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SEPTEMBER 2020 Volume 32 Number 9 Auctions WHAT SOLD, AND WHY 88 Market Overview In-person viewing is back alongside digital car-searching, but all the bidding is still online — Chad Tyson 92 Silverstone / Online Totaling $5.7m on 77 of 87 lots, Silverstone’s first online sale from Warwickshire had one of the higher sell-through rates we’ve seen this year — Paul Hardiman 102 Bonhams / Bicester, U.K. Bonhams sold 85 of 112 lots at their May online sale, grossing a $2.3m total — Paul Hardiman Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 110 RM Sotheby’s / Online Profiles THIS MONTH’S MARKET MOVERS UP CLOSE FERRARI 62 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO by Steve Ahlgrim $2,310,000 / RM Sotheby’s ENGLISH 64 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico by Paul Hardiman $45,533 / Silverstone ETCETERINI 66 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Alloy Coupe by Frua by Donald Osborne $62,500 / RM Sotheby’s GERMAN 68 1964 Porsche 356C Outlaw by Prescott Kelly $154,000 / RM Sotheby’s AMERICAN 72 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod by Kevin Whipps $357,500 / Barrett-Jackson RACE 74 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 “Evo 1” Group B Rally by Thor Thorson $409,799 / Silverstone NEXT GEN 76 2000 Honda Civic Si by Brian Baker $52,500 / Bring a Trailer COVER: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 12 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Their second exclusively online sale proved an even bigger winner, with 119 of 193 cars changing hands for $16.4m — Carl Bomstead 124 VanDerBrink / Independence, MN All 114 vehicles sold at the Virgil Marple Collection sale on a farm in Minnesota, for a total of $657k — B. Mitchell Carlson 140 Bring a Trailer / Bringatrailer.com BaT’s diverse consignments helped a car addict dream during the shutdown — Brett Hatfield


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Courtesy of Bentley Motors 48 Collecting Thoughts: Simon Kidston addresses Bentley’s plan to build “continuation” Blower models Columns 20 Shifting Gears / Keith Martin Bring a Trailer shakes and stirs up the collector-car world 42 Affordable Classic / Jeff Zurschmeide Getting past the Lotus Europa’s shaky reputation and enjoying the ride 44 Collecting Thoughts / Philip Richter Bring a Trailer is going corporate with Hearst Autos. Philip Richter breaks it all down 48 Collecting Thoughts / Simon Kidston Bentley plans a dozen new “continuation” Bentley Blowers, but is profit tarnishing legacy? 52 Legal Files / John Draneas When two Porsche 904s share the same chassis number, one has to be fake 54 Unconventional Wisdom / Donald Osborne A grounded Donald Osborne finds joy in new roads — and in adventures close to a new home 56 American Car Collector / Jim Pickering How pricing outliers can move a market 178 eWatch / Carl Bomstead Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s signed rookie card fetches $922,500 Features THE ROAD FORWARD 150 Roundtable Are blue-chip collector cars a good long-term investment during these turbulent times? Experts have their say 152 Driving With Elana / Elana Scherr The 2020 McLaren GT offers speed and a bit more comfort 154 Double Take Six BaT sales, two perspectives 158 Unlocking a Car / Paul Hardiman When to pounce on — or run from — a 1968–71 Jaguar E-type Series II 160 Road Value / Paul Hardiman What’s the most usable supercar, and what will it cost you? 162 Shootout Pierre Hedary and Dean Laumbach pick a Mercedes-Benz for Publisher Martin 164 Reader Forum What are your sleeper car picks for the future? 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Departments 26 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: Molto Bella at Stan Hywet, Lime Rock Historic Festival, Vail Automotive Classic, Ironstone Concours 30 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 32 You Write, We Read: Donald Osborne and car colors, the Road Forward, documenting your car addiction, and car styling 34 Display Advertisers Index 36 Speaking Volumes: The Ultimate Book of the Porsche 356 36 Neat Stuff: Cold morning leather and garage wall color 78 Next Gen Market Moment / Chad Taylor 2004 Mercedes-Benz Brabus T12 80 Rising Sun: 1972/1996 Datsun 240Z, 1993 Honda Civic Si, 1992 Honda Accord DX 90 Buy/Sell/Hold: Carl Bomstead shares his expertise 96 Market Moment / Mark Wigginton 1968 Ferves Ranger 128 On the Radar / Jeff Zurschmeide 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III 166 Mystery Photo: “The map on the Porsche shows the nearest available parking spot” 168 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 170 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs


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SHIFTING GEARS KEITH MARTIN Bring a Trailer’s Big Step Bring a Trailer is now part of the Hearst Empire. Let’s hope corporate ownership doesn’t wipe away the special mojo By contrast, the poor writing, misspellings and idiotic representa- tions on eBay Motors listings can drive you to drink Two-Buck Chuck. BaT encourages users to post comments. They filter out egregious and idiotic ones; policing the BaT trolls must be a time-consuming process. I recently bought a 1971 S3 Jaguar coupe on BaT. The car was in Georgia, and I did not have it inspected. I relied on the owner’s representation and the comments of other BaT members to make my decision. I paid $40,000, FOB Portland. With 23,000 verified-by-me original miles, the Jag was better than expected, with original Primrose paint and Biscuit interior. This was another BaT online-buying success story. SOLD SOLD SOLD On June 25, the Hearst Corporation announced that it had purchased BaT. The online auction site is now a part of Hearst Autos, joining Car and Driver, Road & Track and AutoWeek. Our financial analyst, Philip Richter, has his take on the sale on p. 44. Publisher Martin didn’t bring a trailer, but this is nevertheless where he met the founder of a very important website “T here’s someone I’d like you to meet.” That’s how Martin Swig introduced me to Randy Nonnenberg, co-founder of Bring a Trailer. We were in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where the cars for the California Mille were staged. “Randy has created this great website called Bring a Trailer. He finds interesting cars for sale on the Web and then makes comments ranging from constructive to snarky about them,” Martin said. I have always viewed Martin, along with Miles Collier, as my men- tors. They both could be characterized as driving fools — who are also deep thinkers when it came to collecting. When Martin recommended something to me, it was worth a look. It was. In some ways, the evaluation comments on Bring a Trailer were similar to the auction reports in SCM (Randy mentioned he was a big fan of the magazine). BaT picked interesting cars, provided some educational — and entertaining — information and was not afraid to call an asking price too high or low. When BaT first started offering cars for sale, I jumped in. Randy listed a Saab Sonnet III. Randy’s description was complete and compelling, and I bought the Saab with a keystroke. Alex drove it to a reunion of BaT users held as a part of the Historic Races at Portland International Raceway. I later used pre-auction BaT to sell a blue Mercedes 190 Ponton to Ferrari collector Chris Gardner. Colin Comer bought a Land Rover 88 that I listed. A curated, fun experience I enjoyed watching the explosive, enthusiast-driven growth of BaT. Their magic ingredient was, and is, curation. This is the complete opposite of the other major collector-car online site, eBay Motors. BaT is thoughtful about the cars they select, while eBay lets anyone list anything. BaT takes responsibility for every description. The language is reminiscent of a high-end auction catalog. 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market While financial terms were not disclosed, reportedly BaT had re- cently turned down a $40m offer from a major auction company — so we can assume the sale price was north of that. Randy commented, “We have been receiving investor interest from within the collector space since shortly after we launched auctions in 2014. We have weighed those options for years, never finding the right fit. “But the Hearst option is totally different, particularly now that we are at 300-plus listings per week. Most car fans like me just associate them with some magazines, but they own hundreds of companies. The tech, operational and distribution capabilities they can provide our existing team to push BaT forward cannot be matched in the collector-car space.” Hearst is a privately owned media company. In 2018 it reported $11.4 billion in sales. CEO Steven Swartz said, “Now in our 132nd year, a hallmark of this company has been an ability to embrace change… and always looking to bring our skills to adjacent fields that we think offer potential for new growth.” I asked Randy when he first thought BaT might be a business rather than a hobby. “There were no business aspirations on day one. It was just a fun creative outlet for my car fascination in between garage projects, and a way to hang out with my co-founder and friend Gentry Underwood,” he said. “It wasn’t until the BaT Community really started to grow around it in 2008 and 2009 and people asked to list their cars on our site that we knew it could be a business.” For a mega-corporation like Hearst, the auction part of Bring a Trailer is not so important. What they are really buying is an engaged community of over 500,000 users with an attractive demographic. There are challenges ahead. Hearst has already made its intention known to spread the Hearst Autos brand across Bring a Trailer. Let’s hope they do it with a deft touch, encouraging BaT to maintain the Elon Musk-like streak of independence that makes it so attractive. In just 13 years, BaT has shaken up and reshaped the collector-car world to the benefit of all of us. Their next chapter, and that of the collector-car community, is just beginning. ♦


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CROSSING THE BLOCK CHAD TYSON IMAGES COURTESY OF THE RESPECTIVE AUCTION COMPANIES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED ARTCURIAL Where: Gibel, FRA When: September 13 Web: www.artcurial.com Featured cars: • 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 coupe • 1955 Salmson 2300 S coupe • 1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Star Car: 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster at RM Auctions in Auburn, IN During the novel coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that you check dates, times and locations of auctions, as they may have changed since this was printed. RM AUCTIONS Where: Auburn, IN When: September 3–6 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 413/553 cars sold / $15.5m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster • 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible • 1960 Epperly Indianapolis racer WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Where: Auburn, IN When: September 5 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Last year: 75/91 cars sold / $3.9m Featured cars: Stainless-steel Fords sold as one lot without reserve: • 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan • 1960 Ford Thunderbird 2-dr hard top • 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible BONHAMS Where: Brussels, BEL When: September 6 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K Sports tourer • 1964 Jaguar E-type Series I open two-seater • 1999 Aston Martin V8 LWB Volante MECUM Where: Dallas, TX When: September 9–12 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 713/1,073 cars sold / $22.4m Featured cars: • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window coupe • 1974 Ford Bronco • 1968 Oldsmobile 442 BARRETT-JACKSON Where: Las Vegas, NV 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 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. SEPTEMBER 3–6—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 5—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Auburn, IN 6—BONHAMS Brussels, BEL 9–12—MECUM Dallas, TX 10–12—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 12—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 12—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Loveland, CO 13—ARTCURIAL Gibel, FRA 16—H&H Online 18–19—SARATOGA Saratoga Springs, NY 18–20—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 19—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 19—VANDERBRINK New York Mills, MN 20—BONHAMS Chéserex, CHE 22—BARONS Esher, U.K. 25—TOM MACK CLASSICS Concord, NC 25–26—MECUM Louisville, KY 26—BONHAMS MPH Bicester, U.K. 26–27—VANDERBRINK Carlisle, IA When: September 10–12 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 678/678 cars sold / $33.8m BONHAMS Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 12 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 73/105 cars sold / $11.3m Featured cars: • 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe • 1939 Lagonda V12 drophead coupe • 1961 Emeryson 1.5 Formula One racer SARATOGA MOTORCAR AUCTION Where: Saratoga Springs, NY When: September 18–19 Web: www.saratogaautoauction.org Last year: 144/276 cars sold / $4m Featured cars: • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 • 1929 Packard Custom Eight Series 640 phaeton • 1970 Porsche 914/6 BONHAMS Where: Chéserex, CHE When: September 20 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 63/74 cars sold / $36.8m MECUM Where: Louisville, KY When: September 25–26 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 271/373 cars sold / $5.2m ♦ Star Car: 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K Sports tourer at Bonhams’ sale in Brussels, BEL


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CONCOURS & EVENTS SCM STAFF SEND NEWS AND EVENT LISTINGS TO INSIDELINE@SPORTSCARMARKET.COM EDITOR’S NOTE: September is usually one of the busiest months of our year, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced many events to cancel for 2020. Still, some events are carrying on — with changes for safety — and we’ve listed them below. Remember to keep checking event websites for updates during this uncertain time. — Chester Allen, Executive Editor Molto Bella at Stan Hywet The Eighth Annual Molto Bella Auto Show brings 400 cars, including Ferraris and Bugattis, to the elegant Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, OH, on September 13. Expect to see a lot of cool cars, including muscle cars and supercars. Of course, keep tabs on this date during this time of coronavirus. For more information, visit www.stanhywet.org. Lime Rock Historic Festival Organizers for the 38th Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park — in Litchfield County, CT — promise that this September 3–7 event will crackle and roar to life. Event planners say they will take all the needed steps to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. The schedule calls for: • The Vintage Race Car & Sports Car Parade on September 3. • Race Practice and Qualifying on September 4. • Racing on September 5. A swapmeet also is scheduled. • The Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques on September 6. • The final day of racing is September 7. For more information, visit www.limerockhistorics.com. The Ironstone Concours d’Elegance will be a one-day rally/tour format this year Vail Automotive Classic Carries On The 11th Annual Vail Automotive Classic still plans on a fun schedule of events from September 11 to 13, including a Mountain Road Tour from Vail to Steamboat Springs, a Cars & Coffee and the Classic Car Show. Visit www.vailautomotive- classic.com for more information. Nick Chappetta Lime Rock Historic Festival Dayton Concours d’Elegance The 14th Annual Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park is still on track for September 20 in Dayton, OH. Featured classes included Cars of the Roaring Twenties, Mercedes-Benz Automobiles Through 1973, Military Vehicles and the 50th Anniversary Cars of 1970. The concours website states: “Planning is well underway for the 14th Dayton Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for September 19–20, 2020. Nominations and registration will open as soon as the ‘shelter in place’ order is lifted, and watch for more details and announcements on our website and Facebook page. For now, let’s stay home, stay six feet apart and stay safe.” Visit www.daytonconcours. com for more information. Every Car Wins at Ironstone 2020 The 24th Annual Ironstone Concours d’Elegance is shifting to a one-day rally/tour format on September 26 to keep safe from COVID-19. Entrants will drive their cars over a route in Murphys, CA. The day will end with every entrant driving their car over the Ironstone stage to get a ribbon and gift basket. The concours is for registered entries only. Go to www.ironstonecon- cours.org for more information. ♦ 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 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 Kirsten Hegg | kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 ART DIRECTOR David Tomaro | david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 MANAGING EDITOR Jim Pickering | jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 AUCTION EDITOR Chad 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 DIGITAL AND BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Brian Baker | brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO CONSULTANT Michael Cottam | me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 CONTROLLER Cheryl Ann Cox | cheryl.cox@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 STRATEGIC PLANNER Bill Woodard EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SCM TELEVISION Roger Williams | roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING DISPLAY ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Darren Frank COPY EDITORS Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro SENIOR AUCTION ANALYSTS B. 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All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue. © 2020 by Sports Car Market Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525. PRINTED IN USA SCM CONTRIBUTORS SIMON KIDSTON, SCM Contributor, is from an old British motor-racing family. Simon started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world. He branched out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon judges at Pebble Beach and is “The Voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours. He has just completed a definitive book on the Lamborghini Miura. Turn to “Collecting Thoughts” on p. 48 for Simon’s take on factory replicas of classic cars. DARREN FRANK, SCM Display Advertising Account Executive, has loved cars since he came out of the womb, and 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 over 31 years. Darren lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and daughter. BRIAN BAKER, SCM Information Technology Manager, is a fourth-generation car guy. He grew up around Japanese cars and became fascinated with them at a young age. He loves to troubleshoot cars just as much as he likes working on computers. His first car project was a 1988 Honda CRX, and it involved swapping in a Japanese B16a engine, redoing all the wiring and reprogramming the car to run OBD1. He currently owns a 1977 Datsun 280Z that he rescued from a slow death under a tree. He’s is SCM’s resident “Rising Sun” writer, IT department head and auto-wiring guru. When he isn’t doing all that, he’s trying to find parts to import from Japan. Check out his Next Gen Profile on p. 76, where he explains why $52,500 for a 2000 Honda Civic Si makes perfect sense. 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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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 CSX2521 after its restoration After I bought the car, I contacted him and asked him the question, ‘Why did you decide to paint the car black instead of returning it to its original color?’ His answer to me was, ‘I don’t like green.’ Donald’s Color Madness To the Editor: I thoroughly enjoyed Donald Osborne’s “Color Madness” comments in the July 2020 issue (“Unconventional Wisdom,” p. 42). I look forward to his sharing more thoughts in a future column. I particularly enjoyed reading about Donald’s search for the color to paint his Lancia and his dilemma on which criteria would guide his choice. He was clearly wrestling in a “gray” area (no pun intended) of factors to consider, and I think Donald made an excellent color choice ... and for the right reasons. I hope Donald will share his insights on the broader aspects of style and color. Why do some cars look great in certain colors while others in the same color do not? Can a color selection detract from a good design, and the converse, can a color be selected that will make a marginal design look better? What roles do design elements such as trim and design 32 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market accents play in color selection? Do automotive designers have color in mind when they create a design? Certainly, evolving tastes in color and marketing come into play, but is there not more to it than that? The multi-hued cars of the mid-1950s seemed to be designed to accommodate two- and threetoned paint jobs, and to my eye the colors seemed well integrated with the design. Simply applying bright colors with cute names as was done some dozen years was no more than a marketing ploy that seemed not to consider design at all. Today, manufacturers seem to be avoiding color altogether and offer vehicles mostly in black, silver and shades of gray and white. They say fashions come and go, but style remains. If this is true, why does today’s style come predominantly in monochrome? I thoroughly enjoy Sports Car Market and its well-written articles, which are often so well written that even if the topic does Jim Farley on the day he purchased the car not interest me, I end up reading it anyway and learning something. Keep up the good work! — John Cardwell, Supply, NC More Color Kudos To the Editor: I just finished reading Donald Osborne’s intriguing column on why certain people would choose to paint their car a different color than when it left the factory (July 2020, “Unconventional Wisdom,” p. 42). About 10 years ago, I bought a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX2521. It was owned for 35 years by Bill Whitley, who raced it and drove it on the East Coast. When Whitley decided to sell the car, Jim Farley, who is now COO of the Ford Motor Company, bought it. The car was completely original and in need of a complete restoration. The original color was British Racing Green, and Farley went through the whole car, restored it and painted it black. After I bought the car, I contacted him and asked him the question, “Why did you decide to paint the car black instead of returning it to its original color?” His answer to me was, “I don’t like green.” That’s as good an answer as I ever heard. It was his car and that’s how he wanted it. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Keep those thought-provoking articles coming! — Gregg Blue, Maui, HI The Road Forward To the Editor: I’m a relatively new sub- scriber and love the magazine. I especially liked the new “The Road Forward” section this month. Please keep this section even when things return to “normal.” I’d love to see the commentary around Bring a Trailer expanded to 10 pages! — Brad Croy, via email Keith Martin responds: Thanks for your subscription and your note, Brad! Stay tuned for more. Courtesy of Gregg Blue


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault .......................................................... 141 AIG PC Global Services, Inc .......................... 129 Allard Motor Works LLC ................................ 113 Authentic Classics, LLC ................................. 114 Automotive Restorations Inc. .......................... 100 Avant Garde Collection .................................... 98 Baldhead Cabinets ........................................... 157 Barrett-Jackson ................................................ 129 Bennett Law Office ......................................... 169 Beverly Hills Car Club .................................... 147 Bonhams / UK ................................................. 4-5 Branson Collector Car Auction LIGHT-HAND DRIVE LARRY TREPEL ........................ 41 BridgePoint Risk Management ....................... 129 CarCapsule USA ............................................... 58 Cars Yeah ......................................................... 147 Cars, Inc. ........................................................... 57 Centerline Alfa Parts ....................................... 104 Charles Prince Classic Cars ............................ 105 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival ....................... 125 Chequered Flag International .......................... 115 Classic Auto Mall ............................................ 119 Classic Car Capital ........................................... 31 Classic Investments ......................................... 157 Collector Studio ............................................... 153 Copley Motorcars ............................................ 111 D. L. George Historic Motorcars .................... 117 Dobson Motorsport ......................................... 120 Don Mackey .................................................... 109 Driversource Houston LLC ............................. 8-9 Eberhard & Co. ................................................ 123 ETS Racing Fuels ............................................. 81 European Collectibles ..................................... 127 F40 Motorsports ............................................... 59 Fantasy Junction ........................................... 18-19 Fourintune Garage Inc ..................................... 143 GAA Classic Cars ............................................. 27 Gaswerks Garage ............................................. 143 Gooding & Company ....................................... 11 Grundy Insurance ............................................. 79 GT Motor Cars LLC ......................................... 99 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .............................. 145 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ...................... 101 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .............................. 89 Heacock Classic .............................................. 179 Hortons Books Limited ................................... 137 Hyman, LTD ..................................................... 38 Intercity Lines ................................................... 53 JC Taylor ........................................................... 82 JJ Best Banc & Co ........................................... 135 Kevin Kay Restorations ................................... 10 Kidston .............................................................. 13 La Macchina Molto Bella Auto Show ............. 37 Legendary Motorcar Company ....................... 143 Luxury Brokers International ....................... 16-17 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ............................ 51 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ......................................... 118 Manns Restoration ............................................ 29 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ........................ 33 Metron Garage .................................................. 95 Michael’s Motor Cars ....................................... 85 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ........................... 169 Monterey Touring Vehicles ............................. 161 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. “Lot 190 was featured in the epic film ‘Crosley v Vespa’.” Documenting Your Addiction To the Editor: Great magazine, from a longtime subscriber. If anyone is looking for a fun ................ 83 Mouse Motors, LLC ........................................ 122 Northern Sky, Inc. ............................................. 91 Northwest European ........................................ 139 OSCA Owners Group ....................................... 47 Palm Beach Classics ......................................... 40 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ................... 39 Paramount Automotive .................................... 133 Passport Transport ........................................... 103 Paul Russell and Company .............................. 141 POR-15 ............................................................. 70 Porsche Classic ................................................. 15 Private Garage. L.C. ..................................... 22-23 Putnam Leasing ............................................... 180 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. .............................. 107 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions ....................... 24-25 RM Sotheby’s .................................................. 6-7 RMD bvba ........................................................ 81 Ronald McDonald House ................................ 136 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions ............................ 121 SEMA ............................................................... 84 Sport and Specialty .......................................... 169 StreetWorks Exotics ......................................... 50 Symbolic International ..................................... 21 The Creative Workshop .................................... 43 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. ................. 93 The Stable, Ltd. ................................................ 97 The Werk Shop ................................................ 134 Tony Labella Classic Cars ............................... 169 Torque Classic Cars project while on lockdown, try this: Make a list of every car you have owned and find a photo of it — either in old photo albums, or if you can’t find a photo, go online and search for the car, as there are tons of photos of almost every car. Take the photo you have and drop it into a file on your computer. Put them in chronological order by year. You can expand the list with cars your folks owned when you were growing up — and the cars that you probably bought for your kids. That kind of makes them your cars anyway. You may think this is an easy list to make, but trust me, it’s not. I am 72 and have been into a .......................................... 35 Trucks & Auto Auctions ................................... 71 Vermont Barns ................................................. 139 Vintage Car Law .............................................. 112 Vintage Car Works ........................................... 55 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ............................. 132 Vintage Rallies ................................................. 137 VintageAutoPosters.com ................................. 145 WeatherTech .................................................... 131 West Coast Classics, LLC ............................... 153 White Post Restorations .................................. 169 Worldwide Auctioneers .................................. 2-3 34 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market lot of cars. You will be amazed at all of the cars you have had — and, all the while, you’ll be thinking, “Why did I ever sell that car?” When you go from sports cars when you were in your 20s to station wagons when the kids came along — then back to fun cars when they are off the payroll — it’s quite a trip down memory lane. Have fun. — Thomas Vandyke, Waxhaw, NC Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Thomas, thanks for a fun idea! I know that his project would keep Publisher Martin awash in old photos for a couple of weeks. Sports-Car Styling To the Editor: I’m a longtime reader — keep up the great work! I was reading the article in the July issue on the Ferrari 330 GTS (Ferrari Profile, p. 50), and I had some observations. I agree that modern Ferraris look like any other modern supercar and also agree that many Enzo-era Ferraris are distinctive, but I have a different opinion about the 330 GTS and its sister 275 GTS. Of course, beauty is com- pletely subjective, but I find these two cars particularly not distinctive, and that is probably because the Fiat 124 looks just like them in a slightly smaller size! Of course that is also a Pininfarina design, but I just have to disagree with Steve on this one! From my youth, the more wedge-shaped Ferraris are the standouts, starting with the Dino. The first time I saw a Daytona, I thought it looked like a Datsun Z car! Of course, Datsun copied Ferrari (among others), but some car makers make their cars so unique that others wouldn’t dare copy for fear of the backlash from the obvious styling rip-off! Lamborghini has been good at this feat, since you will never see any car that you mistake for a Countach or vice versa. Ditto for the Diablo. And even a new Aventador, even a half block down the street, doesn’t look like all the other new exotics. Granted, I know it is harder for car makers to differentiate their designs with all the regulatory boundaries they must work within, but some still pull it off. The 330 GTS is beautiful, but only when you are educated and know what you are looking at, in my opinion, just as the Daytona is. But to the average person, many Ferraris, even the 330 GTS, can look like a common — but still cool — car. Keep up the great work, as we are reading more about cars with fewer car events to go to! — Victor Holtorf, via email ♦


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SPEAKING VOLUMES MARK WIGGINTON The Ultimate Book of the Porsche 356 by Brian Long, 256 pages, Veloce. $438.63 (or £356) A h, the Porsche 356. Obscure, rarely seen and almost unknown on these shores…oh, wait, I was thinking about something else. The 356 is as familiar as an old pair of shoes; that is, if those shoes seem to constantly climb in value for collectors, be in high demand for enthusiasts and are the ubiquitous darling of car events everywhere. Brian Long, with 80 books to his name, published the first version of this book way back in 1996, when it was titled Porsche 356. That was followed by the revised Book of the Porsche 356, and now The Ultimate Book of the Porsche 356. And what makes this “ultimate,” you ask? Much like the most expensive collectible Porsche 356s, it’s about fit and finish, plus scarcity, plus provenance. There will only be 356 copies of Ultimate (scarcity, check), it’s bound in a lovely, soft white leather (fit and finish, check) and it has updated text and a hand-worked polish on the first and second editions (provenance, check). Oh, and it sells for Porsche money: £356! Yes, it will sell for 356 British quid — if you’re buying it in Britain. And as a Porsche buff — maybe even Porsche owner — that trifecta is kind of like catnip, isn’t it? They will sell out, so act now; operators are standing by. Between the covers, in a crowded marketplace absolutely full of books about anything and everything Porsche, the more granular and detailed the better, “ultimate” is probably a wee bit of a stretch as a title and descriptor. It’s certainly Long’s ultimate ver- sion, as he heavily revised the book again for this third edition, removing some errors, adding more photos, and greatly expanding the text as well as the tables full of data. So, if you want to go “ultimate,” come for the spiffy leather-bound edition, but stay for the competitively exhaustive look at the foundations of all things Porsche. PROVENANCE: Through three editions, Brian Long has accumulated the sources and files to create a fully realized history of the Porsche 356. FIT AND FINISH: The design is quite charming, and a good showcase for more than 500 nicely reproduced color images, as well as lots of black and white, and the text and photo captions are well presented. DRIVABILITY: Long has a folksy, easy-to-read style that helps make the journey through Ultimate a lazy walk in the country with a friend, a friend who knows waaaay too much about the Porsche 356 and wants to tell you simply everything, no matter how many times you try to change the subject. It’s not annoying so much as exhausting. But then I’m not the kind of guy who wants to learn about the early history of anything for the 10th time. And therein lies the issue: There are plenty of solid 356 books, some glossier, some more definitive, some just filling the shelves like slightly different variations of the same ingredients at Taco Bell. But this one comes in leather, right? NEAT STUFF JIM PICKERING Luxury in Leather Having the right car for any event is only half the battle. You need to look the part, too — and that becomes more complex when we’re talking about open cars and anything other than a perfectly sunny 80-degree day. Heinz Bauer brings both function and style together in its high-end leather jackets, available in a variety of designs to suit your taste — or your car. This family-owned company got its start making highquality leather jackets in the early 1960s, which they then developed into a unique line of innovative cabriolet jackets and convertible jackets, all crafted in Germany. Want the best? You’re looking at it. Prices vary by design, but the Sebring jacket is priced at $2,463. www.heinzbauer.com 36 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market Passion in Paint Kelly Telfer has a long history in both motorsports and art, and his work revolves around where those two endeavors converge. Perspective, form, light and color combine here to highlight each car in a nearly three-dimensional way, which reflects a passion for the greats, from Porsche through Ferrari and beyond. If you’re looking for some color to highlight the walls of your garage — or, who are we kidding, your living room — check out his original paintings and prints at www.telferdesign.com. Options start at $50 for a limited-edition print and climb from there, with original paintings from $4,000 on up. ♦


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AFFORDABLE CLASSIC 1966–75 LOTUS EUROPA The Pleasure and the Pain The Europa remains one of the best ways to get into a classic Lotus at a reasonable price point by Jeff Zurschmeide Lotus Europa, halo or horror? You be the judge enthusiasts can tolerate. The car’s reputation has kept prices low, but the Europa also has a Y well-deserved following of faithful owners, each with their own good reasons to keep that faith. “It will out-handle just about anything on the road, even on crappy tires,” said Europa maven Daren Stone. “It’s also got credibility. You tell a car person you have a Europa and they know you are a car guy of the highest order.” “It’s light, and it’s nimble,” said owner Jerry Boone. “I’ve owned competition cars that don’t handle as well. [But] it isn’t a car for the inattentive. It is a dance partner that expects as much from the driver as the driver expects from it. Do your part and the rewards are immeasurable.” Surpassing the Elan The Europa was conceived as an upgraded replacement for the well-loved Lotus Elan. Following Colin Chapman’s dictum of simplifying and adding lightness, the Europa was designed around a simple stamped-steel backbone with a T crossmember at the front and a Y-shaped split in the rear. An independent coil-over suspension on all wheels and a fiberglass body brought the Europa Series 1 off the production line at just 1,350 pounds. The first driveline was a 1.5-liter Renault engine rated at 82 horse- 42 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market ou don’t have to dig around very much to find horror stories about the Lotus Europa. Colin Chapman’s strange mid-engine “bread van” design is known for major structural problems, dodgy fiberglass and the kind of mechanical troubles only Lotus power for the Europeans and a different 80-hp Renault engine for America starting in 1969. The engine was mated to its design-partner transaxle, a 4-speed manual unit designed to drive the front wheels of the Renault 16. Lotus rotated the engine and transaxle to drive the rear wheels and put the engine just behind the driver’s compartment. The first Europas recorded 0–60-mph times in the mid-nine-second range. The Series 2 Europa was the first to be officially exported to America (and the first to be sold at home in the U.K.). Zero-to-60-mph times were about 9.6 seconds for that version. In 1971, Lotus switched to the Lotus-Ford Twin Cam engine, rated at 113 horsepower in the American export version, and a 5-speed transmission followed in 1973. The Twin-Cam Europa brought the 0–60mph time down to the mid-six-second range. That body, though The bodywork has always been the controversial point about the Europa. In a sense, the form followed the function, which has always been a Lotus hallmark. With the mid-engine design — and perhaps a touch of Raul Julia’s famous “What’s-a behind me is not important” driving attitude from the “Gumball Rally” movie — the rear window is just four inches tall and the peripheral rear views are blocked by aerodynamic fins slicing back from the roof. Lotus addressed that a little bit by cutting down the “sails,” as they were called, but there was only so much good that was going to do. The real issue with the body is maintenance. The fiberglass bodies of the Series 1 cars were glued to the steel backbone. Series 2-andlater cars bolted the body in place, which is better for repair today.


