. Before you know it, fall will be upon us (you are reading the September issue, after all). And on Labor Day weekend, the trip to the Midwest Mecca will ramp up again in an even more spectacular Auburn event. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN ENGLISH #5050-1962 MGA Mk II roadster. S/N 16GCUH8423. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 1,299 miles. Sharp-looking paint completed to an excellent standard. Reupholstered leather seats with only slight break-in creases. Engine compartment detailed, but not to show-standards. Moto-Lita steering wheel and chrome knockoff wire wheels. Accompanied by side windows, spare and jack. Title is in transit. Cond: 3+. auction prices sing, and as nice as this example was, it may have lacked the curb appeal to meet a price it deserved. #5031-1964 MORGAN PLUS FOUR roadster. S/N 5710. Light green & dark green/ black vinyl/black leather. A mix of original and older restoration. Repainted some time ago, now with plenty of small nicks throughout. Good door-shut. Black leather could be original and still very much intact. Top replaced long ago, but still serviceable. Wood dash is in good condition. There is a small amount of rust beginning to appear at the rear valance. Triumph TR4 engine with twin SU carbs. Leather strap on hood and Lucas driving lights. In the consignor’s ownership for 19 years. Driver couldn’t find reverse trying to back into a spot after crossing the block. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,500. One of the best-looking and proportionally perfect British sports cars made. Had these been built in lower numbers and with another 50 horsepower on tap, they’d be $100,000-plus cars easy (the Twin Cam was a valiant effort, but ultimately came up short). As such, they are the perfect entrée to vintage-car ownership at a guilt-free price. This example could have brought a few thousand more without being overpriced. #6121-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L25663. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 62,072 miles. Beautiful, recent full restoration with excellent body and paint including consistent body gaps and a deep finish. Interior materials, including wood, have all been either restored or replaced with new components. Features include overdrive and Moto-Lita steering wheel. Accompanied by tools, documentation, service records, jack and spare. Cond: 1-. based on condition. Except for an occasional unicorn, rust is the glue that adheres the body to the chassis until a corner is taken hard. A full body-off restoration to cure the tin worm and replace affected body panels by a trusted expert is worthy of a price premium, as was the case today. An outstanding example sold near the top of the current market. #5048-1997 BENTLEY AZURE convert- ible. S/N SCBZK14C8VCX61119. Maroon/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 38,427 miles. Beautiful, Pininfarina-designed modern Bentley appointed like a penthouse suite. Big, turbocharged 6.75-L engine producing 385 hp with automatic transmission. Low miles and showing excellent care, but with a few tiny paint chips to door edges and light wear and soiling to seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,850. Affectionately referred to as Mogs, these sprightly little roadsters all seem to be in the same driver condition as our subject and enjoy a loyal following from their long-term owners. Yet they have been valued at the same level for decades. This almost sinister-looking roadster with its nearly black fenders and matching wheels was a strong temptation, but some serious time is needed underneath to inspect the wood frame, a requirement not easily provided at an auction environment. Sold at a slight discount, but no harm done. #6055-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L35548. Golden Beige Metallic/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 71,149 miles. Fewer than 1,000 miles on full nut-and-bolt restoration of a numbersmatching car. Quality workmanship with excellent panel fit, body, paint and interior fit. Complete with wire wheels, heater, adjustable steering column, laminated windscreen, spare, and boot cover. Complete with BMIHT certificate. Transmission fitted with electronic overdrive. An attractive if not somewhat prosaic color combination. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. Along with Lot 6055, this example was treated to the same restoration standards by BRC of Philadelphia as another of the better restorations at the sale. Each the same make and model, but why was this British Racing Green example bid $20k shy? The Golden Beige Metallic (offered only in ’67) example was from the final year of production and featured a few minor improvements, but enough to explain such a wide differential? A bigger factor might be as simple as chrome wires vs. steelies. Bling makes 162 SOLD AT $34,100. The Azure is a fabulous car that does just about everything well. It is the very definition of power, beauty and luxury, in a drop top that is as quiet as two strangers in an elevator when the top is up. Stupidly cheap for a vehicle of this quality, and it was bought today for 10 grand less than a year’s membership in the Boca Raton Premier Club, whose sticker was emblazoned on the windshield. But while a brand-new Bentley may symbolize wealth and success, a 20-year-old version is quite often just poseur bait. #6059-2015 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH coupe. S/N SCA665C53FUX85443. Aubergine & pewter/Oatmeal leather. Odo: 22,502 miles. A well-kept, four-year-old used luxury car with excellent original paint and interior. Fitted with forward-opening coach doors (i.e. suicide doors) that open and close automatically with the push of a button, and such bespoke features as his and hers Rolls-Royce umbrellas that pop out of the door jambs when needed, and a Starlight headliner that has 1,340 fiber-optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a starry night sky. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,400. Big Healeys are plentiful enough that their values fluctuate mostly SOLD AT $156,750. 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RM Auctions Auburn, IN join the exclusive Wraith ownership club with the likes of Eddie Murphy, Kylie Jenner and even Young Jeezy—at less than half the price of entry. These are seriously wonderful machines that can hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds while you lounge in a kidskin-clad La-Z-Boy, but precious few sport the persona necessary to drive one regularly. Upwards of $350k when new, this Wraith continues down the depreciation curve evidenced by its previous sale at April’s Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale, where it changed hands for $180,400 (SCM# 6902150). GERMAN #5118-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1440160. Black/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Claimed recent “pan-off” restoration, but with several finishing details that need attention. Rubber on running boards is loose; door seals fit poorly; the interior window trim is bent; and the top appears to have shrunk. Odometer is at “zero,” so probably is not working. Includes an original radio and Wolfsburg steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,700. BMW’s E9 coupes are on fire in today’s market, so the timing of this rather tired example was good. The youngerbrother 3.0 models lead the pack, exceeding six figures for exceptional examples, but the risingtide theory has brought the 2800 along for the ride. Pretty and capable, these models have two Achilles heels: the tinworm and poor cooling that leads to cracked heads. This example appeared quite solid from the outside, and is believed to have retained its original engine—two factors that balance out the scruffy cosmetics. All in all, sold where expected. #6105-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412023692. Black/ black cloth, black hard top/Cognac leather. Odo: 93,616 miles. Excellent older repaint, now showing chips with touch-up on the front-end and right rear fender. Interior is exceptional and the brown-colored coarse-grain leather looks rich against the black exterior. Original-looking engine compartment lacks detail. Fraying window felts and the bumpers could use polish. Nicely appointed with a Becker Europa radio, a/c, both tops and VDO clock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. Late-model SLs have been in the doldrums for most of the past two years—a phenomenon I cannot explain. As the last of the series, the 560SL was the most powerful of the R107 lineup. To be fair, it was also the heaviest, weighing in at nearly two tons, but still managed 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. It’s a great-looking car built to high-quality standards and sold for around $115k in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars. As an Adam Smith devotee, I can’t argue against the laws of supply and demand, but the deep discount on these models transcends all understanding. Even at today’s prices, this car was a screaming deal, worth at least another $10k–$15k in the right venue. #5015-1992 PORSCHE 968 cabriolet. S/N WP0CA2965NS840350. Guards Red/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 38,861 miles. Excellent first-year, original-condition 968 with a low 38k original miles. Paint is in excellent condition with very few blemishes. Some stitching just starting to come loose on tan leather seats. Black cloth top still looks like new. Very light soiling to carpets. Tiptronic automatic transmission. Victor Equipment wheels and aftermarket stereo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,175. The major components of this car—engine, body and paint, and interior—all were completed to a very good standard; however, the hurried finishing details including ill-fitting rubber and trim called into question the quality of entire restoration. Assuming the potentially expensive stuff all checks out, a little elbow grease could create some additional profit for a motivated and resourceful flipper. #6007-1970 BMW 2800 CS coupe. S/N 2270395. Granada Red/gray cloth. Odo: 34,535 miles. European delivery with one owner since new. Older, amateurish repaint in its original color of Granada Red. Recently reupholstered using incorrect cloth material. 34k miles represented by consignor as original, but not documented. Dirty engine compartment. Replaced driver’s side carpet missing after leaky slave cylinder ruined it (repairs have since fixed the leak and a new carpet was on order for the buyer). Alloy wheels. Body appears solid. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $93,500. After a rapid rise in value that peaked two or three years ago, the Mercedes W113 market has become more discriminating. Today, it takes a special car to breach the $100k mark, and most nice, driver-level examples settle between $70k–$80k. That’s why the slight lift on this nice-but-less-thanstellar example was a bit of an upside surprise. The desirable colors, options, and final-year-of-production status likely provide the answer, but perhaps the pendulum is swinging back in the W113’s favor. BEST BUY #5033-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48DXHA063650. Signal Red/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 27,978 km. Canadian car with fewer than 28,000 kilometers (under 18,000 miles). Excellent original paint with only a hard-to-find nick or two. Leather interior looks nearly like new. Missing the power-antenna-base grommet. Accompanied by books, tools and original dealer’s invoice. Includes both soft top and hard top. Appears to have been babied by its owner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,550. The aftermarket wheels were a turn-off from 50 feet, but as I approached, my initial assessment changed. This was an exceptionally well-kept original that deserved some attention. Further inspection unveiled the lack of a manual transmission. The auto is quite capable, although it commands a discount among the Porsche set. Still sold on the low side and would make a terrific summer driver for the price. ITALIAN #6048-1985 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A6J0078052. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 15,711 miles. Outstanding original condition. The amount of wear (or lack thereof) is consistent with the very low miles. Excellent factory original paint. Interior shows only very light wear to the seat bolster and parking-brake handle housing. Obviously well cared for and under the same ownership for 15 years. Includes books, tools and spare. Cond: 3+. 164 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN SOLD AT $99,000. Outrageously ’80s, and a worthy study for Pininfarina design of the era. This model is known for its deep side strakes and single “flying mirror”; however, this example was one of the first to lose the latter in favor of the lower-mounted dual mirrors, offering a superior driving experience at the expense of bragging rights to the earlier design. No catalog mention of the last service may have held it back some, as another $10k– $15k (roughly the cost of a major service) for this level of quality would not have been a surprise in today’s market. JAPANESE #6100-1966 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ4036416. Spring Green & white/Salmon vinyl. Odo: 78,157 miles. Older, high-level restoration with at least one cosmetic refresh since. Claimed to have spent a good portion of its time in California and appears solid as a result. Paint and reupholstered seats still look excellent. Retains its original 235-ci I6 engine, which is often replaced by a Chevy 350 by now. Entirely stock with no apparent modifications. Cond: 2. ration in outmoded colors. Body and paint were well executed when done, but the finish is now showing a few tiny nicks. Interior formerly completed to an excellent standard but today shows light use. Brightwork could use polish. Well appointed for a junior model with wire wheels, dual sidemount spares, front fender lights, trunk rack and Cormorant mascot. Newer, period-correct Firestone whitewalls. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. We scarcely see these old antiques at auction any more, and it’s even more rare to find one restored to a high level. Impractical to drive on open roads, as you’d get eaten up by semis and SUVs. Sadly, destined to remain a museum piece or kept by a trophy collector, trailering from show to show. This price is probably the ceiling for this car that is too new to qualify for a London-toBrighton run. #6088-1930 CORD L-29 phaeton. S/N 2927299. Eng. # FDA2221. Dark red & maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 41,139 miles. Complete nut-and-bolt, photo-documented restoration to a concours standard. Includes dual sidemount spares with mirrors, chrome wires and a body-color trunk. Small rub on driver’s side door panel and a couple of tiny chips to door edge. Certified “Category One” by the ACD, the club’s topmost designation attesting to a car’s original componentry, particularly in the pairing of chassis and body. A beautifully executed and well-maintained restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $94,600. The one-year-only Light Eight model was of substantially less heft than the Standard Eight—by a 600-pound advantage. Due to its featherweight aspect, combined with a 110-hp straight 8 and an uncharacteristic “shovelnose” grille, this model is dubbed the “hot-rod Packard,” making it a favorite today for Club driving tours. A decade from now when the Future Classics Car Show set rediscovers classic-car ownership, it will be models like this that ignite the charge. Sold at significantly less than the recent $139,500 listing price by a prominent dealer; today’s price seemed like a deal. #6039-1935 DESOTO AIRFLOW SG SOLD AT $31,900. This early production Japanese Jeep looked terrific in its classic shade of green, and also quite fresh, defying the age of its restoration prior to 2015. FJs have been the darlings of the auction circuit for the past few years, so finding a completely restored model here was no shock. The surprise was revealed when the gavel came down at $17,600 less than it sold at RM’s Scottsdale sale nearly five years ago ($49,500, SCM# 6775833). This was either a bargain, or the bloom is starting to fade on FJ40 values as the supply side grows with more and more fully restored models coming to market. AMERICAN #5055-1913 BUICK MODEL 25 tourer. S/N 181842. Maroon/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Well restored in 2010 to a higher level than is economically feasible, but is starting to show its age. Won several AACA awards from when the restoration was new. Features nickelplated Castle-brand lamps and nickel radiator, along with several brass trim pieces. Last year for right-hand drive in a Buick and one of 8,150 Model 25s produced for 1913. Sold new in Lima, OH, and under single-family ownership from new through 1994. Cond: 3+. 166 coupe. S/N 5085869. Silver/tan cloth. Odo: 73,114 miles. Only fair paint with orange peel and lacking much shine. Cloth seats are good with only light soiling, but door panels are stained. Interior has a musty smell. Fitted with factory overdrive. Looks like a 1970s amateur restoration that hasn’t seen much use, to its detriment. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $157,300. It’s hard to argue against noted architect and Cord devotee Frank Lloyd Wright’s assertion that “the proportion and lines of the Cord come nearer to expressing the beauty of both science and logic than any car I have ever seen.” Even this relatively pedestrian model selected from the standard factory catalog possesses drop-dead gorgeous lines and state-of-the-art engineering. Cord values never seemed to have reached their potential. Today, with price escalation of classics rising among only the one-percenters, the value of this example has likely capped. Today’s auction value was firmly established, as this very car sold three months prior at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale for a price just $500 shy of today’s result ($156,800, SCM# 6899127). #6041-1932 PACKARD LIGHT EIGHT Series 900 roadster. S/N 362398. Tan & brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 503 miles. A well-preserved but mellowing resto- SOLD AT $38,500. Aerodynamically innovative, the Airflow was far ahead of its time, utilizing such innovative design techniques as a split windshield set at an angle, flush-mounted headlights and full fender skirts—all designed to cut the wind. It’s not unusual to see a sedan at auction, but this coupe model is rare as one of 418, and the design works even better visually. With a top-notch restoration, this car would be a stunner. Given the condition, today’s price represented a premium for the model’s rarity, but worth it in the long run. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN #6070-1942 FORD SUPER DELUXE convertible. S/N 1GA36655. Maroon/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 47,444 miles. Another quality car offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection. Nicely repainted, now showing a few nicks and touch-ups. Seats show comfortable patina. Interior door crowns show some scratches. Original flathead V8 upgraded with Eddie Meyer heads and intake and dual Stromberg 81 carburetors. Interior features clock, radio, and heater. One of 2,920 Super Deluxe convertibles produced for 1942. Cond: 3. exclusive, powerful, and yes, glamorous ride. With a fresh interior and a little elbow grease, this example would once again stand tall at about two-thirds the price it might have achieved just a couple of years ago. #6072-1956 DESOTO FIREDOME Se- mostly restorable components. A minor bargain at the hammer price, and seen later on a dealer’s site listed for $17,850. SOLD AT $20,900. “The one that got away.” That was the comment most heard after this car returned from the block having sold for the cost of a paint job. Restored to mostly stock condition, but with a few tasteful ’50s period engine mods that would make it a fun driver. Bidders reacted on the block like a deer at night, mesmerized by oncoming headlights. Lots of folks including yours truly would like to have this opportunity back. #5109-1951 STUDEBAKER CHAM- PION Regal convertible. S/N G1075065. Maroon/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 86,144 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older amateur cosmetic restoration on a claimed California car. Replaced top, front seat and carpets. Remaining details including chrome trim, door panels and rear seat remain original. New tires. Converted to 12-volt electrical system. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,625. Distinctive bullet-nose styling was originally designed for a cyclops-type headlight à la Tucker, which never made it to production. This was a terrific basis for restoration, but needed everything. Luckily, it retains solid bones and #6073-1954 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 54782109. White & blue/ white vinyl/white & blue leather. Odo: 39,255 miles. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. Faded older restoration of Packard’s flagship model, of which just 400 were produced. Likely driven little, if at all, since excellent full restoration, but the dingy, yellowing white leather is a tell-tale sign of its time since. Dull stainless and chrome further support the advanced age of refurbishment. Loaded with virtually every power option available in ’54, including a three-way radio with power antenna. Factory fitted with five Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels. Cond: 2-. ville 2-dr hard top. S/N 55306151. Pink & Iridescent Plum/pink & black cloth. Odo: 37,213 miles. An excellent presentation of a nice original that received some restoration work to bring it up a level or two. Resprayed a few years ago to a very good level. Excellent door fit. Reupholstered with original hard-tofind materials. Original spare and trunk mat. Correct Kelsey-Hayes wires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,500. Previously sold at Branson’s 2013 spring sale for $50,760 (SCM# 6104920). Among the best ’56 Sevilles extant, which only means that very few have been restored to this level. The last DeSoto model to carry the Seville moniker, as Chrysler yielded the name to Cadillac, who began using the name for their Eldorado hard top. Worth the price paid, but the new owner may be chasing the value curve downward. SOLD AT $80,300. Packard’s Caribbean ads touted it as “1954’s Most Glamorous Sports Car,” but boundless European offerings, as well as some from American manufacturers, were changing the country’s definition of a “sports car.” While Packard’s inability to remain relevant to American buyers was a factor in its imminent downfall, they threw everything they had at these last-hurrah Caribbeans. Very few makers offered such an #6077-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57S110909. Matador Red/white vinyl/silver & red cloth. Odo: 30 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Outstanding older restoration that still looks market-fresh. Paint, interior and trim almost defy their age on one of the finest nut-and-bolt restorations in today’s auction. A few light scratches to stainless, but that’s being picky. Equipped with fog lights, dual side-view mirrors, spinner hubcaps, wide whites and Continental kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $84,150. One of several cars offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection. Logged just 10 miles in the 11 years since it last changed hands at auction (The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, September 2008), where it sold for $95,000 (SCM# 1641751). Unfortunately, the $11k price hit tells a typical tale of the market for ’50s American convert- 168 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! ibles that continues to decline. Still, it’s one of the most iconic pieces of American iron extant, and a lot of car for the money. #6075-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N T857H4461. Blue/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 10,854 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full but seasoned restoration. Excellent paint. Blue-and-white interior shows light soiling, as does the top boot. Trim shows light scratches but could be brought back with a professional polish. Plastic emblems are excellent, showing no cracks or crazing. The exterior features dual sideview mirrors, fender skirts and Continental kit. Equipped with a/c, clock, radio, seat belts and tissue dispenser. Cond: 2-. have successfully integrated tall fins—nearly a requirement in 1957 design—into a car that was not only unique, it actually looked sporty. Certainly more so than a Triumph Herald or Daimler SP250. Powered by a supercharged 289-ci V8, the performance wasn’t bad, either, even for such a big car. This example was certainly one of the better ones, but not quite top tier. As such, it sold about where expected. #5102-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N A57B249017. Black/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 77,681 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and interior, but compromised by a few details. Cracks in steering wheel and pitting on window frames. Fitted with later Turbo 350 automatic transmission. Engine compartment detailed to a driver level. Adorned with spinner hubcaps and features a Power Pak. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. The late 1950s Pontiac model list reads a little like Abraham’s family tree in the book of Genesis. Among the names were Chieftain, Strato Chief, Star Chief and Super Chief. Add to that the Safari, Laurentian, Bonneville and even the Custom Safari Transcontinental. Aye! In ’57, the Star Chief Custom Bonneville was the top of the line, featuring every option as standard, plus fuel injection. It casts a shadow over our subject, a plain ol’ Star Chief, that despite being a very high spec itself, is worth about half the price. As such, the market price achieved today represents a whole lot of car for the money. #5085-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum 170 SOLD AT $45,650. The Studebaker Hawk penned by Raymond Loewy was pure genius. He may have been the only designer ever to SOLD AT $36,300. Not often do you see this kind of expense rendered on a big sedan, but this example was worthy. The pricey stuff was done, leaving a few small but annoying details to be ironed out by the buyer. Big and brash Sports Car Market HAWK coupe. S/N 6102442. Gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 60,038 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Very good restoration with wellexecuted body, paint and interior. Dash is mostly original, showing some wear, and the steering wheel is cracked. Plastic emblems and lenses show light crazing. Grille needs to be rechromed, and the stainless has a few light dings. Equipped with power steering and brakes, wide whites and factory wheel covers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Nice, mostly stock Bel Air that gave an impression that it was a top-level restoration until I got a closer look. The buyer is left with a decision to fix some relatively minor details to pursue the show circuit, or simply drive as intended. I’d go the latter route, as this would make an ideal cruiser. Bought for the current market value today with an entire summer left to enjoy! #6078-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPECIAL sedan. S/N 59M081169. Georgian Blue & Brenton Blue/blue leather. Odo: 18,944 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Another 10-footer that upon closer examination had needs. Excellent paint and seats, but poor rubber, soiled carpets and separating vinyl on inside of door. Both side-view mirrors worn and the wing windows delaminating. Equipped with air conditioning and power windows, steering and brakes. Copy of build sheet included. One of 2,250 produced in 1959. Cond: 2-.


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN then and now, its ownership history would likely be fascinating if known. Well sold in today’s market, but no harm done. #6099-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 60E119318. Green/ green canvas/green leather. Odo: 60,461 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration now showing a few bumps and bruises. Mint green paint was once very good, but now shows touch-up throughout, especially to a small gash that has been filled on the hood. Some chrome pitting and light scratches to the bumpers. Expectedly loaded with power seats, locks, windows, steering and brakes, and equipped with Autronic Eye, a/c and cruise control. One of 1,285 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles produced for 1960. Cond: 3. dow VW buses. This example was cheap today, but still managed to profit the vendor after purchasing for just $38,500 (SCM# 6901657) at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale just two months earlier. Well played. #6093-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S103313. Fawn Beige/ white vinyl/Fawn Beige vinyl. Odo: 78,043 miles. 283-ci, 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored some time ago, but an original 315hp, 283-ci, fuel-injected, 4-speed ’Vette. Older repaint to a decent standard, but now shows small chips throughout, especially where the top attaches to the body. Poor trunk fit. Interior nicely redone but door felts are fraying. Retains its original block, correct 4-speed and a Positraction rear differential. Fuel injection unit is said to be “correct dated coded” for ‘61. Includes in-dash clock, Wonderbar radio and both tops. Cond: 3+. quite desirable. In staid but unoffensive colors, it has good ownership provenance and is well equipped, making it a worthwhile re-restoration project. Seller successfully held out for a little more pocket money after passing on a bid for $70,000 at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale sale in March (SCM# 6901215). #6101-1965 SHELBY COBRA Continu- ation roadster. S/N CSX8001. Aluminum/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 10,046 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 5-sp. Continuation model with low miles since completion in 2002. Aluminum body shows a light dent in the hood and a plethora of fingerprints throughout. The black-painted center stripe shows a few nicks, especially on front end. Break-in wear and light soiling to interior. Period Mustang rebuilt K-code engine. Appointed with racing belts and side exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,200. Once a bellwether of the collector-car market, the 1959 and 1960 Cadillac Eldorado market is now just an example of faded glory. There was a time when this car, even in its less-than-stellar condition, would have easily met a $100k auction price. Alas, times change and tastes evolve. Let this be a stern warning to all those owners of 21-win- SOLD AT $74,250. As it was a $484 option on top of the $3,934 base price of the Corvette, just 1,462 customers checked the box for fuel injection, making it relatively rare and SOLD AT $104,500. The real deal can set you back seven figures. A decent replica—of which there are many—can be had for the price of a new Kia. Having been built by Shelby American with ol’ Carroll’s blessing gives this replica “continuation” status that one-ups the proletariat. On top of that, it is the first of the continuation Cobras and was made with a sharp-looking bare-aluminum body. It will never be worth as much as an original, but the Shelby name and a listing in the Registry are worth something. As such, the hammer price seemed about right for this difficult-to-value one-off. #6057-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S101010. Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 28,952 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed $100k restoration within 1,000 miles of completion. Paint is good overall, but shows poorly prepped headlight covers and sills, along with primer showing where the top rubs when upright. Nicely fitted with 427/390 V8 engine and 4-speed, but no mention of numbers matching. Well optioned with side exhaust, power winAuctions Auburn, IN then and now, its ownership history would likely be fascinating if known. Well sold in today’s market, but no harm done. #6099-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 60E119318. Green/ green canvas/green leather. Odo: 60,461 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration now showing a few bumps and bruises. Mint green paint was once very good, but now shows touch-up throughout, especially to a small gash that has been filled on the hood. Some chrome pitting and light scratches to the bum- pers. Expectedly loaded with power seats, locks, windows, steering and brakes, and equipped with Autronic Eye, a/c and cruise control. One of 1,285 Eldorado Biarritz con- vertibles produced for 1960. Cond: 3. dow VW buses. This example was cheap today, but still managed to profit the vendor after purchasing for just $38,500 (SCM# 6901657) at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale just two months earlier. Well played. #6093-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S103313. Fawn Beige/ white vinyl/Fawn Beige vinyl. Odo: 78,043 miles. 283-ci, 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored some time ago, but an original 315- hp, 283-ci, fuel-injected, 4-speed ’Vette. Older repaint to a decent standard, but now shows small chips throughout, especially where the top attaches to the body. Poor trunk fit. Interior nicely redone but door felts are fraying. Re- tains its original block, correct 4-speed and a Positraction rear differential. Fuel injection unit is said to be “correct dated coded” for ‘61. Includes in-dash clock, Wonderbar radio and both tops. Cond: 3+. quite desirable. In staid but unoffensive col- ors, it has good ownership provenance and is well equipped, making it a worthwhile re-res- toration project. Seller successfully held out for a little more pocket money after passing on a bid for $70,000 at RM Auctions’ Fort Lau- derdale sale in March (SCM# 6901215). #6101-1965 SHELBY COBRA Continu- ation roadster. S/N CSX8001. Aluminum/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 10,046 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 5-sp. Continuation model with low miles since completion in 2002. Alu- minum body shows a light dent in the hood and a plethora of fingerprints throughout. The black-painted center stripe shows a few nicks, especially on front end. Break-in wear and light soiling to interior. Period Mustang rebuilt K-code engine. Appointed with racing belts and side exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,200. Once a bellwether of the collector-car market, the 1959 and 1960 Ca- dillac Eldorado market is now just an example of faded glory. There was a time when this car, even in its less-than-stellar condition, would have easily met a $100k auction price. Alas, times change and tastes evolve. Let this be a stern warning to all those owners of 21-win- SOLD AT $74,250. As it was a $484 option on top of the $3,934 base price of the Cor- vette, just 1,462 customers checked the box for fuel injection, making it relatively rare and SOLD AT $104,500. The real deal can set you back seven figures. A decent replica—of which there are many—can be had for the price of a new Kia. Having been built by Shelby Ameri- can with ol’ Carroll’s blessing gives this rep- lica “continuation” status that one-ups the proletariat. On top of that, it is the first of the continuation Cobras and was made with a sharp-looking bare-aluminum body. It will never be worth as much as an original, but the Shelby name and a listing in the Registry are worth something. As such, the hammer price seemed about right for this difficult-to-value one-off. #6057-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S101010. Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 28,952 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed $100k resto- ration within 1,000 miles of completion. Paint is good overall, but shows poorly prepped headlight covers and sills, along with primer showing where the top rubs when upright. Nicely fitted with 427/390 V8 engine and 4-speed, but no mention of numbers matching. Well optioned with side exhaust, power win- 172- 172 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Auburn, IN Michelin Redlines. Includes photo album of restoration, owner’s manual and shop manual. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,400. In the Corvette world, the fine line that separates a show car and a driver is based on the degree to which the numbers match. Unless a car carries its born-with engine, transmission and most of its other original components, it is deemed unworthy of a gnat’s posterior level of restoration. And thank goodness, as it allows us to drive the snot out of super-nice examples like this one! Sold right, all things considered. #5072-1967 DODGE HEMI CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N WS23J71156374. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 76,694 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Restored to an excellent standard nearly two decades ago. Fitted with the venerable 426 Hemi, a body and engine combo that was clocked from zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds when new. Very good body and paint, restored interior, and detailed engine compartment. Features bucket seats, console with tach, and radio. Redline tires mounted on period Magnum 500 wheels. Boasts AACA awards, including a Grand National in 2002. Cond: 3+. equipped with Air Grabber hood, power steering and brakes, and Redlines on Rallye wheels. Accompanied by owner’s manual and warranty book. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $57,200. At first blush, this GTX might look like a slight bargain; however, the devil is in the details. First, there is no mention of matching numbers, which almost always means it isn’t. Further adjustments for the spotty restoration quality and automatic transmission give an appropriately discounted result. Sold right on the money and will make fun Cars & Coffee participant or entrant to a local show-and-shine. #5078-1973 FORD MUSTANG Trans SOLD AT $53,900. Without provenance, or even a mere owner’s claim that this car is original, the buyer is forced to assume it is not. Was it originally fitted with a Hemi? The “J” in the VIN says yes. This Hemi? Is it numbers matching? Was it even an original R/T car? Well, things fall apart here. Buyers were not fooled, and while it was Friday’s high sale of the day, it was essentially valued appropriately as an unknown. #5063-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L9E157729. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,457 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good restoration showing some light use. Excellent repaint and new vinyl top. Redone black vinyl seats fitted at a decent, but not factory, standard. Scuffed sill plates and some small scratches along the painted tops of the door panels. Additional aftermarket gauges attached below dash. 440 with a console-shift automatic transmission. Solid-appearing, original California car Keith Martin’s Am racer. S/N 79142. Orange & black/black & gray composite. miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highly modified 351 built by Jack Roush. Close-ratio, 4-speed with Hurst shifter. Originally sold unfinished as a “body in white” car to Ed Hinchliff, who assembled the car over three years with the help of former Kar Kraft blueprints and chassis engineers. Campaigned 1976–80; accompanied by SCCA log book. Completed to race-car standards (meaning a good 10-footer with a strippeddown interior). Looks like it has been off the road for a long time. Sold on bill of sale, with a pallet of additional parts. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $49,500. This one is hard to nail down. It’s sort of a Kar Kraft continuation car that was raced sort of in period (three years after it was “new”), was sort of competitive, although it never actually had significant wins. Despite its shortcomings to true greatness, it was as close as many of us could hope to come given the limits of our pocketbooks. Difficult to value, but for $50k, the new owner gets a unique car with an interesting history and a sure standout at the next Pony Corral car show. © Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 174 Sports Car Market ™