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The backbones tend to rust, as any steel stamping from that era is prone to do. Specifically, the stamped-sheet-metal frame often fractures at the junction of the backbone and front crossmember. You can fix it, but you have to remove the entire body to gain access to it. Another failure point is DETAILS Years produced: 1966–75 Price when new: $5,000 Number produced: 9,230 Current SCM Median Valuation: $27,000 Pros: Amazing handling, cheap entry price and tons of fun to drive Cons: Rust and body issues can eat away the joy of the drive the door hinges. The doors are long and heavy, and put a lot of stress on the body. This is a particular problem because Americans like to use the doors to lift themselves out of any low car. And, well, none of us are getting any younger, right? The bottom line on the Europa body is easy: Just take a look at the Best place to drive one: On any twisty, two-lane road — California State Route 1 to Big Sur in Monterey County comes to mind Worst place to drive one: On a big, modern freeway — or into a body shop for major work A typical owner is: Dizzy with joy after that long drive down the coastline — and is even dizzier after seeing the bill from the body shop car. Do you think it’s bizarre and ugly, or do you see the most elegant shooting-brake design ever conceived and executed in the history of the automobile? There’s your answer. So, why buy a Europa? The one thing every Europa owner will tell you is that driving one is a special experience. Brilliant handling made Lotus a legendary sportscar maker, and the Europa is a prime example of that virtue. “Living with a Europa is a series of small compromises offset by that driving experience,” Stone said. “Its handling borders on telepathic, so good that only a hack driver could get one out of shape.” But another reason to choose a Europa is affordability. “These cars spent years drifting down to the bottom of the sports- car food chain, until much of the Europa production was relegated to back porches, under oak trees or hiding under tattered tarps,” Boone said. “There was a point, roughly a decade ago, when a needy runner could be purchased for under $10,000, with project cars going for a few grand to just-take-it-away prices. Today good ones are being marketed in the low-$20,000 range, and exceptional ones have gone for half again that much.” A drive into SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows that it’s still quite possible to obtain a good Lotus Europa Twin Cam for less than $20,000 (SCM# 6922167). With only 9,230 Europa examples ever made, that’s an attractive ticket price to gain entry into an exclusive fraternity. ♦ Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 43


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COLLECTING THOUGHTS HEARST AUTOS BUYS BRING A TRAILER CTING THOUGHTS HEARST AUTOS BUYS BRING A TRAILER BRING BRING a TOWER Bring a Trailer’s Biggest Sale Did Hearst buy first-mover BaT at the top of the market, or was this a brilliant strategic move? by Philip Richter The Hearst Tower in New York City


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“Bring a Trailer has set the bar for building a community around a passion point. What Randy and (co-founder) Gentry (Underwood) have developed is truly special, and what they deliver to their audience is so much more than transactional. They’ve built a family, developed trust and have become an invaluable part of the automotive landscape.” — Matt Sanchez, Hearst Autos CEO I t is not all that surprising that the online collector-car auction site Bring a Trailer sold. But the buyer, Hearst Autos, does come as a surprise. BaT has differentiated itself from the traditional terrestrial-based auction houses with a curated approach that is 100% online. BaT invented and perfected the secret sauce of online collector-car auctions. With all the traditional auction houses scrambling to move online because of COVID-19 lockdowns and shutdowns, it is curious that Hearst walked away with the pioneering online auction icon. Hearst Magazines President Troy Young stated the logic behind the transaction: “At its core, Bring a Trailer is about curation, which is what our brands have always been about.” In exclusive discussions with Hearst Autos CEO Matt Sanchez and BaT co-Founder Randy Nonnenberg, SCM was able to get an inside perspective on the details and rationale behind Hearst’s acquisition of BaT. The unique BaT model BaT has a catchy name that is easy to remember. The experience is fun and addictive. A friendly daily email prompts subscribers about cars coming up for auction that day. BaT makes the process of selling and buying cars easy, pleasurable and engaging. BaT’s curated approach gives the website strict control of the quality of items and content. Consistent and well-written detailed summaries accompany each item, and this helps avoid the description chaos that occurs in classified ads and eBay. A $4,500 AMC Pacer description is in the same familiar structure and tone as a $100,000 Porsche 911 — every car is considered important and equal on BaT. Bidders, general subscribers and followers can actively participate in auction commentary on any item — one does not need to buy a car to feel the thrill of an auction. This positive interactive feedback loop drives transparency and encourages even more conversations. Periodically, the site also lists automobilia and parts, such as Fuchs wheels, rare toolkits, manuals, car luggage and even oddball things like La Scuderia Ferrari magazines from the 1930s. BaT provides endless discussion content — and generates a lot of valuable data that Hearst can leverage. BaT also has a self-policing mechanism built-in, as buyers and sellers are kept in check by a growing base of (mostly) informed participants. On BaT, everyone is heavily reliant on his or her reputation. Like eBay, misrepresented items often get called out. There are also consequences for buyers or sellers who do not deliver on their obligations. It is not unprecedented to see a user permanently banished from BaT. Thriving in the COVID-19 world From an investment and market point of view, Hearst chose a special moment in time to gobble up BaT. While the world as we know it ended with COVID-19, Bring a Trailer witnessed a surge of user activity because of “shelter in place” mandates. With time to burn, collector enthusiasts quarantining at home found BaT an entertaining way to pass the time. BaT recently released a market snapshot that disclosed snippets of user activity for the first two weeks of April. Note: This data may be Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 45 overly positive, given that it was taken amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, which represented a surge of activity on BaT. If we annualize BaT’s numbers, they look like the following: • Total number of bids: 422,890 • Value of lots sold: $352,871,194 • New users: 196,898 • Average auction views: 378,352 • Average auction watchers: 20,410 Note: BaT auctions do not open or close on weekends. BaT fees are straightforward. Sellers pay a $99 listing fee with an option to add Plus photo service for an additional $250. The buyer pays a 5% fee on top of the final sales price to BaT, with a minimum of $250 and a cap of $5,000. Hearst and BaT would not disclose the terms of the sale. Creating a model and putting a potential multiple and value on this transaction is complex and challenging without more precise data. One could do an accounting of auction results over the past year, but that deep-dive project exceeded my deadline. Regardless of the lack of precise data, one could easily get to some pretty tall numbers — even factoring in execution risk and conservative growth for 2021. Every day, more and more six-figure sales are occurring on BaT — and each of those sales is $5,099 in BaT’s pocket. Even the sale of a $4,600 Ford Pinto yields a total fee to BaT of $349 — $99 (seller fee) and $250 (buyer fee). If we perform basic math with conservative assumptions, it’s pretty tough to see BaT doing less than $5 million in revenue last year. It’s easy to get to substantially higher revenue assumptions.


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COLLECTING THOUGHTS HEARST AUTOS BUYS BRING A TRAILER Things get even more interesting when you imagine what future growth could look like with Hearst’s support and all the resources they bring to the table. There is a wide range of unknowable outcomes here, but very conservatively, BaT could have sold for at least $50 million — I believe the actual price was likely substantially higher. Did Hearst buy first-mover BaT at the top of the market, or was this a brilliant strategic move? Time will tell, but history may not be kind to the big traditional auction houses for being reactive and not acquiring this unique asset. Why did Hearst buy? In our conversations with Hearst Autos CEO Matt Sanchez and BaT co-founder Randy Nonnenberg, we got a glimpse into their mutual enthusiasm about the future of the BaT and Hearst tie-up. “The biggest thing that set BaT apart is its community. The richness of comments in every auction,” Sanchez said. It appears that Hearst has been “hanging around the hoop” for quite some time, as this deal has been years in the making. Hearst acquired BaT because they see it as a powerful community with great entertainment value. From an entertainment perspective, BaT is not dissimilar from a digital Barrett-Jackson. The curated BaT marketplace closely aligns with Hearst’s goal of providing richer content and closer engagement with car enthusiasts. The fact that listings are curated, qualified and validated by users was a powerful determinant in their decision to acquire BaT. Hearst has a claimed track record of buying unique assets and taking a long view. During our call, Sanchez pointed out that their corporate DNA is to sup- port entrepreneurs, founders and management while leaving them alone. While Hearst has a goal to take BaT to the next level, they also have a “Do no harm” mantra. To improve and scale BaT without ruining it will be tricky. It will require implementing significant technological investments and carefully scaling operations. Hearst thinks they can successfully connect their legacy audience, assets, and content to the BaT environment. For example, having access to all the archival reviews of cars in old back issues of Road & Track and Car and Driver could be added to BaT auctions. This sale, combined with COVID-19, will supercharge interest in the growing online collector-car auction world. The major traditional auction houses have had to quickly shift online because of the COVID-19 cancellation of major venues, such as Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach. With this raging competitive dynamic, BaT is at risk and could become the MySpace of the online collector-car auction sites with a Facebook soon to come. There is no doubt there will be several new online-car-auction com- petitors coming out of the woodwork. But the investment from Hearst — and their balance-sheet strength and technological resources — should give BaT a leg up in this competitive segment. Nonnenberg pointed out that not doing a deal with a partner like Hearst was also a risk for their business. Buying a new audience With BaT, Hearst has purchased a growing community of more than 415,000 users and more than 175,000 registered bidders. Along with the purchase, Hearst gets an ongoing stream of user-gen- erated content with very high replay value — people keep coming back to the site to browse, buy, and comment. BaT’s audience is exploding, while subscriptions for traditional Hearst publications such as Car and Driver and Road & Track are in free fall. Besides the obvious advertising revenue opportunities, Hearst will have to find ways to leverage BaT’s potential synergies with their declining existing legacy magazines. Supercharging BaT — or wrecking it? BaT is very savvy about taking care of repeat sellers who bring them consistently good items. For the average person, it’s hard to get a car listed on BaT. Reliable sources indicate that BaT is turning away a lot of business. Hearst’s resources could help BaT either create an alternative site or greatly increase their sales volume. One credible BaT seller tells me that 90% of all cars brought to BaT get turned away. In the future, BaT could raise prices and not have a cap at $5,000 for auction fees. This week, a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 sold on BaT for $990,000. Big-ticket cars are now regularly selling on BaT. Carefully changing the fee structure could drive a lot more revenue in the future. The downside is that this deal runs the risk of extinguishing the BaT magic by saturating it in Hearst content, Hearst revenue demands and Hearst culture. Hopefully, Hearst will not do to BaT what GM did to Saab. Based on our conversations with management at both Hearst and BaT, that outcome seems unlikely given their “do no harm” mantra — and what appears to be a very positive working partnership. Existing management is going to stay at BaT. Hearst may bring a different perspective and much-needed techno- logical expertise that could help them continue to innovate and take BaT to new heights. “It’s an incredible business,” Sanchez said. “This deal allows Hearst to get closer to the way people are really engaging in their passions.” If managed right, Hearst’s acquisition of BaT could help benefit the entire industry by bringing better services, more technology and morerobust research to buyers and sellers alike. ♦ With BaT, Hearst has purchased a growing community of more than 415,000 users and more than 175,000 registered bidders. 46 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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COLLECTING THOUGHTS BENTLEY’S BLOWER CONTINUATION Factory Fakes and Why They Matter Bentley is joining the Continuation Cars craze with 12 replica Blowers, but is something being lost in the rush for easy money? by Simon Kidston I n September of last year, Bentley announced that it would give “its most revered pre-war race car… a new lease of life in a stunning re-creation.” Only 12 new Blowers would be built, “each identical to the original — one for every race the original Team Blowers entered.” The Crewe luxury-car maker, owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, is a jewel in the German conglomerate’s crown and a fine example of British motoring heritage and engineering excellence, even though — whisper it — much of the content is designed and assembled outside our proud island. Like its competitors, sales at Bentley have plateaued in recent years, but the core business remains sound. To many, the Continental GT is the fastest, most practical supercar money can buy. It also bears the wings of the immortal Bentley badge made famous by Captain Woolf “Babe” Barnato, Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin, my uncle, Commander Glen Kidston, and the other Bentley Boys of the Roaring Twenties — the Le Mans winners, World War I veterans, legendary night-club habitués and daredevils of the day. Bentley is the latest in a line of manufacturers — Aston Martin and Jaguar built the bandwagon — to launch a series of “Continuation Cars,” although, in this instance, the most casually informed vintagecar buff would know that the Blower (nicknamed for its supercharger) was an unofficial creation from the mind of Tim Birkin funded by a wealthy female racehorse owner. The car was considered a “perversion” by W.O. Bentley himself. Plundering the Greatest Hits catalog Profitable Ferrari has taken an aggressive stance against replicas of its cars made by others, so even their Olympic-level PR department might have difficulty if they started reproducing their own. Why bother? They’re successfully churning out limited-edition hypercars to 48 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market One of the original Bentley Boys and uncle of the author, Glen Kidston (left) with his co-driver in a 1929 non-blower Bentley 4½ Litre after the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which they finished 2nd overall Courtesy of Bentley Motors “our best clients” — those who’ve already ponied up many $100ks for lesser models — with the occasional special commission for someone like Eric Clapton at a price only a multi-platinum rock star could afford. Jaguar and Aston Martin, shakier in the general market, saw the opportunity of plundering their Greatest Hits catalog for a quick rush of sizable deposits on multimillion-dollar replicas outsourced to specialist companies in the U.K. Courtesy of Simon Kidston


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Parts mold-formed in aluminum using modern, low-run production methods, with engines built by best-in-the-business specialists such as RS Williams (Aston DB4 GT, Zagato and “007” DB5) and Crosthwaite & Gardiner (Jaguar Lightweight “E,” D-type and XKSS), the contract small print warns that the cars are for display or track use only. These replicas would never pass modern safety standards, are not road legal and they are mostly just assembled, painted and trimmed in manufacturers’ newly formed heritage departments. Over the past 10 years, the historic-motor-racing world has increasingly become resigned to replicas. A recent newcomer to the scene was shocked when, after enjoying a day’s racing, he was told that most of the cars on the grid were copies, with many modern components. “I feel like I’ve just visited a museum and been told the paintings I’ve admired are actually fakes,” he said. Owners of original GT40s, Lola T70s, Shelby Cobras and now even Ferrari 250 SWBs admit there is little point in risking an original car against modern hot rods costing a fraction of the value. A plea for reality and history Perhaps the latest run of “authentic re-creations” by Bentley really is a step too far, and people in our hobby who care about originality and history should finally speak out. Pioneering car collector and tastemaker Ralph Lauren, whose appreciation of heritage needs no introduction, thinks so. Lauren began rallying other collectors early in January to write to Bentley CEO and chairman Adrian Hallmark to protest the creation of these replicas. Bentley was respectfully urged not to “squander time, funding, energy and the Bentley brand’s reputation” on these cars, as that “would serve only to dilute that special admiration and awe that can only come from viewing and embracing the genuine article.” Mr. Hallmark replied that he would “remain open minded and ready to talk,” but the project appears well underway already. Both he and the consultants behind it at Bentley, perhaps unsurprisingly, were previously employed at Jaguar. You might ask, why does any of this matter? It’s not about wealthy collectors protecting their investment. After all, the people who have owned and cherished these cars since they became old and obsolete are the ones who effectively upheld the brand’s heritage long after the factory warranty expired — and the company had lost any interest in the cars. Legendary racer, restorer and enthusiast Phil Hill was one such Blower owner. What would he think of these replicas? I asked his son (and Pebble Beach emcee) Derek Hill. “My father was a purist in every sense of the word when it came to collecting cars,” Derek Hill said. “Of course, the Blower Bentley was in a league of its own. [I remember] the thrill he would get, and myself at the young age I was, when he would take it up to over 100 mph, yelling over to me to look at the speedometer over the noise of the wind and engine howling. He was enthralled with every aspect of that car. “What would he have thought of a replica Blower? I can imagine him wincing now…However, he also approached things empirically, and if a modern-day replica endorsed and built by the factory was of a superior build quality to the original and the modernity didn’t reveal itself too obviously, I could see him being more than pleasantly surprised, especially if it didn’t scream fake… Not that he would want to own anything like that...” Someone else with vintage Bentleys in his blood is London-based dealer Gregor Fisken, who grew up on the back seat of the family Speed Six and has raced and sold them all of his adult life. “I have the same opinion about this project as with Jaguar making their lightweight E-types and D-type copies,” Fisken said. “A car made in 2020, even endorsed by the manufacturer, will never be the real deal. Scanning an original car to make a facsimile does not involve using the same construction processes that the factory would have in 1930, and as such, they end up as something of a pastiche of the real thing.” No market verdict — yet So far very few “continuations” of any brand have been exposed to the public resale stage — probably to manufacturers’ relief. Three “asnew” examples — in fact, they really are new — are coming up as part of a seized fraudster’s collection at RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Collection Auction this October 23–24. The modern replica cars on RM Sotheby’s docket are a Jaguar D-type, XKSS and an E-type Lightweight. How they fare will give anyone else tempted to follow the same path (dabbling with Continuations, not fraud) plenty to consider. Where will it end? Is no classic safe from being copied by whomever now owns the rights to the brand name? Who will be able to tell fake and real apart in 100 years? And does anyone really believe this is a democratic effort, so that more enthusiasts can enjoy the ownership experience? The latter is the nub of the matter; specious “we always intended to complete an extra X number of cars” justifications are a marketing department’s ploy to avoid using the “replica” word, but it’s now descended to random numbers (a dozen in this case) of a Bentley never built by the factory in the first place. It’s a subject that raises strong feelings, but with an ever-greater number of manufacturers looking to improve their profits and get a foot in the glamorous classic-car market, this debate has a long way to run. ♦ Is no classic safe from being copied by whomever now owns the rights to the brand name? Who will be able to tell fake and real apart in 100 years? Courtesy of Bentley Motors


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LEGAL FILES JOHN DRANEAS There Can Be Only One If two Porsche 904s share the same chassis number, one is fake. An international team of lawyers took the case • Suttles brought the 904 to North Carolina, titled it as a street car, crashed it badly in a street accident, and then parked it in his garage. • Over time, Suttles sold some parts off the car, including the engine and transmission. • After Suttles’ death, the 904 was sold “by a judge of Probate” to Ken Allison, for which documentation was available. • An original Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche is available. • The 904 offered by Luehn was “well known as a counterfeit” within the European Porsche racing industry. • Although Luehn’s ad states that original documents that prove the authenticity of the 904 are available, they really aren’t. G erman collector “Dieter” was intrigued when he spotted an Internet ad offering Porsche 904 GTS chassis 904054 for sale. “That’s odd,” he thought. “That’s the same chassis number of my 904 GTS that is sitting in my garage.” The ad had been posted by TPE Ltd., a Japanese collector-car dealer operated by Akihiro Orimoto. The 904 GTS was owned by the Estate of Ken Allison from Lexington, KY. That prompted a call to Dieter’s legal counsel, Damen Bennion, part- ner-in-charge of the collector-car practice at London’s Goodman Derrick LLP. Since the 904 was located in the United States and any legal action would occur in Kentucky, our firm was brought in as co-counsel. Dieter had acquired his 904 GTS several years ago through Jan B. Luehn, a German collector race-car broker. The 904 was fully numbers matching, and it came with extensive documentation of its history and provenance including: • The original 1969 sales invoice for the first sale to Gunther Selbach. • Records of a number of races in which the 904 competed. • Original registration documents from the earliest days onward. • Numerous photographs of 904054 in all of its various color combinations — original silver, brown, red, and blue and white. • Paint chips that coordinated with the changing color scheme, in order. • Extensive correspondence and service records. • Although Selbach had changed the engine in the 904, the original 904 engine had been acquired by Luehn. The ownership history went from Selbach, to Torsten Andersson, to Leif Hansen, to Boo Brasta, to Sven Andersson, and finally to Claus Eliasson, who kept the 904 for 44 years. Sleuthing on his own Dieter is an action-oriented guy, and he decided to just give Orimoto a call and find out what was going on. Dieter didn’t mention he owned a 904. He instead posed as an interested buyer of the car Orimoto offered for sale. He also mentioned the car that had been sold by Luehn and asked if it was the same car. Dieter was totally convincing, as he elicited a lengthy and detailed response from Orimoto: • Orimoto’s car was owned by the Estate of Ken Allison. • The 904 was originally sold to Gunther Selbach, who raced the car successfully. • Selbach’s original German registration was available. • When Selbach decided to switch to racing “a faster Ford Mustang,” he sold the 904 to Roger Dale Suttles, a U.S. military officer stationed in Germany. 52 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market • The photos of the Luehn 904 clearly show newly embossed numbers. So, two law firms an ocean and a continent apart formed a legal team instructed to force the Allison Estate to stop claiming their car is 904054. We rounded out the team by retaining an experienced investigator and went to work. We decided that my litigation partner, Brooks Cooper, would draft a complaint for filing in Federal District Court but, before filing it, make contact with the Allison Estate and see if they wanted to resolve this without litigation. The rest of us focused on the research. Court records The first inquiry was to request copies of all documents filed in the Allison probate case from the Kentucky probate court. Nothing of much use came of that. Next, we requested copies of the probate file in the Suttles Estate. Suttles died in 1990 and left an estate of just over $18,300. The asset of interest to us was $500 of proceeds from the “Sale of Porsche (inoperable).” His mother had served as the personal representative, but she and the attorney who handled the probate had both died since, so we couldn’t contact them for more information. We knew that Orimoto was wrong when he told Dieter that the 904 was sold by the probate judge. The file confirmed that probate in North Carolina is no different than elsewhere — Mrs. Suttles sold the Porsche and simply reported the sale to the court in the final legal filings. Friends and family I contacted SCM Contributor Prescott Kelly, who knew the Allison car well. He reported that it was well-known in Porsche circles that Allison was building a replica 904 from scratch. He was astounded that Allison or anyone would ever claim the car was authentic. We determined that Suttles’ final military rank was SP4 — a rela- tively low enlisted rank, so he was not an officer as Orimoto had said. That meant that he could not have afforded a 904 in 1972, but he could probably have purchased a 356. Our investigator had a tough time finding Suttles’ friends and family, who could be of assistance. The only useful connection was to Suttles’ nephew. The nephew wasn’t a car guy, but he recalled his uncle having brought home a very cool Porsche. He had no idea what model it was, so we showed him stock photos of a 356 and a 904. He immediately said, “That’s it,” pointing to the 356. “My uncle gave me one of the hubcaps and I made a clock out of it. I still have it!” More information from Allison Meanwhile, Cooper had the complaint ready and sent a demand letter to the attorney representing Mrs. Allison, the personal representative of


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the Allison Estate. That prompted a response from a California attorney who had been newly engaged to defend our claim. He sent us the North Carolina title to establish the Allison ownership. The title was odd. It was a very poor-quality copy, suggesting it may have not been made from the original. It misspelled Suttles’ name as “Settles.” It identified the make of car as Porsche, but there was no model number given. There was a “C” in the style box. But it was the reverse side that raised the most concern. The first section, releasing the seller’s interest and identifying the buyer, was all typed. It named Allison as the buyer, but it did not name the seller. The seller’s signature was missing. Instead, “See — Power of Attorney” was handwritten on that line, and the seller’s address was typed in with the same typewriter. We asked for the power of attorney and were given a copy of Mrs. Suttles’ proof of court appointment, which was not the same thing at all. The typed date — 3/28/90 — matched the Allison story. The next section, “First Re-Assignment of Title by Registered Dealer,” was filled in with the same typewriter, and essentially had Allison selling the car to himself on the same exact day. It was signed by Allison. However, the “reassignment” to himself made absolutely no sense. Allison never titled the 904 in Kentucky, as required under Kentucky law. When asked why, the estate’s attorney claimed that Allison didn’t want to incur the sales tax. We all know that story, but it didn’t make any sense here, as he only paid $500 for the car. We also learned that the 904 had been listed for sale with Heinz Heinrich, with whom Allison had a relationship before he died. Heinrich owns the 904 Store, claims to have handled “over 41 Porsche 904 GTS sales,” and claims to be “The expert on the Porsche 904 GTS…” Heinrich subcontracted the listing to Orimoto. That, of course, raised more concerns. Why would the expert on 904s subcontract this car to a Japanese dealer if it was an authentic car? The estate pressed the significance of the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, but that was meaningless. As all Porsche owners know, the CoA says nothing about the current condition of the car, and it does not say anything about ownership. The attorney also pressed that Porsche had recognized Allison as the owner of 904054. Allison had contacted the factory and explained that he was restoring 904054 and needed a copy of the official blueprints for the 904 frame. Satisfied that Allison owned 904054, Porsche provided him with a copy of the blueprints. However, on close inspection, it appeared that Porsche based its conclusion on the North Carolina title. North Carolina DMV We had learned that one can pay $13 to the North Carolina DMV and get a complete copy of the title history of any car titled in North Carolina. We sent the North Carolina title to them and asked for the complete history. It took a while because the office was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, we received a response from Robert Sawyer, State Law Enforcement Agent at the North Carolina DMV License & Theft Bureau. They were unable to locate the title we submitted to them. I called Sawyer to inquire further. “We can’t find any record of that title or that car. We think it’s a fraudulent title.” Now we’ve got them! To be continued next month. ♦ 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. Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 53


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UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM DONALD OSBORNE Finding Perspective Through Your Passion A suddenly larger, slower world offers moments of motoring joy and personal growth New journeys I have rediscovered much of the joy in solitary drives in vintage cars, especially as I explore and discover the wonders of my new state, Rhode Island. I really enjoyed my 10 years in Southern California, but I have to say that the roads in New England are rather more entertaining than most of those near my former home. They offer a wonderful variety, which suits the full range of the different cars in my collection — some roads are just right for my Fiat Panda, while others were made for my Ferrari 400i A. That the state is so small is another bonus, as you can cover a relatively small distance with great variety. That I haven’t been able to carve lines through a lakeside road in Northern Italy is unfortunate, but enjoyment is at my fingertips a few minutes from home here. Taking the time I have also been appreciating lessons in patience. I can intellectually The byways of Rhode Island meet with the author’s approval T he past few months have given me, as they have to many others, time to reflect on what is truly important and meaningful in my life — and the way I interact with the community of the world. That’s sort of a grand statement, but it actually brings home to me how a series of seemingly small decision points can have a much larger effect. I will start by acknowledging how activities I once either took for granted or worse yet, complained about, such as my almost-constant travel schedule, I now actually miss or find it difficult to recall. For the past six years, my work had seen me spend about three months every year in Italy, and I regularly commuted between LAX and Milan. The strange warp of time makes it seem incredible that by the be- ginning of March, I had already flown 75,000 miles — from Chile to California, California to Rhode Island three times, to Arizona, Italy, India and Florida. It was my usual schedule, but on steroids. I knew with my new position as CEO of the Audrain Auto Museum it would, if not slow, be altered. But of course I had no idea just how much. Solitude I am still in the midst of supervising four restoration projects in Italy, and I have not been able to inspect them and meet in person with the craftspeople working on them since January. My appraisal associates Scott King and Brian Sevy in Palm Springs are evaluating cars for appraisal from specified, detailed lists of photos supplied by clients in lieu of in-person inspections. And while I am certainly not in the position that many have found themselves in — searching desperately for ways to fill their days — I have found that much of what was once routine in my life has become re-imagined. Life is change by its very nature, and this has been brought home in spades in the past few months. That change is frequent, and for me, most often beneficial, has been more obvious than ever. I am busier than I have ever been in my working life, which, given the number of careers I have had and their complexity, is saying a great deal. I am also more satisfied — and, dare I say, content — than I have ever been. 54 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market appreciate its virtue, but in practice, many times over the decades it has proved elusive. A character asset I cheerfully embrace is determination. Its mirror character defect is an intense drive to have something quickly accomplished, done, finished, over. My much-loved 1960 Fiat 1500 OSCA Pinin Farina coupe has been off the road since the SCM 1000 in July 2019, courtesy of a piston ring that decided it was no longer in the mood to travel along with its siblings and the piston on which they had made their home. As a result, the last two-and-a-half days of the rally were spent running on three cylinders. A tribute to the Maserati brothers and the Fiat workers who built the 1500 OSCA twin-cam engine must be paid. Even down a pot — and laying a lovely smoke screen at a certain part of the power range — the car pulled like a freight train and performed remarkably well. It has been in car hospital since last August for an engine rebuild and cosmetic freshening of the engine compartment. The work is coming along well, if slowly, thanks to a few challenges in obtaining the proper parts — and some family health challenges in the shop where the work is being done. But the result is certain to be wonderful. The shop is a very experienced and capable one — and as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the car for many years with what was a tired engine, to have a strong, fresh powerplant will take my joy with the car to a new level. As you’ve read on these pages a few months ago, I also recently acquired a 1953 Jaguar Mk VII. It too is in a shop, being gently recommissioned after resting unused for a number of years. I’m eager to pilot it along these perfectly suited roads of Rhode Island and waft it through Newport, where it will be completely at home among 18th century homes, grand “cottages” and beside moored yachts. However, to do the work being done on the Fiat and the Jaguar prop- erly takes time — and I will have long forgotten the time away from the car during the years of enjoyment I will certainly have with them both. And that’s where the altered time of the COVID-19 world has paid ample dividends. Perspective is the gift that my automotive passion has allowed me to gain — change, whether in location from coast to coast, in my travel schedule and habits, or in the diminution of my desire for immediate gratification in my collector-car experience, has been a good thing. I have become better at appreciating what I have right now and more adept at looking with measured anticipation for what is to come — in its time. ♦


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AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR JIM PICKERING Mundane No More The birth of nostalgia drives the cutting edge of the market T here’s a moment in time when mundane cars become something more. I’m fascinated by that moment, because the turning point of interest is the absolute cutting edge of the classic-car market. It’s where new trends are born. If you want to understand where we’re going as a market, you have to really look at where we are right now — specifically when it comes to buyers’ extensions from the norm. Sorting through pricing outliers can teach us a few things about the future. Here’s a concrete example: On June 22, Bring a Trailer wrapped up an auction on lot 32978 — a 1985 Chevrolet ¾-ton pickup. At first glance, it was not all that special. Brown. 350. Four-speed truck transmission. Four-wheel drive. It didn’t have a/c or even the higher Silverado trim. But what it did have was just 589 miles and all its original paperwork, which led to a still-can’t-believeit price of $88,725. Crazy, right? This truck is fundamentally no different than the one I see hauling yard tools into my neighborhood every Tuesday. Yet here we are, talking about it in SCM — the home of million-dollar Ferraris and Bentleys. Does the truck really belong? You might say no, but I think it does, even if only because it’s instructive. Climbing the grade I know that one sale does not make a market. But while this work-truck-turned- collectible brought a new record price, I wasn’t surprised by it, or by the number of emails and conversations I had about it after the fact. Some folks had a hard time accepting the price; others just wanted to know what it meant. Older American trucks have been valuable for quite some time. We covered the rise of later-model trucks in American Car Collector magazine over a year ago, and interest has continued along despite today’s coronavirus-related limitations. Combing through auction sales from 2019 through today will show you more than a few 1970s and 1980s American pickups sold at well above what you might consider reasonable pricing. Sometimes, like with Big Brown here, prices really ring the bell due to something like super-low miles — especially when those sales are outside farm country. But while expensive, this isn’t the outlier you might think it is. Rolling through the past five years of data will bring you to one conclusion: Americans love pickups, and they’re willing to pay up for the best classic examples. That hasn’t changed. We — the buying pool — is what’s changing, along with our definition of “classic.” Signal in the noise In previous SCMs, Miles Collier has referenced the need to separate the signal from the noise as it pertains to the classic-car market. Which sales are true trends and which are anomalies? Was this truck sold to a seasoned collector making a careful decision, or was this some wackadoo new-money millionaire burning cash to excite a Monday? For my purposes here, it doesn’t really matter. When it comes to a market waking up to a new model or genre, I figure the noise is the signal. I’m not going to argue that this ultra-low-miles rig was worth the money spent here. Turning point: 1985 Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale 4×4 — brown, no less — sold for $88,725 on Bring a Trailer But justified or not, sales that create buzz have a way of changing how we, as collectors, look at a model. It’s especially true when the buzz repeats itself, clari- fying into a clearer signal. We have seen solid pricing on a number of later-model trucks over the past year or so — both stock and modified. Even if you’re not a truck person, I bet you’ll see a yard guy’s ’86 C20 a little differently now, even if it’s just to remind you of this crazy sale. The point is, you’ll notice, and the first thing you’ll find when you actually start looking is that while they were once everywhere, a lot of these trucks are now gone. That realization is the first step in building nostalgia in some of us, and once our nostalgia takes hold of something, watch out. Pricing follows. You can apply this to any number of lesser-grade collector cars, from Japanese econoboxes to once-cheap British sports cars. For cars and trucks that weren’t born special — stuff that earned its reverence by being part of people’s lives until used up and discarded — this is how pricing outliers can lead to a new market trend. So should you run right out and buy a 1970s or 1980s American truck? That depends on you. I’ve always said that car people should have trucks, too — but if you don’t connect with this part of the American experience, a brown K20 isn’t going to charm you. But if, when you look at this truck, you see crisper lines than you remember, more metalflake than you thought they had, or are relieved by the last era of mechanical simplicity before ghosts in the machine became the norm, you might be smart to start looking for one now. They’ll be more expensive tomorrow. ♦ 56 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO p. 62 ENGLISH: 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico p. 64 ETCETERINI: 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Alloy Coupe by Frua p. 66 GERMAN: 1964 Porsche 356C Outlaw p. 68 AMERICAN: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod p. 72 RACE: 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 “Evo 1” Group B Rally p. 74 NEXT GEN: 2000 Honda Civic Si p. 76


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FERRARI PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO An odometer showing 14,000 miles put a big discount on a great car by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: ZFFPA16B000055223 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • One of only 272 produced • Three owners from new; driven 23,555 original kilometers • Equipped with factory air conditioning and power windows • Includes original owner’s manuals, toolkit, jack and spare key SCM Analysis This car, Lot 279, sold for $2,310,000, including buyer’s fees, during RM Sotheby’s “Driving into Summer” online auction from May 21 to 29, 2020. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful that a locomotive. Jet- fighter acceleration. That’s the experience I expected the first time I drove a Ferrari. My high-school Mustang was good for a quarter block of smoking rubber. Shouldn’t a car built by a legendary race-car manufacturer — and that costs as much as a house — put that to shame? I expected acceleration that pinned my cheeks back, a bit too much gas breaking the rear tires loose, and a racing suspension that would rattle my fillings out. When I finally got my 15 minutes alone in a 308 GTS, I found my expectations were quite a bit off reality. The Ferrari I drove was red but didn’t wear a cape. My first extended trip in a Ferrari woke me to the real essence of the brand. While I was expecting 427-Corvette performance, that’s not what a Ferrari is about. The ability to make a car go fast without it feeling fast is what separates a Ferrari from the pack. Ferraris start to feel good when other cars begin to feel scary. Going fast requires good traction. Great suspensions keep the tires on the ground while giving a comfortable ride. Smoking tires was something you couldn’t do with a Ferrari — or so I thought. One hot Ferrari I usually avoid a boring dissertation on specifications, but hang in there, I’ve got a point. Going into 1984, Ferrari’s top-of-the-line model was the 12-cylinder 512 Boxer. Their mainstream model was the 8-cylinder 308 Quattrovalvole. Ferrari claimed the Boxer was the fastest car in the world. The 308 made no pretense of challenging the Boxer but was world-class in its own way. The Boxer’s 340-hp engine was roughly 72 hp per liter. The Boxer weighed about 3,100 pounds, for around 0.1 hp per pound. Ferrari claimed the Boxer would hit 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. Ferrari rated their U.S. model 308 GTB Quattrovalvole at 2,900 pounds and 240 hp. That is about 80 hp per liter and 0.08 hp per pound. Sixty-two mph came in about 6.7 seconds. In 1984, Ferrari introduced the 288 GTO — or just GTO, as Ferrari called it. The GTO was a game changer. It was conceived to compete in the World Rally Championship against the outrageous 600-hp Killer B Group B rally cars. Unfortunately for Ferrari, the class was canceled after the Killer Bs were deemed too deadly for the series. Fortunately for enthusiasts, that meant that more GTOs would be available for private ownership. The GTO’s twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V8 was rated at 400 hp. That is an astounding 140 hp per liter, nearly twice the ratio of the Boxer. Factoring the horsepower to the weight, the GTO had nearly 50% more 62 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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horsepower per pound than the 512 Boxer. The 308 doesn’t even make the comparison. Now we have a Superman Older turbo systems were switch off/switch on. When the boost came on, the horsepower violently changed. Within a few rpm, the horsepower could double, and that’s where it gets fun. Sixty-two mph comes to the GTO in 4.9 seconds. That was a serious number at the time, but is misleading to the experience. There is an initial lull as the boost comes on — then you’re at redline. Shift and keep it on boost for an adventure you’re never going to forget. Even the best suspension can be overpowered, and the GTO proves the point. Tires easily spin on acceleration. Even at speed, tires will chirp under heavy throttle when road conditions are less than ideal. Today, traction control will not allow tires to spin — but in a GTO, coming on boost is quite a thrill. Performance dominates the GTO’s appeal, but it would still be a hit even if it did not move. Leonardo Fioravanti, Pininfarina’s design chief at the time, is credited for the styling. He used a 308 GTB as his inspiration, and from it produced a silhouette certain to live on as one of the most beautiful of all time. Fioravanti honored Ferrari’s original 250 GTO with a gorgeous Kamm tail and air vents in the lower rear When you can afford $2,000,000 for a car, you can probably afford $3,000,000. This car wouldn’t make the radar of the heavy hitters who would fight it out for a trophy example. quarter panels. He made room for big Goodyear tires by flaring the fenders at the wheel openings. A new front spoiler, outrageous outside mirrors and threepiece wheels are just a couple of the GTO’s distinctive features. Ninety percent of the GTO’s content is unique to the car, an admirable feat for a model with just 272 examples. Our subject supercar Our 288 GTO is a world traveler. It was sold new to a German-based collector who picked it up at the Ferrari factory. He did not even make it home before the car was stolen out of a hotel parking garage in the south of France. A detective working for his insurance company tracked the car to an Arizona dealer, where it had landed after temporary stays in both France and Italy. Once back in Germany, the 288 GTO took a place of honor next to the owner’s 250 GTO. The theft did not DETAILS Years produced: 1984–86 Number produced: 272 Original list price: $83,400 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,934,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: $300 each. Two required Chassis # location: Stamped on the upper frame in the engine compartment Engine # location: Stamped on the top of the engine block near the front deter the owner from enjoying the car. He put on more than half of the car’s 23,555 kilometers (14,636 miles). The next stop was back to the United States, where it landed in 2001 to join the second of the car’s lucky three owners. Our subject GTO was the second-highest sale of RM Sotheby’s “Driving into Summer” online auction. RM Sotheby’s $2,200,000–$2,400,000 estimate seemed low for a model that has sold as high as $3,900,000 just a few years back, but the auction house was proved to be right. The $2,310,000 sale could not have been closer to the estimate. Buyers of 288 GTOs are particularly picky. They often have a collection of ultra-low-mileage supercars. They will pay up for a low-mile 288 GTO — and show no love for driven examples. This car had an excellent provenance, all the jewelry and no issues with the cosmetics or mechanicals. Unfortunately 14,636 miles on the odometer is too many to make collector status, which was reflected in the sale price. As much as I want to declare the sale a big win for the buyer, it probably was not. When you can afford $2,000,000 for a car, you can probably afford $3,000,000. This car wouldn’t make the radar of the heavy hitters who would fight it out for a trophy example. That’s too bad, because there will be little penalty for putting some miles on this car, and that’s what a 288 GTO is really about. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) STEVE AHLGRIM served as general manager and vice president of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $3,935,178 $4,000,000 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO $3,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 2015 2016 2017 N/A 2018 $2,750,000 $2,585,000 This sale: $2,310,000 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Lightweight coupe Lot 144, s/n ZFFPA16B000057709 Condition 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $3,935,178 RM Sotheby’s, Ferrari Sale, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/2017 SCM# 6846456 2019 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 63 $3,360,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Clubs: Ferrari Owners Club, Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariownersclub.org, www. ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1987–92 Ferrari F40, 1986–88 Porsche 959, 1991–93 Jaguar XJ 220 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe Lot 52, s/n ZFFPA16B000055713 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $2,507,500 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2019 SCM# 6888636 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe Lot 117, s/n ZFFPA16B000056207 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $2,540,251 Bonhams, The Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., 12/2/2017 SCM# 6856396


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ENGLISH PROFILE Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico It’s been hanging around the market for a while, but Silverstone got it sold — online — at the third go by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: BFATNR00107 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T he Ford Escort Mexico was introduced in November 1970 and was so named because of Ford Motor Company’s victory in the World Cup Rally, which started in London on April 19, 1970, and finished some 16,000 miles later in Mexico. Originally, Ford intended to use Escorts with the Twin-Cam or BDA engine, but after some local reconnaissance, it was decided that high speeds and large power outputs were less important than reliability and ease of servicing, and therefore the Kent pushrod engine was used in the Escort shell. It seems likely that Ford already had plans to produce a high-performance Escort to fit in the range between the 1300GT and the Twin-Cam/RS1600, but their victory in Mexico provided an ideal platform to launch such a model. The engineers at the newly formed AVO (Advanced Vehicles Operations) quickly developed the Mexico, marrying the Type 49 bodyshell, as used in the Twin Cam and RS1600, with the 1,600-cc Kent crossflow engine and 2000E gearbox. So, effectively, the Mexico was basically a re-engined Twin-Cam/RS1600. The Mexico became AVO’s most successful and numerous of the Rally Sport Escorts, and had a number of advantages on the road, in that it had excellent performance, was easy to maintain, relatively easy to insure, and above all, it was great to drive, something which is still true today. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 196, sold for £37,400 ($45,533), including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s May Live Online Auction on May 23, 2020. Silverstone has offered this car twice in the past 14 months, and both times narrowly failed to sell it. As an interested Mk1 owner, I had a good look around our subject car last summer, and it appeared correct in every detail. These cars have been widely faked — including my own bitsa “RS2000” — but here the Type 49 bodyshell has, as well as the wide-lip front wheelarches, all the correct strengthening pieces, plus the rear-axle radius arms and the row of captive bolts to mount a skid shield under the trunk floor. Not all cars were fitted with the skid — a Rallye Sport optional extra 64 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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The Mexico really was a fine stroke of marketing: Fit the strapping RS1600 shell with the muchless-expensive 1,599-cc pushrod “Kent” engine as used in the Cortina 1600E and Ford Capri GT, and ride on the back of that rally success. — but they all have the mounts. In period, lots of these cars were campaigned on rallies, and Ford capitalized on this by offering factory-approved performance parts from a network of Rallye Sport Centres. Lots of original bits It’s always been hard to resist “improvements” with the amount of tuning kit available for them, but while many of these have had hop-up parts added, such as adjustable track control arms and/or rear disc brakes, this well-restored car appeared completely standard. The exceptions are the 60-profile tires which looked slightly too small for it and, last time I saw it, a “rubber band” 50-profile on the spare. This is easy to fix: 13-inch rubber choice has been limited over the past couple of decades, although more sizes are available now. Originally, it would have had 175/70s. Our subject car even appeared to retain the 4-speed gearbox, where many have had Type 9 5-speeds substituted (they weigh a ton... especially when resting on your chest), and the motor looked completely standard — still with a twin-choke carb. Many of these cars have grown twin Weber DCOEs, which pushes power from the standard 84 bhp to around 100. For comparison, the 1,558-cc Twin Cam is 105 hp and the “1,601-cc” RS1600’s BDA is 115 hp. The mostly vinyl interior was all good, either very well-preserved original or repro, and it even has the original Haynes of Maidstone (a Rallye Sport Centre) supplying dealer sticker in the back window. A fast winner The Mexico really was a fine stroke of marketing: Fit the strapping RS1600 shell with the much-less-expensive 1,599-cc pushrod “Kent” engine as used in the Cortina 1600E and Ford Capri GT, and ride on the back of that rally success. This is the time-honored formula of “Win HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $75,000 $61,323 $60,000 $45,000 $30,000 $15,000 $0 $49,518 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico N/A 2015 2016 2017 2018 $68,298 This sale: $45,533 N/A 2019 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 65 1972 Ford Escort Mexico Lot 208, s/n BFATMC00061 Condition 1Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $49,518 Silverstone, Blenheim Palace, U.K., 9/2/2017 SCM# 6847470 on Sunday, sell on Monday.” The World Cup Rally cars used pushrod engines as well — instead of the Twin Cam or BDA — over fears about the more-complicated engines’ ability to tolerate poor or unknown fuel quality, plus ease of maintenance in the field. However, the pushrod engines were bored out to 1,850 cc for extra torque. The bottom ends of all three engines are common, and the Twin Cam versions retained the original side-mounted camshaft to drive the oil pump and distributor. The current market Silverstone has done well with fast Fords in recent years — and has sold several Mexicos, which have always been desirable among the boy-racer element (guilty...) but are now sought-after collectors’ cars, all helped by that competition heritage. Our subject car, for some reason, proved harder to shift than most. I’ll keep the numbers in sterling here for consistency, because in dollars the wavering exchange rate skews the message. Last summer, it twice bid to £35k against a £40k–£46k estimate, initially at Silverstone’s first (and probably only) sale at Heythrop Park in May 2019 (Lot 305), and then the same again at the Silverstone Classic sale in July 2019 (Lot 452), which to me is the market speaking at a time when prices across the board were on a downward slide. The seller, a Ford collector given to periodic reshuf- fles, felt otherwise, and both times took it away unsold. This time, the seller accepted a top bid of £34,000, which looked a pragmatic decision at a very fair price today. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing. ♦ PAUL HARDIMAN has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. 1973 Ford Escort Mexico Lot 536, s/n BFATNB000411 Condition 1Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $68,298, Silverstone, Silverstone, U.K., 5/18/2018 SCM# 6872573 DETAILS Years built: 1970–74 Number built: 10,352 Current SCM Median Valuation: $45,571 Chassis # location: Plate on bonnet slam panel Engine # location: Lower left on block Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $100 Club: RS Owners’ Club Web: www.rsownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1972 Hillman Avenger Tiger, 1972–74 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk1, 1966–77 BMW 1600/2/1602 COMPS 1973 Ford Escort Mexico (sunroof/ modified) Lot 8, s/n BFATNU00068 Condition 2Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $34,790 H&H, Duxford, U.K., 3/21/2018 SCM# 6867947


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ETCETERINI & FRIENDS PROFILE Juan Martinez ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Alloy Coupe by Frua A needy, non-running car with possibilities brings a fair price online by Donald Osborne Chassis number: AM109A11476 SCM Condition for this car: 3- S tyled by Pietro Frua, the lithe Mistral was the first in a series of great Maserati sports cars named for fearsome winds, which went on to include the Ghibli, Bora, Shamal and Khamsin, among others. The Mistral was also the last of its kind, at least in terms of its en- gine. Equipped with the largest-displacement version of the twin-spark, 6-cylinder Maserati engine that could trace its way back to the motor that powered Juan Manuel Fangio’s Tipo 250F to Grand Prix victory, the Mistral was offered in both steel and aluminum (or “alloy”) bodies beginning in 1967. Offered in its original Rossa Cordoba paint with black Connolly leather interior, this sporting Maserati is one of only 828 built. Though it is currently in non-running condition, this Mistral presents an appealing project to those willing to restore the luster to a mid-century Maserati classic. Documented with Maserati Classiche paperwork, including the certificate of origin, technical and aesthetic characteristics, the internal factory order, delivery note and factory build sheet. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 172, sold for $62,500, including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only “Driving Into Summer” auction from May 21 to 29. When I first discovered my love of cars as a boy, the Frua-designed and -built Maseratis — the Mistral and the Quattroporte — were among my first loves. So they remain today, for me a perfect expression of effortless Italian chic and glamour. They combine a sense of elegance and strength which is difficult to pull off, yet another physical expression of the virtually untranslatable word “sprezzatura.” That this car, a non-running project, was offered in this online-only RM Sotheby’s auction was also an interesting thing. For the past decade or so, the traditional auction houses shunned project cars, unless they were “barn fresh” — an oxymoron if there ever were one — replete with nests, webs, dust, dirt and decay. At the same time, the onlineauction market channel offered an ideal place to sell a car with needs. A very long and detailed written description, revealing each and every possible fault or demerit, accompanied by many dozens of photos showing in excruciating close-up individual warts and blemishes, was just what was needed to successfully portray a car in need of rescue, resurrection or restoration. In the major auction sales rooms, it was freshly gleaming paint, chrome, leather and glass that was needed under the perfectly aimed pin spotlights. 66 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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have been quite a bit less artsy and rather more documentary in feel. Only one of the posted photos had been taken outside, the rest inside a warehouse with somewhat dramatic lighting which flattered the car’s appearance. The interior looked beautifully patinated, with just Back under the spotlights So here we had an undeniable beauty queen from the late Via Veneto period — just before the advent of student strikes and the Red Brigades — somewhat down on her luck having spent a few years locked away in hiding from her fans, fearful of the way she might be perceived in her middle age. Embraced by the “big time” auction house as had been her more glamorous friends, how would she be received? Well, the answer was perhaps better than expected. The Mistral was treated with a great deal of respect, but ultimately, I think perhaps not as much honesty as was deserved. To prepare for inclusion in this sale, it was clear from the photos online that a great deal of time and effort had been spent cleaning and detailing the car inside and out. Nothing is wrong with that, as I am not a fan of the “tetanus car” presentation. A vehicle should be shown to its best advantage, without quick-and-dirty fluffing. However, for an online auction, the exterior shots could HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $300,000 $200,000 $250,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 1967 Maserati Mistral coupe 2015 2016 N/A 2017 2018 This sale: $62,500 2019 $241,582 $210,116 $212,127 $158,483 the right level of wear showing to give a gentlemen’sclub feel. In the car’s favor, detail shots of the exterior clearly showed areas of electrolytic corrosion bubbling along the wheelarches, which is typical and expected in a car such as this that has been parked in storage for an extended time. Also evident in the photographs of the engine compartment were the effects of the layup in the surface rust and corrosion on the metal surfaces and hoses. It was also heartening to see that the Mistral retained its Lucas fuel injection, which was often discarded in the past in favor of carburetors. The Lucas systems are now readily rebuildable and can be made more reliable than when the cars were new. In my opinion, when properly set up, the injection suits the engine’s power curve well and provides a smooth and even delivery through the range, which is well suited to the character of the Mistral. Many needs equals low bids The pre-sale estimate of $90,000–$110,000 might have seemed reasonable compared to an SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of $132,000 and other recent sales in a similar range for average cars with older restorations, but the price realized is more representative of the current marketplace — in which the active money for cars is at a very competitive level. The best examples of any particular car can and do bring record high prices — even in the COVID-19 environment — while projects such as this — or cars with cloudy stories — bring vastly discounted ones. In this case, based on the vehicle as judged by the description and photographs, this car seems to be a fairly good deal. After figuring in the need to completely rebuild the mechanicals and a minimal cosmetic intervention, the new owner would not be too far underwater. And, for the enjoyment of driving this superbly el- egant grand tourer, the new owner’s “loss” is certain to be repaid in the experience of ownership. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) DONALD OSBORNE, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CnBC. 1966 Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder Lot 125, s/n AM109SI163 Condition 2 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $595,337 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/6/2019 SCM# 6891365 DETAILS Years produced: 1964–70 Number produced: 828 Original List Price: $21,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $132,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on side rail Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Transmission: 5-speed manual Web: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1963–65 Aston Martin DB5, 1961–64 Lancia Flaminia Sport, 1966–68 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Spyder Lot 218, s/n AM109SA1665 Condition 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $302,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922147 1966 Maserati Mistral 4.0 coupe Lot 152, s/n AM109A1686 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $210,116 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/1/2015 SCM# 267472 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 67


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GERMAN PROFILE ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1964 Porsche 356C Outlaw Coupe Why are some Porsche Outlaws $150,000 while others are $550,000? by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 128955 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 135, sold for $154,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s online-only “Driving into Summer” auction on May 28, 2020. The origins of today’s Outlaw 356 Porsches were in the post-war Southern California hot-rod movement. First was the concept of modi- fying cars for better performance and individualizing cars for better appearance. Then it was the people. The early 356 Outlaw builders had their roots in SoCal hot rods. We can piece together a history from cars that have been offered for sale in the past five or six years. It is probable that the movement began when Dean Jeffries customized a 1956 356 Carrera coupe in the late 1950s. Jeffries learned to paint and pinstripe while stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany. Back home, he built a following doing graphics on ndy cars and SoCal hot rods, of which he painted dozens. While workng for customizer George Barris, Jeffries famously painted “Little Bastard” and the stylized number “130” on James Dean’s 550 Spyder, ut he also painted entire cars, often with wild color schemes and raphics. Jeffries and the Porsche 356 “Kustom Karrera” Jeffries liked sports cars and acquired a 356A coupe that he lightly ustomized. He was offered a trade for a Carrera coupe, serial number 6803, and set about more radically customizing it. Dubbed “Kustom Karrera,” the car quickly became famous, with rticles on it published in several hot-rod magazines. It was a cover car n the October 1959 issue of Rod & Custom. The car is still famous now, aving been to the Amelia Island Concours twice and put up for auction a couple of times in the past few years. At Gooding & Company’s 2016 Pebble Beach Auction, it was a no-sale with an indicated high bid of 400,000. It sold at Bonhams’ Quail (Monterey) sale in August 2018 for 437,000. At the time, I opined that the car was the iconic progenitor Outlaw, built on a rare and valuable Carrera, and that it should have rought more — even with a mismatched engine. 68 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Along come the Emorys Gary Emory was a SoCal kid whose father created cars at Valley Custom Shop in Burbank, CA, starting about 1948. Valley Custom built a number of famous hot rods and a Bonneville tanker streamliner. Fast-forward to the 1960s, and both father Neil and his son Gary were in the parts department at Chick Iverson’s Newport Beach Porsche dealership. Some years later Gary opened what was originally called “Porsche Parts Obsolete,” now just “Parts Obsolete” (you know about Germany’s dire trademark enforcements), famous for its swapmeets at its early location on Randolph Street in Costa Mesa, CA. At the time, reportedly inspired by the Jeffries Kustom Karrera, Gary began to modify cars — inventing the Baja Bug and building Outlaw 356s. As every Porschephile knows, Gary’s son Rod is now widely considered to be the foremost builder of 356 Outlaws, both in terms of craftmanship and pricing — whether new or in the aftermarket. What does the market tell us? The public market has seen a surprising number of Outlaws in play over the past five years. Here are a few of the more interesting and relevant examples: 1. Gary Emory 1955 356 coupe serial number 54089. Lot 263 at RM Sotheby’s 2015 Scottsdale Auction. The car is probably this writer’s all-time favorite 356 Outlaw. With customized bodywork and many elegant and subtle Emory details, the car was silver over black/ tan. In the rear was a Dean Polopolus “Polo” 4-cylinder engine. Dean essentially cut the middle two cylinders out of a 911 engine. He installed a custom case, crank, camshafts, etc., to deliver about 140 horsepower. A 5-speed Type 901 gearbox did the important connection. Boxster disc brakes supplied stopping power. The sale was at $258,500, including buyer’s premium. 2. Gary Emory 1954 356 cabriolet/Speedster. Lot 2116 at Auctions America’s July 2015 Santa Monica, CA, sale. It was a cabriolet built into a Speedster for collector and racer Cam Healey. Finished as a vintage racer or track-day car, it had an uprated 912 engine, a Vic Skirmants Type 741 gearbox and rear Z bar, disc brakes, lots of custom body details — with a subtle full cage — but also with creature comforts such as carpeting. It was finished in slate gray over a red interior. It was bid up to $180,000 and did not sell. 3. 1953 356 coupe. Lot 185 at Auctions America’s 2016 Hilton Head Auction. With an undisclosed builder, the silver car had a 2.8-liter Type 4 (VW) based engine, undoubtedly by FAT Performance, driving a Type 901 5-speed gearbox and rear suspension off an early 911. That all necessitated a five-inch widening of the rear bodywork — which was accomplished so smoothly that it looked almost stock. It had a huge aluminum gas tank, a 1980s Porsche interior including instruments — but in a stock dashboard. It sold for $57,750. I suspect that was less than 25% of the cost to build the car. 4. “1965” 356C coupe/roadster resto-mod. Lot 25 at Worldwide’s Riyadh Auction in Saudi Arabia on November 23, 2019. Built by Ryan Friedlinghaus’ wellregarded West Coast Customs in Burbank, CA, the shortened chassis, dashboard, and running gear were all modern 2.7-liter Porsche Cayman, on top of which a topless, widened 356 coupe body had been mounted. The hood, parking lights and front air grilles were distinctly 356A. The car sold for $550,000, including buyer’s premium. 5. Rod Emory 1959 356A sunroof coupe. A very pub- lic, much-watched sale on Bring a Trailer that closed on October 18, 2019. A 2012 build, the car was updated by Rod Emory in 2019 with a Jeff Gamroth (Rothsport Racing of Portland, OR) 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine that scales down a 964 engine, driving through a 901 5-speed gearbox, delivering 205 horsepower. Spirited bidding ended when David MacNeil, a well-known collector of Porsches and Ferraris plus a few notable Astons, bought it for $500,000. For reference, brand-new Rod Emory Outlaws run from $375,000 up to over $600,000 for the newest carbon-fiber 356 RSs. The 356 Outlaw at auction Our auction car was a 1964 356C reconstructed on a tube frame. The builder was Mike Colucci (of Brumos Racing) with a full 6-cylinder, 2.8-liter 911 engine and a custom KW coil-over suspension. The Albert Blue bodywork and brown custom interior were well executed at known shops. The car’s magic was mechanical, with a body that was not very customized other than the obviously needed widening and some cooling louvers under the rear deck lid. The result at $154,000, including buyer’s premium, was undoubtedly a lot less than the cost to build the car. Someone got a huge bargain for a hot-rod 356 tour car, assuming the car drives well with the substantial rearweight bias. The moral: There are Emory family Outlaws, Ryan Friedlinghaus resto-mods — and then all the others. The disparity is understandable, but real bargains await in the “other” classification — if you can divine excellent build quality from shoddy. ♦ PRESCOTT KELLY, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010. 1976 Porsche 912E Outlaw coupe Lot 1006.1, s/n 9126001133 Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $60,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2018 SCM# 6857939 DETAILS Years produced: 1957–present (custom Outlaws) Number produced: Unknowable Original list price: Not applicable Current SCM Median Valuation: Each car is a custom and stands on its own merits. For this car, it is $154,000. Tune-up/major service: Depending on engine choice, $2,000–$4,000 Chassis # location: Variable depending on base 356 and customization Engine # location: Variable depending on engine choice Club: Porsche Club of America Website: www.pca.org Alternatives: Corvette resto-mods, American V8-powered 250 Ferraris, similar Austin-Healeys SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1964 Porsche 356C Outlaw coupe (Profile car) Lot 176, s/n 128955 Condition 1Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $122,080 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2018 SCM# 6863690 1982 Porsche 911SC Outlaw coupe Lot 115, s/n WP00AA0910CS122279 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $71,500 The Finest, Boca Raton, FL, 2/12/2017 SCM# 6827604 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 69


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AMERICAN PROFILE Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod It’s a resto-mod, sure. And it sold for big bucks. But is it the right car for you? By Kevin Whipps Chassis number: 30837S117874 SCM Condition for this car: 1 • GM LS3 with 540 hp • GM 4L70E automatic overdrive transmission • Lokar shifter • Art Morrison sport chassis • Strange Engineering self-dampening shocks • Six-piston polished Wilwood front brakes; four-piston Wilwood rear • Power windows • Air conditioning • 18- and 20-inch Schott wheels with Toyo Redline tires SCM Analysis This car, Lot 240, sold for $357,500, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s May Online Auction. This resto-mod 1963 C2 is a good-looking car that sold for huge money in comparison to original 1963 Corvette Split-Window cars. But is it just another cookie-cutter build? A resto-mod for the masses The Corvette C2 has been an auction staple for years. They’re a fairly reliable sale, with many of them pulling in six figures and some even going (or at least listing) for over a million dollars. But the market is changing. These cars are still out there and chang- ing hands, but the examples you’re seeing are a bit different than they used to be. Are full restorations still the way to go, or are we just going to see more and more resto-mods? Dollars and sense Let’s begin with the basics: There were a little over 20,000 C2s made in 1963, with a roughly 50/50 split between convertibles and coupes. Their relative rarity — especially for the Split-Window coupe — is part of the appeal, as are the timeless looks. But because the cars have been around for so long, there’s a lengthy history of them appearing on the auction block. From a collector’s perspective, one can understand the angle. Seeing all these huge paydays come down the pike sure is attractive. And if you’ve got yourself a 1963 C2 of your own — especially a special SplitWindow coupe — thoughts might turn to restoring it, then selling it and buying a new yacht or a stately manor in rural Montana. Were this five or 10 years ago, we might agree. But now? Well, not so much. See, the audience for these cars is changing. Lots of people out there buy the rides they wanted from their childhood — or the ones they had 72 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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when they were first learning how to drive. It’s all about nostalgia. And if you fit into the early-Baby Boomer market, you would’ve been around 17 when the iconic ’63 Split-Window first hit the scene. Today, you’d be 74. Is that the right time in your life to spend six or seven figures on a car? Sure, maybe — or maybe not. It’s possible that if you want your nostalgia fix, you’ll just pick one up for under $100k and be just as happy. And there’s another factor here, too. These C2s have been around for 57 years, as has the C2 in general. Which means a lot of people have messed around with them, customized them in one way or the other, and that makes it even harder to find good versions that are all-original. Enter the resto-mod This brings us to the resto-mod scene. You have to be a certain type of person to find them appealing. You’re not a numbers-matching collector, and you don’t care how many owners it’s seen. What you do want is something that looks and performs amazingly well — perhaps with the brakes and handling of a modern car. Maybe you just want a really pretty car — and that’s it. Is it original? Who cares? It lays down a mean patch of rub- This car brought a ton of money — well over the current SCM Median Value of $78,000 for a standard 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe. In fact, this resto-mod sold for more than the SCM Median Value for a 1963 Z06 Split-Window coupe — which is the holy grail for many Corvette collectors. ber and looks like it belongs in a Hot Wheels collector case. That’s all that matters. This car is clearly a resto-mod. And, frankly, it’s beautiful. No, there wasn’t a clinical restoration done of the car with the perfectly rebuilt, numbers-matching engine, but will it get looks? Absolutely. And if you’re the type who drives their cars (or even just shows them off parked), then yeah, this is a perfect car for you. It would stand out in a crowd of similar hot rods, but not overpower anything in the garage. It’s just a clean, pretty car that gets attention. And who doesn’t want that? About that price ... This car brought a ton of money — well over the cur- rent SCM Median Value of $78,000 for a standard 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe. In fact, this resto-mod sold for more than the SCM Median Value for a 1963 Z06 Split-Window coupe — which is the holy grail for many Corvette collectors. This brings us to the next sticking point — the price. Is $357,500 fair for this resto-mod car? Possibly. Let’s go to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction on January 13, 2020, where a black 1963 Corvette SplitWindow resto-mod sold for $385,000 (SCM# 6922270). When you compare the two cars, they’re awfully similar. Both have the same wheels, the interiors are both red and they have almost identical drivetrains and suspensions. The big difference? One is black and the other is white — and that black one earned an extra $30k on the block. That all tracks, as the cars were both built by Jeff Hayes Customs and completed months apart. You could chalk all this up to chance, but these resto- mod Split-Windows are often selling for bigger bucks than an original Split-Window. But is this really what you want? A look into the future What does this all mean then? Well, it seems like there’s an industry out there for building resto-mod Split-Windows. If you buy one, you’ll get a beautiful car like this one here, but it may share some traits with another one that follows it on the block. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because a good-looking car is a good-looking car. But it’s not really unique — there are other examples that are very similar. How much that matters to you is what’s important. At the end of the day, spending over $300,000 on a car is a big investment. Spending this kind of money on a resto-mod has backfired many times when owners go to resell the car. In the past, the resale market for resto-mods — no matter how well they’re done — has been shaky. You may get your money back — and you may not. Collectors who value original Corvettes — a big part of the Corvette collecting world — will hate your car and will never buy it. But if you’re good with that, then a C2 resto-mod like this one isn’t a bad deal. ♦ KEVIN WHIPPS is an American car guy through and through — he’s a longtime custom-car and -truck magazine writer, and is the author of several books on GM truck restoration. DETAILS Year produced: 1963 Number produced: 10,594 Split-Window coupes Original list price: $4,252 Current SCM Median Valuation: $371,250 (resto-mod 1963 Corvette Split-Windows) Tune-up / major service: $200 Distributor cap: $12.99 Chassis # location: Under the glovebox on the instrument panel brace Engine # location: Passenger’s side front cylinder head Transmission: 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic Club: The Corvette C2 Registry Web: www.c2registry.org Alternatives: 1963 Porsche 911, 1963 Aston Martin DB5, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Split-Window coupe (stock) SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe Lot 109, s/n 30837S108329 Condition: 2 Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $128,800 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2020 SCM# 6919168 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window coupe Lot 225, s/n 30837S106704 Condition: 1Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $134,400 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922270 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Split-Window coupe Lot 1363, s/n 30837S119414 Condition: 1 Transmission: Automatic Sold at $385,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2020 SCM# 6922285 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 73