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction A fabulous 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 cabriolet leads the top-sellers list Company Bonhams Date June 2, 2019 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 71/99 Sales rate 72% Sales total $4,356,464 High sale 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS PF cabriolet, sold at $417,500 Buyer’s premium Well under the SCM median value of $549k — 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport cabriolet, sold at $417,500 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Intro by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics onslaught of auctions surrounding a major concours, this is a solo auction that results in sellers usually forgoing multimillion-dollar results. This year there were no consignments with high esti- B mates at the $1m mark. Fortunately, a car doesn’t have to be worth $1m to be highly desirable. Top five sellers were a fabulous 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 cabriolet that sold for $417,500, a 1924 Bentley Le Mans replica for $390,000, a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental for $246,400, a 1926 RollsRoyce Phantom I for $156,800, and a 1971 Maserati Ghibli that went for $156,500 in a post-block sale. If you like seeing a more eclectic group of cars than just Ferraris and Porsches, this was a good place to be. Lots such as the 1953 Facel Ford Comète, an original 1907 Cadillac Model M and a 1965 Austin A35 minivan are not costly, and there’s a good chance you’ll never see any other ones in your lifetime. Much focus was placed on an interesting collection of 12 ’60s-era Fords, mostly Galaxies, with two 1968 Shelby Mustangs and a 1970 Boss 429 thrown in the mix. They were all good buys, selling well below their estimates, 176 onhams teamed up with the delightful Greenwich Concours again for their 12th auction during this weekend event. Rather than an with the Boss 429 hammering at just $144k ($161k with commission). Sale prices of this collection might have reflected a soft market for Fords right now combined with some overzealous estimates and less-than-perfect examples. While it was an interesting group of cars to pore over, collection magic did not happen. And let’s face it: “Private collection” does not equal last year’s “Shelby Collection.” Last year’s 2018 total of $10.4m was Bonhams’ best Greenwich sale to date, and one would think it was the highly publicized sale of 23 no-reserve cars from Carroll Shelby’s estate that did it. But while Shelby’s cars were certainly a draw and added $2.2m to the results, the top three lots were not from his collection and accounted for almost $2.8m of total sales. The top two lots were sold post-block, and it would have been a very different overall result if Bonhams hadn’t made those two critical sales. To keep the results in perspective, the first Greenwich auction in 2008 totaled about $2.5m in sales ($2.9m in current dollars). This illustrates how much the bar has been raised for auction expectations, and how critical a few highly valuable lots can be. With no million-dollar babies and an overall Sales Totals $10m sales rate of 72% (compared to 90% in 2018), total sales dropped to $4.4m. This was well below most other recent years, where totals have been in the $5.5m–$8m range. Total sales in many 2019 auctions have dropped a bit, so we will see what happens in 2020 and what kind of consignments Bonhams can draw in to this always-enjoyable auction. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #192-1924 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Le Mans replica tourer. S/N 712. Eng. # 904. British Racing Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 15,643 miles. The second vintage Bentley at the auction and the catalog cover car. An extreme “bitsa” and a bit of a hot rod, and apparently that’s what Bentley boys want. Body is outstanding in every respect. Seats slightly patinated. Obviously loved and expensively maintained. Built as a 3 Litre tourer when new, then rebodied as a saloon and then back to a tourer, both during the 1930s. Rebuilt again much later as a tribute to the originally configured “Old Mother Gun” (the 1928 Le Mans winner, which, of course, now looks completely different) with a lengthened chassis utilizing “a large amount of new chassis components” according to a supplemental note in the online auction description. At that time a new engine, a bored-out 5.3-liter version of the Bentley 4½ Litre, was installed. Cond: 2+. ary axe, so maybe they knew something I did not. “It looks too modern for 1926,” and your suspicions would be correct. In 1933, the nowdated limo was rebodied by Rolls-Royce of America/Brewster in the stylish Newmarket convertible-sedan body style. It also received other useful updates such as four-wheel brakes and torpedo, rather than drum, headlamps. Recently in a New Jersey collection of primarily Phantom Is and IIs, and apparently it has been sitting for quite some time. Will require some level of recommissioning, but if the buyer is able to manage that, it’s a fine Rolls-Royce at a reasonable price. SOLD AT $390,000. So, I count a new engine, an almost-new chassis, and at least three rebodies. But it must be a blast to drive. The catalog states that, impressively, the consignor has driven it 15,000 miles on tours since about 2008. Sold, with premium, slightly over low estimate of $375,000. As vintage Bentleys go, this is a reasonable price, and undoubtedly far less than has been spent on the car. If it performs as well as its reputation suggests, it should be a great tour car. #134-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Springfield Newmarket convertible. S/N S407FL. Eng. # 20076. Cream & tan/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 77,989 miles. Restored in California in the 1990s and still looks good. However, the first thing to say about this car is that the buyer is going to have to thoroughly clean the fuel tank (and probably the entire fuel system) before driving it, as it absolutely reeks of gasoline, which has turned to varnish. As to physical condition, the panel fit, paint quality and brightwork condition are all excellent. High-quality convertible top almost unscathed. Interior wood acceptable, but the word “varnish” rears its ugly head again, as it is too thick on the dash. Excellent seats just slightly settled in. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $156,800. The seventh Springfield Phantom I built and the second oldest to survive (which I confirmed with a third-party source). You may be looking at the photo, however, and saying, 178 #137-1930 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N FS3601. Eng. # FS3603. British Racing Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 12,173 miles. Originally a Vanden Plas Weymann saloon, now, of course, it is a Le Mans tourer “in the style of” Vanden Plas. Body nicely done, with painted parts restored in 2011, according to catalog. Fenders (only) seem to be fiberglass. Turn signals added at restoration, certainly a good idea for touring— the raison d’etre for owning a vintage Bentley. Appropriate slight patina to interior, which looks like an exciting place to be. Claimed original instruments, switchgear and controls. Extensive 2017 clutch and engine rebuild, including valvetrain and pistons, with receipts totaling $160k. C-type gearbox with Laycock overdrive added for high-speed touring. Cond: 2+. #193-1935 RILEY KESTREL 1.5 sedan. S/N 22T1724. Eng. # 375703. Wedgewood Blue & light gray/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 99,307 miles. Aerodynamic Riley sedan in charmingly patinated condition. Appears to be very solid. Older, worn paint still presentable and somehow fits with the rest of the car. Brightwork ranges from very good to pitted. Some gaskets are perished. Lovely sunroof, which hopefully does not leak. Looks like Morris Minor taillights have been added for safety (appropriate, as Riley later became a subsidiary of Morris and then BMC). Leather nicely patinated and remains quite usable. Interior wood acceptable but far from gleaming. Many instruments from a variety of sources (Jaeger, Smiths, etc.). Clean, used engine compartment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. In the 1930s, Riley was a respected sporting marque with advanced engineering. The engine in this car is a twin-cam 4, and based on the shape of the combustion chambers, you can tell your friends, “Yeah, it has a Hemi in it.” Unfortunately, Riley is virtually unknown in the U.S. even among some British-car enthusiasts. This was dripping with character and seemingly quite useable as-is, assuming no major mechanical issues. The very few I found for sale in England and Australia seemed to have asking prices around the low estimate here (equivalent of $45k). High bid may have been a little low, but I am not sure seller can get much more in the U.S. Might be worth advertising in U.K. classic-car magazines. #140-1935 LAGONDA RAPIER Special NOT SOLD AT $430,000. The newer of two nicely executed Vintage Bentleys at the auction, this one was less of a “bitsa” than the other. A real 4½ Litre, which has had extensive work done to it over many years to the point where the original buyer probably wouldn’t recognize it, but at least the chassis and engine are reasonably continuous. I thought the low estimate on this car was reasonable, but, alas, the bidders just weren’t there for this car. They were there for Lot 192, a vintage Bentley patterned after George Washington’s legend- roadster. S/N D11419. Eng. # D3150. Black/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 16,695 miles. Excellent paint with rare superficial scratches on bumper bracket support. Straight panels. Red leather interior fits well and has minimal wear. A mix of mostly period gauges and polished aluminum dashboard. Worn and damaged Bluemels-type wheel. Jewel-like engine compartment, which appears appropriate for era. Electric fan fixed to the front of radiator. Drum brakes visible beneath mildly scarred painted wire wheels. Proudly wearing California Mille decal. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $135,000. 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Bonhams Greenwich, CT standards than original build. Perfect body and paint with no orange peel and few flaws. Driver’s side headlight and trunk fit off. Chrome and glass all appear well restored. Beautifully done interior, though seats redone in a flamboyant non-original pattern. Modern radio in beautifully restored dash. Driving upgrades include 5-speed synchro gearbox, front suspension and larger SU carbs. Chrome wire wheels add final touch of glitter. Cond: 1-. routed exhaust pipes, an original and properly located hood support and a left-sided shifter on an LHD car. The work done might remove it from any HPOF (Historical Preservation of Original Features) competition, but a buyer could still be proud of its original features. I disclose that this writer is a multi-Allard owner before I say that these 100-inch-wheelbase tourers are undervalued. That said, it is rare for a non-restored K3 to receive six figures at auction, and I would suspect this car could find a home somewhere between this bid and the six-figure mark. sport and elegance. Fewer than 500 were manufactured by Lagonda in 1934 and 1935, and a handful more were prepared by Rapier Cars. It lacks originality and was therefore offered at a lower threshold. Fairly if not well bought and if well cared for, should keep its value. #155-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 3.4 drop- head coupe. S/N 677199. Eng. # W8518-8. Pastel Green/green cloth/Suede Green leather. Odo: 69,368 miles. Lovely XK 120 drophead in striking Pastel Green with Suede Green interior and matching green cloth top. Pastel Green is an authentic period Jaguar color but not original to this car. Very nice paint and mostly fine chrome. Windshield surround gasket rather aged-looking. Inside, seats mildly patinated to a comfortable level. Dashboard wood acceptable but not excellent, and wood door caps (not present on more stark roadster) need refinishing. Oddly, sunvisors are MIA. Iconic sternum-buster steering wheel has leather-laced cover on rim—usually a sign of cracks. Correct and quite clean underhood. I usually prefer disc wheels and spats on XK 120s, but the wire wheel/no spats configuration looks good on this example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,960. Arnolt’s historic cars were a featured marque at the Greenwich Concours, so good synergy here as this exquisite Bertone-bodied rarity was in the show field display with other Arnolts prior to the auction. Underneath the Italian body is an MG TD, so driving experience may not quite live up to the appearance. Of course, one could say that about most early 1950s cars. Few miles since top-tier restoration (some might say over-restored), cost of which must have far exceeded hammer price. Sold below the $75k–$125k estimate, I’d call this an excellent buy for a unique and newly restored classic. NOT SOLD AT $74,000. Appears to need nothing to be a fine driver, and only a few enhancements—notably restoring the dashboard and door-cap wood—to be a credible show car. I thought northeast Jaguar enthusiasts would flock to Greenwich prepared to bid on this delightful XK 120, but I was mistaken. Bidding was listless, and the high bid of $74,000 was far below the low estimate of $90,000. To me the unusual color scheme was fabulous, but perhaps it was too adventurous for traditionalists. #153-1953 ARNOLT MG coupe. S/N 27581. Red/tan leather. Odo: 375 miles. Fresh complete restoration likely done to higher 180 #149-1953 ALLARD K3 roadster. S/N K33192. Green/black canvas/green leather. Odo: 50,209 miles. Very tired paint with obvious recent respray of hood. Multiple pockmarks in paint on front piece and evidence of respray around grille, which does not match the rest of the front. Overspray on door chrome and gas filler seals, and chips in paint around door. Aluminum body panels surprisingly straight. Carpets and leather on seats said to have been preserved. Door panels appear to be replacement. One of few K3s I have seen with shifter in its natural-born, left-sided position. Gauges showing age but appear to be Allard-original. Excellent replacement top and side curtains. Freshly repainted Cadillac powerplant with Carter 4-barrel. Appears to be brand-new wiring harness. Steel wheels with rechromed Allard hubcaps. Cond: 3+. #135-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH LWB Touring sedan. S/N LBLW45. Eng. # L44B. Blue & silver/tan leather. Odo: 28,355 miles. Rare LHD, long-wheelbase Silver Wraith, with majestic Touring saloon body by H.J. Mulliner. Surprisingly precise door fit considering how thick and heavy the doors are. Generally well-applied repaint, with a little orange peel on boot lid, but colors were the subject of controversy. Some onlookers found the bright blue to be pleasingly sunny, while others thought it was downright lurid and accentuated even more by the wide whitewall tires. According to catalog, the build sheet did not reveal original colors, but surely not this combination. Several minor exterior flaws, including a rusty screw in rear bumper and dull, marked wheel covers. Inside, leatherwork looks great, though it’s a tad dry to the touch. Quite clean underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,000. Delivered new in the U.S. to oilman (and noted entomologist) Maurice Machris, who must have cut quite a figure in it, especially if it was in this color scheme back then. Early post-war Silver Wraiths delivered to the U.S. had the required sealedbeam headlamps set into the (even then) anachronistic P-100 headlamp shells, an odd look but functional. I initially thought the catalog estimate of $90k–$120k was extremely optimistic, as the market for old dowagers such as this is rather weak, but I was pleasantly surprised when it sold within shouting distance of the low estimate. Well sold, and the buyer has an unusual, quality car in need of some relatively minor improvements. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. One of approximately 62 and has been through few owners. It was a pleasure to see proper gauges, correctly #121-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4 coupe. S/N S835370DN. Eng. # V3206B. Pearl Grey/ red leather. Odo: 69,299 miles. Older restoration, nicely done but now showing age and, happily, some real miles. Paint respectable but cracks and various flaws up close. Pitting on Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Market Moment rear bumper and a few chrome trim pieces; most other chrome still holding up nicely. Lenses and glass all in good shape. Chrome wire wheels in fine shape and brand-new brake calipers visible. Aged restored interior still looking fairly fresh, with inviting seat patina, clean dash with very good wood and instruments. Nardi steering wheel in fine shape. Carpets not worn but a bit askew now. Engine compartment still appears restored, a few flaws emerging. Carburetors reported as just rebuilt. Undercarriage good overall but has some minor corrosion in sections. Cond: 3+. Courtesy of Bonhams 1953 Arnolt-MG Coupe Sold at $64,960 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 2, 2019, Lot 153 Chassis number: 27581 S tanley “Wacky” Arnolt isn’t a name that inspires confidence, but then Earl “Madman” Muntz sold a lot of stereos — and the Muntz Jet car. Arnolt, the Chicago importer of MGs, Riley and Morris cars (which was really a side hustle for the marine-engine industrialist), managed to create a couple of interesting cars after seeing Italian design on display in Turin. Using frames and engines from the MG-TD, with a big ol’ aluminum coupe body he commis- sioned from Franco Scaglione and bodied at Bertone, Arnolt introduced the Arnolt-MG coupe and convertible in 1953. Arnolt kept making them until MG stopped providing him the chassis he needed a scant couple of years later. Arnolt then busied himself with putting Italian bodies on Aston Martins, Jaguars and Bristols. Our subject car is a handsome little coupe, although it sits quite high, giving it that startled-cat look. The car came with a 1,250-cc, 4-cylinder engine and a 4-speed box — and had to make do with 54 horsepower for go and drum brakes for stop. Arnolt produced 35 convertible versions of the car and 65 coupes before MG cut him off. The new Scaglione/Bertone body, while handsome at the right angle, added 30% to the purchase price. By the time it was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1953, the sticker price of $3,145 was only about $500 less than a Jaguar XK 120. This 1953 Arnolt-MG coupe, chassis 27581, sold at Bonhams’ Greenwich Auction for a quite stout $64,960, which reflected a loving restoration (and repaint in Ferrari Red) and the inherent scarcity — as only 36 examples of Arnolt-MGs survive. It also is a daring price, as a series of changes to the car during restoration, while making it infinitely more drivable, are clearly updates that might give pause to a strict constructionist. The changes include larger SU carbs for a bit more grunt, a 5-speed box for longer legs, and modern shocks to keep the whole thing better attached to the ground. Keep your eyes open for another, as parts are readily available and there seems to be plenty of value room between the fixer-upper and the showstopper. — Mark Wigginton SOLD AT $45,360. Still holding up well, but no longer a concours candidate. Restoration was well done long ago, shows appropriate aging such as typical paint cracks in a few spots. Some interior parts need attention but nothing significant. For someone looking for an XK 150 to drive, this was a great find. No need to worry about putting some more miles on it; has disc brakes and overdrive. At a price of just $45k, I considered it a bargain driver. #130-1960 JAGUAR MK IX sedan. S/N 774826BW. Eng. # 7B8517568. Sherwood Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 66,782 miles. Restored and modified for vintage rallies awhile ago. Body in acceptable condition, paint mediocre but presentable enough for intended use. Competition number “48” on doors. Twin fuel tanks installed with neat quick-release, steel filler caps on each rear fender. Some suspension and mechanical upgrades such as steel brake lines. Some chrome trim pieces badly pitted, other pieces rechromed. Interior in better shape than exterior, with modified front bucket seats in fine condition, wood dash, gauges, carpets and controls all good enough. Hurst shifter stands out, works a 5-speed Tremec transmission. Engine bay in decent condition, K&N air filter certainly different-looking. Hankook tires appear to have plenty of rally miles left. Cond: 3. 182 SOLD AT $17,920. Some rough edges on this Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Jaguar but certainly looks just right for its purpose. Something is appealing about it to me—the thought of tossing this tank around on a rally seems like great fun. Narrow market and only fair paintwork, so not surprising it hammered well below the estimate of $30k– $40k. For someone looking for fun without worrying about paint chips, I’d call it well bought. #133-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 coupe. S/N 885099. Eng. # 22529. Opalescent Dark Green/Biscuit leather. Odo: 55,118 miles. Several owners and several restorations—or several starts of restorations—in its past. Now it has all come together with beautiful bodywork and interior, an engine rebuild around 2008, recent steering, suspension and brake work, the installation of a 5-speed transmission, and revisions to electrical system for use and reliability in modern traffic conditions. Interior extremely nice in every respect except for a few prominent scratches on aluminum surface of console. Engine compartment better than clean, but clearly a car that has been enjoyed on the road. Cond: 2. 4Runner, but have lots of tread and undoubtedly get the job done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $246,400. Rarely seen Bentley (just 388 built) that is both sporting and truly regal. Back seat must be among the most comfortable ever fitted to a 2-door car. I might have preferred a little more contrast between the exterior and interior colors (but not as much as Lot 135). Car now in sub-concours condition, but still magnificent and quite usable. Minor cosmetic flaws could be rectified with modest investment. One of my favorite cars in the auction. Apparently others agreed, as it blew through the pre-sale estimate of $165k– $185k to sell at a satisfying $246,400 including premium. This is just above the SCM Pocket Price Guide median, but as an abovemedian car, it was well bought. A good result for both buyer and seller. SOLD AT $123,200. The 99th LHD E-type coupe built, in October 1961. This very early and very nice E-type sold (with premium) within view of its low estimate, but I thought it should have hammered for $15k or even $25k more. I tried to work out why it didn’t fare better. Perhaps it was the hint in the catalog that the engine block might not be original to this car (though the head was described as having matching numbers). Or perhaps the modifications, which I viewed as enhancements, detracted from its perceived authenticity. In any case, the buyer did well here, buying a much-above-average car at an average price. #136-1961 BENTLEY S2 Continental coupe. S/N BC87CZ. Navy blue/navy blue leather. RHD. Odo: 37,483 miles. Rare “2door Flying Spur,” though neither Bentley nor H.J. Mulliner ever called the coupe by that name. Said to have been restored by marque specialists P&A Wood, but date not specified. Paint generally excellent but with a star or blemish here and there. Chrome mostly very good; hazy window moldings not as good. Inside, leather is nicely worn in (but not too much) and dash wood is excellent. Door caps show age and perhaps could be refinished to match the superior condition of dash. Very clean underhood and underbody, with many rubber pieces apparently replaced recently. Michelin X tires visually more suited to, say, a September 2019 #151-1961 MORGAN 4/4 roadster. S/N A642. Green/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 33,950 miles. Older paint cracked in multiple spots—especially on rear fenders and area surrounding spare. Cracking around headlights. Door-jamb shade different from exterior. Rechromed grille and windshield. No obvious dents. Console finish and leather seats cracked to well beyond what I would call patina. Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cracks in composite. Dashboard may have been refurbished. Top is heavily worn. Pristine wheels and knockoffs. Neither I nor the Bonhams’ representative could open the hood on this car, but a flashlight through the vents suggests that the motor-compartment condition is similar to that of the interior. Dayton wire wheels and front disc brakes have been added. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,120. This car has upgraded underpinnings (disc brakes) and replaced or replated chrome; I see no reason to retain seats that I suspect will disintegrate under the 183


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT driver’s weight. A modest amount of work needs to be done. Of course, one never knows about the supporting wood structure. Bonhams’ $35k–$45k estimate would be appropriate for a far better Morgan. Sale price was in the right range, with a slight nod to the seller. #122-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk I convertible. S/N B9471991LRXFE. Black/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 43,517 miles. Meticulous full restoration with engine and chassis modifications. Body panels and paint superb, with no swirls in black paint and just a few small pits in one rear fender. All weatherstripping, chrome trim and lenses appear asnew. Sunbeam logotype removed from front and rear. Interior redone extremely well, with impeccable wood, flawless seats, carpets and trim, all in original configuration. Hurst shifter offers a hint of what lies beneath: a Ford 302 V8 engine, Hurst/Tremec 5-speed transmission, Wilwood disc brakes, A-arm adjustable front suspension, power steering and other upgrades. Wheels are Halibrand replica knockoffs, with surprisingly sloppy painting of the centers. Toyo track-level tires. Cond: 1-. tion. Chassis mods include stiffer torsion bars, Koni adjustable shocks, softened rear springs and four-piston brake calipers. Other additions include Pioneer radio, 5-speed transmission and a/c. Cond: 3+. for massive depreciation, and sell for shockingly low prices unless they are in exceptional condition or have very low mileage (which actually is bad because mysterious things happen to the electrical and hydraulic systems when they sit unused). This car was decent enough for a 25-year-old car, but there were enough questions to relegate it to the deep, wide pool of low-priced, youngtimer Bentleys. #160-2003 MORGAN PLUS 8 35th An- NOT SOLD AT $145,000. Presented is a 1970 Jaguar prepped to look like a 1964 ultimate-performance machine, but with superior roadability enabled by a 5-speed, the comfort features of air conditioning and modern stereo, and outstanding performance, as demonstrated in a previous Car and Driver road test. I doubt entry into certain famed historic reruns will be accomplished, but great fun and performance await the eventual buyer. Lindner-Nöcker repros have sold for much more than bid here, and the all-aluminum construction is worth a premium. Seller is likely to do better on another day. #107-1993 BENTLEY BROOKLANDS SOLD AT $76,160. Personally, this is exactly my idea of a good resto-mod. No tacky interior changes or 20-inch wheels. Instead, originallooking with upgraded drivability. And a lot faster and better handling. Restoration was completed in 2015. First sold for $110,000 (SCM# 6796646) at Mecum Monterey in 2015, then purportedly sold to the Tsuru Collection (following no-sale on a Bring a Trailer auction) for $115k in 2018. Sold here as part of a fivecar group with proceeds donated to charity by Tsuru. With about $125k in restoration and modification costs, I’d call this a very good buy that needs to be driven to be appreciated. #131-1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE Low-Drag Lightweight replica coupe. S/N P1R43671BW. Silver/black leather. Odo: 911 miles. Re-creation of the famed Lindner-Nöcker lightweight coupe, which unlike most others, is clad solely in aluminum. Evidence of mild use, with some chips in paint before clearcoat was applied. A few bubbles in paint on hood and cowl. Mild pitting of taillight chrome. Wheels appear to have been pitted before they were painted. There are some inclusions. Leather surfaces on seats, side panels and area in between appear to have been well cared for. No gouges, just slight wrinkles. Engine a bit dirty but features such goodies as triple Weber carburetors, ported heads and electronic igni- 184 LWB sedan. S/N SCBZF02D0PCX46692. British Racing Green/tan leather. Odo: 79,400 miles. Attractive Brooklands in good colors. Paint very nice overall, with a few minor touchups. Bubbling around trunklid emblem/keyhole and a smaller spot beneath driver’s window. Is this merely paint lifting or is there corrosion beneath? When Bonhams staff positioned the car, it was apparent that the driver’s window would not go down and the left rear window would go up only reluctantly: A typical Rolls/Bentley problem of the era, and not an enormously expensive repair, but what else has not been done? Magnificent interior presents well but has usual wear areas. Seats better than decent, with some mild cracking to the driver’s seat, which may have been redyed before. Door-cap wood shows aging and chips. Nice factory alloys on recent Kumho tires. Cond: 3+. niversary Edition roadster. S/N SA9PE240730R12991. Connaught Green/Woodsmoke leather. Odo: 6,118 miles. Excellent paint has polishing swirls but was applied well without inclusions or chips. Extensive polishing marks on chrome and scratches on rear bumper. Mild wear of roof over top bow. Wrinkles of finish on seats and console. Dashboard wood is cracked on left side. Protective film beneath leather hood strap. Attractive cream-colored gauges. Wire wheels without evidence of damage. Rare scratches on plexiglass windows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,880. One of 100 35th Anniversary editions. Obviously has been used minimally. I was unable to see engine. An SCM Grade C collectible, but thoroughly usable and offering a vintage feel. Fairly if not favorably bought with a cushion as next five to ten thousand miles are added. FRENCH #123-1953 FACEL FORD COMÈTE SOLD AT $18,480. I own a 1993 Brooklands in the same exterior color, and there are several small differences in the dash (or “fascia,” as the Brits say) and controls between my car and this car that make me think this may be a 1994 model. These cars are the poster child coupe. S/N 1016. Eng. # 606523. Smoke Green/tan leather. Odo: 67,363 miles. Ancient, thick paint with orange peel okay for a driver, but this is such a good-looking car, it really deserves better. Appears to be solid underneath, and Facel provided admirable panel fit for the era. Most brightwork aged, again acceptable for a driver. Marchal headlamps with yellow beams evocative of post-war Paris. Excellent glass. Leather hard but seats fully intact and not torn. Sternum-puncturing steering wheel hub à la XK 120, with interesting cord-wrapped rim. Americanized stainlesssteel dash now very dull and worn. Proceeds of sale of cars from Tsuru Collection to benefit charitable organizations. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,560. Rare coupe based on a shortened Ford Vedette flathead V8 chassis, but with a handsome body by Facel Métallon; one of about 3,000 built over four model years (the last year as a Simca). By far the most expensive Ford of its era. Ex-Martin Swig. Roofline almost identical to the first Facel Vega coupe Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT #148-1958 BMW ISETTA 600 2-dr se- of 1954–55 (before the extreme wraparound windshield). The Comète is a near-unicorn in the U.S., so difficult to establish a market value, but the sale price here “felt” correct to me. I usually side with (reasonable) patina, but in this case the car is such a rare jewel that I think it should be restored back to its original state, although likely uneconomical to do so. GERMAN #156-1957 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N 83376. Eng. # P65734. Signal Red/ tan leather. Odo: 6,671 miles. Numbersmatching Speedster, originally a U.S.-delivery car via Max Hoffman. Restored in Italy in the late 1980s; still looks great. Excellent body shows off the deep, smooth paint (refreshed in 2017), with light scratches here and there. Chrome mostly excellent, but front bumper guards and (front) trunk handle show a little age. Original, and very ugly, U.S.-style bumpers replaced with European bumpers. Seats beautifully restored in tan leather, but when new almost all Speedsters were upholstered in much-less-attractive vinyl. Door panels, dashpad and dash itself are superb, with excellent, clear instruments. Steering wheel shows wear and doesn’t match restored look of balance of interior. Top and engine compartment not observed. Catalog lists significant mechanical work performed in 2017, including a transmission rebuild. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,360. The 600 superficially resembles the Isetta 250/300 because of the front-mounted door, but it was engineered by BMW, not Iso. The larger 600 has a completely different engine and chassis, and seats four rather than two. It dispenses with the extremely narrow rear track of the Isetta. I thought the pre-sale estimate of $50k–$60k was rather ambitious, but I also thought the car was likely to hammer in the mid-to-upper $30k range. Hammer price of $28,000 is just above the 2019 price guide median for this model, but this must be one of the best examples in the country. The consignor may be disappointed, but the buyer should be happy. #132-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D Cabriolet D. S/N A1890338500656. Medium red/tan leather. Odo: 72,098 miles. Long-term, superb restoration completed in 2006. No evidence of wear since then. Panels, doors, trunk and hood fit all excellent. Paintwork is rich and flawless, with chrome up to same level. Lower chrome trim piece behind rear door had some minor dings. Interior equal in quality and condition to exterior, with brilliantly restored dash, seats, door panels, gauges. Driver’s seat shows little use since restoration. A minute flaw in dash is all I can find. Engine and undercarriage as excellent as the rest of the car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Nicely presented Speedster which clearly has been well looked after, if perhaps not quite as obsessively as other top-tier examples. Any deficiencies were very minor. Prices for 356s, including Speedsters, have been flat or receding slightly after big gains three or four years ago, but nonetheless, the high bid here was far under current market. Not much choice for the seller but to take it home. 186 dan. S/N 129300. Eng. # 129300. Red & white/white vinyl, black & gray & red cloth. Odo: 19,736 miles. Outstanding example of BMW’s brilliant microcar. Restored in 2016, including full engine rebuild at a claimed cost of $12k. Excellent paint, no doubt much better than new. Brightwork all in order, except for one dull molding under right rear window. Seats not new, but upholstery work is quite good. Balance of interior truly excellent. Engine compartment not observed, but underside of car is very clean. Cond: 1-. sion of the “Adenauer” 300d is quite rare indeed, with supposedly just 65 produced. This was an exciting example to peruse, with stunning restoration work on a massive, complex piece of superb German engineering. I consider these undervalued in general, and the estimate of just $300k–$400k may be accurate but in a larger sense modest. Bidding probably wasn’t far off meeting the reserve, but consignor made the right call not to let it go. Deserves continued viewing at the highest-level concours, and a higher price. #129-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Custom Deluxe Samba microbus. S/N BH295698. Coffee & cream/white vinyl. Odo: 12,597 km. Full restoration done to modest standards. Body panels straight, but door fit is off. Paint too thick, with orange peel in spots and various cracks near hinges and joints. Some rusty hardware stands out. New ladder and roof rack. New weatherstripping throughout, but sloppily installed in sections. New hubcaps and trim rings. Most windows appear original, with scratches and wear. Newlooking vinyl seats and other interior pieces, but cracks in steering wheel and other flaws apparent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,640. You might be thinking there’s a typo here—can’t be an original-style VW bus if it’s from 1973. But while the revised front end started in 1967 in the U.S. and Europe, the original style continued to be produced until 1976 in Brazil, where Volkswagen was essentially the national car manufacturer. The revised VW bus continued in production until 2013, and many are still used as daily commercial transport there. This example was recently imported, and exhibits a mid-level restoration. Superbly restored buses have exceeded $200k, but this went for a more appropriate price reflecting the restoration quality. Still, considering what other fine classics one can get for $50k, value for these remains strong. Fairly bought and sold. #108-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SLC NOT SOLD AT $245,000. The cabriolet ver- coupe. S/N 10702412022419. Anthracite Grey/red leather. Odo: 116,615 miles. No dents or dings except for one in front bumper. Paint still decent but not impressive, may have had some partial respray at one time. Black plastic bumper surrounds have lost any gloss. Finish on wheels dull. Glass and lenses show no major flaws. Interior shows some wear reflecting 116k miles. Front seat bolsters worn, color off in spots. Rear seat much better, as expected. Carpeting has some bunching. Orig- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT inal Becker Mexico radio. Engine compartment looks acceptable but shows little cosmetic care. Cond: 3+. tion seems to be taking place for examples in less than top-level condition. Original ownership by the crown prince apparently has zero value, which seems appropriate. ITALIAN BEST BUY #146-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Super Sport cabriolet. S/N 915811. Eng. # SS928114. Red/black cloth/ SOLD AT $7,280. The W107 SLC is a period favorite of mine, the slatted rear windows quite unusual, more rare and interesting than a convertible SL. This example was in acceptable condition but has lost its lustre. Consignor should have invested in a detailed cleaning and polishing; the potential is there for it to look far better than it appeared here. Might have brought a much higher bid, but new owner can now do it and have a fine driver-quality SLC for a modest investment. Well bought. #109-1984 BMW M635 CSI coupe. S/N WBAEE310201050039. Delphin Metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 29,585 miles. Originally owned by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, sold in 1986 to an American contractor working there, who later imported it back to the U.S. for long-term ownership. Very good condition overall, with no dents or noticeable paint blemishes, but a few nicks and scratches and some pitting on rear chrome. Windshield, rear window and a few front body pieces were replaced by the crown prince. Original wheels in decent condition. Interior has flaws—a bit of cracking in dry front seats, no floormats, instrument-cluster cover has some cracks—but dash has no cracks, an important plus, and rear seats appear much better, as expected. Odometer broke in 2000, not repaired until 2012. Many of the tools in the trunk-lid tool tray have rust on them—puzzling. Cond: 2. brown leather. RHD. Odo: 52 km. Restoration to top-tier standards completed in 2016. Little use since, with reset odometer reading 52 kilometers. Impeccably restored, with brilliant body- and paintwork, and matching interior and engine restoration. Appearance is authentic and not over-restored. Subject to a partial cosmetic restoration in the 1990s, with about 19,000 kilometers showing, so for some elements it is the second time around. Only flaws I find are a few paint chips at the top of the windshield frame. Cond: 1. show but not one for a serious concours or serious tour. With clear disclosure and engine cleaned up and proven to be functional, a bit more might be garnered on another day. #150-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B20GT Series 4 coupe. S/N B203618. Eng. # B204372. Claret/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 95,255 miles. Very nice driver-quality Aurelia with important Nardi upgrades (twin Webers, floor shifter, the steering wheel, of course, and more). Not 100% clear if the Nardi equipment was installed when car was new, or later. Welldone older maroon paint, although a little thick around the windows. Right door fit slightly off, otherwise good panel fit. Chrome a mixed bag: grille good; window trim dull; rear bumper lightly scratched all over. Lancia emblem at top of grille heavily scratched. Inside, cloth seats and door panels are very nice. Engine compartment not seen, looks very tidy in catalog photos. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $417,500. Superb Alfa Romeo, recipient of a painstaking, meticulous restoration. A very similar 6C 2500 SS was a no-sale with a high bid of $440k at Bonhams Amelia Island in March. Although fully restored in 2010 (previously bought for $621k by consignor), that car had some flaws and showed some age compared to this example. The car here had a significantly lower estimate than the Amelia Island lot, and consignor accepted the $375k high bid. So perhaps a bit of a market adjustment is happening, as this was sold well under the SCM median value of $549k. On the other hand, another pristine 6C 2500 went for $825k at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale last year. I’ll contend this example was well bought. SOLD AT $40,320. Previously sold at this same venue in 2014 for $38,500 (SCM# 6709701), so not much gain or loss, and consignor had the pleasure of driving it a couple of thousand miles. Back in 2014, it hammered at $35k, $8k more than the high estimate of $28k. With prices rising dramatically over the past few years, the $36k hammer price was now $4k under the low estimate of $40k. The market has recently been flooded with an array of M635 CSis and M6s, so some correc- 188 #196-1954 OSCA MT4 roadster. S/N 40651. Red/tan leather. Paint and panel gaps, though wide, are very good. Minimal paint bubbling behind driver’s compartment on the left. Buffing scratches noted. The panels are straight. Polishing marks noted on paint and windshield trim. Leather seat covers show some wrinkling but minimal wear. Multiple cracks in steering wheel. Extensive oil between cam covers and on back of block, carburetors and firewall. Some clamps appropriate, some not. Neatly and appropriately wired. Very heavy engine and chassis paint. Loss of finish on intake manifolds. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This appears to be an over-restored re-creation. The language in the description was obtuse. Others told me that a better disclosure was given on the block. Very cute and I am sure the time and money invested were more than what was bid. A cool car for cruising or a local car NOT SOLD AT $95,000. I was slightly acquainted with this car from previous ownership in Charlotte, NC. Catalog stated that this Aurelia had paint and bodywork in 2019, but the paint did not look fresh to me. An appealing example, nonetheless, in far-from-concours condition, but a car you can use in driving events with gusto and show in club events proudly. The high bid here was clearly inadequate. Deserved at least $10k to $15k more. Seller will have to go down a different strada. #197-1959 ABARTH 750 Series III coupe. S/N 718273. Eng. # 0142613. Red/ black leather. Odo: 66,844 miles. Restored and modified for vintage racing, last raced in 2002. Body nicely done, with decent panel fit and good paint quality holding up fairly well. Cracked headlight cover, pitting on rear bumper, front bumpers have had dents pulled out. Windshield-wiper arms removed. Interior decent, with stock seats in good shape, roll bar, five-point belts, cut-off switch and fire extinguisher installed. Non-original engine has some race modifications and recent valve work. Vintage steering wheel has cracks in 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 1993–95 MG RV8 Bonhams Greenwich, CT center logo. Engine looks tidy and appears well set up. Some OE parts such as gas tank included. Cond: 3+. auctioneer stated (rather non-specifically) that the car “...will need debugging.” In any case, this seemed like a fundamentally good car with a list of deficiencies that could mostly be easily remedied. The big money has been spent already. Unless there are nasty surprises, a fair deal for the buyer. #165-1964 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe. Pros: Rebooted MGB with mid-’90s looks. 3.9-liter Rover V8 engine made 190 horsepower and gave the RV8 a 0–60 time of 5.9 seconds. Limited-slip diff and Koni coil-over suspension made it fun. Luxury touches such as real wood trim and Connolly leather were never seen on original MGBs. Original price of $42,500 in 1993 kept production figures under 2,000 units. Cons: Over 75% of production was exported to Japan. Body-color injection-molded bumpers look even worse than late-’70s rubber units. Price range: $20k–$35k, plus import costs. 1994 Porsche 968 Club Sport SOLD AT $67,200. Appears to be a well-setup Abarth that can be brought to the track again, or used as a fun, slightly modified car for the street. No embarrassment in appearance, and stated to be in good running order, so ready to go. A similar Abarth race car—the rarer model Monomille with twin-cam conversion—went for $151,200 here at Greenwich last year. Viewed in that context, this morecommon Abarth can be considered a very good buy for vintage racing. #162-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Pros: Europe-only special track-ready edition. 236 hp from a 3.0-liter inline 4-cylinder with 6-speed manual transmission. 110 pounds of extraneous rear seat, a/c system, power windows and insulation got tossed out on the factory floor. Special sport suspension included. Original price was less than a standard 968. Cons: 1,538 were made, so they’re not super rare. Many came with a garish yellow-onyellow paint scheme, although white-on-white was also available. You could achieve the same performance results for less money with a U.S.-spec 968 and an aftermarket catalog. Price range: $25k–$30k, plus import costs. 1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Q4 Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR381122. Eng. # AR001210133. Dark green metallic/ Pumpkin leather. Odo: 98,466 km. Catalog states that this Giulia SS was brought from Germany (where it was sold new) to the U.S. by the consignor seven years ago, and since then it has received significant restoration work including a correct engine. Trunk-lid fit off but the curvaceous body is very straight. Wellapplied paint in the original subtle dark green shade shows a few chips and blemishes. Passenger’s window glass badly scratched, but other glass is fine. Most chrome good but none great; some of the emblems are especially aged-looking. Recently redone seats and dashpad are luscious in Pumpkin leather. Dash itself shows age, especially instruments. Driver-quality engine compartment could readily be improved. Car starts easily and seems to run well during brief observation of it moving around the auction site. Cond: 3+. S/N AM1012078. Eng. # AM1012078. Red/ black leather. Odo: 83,285 km. Bodywork and respray in early 2000s by previous owner. Bumpers also removed but come with car. Still appears well overall, but some minor flaws reflecting age and use since restoration. Chrome trim varies in quality, most decent, some pieces pitted. Front Trident badge sloppily painted, stands out. Interior also restored, seats now showing some wear. Headliner also has some wrinkling. Dash and instruments impressive to look at, with true ’60s Italian style. For a number of years fitted with Chevy V8 engine and Tremec trans; current owner converted back to original matching-numbers engine with correct, rebuilt Lucas fuel injection. Engine compartment looks fresh and impressive. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $155,000. Always a wonderful Maserati to look at, this particular 3500GTi has an unusual history surrounding the engine, but with the original engine now rebuilt and reinstalled at a recorded cost of $70k, would seem to be acceptable for Maserati aficionados. Condition more suitable for driving and Cars & Coffee than top-tier concours. Given condition and vast sum spent on mechanicals, consignor made the right call to hang on to it and try again, perhaps after enjoying it some more. May struggle to break the $200k mark, though. #152-1969 ALFA ROMEO 1750 Veloce Pros: All-wheel-drive made this Alfa something to write home about. Steyr-Puch AWD system used viscous-coupling center diff with a Torsen in the rear. Antilock brake system controls the AWD torque distribution, putting this car ahead of its time. Six-speed manual gearbox was standard with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower V6. Does 0–60 in 7.7 seconds. Cons: 1,169 were sold, mostly in Germany and Switzerland. Hard to distinguish from the notably unloved 164 unless you know what you’re looking at. Reliability and parts availability will be a concern. Price range: $15k–$20k, plus import costs. ♦ 190 SOLD AT $88,480. One of my very favorite Bertone designs, the perfect combination of classic Italian and Jet Age. A mixed bag of restoration elements that were done very nicely with others that apparently were skipped altogether. In a moment of candor, the Spider. S/N 1480964. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 26,422 miles. Smooth paint with mild orange peel in front of hood, but not on the hood. Cracked paint over trunk and distorted chrome trim on rear. Lip of right front bumper is bent. Right front fender wavy. Blinkers fogged. Pitting of external door handles. Rear deck cover separated, with floor exposed. Front seat covers in better condition and appear newer. Gauges are clear. Door chrome looks quite aged, as do Pininfarina dashboard badge and air handler beneath dashboard. Engine does not appear neat: lots of overspray including onto wiring, some oil staining of cam covers, with clamps and hoses Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT of various ages. Stated “faux” wire wheels in excellent condition. Pirelli Cinturatos show minimal wear. Cond: 3+. auction podium, so it suffered the indignity of being pushed. Cond: 2. the 2+2 body style combined with Twin Turbos was not available in the U.S., so you are unlikely to see another at the next Z convention. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,480. The aura of Italian styling and an iconic movie role (“The Graduate”) have raised the value of the 1960s Alfas, especially in comparison with the similarly sized British offerings, MGB and Triumph. In 1969, finicky Spica mechanical fuel injection replaced historically desirable and likely more valuable Weber carburetors. Alfas of this era have garnered more, but this one with issues as noted seems well sold. #125-1971 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.9 SS coupe. S/N AM115492152. Eng. # AM115492156. Red/beige leather. Odo: 49,189 miles. Hood up on the right side, which may be just a latching issue. Otherwise excellent panel fit, with beautiful non-original red paint done when the car was restored around 2012 (originally light blue metallic). Accompanied by excellent chrome, except for the driprails, which are very dull. Beautiful leather seats almost unmarked, with very slight wear to driver’s seat. Almost perfect dash and hardware. Underhood not observed. Car did not start as Bonhams’ handlers tried to back it into a parking space near the SOLD AT $156,500. A lovely Ghibli. Verging on show quality, but I had to mark down the condition slightly when it would not start. Very likely a minor problem. Previously sold at RM Amelia 2013 for $151,250 (SCM# 5976174), and driven about 1,400 miles since, which to me is a major positive. Initially declared a no-sale on the block, but later reported sold on the Bonhams website at a very reasonable price for a 4.9 SS. Well bought. JAPANESE #112-1990 NISSAN 300ZX Twin Turbo 2+2 coupe. S/N GCZ32507838. Platinum/dark gray leather. RHD. Odo: 14,325 km. Extremely well-kept, low-mileage (or kilometerage), JDM youngtimer. One fastidious Japanese owner prior to importation to the U.S. in 2018. No flaws noted to exterior or interior beyond slight patina to seats, commensurate with age. Very clean engine compartment. Aggressive Bridgestone tires look to be “near-racing” rubber. Has both “300ZX” and “Fairlady Z” logos on back. When new, SOLD AT $26,880. The 1990–96 300ZX still looks great in the company of modern sports cars, although this example was a bit monochromatic for me. I own an old RHD British car, but would I want to drive a modern RHD car in the U.S.? When the new owner wants to sell, RHD probably knocks out 80% of potential buyers, but 20% might be willing to pay a premium for that distinction and the hipster privilege of driving a car named “Fairlady Z.” Price probably lower by several thousands compared to what a U.S.-market car in equivalent condition would likely bring, so buyer should be quite happy. (See profile, p. 108.) AMERICAN #142-1907 CADILLAC MODEL M con- vertible. S/N 22151. Eng. # 22151. Black/ black leather. RHD. Purportedly original and completely unrestored. Body and frame in sound condition, single-cylinder engine complete but not running. Pinstriping still visible and consistent. Seats have fairly intact leather and padding, with lower driver’s seat missing some leather. Wheels appear original and consistent in condition. Rear storage trunk not attached, just sitting on rear seat. Cowl lamps are non-original, from a later car. Sidemounted crank starter. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $45,920. Fascinating early 1900s Cadillac, apparently single-family owned right in Greenwich until 2017. Appears quite complete and all elements have a consistent look of originality, which is very rare indeed. If brought to running condition and left as-is, will be wonderful to display in preservation class. Deserves to be left as unrestored as possible. Hard to determine a market value, but I’d call it fairly well bought. © 192 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Larchwood, IA The Larry Zuraff Collection No, big blocks didn’t go insane in value overnight — fond memories tend to trump established market values Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 1, 2019 Location Larchwood, IA Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Aaron Williamson, Justin Van Grote Automotive lots sold/offered 9/9 Sales rate 100% Sales total $79,795 High sale 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne pickup, sold at $17,500 Buyer’s premium Some may wonder what the buyer was thinking — 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne pickup, sold at $17,500 0% for onsite bidder; 10% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics That amount is pretty much a rounding error at most major collector-car auction houses. At Barrett-Jackson, that’ probably the take in the bidder’s bar tip jar on a Saturday night. Even for Yvette VanDerBrink, it’s a fairly small gross vehicle sale for one auction, yet she still put in as much work for this sale to get the best results as for any other large collection or estate that she brings to market. Granted, in this case, it helps that her home is within $ commuting distance of the auction site, so that cuts down on lodging expenses (and was likely a reason why she elected to conduct this sale). The other reason is that she knows full well that the vehicles that the late Larry Zuraff loved the most — 1967–72 GM pickups — are still a hot commodity in the collector-car world and that folks on a global level would be keen to either put boots on the ground or bid online via Proxibid to get a truck or some of the vast quantities of parts that Zuraff had accumulated over the years. 194 79,745. That’s generally what a new ¾-ton, 4x4 pickup with a diesel engine costs today. Larchwood, literally the northwestern-most town in Iowa, is easier to get to Larchwood, IA han most folks in fly-to country realize. Sioux Falls (the largest city in South Dakota) is about 20 miles away, as is Luverne, MN — right on Interstate 90. A good crowd of folks from the region (generally within a day’s drive to Larchwood) were onsite for a lovely Saturday morning, rarin’ to go at 9:30 when the first 14 lots of automobilia and literature were sold to get the rowd warmed up for the trucks. With the exception of a 1972 Chevelle Malibu, hey were all pickups. Like too many things today, sales were somewhat polar opposites — falling into one of two camps: “That was definitely worth the money to buy,” or “I didn’t realize Iowa legalized dope.” Poster child for the latter was the top sale here, the big-blockequipped 1972 C10 work in process. No, big blocks didn’t go insane in value overnight and then cool down. The real story here was that it was bought by one of Larry’s biological sons, as Larry remarried later in life and his children from an earlier marriage had to buy anything they wanted from their stepmother — who inherited Zuraff’s estate —with a bidder’s card. Fond memories tend to trump established market values. Of the nine vehicles, only two sold on Proxibid to out-of-state bidders. Additionally, none of the truck parts were cataloged, so none were offered online. As such, the folks who traveled longer distances were laser-focused on the better, rarer pickup parts and were willing to make the trip worth it. While this was perhaps the smallest collector vehicle estate auction Yvette ever had, after Labor Day weekend she has some much larger and very interesting collections and estates she’s selling throughout the Midwest, so check out her website and see if there’s something that’s of interest to you. ♦ Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Larchwood, IA AMERICAN #22F-1929 FORD MODEL A pickup. S/N A861768. Dark blue & black/tan cloth. Odo: 70,465 miles. Original engine, another transmission, front axle and spoke wheels all sitting in the bed (and all very rusty). Repowered by the late owner when he was in high school—with the engine that’s now in it; fitted with a Thomas dual Stromberg 97 carburetor intake manifold and Cragar valve cover. 1965 South Dakota license plate up front, with an original spoked wheel (missing hub) leaning on rusty front bumper that also has a tow bar on it. 1940s-era Ford solid wheels and hubcaps with old mismatched tires. Left rear fender has a tear that goes the whole width across it, rust-out at base of both front fenders—running boards are reasonably sound. A screw was drilled into windshield just ahead of steering wheel, with four major cracks radiating from it. Door fit not as bad as expected. Seat is a torn-up mess, but steering wheel is nice and crack-free. Various switches added to dash. Sold on a bill of sale. Cond: 5-. will need reconditioning and the insert repainted. Ding-free stainless trim for the most part. Aftermarket bed rails. Solid body, with rust-out only found on footwells. Stinky interior, thanks to being a rodent condo for decades. Seat is shot, door panels are okay. Duplicate title arrived just in time for the auction. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $15,500. The adult sons of Mr. Zuraff told me that their dad sent them to the estate auction of the old farmer who had this since new, with instructions to get it if it was cheap. They were so impressed by its originality that they bid more and bought it anyway. He was a bit miffed initially that they paid more than what he wanted them to buy it for— until he looked it over and drove it. Hands down my favorite vehicle here, and, as of now, the best buy for the nicest original Chevy pickup I’ve seen this year. Granted, the “it’s not a half-ton” thing was a factor here, but the new owner was certainly fine with paying to play. #0F-1970 CHEVROLET C10 project SOLD AT $11,750. Yvette was tending to a phone bidder from Massachusetts while Aaron did the calling on this lot. Opened with the phone bidder at $5k, and from there on it was pretty much bid on by a couple folks onsite, Proxibid, and that phone bidder, who ended up with it. I didn’t think we were quite at this point yet with first-year El Caminos, but like the old cliché, they aren’t making any more of them (and unlike ’67 Mustangs and ’69 Camaros, damn sure won’t be repopping whole new bodies). Combined with shipping halfway across the continent, the phone bidder really wanted it pretty badly, so I hope he really knows what he’s getting. BEST BUY SOLD AT $5,225. One of Zuraff’s sons related that this was his dad’s vehicle when he was in high school. The wheel resting on the front bumper was an example of teenage exuberance, as it was the end result when the elder Zuraff tried to do a burnout after installing the hopped-up engine—it tore the center spindle right out of the spokes. Worth the price of admission just for the period speed pieces, with the basis for starting a ratrod project or restoration parts as a bonus. Considering that zero mention was made online of the speed parts and there were no photos of the engine on Proxibid, the high bidder, who was online from Missouri, either took a huge leap of faith in it or had previously inspected it (the latter being my favored hunch). #20F-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N H59J148875. Roman Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 78,415 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. South Dakota license plates date to 1980. Wouldn’t be too surprised if that was the last time it turned a wheel and ran. Sits on ragged, mix-master tires with three rusty, crusty 1970s Chevy SS wheels and a 1980s Monte Carlo-styled steel wheel on left rear corner. Ancient color-change repaint from original Cameo Coral. Engine bay still shows some traces of overspray. Engine also very rusty; between gunk and rust, I’m unable to discern the engine stampings. Definitely won’t run as presented. Passenger’s side trim spear is rather good, but driver’s side just okay and 196 #16F-1970 CHEVROLET C20 Custom pickup. S/N CE240J121467. Turquoise/aqua vinyl. Odo: 56,295 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated the indicated miles are actual from new, and, if anything, it looks better than that. Service Parts ID tag shows that it’s equipped with painted camper mirrors, heavy-duty battery, gauge package, a/c, full tinted glass, ps, AM radio, and Comfort and Convenience package. Also has the original built sheet, indicating that it was ordered by Schumacher Chevrolet of Parkston, SD. Day-two painted rear bumper, bug guard, cruise control, electronic ignition and auxiliary gas tank. Fitted with driving lights in more recent years. Exceptionally well-cared-for original paint, with only some light gravel chips. Factory-applied paint run on driver’s edge of tailgate. Paint flaking off engine and it could use a bath, but most everything is original underhood. Gorgeous original interior, with only slight wear on seat and green, textured rubber flooring. Original twopiece wheels repainted in recent years. Cond: 2-. pickup. S/N CE140J133881. Maroon and white. No cab, front fenders, hood, engine, transmission, radiator, steering column or rear wheels. Wears 2003 North Dakota license plates, with dealer decal on tailgate from Kipp Chevrolet of Edgeley, ND. Painted bumpers, with rear being a period Luverne piece. Grille would be salvageable if it wasn’t for a tear below driver’s side headlight pod. Wood bed floor, but most planks have rotted away. Driveshaft resting on the floor supports in the bed more than the bed. Box sides in pretty good shape; tailgate has several good whacks in it but is solid. Not even a hint of selling with a title; it may be doing well to have a formal bill of sale at the end of the day. Cond: 6-. SOLD AT $20. This is either a very ambitious project for someone who has a good cab and is looking for place to put it, a clean slate for a truck with title issues, parts for another fan of 1967–72 GM pickups, or (more likely) going across the scale for scrap. The romantic in me sort of hopes someone builds and blends in an LS motor, Tremec 6-speed, and all-repop sheet metal to build a dream street machine pickup, but the realist in me figures that for twenty bucks, the new owner may at best pick off a few components (or at least the wheels and tires) before it becomes Chinese fence posts. Even as a pile of scrap, this was cheap, but it’s still double the price of my record for the all-time cheapest vehicle sale reported in SCM/ACC at an auction. #15F-1972 CHEVROLET K20 Chey- enne pickup. S/N CKE242Z155957. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 13,269 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original SPID tag shows it was built in this color combination, with optional dual fuel tanks, heavy-duty suspension, ps, full tinted glass, gauge package and AM radio. Originally equipped with a 350-ci V8, but not Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Larchwood, IA the one that’s currently in it, as it was replaced in February 1997 with a crate engine, with a stated 40k miles on it since. Repaint likely done around same time. Vent-window seals replaced, but rest of door-glass seals have masking lines on them. Mix of some reproduction and mostly decent original chrome and trim. Fitted with a pair of Luverne running boards. Aftermarket alloy wheels with older radials. Aside from a new, aftermarket, openelement air cleaner, rest of engine bay quite dingy. Converted to power brakes. Good original interior, although seat has a cover over it. Very dingy, original rubber flooring. Aftermarket trailer brake controller, CB radio and AM/ FM/cassette deck. Cond: 3. off the negative post when it came time to start it before its sale (I knew it ran, as they started it first thing when I got onsite at 7 a.m.). Unlike lot 18F, this was a pretty good deal for a far better truck. #17F-1972 CHEVROLET C20 Custom SOLD AT $12,000. The Zuraff family had this truck for quite some time, going back to Larry’s first marriage. His two biological sons were also interested in a few of the trucks here, but since he remarried later in life, his widow was their stepmother, so they had to buy anything they wanted from the estate. Give credit to Yvette for explaining what the deal was as best she could, rather than allowing the other bidders here onsite to think the family had shills in place to drive up the prices. Yet the one son who did end up as the high bidder was only competing with Proxibid, from the time they opened with a $9k pre-bid. It also didn’t help that the battery cable broke pickup. S/N CCE242J167331. Ochre & white/black cloth. Odo: 86,167 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Converted from a 2-wheeldrive C10 into 4-wheel drive. Title, SPID, Protect-O-Plate, door tags and frame number all match. Sold new in Rock Rapids, IA, with optional ps, gauge package, heavy-duty suspension, below-eyeline mirror, full tinted glass and AM radio. About half and half between original paint and resprayed. Recently replaced rocker/step panel on driver’s side of cab still in black protective coating, with label still glued on. Good door fit, even if gaps are all over the place. Molded-to-spec rubber bed mat over wood flooring. Decent brightwork, to include a 1990s-era GM pickup rear bumper. Another GMT-400-sourced part is front bench seat. Flooring consists of several layers of rubber mats over sheet foam, revealing the orange center panel for transfer-case shifter. Stock plastic door panels need a bath and redye. Very greasy, unkempt but stock engine. Aftermarket wheels on older radials. Cond: 3. steering grease and gunk off the frame to reveal enough VIN shows that this was a front-axle and transfer-case swap, rather than tucking a 4x4 chassis under a 2x4 cab with title. Bidding opened onsite at $6,500, countering online at $7k, with the onsite bidder getting it bought with one more bid. The gal who bought it (yep, that happens more often now with vintage-truck buyers) seemed to know what she was getting and was happier than a damn lark, so we’ll call it well enough bought. #18F-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne pickup. S/N CCE142J128792. Red/white houndstooth bench. Odo: 32,503 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Medium Olive metallic with an Avocado Highlander interior. However, it did come with a/c, tilt steering column, Hydroboost front disc pb, ps, full tinted glass, AM/FM radio and a Special Promotional package per the SPID. Dusty original engine stated to have been rebuilt and modified with aftermarket intake, carburetor and headers shortly after the truck was bought in the early 1990s, but it stumbles, as it hasn’t run much in the past decade, as it’s been an ongoing restoration project. Decent enough color-change repaint—to include wood cargobox flooring. Mix of NOS, reconditioned and untouched original brightwork, with most but not all reinstalled on exterior. Vent-window assemblies not installed. Passenger’s door won’t latch. Without interior door panels, one can tell that both are from a different blue truck. Despite a new seat, interior still needs a lot of finish work. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,500. Scraping enough power- SOLD AT $17,500. Bidding opened onsite at $5k, shot up to $10k in no time, and went back and forth in $500 steps between two folks onsite and Proxibid, with the last man standing next to it. Considering that it’s really a work in progress and even with the original big block under the hood, this far out-stepped its market value; some may wonder what the buyer was thinking. Well, it was the other son of Mr. Zuraff, the one who didn’t buy Lot 15F. Needless to say, his brother got the better deal, but he got one of his dad’s trucks that he was actually working on too. Value—like everything else in life—depends upon your point of view. #19F-1972 GMC 1500 Custom Nebras- kan pickup. S/N TCE142S500084. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 17,804 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional rear-leaf rear suspension, ps, pb, full gauge dashboard, special two-tone paint and chrome hubcaps. Original paint is chalky and faded, with varying degrees of spotty surface rust. Retains dealer’s 198 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Larchwood, IA decals on both sides of cowl from Watson’s Chevrolet/Olds of Plainview, NE. Rocker panels and cab corners rusted out. Various trim bits missing and the brightwork that’s left is at best cores to refurbish. Spare tire carrier rather crudely bolted to grille and front bumper in later years. Suspension lists to driver’s side, due in part to a flat left rear tire. Cargo strap holds heavily dented tailgate in place. Original steering wheel is junk, as is the heavily tornup seat. Sliding rear window and period “Easy Rider” rifle rack. Very dirty engine bay, with older aftermarket open-element air filter and chrome valve covers. No attempt made to start it. Cond: 5-. perhaps the most famous (before Ford started calling SUVs that), this is one of the more obscure ones. Reportedly one of about 600 made. I’d have thought this should’ve been red instead of blue, to appease the University of Nebraska Cornhusker fans. Except for the two-tone paint notation, the SPID doesn’t indicate in any way that it’s a special package— unlike the big-block C10 from Lot 18F. A very ambitious project if that’s where the buyer wants to go, but I suspect that it’ll be parted out instead. #21F-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SOLD AT $800. In recent years, as interest in 1970s trucks has been exploding, there has also been an interest in these regional, special-marketing-package pickups. While the Ford Explorer from the early to mid 1970s is Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N 1D37F2K581317. Flame Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 44,155 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional ps, AM radio, and styled steel wheels as only obvious options. New license tabs on front seat issued in 2007. Original paint wouldn’t be too bad, but there’s rust-though on rocker panels and at base of wheelwells mucking things up. Also has heavier paint wear on top of driver’s door. Light dent in bottom of other door; both doors shut okay but rattle a bit. Stainless is fine, most chrome isn’t bad. Crease in right front fender below turn signal housing from when it was hit in corner of bumper. Lower center of grille looks like it was kicked out. Engine bay largely original, yet somewhat dingy. Brake lines disconnected from master cylinder. Heavy, flaky rust on underside. Interior is a SOLD AT $9,500. Yvette’s comment of “the last good year of Chevelle” certainly didn’t endear her to any fans of the Colonnade era (1973–77) that followed. Then again, she also kept saying it had a 350 V8, despite Zuraff family members correcting her that it really has a 307 (call it wishful-thinking target fixation). Like the El Cow, this is another case of over-punting its market coverage; if it was a rough runner, it would be hard pressed to bring this much money. I guess we’re going to have to quit maintaining cars to keep them running, if letting them rot and die as “barn finds” will make them bring more money. Go figure. Then again, expect this to be some variation of a fake SS 454 when, or if, it gets redone. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ mold farm—it may clean up, but why? At least dashboard and pad aren’t too bad and should be salvageable. Cond: 5+. Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com 200 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers The Contemporary Art World finally embraces the “Frame-off Restoration.” Value: $125,000,000. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: August 25, 2019 RUNNER-UP: There was confusion and skepticism about a new roundabout in the square, but Claude’s design prevailed. — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC Automobile love triangle. — Bill Maloney, via email I started getting worried when the body guy asked if I remembered the cosine of my wheelbase. — Jake E. Auerbach, via email You know, I’m starting to notice the Fiat influence. — Rick Albrechtson, via email Reduce, reuse, re-Lada. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA A solemn memorial dedicated to all of the Americans who have ever attempted to drive in a European traffic circle at midday. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI A monument to tailgating. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email A fitting tribute to those who gave their all to reinvent the wheel. — Art McDonald, Durham NC It’s under the “Big A” as op- posed to the “Big W.” — Steve Slebioda, via email Using leftovers from a nearby cottage industry, contractors erect the new logo at the Delta Airlines Daytona Beach corporate headquarters. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA This photo is obviously the first illustration for a new children’s alphabet book. It is A Comments With Your Renewals How about a “Where are they now” feature? Car people, racers, etc. — Steve Sargent, Pittsford, NY (SCMer since 2003) Do more affordable classics such as MGB, TR4, TR6, Fiat 124, etc. I am 73 years old and I love these old cars. — Rene Sylvester, Ithaca, NY (2008) I enjoy the concours coverage and “Cumberford Perspective.” 202 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. for Automobile. And the rest are: B for Backpressure… and all the way to Z for Zora Arkus-Duntov. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Kazakhstan’s Arch of Triumph is one of its biggest attractions. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Lord March is gonna love it. — Daniel Des Marais, via email Bring (4) Trailers — 1990s Ascent, unrestored. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT The latest in automotive art — crocheting Renaults. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA The local junkyard took a stab at up-cycling. — Jessie Cart, Savannah, GA Seasoned Mystery Photo vet- eran Mike Buettell wins an SCM hat bent into a perfect triangle for his triad of truth, humor and satire. ♦ Keep up the good work! — Robert Ochi, Granite Bay, CA (2004) Best car mag. Keep it up. — Gavin Smith, San Rafael, CA (2013) Keith, as always, you are doing a great job and a great service to the collector-car community! Thanks! — Michael Pordes, Fairfield, CA (2005) Would like to see a section on cars under $50k. — Geoffrey Parker, Vero Beach (2012) Write an article about the 1988–89 Porsche 911 Club Sport! Thanks. — Vince Vranesic, Denver, CO (2003) I’ve enjoyed SCM for many years. Keep up the good work, Keith and crew. — Troy Raynor, Morro Bay, CA (2003) SCM is very, very good. I can’t live without it. You are the hobby. — Randy Cowherd, Saratoga, CA (1997) Like the old Porsche advertis- ing slogan: SCM, “Excellence was expected.” — Paul Naberhaus, Loveland, OH (2018) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Matthew Sonfield Mike Buettell


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1953 Austin-Healey BN-1 100M replica roadster 30,160 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful numbers-matching SE roadster has been ground-up restored to a correct show-level standard, with a great deal of time invested into the body and paint work alone. Dark blue convertible top with matching tonneau. Accompanied by a restoration photo book, restoration invoices, tool roll, sales brochures and Jaguar Maintenance Handbook. A great example for the serious Jaguar collector. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/617. (CA) S/N BN1L140241. Healey Blue/blue. 56,952 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Beautiful AustinHealey 100 BN-1 that has been comprehensively restored and thoroughly updated in tribute to the high-performance 100M. This is a very early car, reportedly the 96th car built, in June of 1953, and it has been in the care of one local owner for the past 15 years. Upgraded 2.6-liter inline 4 featuring Carillo rods, Arias pistons, Dennis Welch alloy cylinder head, Mallory dual-point distributor, 100M-spec 1.75-inch SU carburetors, Dennis Welch Racing close-ratio 4-speed gearbox, updated overdrive and Quaife limited-slip rear differential. $94,000. RB Collection. Contact Alex, Ph: 610.398.9700, email: alex@rbcarcollection. com. (PA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk I hatchback 1969 MGC convertible S/N CA257L931704. Island Blue & White/black. 90,999 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Rare opportunity to purchase and enjoy this fully restored and BMI-certified example of a Mark I 1,275-cc hatchback. An original LHD-built export car originally delivered to Guatemala in November 1966. As per its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate of Authenticity, it has its original and correct matching-numbers S engine and was built on 9/1/1966. Its original color combination was Island Blue and Old English White, and factory options included the extra fuel tank! $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster S/N GCN1A8212. British Racing Green/black leather. 55,411 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 6-cylinder, low original miles. Excellent original car. Call for complete information. $22,000. Contact Bill, Ph: 920.823.2187, email: whebal@yahoo.com. (WI) 1970 Jaguar E-type SII 4.2 convertible S/N 1R12815. Dark blue/gray w/black vinyl top. 69,551 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This XKE roadster has a striking color combo and is a California blue-plate car. It’s equipped with a 4.2, 6-cylinder engine with 4-speed trans, and stands as a great example and affordable choice for the new Jaguar collector looking to experience what only an E-Type can deliver! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/490. (CA) Sand Acrylic/tan. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Over $336k spent on restoration performed by concours award-winning marque specialists Vantage Motorworks. Rarely driven since. One of 13 produced; one of 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. Low believed-to-be-actual miles. Includes restoration receipts and more. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silver-cloud-dropheadcoupe/. (MO) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N S674753. Black/tan. 62,353 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This XK 120 has been custom built for rallies and touring and features numerous upgrades including alloy bucket seats, a modified bulkhead for increased legroom, Brookland windscreens, amber fog lights and a custom black tonneau cover. It also features a new 5-speed gearbox, electric power steering and larger aluminum radiator with an auxiliary fan. Includes tools, jack, hammer and a spare tire. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/627. (CA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster Owned by one family from 1967 to 2010. Last registered in 1971. Low miles, 12,272 believed to be original. Purchased from the estate and serviced with concentration on preservation. Heritage Trust Certificate. Since coming out of the barn in 2010, the exhaust system has been replaced with stainless steel, the brakes have been rebuilt, and there are a new rear cylinder, new front pistons and new master cylinder. Clutch master and slave cylinder rebuilt. New water pump, hoses and belts. Serviced transmission, replaced battery, spark plugs, points, etc. Ready for fresh paint or drive and show as a survivor. Price reduced. $56,900. Contact Turner JR, Ph: 317.508.1847, email: dapeaper@aol.com. (IN) 1969 Lotus Europa S2 Federal 65 coupe 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Flip-Tail coupe Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare, left-hand drive. The first British supercar. One of 11 factory built for the U.S. High-horsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Incredible original interior. ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. Factory air conditioning. Includes owner’s manual & British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1979-aston-martinvantage-flip-tail-coupe/. (MO) 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 4x4 SUV S/N 4E1605. Opalescent Silver Blue (with navy blue top)/navy blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching E-type roadster. Attractive color combo, upgraded with Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready to drive and enjoy today. Please mention SCM for special pricing. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/609. (CA) S/N S674424. Pastel Blue/Red Connolly leather. 204 S/N 652241. Bahama Yellow/black. 41,354 miles. Inline 4, manual. Frame-off restoration to a high standard and car is one of the finest examples known. Refinished in its original factory Bahama Yellow. The metal frame was completely disassembled, blasted with a dustless blaster, epoxyprimed and painted black. The R16 Renault 1,565-cc 4-cylinder engine was rebuilt with a new carburetor and a 4-speed manual transmission. New seats, door panels, carpet and dash, along with new glass and upgraded stainless-steel door hinges. Bumpers were rechromed and power-window regulators were restored. New 15-inch alloy wheels, tires, shocks and exhaust system. Front/rear coil-over springs. Rare fantastic investment opportunity. $29,950 OBO. David A. Goldenberg Enterprises. Contact David, Ph: 503.539.6609, email: lilcarlover@aol.com. (OR) S/N SALDV2289RA934207. Arctic White/light gray. 73,742 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example, number 88 in production run, with standard 5-speed manual transmission. Factory air conditioning, a new soft top, new tires and comprehensive recent service history with only 73k miles! $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery GERMAN 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S90 cabriolet colors of a rare Viper Green with black interior. This car is one of six known to exist in this color combination. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $150,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) 1973 Porsche 911T coupe S/N 158358. Black/red leather. 65,000 miles. Flat 4, manual. This is numbers matching, finished in its original black (color code 6213) over a red leather interior (color code A). Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, still equipped with its original engine, transmission and the original color options. A very honest, clean and rust-free 356B in great condition. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $140,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe serial-number tags, body and chassis-number stampings, and the original engine under the hood. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/611. (CA) 1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder S/N 9113101187. Gemini Blue/black. 82,683 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Recently completed a documented, comprehensive restoration by Classic Showcase, and is a great choice for showing and driving. A California car since new, this numbers-matching example features a number of Porsche-specific items and a set of fully restored Fuchs wheels to complete the look. A pictorial DVD documenting the 911T’s various restoration processes accompanies the vehicle. Please mention SCM for special pricing. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/468. (CA) Anthracite Grey/black. 20,066 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Meticulously maintained and sympathetically restored. Original Europeandelivery example. Shown at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Numbers-matching engine and automatic gearbox. Well furnished and highly optioned with factory air conditioning. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1968-mercedes-benz280se-cabriolet/. (MO) 1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 coupe 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe S/N WP0AB0919KS120302. Baltic Blue Metallic (C7)/off white. 67,285 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Stunning and unique color combination. Previous owner had it stored in garage, covered for over 12 years. Very strong bones, just completed extensive engine, a/c system, tires, brakes and clutch rebuild and maintenance. Original matching numbers for engine and transmission. Sunroof, cruise control and power windows. Upholstery redone in 2002. $75,000. Contact Roger, Ph: 713.899.8778, email: rkurtin@ gmail.com. (TX) 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series coupe Rosso Red/black. 33,511 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 33,511 believed-to-be-actual miles. Just released from over 20 years of ownership as part of the Campion Automotive Collection. 351 Ford Windsor V8 with Inglese eight-stack carburetor intake and Prancing Bull valve covers. Originally assembled in Torino, Italy. Recent $10k service. Previously featured in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969intermeccanica-italia-spyder-convertible/. (MO) 1982 Fiat 124 spider Platinum Metallic/Cinnamon. 35,770 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Low actual miles. 2018 PCA National Concours award winner. Same meticulous Porsche Club owner for 30 years. Numbers matching. Mechanically refurbished and serviced less than 300 miles ago. $229,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/ ds-1976-porsche-930-turbo-carrera/. (MO) 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet Signal Orange/Black. 33,327 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 3½-year rotisserie restoration completed by legendary Brumos Porsche in 2014 (over $220k spent). Driven 1,000 miles since. Multiple concours winner (including the 2018 Porsche Club of America National Concours). Low actual miles. Includes restoration receipts, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Factory tinted glass. $239,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1970-porsche-911s-22-coupe/. (MO) 1972 Porsche 911S coupe S/N WPOEB0932JS070294. Red/black. 61,290 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. All original with an aftermarket Fabspeed exhaust, this car sounds great and needs nothing but a new home. Interior and exterior are in excellent condition. Has had all fluids, filters, spark plugs, cap, rotor, coil, plug wires, valve adjustments, oil lines, hood struts, drive belts changed, fuel injector serviced and a/c recharged. New tires and both soft top boot and tonneau cover. 60k-mile service done in October. This car comes complete with all service records since new, toolkit, air compressor spare tire and original window sticker $110,000 OBO. Contact Andy, Ph: 801.647.7314, email: andy.pavich@permaplate.com. (UT) S/N 9112300894. Viper Green/black. 85,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-sp manual. Extremely rare and unique opportunity to own this clean 1972 Porsche 911S in mint condition. Matching numbers 6-cyl. 2,341-cc/190-hp motor with a 5-speed manual 915/12 transmission. All original and meticulously well kept. Documented with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car shows 138,370 original kilometers (85k miles). Its finished in the original 206 S/N WDDGF5HB1ER295683. Black/black. 45,000 miles. V6, automatic. Gently used with low mileage. 7-speed touch shift. Multimedia package/navigation system. Leather interior, back-up camera, panorama roof, plus traction control, alarm system, keyless entry, a/c, power windows and locks, cruise, AM/ FM CD stereo with Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite. Heated seats, rear spoiler, premium wheels, ABS and 4-types of air bags. $19,500. Contact Jane, Ph: 503.709.5520, email: janemariewest@yahoo. com. (OR) ITALIAN 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale coupe Metallic gray/black. 9,100 miles. V12, 6-spd automatic. Twin turbo 6.0-liter V12 with 661 horsepower and a massive 738 ft-lb of torque. Carbon fiber abounds in the fixed roof, front and rear fenders, hood, trunk lid with retractable spoiler, and front/rear aprons, making it 550 pounds lighter than the standard SL65. Car is in amazing condition and always maintained. Always garaged, two keys, all manuals, books and tools. Call or text for fastest response. $219,000 OBO. Contact Brian, Ph: 949.290.5162, email: angrade@Me.com. (CA) 2014 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport sedan S/N ZFAAS00B6B8185408. Red/tan. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Immaculately restored body and engine done last year by noted master Andy Soloduszkiewicz. (Andy’s Spiders in business since 1991). This California car is deep red with tan/ black interior, completely rebuilt 2.0-L fuel-injected engine, 5-speed, 185x60 tires, 14-inch original Cromodora rims and FM/MP3 stereo. Super fun and totally reliable. One-year warranty and shipping arranged. $39,000 OBO. Contact Bob, Ph: 416.275.6782, email: therealbobbecker@gmail. com. 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS (owned by Carroll Shelby) coupe Red/tan. 4,571 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Carroll Shelby was the only owner. Originally gifted to Shelby by DeTomaso. Original interior, largely original paint. Really low actual miles (7,356 km). Numbers-matching 351 Cleveland V8. Reputedly the last factory red narrow-body GTS built. $249,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/carroll-shelbys-1983detomaso-pantera-gts-one-and-only-owner/. (MO) 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT sedan S/N AR1012000338. Dark blue/gray (with red piping and carpet). 37,476 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Professionally restored in dark blue with a soft gray interior with red piping and red carpeting throughout. The car has a fine appearance of authenticity, with what appears to be the original S/N ZAMCE39A970029904. 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SCM Showcase Gallery & Cuoio. 9,392 miles. V8, sequential. Silver brake calipers, beige Alcantara headliner and Nero seat belts, Rosewood steering wheel. Nineteen-inch ballpolished wheels. Spare tire, Executive GT package; navigation, heated seats, massage seats and rear climate control. $26,950 OBO. Kasser Motor Group, LLC. Contact Tony, Ph: 484.320.8004, email: tony@ kassermg.com. (PA) AMERICAN 1933 Packard Model 1004 Super Eight touring Packard Brown/brown. 45,100 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Wonderfully restored. Classic Car Club of America Senior award winner. Formerly owned by respected Packard collector Don McCallum. Only 45,100 miles. Incredibly well furnished and optioned. 385-ci inline 8. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1933-packard-model-1004-super-eighttouring/. (MO) 1935 Diamond T 211AD vintage race-car hauler S/N D7FH253733. Coral Sand/white. 