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RACE PROFILE Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 “Evo 1” Group B Rally This fast, deadly “Killer B” has great racing history, but it isn’t a factory car by Thor Thorson Chassis number: VF3741R76E5100007 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 149, sold for $409,799, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ May Live Online Auction on May 23, 2020. You say that you want excitement and thrills? Something to get the old adrenaline pumping as you hurtle down a twisting gravel road at insane speeds? How about buying a 1984–86 rally car that has been deemed so dangerous that it and its brethren have been prohibited by name from competing in FIA-sanctioned historic rallying? Granted, they can still be used on closed circuits, hillclimbs and parades, but you get the point — these things can kill you. Welcome to the world of “Killer B” rally cars. Through much of its history, rallying was a relatively genteel sport, practiced in production cars on public roads. During the 1970s, things began to change, as promoters discovered that lots of people were willing to pay to stand and watch ever-more-specialized rally cars hurtle over back-country — mostly gravel — roads. By the 1980s, professional rallying was attracting more paying customers than Formula One. Auto manufacturers quickly realized that “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” applied in spades to having their cars in the show, so they threw substantial budgets at the effort. The FIA, as the governing body and charged with the success of auto competition around the world, was eager to help, and to that end, seriously relaxed the rules about what was legal to run. In 1982, the FIA split rallying into two groups: groups A and B. Group A was the old production cars, but Group B broke new ground. The Killer Bs start to buzz To qualify in Group B, a manufacturer only had to build 200 cars that had a given mechanical layout. Then they were allowed to build up to 20 “Evolution” pure racing variants per year. These “Evo” racers needed to share the mechanical layout and the general external appearance of the road versions — and little else. Thus, 1984 and 1985 saw the arrival of very specialized “homologation special” street cars like the Ford RS200, the Lancia Delta S4 and the Peugeot 205 T16 (among others). By themselves these were very special — even scary — little hot-rod coupes, with turbocharged mid-engine layout, all-wheel drive and minimal interiors, but they were just the excuse. 74 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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The main event, of course, was the “Evo” version of each, destined for the World Rally Championship events. Production chassis were replaced with tube frames. Metal bodywork was replaced with fiberglass shells. Suspensions were redesigned to give more travel and survive brutal usage. And the engines were reworked to double — and even triple — their original horsepower. There was no attempt to even pretend that these were street-legal cars — they were purpose-built racers designed to be driven flat out over really bad back roads while spectators cheered. If all this sounds dangerous, it was. Hazards — and deaths — galore The routes were primarily logging access roads built with zero thought to safety: trees, ditches and cliffs were frequently only a few feet off the path of travel, and guard rails were all but unknown (fine if you are a logging truck at 15 mph). Participants had very limited access in advance. They usually got a single reconnaissance run so the navigator could make notes to read back to the driver, so courage and reaction time were paramount. The roads were point to point, so nothing ever repeated. Spectators were an additional problem: The crowds could be huge, but they were just sitting along the route in places they thought would be great viewing. There was little or no crowd control, and if something did go wrong, it took time to get emergency crews to the scene. Combine all this with roughly 2,200-pound cars with 500-plus horsepower going flat out, and the recipe was for thrills and occasionally disaster. As often happens in these situations, things started out pretty good and then spiraled further towards the extremes until luck ran out. 1984 was the first year that the B cars were a serious component, and things went pretty well. 1985 was the year that the boost knobs were screwed down further, and cars got faster, but it all continued to be a great show for all concerned. In 1986 it all came apart — horsepower was out of control, with 500 being the norm and some cars making 800 — and fate finally caught up. A series of truly horrendous accidents, killing both participants and spectators, forced the FIA to bow to reality and pull the plug. The era of the “Killer B” cars was over. Rallying continued, of course, as it does to this day (and it remains arguably the purest test of sheer driving ability in all motorsport), but safety regained its role as arbiter of the game. Fast, special cars Of the roughly seven manufacturers who fielded serious Killer B rally cars, Peugeot was the most successful, with its T16 Evo, posting 13 outright wins to win both Constructor’s and Driver’s titles in 1985 and 1986. Based loosely on their 205 FWD hatchback model, the T16 moved the engine to a transverse position behind the seats and incorporated a 5-speed Citroën SM gearbox feeding all four wheels. They used the 1,800-cc diesel block for its strength and built a 16-valve head for breathing — and, of course, a turbocharger to force the horsepower. Weighing in at 2,200 pounds and producing anywhere from 300 to 500 horsepower, the cars were able to maintain superb handling to match the performance. Our subject car was not a Peugeot team racer, and it wasn’t built at the factory. A wealthy American named John Woodner wanted the ultimate weapon for American rallying, so he had this car built (in 1984) by Peugeot Sport U.K. It is apparently a completely correct T16 Evo 1, just not built in France. After a few seasons in the U.S., the car made its way to New Zealand, where it remained active into the 2000s, picking up various engine-management and fuel-injection upgrades along the way. It returned to the U.K., where it was comprehensively restored and has spent the past 15 or so years as a treasured vintage rally car. The current 350-plus horsepower keeps it very quick — but more survivable in the show/demonstration kind of use it is now very welcome to have. It is not as collectible as any of the factory team cars, though. This car is more of a high-level, weapons-grade toy to go enjoy and frighten your passenger with than a collection anchor. As such, it sits in the middle value range for cars of this ilk, well above a “production” Ford RS200 but nowhere close to a factory Lancia Delta S4. Using a cost-per-adrenaline-rush value base, I would say this was fairly bought. ♦ THOR THORSON wrote his first race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution coupe Lot 128, s/n SFACXXBJ2CGL00215 Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $379,689 Bonhams, Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/2/17 SCM# 6856385 DETAILS Years produced: 1984–85 Number produced: 20 (Evo 1) plus this car Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $400,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Unknown Engine # location: Unknown Transmission: 5-speed manual Club: Peugeot Sport Club U.K. Web: https://pscuk.net Alternatives: 1986 Ford RS200, 1985 Audi Quattro E2, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally hatchback Lot 152, s/n ZLA038AR000000202 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $985,765 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 10/24/19 SCM# 6915841 1986 Audi Quattro Sport hatchback Lot 114, s/n WAUZZZ85ZEA905076 Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $540,288 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/7/16 SCM# 6804501 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 75


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NEXT GEN PROFILE bringatrailer.com 2000 Honda Civic Si A coveted model in original condition — and with very low miles — creates a Hell is Freezing Over sale by Brian Baker Chassis number: 1HGEM115XYL119227 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ • 5,600 miles shown • 1.6-L B16A2 inline 4-cylinder engine • 5-speed manual transaxle • Electron Blue over patterned gray cloth • Air conditioning • Sunroof • Cruise control • Pioneer stereo • Window sticker • Partial service records SCM Analysis This car, Lot 32346, sold for $52,500, including buyer’s premium, on Bring a Trailer’s website on June 5, 2020. For some people, this sale is hell freezing over. For others, like me, it was expected for some time. It’s been a little bit over a year since I told SCMers to watch out for Honda Civics — in our “Buy/Sell/Hold” column (July 2019, p. 88). I also recommended to go for the higher-trim models. It was also around this time when I received readers’ notes about how these cars would never be collectible. So, how is this seemingly average car a collectible? 76 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market The right time and the right place Honda first entered the American automotive market in 1969 by bringing their N600 to Hawaii and then later California. The under40-horsepower car wasn’t very powerful, but had high drivability and very good gas mileage. Honda then introduced their new model in 1972 — the Civic.


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DETAILS Years produced: 1999–2000 (this trim) Number produced: 33,789 (this trim) Original list price: $17,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $27,000 Tune-up cost: $100 Distributor caps: $40 The Civic came at a great point in time as the oil crisis of 1973 had people looking for more fuel-efficient cars to drive. The reliability of this car also won people over very quickly. Honda’s product-generation cycles were shorter than most other makes at the time: Honda switched the platform up every four years instead of the industry standard of six years. Honda released the second-generation and then third-generation Civics in 1979 and 1983. Then came the golden era of Honda Civics — the fourth, fifth and sixth generations from 1988 to 2000. By the early 1990s, the Civic was known as a cheap, reliable and gas-sipping car. Enthusiasts also realized that this light econobox was also nimble and sporty to drive, thanks to the double-wishbone suspension. The CRX and hatchbacks were seen in competitive racing, such as the Japanese Touring Car Championship race series in Japan. When the Civic became a racing platform, aftermarket companies started churning out special parts for the cars. Mods galore Once the late 1990s arrived, the Civic was one of the mainstay cars in the Japanese custom-car scene. People from all types of car hobbies used Civics as their base platform. Civics were transformed into autocross cone killers, subwoofer-booming trunk rattlers, 10-second front-wheel-drive drag cars — and sometimes even a hydraulic-equipped lowrider. The little car could do it all. The Civic was a blank automotive canvas waiting for geared artists. After passing through the early 2000s era of “Fast & Furious” body kits, and the more recent era of “stanced” (cars lowered with very minimal clearance, with the lip of the wheel near the edge of the fender) generation, most of the original cars have been heavily modified. Even the unmodified ones are approaching 250,000 miles — and many of those cars are adorned with dings, dents — and sometimes rust. They were the people’s car, and most of them held up like tanks. The special sixth gen Our subject Civic is a sixth-gen car, which was just a slight update of the fifth generation. The rear end of this car is only slightly different from the generation before it, while the front end comes with larger headlights. Why ruin a good thing? The sixth-gen cars received the “Si,” or Sports Injected, trim level, which was one of Honda’s top-of-the- 1996 Acura Integra GS-R coupe Lot 797, s/n JH4DC2399TS003954 Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Not sold at $30,000 Kruse, Phoenix, AZ, 1/26/2006 SCM# 40645 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 77 line trims. This trim level was only available for the 1999–2000 year. The Civic Si came with the very desirable 1.6-L DOHC VTEC variable-cam-timing B-series engine producing 160 hp at 8,000 rpm and 111 ft-lb at 7,000 rpm. Similar versions of this engine came in the secondgen Integra GS-R, Honda del Sol VTEC and third-gen Integra GS-R and Type R. Other Si parts included stiffer springs, bigger roll bars, a strut-tower brace, larger exhaust, chin spoiler, power everything and “Si” badges around the car. Si cars came in Black, Milano Red, and the debut of Electron Blue Pearl. This particular Civic Let’s talk about our subject car. We have a two-owner car that was part of a two-year production run. The car sports a unique factory color. The car is all original — rare for a sixth-gen Honda Civic Si. Finally, there are only 5,600 miles on the clock. This car is really the perfect storm of Civic desir- ability. These rare, special Civic Si cars might end up like the Acura Integra Type R. We still haven’t seen the value ceiling of those Acuras. While our subject car is currently well sold, the mile- age and condition could make it well bought — if the Civic continues to rise in collector-car value. If the Civic still doesn’t make sense to you as a col- lector car, try and reach out to an enthusiast with a well-built one — and then go for a ride. It could make a believer out of you. (Introductory description courtesy of Bring a Trailer.) BRIAN BAKER is SCM’s office IT guru and resident Japanese-car expert. His first car project was a 1988 Honda CrX, and he is an avid importer of parts from Japan for a variety of vehicles. 2001 Subaru Impreza P1 Lot 24, s/n JF1GM8KDGYG003360 Condition 2 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $23,231 H&H, Woodcote Park, U.K., 6/6/2017 SCM# 6839488 2000 Subaru Impreza P1 Lot 114, s/n JF1GH8KDGYG003298 Condition 2Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $29,354 H&H Auctioneers, Duxford, U.K., 3/18/2020 SCM# 6929464 Chassis # location: Stamped on top middle of the firewall Engine # location: Front engine, below head, next to transmission Transmission: 5-speed manual Club: Honda-Tech Web: https://honda-tech.com Alternatives: 1994–2001 Acura Integra GS-R, 1997–2001 Honda Prelude, 1998–2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS


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NEXT GEN MARKET MOMENT 2004 Mercedes-Benz Brabus T12 All these gaudy features are more common in luxury cars today, but back in 2004, only the best cars had such amenities ©2020 Courtesy of RM Auctions SOLD AT $28,600 RM Sotheby’s, Online Only: Palm Beach March 20–28, 2020, Lot 452 Chassis number: WDBNG76J54A387363 SCM Condition for this Car: 2- T wo things I am an absolute sucker for are V12-powered cars and luxury super sedans. This Mercedes-Benz T12 Brabus is both of those things. That is likely why editors Chester Allen and Jim Pickering wanted me to write up this hot-rodded Euro sedan. They know me and my expensive tastes quite well. This T12 sold during RM Sotheby’s Online Only sale in March for a used-car price of $28,600. However, this Brabus-boosted Mercedes is more than just some used-up Altima, thanks to a twin-turbo V12 pumping out 580 horsepower and 620 ft-lb of torque. I’m sold hook, line and sinker with just those two stats, but there is just as much luxury as performance in this sedan. In addition to the heated and cooled plush leather seats, each headrest holds a 6.5inch screen attached to a DVD player, a central screen drops from the roof where you can play games on an Xbox, and electric tray tables fold down for each rear passenger — just to name a few of the creature comforts. All these gaudy features are more common in luxury cars today, but back in 2004, only the best cars had such amenities. Well, the best and any custom built on MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.” Thanks, Xzibit. Of course, all this performance and luxury came with quite a price tag. The owner of this car first had to buy a new S600 from Mercedes-Benz — in this case, at a cost of $133k. It was then sent to Brabus North America, where an additional $57k worth of upgrades were added. So many upgrades, in fact, that Brabus North America used it as their show car at venues across the country, including the conceptcar lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since then, the singular owner has enjoyed it, putting over 102k miles on the clock. Now, I know you’re thinking, “Chad, this is just an expensive old, used car with a gaggle a of 15-year-old gadgets that are going to break.” And you would be right, but I’m a glutton for punish- ment, having already owned a 10-year-old, 90k-mile 2004 E55 Mercedes. I say, who cares if the tray tables stop folding down or the ventilated seats stop cooling your back. If you can afford to get them fixed, do it, but I’m more concerned about keeping that monster V12 purring and sending me down the freeway like a SpaceX rocket. Yes, $29k might sound like a lot for a used car with 100k miles, but this one offers much more than some old, used car. It’s also much faster and cheaper to buy than an old Ferrari 308. Sorry — not sorry — 308 owners. I could have had a lot of fun and spent a lot of money on repairs with this T12. But with those horsepower and torque numbers, it would be worth it. Damn, I should have bid. — Chad Taylor ♦ 78 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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NEXT GEN RISING SUN BRIAN BAKER Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars that are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles 1972/1996 Datsun 240Z # 33053. S/N HLS3068727. 70k miles. “2.4-liter L24 inline 6, 4-speed manual transmission, Nissan Vintage Restoration Program Car, cosmetic, mechanical restoration in 1990s, red over black vinyl, under-dash air conditioning system, 16-inch Panasport Wheels.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $110,240. Bring a Trailer, 6/23/2020. Brian’s take: This Datsun 240Z was part of a Nissan factory resto- ration project to help promote the upcoming 350Z. Nissan took almost 40 original 240Z cars and restored them using NOS parts, with a few modern enhancements such as updates on the brake pads. Then Nissan sold them for under $30k. I covered these factory-restored cars that sold in Japan in the April 2018 edition of “Rising Sun.” They had lower mileage and fewer mods — and sold for $120k and $90k. There was also another one that sold last year on Bring a Trailer for $101,240. A Nissan factory-restored Datsun 240Z seems to be a $100,000 car these days. Well sold and bought. 1993 Honda Civic Si # 33178. S/N 2HGEH3387PH525517. 111,000 miles shown. “1.6-L VTEC inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, Aztec Green Pearl, patterned gray cloth interior, factory cassette player, power sunroof.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $11,025. Bring a Trailer, 6/25/2020. Brian’s take: I covered a slightly newer 2000 Civic Si in this is- sue’s Next Gen Profile, but another Civic Si worth mentioning sold as well. The 1992–95 EG (Japan body code) hatchback is another popular base for modifying. With its small-but-sleek shape, the car can seat four somewhat comfortably. Think of this as the slightly updated CRX with rear seating. Some might find this price high, especially current Honda owners, as it was a long time coming. These cars won’t languish at $1,200 forever, and the best examples will demand the most money. This color is also a great throwback to the unique colors the early 1990s offered on cars vs. today’s sea of metallic silvers. I consider this well sold for now. 1992 Honda Accord DX # 32830. S/N 1HGCB7642NA086831. 60,000 miles. “Long-term previous owner, 2.2-L F22A inline 4, 4-speed automatic transaxle, white over blue velour, 14-inch steel wheels, T-belt/WP service in 2015, owner’s manuals/keysets.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $6,227. Bring a Trailer, 6/17/2020. Brian’s take: While certain Civics are rising in value, not all Hondas are collectible. The Honda Accord is the next model above the Civic. These cars are slightly more refined, a little better on options and they deliver more power when you need it. With features like that, why wouldn’t it be more desirable? There are some enthusiasts out there modifying Accords — but it is not at the same level of popularity as the Civic. The DX is the lowest Accord trim level, which is why the front and rear bumper aren’t painted to match the rest of the car. Factor in the automatic transmission, and this car was swimming against the tide. Still, this is a fairly high price for one of these, considering what they sell for in private sales. Overall, this is not a very collectible Japanese car. Well sold..♦ 80 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $16.4m RM Sotheby’s, Online p. 110 $5.7m Silverstone, Online p. 92 $2.3m Bonhams, Bicester, U.K. p. 102 $657k VanDerBrink, Independence, MN p. 124 Bring a Trailer p. 140 86 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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A sampling of vehicles from the Marple Collection in Independence, MN, which was heavily biased toward Studebakers. The entire 114-vehicle collection was sold by VanDerBrink Auctions, for a total of $657k. B. Mitchell Carlson Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 87


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW Welcome to Augmented Reality The line between in-person auctions and online bidding is blurring by Chad Tyson Top 10 Sales THIS ISSUE (Public auctions only) 1. 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $2,640,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 2. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, $2,310,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 3. 2017 Ford GT coupe, $836,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 122 4. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT coupe, $671,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 114 5. 2005 Jaguar D-type Replica Sports Racer, $475,421— Silverstone, p. 94 6. 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ coupe, $467,500—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 7. 1968 Ford GT40 Replica coupe, $411,504—Silverstone, p. 98 8. 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 Group B hatchback, $409,799— Silverstone, p. 94 9. 1965 Shelby Cobra Continuation roadster, $396,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 120 10. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, $385,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 122 BEST BUYS Karissa Hosek ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s T here are so many unknowns right now. Our society is battling a deadly pandemic, protesters are in the streets every night and the stock market is yo-yoing so much I’m getting nauseous from the ride. Welcome to 2020 on a random Tuesday. There’s no possible way to know how any of this will settle out — too many variables across a too-broad field. Some things may never fully be hashed out and resolved in my lifetime. Ain’t that the way of the world? But there are also so many new opportunities. It took 20-plus years of piecemeal buildup — and who knows how many lawsuits — but online auctions have become a major way business is now done. They’ll never take over the in-person sales, but expect them to be a staple on the calendar moving forward. I won’t be terribly surprised if at some point a collection of note is offered up for sale in rapid fashion, much like music albums drop overnight to thirsty fans. RM Sotheby’s Online Only sales have been met with eager bidders. It’s one thing for me to sit here and type about how professional their team is or how an abundance of photos now accompany most lots. It is an entirely different scenario for people to bid millions of dollars on a car that they have not driven or even seen in person yet. RM Sotheby’s sales of the Ferrari 288 GTO and Enzo for over $2m apiece at their “Driving into Summer” online auction will be looked back on as a watershed moment — when online sales finally hit maturity. With the right everything — car, company, buyers — lining up, lightning struck twice within a short span, just 15 lots between them. This also was by no means the first million-dollar online car sale. eBay did that years ago. But we’ve now seen it done a couple times in one sale, and it wasn’t even just a million bucks. It was over $2 million each. I’m not saying there won’t be more growing pains or mistakes — I’m not sure I stopped making mistakes when I hit any modern societal markers for maturity. But you can always tune into “Legal Files” to see how things progress on that front. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue May 23, 2020 Bonhams Bicester, U.K. May 30, 2020 May 21–29, 2020 RM Sotheby’s Online Only VanDerBrink Independence, MN May 30, 2020 $0 $657k $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m $12m $14m $16m $18m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Silverstone Online Only $2.3m $16.4m $5.7m 1984 Maserati Merak SS coupe, $80,353—Silverstone, p. 100 88 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 88 1952 Land Rover Series I 80-inch utility, $20,164—Bonhams, p. 106 1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica , $10,175—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 2020 Lambroghini Aventador SVJ coupe, $467,500—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 1976 Ford Pinto MPG hatchback, $3,520—VanDerBrink, p. 138 Sports Car Market


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MARKET REPORT OVERVIEW Buy/Sell/Hold Get into the iconic Split-Window, get out of that shoebox, and keep your 300SL around for the long haul by Carl Bomstead BUY: Chevrolet first offered a coupe version of the Corvette in 1963, and the 10,594 produced created quite a stir. Designed by Larry Shinoda, it featured retractable headlights, and doors that extended into the roof. The two-piece rear split window was distinctive and certainly controversial, with some owners even going to the extreme of replacing it with a one-piece window. Values of Corvettes, as a general statement, have been soft of late, with the ’63 Split-Window a bit of an exception. Values are conditiondependent, and which one of the four motors offered is underhood is a major qualifier. Now, if it is one of the 198 Z06 Fuelies, then it’s a far different discussion. Prices for a good, driver-quality Split-Window have been hovering BUY around the low-to-mid six figures, and I see no reason — even in a questionable market — for that to change. They are a solid buy with their distinctive styling and should maintain their value for the foreseeable future. SELL: It’s hard to imagine a car-crazed teen, now collecting Social Security, who did not lust after a Tri-Five Chevy, and for good reason. They had the full shoebox look with a wraparound windshield and the optional small-block 265 under the hood. The Bel Air, as the top of the line, was first offered with four body styles, and in 1956 and 1957, five. They were a sales sensation, with numbers jumping off the chart. As a collector car, they have been extremely desirable over the de- SELL cades, but unless you have a Nomad or one of the 1957s with the optional 283 Corvette V8, the end of the line just may be in sight. The demographic group that covets them already has scratched that itch or is past the point of caring. Now, if one is in your garage and you still love it and money is not a concern, hang tough. If finances are an issue, it just might be the time to cash in. HOLD: The godfather of the 300SL was New York Mercedes-Benz dis- tributer Max Hoffman, who placed an initial order for 1,000 Gullwings. Mercedes ended up making 1,400 of them. It was based on the W194 race car and had a tubular frame with power provided by a 3.0-liter fuelinjected straight 6. Speeds were in the 160-mph range and it was, of course, easily identified by its distinctive doors. The Roadster followed, with an impressive price tag of $10,950, with 1,858 produced. Over the past 10 to 15 years, the prices of both the Gullwing and Roadster have steadily escalated. Where you could find a very respectable Gullwing for under $200k in the late 1990s, that figure quickly moved to seven figures. They were often referred to as the gold standard of collector automobile values. Of late, they have not been immune to the recent trials and tribulations of the fluctuating car market, but the adjustments have been relatively minor. If one has been on your list, this just might be the opportune time HOLD 90 90 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market to take a look. If you are fortunate enough to have one in your garage, don’t panic. As the dust settles, their value will come back, so hold the course. ♦ Sports Car Market


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SILVERSTONE ONLINE The May Live Online Sale Call it a real Jaguar — a D-type replica topped all other lots at $475k Company Silverstone Auctions Date May 23, 2020 Location Warwickshire, U.K. Auctioneers Nick Whale, Jonathan Humber Automotive lots sold/offered 77/87 Sales rate 89% Sales total $5,705,805 High sale 1962 Jaguar D-type replica roadster, sold at $475,421 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.82) High sale: 1962 Jaguar D-type replica, $475k Report by Paul Hardiman; photos courtesy of Silverstone Auctions Market opinions in italics S ilverstone’s first online auction from its base in Warwickshire was a lively affair with a very healthy sell-through rate and some high prices achieved. Like with Bonhams the following week, lots were available to view by appointment before the sale, with social-distancing rules in force at the time. After overcoming a few technical glitches, the view — live from Silverstone’s stor- age facility in Ashorne — didn’t look very different from a normal sale — except there was nobody in the room apart from Whale, Humbert and phone staff, plus some of the cars, with Alpina BMW and M3 racer in front of the rostrum. The video stream included several camera angles and cutaways to the cars, provid- ing a more involving experience than a fixed viewpoint, though this is early days for all players, and everyone is still learning. Online offers were via Proxibid, and at times, proceedings sounded as chaotic as an Artcurial sale, with Nick Whale (who introduces the cars), Jonathan Humbert (who in normal life auctions them) and phone jockeys shouting over each other in an occasionally interrupted video feed. A claimed 30% of the catalog sold over high estimate, including the Peugeot 205 T16 Group B rally car and the D-type Jaguar replica. The Peugeot was an Englishassembled Works car, eventually selling for $410k (see profile, p. 74), and the short- nose D, with the identity of a 1962 E-type so we can legitimately call it a Jaguar (Browns Lane has become rather sniffy about “re-creations” of late), was a beautifully constructed tool-room copy made at the time that one of the owner/builders owned an original. Bidding on this was almost as protracted as on the 205 to end up at $475k, pretty much near the ceiling for a historic-raceable replica built to this standard. Likewise, a beautifully made and very accurate GT40 using many original parts hit $412k, having failed to sell at auction in 2019. Other good sales were a Porsche RS 2.7 replica based on a 1971 T, going for almost twice the expected price at $197k, and a near-perfect E-type Series III roadster at $145k. A 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi was on today’s money at $230k, and a barn-find and dusty-but-sound 1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth looked a good value at $44,194. A good start. ♦ 92 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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SILVERSTONE ONLINE Apparently we now have to refers to these as “D-type in the style of Jaguar” or some such to avoid outing Jaguar’s nose out of joint, and technically to the licensing authorities, it’s a “rebodied E-type,” but it’s no less real than a lot of cars out there. 2005 Jaguar D-type Replica Sports Racer ENGLISH #160-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 671554. Silver/red leather. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. “Gently restored,” as the catalog had it, built as a driver rather than a show queen and finished in a non-Jag silver. Body and door fit just okay. Not original engine or gearbox. New leather in new color, as it was originally trimmed in blue. Flashing indicators fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $194,186. Previous owner (died 2018) was chairman of the National Bank of Dubai and kept the car in London. According to SCM Platinum Auction Database, sold by Silverstone for $198,824 (£155k) in November 2019 (SCM# 6916402), when we said, “Fair money for such a well-preserved example.” This time sold for £4k more, although not reflected in dollar prices due to fluctuating exchange rates. SOLD AT $411,504. Previously unsold at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ meeting sale in April 2019, with estimate “refer dept.” On the money for a tool-room replica, for which the ceiling appears to be about £400k/$500k, and similar price to the D-type earlier in the sale. Less than a fifth of the price of the real thing—and really cool. #152-1971 LOTUS EUROPA coupe. S/N SOLD AT $66,961. Supplied new in California, then back to the U.K. 1990 prior to restoration. Cheap XK at low estimate but a fair price. #120-1965 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N BA74EB5920. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 23,501 miles. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. Early Aeroflow car but still with A-frame and considered very original—although sags a bit to the right. Refurbed in New Zealand 2013. Sills are a bit dinged, front valance a little wavy. Some stitching coming adrift on driver’s seat. Correct details in engine bay, including original airbox. Cond: 3+. 741041P. Purple/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 85,172 miles. 1.6-L I4, 5-sp. Restored on replacement chassis 2,000 miles ago, appears quite original in a very period color, though originally orange. Now with big-bore motor by Richard Winter at Europa Engineering— and a very shiny firewall, for some reason. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $101,780. Said to be one of 46. All the money, but these are collector’s items— now and in the future. TOP 10 #5 #116-2005 JAGUAR D-TYPE replica Sports Racer. S/N 860552. Green/green leather. RHD. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. Very good short-nose D-type copy using some original parts—including gearbox. One of the owners/builders at the time owned XKD 544. Period dry-sump 3.4, correct Plessey pump brakes. Ugly rollover bar can be removed. Identity is from a 1962 E-type RHD coupe. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,463. Somewhere between on the money and quite well sold—depending on your level of pessimism. Neither party should be disappointed. #128-1984 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series SOLD AT $60,265. Suipplied new to California, came to the U.K. in 2019. From same collection as the 911s and the “Spectre” Land Rover. Originality overcomes tiredness here, so we’ll call it market correct. TOP 10 #8 #146-1968 FORD GT40 replica coupe. S/N N/A. White/black fabric. RHD. 302-ci V8, 5-sp. Very accurate copy built 2017–18 by Terry Drury, who worked on the original GT40 project and previously owned two real ones (#1005 and #1073). Lots of real bits including four-bolt Gurney-Weslake 302 and correct transmission, so it’s really more of a continuation than a re-creation. Pristine. No chassis number quoted or visible on car. Cond: 2+. 94 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market IV coupe. S/N SCFCV81S3ETR12397. Blue/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 10,546 miles. 5.4-L V8, auto. Clean and tidy Oscar India V8, with one registered owner and low mileage. Still nice paint and sharp underneath. Leather only lightly worn, excellent veneers. With books, tools and warranty card. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $475,421. Apparently we now have to refer to these as “D-type in the style of Jaguar” or some such to avoid outing Jaguar’s nose out of joint, and technically to the licensing authorities, it’s a “rebodied E-type,” but it’s no less real than a lot of cars out there. Sold way over estimate, in a painfully slow process to get it gone. Well sold considering there’s a similarly good and accurate C-type on the market for not much more than half of this price. #163-2005 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH S coupe. S/N SCFAC14335B501872. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 28,283 miles. Fuel-injected 5.9-L V12, auto. One of 375 RHD S models, the more common 2+2, with #161-2000 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R Mulliner coupe. S/N SCBZB26E9YCH63327. Silver/Mulberry leather. RHD. Odo: 39,300 miles. Turbocharged 6.8-L V8, auto. Ultimate Conti, with wide body and Turbo RT’s motor, in a special-order color (and rather sudden purple interior). Unscuffed and well kept all around, save for some wear to steering-wheel rim. Full main dealer service history. Cond: 2-.


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MARKET MOMENT SILVERSTONE ONLINE 1968 Ferves Ranger Sold at $42,000, RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, March 7, 2020, Lot 206 red calipers, Linn hi-fi, Motorola car phone. Well kept and good history with 11 main dealer stamps, last two at Aston Works, Newport Pagnell. Lightly creased leather. New discs and tires. Cond: 2. Rafael Martin ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Chassis number: FVS0428 SCM Condition for this car: 2- W hen Lyle Lovett sings, “She’s as cute as a bug, short as a minute, she’s a pretty little package with everything in it,” he’s probably not thinking about the Ferves Ranger. Oh, it’s cute, in a “Minion-slept-with-a- Thing-and-produced-this” kind of way. It’s also useless, as comfortable as a tux and slower than a dental X-ray with that hard plastic gizmo stuck in your mouth — and just about triggering your gag reflex — while the technician pops out to get a coffee. This one, chassis FVS0428 (they made 600, both passenger and cargo versions), sold at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction in March for $42,000 all in, which is about four times as much as a used John Deere Gator, which would actually be useful and about as fast — but not as cute. The Ranger was based on the Fiat 500 chassis, with Fiat 600 suspension bits and boasted a 45-mph top speed. A 500-cc, 2-cylinder engine at the back chirred out the meager power. There were 2- and 4-wheel-drive versions (this was a 2). The cars were and built from 1965 to 1971 at Ferrari Veicoli Speciali — as designed by Carlo Ferrari, who isn’t even a shirttail relative of Enzo, from what I can tell. The Ranger came with 18 horsepower, a canvas top, minimal interior flourishes and the probably redundant suicide doors. Estimates are that about 50 Ferves Rangers have survived, and unless you find one with moss growing on it in a back street of the Trastevere, most that came to market recently are in great shape — because slow and uncomfortable means low miles, amirite? Going out the door for north of $40,000 seems a bit dear, but it is right in line with prices being paid for Rangers in the past couple of years. It might also be the bargain of the century, since a 1967 Ranger went for the astonishing price of $196,000 at RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction. That 2019 sale was like the “someone paid WHAT for a VW bus?” moment a few years ago. Thing is, that crazy VW bus sale actually set the market. Hey, it could happen again. However, on a per-pound basis, this is about what aged Japanese Wagyu beef costs, or the ink for my freakin’ printer — which tells me I need another $40 cartridge about every 10 pages. But I digress. The bottom line is the Ranger is an appealing oddity, something to drive once a year along with your Amphicar 770 and your BMW Isetta. Being essentially an old Fiat, parts are easy to find, it has a huge smile factor and is as rare as can be. Enjoy the drive. — Mark Wigginton ♦ 96 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market NOT SOLD AT $200,882. Yet another, when I thought they had all beeen accounted for. There is a 10th that was converted from a 110 used in an earlier Bond film. Not sold, with a buy-now price of £224k ($250k). Last comparable examples of these cost $418k in 2018 (#462473), although that was 50% over estimate, and $300k in 2017 (#462391). FRENCH #111-1948 PEUGEOT 202 Canadienne Camionette Boisée wagon. S/N 715608. Maroon/beige cloth. Odo: 87,504 km. 1.1-L I4, 3-sp. Like a baby 402 and quite charming. Paint slightly dulled. Timber all looks in good shape. Seat cloth slightly worn, with a few SOLD AT $92,406. Market correct. These were hanging around the £90k ($110k) mark for a while, but have dropped a bit amid the recent troubles. A lot of car for essentially 308 GTB money, though the DB9 with the same engine is cheaper. #124-2015 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 SVX “Spectre” SUV. S/N SALLDHSP8A462459. Black/black leather & cloth. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I4, 6-sp. “Spectre” SVX, built by Bowler Motorsport for filming of the James Bond movie, said to be number nine of nine. Low mileage, apparently only used for drive-by shots. Still with hydraulic handbrake—most have been disconnected, which is why it’s unregistered, with a “For offroad use only” plaque on the dash. Onboard fire-extinguisher plumbing still in place. Most of these had the motor bumped from 120 to 185 hp. Included are location call sheets, Austrian numberplate “62734Z” used for filming and the small, plastic SVX badge that was attached to the rear. If there’s one 4x4 that qualifies for the title SUV, this might be it. Cond: 2+.


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SILVERSTONE ONLINE threads hanging off the rear bench, and could be original. Exhaust hangs low. Ran when parked—seven years ago. French Carte Grise. Cond: 3+. Sold for an eye-popping price, as much as a fair long-hood 911, and more than a respectable 3.0 SC or even a 3.2 Carrera. 1965 Porsche 912 coupe rallied in the U.S. from 1984. In storage from 1989 following Woodner’s death. In New Zealand 2000–04. Bidding was very protracted on this one, climbing painfully in £1,000 ($1,200) increments, taking about 20 minutes to sell the car for very good money. (See profile, p. 74.) SOLD AT $8,303. According to the catalog, Peugeot produced 3,015 timber-bodied conversions on a slightly longer wheelbase than the saloon between 1947 and 1949. Interesting (and knowing Peugeot, probably more refined) alternative to a Morris Minor Traveller at about the same money. TOP 10 #7 #149-1984 PEUGEOT 205 T16 Group B hatchback. S/N VF3741R76E5100007. White/black cloth. Turbocharged 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Built by Peugeot Sport U.K. under Des O’Dell. Now updated with more modern spec. Signed by Vatanen, Kankkunen, Biasion, Harri Toivonen—and Hopkirk. Cond: 2-. GERMAN #169-1965 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 454179. Eng. # 755311. Black/black vinyl, check cloth. RHD. Odo: 11,865 miles. 1.6-L H4, 5-sp. Five-dial, 5-sp SWB. Restored (sills, floors and probably more, plus fuel tank) about 10 years ago by Tower Bridge Porsche. Still tidy and clean. New interior. Refurbed alloys. Rebuilt engine is a replacement (from 1967, with aftermarket air filters), but original casings are included. Cond: 2+. (SCM# 6877221), which was, like this time, almost exactly what had been spent on it, and $51,903 with 11,556 miles in 2014 (SCM# 6710004), which barely covered its restoration costs. No big losers this time, and most recent seller has lost little more than the auction fees. #117-1971 PORSCHE 911 RS 2.7 replica coupe. S/N 91111200678. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 8,017 km. Fuel-injected 2.7-L H6, 5-sp. Very good RS 2.7 tribute based on an LHD 1971 D-series 911E, following a racing accident. Built in Australia using a ’74 2.7 RS engine and several claimed-original RS panels. Last repaint 2012. Interior redone in the U.K. later and still like new. 27 RST registration not included, but sold later for $21,500. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $409,799. Built for Jon Woodner, SOLD AT $54,238. U.S. model, to the U.K. in 2009. Sold for an eye-popping price, as much as a fair long-hood 911, and more than a respectable 3.0 SC or even a 3.2 Carrera. Silverstone has sold this before: $54,016 in 2018 SOLD AT $196,864. Came to the U.K. in 2013. From a 13-car collection that included the Lotus Cortina and the “Spectre” Land Rover. Sold for very strong money—more than twice the pre-sale estimate. But having a real RS engine, even from a later year, makes this a special clone. #118-1978 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N 911830497. Blue/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 23,980 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L H6, 5-sp. 1978 model year, good original order, tidy and unworn and with good maintenance history. Sits a little high. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,727. From same collection as the RS replica (Lot 188). Previously stolen when nearly new and recovered nine years later with fewer than 1,000 miles added—or an “interesting history,” as the catalog put it. Strong money here, although low miles makes a big difference, especially for 911SCs, which are quite robust and generally enjoyed frequently. #138-1983 BMW B9 Alpina 3.5 sedan. S/N WBADA720507592598. Black/blue & black velour. RHD. Odo: 134,756 miles. Fuelinjected 3.5-L I6, 5-sp. Sytner-built Alpina E28, with rare manual box (18 out of 64). Good all around, mostly original paint. Good interior, with Alpina/Scheel seats almost unworn. Cond: 2-. 98 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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SILVERSTONE ONLINE modded with period alloys and deleted bumpers. Lots of new panels, with new paint and new interior. Sports a 1750 grille. Harvey Bailey handling kit, Momo Vega alloys. Motor hopped up to a claimed 180 hp with bumpy cams. Fitted with air conditioning. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,872. From the collection of musician Jay Kay, who regularly disposes of his cars through Silverstone. Same price as a decent E30 M3, not quite as sharp to drive but far more collectible. Decisions.... #134-1987 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N WF0EXXGBBEGR93463. White/Raven velour. RHD. Odo: 84,552 miles. Turbocharged 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Dusty and “asfound” after 22 years in hibernation. New fuel tank, water pump and cam belt since. Seats slightly mildewed and a lot of cleaning-up work to do, but it appears fundamentally sound. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,943. Sold for $59,855 (then £46,125) by Silverstone in July 2018 with 47,400 miles (SCM# 6877231), which was only a few thousand more than a really nice stock example. This time, it sold well over the £38k–£42k ($46k–$51k) estimate at £5k more than last time, although that’s not reflected in the dollar prices. Well sold. BEST BUY #171-1984 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122A611. Blue/blue checkered cloth. RHD. Odo: 26,075 SOLD AT $44,194. Put away in 1998, disinterred in 2020. About £15k–£20k ($18k–$24k) under what a perfect one sells for, so plenty of headroom for tidying and recommissioning. Although the major mechanical stuff has been done. A canny buy for someone who doesn’t mind a bit of legwork. #144-1987 BMW M3 Competition 2-dr sedan. S/N WBSAK050X01892316. White/black vinyl & suede. Fuel-injected 2.5-L I4, 5-sp. German-supplied car built into a competition mount by Classic Heroes. Original engine overbored, AP Racing competition brakes, cage and harnesses, strut braces, Evo spoilers and split-rim 17-inch BBSs. Cond: 2-. km. 3.0-L V6, 5-sp. One of 312 SS, Boradashboard cars. Original and unrestored. Straight, may be mostly original paint. Front trunk-lid fit not great, and chin spoiler a bit scuffed and wavy. Cloth interior unworn. Dash and instruments good, except clock slightly mottled. Full service history, factory stickers, original tools and jack, “wheelbarrow”-type spare unused, two sets of keys. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $80,353. Fiat-Ferrari money, and much rarer: With all the doodads, it’s a retailer’s dream. How much would a 16,000mile Vetroresina 308 cost? #154-1985 FERRARI 308 GTS QV Spi- SOLD AT $113,164. From the collection of Jay Kay. Ran as course car on recent Rally Isla Mallorca. Looks as if Mr. Kay just about got his money back, which is a rare thing with modified/competition cars. ITALIAN #170-1974 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000 coupe. S/N 2414544. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 47,439 miles. 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Very sharply restored (in 2011) and lightly resto- 100 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $83,701. Early service recorded in original service book, which comes with sale. Quite good money for a 308 in today’s market. ♦ der. S/N ZFFLA13C000056315. Black/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 60,257 miles. 3.0-L V8, 5-sp. One of 233 right-hand-drive QVs, with a/c and optional roof spoiler. Straight and shiny, wheels refurbed and new tires, leather holding up well. Last cam-belt replacement fewer than 150 miles ago in 2018. Cond: 2-.


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BONHAMS BICESTER, U.K. May 2020 Live & Online A Bedford Green Goddess, offered from the nearby Cornbury estate where it was used to water plants, got away at a decent $18,078 Company Bonhams Date May 30, 2020 Location Bicester, U.K. Auctioneers Rob Hubbard, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 85/112 Sales rate 76% Sales total $2,258,209 High sale 1966 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, sold at $180,783 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.81) 1956 Bedford RLHZ Green Goddess utility, $18k Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics rostrum for the duration of the sale, with car images on one side of the screen and no cutaways. That might have had something to do with the auctioneers being recorded 15 miles away at the old Oxford sale rooms, which is better wired for the necessary bank of phones. And unlike Silverstone’s technique of two auctioneers on the rostrum corralling online bids, the Bonhams system “aggregates” offers before feeding them to the auctioneer, giving the impression at times that phone bids were taking favor. In practice, this was a sale of two halves. Bonhams MPH director Rob Hubbard B was first in to bat with the older, Beaulieu sale- and MPH-type cars, which included quite a few unsold from MPH’s Bicester date in March. Bonhams Group Co-Chairman Malcolm Barber took over to offer the more-expensive “traditional Bonhams”-type lots, though when hammering the Honda Accord ($1,320), he felt duty bound to remind us he’d once shifted a Ferrari 250 GTO for considerably more. Some of the cars were surplus from the abortive Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale, plus a clutch of Aston Martins that would have appeared at the annual May A-M auction if it had run. Hubbard kept the tone upbeat, and the sell-through rate was very good for the first half, with the notable exception of the Frazer Nash Boulogne, which stalled at $136k. Highlights were a restored lights-behind-grille 80-inch Landie at $49k, a Bedford Green Goddess that got away at the second attempt at a decent $18,078, and later on 102 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market onhams’ first attempt at an online sale proper went better than expected, though with less of a sparkle — and fewer sales — than Silverstone’s maiden outing the previous week. Bonhams’ cars had been physically viewable outdoors at Bicester Heritage, although its single camera was focused on the the only Lynx Eventer sold new with a 6.1-liter TWR motor at $75,095. In the later innings, the bigger cars didn’t do so well: The only 911 of five offered to sell was the oldest, a 1979 SC at $39k, and only four of the 11 Astons sold — DB7 V12 Vantage at $25k, DB9 at $36,157, and a very usable DB2/4 at $111,251, plus the DB6 that became the high seller of the day at $181k. The much-promoted DB7 Zagato bid to only $260k against a pre-sale estimate of $310k–$370k, and a V8 X-Pack that has twice before appeared with Bonhams failed again despite a muchreduced lower estimate of $285k. Ferraris were on the nail, with the 208 GTB (unsold at MPH in March) at $50,063 and a very low-mileage 360 Spider manual at $91,782. The pre-sale estimates were realistic, although many cars were hammered light, making this at times resemble a no-reserve sale. We’re still finding our way in this restricted new world, but the good news is that it looks as if bidders are increasingly comfortable buying online. To unlock virtual buying’s full potential, slicker TV-type production is going to be the key.♦


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BONHAMS BICESTER, U.K. ENGLISH #17-1927 MORRIS OXFORD sedan. S/N 173833. Blue & black/blue cloth. RHD. Odo: 25,161 miles. Flatnose Morris with unusual tall body. Paint okay, radiator-shell plating good, Motometer fitted. Very good blue cloth interior. Cracked glass on oil-pressure gauge. Tidy and completely stock engine. Vendor’s score is 79/100. Cond: 3+. vinyl all good. Tidy engine bay showing some refurb work. Vendor score total: 65/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,734. From a deceased person’s estate. On the money for a post-vintage Seven saloon, just a little higher than the slightly-less-good 1934 Box saloon (Lot 14). #15-1934 AUSTIN SEVEN APD military tourer. S/N 276655. Blue & black/black SOLD AT $12,516. Apparently built for a London judge so he could travel in full robes, and offered from the trade. Weird and rather ungainly body keeps the price down below that of a regular flatnose or Bullnose tourer. #12-1933 AUSTIN SEVEN 2-dr sedan. S/N 169665. Maroon & black/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 68,625 miles. Nicely usable steel saloon—after it’s had the usual “light recommissioning.” Straight body, older paint. Interior SOLD AT $72,313. Well bought. Might have fetched a little more with a Vanden Plas or Gurney Nutting body, like the “Good Omens” car we featured in “Road Value” last month, and with leather rather than cloth seats. Last in SCM’s database when it sold for $48,000 (SCM# 1539110) at Christie’s Pebble Beach in 1993—two cycles of boom-and-bust ago. #30-1936 MG TA pre-production sports tourer. S/N TA0267. Eng. # MPJG516. Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. The 17th TA Midget built. Older (early 2000s) restoration still presenting well. Paint and chrome good. Leather only lightly creased, with dash, instruments and carpets good. Motor tidy, with chrome rocker cover. Flashing indicators added. Cond: 2-. vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 30,899 miles. Rare derivative in nicely older-restored order. Older repaint, seat bases re-covered. Vendor score of 45/100, which looks rather pessimistic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,125. Not road registered until 1937, and no mention of any history in service. Price is higher than the saloons (Lots 12 and 16) due to rarer body. #24-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE Pillarless coupe. S/N B129EJ. Blue & black/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 33,246 miles. Coachwork by Rippon. Slightly unusual (and one-off) flared body but still quite elegant. Dash and instruments good, apart from cracked rev-counter glass. Front seats getting a little threadbare, fitted covers to bases. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,766. Given to William Brunell and his daughter Kitty to take part in the MG Car Club’s 1936 Continental Tour of Europe. As well as being a noted photographer, Brunell was the first Englishman to win the Monte Carlo Rally (1926) and Kitty the only woman to win the RAC Rally of Britain, in 1933. A significant car, which elevates its price over later-production Midgets, but not expensively bought. 104 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BONHAMS BICESTER, U.K. #31-1939 ALVIS SPEED 25 Special roadster. S/N 20068. Blue/black leather. RHD. Originally a Charlesworth-bodied saloon, rebodied as a special roadster about 1971, broadly copying a Rivers Fletcher design. Still presents well, with uncracked paint and decent chrome. Catalog notes that factoryinbuilt chassis-oiling system has been replaced by grease nipples. Cond: 3+. much money for a Series I. Let down by a few clumsy details, such as later indicators and mirrors, but a very fair deal for a driver. #43-1952 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80-inch utility. S/N 26105302. Green/buff canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 155 miles. Fuel-injected 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Near-perfect early diesel. Just 10 miles out of a nut-and-bolt restoration two years ago, in very authentic factory finishes—not too shiny. New interior vinyl and tilt top. Steering bossmounted indicator switch still intact. Checker plate on floor. Noted to pop out of first gear. Vendor score of 76/100. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 49,307 miles. 848-cc I4, 4-sp. Early Mini from second year of production, still with floor-button start. Lightly restored (repainted), with new carpets but original interior vinyl. Still with original driver’s handbook. Cataloged chassis number is wrong—transposes “5” for “S,” which is a common error. Vendor’s assessment is 66/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,751. In the vendor’s hands since the mid-’70s. Not a lot of money for a Speed 25 in any flavor. #47-1949 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80inch utility. S/N R06103874. Green/buff canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 10,987 miles. 1.6-L I, 4-sp. Early lights-behind-grille Landie, restored and correct in every detail. With heater, and rear PTO. Vendor’s assessment: 81/100. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,164. Much sharper than the ’51 (Lot 41) but not much more money, which we can mostly put down to the diesel—rather unlovely at this vintage. Given that they’re all dog-slow anyway. A canny buy. #46-1956 BEDFORD RLHZ Green Goddess utility. S/N 7559. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,587 miles. Fuel-injected 4.9-L I6, 4-sp. Good functional order all around. Rather than fire appliances as such, these were devised as mobile pumps to provide water supply following a nuclear attack, but have been pressed into service as tenders during fire-brigade strikes. Vendor’s assessment of 78/100. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $48,672. Top money, but these early pull-ring SIs are the most collectible Landies, and details such as the PTO can only add to its appeal. #41-1951 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80inch utility. S/N 26102623. Green/buff canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 37,442 miles. 1995-cc I4, 4-sp. Older refurb—“mellowed,” as the catalog had it. Body straight, newish tilt, new seat vinyl. Orange indicators added. Vendor score of 60/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,688. One-family-owned (father and daughter) from new. Sensible money, after first-year cars were routinely hitting twice this much—and more—a couple of years ago. Although it may well pop up again soon at an inflated retail price. #96-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62726R. Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 83,702 miles. 4.2-L I6, auto. Older (1990s) restoration, some stone chips around the front, chrome and brightwork all good. Slight wear to driver’s seat. Now with modern 4-speed auto and motor banged out to 4.2. Webasto a bit unfortunate, but it’s very “period.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $180,783. High spot of the auction. Welcome to the New World Order. #38-1973 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- SOLD AT $18,078. The 900-odd Green Goddesses were mothballed in 1968, although occasionally pressed into service (hence the typically low mileages). Since 2004, they have been gradually sold off by the government and there are now many in private hands, plus plenty available from specialist dealers. This was offered from the nearby Cornbury estate, where it had been used for plant watering. Offered but not sold at Bonhams MPH in March. This time it got away for a decent price. SOLD AT $18,078. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ last MPH auction in March. Not 106 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #45-1960 AUSTIN MINI Se7en Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S758304. Red/gray & vertible. S/N FH44718. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 36,000 miles. 1.3-L I4, 4-sp. Straight and shiny. Decent body appears rustfree, but a few corrosion spots in scuttle. Good interior vinyl, carpets faded. Hard top from new, so soft top and tonneau look unused. Seller’s assessment is 72/100. Cond: 3+.


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BONHAMS BICESTER, U.K. SOLD AT $7,648. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ March MPH sale against a £6k–£10k estimate (Lot 28). This time bid to near lower figure—fair money, comparable with a clean Spridget. #59-1977 FORD ESCORT RS2000 Cus- tom 2-dr sedan. S/N GCATSL97706. Red/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 17 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Very sharp—just out of restoration—and just about perfect, with concours (i.e. slightly overdone) engine bay. Presented with illegal black plates. Vendor’s assessment is 100/100. Cond: 1. headlamp washers, rear wiper and cruise control. Clean and tidy: cookie-cutter alloys unscuffed, seats show little wear. Engine rebuilt 30k miles ago. Decent, recent exhaust and heat exchangers. Vendor rated this as “good” but only scored it as 36/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,063. Came to the U.K. in 2014. Bid to $46,052 at Bonhams’ 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed auction (SCM# 6877044), not sold at Bonhams’ MPH date in March. A Ferrari for the price of an air-cooled 911... but with the little engine, it needs to be. #111-2001 FERRARI 360 Modena Spi- der. S/N ZFFYT53C000123797. Silver/black cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 4,740 miles. Fuel-injected 3.6-L V8, 6-sp. Good and well kept. Low mileage with full service history from supplying dealer HR Owen. Red calipers. With books and tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $39,041. Sold right (at £31,583) for model, year and mileage. Listed for sale at an independent Porsche specialist for £44,995 ($55,619).... ITALIAN NOT SOLD AT $60,492. Previously offered but unsold at Bonhams MPH’s first closeddoors sale at Bicester in March. Sold here for very good money. Oh...originally listed as sold at an over-estimate (and over market price) £48,937 ($60,492), but it now appears not to have done. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.... #63-1986 LYNX EVENTER TWR HE wagon. S/N SAJJNAEW3BC130568. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 71,798 miles. Fuel-injected 6.1-L V12, auto. XJ-S-based station wagon built in limited numbers (under 70) by the people who brought you new Dtypes and XKSSs. This is number 35 and believed the only Eventer with in-period TWR upgrades. Very good all around, with usual small scuffs and scrapes on bumper corners. Full service history from new. New walnut and headlining, leather okay. Engine rebuilt in 2012. Speedo changed at 16,976 miles, so real mileage is almost 89k. Cond: 2+. #103-1976 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P300 coupe. S/N 20168. Silver/black leather. 3.0-L V8, 5-sp. Older resto now nicely mellowed. Ziebarted from new, so it should be rust-free. Original leather lightly worn and creased. Mouse fur okay on dash—just a little wrinkly at corners, as usual. Vendor’s score is 99/100, which is slightly presumptuous. But it is a nice example of a rare junior supercar, with handbook and two sets of keys. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $91,782. Second owner since six months old. Strong 2016/2017-ish money but with low mileage, great history. It’s also a manual, of which only 670 Spiders were built: a retailer’s dream. AMERICAN #32-1937 FORD V8 woodie wagon. S/N 790097. Cream/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,023 miles. Older paint. Refurbed timber in fair shape including roof lining, although door panels are discolored. Catalog notes small area of woodworm to the nearside rear pillar and the door seals have perished. Older vinyl retrim. Dash and instruments good. Mud and snow tires on rear, in keeping with the “country estate” look. Vendor score of 59/100. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,704. Described as a 1976, but actually built May 1975. Sold for around the price of a contemporary 308 GTB, which feels fair. #102-1981 FERRARI 208 GTB coupe. S/N F106CB33911. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,200 miles. 2.0-L V8, 5-sp. Italian-market tax-buster model with small-bore version of the 308’s V8: only 160 built. Tidy, engine rebuilt in 2015. Vendor’s assessment is 65/100. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,095. Very strong price, but it is a one-off, or in Bonhams-speak, “It’s the only one I’ve got today, sir.” One that you really can call a “unique opportunity.” GERMAN #112-1979 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N 9119302495. Blue/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 163,924 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L H6, 5-sp. With electric windows and mirrors, 108 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $27,813. Catalog doesn’t tell us whether this is a Model 74 (60 hp) or 78 (85 hp), but probably the former. Chassis number should probably start 18F. Two or three of these have gone through U.K. auctions in the past couple of years, but I can’t find them all. Last one in the SCM database was 18F3753057 at $40,940 at Goodwood in 2004, while Bonhams sold another (chassis 3261) for £52,100 ($78k) at Goodwood in 2010. This was significantly less but cosmetically poorer than either. ♦