32,200 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Beautifully restored, great daily driving and completely rust-free example of this original southern California black-plate T-bird in its very rare Coral Sand factory color paint. One of only 270 reportedly built in this rare color. Factory ordered with the hard top only, but loaded with factory specifications and desirable options including: Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission ($257), power brakes ($38), power steering ($69), engine dress kit, Magic Air heater and defroster ($85), original Town & Country radio ($100), electric clock ($15), full wheel covers, white sidewall tires ($30), rear fender skirts, dual horns, dual exhausts, removable fiberglass hard top, safety belts and its original 312/245-hp D-code V8 engine! $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1959 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power convertible S/N 78613. Diamond T Red/black. 48,132 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Diamond T vintage hauler with 12-foot flatbed with original paint. Restored engine, driveline, brakes, wiring, interior. Many options, runs great, includes spare parts. Authentic, solid, complete truck with history from new and great patina. $29,500. Fred Puhn, 425 Shell Ave., National City, CA 91950. $29,500. Contact Fred, Ph: 619.475.1155, email: fredpuhn@cox.net. (CA) 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Sport Roadster Onyx Black/maroon. 13,763 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. Concours-level restoration to like-new standards. America’s first productionfiberglass sports car. Unique sliding pocket doors. S/N 59B120807. Roman Red/red. 50,800 miles. V8, automatic. Rotisserie frame-off restored, absolutely exceptional. Always completely rust-free original Southern California example with every nut and bolt replaced and only very few miles since being restored. Mostly all-original specs 348 Tri-Power V8 with three 2-bbl Rochester carburetors and Powerglide automatic transmission. In its original Roman Red (color code 923) factory color paint, front power disc brakes, dual exhausts and original spinner full wheel covers. Factory options: power steering, signal-seeking AM radio, power top fender skirts and a Continental kit! $155,000 OBO. West S/N 494475H933107. Seafoam Green/green. 19,999 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example. Original Southern California owner, completely rust-free. Highly desirable Gran Sport Performance Group with original numbers-matching 425/360-hp 2x4-bbl (LX Code) V8 Super Wildcat engine and automatic transmission. Loaded with original Gran Sport options of dual exhausts, performance gearing and factory options of bucket seats, center console with floor shifter, air conditioning, power driver’s seat (cost $74), power brakes, power windows ($110), power antenna, tilt steering wheel and its original AM/FM Sonomatic Buick radio ($268)! $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle custom 2-dr hard top Three-position convertible top. Includes owner’s identification card, owner’s service policy, jack and removable side curtains. Dual wind wings. Tinted glass. $169,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1954kaiser-darrin-161-sport-roadster/. (MO) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible Black/gray. 77,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Original owner, factory ordered. Matching-numbers drivetrain. Original paint, interior and top. All paperwork from Day 1. Great driver’s car with period-correct bolt-ons to improve speed, sound and handling. Marti Report, only 3,755 302/5-speed convertibles built in 1985. Final year for carbureted 302. A rare and valuable car in impeccable condition. $16,500. Contact Chet, email: chesterabaker1@ gmail.com. (MA) 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R coupe Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport 2-door hard top 1985 Ford Mustang GT convertible S/N 1FALP42C25F213426. White/black. 11,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare. The real thing, number 113 of 250. All paperwork included. It has an extra set of correct wheels with correct “sticker” tires. A great opportunity to buy a proper Cobra R for a fair price. $25,000 OBO. Contact Edward, Ph: 770.722.1079, email: docjewell@gmail.com. (GA) 2009 Chevrolet ZR-1 coupe S/N 136176K176990. Dragonsblood/black. 0 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. An absolutely beautiful example. Customized with no expense spared. Built 434-ci Ultra Street 600-hp V8 engine mated to a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission, Ford 9-inch rear and Dana Positraction limited-slip differential. 14-inch Wilwood brakes and dual-master cylinder, 17-inch front and 19-inch rear American Racing Torque Thrust wheels. Finished in a striking custom Dragonsblood exterior with black custom interior. Ready to show or cruise. $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1977 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1G1YR26R195800499. Cyber Grey Metallic/Dark Titanium. 7,340 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Incredible Corvette ZR1 Supercar in showroom condition, featuring an LS9 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. Includes all options: carbon fiber throughout, heated seats, in-dash CD, DVD navigation, Onstar system, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bose 7-speaker stereo system, memory package, remote, luggage shade, climate control and heads-up display. Includes original documents and accessories. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/397. (CA) RACE 1992 Brabham BT60 White/red. 90,100 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Original, one owner. Original motor and transmission. Beautiful-looking T-top. One repaint (original color). Power steering, brakes, windows, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, leather seats, anti-theft alarm system. Extras include original 8-track/radio, window sticker, owners manual and more. $12,500 OBO. Contact Frank, Ph: 732.545.8443, email: fcala30@ aol.com. (NJ) Formula One Brabham. BT60B-04 was worldchampion Damon Hill’s first F1 drive. It was first driven in 1991 by Martin Brundle with a Yamaha V12 at Magny-Cours, Hockenheimring, Hungaroring, Spa, Monza, Estoril, Catalunya, Suzuka and Adelaide with a best finish of 5th at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 1992 it was fitted with a Judd V10 and driven by Giovana Amati in Kayalami, Mexico City and Interlagos, and then by Damon Hill in Catalunya, Imola, Montreal, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheimring and Hungaroring. More details at f1brabhams.com. $325,000. email: f1brabhams@ gmail.com. (UT) © 208 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. Advertising/Marketing 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) to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com 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) Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.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) 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 Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) 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 Petersen Auction Group of 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 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, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 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 RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. GAA Classic Cars Auction, 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) 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 210 New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org 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) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. 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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) 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 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. Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo 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 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 Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP 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. 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) 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) 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. 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 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. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) FOLLOW SCM Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s September 2019 Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both 211


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Paul Russell and Company. 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) 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 Luxury Brokers International. Heritage Classics Motorcar ComCopley 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) 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 Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 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 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) Legendary Motorcar Company. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 212 905.875.4700. 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) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com. (MA) RCC Motors. 800.520.7087. Locat- ed in Irvine, CA, we specialize in classic, exotics, customs and motorsports. We have a staff of experts with long careers in the automotive field and offer sales, service, consignment and storage. Please contact us today. www.rccmotors.com (CA) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides 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) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) builds — 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) West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage 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. 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. 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 Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Intercity 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 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. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing 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) 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 Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com 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) 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) Aston Martin of New England. 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 September 2019 Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Estate Planning Advisory J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides The Quail, A Motorsports GathChrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows 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) 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! German 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. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter. com. (CA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR 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. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance (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 Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. 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) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than European Collectibles Inc. The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. 214 Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. 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 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 Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling internation- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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al 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) need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums Premier Financial Services. West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian 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) MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryLeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com 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 Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing 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) Multimedia Publications Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s pro- vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com 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. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 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 Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO 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 September 2019 Turtle Garage provides readers with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse 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 +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. 215


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) The Guild of Automotive RestorAlan Taylor Company Inc. 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 D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 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) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com (CA) 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) 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) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com On the Road Again Classics. 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 Palm Beach Classics. 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 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) Paramount Classic Cars. Jeff’s Resurrections has been Farland Classic Restoration. 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 216 303.761.1245. 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 bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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 your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Creative Workshop. 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 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 Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. Paruch Automotive Craftsman- ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180 www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Paddock Classic Car Restora- tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com. (WI) © Treasured Motorcar Services. Ragtops & Roadsters. 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 16,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe September 2019 217 ™


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Lunch with Warren Buffett Whom would you invite to lunch with one of the greatest financial wizards of all time? Thought Carl’s The 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett recently sold on eBay, after 18 bids, for $4,567,888. Now, this lunch at Smith & Wollensky in New York with the famed financial wizard was for eight people, so the winner could invite several of his buddies. The question is, whom would we invite? I don’t think Buffett is into vintage cars or automotive collectibles, so that takes care of most of our friends. We all know the “know-it-all” stock-market guru who would monopolize the conversation and tell Mr. Buffett the stocks to buy, so that does not work. Then we have to figure out what to ask him. Tough decisions, so maybe it’s best we save our money for the Monterey auctions and leave the $4.5 million lunch to the financial guys. Here are a few other bidding choices that were not so complicated: properties. This one was not especially graphic, but the Nobby tires date it to more than 100 years ago. CHUPP AUCTIONS LOT 150—CHESTER WHITE LICENSE-PLATE ATTACHMENT. SOLD AT: $350. Date: 6/15/2019. Chester White, “The Prolific Swine,” must have been one swell swine to have his own license-plate attachment. It also sold for one heck of a price, as this type of an attachment usually sells for $150 or so. This was, however, one of the most unusual and humorous ones we have seen in a while and well worth the premium. Perfect for your restored ’50s pickup. $8,142. Date: 6/22/2019. The graphics and bold colors made this attractive tin flange sign very desirable. It measured 14 inches by 18 inches, and one side showed a bit more wear than the other — but no real issues. Price paid was up there, but the condition justified the money. GOLD PRESENTATION RING. SOLD AT: $4,838. Date: 6/22/2019. This impressive 10k gold ring was given to Packard executives, and this one was unusual in that there was a diamond chip under the large bloodstone. The fine detailing on the sides was not worn, and the stone was not damaged or scratched. These show up every now and then, but this one sold for a well-deserved premium because of the diamond and the exceptional condition. RM SOTHEBY’S LOT 2054— BEACON SECURITY GASOLINE DIE-CUT PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $36,800. Date: 5/29/2019. The Beacon Security lighthouse sign is one of the most desirable and collectible of all the gasoline advertising signs. The graphics are bold, and the image is striking. Price paid here was a bit on the light side, but I do remember passing on one many, many years ago at Hershey, as the $1,500 price tag was too steep. Live and learn. RM SOTHEBY’S LOT 2056— FORD JUBILEE NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $63,250. Date: 5/29/2019. These large, multi-colored Ford dealership signs always seem to bring adult money. They are the cornerstones to any collection. As they are seven feet tall, they create an impressive display with the multiple colors of neon. One altered version is frequently seen at Mecum Auctions. Sold for the going rate. RM SOTHEBY’S LOT 2050— UNITED STATES RUBBER COMPANY “NOBBY” TIRES TIN FLANGE SIGN. SOLD AT: $5,175. Date: 5/29/2019. This very early tin sign had a few issues on one side, and the other was fairly well trashed. It still sold for serious money, as tire signs are hot WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 2—RAYBESTOS BRAKE SERVICE TIN FLANGE SIGN. SOLD AT: WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 36—PACKARD SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid 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. 218 WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 103—MURPHY DACOTE ENAMEL PAINT TIN LITO SIGN. PRICE PAID: $3,186. Date: 6/22/2019. This was a large, 27-inches-by-19-inches, impressive sign that displayed the color samples on wood blocks at the bottom. This was from an era when automobiles were painted by hand, so the condition was wonderful considering the age. Price paid was a bit of a bargain, as I watched one sell at a recent swap meet for $6,000. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market