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Online Only: Driving Into Summer We now know that buyers are willing to spend over $2m for the right cars in an online sale — it happened twice here Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 21–29, 2020 Location Online Automotive lots sold/offered 119/193 Sales rate 62% Sales total $16,371,410 High sale 2003 Ferrari Enzo, sold at $2,640,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices High seller: 2003 Ferrari Enzo, trading hands for $2.64m Report by Carl Bomstead; photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Market opinions in italics R M Sotheby’s, dealing with the new realities of the auction world, hosted their first specifically curated online auction, “Driving into Summer,” which opened for bidding on May 21 and had the closings May 28–29. Their March Palm Beach auction had been quickly converted to an online format when gatherings were restricted, and they have several more online events in the works. They offered 193 cars and stated that 550 bidders were registered, with a quarter of them being new to RM Sotheby’s. The results were impressive, with 119 of the cars finding new homes with a total selling price of $16,371,410. A race-bred 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO set an online record when it sold for $2,310,000, but that was quickly eclipsed when the starring 2003 Ferrari Enzo realized $2,640,000. The closings were staggered and went into overtime when a last-minute bid came in, resulting in closings being extended. As such, it was rather confusing when several closings took place on top of each other. The auction company would, of course, like you to bid early and bid often, but most savvy bidders waited until the end. The vehicle descriptions were inconsistent; many consisted of just a few bullet points or a boilerplate description of the marque. Many were not posted until the auction was well under way. The extensive photos were, on the other hand, complete and were explicit in pointing out the most minor of flaws. Supercars, as has been the case in most recent auctions, were well represented. A trio of Ford GTs — a 2017, a 2005 and a 2006 Heritage Edition, all found new homes. The 2017 GT was finished in Triple Yellow with Lightning Blue stripes. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6, it realized a market-correct $836,000. The final Heritage GT built for 2006 brought $385,000, and that four-option 2005 GT sold for $290,000. A favorite was a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet that was finished in factory-correct Light Ivory with burgundy leather interior. It was once owed by Arizona politician John Pritzlaff and was retained by his family until 2016. It sold as expected for $297,000. A 1967 427 Corvette convertible with a stinger hood and factory air realized a realistic $121,000, and a cute-asheck 1964 Fiat Jolly re-creation doubled its low estimate when it sold for $77,000. The ability to sell $16 million worth of vehicles sight unseen speaks to the reputation of RM Sotheby’s. Was the format perfect? No, but with online events scheduled into August, they will build on their strengths and subdue the shortcomings. ♦ 110 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH #233-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE drophead coupe. S/N B93AE. Eng. # U6BF. Red & maroon/red leather/red leather. RHD. Odo: 72,089 km. Coachwork by Park Ward. Restored in the early 1990s and visually maintained since. Has painted radiator shell and enclosed, rear-mounted spare wheel. Engine bay clean and tidy. Pleasing patina on leather interior. A few nicks and chips on paint. Well-documented chain of ownership. Hard to get my head around two-tone-red Bentley. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $455,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2019 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $445,999 (SCM# 6897520). Prior to that it sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 January sale for $368,500 (SCM# 5617292). Seller was hoping to get a return on his restoration bills, but that’s not happening here. An impressive Rolls-Royce, but I’m afraid seller will be upside down for a while. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. You always think of Bentleys as subtle elegance—at least I do— and in-your-face two-tone red does not fit the image. Perhaps the bidders agreed, as this stalled out well below the reserve. I say blame it on the livery. #301-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I drophead coupe. S/N LSMH21. Alice Blue/dark blue Everflex/blue leather. Odo: 48,289 miles. 6.2-L I6, auto. Called an “adaption,” as H.J. Mulliner converted a steel saloon into a 2-door convertible. A recent restoration at a documented cost of $310k. A respray in Alice Blue with new Connolly hides. Has original engine and rare factory Continental Touring Kit. One of only 13 examples produced, with 10 in left-hand-drive configuration. A stunning Rolls-Royce. Cond: 1-. #147-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk IA custom convertible. S/N B382000187. Competition Yellow/black canvas/black vinyl. 347ci V8, 5-sp. A mild custom with high-back bolstered seating, wheels and custom engine bay with Sunbeam air cleaner. Also with Burlwood dash featuring Daytona gauges, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes and a steel hood with functional air scoop. American Racing wheels. Bold Competition Yellow has been properly maintained. but with a few minor chips. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Last seen at the 2018 Kruse Waxahachie, TX, auction where it was a no-sale at $70k (SCM# 6882184). A year earlier, at the same event, it was acquired for $89,250 (SCM# 6851057). This Sunbeam Tiger is heading in the wrong direction. Looks like the seller ate about $30k in fewer than three years of ownership. The bold livery just does not look right on a Tiger, so maybe that’s the main culprit. New owner can afford a respray at the price paid here. #239-1965 MORGAN 4/4 Series V road- ster. S/N B1040. Westminster Green/black leather. Odo: 18,225 miles. 1.5-L I4, 4-sp. Sports a recent restoration at a documented cost of $63k. It was noted then that no wood required replacing. Original motor, top and side curtains. A U.S.-spec example with chrome wires, heater, disc brakes and Lawrence radiator. Low miles stated to be actual. Known ownership trail from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s Palm Beach online auction in March of this year. It failed to sell when bid to $50,000 (SCM# 6931049). A much more realistic bid here, and that’s why it all came together. All should be pleased with this result. Seller gave a bit, and buyer is all set for the next All British Field Meet. #323-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L41744. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 63,526 miles. 2.9-L I6, 4-sp. Heater, power brakes and overdrive transmission standard. This example equipped with Lucas driving lights and trunk rack. Finished in its second coat of British Racing Green, according to catalog. Attractive burl-wood dash. Restoration to high standard and well maintained since. No major issue with paint or bodywork. Interior in good order. Based on extensive photos, a solid example. No mention of BMIHT certificate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. The final year for the Big Healey. Little changed from prior years, but the Mk III increased the horsepower to 150. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s October 2016 Las Vegas auction, where it realized 112 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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$46,200 (SCM# 6810924). Sold here for a very realistic number considering the condition. Finished in the right livery. All should be pleased here. RM Sotheby’s, at their March Amelia Island sale, sold an exceptional example for $72,800. So, based on that sale, this was well bought indeed. GERMAN #234-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N 504962. Two-tone blue/gray fabric. Odo: 2,070 miles. 298-cc single cylinder, 4-sp. This example wears an older restoration and is finished in factory-correct Pastellblau and Bayerische Blau. Has front and rear bumper guards, as well as luggage rack. Cond: 2. done. The novelty wears off in a hurry, so use and have fun while you can. #310-1965 PORSCHE 356SC cabriolet. S/N 162089. Eng. # 801631. Irish Green/tan fabric/Fawn leather. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Powered by replacement 1600 Super 90 motor with original gearbox. Original, damaged 1600 SC block included in sale. Ordered with Blaupunkt radio and chrome luggage rack. Older respray and redyed seating acceptable, but undercarriage has not been touched in years. Complete with Kardex, tool roll and jack. Sold new to serviceman stationed in France. Cond: 3+. tear. Interior with patina associated with age and use. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. A decent weekend driver that was recently acquired by the seller. Seems like he was looking for a quick hit, but it’s not happening here. Market is down a bit on the Pagodas, but the bid here was well off the mark. Even with the noted issues, another $10k was within reason. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Not being powered by the motor it was born with makes this a tough sell—a Sunday driver at best. Cost to repair the damaged motor quickly flips you upside down, so price bid is market correct considering the issues. Seller had a different point of view. SOLD AT $31,900. Renzo Rivolta licensed the production rights for his Iso Isetta bubble car to BMW, and it was their salvation. BMW sold 160,000 Isettas, serving both Rivolta and BMW quite well. Cute as heck, and sold for the going rate. Not the most flattering livery, but to each their own. You can buy a junker for $6k and spend $30k more and a lot of heartache getting to this point—I know I did— or go the smart way and buy one already #311-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412015958. Beige Gray/Tobacco Brown MB-Tex. Odo: 43,371 miles. Fuel-injected 2.8-L I6, auto. A U.S.spec Pagoda that’s been well preserved and properly maintained. Fitted with optional automatic transmission and dealer-installed a/c. Reportedly driven very little in past two years. Has Becker stereo, tool roll and records. Paint appears acceptable, with a little road wear and #246-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0EB0917KS173811. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 41 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L H6, 5-sp. A limited-edition 911 that was produced to celebrate the famed 356 Speedsters of the 1950s. Wore distinctive, lightweight coachwork with wide-body Turbo stance. Only 819 were destined to the United States. Paint and interior appear to be as-new. Retains original sales invoice and Porsche CoA. Recent service of as-new 1989 Speedster. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $220,000. An out-of-the-box 911 that sold for a very realistic number. New owner must decide whether to keep low mileage or have some fun and watch the car depreciate. Hard to just look at it when all that performance awaits. ITALIAN #168-1958 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N 0861GT. Black & silver/green leather. Odo: 5,505 miles. 3.0-L V12, 4-sp. Coachwork by Ellena. Long-term ownership by RM specialist and racer Jack Boxstrom. One of just 50 examples built. Restoration completed in 2017 and some mechanical work done last year. Additional recent restoration freshening by marque specialist. Retains engine and gearbox with which it was born. Desirable styling, but gets lost in the shuffle with other, more-elegant designs. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 #4 114 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Seller must be sick with regret, as the price paid here covered a fraction of the restoration cost. On the other hand, the buyer is doing a happy dance, as he found a true bargain. 1966 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica SOLD AT $671,000. This 250 GT is no stranger to the auction world. Last appeared at Bonhams’ 2019 Carmel sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $560,000 (SCM# 6907185). In January 2012 at RM’s Phoenix sale, it was again a no-sale at $400,000 (SCM# 6759350). At RM’s October 2012 auction in London, it did sell for $378,939 (SCM# 5315631). Went the other way here and found a new home at a strong but realistic amount. BEST BUY #214-1966 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Panoramica. S/N 120B097601. White & red/red vinyl. 499-cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. Recently received a body-off restoration with period-correct bicolor livery. Rides on Fiat 500 chassis. Made famous when appeared in “How to Steal a Million” with Audrey Hepburn. Has roof rack and wicker picnic basket. Very well restored and cute as heck. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. I hope the seller had a bunch of fun off-roading his Ferrari 308, as it cost him a bunch of money making the conversion ($26k, according to the catalog). Assume new owner has the same interests, as I don’t know what else you can do with it. TOP 10 #2 #279-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000055223. Eng. # 00137. Red/black leather. Odo: 23,555 km. Turbocharged 2.9-L V8, 5-sp. Twin IHI turbochargers with separate intercoolers and electronic fuel injection. Offered with air and power windows. Bolster worn on driver’s side and several minor paint touchups and nicks. Never certified in U.S., although some arrived via the gray market. Interesting tale as to how it was stolen in Cannes, France, and found in Phoenix, AZ. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $2,200,000. Another halo car from Ferrari; produced between 1995–97. In 1997, Mike Tyson’s F50 sold for $3.9m at the Amelia Island sale, and every owner has been trying to hitch a ride on the rainbow since. Ain’t going to happen, but they keep turning down reasonable offers. Hard to believe the mileage here is considered high. Offer here seemed most reasonable, but no deal. TOP 10 #1 #294-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56A030133033. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,250 miles. Fuel-injected 6.0-L V12, 6-sp. Penned by designer Ken Okuyama during lunch break. Powered by Tipo F140B V12 that delivers 651 horsepower. Optioned with two-tone red, 3-Dfabric seat inserts. Top speed of 218 mph and 0–60 in 3.3 seconds. Utilized many F1 innovations, with only 399 produced. Properly serviced and two owners from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,175. The Panoramica was the estate, or station wagon, body for the Bianchina. Seller must be sick with regret, as the price paid here covered a fraction of the restoration cost. On the other hand, the buyer is doing a happy dance, as he found a true bargain. Will be a hit at the next Italian-car event or a hoot just puttering around town. A bargain and a half—well bought. #171-1975 FERRARI 308 GT4 DINO Safari coupe. S/N 10572. Red & black/black leather & corduroy. Odo: 2,082 miles. 2.9-L V8, 5-sp. A Dino 308 that has been converted to “Safari” off-road specifications. Custom front bumper with caged rear bumper. Quad Hella driving lights added. Window surrounds finished in black satin. Custom Corsa Velocita wheels. Reproduction toolkit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,310,000. The 288 GTO was developed to compete in the FIA Group B, but class was canceled in 1987. Ferrari built 272 road-going examples and sold them to their most loyal customers. For a brief moment, this was the most expensive car sold at a dedicated online auction. Repaired damage to front valance. Recent documented service. Appeared at 2018 Cavallino Classic. Sold for anticipated amount, but still impressive for an online event. (See profile, p. 62.) #174-1995 FERRARI F50 convertible. S/N ZFFTA46B000103114. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,351 miles. Fuel-injected 4.7-L V12, 6-sp. The second of only 349 F50s produced. Carbon-fiber tub. Capable of 0–60 in 3.8 seconds. Top speed of over 200 mph. Naturally aspirated. A relative high-mileage example, but surprising it’s not higher. A few minor scratches, but nothing serious. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,640,000. The most expensive car ever sold in a dedicated online-only collector-car auction, eclipsing the 288 GTO 15 lots earlier. Proves it can be done with full documentation and a reputable auction company. This sale changes the car-auction world from this day forward. TOP 10 #6 BEST BUY #225-2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ coupe. S/N ZHWUM6Z- D7LLA09029. Blu Nereid/Nero Cosmus leather. Odo: 250 miles. Fuel-injected 6.5-L V12, semi-auto. Based on the 10-year-old Aventador platform, the SVJ offers incredible performance. The V12 now makes 729 horsepower, a 20-hp bump over the SV. Equipped here with multi-function steering wheel, style package, telemetry system and badging. Options added $80k to the package. One of just 900 produced. MSRP of over $600,000. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $467,500. No appreciation here, as the seller lost a bunch based on the MSRP. The 250 miles driven were expensive miles indeed. Every transaction makes someone happy, and the buyer is all smiles. Saved a ton based on the original sticker. 116 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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AMERICAN #274-1934 LINCOLN MODEL KB dualcowl sport phaeton. S/N KB3358. Cream & burgundy/tan fabric/tan & maroon leather. Odo: 23,969 miles. One of two dual-cowl sport phaetons built to special order by Lincoln’s in-house custom body shop. Discovered and restored in late ’70s and visually maintained since. Paint showing signs of age and use, and leather seating has mild patina. Instruments on dash worn and car just a bit tired. A wonderful tour car. Cond: 2-. No glaring issues to note, as it has seemingly aged gracefully. A wonderful CCCA CARavan touring car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500. This 1950 Hudson was last seen at RM’s January 2014 Arizona sale, where it realized $46,750 (SCM# 6661335). Not much has happened in the ensuing six years, but the seller did upgrade it a bit and had years of pleasant motoring, we hope. Price paid in line with today’s market—especially considering the needs. SOLD AT $143,000. Price paid here hit the sweet spot. A delightful Full Classic that can be driven without concern. Will keep up with freeway traffic and just might win an award or two at local events. Price paid here was fair all around. #266-1950 HUDSON COMMODORE NOT SOLD AT $100,000. A frequent flyer on the auction circuit lately. Last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2019 Fort Lauderdale auction, where it realized $90,200 (SCM# 6901322). Prior to that, it was a no-sale when bid to $90,000 at RM’s 2018 Hershey sale (SCM# 6883931). Way back when, it failed to sell at $140,000 at the eBay/Kruse NJ February 2002 sale. Based on the last two no-sales, this was a step in the right direction. Based on condition, at this price, the deal should have come together. #163-1935 CADILLAC 355D convert- ible. S/N 3107042. Blue/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 23,167 miles. Delightful coachwork on 136-inch-wheelbase Series 20. One of about 10 remaining. Owned by several prominent collectors. Fitted with 1934 “biplane” bumpers. An older restoration that still shows well. Brougham convertible. S/N 50490375. Dark blue/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 72,753 miles. 254-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. The top of the line for 1950, with about 425 produced. Has sun visor, power windows and top, and BorgWarner overdrive. Picked at over the years, with a new top and red leather seating, but engine bay has not been touched in years. Some noticeable dents and dings in trim. Hood badge crazed and lower side trim damaged. Older respray. Halfway there, but still lots of work to do here. Cond: 3+. #149-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N 578C08853. White/red & white leather, black fabric. Odo: 86,174 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Powered by the famed J-2 motor that was too hot for NASCAR. Stated to be one of 750 so equipped for 1957. Has three 2-barrels and batwing air cleaners. Restored some years back and properly maintained since. Attractive tri-tone interior and wire wheels. Features clock and Wonder Bar radio. An attractive offering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. This was last seen at Mecum’s January 2017 Kissimmee sale, where it realized $69,300 (SCM# 6824475) and prior to that is sold for $77,000 (SCM# 6753425) at Barrett-Jackson’s April 2012 event. With a few exceptions, the ’50s car market is a bit soft, and that was reflected here. Seller took what they could get and moved on. They made the right decision, as predicting the American car market is like tacking Jell-O to the wall. On the other hand, seems a solid buy and new owner should be pleased. #212-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH182453. Dusk Rose/Dusk Rose & off-white vinyl. Odo: 38,316 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration that has been visually maintained. Finished in attractive Dusk Rose, but according to data plate, was born a Raven Black car. Fitted with power windows, seat, steering, brakes, and a/c. Also aftermarket AM/FM radio. Offered with porthole removable hard top. An attractive, driver-quality T-bird. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. Base-level Thunderbirds are fairly predictable, with the E- and F-codes bringing the premium. Price paid here was right where it should be, even if the estimates were a bit aggressive. Fairly bought and properly sold. 118 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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#192-1962 SHELBY COBRA Continua- tion roadster. S/N CSX8970. Black/red leather. Odo: 10 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. One of 50 50th Anniversary 289 8000-series Cobras built. All were finished in black and are listed in the Shelby Registry. They sold out in 48 hours. This example with only 10 test miles since built. Titled as 1962 but built in 2011. Has fiberglass body and improved cooling. Four-wheel disc brakes and chromed 15inch wheels. A new car! Cond: 1. SOLD AT $88,000. The Rampside and Loadside were practical vehicles and were a solid value. Most were used up as workhorses, so to find one restored to this level is refreshing. Another well-restored Rampside sold at Scottsdale last year for $77k, so this one moves the bar up a few notches. Are Corvairs gaining new respect? #285-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- SOLD AT $148,500. A “new” 289 Cobra at less than $150k. Sounds like a heck of a buy. Has the look and acquired at a fraction of the cost of an original one. Well bought indeed. #120-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. S/N 3R124F107899. Red & white/black & tan fabric, red vinyl. Odo: 87,315 miles. 145-ci H6, 4-sp. An unusual pickup with rear tailgate and fold-down ramp on side. A quality restoration and finished in bold red-and-white livery. Powered by aircooled 6-cylinder motor with optional 4-speed. Very little observably wrong: a minor scratch on glass, a few small chips in paint, a ding on tailgate rubber. A desirable Corvair regardless of what Ralph Nader said. Cond: 1-. ible. S/N 5F08K278952. Wimbledon White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 3,934 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A documented K-code Pony, with a number of desirable options including a/c, Rally Pac gauges and dealer-installed luggage rack. Engine bay sparkles, but there are a few minor rock chips and scratches on hood. Window trim also scratched. A solid presentation. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $53,000. Seller was looking for #1 money, but he had a solid #2 car. Price bid should have gotten the job done considering the Mustang had a few cosmetic issues. In this market, the seller should have taken the money and not looked back. TOP 10 #9 #193-1965 SHELBY COBRA Continuation roadster. S/N CSX4425. Dark blue/black leather. Odo: 2 miles. 496-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A CSX4000-series Cobra that was built in 2017 but is titled as 1965, which makes it smog-exempt. Only two miles on odometer since new. Ordered with fullleather interior and Tremec 5-speed manual. Aluminum bodywork with 496-ci aluminum V8 under the hood. A rare non-hood-scoop example. In as-new condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $396,000. Another CSX4000 was a no-sale at RM Sotheby’s recent Florida online auction when bid to $80,000. These usually sell for a tenth of the price of a real one, so if you are a wannabe, then this is the ticket. Well, this one with only two miles on the clock was an exception. It blew the doors off the $225k–$275k estimates, but if the new owner drives it, the premium goes away. But how do you just look at a Cobra with a 650-horse motor under the hood that’s raring to go? #150-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S116614. Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1,152 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An NCRS 2006 Top Flight winner and a 2016 Bloomington Gold appearance. Equipped with a/c, factory AM/FM radio with power antenna. Red stinger hood. Powered by 427-ci big block, with power steering and brakes. Observable minor tear in vinyl top. Side exhaust and Redline tires. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. This was last seen at Motostalgia’s October 2017 Waxahachie, TX, auction where it sold for $131,250 (SCM# 6851051). The market has shifted a bit since the Texas sale, but solid cars still sell for the right money. This checked all the boxes and deservedly sold at the high end of expectations. Well sold, but also reasonably purchased. 120 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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An impressive car at an impressive price. Seller doubled his money in three short years. Sold to those who Ford determined would provide maximum exposure. 2017 Ford GT coupe #125-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9R02R141578. Acapulco blue/white vinyl. Odo: 53,171 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored 10 years ago and properly maintained since. Powered by datecode-correct R-code 428 Cobra Jet V8, meaning that it’s a replacement motor. Attractive Acapulco Blue livery that is in good order. Complete with Marti Report. Has shaker hood and rear spoiler. Hurst shifter linked to 4-speed. Engine bay appears tired and neglected. A solid example, but replacement motor is a drawback. Cond: 1-. #245-1970 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R482603. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl/black knit & vinyl. Odo: 2,163 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only six GT500s finished in Grabber Yellow for 1970, and one of only 54 convertibles equipped with 428 Cobra Jet motor and C6 automatic. Recent restoration with limited use since. Has interior décor group, front disc brakes and tilt-away wheel. Documented with Deluxe Marti Report. Underrated at 335 horsepower, with 400 being closer to the actual number. A strong presentation. Last gasp for Shelby Mustang for a number of years. Cond: 1-. P90S26Y401898. Heritage Blue & Epic Orange/Ebony leather. Odo: 5,401 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. One of 343 Heritage GTs with Gulf livery and blank roundels. Ordered with three of four available options. Total of 4,033 GTs built during 2005–06. A two-owner example with repainted front bumper due to scuff. All records, Ford GT duffel bag and car cover. Well maintained in as-new condition. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 #10 #123-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. S/N 1FAF- SOLD AT $385,000. Not that many Heritage Edition GTs built, but they sure seem to show up at auction on a regular basis. Prices paid seem to cluster around the number paid here, so all seems in order. TOP 10 #3 #161-2017 FORD GT coupe. S/N 2FAGP9CW1HH200087. Triple Yellow/black Alcantara. Odo: 1,471 SOLD AT $60,000. If it had the motor it was born with, the price would have been appreciably higher, but it doesn’t, so it wasn’t. As-is, it’s an exciting driver at a very reasonable price. Options are a plus, but seller correctly took the money and did not look back. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. Bid was off the mark here, as this appeared to be a well-restored Shelby with the 428 CJ motor. Ford only produced 350 GT500s, and this one is finished in rather unusual livery. Properly documented, so should have brought another $20k or so. Should do better next time around. miles. Turbocharged 3.5-L V6, semi-auto. Powered by twin-turbocharged Ecoboost V6, with a 7-sp dual-clutch transmission. Finished in Triple Yellow with Lightning Blue stripes. Rides on carbon-fiber wheels. Only 1,471 miles from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $836,000. Model introduced at 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Initial price was $450,000. Top speed of approximately 216 mph. Class win at 24 Hours of Le Mans in partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing. An impressive car at an impressive price. Seller doubled his money in three short years. Sold to those who Ford determined would provide maximum exposure. Restricted resales for first two years, but several now offered in the million-dollar range. Price paid here seems pretty realistic. ♦ 122 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN The Virgil Marple Collection Virgil Marple’s creative instincts found comfort in Studebakers — lots of them Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date May 30, 2020 Location Independence, MN Automotive lots sold/offered 114/114 Sales rate 100% Sales total $656,909 High sale 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top, sold at $28,050 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1955 Studebaker President Speedster 2-dr hard top, sold for $18,150 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics V irgil Marple, a Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1970, was a man who appreciated the mechanical aspects of anything. His doctorate dissertation and subsequent lifetime area of expertise was research in the field of particle technology and aerosol science, specifically in the design of inertial particle separation devices. From this, he attained more than 25 patents, from which he profited well enough to be able to start collecting cars. His appreciation was focused mainly on their technical and styling aspects — especially Studebakers and their too-little-too-late attempted savior, the Avanti — as well as its post-Studebaker production into the 1990s. Indeed, after the New Avanti Motor Corporation in Youngstown, OH, folded in the early 1990s, he managed to acquire prototype components and had attempted to open an Avanti museum in Tennessee. When that failed to come to fruition, he brought everything to his home farmstead in south central Minnesota. After Virgil passed away on Christmas Eve 2017, his family had started selling off portions of his collection. After two years, they had sold the property but the 114 motor vehicles remaining (in addition to a horde of NOS Studebaker parts) needed to be sold. Therefore, Yvette VanDerBrink was brought on board to auction all that remained at no reserve. Originally planned in the winter to be a traditional auction held on May 30, with Yvette’s usual use of Proxibid for online sales, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent maelstrom of social-interaction changes forced the sale to be entirely online. There was a public inspection of lots conducted on the weekend before closing, with the social-distancing requirements in place. This reporter was able to review the collection on two separate occasions before the public inspection, so all of my observations are based on personally inspecting and photographing all lots that are in this report. As the individual auction lots began closing on the evening of May 30, most of them saw extended bidding, as any bids within two minutes of closing automatically extended the bidding for another two minutes. Such was the case with the second-highest sale here, the 1935 Pierce-Arrow sedan. The closing of this lot extended for nearly an hour, yielding an insanely high $24,750 sale of a pile of dead sedan parts with a V12 engine in the mix. More realistic was the overall top sale — a ubiquitous modified 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2-door hard top for $28,050. It was a bit ironic, being one of the most popular collector cars from a collection that was built around independent and orphaned brands. Overall, the family should be well pleased with the $657k that the sale of the vehicles garnered, proving once again that after two plus months at that time of “shelter in place” orders, bidders at home still had itchy fingers to click and bid. ♦ 124 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN ENGLISH #58V-1978 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN6UJ207578G. Red/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 2,140 miles. 1.5-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. New license plates hung on it in 2014 and not renewed. Very good, mostly original paint, although under the hood the emissions decal is masked around. Bumper cladding is lightly faded, dingy and warped—pretty much like all others. Bright cad plating on all door, hood and trunk latch hardware. Good, original vinyl top and interior upholstery. Moderate carpet soiling. Light overall dust in engine bay from sitting. Flash rust on replacement screw clamps on radiator hoses, coolant weeping residue on the upper radiator neck. Painted and bare-metal castings clean under topical dust. Original tires on stock-styled steel wheels, with some age cracks on the sidewalls. Cond: 3+. People have paid more for cars to restore that are worse, and were also rewarded with burning a permanent hole in their savings account. Best bet here is parting it out so that others may live. 1959 BorgWard Isabella coupe not. Spare, used windshield draped over the roof. Dirt, old leaves, acorns and just plain grime all over the complete engine underhood. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $7,150. While neither Yvette nor anyone from the collection was going to stick their neck out at claim this is an actual-mile car (indeed, Yvette went out of her way to state that the miles are not confirmed), the more I looked at this car, the more I felt it may well be low miles. Problem is that it hasn’t been stored all that well—even before Virgil got hold of it. Bid high enough that most also felt it was a low-mile original, but not too high to swoon over that fact and be realistic about it being parked. The Gremlin bidders should’ve paid attention here. GERMAN #105V-1959 BORGWARD ISABELLA coupe. S/N 367220. Off-white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 96,772 miles. 1.5-L I4, 3-sp. Very old color-change repaint from blue metallic. Various dents and dings throughout the body—and rust. Paint stains indicative of it having been chained or strapped down for a long time outside. Rusty fog-lamp housings and parking-permit decal from UCLA that expired in June of 1965 on dull front bumper. Remaining brightwork is nothing to write home about either—faded, pitted, dented, scratched, bent or all of the above. To be polite, the interior is a mess: dirty and moldy original vinyl, most seat seams split, junk piled up, and I can’t even tell if it has carpet or SOLD AT $1,870. While stylish like the VW Karmann Ghia, Isabellas were also as bogslow as a Karmann Ghia—if not more so— even if the BorgWard engine had a hemispherical head. Virgil had two other Isabellas, plus another used engine and various parts, and maybe the plan was to make a good one out of the three—or just to say he had three Isabellas with only a pipe dream of ever restoring any. People have paid more for cars to restore that are worse, and were also rewarded with burning a permanent hole in their savings account. Best bet here is parting it out so that others may live. #54V-1991 VOLKSWAGEN CORRADO G60 hatchback. S/N WVWDB4508MK003380. Fly Yellow/two-tone gray cloth. Odo: 108,907 miles. Supercharged 1.8-L I4, auto. States “runs and drives” in the catalog, but auction company images show it on the end of a towrope behind a Bobcat. Somewhat dusty engine bay, but not more so than a typical used car. Aftermarket alloy wheels on rather aggressive mud-and-snow tires. Accessory mud guards in back of all wheelwells. While the original paint looks pretty good at five feet, up front the hood and fender leading edges have gotten hammered pretty good by stone chips—with intermittent doses of notreally-matching touch-up paint. Roof-antenna mast threaded off. Last set of license tabs date to 2013, so pencil in a brake job. Light soiling on the door panels, cloth seat inserts and center console. Steering-wheel leather is moldy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,325. I was sort of thinking about bidding on this first-year example, as it hung at just under a grand until a day or two before closing. That is, until it went over $1,200 and starting taking off on bid-closing day. I also had second thoughts about dealing with a potentially wounded blower, let alone pre-OBDII VW electronics. Beyond the $4,300 bid just before closing and then extending a couple of times, I’m just shaking my head. Well, at least the eventual successor (after a two-year delay) to the Scirocco is not forgotten. Maybe they did forget the Bobcat towing it in the photos. JAPANESE #101V-1987 SUBARU XT Turbo coupe. S/N JF1AX45B8HC306316. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 79,883 miles. Turbocharged 1.8-L H4, auto. 2014 Virginia inspection sticker in windshield. Faded, peeling and scratched original paint. Sun-baked plastic body cladding. Right headlight bucket missing, along with a plastic wheel cover from each side. Mechanical components under the hood are complete, but wiring harness is crudely spliced all over the place. Interior is self-destructing, with splitting seams on seats, dashpad and door panels. HVAC controls yanked out of center stack. Steering-wheel faux-leather rim crumbling apart. Also very dirty, full of parts, and has stench that’ll put you off lunch and dinner— maybe something worse than COVID-19 is lurking in there? Overall, worse than a feral Fiero up on blocks in a trailer court. Cond: 6+. 126 SEPTEMBER 2020 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 wars between the Japanese automakers. Toyota had its Supra, Honda the Integra Type R, Nissan had the Skyline GT-R, Subaru its WRX STi, and Mazda offered the twin-turbo final generation of the RX-7. To challenge this daunting lineup, Mitsubishi The Superlative 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III The middle 1990s were an era of performance SOLD AT $715. Admit it, the last time you saw one of these (if you even remember them), it was probably in the parking lot at Tower Records when you stopped in to buy the latest Jonas Brothers CD. Virgil’s last non-conformist vehicle fascination was for Subies (his last daily driver was an ’06 Tribeca SUV) and he had several XTs at one time. As his collection manager stated, “This one turned out not to be a good one” (like any of them were?), and didn’t even pass muster for being much of a parts donor. A basket case for Youngtimers— and bid like a Youngtimer’s hip and trendy car. Was at $375 for weeks before closing, then nearly doubled in bids in minutes before closing. AMERICAN compact-economy-car platform, but engineers added a strong turbocharged engine, capable suspension, and all-wheel drive. Both Subaru and Mitsubishi kept their engine displacement to 2.0 liters, because the WRX and Evolution were intended as homologation models for FIA rally competition. As a result, the Lancer Evolution was planned for sale only in the Japanese home market. However, enthusiasts began exporting the Evo tion of the Evo. As a homologation model, the Evo was always a stripped-down hot rod, lacking typical amenities like air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and an audio system. Mitsubishi even chucked the Lancer’s power windows in favor of lighter-weight hand cranks. However, the Evo also received substantial chassis bracing, upgraded suspension, mechanical limited-slip differentials, working aerodynamics, and a breathtaking turbocharged engine rated at 270 horsepower and 228 ft-lb of torque. Power was directed to the wheels through a crisp 5-speed transmission. The Evo III could make 60 mph in 4.9 seconds — on its way to a top speed of 149 mph. Mitsubishi made 7,000 examples of the Evo III (as it fast became known) from the beginning. By 1995, Mitsubishi was up to the third genera- brought out the first Lancer Evolution in 1992 and quickly developed the car into a powerhouse. The Evolution was based on the basic Lancer #21V-1922 FORD MODEL T roadster. S/N 6284835. Eng. # 6284835. Black/none/black vinyl. No title, sold on a bill of sale. Engine serial number in car dates to July 20, 1922. Wears several old repaints, all with some edge chipping. Decent nickel plating on headlight rims. Missing either a rear bustle back or pickup box, as there’s a trimmed sheet of plywood over the rear section of the frame. Wood spokes in the wheels are in decent shape, needing only a fresh coat of varnish. The steering wheel, or rather what’s left of it, is another matter. Most of the floor board is also gone. No top or bows. Seat coverings done several decades ago, and now rather heavily soiled and slightly moldy. Engine painted silver decades ago and now has light surface rust. Fitted with an aftermarket water pump. Not running, but engine is loose. Cond: 5+. tressed. Wood-spoke wheels with an old gold rattle-can job done on them. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $6,325. Franklins tend to be the 1920s car of choice for mechanical engineers, so Virgil having one was far from a surprise for me. Since you’re pretty much going to have to do everything, it sold well enough. #23V-1930 WHIPPET MODEL 98A Six sedan. S/N 122532. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 8,953 miles. First digit of the five-digit odometer is obscured due to the speedometer housing shifting in the dashboard. Most of the paint has worn and faded off fenders. Original body paint had faded heavily, but not worn as much as the fenders. Good door fit—for a wood-framed body. Period aftermarket blackpainted tube bumpers—single up front and dual in the back. Solid wood-spoke wheels. Wood steering wheel is in pretty good shape, while the interior upholstery is heavily torn on most surfaces and shot. Engine is complete and not unduly dirty, but deader than a post. Cond: 5+. in 1995 and 1996, before moving on to the Evo IV. The fourth generation saw several important developmental changes, such as reversing the engine and transaxle to reduce torque-steer effects, making the Evo III the last of its kind. American markets would not see the Evo until the eighth generation in 2003. If you want an Evo III, you’ll have to ship it over. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Japanese SOLD AT $2,530. There’s just enough here to make a novice think that this is an easy restoration, but missing enough to make it more difficult than expected. The biggest thing missing is a title. Plenty paid here. #22V-1929 FRANKLIN MODEL 135 dealers ready to help out. Evo III prices over the past several years have ranged from lows around $9,000 up to $30,000 for well-kept models — plus shipping and import costs. As with any performance car, an independent pre-purchase inspection is a good idea. ♦ 128 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market sedan. S/N 35191309L11. Dark green/tan mohair. Odo: 55,661 miles. Very old repaint, with some flaking on windshield frame. All fenders wrinkled to some extent, more so at left front. Surface rust on painted faux-radiator shell. Running-board rubber is missing and the boards below it are somewhat distressed. Plating worn off all outside door handles, and the springs are weak, so they droop. Somewhat greasy and dirty under the hood, but not unduly so. Carburetor is missing. Two different types of seat covers front and rear, and both are shot. Interior panels are markedly dis- SOLD AT $4,400. The lifespan of the WillysOverland Whippet (from 1926 to early 1931) was not due to it being a poorly received, bad car. Indeed, it sold so well that two years after it was introduced, it was the third-most-popular car sold in the U.S. (proving 90-plus years ago that a smaller, well-built car can sell well here). Like a lot of cars, what killed it was the Great Depression. To focus their resources, the company decided to only make one brand of car; Willys won and Whippet lost. However, the Go-Devil engine in the 4-cylinder Whippet went on to greater fame in the WWII Willys MB jeep. Well enough sold on this one. #24V-1930 CHANDLER SIX Model 65 sedan. S/N 4226. Green & black/green broadcloth. Odo: 49,278 miles. Wears a period Moto Meter and 1950 Minnesota license plates. Dull original paint. Rusty and flaking chrome. Good door fit. 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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN Sure, I’m biased, being a truck guy, but this is hands-down my favorite vehicle here. I’d make it run and stop safely (rebuilding the V8 if needed), put new tires and one-piece wheels on it, but otherwise leave it exactly the way it is—rusty running boards and all. I’m not even jealous that it’s rougher around the edges and has more character than me. 1947 Studebaker M15 1-ton tow pickup shredded. Interior upholstery is not all that bad, and worth trying to clean before giving up on it. Complete engine bay, with a lot more surface rust on the head than the engine block. Not running, but not stuck, either. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $24,750. One of 875 Fierce-Sparrows made in 1935, two-and-a-half years before the V12 and the whole brand went out of car production. I dare speculate that this one will be sacrificed to make others live rather than being restored back into a sedan that will be a loss leader the first day you start working on the body. Yet it’s odd how a vintage V12 makes some folks go nuts. Was bid to $11k by the morning of auction close, and when it started closing, it was extended multiple times—going from $12,500 minutes before close to the final bid, probably when someone finally realized they got the Red Mist and needed to step back. The big-drama sale of the auction, but for not much more, you can get a running example. Go figure. SOLD AT $6,325. While Chandler was bought out by Hupp in 1929 and production ceased shortly thereafter, some late-production cars were sold in 1930 and were titled as such—likely the case here. Of all the off-brand 1920s sedans in the Marple Collection, this one seems to have the most promise to restore, which is partly why it did a couple of bids better than most. #25V-1935 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 1245 sedan. S/N 3540028. Blue-green/green cloth. Odo: 26,614 miles. Wears 1971 Wisconsin “cheddar” license plates. Dual sidemount spares and Archer hood ornament, which is now heavily pitted and broken. Heavily faded paint, likely original. A long time ago, someone painted the turn-of-the-century Pierce logo on hood sides, but it is now just as faded as the rest of the paint. Roof cover has disintegrated and has pretty much ruined the interior. All glass is broken, yellowed or delaminated. Heavily dry-rotted door and glass seals. Wire wheels are fully covered in surface rust, aside from dull and dinged-up hubcaps. Converted to sealed-beam headlights. Generally complete under the hood. Distributor cap has been off for quite some time, but is still connected to the spark-plug wires. Cond: 5. #19VA-1942 STUDEBAKER M15 pickup. S/N M15A16007. Green & primer/brown vinyl. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Some restoration work stated on the truck, but sits mostly in disassembly. Three fenders are in red primer, the left rear in gray primer. Most of the body has faded original paint, but cowl has been sprayed red. Portions of running boards have rusted. Instrument panel removed and set where the bench seat was. That seat is now in the cargo box, and in very rough shape. No tailgate. Engine looks complete and promising, but does not run. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $5,775. After Studebaker quit building cars in 1966, Worden-Crandall picked up the franchise for Toyota and carried on at least into the 1970s. Today, the nearest Toyota dealer to Red Wing (yes, where the boots and the pottery are from) is in the Twin Cities area, 40-odd miles away. Sure, I’m biased, being a truck guy, but this is hands-down my favorite vehicle here. I’d make it run and stop safely (rebuilding the V8 if needed), put new tires and one-piece wheels on it, but otherwise leave it exactly the way it is—rusty running boards and all. I’m not even jealous that it’s rougher around the edges and has more character than me. Bidding slowly advanced online, with no undue drama when it closed. SOLD AT $2,420. First introduced for 1941, the M-series pickups were some of the most dapper-looking trucks at that time. Yet this will take tons of work to do anything to get it running—let alone authentically restored. Had the engine been missing, the odd enthusiast in me would have liked to build this into a street rod, but using the powertrain out of a wrecked BMW E28-generation M5—and putting the M5 trunk-lid badge on the tailgate—just to mess with people’s heads. Instead, someone else paid to have this mess. 130 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #52V-1951 HUDSON HORNET sedan. S/N 7A43457. Black/brown & gray broadcloth. Odo: 65,865 miles. 308-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Stated that it runs and drives. Heavier surface rust on engine and rather dusty, but all the stock pieces are there. Dealer-installed fog lamps and backup light. Original paint, with heavier cracking on roof and lighter crazing on portions of flanks. Heavier paint chipping on hood’s leading edge and front fenders. Period aftermarket windshield visor, exhaust deflector and spotlight. Most chrome may buff out, but a few pieces should be replated. Original dealer tag still affixed to back of car. NSRA inspection sticker in windshield. Pretty decent original upholstery, with no tears or seam splits, just needs a good cleaning. Rubberized “carpeting” may be better off being replaced. Cond: 3-. #19V-1947 STUDEBAKER M15 1-ton tow pickup. S/N M15A20121080. Light gray/brown vinyl. Odo: 21,080 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Used for decades by WordenCrandall Co., the Studebaker dealer in Red Wing, MN. They also managed to transplant a later V8 under the hood (probably with Vaseline and feeler gauges). Shows 21,080 miles— I suspect at least an additional 300k beyond that, based on the oil-change stickers in the door jamb. In 1961, it had 14,497 miles; in 1963, the oil change was logged at 13,497 miles. Very old, poorly masked repaint—likely from late 1960s or early 1970s based on Toyota graphics and seven-digit phone number on fenders. Heavily rusted running boards and more rust percolating at fender-to-body joints. Runs, but stopping requires pre-planning and the ability to downshift double-clutch. Fitted with a Weaver hand-crank derrick winch, assisted by a Braden PTO winch in the bed. Cond: 4-.


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN #28V-1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 road- SOLD AT $11,000. “Step up to a Step-Down Hudson” was the sales mantra of the day, and those bidding on this really did step up to buy it. Yet considering the solid original car beneath the filth and years of sitting, plus a growing interest in cars that were part of the original years of NASCAR since the Hudson Hornet was THE car to beat in 1951, and with no small thanks to Doc Hudson, the sale of this car crossing into five-digit territory isn’t too surprising to me. #51V-1953 KAISER MANHATTAN se- dan. S/N K531016204. Light beige & light blue/brown & tan cloth. Odo: 71,865 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Originally all light blue, based on the body tag and original paint in door jambs. With few blemishes in both original paint and respray, it’s worth trying to buff out. Same goes for chrome and stainless trim. Numerous EAA member stickers in back window, 1972 Minnesota state parks permit decal in windshield. Original, sloppy glue application on door-seal rubber. Bank-vault-like door fit all around. Seats reupholstered decades back in modern nylon cloth, with heavier soiling in spots. Anything would be better than the stained and crumbling rubber flooring. Heavy surface rust on the engine, but stated that it runs and drives. I wouldn’t trust the rock-hard, nearly white radiator hoses. Cond: 3. ster. S/N 161001390. Faded blue/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 87,954 miles. 161-ci I6, 3-sp. Based upon exposed surfaces in inner areas, was likely originally light green. Odometer reading taken from the loose speedometer cluster in the boxes of parts included with the car. Also loose from the car is both the stock powertrain and a period 331-ci Cadillac V8. What paint hasn’t been stripped is heavily faded. Various cracks throughout the body, along with most other fiberglass panels piled in passenger’s compartment. Reproduction body tags and all of the trim are loose—with a good-sized pile that’s been refurbished or is NOS. Bumpers still need to be dealt with, though. Mismatched old tires, best served as holding air to push it around. I wouldn’t push them any faster. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $9,075. To put it mildly, this will be an ambitious project. The scary part is that there were photos of this car in the 1970s when it was in decent shape, before someone started to “restore” it. Nothing can ruin a car better than good intentions, and in the 1980s too many otherwise decent, original cars were taken apart to “restore them,” and quite a few (like this one) are died-in-the-act projects. To put it mildly, it was well sold. #62V-1955 STUDEBAKER PRESI- SOLD AT $5,775. This would’ve been built early in the model year, before the January 1953 fire at the Hydra-Matic division assembly plant that severely curtailed availability of GM’s desirable automatic transmission. GM didn’t even have enough Hydra-Matics on hand to meet their own demand, so other car companies that were using it got cut off (ranging from Lincoln to Kaiser). This was left to fester here for years. Still, there was sufficient interest in bidding—and a strong enough price—that a few others could also see the potential here. Spending a good month detailing and properly awakening this should yield a jewel. 132 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market DENT Speedster 2-dr hard top. S/N 7164091. Black & white/black & white vinyl. Odo: 46,603 miles. 259-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored approximately two decades ago, to between show- and driver-grade standards. Since completion, it has been used little and shows some light degradation from sitting in a dirt-floor building. Engine has some moderate dust from sitting, but would clean up quite well. Good door and panel fit. Replacement hood insulation dates to 1998. Better-thanaverage repaint and replating of most chrome. Grille/front turn-signal housing a bit foggy. Optional full tinted glass, all in good shape. Door panels and seats reupholstered. Heavier scratching on the steering wheel. Runs well enough, but a brake job is highly recommended. Cond: 3+.


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN Channel your inner Cliff Clavin. This was essentially Studebaker’s last stand for getting a good government contract for the automotive division to stay afloat. While they did deliver on the U.S. Post Office contract in 1963 and 1964 for these ZIP vans (so named to help promote the then-new ZIP codes), they proved to be the final Studebaker trucks. 1964 Studebaker Zip Van 8E 5-FC utility SOLD AT $18,150. The President Speedster was the top-shelf Stude for 1955, and as such, this more mundane black-and-white color combination better befits it than most of the truly odd combos they had, which could’ve only happened in 1950s America. Handily the nicest car offered here, yet it’s been sitting and degrading—but not so long that a good dedicated detail, delousing and going over all operational systems would do it wonders—and pay dividends in a moneymaking flip. Not really a diamond in the rough, but overdue for its polishing. Not a steal of a deal, but a decent buy if you’ll care for it. #49V-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57N197442. Aqua/white paint/black & aqua vinyl. Odo: 1,746 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-stock motor decodes as a 1960–64 170-hp 283, now with aftermarket 4-barrel induction. Also has gold-tone aftermarket valve covers and all wiring wrapped in yellow electrical tape. Otherwise looks like it just got plopped in from a dirty, old grain truck (which it probably did, just decades earlier). Average repaint, with overspray on bottom of hood, door rubber, side glass and undercarriage. Speaking of down there, the cheapie dual-exhaust system is about rusted out. Original brightwork lightly pitted and scuffed. Fourteen-inch Cragar SS wheels with old Radial T/As. Seats and door panels redone several decades ago on the cheap. Aftermarket floor shifter, steering wheel, and tach. Diamond-tufted black vinyl dashpad. Cond: 4+. Odo: 98,295 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Equipped with power steering/brakes/ windows and full tinted glass. Stock wheel covers on older radials. 1970s-era Pioneer 8-track tape deck tastefully added to the center console. Wears an older repaint that’s fairly presentable, despite some lesser-quality masking. Paint chipping over left front wheelwell. Decent chrome on original slightly wavy bumpers. Turn-signal lenses have gray primer overspray. Dusty engine bay, but the chrome valve covers and air plenums should clean up well. Big-4 Automotive Equipment Division decal on cowl. Kink in intake hose from the blower. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,050. My guess is that whoever did the mods on this was a big fan of “American Graffiti,” probably starting the project the day after he watched the movie when it first came out in 1973, with little done to the car over the past couple of decades at least. Bidding was at $17,500 within 24 hours of ending, and was extended several times over until ending here. A bit ironic that this was the top sale here, as Mr. Marple tended to focus his collection on independent marques. #36V-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N 63R1428. Maroon/cream vinyl. SOLD AT $21,175. Out of all of Virgil’s Avantis, this was said to be his favored driver. Still, it’s been at least three years since it was run on the highway, so expect to deal with all of the long-term parked-car issues (brakes, entire fuel system, tires, et al.). Still, it saw bidding extended several times before it closed, as it was at $14,500 with seconds before the original closing time. Yet considering some of the more outlandish prices realized on other worse-condition Avantis here, this wasn’t all too silly of a final bid. #20V-1964 STUDEBAKER ZIP VAN Model 8E 5-FC utility. S/N E5FC2278. Blue, white & red/light blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 85,388 miles. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Per the estate’s representative, this was located in Kentucky and had minimal rust. Partially restored project in work. Bodywork is complete except for detail painting, glass installation and minor parts fitting. Partial wiring-harness installation. Exterior paint quality is pretty decent, interior is not as well done—either in application or masking. Original gauge panel, with surface rust beneath the glass and broken speedometer needle. Very basic re-cover of the driver’s seat. Engine runs, but the driveline was not restored, so it is quite dingy. Cond: 4+. 134 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN SOLD AT $9,075. Channel your inner Cliff Clavin. This was essentially Studebaker’s last stand for getting a good government contract for the automotive division to stay afloat. While they did deliver on the U.S. Post Office contract in 1963 and 1964 for these ZIP vans (so named to help promote the then-new ZIP codes), they proved to be the final Studebaker trucks. Bidding hung around at about $3,500 until the day before the auction, getting up to $8,250 bid by the morning of close, with no further advances. #45V-1967 PLYMOUTH FURY VIP 4-dr hard top. S/N PP43G74172291. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 46,221 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Power steering, a/c, but manual brakes. Correctly repainted Bright Red Metallic, and done reasonably well with the trim pulled off and minimal signs of masking otherwise. While off, some chrome was reconditioned. Stock, full wheel covers (fancy that) and older radial tires. Roof vinyl is lifting at the C-pillar, but was expertly redyed. Driver’s seat bottom starting to show some wear and occasional thread busting, but balance of interior soft trim is original and pretty good. Aftermarket steering-wheel cover. DIN-mounted CD sound system mounted below dash by driver’s door. Cornball aftermarket dual exhaust. Engine incorrectly repainted red and black, yet otherwise is generally stock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. If this got whacked in 1992, it would’ve been a 23-year-old car from a boutique manufacturer, so it’s not surprising that it was shoved into a corner and left for a couple decades before Virgil bought it. Heck, by the time it was hit, it was on that slippery slope downward, with aftermarket wheels and various light mods indicative of a quasi-luxury-performance car past its prime and going feral from less-than-thoughtful owners. Well sold, and good luck putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. #46V-1972 AMC GREMLIN hatchback. SOLD AT $6,325. The VIP trim on the fullsize Fury body was something of a poor man’s Imperial, yet with a sporty flair. It never sold in the volumes of the Fury III or even the Sport Fury, so few pop up today. At least this has the first step-up engine option from the base 318 of a two-pot-fed 383, yet the 4-barrel 383 and the debuting 440 could also be had. If you fancy full-boat Mopars of the 1960s, you could do a lot worse. Reasonable sale for all parties involved. #41V-1969 AVANTI II coupe. S/N RQA0259. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 62,630 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavy front collision damage from about 1992 (New York plates and inspection tags on the windshield expired in 1993). While most of the right front fender is still with the car, most of the front fascia is either gone or broken up into small pieces that are stuffed somewhere inside the car. Even the cowl has some damage from where the fender was ripped from it. Hood looks to be an easy fix. Front bumper is okay, but mounts are mangled and it needs replating 136 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market S/N A2A465E321334. Dark green metallic & white/tan plaid vinyl & nylon. Odo: 48,900 miles. 232-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Rally wheels (shod with low-profile T/A radials) likely aren’t original to the car. The 48,900 on the odometer could well be actual, but nobody was sticking their neck out to claim it. Okay repaint and restripe job, but masking is not so great around the rear hatch release. Light hint of overspray on the tags in the driver’s door jamb. Good original brightwork, but nowhere near showworthy. Good original interior, with minimal seat and rubber floor-mat wear, but the seat ends are moldy. Period aftermarket FM converter mounted below the glovebox. Cleanedup mostly original engine, to include the paint, but not including belts and hoses. Stated to run and drive with no issues. Cond: 3. anyway. Both doors fit poorly. Original interior is pretty decent but is very dusty and dirty. Boxes of loose parts are on floorboards. Original motor is generally complete—with smog pump—but very dusty. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $20,900. Introduced on April Fool’s Day 1970, the Gremlin had changed little by the time this one rolled off the line at Kenosha. At least for 1972 the 304-ci V8 was now an option. Online bidding opened fairly strong, but went from a somewhat outlandish $10,250 on the last day of bidding to ending with this “Are you out of your frickin’ mind?” final bid after several sessions of extended bidding. Nope, cars with moldy interiors don’t rate better than a 3.


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VANDERBRINK INDEPENDENCE, MN This being more of a parts-and-pieces high-school-parking-lot denizen than a blue-chip investment piece, bidding was markedly stronger than it deserved to be for the brunt of the action. Very well sold. 1974 AMC Javelin AMX 2-door hard top #44V-1974 AMC JAVELIN AMX 2-dr hard top. S/N A4C798P250123. Black & white/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 80,718 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Real-deal black-onblack AMX. Aftermarket wheels on radial tires. Originally powered by a 360-ci V8, now with an AMC 401 underhood. Built up with various aftermarket components and a healthy layer of dust. Decent repaint, but with lesser masking in door jambs. Missing hood-edge trim up front, windshield and glass trim has multiple light dings. Colorado inspection tag in the windshield. Original rubber seals are showing marked degrading. Seat inserts redone in cloth. Moderate carpet wear. Lessthan-skillful fitting of replacement dashpad. Fire extinguisher mounted between front seats. Aftermarket steering-wheel rim cover and Hurst shifter. Somewhat-crude dual exhaust system. Cond: 3. rear bumper and touched-up scrape behind fuel filler, probably from parking by Braille. Driver’s seat bottom has a few splits, plus kick panels and steering column have discoloring—probably from using the wrong type of cleaner. Carpet has some fading on trans hump and soiling footwells. Radio-delete plate. Engine bay needs a good cleaning, but keep the rattle cans away. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,150. Usually, a plow truck means that it’s approaching the end of its life cycle (it’s rusty and won’t go into overdrive, so might as well make it into a plow truck), yet this is was a pretty nice Bronco on its own. If it was me who was the high bidder, I’d split the plow from the Bronco and cash in on the continuing interest in 1980s SUVs—then either FB Marketplace the plow as it is or hang it on a POS 4x4 pickup. Either way, it was a decent enough buy—especially if one spiffs it up a bit. #47V-1995 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS SOLD AT $21,450. While the Javelin was retired at the end of this model year, the AMX name was resurrected for a lame attempt to revive it on a trim package for the 1979 Sprint (basically, a restyled Gremlin with the trucklike-but-trusty 258-ci 6-banger or optional and smog-strangled 304 V8). This being more of a parts-and-pieces high-school-parking-lot denizen than a blue-chip investment piece, bidding was markedly stronger than it deserved to be for the brunt of the action. Very well sold. #56V-1976 FORD PINTO MPG hatchback. S/N 6X11Y212536. Copper/tan vinyl. Odo: 26,466 miles. 140-ci I4, 2-bbl, auto. 26,466 actual miles in all-original condition, aside from tires and no battery. Runs and drives as well as you can expect out of a Pinto. 1976 Iowa inspection decal in windshield. Good, circa-1976, Fordapplied paint and striping, with minimal edge chipping. Door fit reminds me that this was also before “Quality is Job 1.” Light ding in BEST BUY SOLD AT $3,520. Of all the cars here, this is the only one that was undeniably well bought. Don’t blow up over that—hear me out. Virgil bought this approximately four years ago out of a car-shopper ad from the little-old-lady original owner in Sioux City, IA. They didn’t tell me what she was asking for it, but typically for him, he paid her price immediately and sent his collection manager to go down and pick it up. By the time he got home, he told me that Virgil was about ready to leave his phone off the hook for a month, because he had tons of other folks who wanted to buy it, since the little old lady gave them his number. Die-hard Ford collectors have a hard time finding any low-mile, original Pinto, and someone got a half-price deal. #20VA-1989 FORD BRONCO Eddie Bauer Edition SUV. S/N 1FMEU15H2KLA82664. Maroon & tan/tan cloth. Odo: 6,754 miles. 5.8-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Wears a Western snowplow up front. Aftermarket, deep-dish alloy wheels on slightly oversized tires, with standard steel spare on the rear carrier. Reasonably good original paint, with some light sun fade. No externally visible rust, while it’s somewhat flaky on the chassis. Dingy engine bay, but seems to have been regularly maintained. Muted original chrome and trim, with typical light scuffing. Interior is about the nicest I’ve ever seen in a snowplow truck. Seats only show light wear. Neatly installed plow controller at bottom of dashboard. Aftermarket steering-wheel cover. Cond: 3. sedan. S/N 1G1BL52P7SR187218. Black/ gray leather. Odo: 19,031 miles. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Last set of license tabs date to 2017. Aside from a newer yet smaller-thanstock battery, bone-stock but very dusty in the engine bay. Two GM recall campaign completion tags stuck to the radiator support. Original paint, with a few areas of light scuffing and the occasional road-debris chip. Auto Armor dealer-applied paint protector decal on the windshield (so much for that working as billed). Windshield trim strips coming loose on the ends. Stock alloy wheels on newer tires. Seats showing minimal wear and soiling, yet steering-wheel rim and carpet make up for it in excessive wear and soiling. Seats and carpeting covered with dryer sheets, to keep the mouse population at bay. In this instance, it seems to have worked. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. With the odometer showing 19,031, most of the bidding on the last day was akin to ignoring the fact that this Impala had been just plain sitting in a dirt-floor building for several years generally untouched. Not that this got The Full Lambrecht patina treatment, but it was fast-tracked to be if it wasn’t for the car selling (and ending up like most of the Studebakers here). At least it smells like fabric softener and not mouse pee. Well sold.♦ 138 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE Packing a Fantasy Garage It would be easy to fill several garages — real or imagined — with Hatfield’s favorite picks from BaT from a random week in June looking for an outlet. Long before the lockdown that has killed our collec- tor-car auctions and gatherings, Randy Nonnenberg’s website Bring a Trailer had become the online auction site of choice for those trying to find that one-of-a-kind, super-rare enthusiast ride. With the lack of the usual venues for collectors the past few months, BaT has gone supernova. Every morning, a new email arrives with a fresh flock of gotta-have-it, can’t-live-without-it collector cars that will have drool dripping in your coffee. Bring a Trailer now has a premium class, offering the cream of the collector-car crop. At the time 1969 Ford F-250, sold for a hefty $72,975 report by Brett Hatfield; photos courtesy of Bring a Trailer Market opinions in italics T here’s a buzz that comes from attending collector-car auctions. It doesn’t matter if it’s RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Barrett-Jackson, Mecum, Leake or Gooding & Company, there is a palpable excitement in the air. We haven’t been able to enjoy that this spring. Still, those with gasoline in their veins haven’t lost interest. In fact, it could be argued that interest has created a pent-up demand Company Bring a Trailer Date Range June 22–26, 2020 Buyer’s premium 5%; $250 minimum, $5,000 maximum, included in sold prices this is being written, the premium listings include a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, a 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica HGTC, a 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C coupe by Pinin Farina, and a 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato. These are in addition to all the other cool lots on the site. The lots covered here are all vehicles I have wanted to grace my own garage. There are a few remarkable results here, like the 589-mile 1985 Chevy K20 Scottsdale that sold for over $89k, the 1969 Ford F-250 4x4 that went for nearly $73k, or the 1972 Datsun 240Z that sold for a staggering $110k with fees. So far, Bring a Trailer keeps providing us all with a wide array of amazing vehicles to drive our imaginations wild and empty our bank accounts. It may not have the crackling, electric sensation of bidding in person, but it’s no doubt helped stoke the car addict’s passion during a bleak era. Bless them for that. ENGLISH #33244-1985 LOTUS ESPRIT Turbo coupe. S/N SCCFC20A1FHK60695. Red/tan leather. Odo: 91,115 miles. Turbocharged 2.2-L I4, 5-sp. Parts of this Esprit have clearly been repainted, as the black on the bumpers and window surrounds is now red. The paint shows some fading. BBS honeycomb wheels shod in Kelly Charger rubber. Tan leather interior has seen better days, with wear on the bolsters and a split in driver’s side seat bottom. Leather shifter boot is worn and faded. Engine bay could use some attention. The clutch slave cylinder is leaking, and a replacement slave cylinder is included. There are some exhaust leaks at the manifold due to missing bolts. New exhaust gaskets also included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,275. We’ve all heard the acronym before—LOTUS: Lots Of Trouble, Usually Expensive. This one is practically guaranteed to prove that joke true. These weren’t cheap to maintain when they were new and in good condition. The condition on this one made it downright scary. SCM median value is $23k. This one will eat the $7k difference between sale price and median value in short order and still be looking for more. Hopefully the buyer is a Lotus specialist. #33238-2006 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE V8 coupe. S/N SCFBB03B36GC01721. Tungsten Silver/gray leather & Alcantara. Odo: 16,908 miles. Fuel-injected 4.3-L V8, 6-sp. Tungsten Silver finish is shiny, free from any dings or nicks. XPEL paintprotection film covers the front bumper, hood, fenders, headlamp lenses and mirror housings. 140 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $46,200. This was the much-moredesirable V8 Vantage, equipped with the 6-speed manual gearbox (the auto may be the world’s worst transmission). Condition was All four factory alloys appear in good nick, without any curb rash. Gray leather and Alcantara interior is also in very good condition, with only slight wear noted on stitching. Engine bay is clean, as is the undercarriage. Car comes with service records since 2017, an Aston Martin trickle charger and clean CARFAX. Cond: 2+.


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE These hot hatches were practical yet fun, and as such were the choice of a younger market who drove them hard and often. Even with some needs, this one was one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI hatchback much better than average, with fewer miles than average, yet this one traded right at average retail. Someone took home a bargain. GERMAN #33113-1970 PORSCHE 911T RS Tribute coupe. S/N 9110122079. Blue Metallic/black vinyl & gray cloth inserts. Odo: 17,006 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L H6, 5-sp. Metallic blue shows good shine, presents well. Carrera RSstyle front bumper and RS-style rear fender flares contribute to a handsome appearance. Panel gaps appear consistent throughout. Glass and stainless in good nick. Modified 3.2-liter flat 6 from a 9k-mile 1988 Carrera is housed in a tidy engine compartment. Interior shows little sign of wear, featuring bolstered bucket seats, RS-style door cards and MOMO steering wheel. Accompanied by service records and a painted ducktail engine cover. Cond: 2. side door and just below vent window on passenger’s side. Factory alloys have been beautifully refinished. Glass and weatherstrip are in good nick. Red cloth interior shows minor wear on driver’s seat. Steering column seals and a shifter rebuild kit are included in the sale. Stereo currently disconnected. Comes with window sticker, original invoice, build sheet, service records and factory manuals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,015. Save for the scuffs on the front bumper cover, this was an exceptional, low-mile example of a big-body Benz. Although a bit underpowered in this smallestdisplacement V8 for the flagship sedan, these were competent, comfortable highway cars with luxurious appointments and cargo space. The winning bid here was a couple thousand north of book value, but likely worth the investment, as these are beginning to climb. #33223-2000 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBSEJ1347YAH60015. Schwarz II/black cloth, black hard top/red & black leather. Odo: 36,333 km. Fuel-injected 4.9-L V8, 6-sp. Glossy finish presents beautifully, possibly having been ceramic coated. No road rash to note. Red-and-black leather interior makes for a striking and handsome pairing. Driver’s side outside seat bolsters show some wear and creasing. Balance of the interior is clean. Engine bay is tidy and correct. Undercarriage appears to have been cleaned as well. Wheels are free from rash. Comes with both tops. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,975. GTIs were economy cars turned sporty, using the VW Rabbit as the base. These hot hatches were practical yet fun, and as such were the choice of a younger market who drove them hard and often. Even with some needs, this one was one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. That may explain why the winning bid was fully 50% above book value for one in #1 condition, or it may just have been two GTI fans who were both determined to take it home. Either way, well sold. #33256-1984 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SE SOLD AT $81,900. Although far from original, this 911T stayed true to the Porsche ethos. With values of a genuine RS Lightweight well in excess of $1.3m, one could be forgiven for trying to capture a bit of that mystique in a much-less-expensive platform. The SCM Pocket Price Guide median value for a ’70 911T is $72.5k. Given the extra performance from a 1988-vintage 3.2, coupled with tastefully done fender flares, it seemed easy to justify a bit of a premium. Well sold for a nicely finished clone, although many enthusiasts would prefer an engine closer to the original specs rather than the bigger and heavier 3.2. #33118-1983 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT GTI hatchback. S/N 1VWDC0178DV023763. Royal Red/red cloth. Odo: 33,263 miles. Fuel-injected 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Equipped with a/c (which needs a charge), factory AM/ FM-cassette, heated rear window and golf-ball shift knob. Paint presents well, but the passenger’s rear quarter has been replaced. Small door dings present at leading edge of driver’s 142 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market sedan. S/N WDBCA32A7EA038410. Lapis Blue/Palomino leather. Odo: 40,185 miles. Fuel-injected 3.8-L V8, 4-sp. Metallic paint just gleams. Scuffs are present at the corners of the gray-clad front bumper. Glass and weatherstrip are in decent condition. Wears 14-inch chrome Bundt-style wheels. Interior has been well maintained, with minimal wear on the leather seat bolsters. Carpets have been freshly cleaned. Engine bay is clean, with no leaks noted. Undercarriage is in surprisingly good nick. Accompanied by service records, factory manuals, and clean CARFAX. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. This example was the 15th U.S.-spec production example built. It was used as a press vehicle before being purchased by a BMW executive who eventually moved it to Canada. There, it traded hands again. The top bid here was $21k below priceguide median value. Possibly being located in Canada kept the bidding down. Re-importing the car shouldn’t be too difficult, as it was originally a U.S.-market car. ITALIAN #33232-1984 FERRARI MONDIAL Quattrovalvole convertible. S/N ZFFUC15A7E0051875. Nero/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 35,968 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L V8, 5-sp. One of 282 imported to the U.S. from 1983 to 85. Only driven 30 miles in the past two years. Glossy factory finish presents well, with minimal pepper noted. Black cloth convertible top appears in very good condition. Black leather interior shows minimal wear. Carpets are not faded. Equipped with gated shifter, a/c, power windows and aftermarket Kenwood stereo system. Engine bay is clean. Comes with owner’s manual, car cover, toolkit and clean CARFAX. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,250. Last seen on Bring a Trailer in November 2017, when it sold for $29,777, wearing a set of 18-inch 360 Modena wheels. Long among the least loved from the Scuderia, the Mondial is arguably the cheapest way to get your top-down Ferrari fix. The


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE Holy Mother of Pearl! Yes, 240Zs have become very collectible over the past few years. Yes, prices are on the rise, and yes, this was a good example. But oh, my giddy aunt, was this a surprise! The winning bid here was over THREE TIMES price-guide median value! 1972 Datsun 240Z coupe and yes, this was a good example. But oh, my giddy aunt, was this a surprise! The winning bid here was over THREE TIMES price-guide median value! For what was thrown at this Z, you could have had a tidy Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a 996 GT3 or a Ferrari 550 Maranello with a few miles. Let that sink in. Along with the staggering bidding, there were 459 comments on the sale. Exceedingly well sold. Congrats to the seller. #33066-2001 ACURA NSX-T convert- back seats would only be comfy for the tiniest of toddlers, but do offer the added bonus of more luggage space for weekend jaunts. PreMondial T models can have the belt service done without having to pull the engine, a true bonus over most other mid-engined cars from Maranello. This copy was bid up to just under median book value of $33,500. Apparently not enough of a premium to justify swapping the wheels. JAPANESE #33053-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3068727. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 69,681 miles. 2.4-L I6, 4-sp. One of 37 cars restored by Nissan North America and sold by select dealerships through the Nissan Vintage Restoration Program in the 1990s. The red paint presents well save for a couple of small nicks on the edge of the driver’s door. Aftermarket 16-inch Panasports complement well. Chrome parts show minor pitting. Interior is quite clean save for the tape patch over a gouge on driver’s side outside seat bolster. Engine bay is tidy and correct. Comes with an owner’s manual, toolkit and Nissan Vintage Restoration Program literature. Cond: 2-. ible. S/N JH4NA21661T000021. Berlina Black/Onyx leather. Odo: 12,759 miles. Fuelinjected 3.2-L V6, 6-sp. A recent paint correction detail helps the Berlina Black finish gleam. Some small chips and a small spot of clearcoat peeling are visible on rear passenger’s side fender flare, and two scratches on driver’s side rear flare. Factory alloy wheels present well, with no rash present. The Onyx Black leather is quite clean, with only minor creases and wrinkles. The balance of the interior is in very good condition. Factory stereo is fitted. Engine bay is clean and correct. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,500. As a non-matching-numbers car, there should have been no guilt in driving and enjoying this solid-axle. A few things had been changed, like a power brake booster and high-energy distributor (that could no longer be covered by the polished stainless trim), presumably to improve drivability. Median book value for a base-engine ’57 would be $69k with the hard top, so the winning bid here is a bit of a bargain for a decent driver. Well bought. #33102-1964 PONTIAC GTO convert- SOLD AT $102,900. The first-generation Acura NSXs began to find their stride a few years back, and continued their upward trend as other cars have seen a bit of market correction. These were considered exotics that could be used as daily drivers, and as such, many accumulated many miles. This example, though not perfect, was quite good, with few ticks on the clock. The sale price here was spot-on. AMERICAN SOLD AT $110,240. Holy Mother of Pearl! Yes, 240Zs have become very collectible over the past few years. Yes, prices are on the rise, 144 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market #33241-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S101328. Polo White & Inca Silver/black cloth, white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 69,539 miles. 350-ci 355-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Polo White paint with Inca Silver coves is a handsome combo, but shows some small nicks on nose and swirl throughout. A NOT SOLD AT $43,250. Believed by many to be the first muscle car, the GTO (a hotter version of the Tempest) stole its name from the Ferrari of the same moniker. This copy was slightly modified from original condition, but nothing that strayed too far. A different shade of interior and a hotter carb setup shouldn’t ible. S/N 824P157017. Nocturne Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,540 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Handsome paint presents well, with good prep and execution. Equipped with dual hood scoops, power steering, power brakes, heavy-duty springs and shocks, and a tach. Original dark blue interior has been changed to white. Interior is clean, with little indication of use. Engine bay is clean. Original 4-barrel carb was swapped for a Tri-Power setup early in the car’s life. Undercarriage shows well. Sold with the build sheet, order sheet and PHS literature. Cond: 2. cloth soft top has replaced the previous vinyl. Chrome looks decent; stainless could be a little better polished. Some creasing noted on driver’s side seat bottom. An aftermarket cassette radio has been fitted. Carpets are clean and fade-free. A thicker steering wheel with a smaller diameter has replaced the original. Engine bay houses a Chevy ZZ4 crate 350 with a higher-energy distributor and C4 valve covers. Undercarriage is clean and appears to have been detailed. Cond: 3+.


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BRING A TRAILER ONLINE For years, first-gen Firebirds got all the attention, and the second generation was relegated to also-ran status. However, since the post-recession run-up, the early second-gen Firebirds and T/As have found their stride. 1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III coupe have pushed this down that much. True, the white may be somewhat polarizing, but it fails to explain this lack of interest. Top money offered was well below price-guide median value of $55k. The seller had little choice but to hold out for a better offer. #32984-1969 FORD F-250 pickup. S/N F26YRE71622. Lunar Green/black vinyl/gray cloth inserts. Odo: 78,750 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Single-stage Dupont paint is quite glossy, with minimal orange peel, and likely far better than when new. Panel gaps appear consistent, again probably better than new. Newer towing mirrors are fitted. Bed sides and tailgate are topped with polished stainless trim. Bed has been sprayed with a matte-black bedliner. Engine bay is clean and correct. Chrome bumpers are quite brilliant, as is all the stainless trim. Steel wheels painted white and wear factory dog dishes. Four-speed trans has a granny-low first. Interior presents asnew, with re-covered bench and rubber floor mat. Undercarriage is detailed and spotless. Cond: 1-. Paint presents well, with good gloss. Driver’s side turn-signal housing hangs down slightly. Panel gaps are only slightly better than when new. Factory steel wheels are shod in Goodyear bias-ply rubber. Engine bay is clean and original. Interior shows well, with little wear of note. Glass and weatherstrip are holding up. Comes with a reproduction window sticker from Pontiac Historic Services, build sheet, factory manuals and other PHS literature. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,725. There likely was not another copy of this truck with miles this low anywhere. This sale set a record for squarebody trucks by a wide margin, driven by two very determined bidders. The seller must be thrilled beyond words. As an aside, there were nearly 300 comments on the auction, some of which were hilariously brilliant. Extremely well sold! #32975-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N SOLD AT $72,975. Big money for this truck speaks to the level of restoration quality, which appeared to be rotisserie and fresh. The condition was better than new, with a few minor modifications for usability. Finding these in this condition never happens, as they were work trucks and used as such. This copy was far too nice to ever consider using for its original intended purpose. The winning bid here was likely far less than what had been invested, but it’s unlikely there is another copy quite this nice. Well sold. #33175-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM Ram Air III coupe. S/N 228870N128489. Lucerne Blue/white stripe/black vinyl. Odo: 66,418 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 1,046 1970 T/As finished in Lucerne Blue. SOLD AT $68,775. Last seen at the April 2017 Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX, sale, where it failed to meet reserve at $55k (SCM# 6836473). For years, first-gen Firebirds got all the attention, and the second generation was relegated to also-ran status. However, since the post-recession run-up, the early second-gen Firebirds and T/As have found their stride. This one was a stripper with few options, the rarer of the two colors offered in ’70, with an older but very serviceable restoration. Price-guide median value is $59k, and, with the quality of work done, this was well worth the price of admission. #32978-1985 CHEVROLET K20 Scottsdale 4x4 pickup. S/N 2GCGK24M4F1109687. Indian Bronze Metallic/Mahogany vinyl. Odo: 589 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Has only covered 589 miles from new. Paint, interior, bed and engine bay all appear as-new. Sparsely optioned, it is equipped with power windows and locks, a sliding rear window, vinyl floors and bench, Deluxe Appearance Package (chrome bumpers and grille), but has no radio or a/c. Dealer-installed bed rails fitted. The truck has had single-family ownership from new until 2018, when it was purchased by the seller. Accompanied by manufacturer’s literature, a build sheet and a clean CARFAX. Cond: 1-. 1FAFP90S45Y400752. Mark IV Red Clearcoat/white stripes/Ebony leather. Odo: 509 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Reportedly kept by the dealership until it was sold as “new” in 2014, this GT has covered just 509 miles from new. It has all four factory options (racing stripes, forged aluminum wheels, red brake calipers, McIntosh stereo). Mark IV Red Clearcoat is as-new, with no signs of nicks or chips. Engine bay also presents as-new. Interior still wears hang tags. Black leather seats have no evident bolster wear, and carpets are clean. Glass and weatherstrip are flawless. Only the undercarriage shows any indication of use, as evidenced by some water spots. Accompanied by the Certificate of Origin, original dealership allocation paperwork, original dealer invoice and a clean CARFAX report. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $324,000. Last seen at the 2020 Mecum Kissimmee auction, where it failed to sell at $270k (SCM# 6927007). As was the case with so many of these, this one had clearly been tucked away, with little indication of use to be found anywhere on the car. The owner had preserved its like-new condition but missed the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest Fords ever built. The winning bid was just above book value, but certainly justified with condition and low miles. ♦ 146 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ROUNDTABLE Are Blue-Chip Collectibles a Good Investment? Our world turned upside down in March, but people are still buying and selling collector cars. This is a remarkable vote of confidence — and love. But are cars good investments for the long term? We’ve asked Mitch Katz, Jose Romero, Muffy Bennett and Prescott Kelly for their opinions MITCH KATZ CEO, Premier Financial Services JOSE ROMERO Sales Manager, DriverSource Before the coronavirus hit, many smart people saw blue-chip collector cars as a good long-term investment. Do you still agree with that? Also, what is your definition of a blue-chip collectible? Has that definition changed during the past couple of years? The traditional definition of a “blue chip” collector car is one that maintains its popularity and economic value over a sustained period. The coronavirus has not affected the values or demand for cars that are currently considered blue-chip collectibles, based on our leasing experience so far this year. The most significant trend affecting what’s considered a blue-chip collectible, and on the consistency of the market values for those cars, involves a generational shift that’s currently taking place. The tastes and preferences of a younger generation of car enthusiasts — who are in their 30s and 40s and who now have sufficient disposable income — are very different from those of older collectors. These newcomers might, for example, consider a 1985 Camaro IROC-Z to be a very desirable “blue-chip” collector car, and have little interest in owning a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS or some other car that’s been popular over the past decade. Similar to all other categories of assets, the rules of supply and demand apply to collector-car values. There are no “safe bets” when it comes to predicting whether a car will be more or less desirable over time. For that reason, we believe that the best reason to buy any car — regardless of whether or not it’s considered “blue chip” — is because you love it and will enjoy owning it. The reasons for loving a particular car vary broadly, and they can also be very personal. Perhaps you rode in your favorite uncle’s vintage Mercedes when you were in junior high school. You can remember the feel and smell of its leather seats, the clean styling of its dashboard, and how you felt the day your uncle let you take the wheel. No one enjoys losing money on any item that’s considered a “col- lectible,” whether it’s artwork, gold coins or stamps. But if you’ve enjoyed a collector car while you’ve owned it, and the car has created lifetime memories for you and your family, that will more than make up for any economic loss you might incur. Conversely, you might break even or make money on your collec- tor car. But there are much better and safer ways to build a long-term investment portfolio. Blue-chip collector cars are a good long-term investment — more so today than ever before. With volatility in the markets, changing habits and high liquidity, we are seeing significantly more requests and higher sales volumes for quality collector cars. For years, the words “blue-chip” collectible meant Ferrari 250 California Spyder, coachbuilt Duesenbergs, historic Jaguar C-types/ D-types and the staples: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Lamborghini Miura, and Ferrari’s trio of supercars. Today, I consider a blue-chip collectible car the best of its kind in any category. A quality original-paint or highly restored 1967–73 Porsche 911S or the best Jaguar E-type available on the market are great examples. Additionally, cars that are a joy to drive and require relatively low maintenance, like Ferrari 246 GT/GTS Dinos, have seen a huge uptick in demand. Event eligibility also continues to be a catalyst for many buyers as we see the younger generation of collectors wanting to participate in tours, rallies and club gatherings. Investment-driven buyers acquire cars as an asset class, but many buy them to enjoy, and that is what I always recommend. I tell our clients all the time, buy what you like and pay a little more for the better example; you will always come out ahead down the line. Great collector cars have been a safe-haven investment for decades, and I believe that will only continue to grow. The most recent peak in values was in 2014, followed by a seemingly 25% to 30% decline across the board from 2016 to 2019, yet many end-user collectors seem reluctant to part with their cars. I believe that reluctance will pay dividends in the future. Near term, if the dollar weakens against the euro and British pound, we may once again see a surge in exports, which will drive prices up again. 150 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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MUFFY BENNETT Director — Collector Cars, Ritchie Bros. PRESCOTT KELLY SCM Contributor Before the coronavirus hit, many smart people saw blue-chip collector cars as a good long-term investment. Do you still agree with that? Also, what is your definition of a blue-chip collectible? Has that definition changed during the past couple of years? If purchased thoughtfully and restored carefully, some collector cars will, in fact, appreciate. However, as we have seen throughout the years, plenty depreciate. One cannot always predict the market value of a collector car until it is sold, and, let’s face it — plenty can go awry before then. The market for collector cars — similarly to markets for stocks or futures — can be subject to unpredictable forces, such as the larger economy and the changing tastes and emotions of buyers who may not have the same fondness for earlier generations of vehicles. “Blue chip,” by definition, refers to an investment in a well- established, financially sound and historically secure investment, wherein returns are assured. However investing in a passion-based industry isn’t — and never can be — financially sound, in my opinion. The collector-car market has proven to be fickle. I have never believed that cars were a wise investment. For me, they have always been an emotional decision, as it probably is for most buyers (regrettably, I’m a bit too spontaneous for my own good when it comes to cars). I have always been of the opinion that a buyer should look at a purchase of a collector car as a hobby. If money is made when sold, an owner should be pleasantly surprised — however, it should not necessarily be counted upon. Many portfolio managers have touted collector cars as an invest- ment. I personally never recommend a car as such; although, let’s face it, it is better than Enron stock — at least you have a car in the garage. Buy it because you love it; buy it because you’ve always wanted it – and, most notably, buy it because you are passionate about it! If you lose money when you sell the car, then the delta is the cost of the fun and experiences had during ownership — whether it be driving it, tinkering with it or showing it. The COVID-19 pandemic modified my attitude about the best investment Porsche models. The cars that held or even increased value during the close-down were not all ones I have favored. For blue-chip investments, I have usually recommended several 911 Carrera RS variants: 1973 RS 2.7-liter (first or second series), 1974 RS 3.0-liter, 1984 SC/RS, 1993 RS 3.8, and 2011 GT3 RS 4.0, plus the turbocharged 1996–98 993 GT2 and the 2011 997 GT2 RS, and the last analog Porsche supercar, the 2004–05 Carrera GT. When my phone lit up in May and June, it was from people who wanted Porsches so scarce that a lot of us know most of the owners. Were buyers anticipating congressional- and Federal Reserveprompted inflation, and wanting prime-quality hard assets sooner rather than later? Prices for these cars were not soft. They were up. And as soon as an owner got more than one inquiry, his price solidified. Buyers wanted 1996–97 GT1 Strasses, worth $8,000,000 to $13,000,000 (22–25 built), with large premiums on the lowest-mileage and mostoriginal examples. Interest was also high in my favored 1984 SC/RSs (21 built) and 1974 3.0-liter RSs (52) and their streetable IROC RSR little brothers (15), typically $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. In the mix were 1988 959Ss (29) at circa $2,500,000, rare “Macau versions” of the 1992 964 RS 3.6-liter (20) at $400,000–$600,000, and the 1993 homologation 964 RS 3.8-liter (55) at $1,250,000–$1,500,000. A different group of buyers wanted an outlier, the high-production 1973 RS, with 1,525 built (excludes RSRs). Buyers were of two minds. For the scarce models, it was, “With COVID-19, maybe someone will finally sell a good example.” “I am a buyer in this pandemic, so I deserve to get a bargain” was more applicable to the 1973 RSs. Of interest, I fielded just one inquiry about my second-ranked blue chip behind the GT1s — the 1968 911R, built in 20 examples, plus four 911S-based prototypes. The current younger market demographic is not yet buying many cars older than 1973 RSs. Further, low-production models without real significance such as the Carrera 3.2-liter Club Sport and the RS America never came up. I like to be a contrarian, so perhaps I am a tad disappointed to see the pandemic market endorse the old adage of “buy the best of the rarest.” That must be touchstone advice because it’s true. ♦ Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 151


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DRIVING WITH ELANA 2020 MCLAREN GT A Comfortable Supercar — Comparatively A grand tourer that hits 0–60 mph in 3.1 seconds — but with a little elbow room By Elana Scherr P ull up to the nightclub wrapped in midnight. In twilight. In the fiery orange of the setting sun. McLaren offers wonderful paint colors, and the McLaren GT’s elongated body is an excellent canvas. The GT is McLaren’s “grand tourer,” but it’s too pretty to waste on an open road where nobody can see you. This is a car for arriving places. Preferably there’s a winding road on the way. It’s an easy car to drive, with precise steering, firm brakes and acceleration that will curl your toes — and straighten the curl in your hair. Zero–60 mph in 3.1 seconds? A supercar that you can back up with confidence and get in and out of with elegance? Grand indeed. To save us all time, imagine that the term “comparatively” follows every statement of utility to come, and that the vehicles being compared to are other high-end exotics — and low-orbital spacecraft — rather than, say, the new Ford F-150. Compared to the F-150, the McLaren GT is neither comfortable nor impressive in its payload, but compared to an SR-71 Blackbird, or even a McLaren 720S, the GT is a featherbed with room to spare. The GT’s soft ride and soft profiles are far from the sharp, Venetian-blind slats of the Senna, although wide air intakes at the quarter-panels will remind you that there’s still a fighter plane under those French curves. Inside — and I will point out that this is the first car with dihedral doors that I have managed to get in and out of without bonking my head — it’s cashmere, carbon fiber and contrast-stitched leather. The cockpit is tight for tall folks, supporting my long-standing idea that sports cars are best suited for short ladies — i.e.: me. If you are me-sized, you’ll find the McLaren offers plenty of headroom, daily-driver-level visibility, and works as well as a grocery-getter as it does as a tarmac version of the Concord. Most supercars are spectacular until the moment you have to unfold from the interior and scrape your tiny overnight bag out of whatever cubby passes for a trunk. The McLaren GT is fast by any metric, as well as comfortable and roomy. Comparatively. ♦ ELANA’S GRADEBOOK Fun to drive:  Eye appeal:  Overall experience:  Price as tested: $253,430 Equipment: Mid-engine 612-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, Comfort, Sport and Track modes, 15-spoke forged wheels, Pirelli PZero tires, 225/35/ R20 front, 295/30/R21 rear, polished four-piston brake calipers, Electrochromic glass roof, vehicle lift, Ink Blue leather seats, Namaka Blue exterior paint, body-color key, Sports exhaust, seven-inch touchscreen, Bowers & Wilkins audio system, power adjustable seats, 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space Mileage: 15/22 Likes: Easy ingress and egress, smooth ride, spectacular visibility Dislikes: Hidden seat controls, cramped footbox, fussy key fob Verdict: Never has going so fast been so drama-free 152 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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DOUBLE TAKE Boom or Bust? SCMers go toe-to-toe while rating recent BaT sales by Mark Wigginton and Jeff Zurschmeide Lot 32470. 1978 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT 4x4. S/N: U15HLCG9587. Metallic blue with sunset graphics. 351-ci V8, auto. 16,000 miles. Sold at $48,300. Bring a Trailer, 6/9/2020. 28 bids. Condition: 2- WIGGINTON This Bronco flooded my brain with memories of post-college summers in the Midwest. We would go late-night brush bashing in my friend’s much scrappier and used-hard first-generation Bronco, headed deep into the woods to drink some Blues. This second-gen truck features the garish Sunset side graphics, a glass-out repaint and a lot of fine work. Bronco prices are on the rise, despite plenty of choices. But if I’m going fishing, I don’t want the high- maintenance, perfectly coifed trophy winner. Nope, I want one not afraid to get brush scratches and mud in all those hard-to-get-at places. I would rather have a scruffy example for a third the money. ZURSCHMEIDE I grew up in Southern California, and like Mark, we also did our share of scrambling around the back country in Broncos and K5 Chevy Blazers. We were always careful to wash the evidence away so our parents wouldn’t know. Is this Bronco really worth $48,000 today? My gut says that the current prices for 1970s and ’80s trucks won’t last. It’s not like any of them are special or rare, and few buyers under age 50 now will be likely to care much about them in 10 years. This is a nostalgia vehicle for the generation that enjoyed them when they were new. new Panamera Turbo today. That’s why this car, with just 50k miles, was a great deal. While we might wish for a 5-speed manual trans- mission, those were rare on a model marketed as a grand-touring machine. The 4-speed automatic is typical of the breed, and should be fine unless you’re set on becoming a track-day hero. WIGGINTON Like the 924 and the 944, both cheaper variants of Porsche’s front-engine/RWD sport coupes, the 928 never created lust for me. The 911 I get; it whispers seductively, “Let’s go fast,” but the other three? Crickets. They answered a question my brain never asked. I don’t think the 928s were handsome, and the exact Lot 32479. 1987 Porsche 928. S/N WP0JB0926HS862139. Black, black leather. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. 58,000 miles. Sold at $30,713. Bring a Trailer, 6/9/2020. 40 bids. Condition: 2- ZURSCHMEIDE It’s lucky that the V8-powered Porsche 928 never replaced the 911 as intended, but the 928 never got its due. There’s so much that’s right with these cars — from the well-balanced rear transaxle design to the beautifully proportioned body that presaged the current Panamera. This particular 1987 928 S4 carried an original sticker price of $74,261, which is about $172,698 in today’s dollars. So in its day, the 928 was priced comparably to a same car coming from Toyota would be just another Supra. It seems like the hive brain in the collector world agrees. Prices are a good reflection of demand, and the upside is just not there. That said, this was a lovely example. However, for that money, you also could have a “real” Porsche, say a late-’70s 911SC Targa, or TWO mid-’90s Boxsters, both of which would be more fun to drive and with fewer maintenance issues. If you want a car for the fun, it isn’t the 928. If you want it for collectibility, well ... 154 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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This 1976 Triumph TR6 certainly fits the bill. Beautiful inside and out (don’t look at the federal bumpers), lovingly restored and maintained and a perfect example of the classic British sports car (don’t looooook), right down to the anemic 104 horsepower. The lack of grunt didn’t slow sales (ignore the bumpers), as all but around 9,000 of the 95,000 examples were sold here. It’s a beautiful little TR6 (I said don’t look) for a reasonable price, well bought and sold, in a market that hasn’t really budged much (eyes up here, Buster) despite the obvious charms (dammit, I looked). But try as I might, I can’t un-see those bumpers, and I’m just not in the mood anymore. ZURSCHMEIDE I admit I have a thing for yellow cars. I see the color and go all starry-eyed and my brain gets fuzzy. Next thing you know, I’m counting out Benjamins at asking Lot 32504. 1976 Triumph TR6. S/N CF57832UO. Inca Yellow, black vinyl. 2.5-liter I6, 4-sp with J-type overdrive. 75,000 miles. Sold at $29,925. Bring a Trailer, 6/9/2020. 30 bids. Condition: 2+ WIGGINTON There is that moment when you just have to do what Keith says (not what Keith does): spend the money, buy a car from a marque fanatic and enjoy without headaches. price. When the glamour wears off, I’ve learned that there is no greater fool out there. At least I’m the best at something, right? I had an opportunity to buy a perfect TR6 for $3,500, back about 1987 or so. It would have been a good investment. But is this one still a good buy at $30,000? I’d say it is. Clean British sports cars will always find a market, and time has been kind to the TR6 design. Big, ugly rubber bumper overriders notwithstanding, this is a car that will always be desirable, and this particular one is remarkably clean. Lot 32450. 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country wagon. S/N 1C3BC59K1GF207316. Metallic blue with woodgrain, blue cloth. 2.5-L I4, auto. 11,000 miles. Sold at $8,400. Bring a Trailer, 6/9/2020. 13 bids. Condition: 3+ ZURSCHMEIDE This sale is how you know the RADwood craze has jumped the shark. The ’86 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country was a penalty box when it was new, and nothing has changed. Chrysler’s 2.5-liter “K” engine made an anemic 100 horsepower. Those lonely ponies then passed through Lee Iacocca’s notorious “Broken Dreams” 3-speed automatic transmission on an unhappy journey to the 7-Eleven parking lot at the corner of Disappointment and Ennui. What are you going to do with it? Display it? For the love of God, you’re not going to daily-drive it, right? These cars are not comfortable, they’re not fun, and the woodgrain stickers don’t even count as ironic. Some cars should go gently into that good night. This is one of them. WIGGINTON The first driving lesson I got (thanks, Mom!) was in a 1962 Mercury Colony Park wagon. And before that, I spent lots of time in the back of it, especially the rear-facing third seat — the prime kid location. I love big old land yachts, and as a driving teen, I appreciated that you could hold that sucker in the automatic’s second gear and wait for the 390-ci V8 to come up on the cam. It absolutely romped. There are so many cool old wagons. The last thing anyone needs is a K-car version. Nobody wanted one then, so why should you now? For the $8,000 this one brought, how about a 1968 Datsun 510 wagon? It’s no land yacht, but now you are talking fun, fun, fun with an upside. Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 155


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DOUBLE TAKE Lot 32497. 1956 NSU Prinz. S/N 4015918. Red, black and red vinyl. 583-cc parallel twin, 4-sp. 25,000 miles. Sold at $6,300. Bring a Trailer, 6/9/2020. 22 bids. Condition: 3 WIGGINTON Coming or going? It’s hard to tell by the design. It’s also hard to tell from the prices, with a museum-quality Prinz setting the market at $23,000 way back in 2013. German sewing machine/motorcycle company NSU started cranking out the Prinz in 1956. The 583-cc twin, plunked in the back, was an air-cooled four-cycle, noisy enough to make you forget it only makes 30 horsepower. It features a big greenhouse with great visibility, as well as oddities like split side windows (think side-curtains) that cranked back rather than up and down. Fun useless fact: When the Mercury astronauts were doing all that Right Stuff, most of them drove Corvettes, except the frugal John Glenn, who drove a Prinz for its fuel economy, saving petrodollars for the old college fund. The BaT offering was much better than a sweet- looking driver, and fetched only $6,000, which seems like cheap fun. As NSU advertising once said, “Drive a Prinz and you are a King.” ZURSCHMEIDE $6,000 for a clown car? Sign me up. I will giggle my way along at 25 mph with the little air-cooled engine putting away behind me. More than that, it will be worth the price of admission to pull into any car show and see the looks on the faces of the hot-rod guys. For maximum entertainment value, pull this Prinz into any Cars & Coffee and park it along Ferrari row. From a strictly mercenary standpoint, this car is a good investment. Any kind of oddball collectible can pull $6,000, and this one is in much better shape than most. This is not a car that’s likely to gain a lot of value in the future, but you won’t lose any money either. about 2,800 perfectly balanced pounds, and that 2.0liter VTEC engine revs up to 8,300 rpm. Oh, and the top comes off. What’s not to like? While the sale price of $31,500 sounds high for even a few years ago, top sales for S2000 models have been approaching $50,000 in the past year. $30,000 is a typical price for a well-kept example like this one. If you ever want to own an S2000, the time is now. WIGGINTON I have owned four Miatas, all bought well used with 100k odometers. They are truly the perfect disposable used sports car. Each I bought for around $4,000, and each I sold later for around $4,000. Good fun, zero maintenance issues and a giggle. Perfect. When the Honda S2000 debuted, I barely noticed. Lot 32447. 2001 Honda S2000 convertible. S/N JHMAP11461T003975. Grand Prix White, red and black leather. 2.0-L fuel-injected I4, 6-sp. 24,000 miles. Sold at $31,500. Bring a Trailer, 6/8/2020. 26 Bids. Condition: 2+ ZURSCHMEIDE Both the Miata and the S2000 showed what the Japanese could do with the lightweight sports-car concept, at a level of reliability that their European predecessors could only dream of. The S2000 offers about 240 horsepower, a 6-speed manual transmission, rearwheel drive, and an appropriate chassis, suspension and braking package. It weighs The styling leaves me cold. When new, they both went for around $20,000, which is what the bulk of the S2000s get today. I’ll admit that by every metric the S2000 is a better car: faster, tighter, and better handling. Meh. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t have even looked at the listing, because the car lacks zazz. This one was a nice lowmiles example, but I lack Jeff’s belief in a big upside. And I’ll bet you aren’t going to drive it much (to keep the miles low), so what’s the point? ♦ 156 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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UNLOCKING A CAR 1968- by Paul Hardiman Why an S2? It’s a conundrum: The Series II E-type, introduced in 1968, is cheaper to buy than a Series I, and, with better brakes, cooling and transmission, it’s easier to live with. Along with a host of detail improvements that began to filter in on the so-called Series I½s after 1966, it lost some of the original’s design purity — the covered headlights, small air intake and slim taillights, whose shape is emulated on modern Jags — but became nicer to drive. That makes it worthy of a closer look — and look closely you must, because one feature Jaguar didn’t fix was the propensity to rust. Which one? Available as a roadster (Open Two-Seater, in Jaguar-speak) or coupe (actually a three-door hatch), S2s had the option of rear seats (but only for kids) with the 2+2 introduced in 1966 on the S1. It has a nine-inch-longer wheelbase, cleverly added to the doors. But with a higher roofline and more-upright windscreen, it makes the car look lumpen — even pregnant — from some angles. All S3s are on the longer wheelbase, and all S3 coupes are 2+2. The chassis number is found on the step on the right-side sill when you open the front clamshell. The number is repeated on top of front “picture frame” by the right front shock top mount. It’s not unheard of for coupes to be chopped or rebodied as roadsters, although not as likely as with S1s. See the list of chassis numbers to determine body style. The LHD roadster is the most numerous S2, followed by the LHD 2+2. The engine number should start 7R: The last digit denotes the compression ratio. 1968–71 Jaguar E-tType Series II e S s I E-types use the clever William Heynesdevised independent rear suspension first seen on the Mark X, which uses the driveshaft as the upper wishbone. A little play in the rear hubs is inevitable (otherwise it wouldn’t work), but you don’t want to hear clunks. Rust is your biggest worry, and E-types hide it well, so it’s best to assume that unless the car’s been restored, it’s rotten. U.K. specialists sometimes keep only the bulkhead when restoring a car, and it’s from there backward the troubles begin (any damage to the front subframe, which carries engine and suspension — and should be body color — should be obvious). A quick look at the quality of finish in the door sills (look up in the doglegs) and in the fuel-filler recess is a good snapshot of the restorer’s diligence. Check rockers, doors and side panels: A slightly bulging appearance when sighting down the sides of the car indicates they’re full of filler. Make sure the sill drains are still present and clear. While you’re under there, expect to find some welding repairs to floorpans and trailing-arm mounts — the worst-case scenario will look like a patchwork quilt, and the true horror will only be revealed by acid dipping. Walk away quickly — or just run. 158 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Series II cars have a better brake servo than the S1s, although stopping is still not the E-type’s strongest point, hence upgrades are common. Rear brakes are inboard, which makes changing the pads a pain, and if (when...) the diff leaks, it’ll lubricate the discs nicely. Taillights moved under the rear bumper on the second series, the S1’s elegant “spears” replaced with rather chunky clusters that look like a tacked-on afterthought. Thank federal legislation for that... and the ugly side markers. Chassis number ranges are as follows: ROADSTERS RHD: 1R1001–1R1776 LHD: 1R7001–1R14853 COUPES RHD: 1R20001–1R21071 LHD: 1R25001–1R28786 2+2 RHD: 1R35001–1R36041 LHD: 1R40001–1R44287 The XK twin-cam engine has been around since 1948 and is a robust old thing, and with twin electric fans, S2s keep their cool better than S1s. The 4,235-cc version in the S2 has ribbed black cam covers, compared with smooth alloy ones found on the 3.8 S1. Oil pressure should be over 30 psi at 2,500 rpm — hot. Oil leaks from the rear of the motor are a fact of life with an XK — unless the rear main seal has been replaced with a modern one. A slapping noise from the front of the motor at idle is likely a worn/loose cam chain (there are two). European cars kept the triple SUs of the S1, but U.S.-market cars arrived with twin Strombergs and less power — although the 265 bhp quoted for early cars was either fantasy or only achieved on a test bed. The 4-speed gearboxes found in the S2 are all-synchro. You might encounter a retrofitted modern 5-speed, which is nice to have and doesn’t significantly affect value. The 2+2 brought the option of the BorgWarner Type 35 3-speed auto, which makes it the cheapest E-type, especially if it’s got a large sliding sunroof. Cars that were originally autos have a BW suffix on the chassis number, and you might even find one with power steering (usually but not always “P” prefix to chassis number). 1971 Jaguar E-type Series II 4.2-liter roadster. The large “cow-catcher” front bumper tends to be found only on U.S. cars — and someone seems to have stuck extra Jag badges on the side of this one. ©2020 Courtesy of RM Auctions Headlights moved out from behind covers on Series I½s from 1967, which introduced many small changes and improvements — but they’re mounted slightly higher on S2s, with chrome filler pieces behind. The air intake is also larger than the Series I cars. Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 159


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ROAD VALUE Go Wide, Young Man The Testarossa is a symbol of the ’80s — but it’s also a practical supercar by Paul Hardiman just niggling electrical faults. The elephant in the room — engine out for a cam-belt change — has been ameliorated somewhat as specialists, in the U.K., at least, have got the job down to around $3,000. Read the various forums and you’ll find that some owners are confident enough in the engine to be less fastidious about sticking rigidly to the belt-change regime. Of course, your mileage may vary. There’s reasonable storage in the front trunk and behind the seats. Ride comfort is pretty good, and the radiators are in the rear, so there are no hot pipes passing though the passenger zone as on the preceding Boxer. These cars even have a decent-sized fuel tank. U.K. petrolhead Harry Metcalfe hammered his across the Sahara desert in Morocco a couple of years back and suffered only an immobilizer problem due to a faulty soldered joint. After a call home to his specialist to identify it, he fixed it himself in a hotel car park. 300 hp, they’re good for 170 mph, and Granny could hardly tell the difference from her Civic on her way to the shops. The only Achilles’ heel is the slightly weak clutch, which costs at least $1,000 to change. If you don’t want to run that gauntlet, they’re even available in auto. $60k will buy one. But it doesn’t have enough cylinders. An Aston Martin Vanquish S has a V12 and will get you near 200 mph for not much W more than $100k. For some, it’s tainted by its Ford connections, built during Blue Oval ownership and with its motor assembled in Cologne. I’m a big fan of the C4 Corvette, available in 200-mph-plus Callaway twin-turbo form (RPO B2K — and it’s a jiggler!) for $50k, but that is bending the rules, as it isn’t a proper mid-engined poster-worthy supercar. Aside from the McLaren, none of the above really are. For that, you’ve got to go Italian. From poster to garage Forget the Countach that you can’t see out of (and really do have to sit up on the sill to back up). For a down-to-earth price point, your dream-turned-practical-reality should be a Ferrari Testarossa. The Testarossa is easy to drive, completely of its time with straked and grilled Millennium Falcon looks and the wides vision out in nearly all directions. And, of course, that intoxicating L soundtrack: yowly exhausts overlaid wi and valves and springs and things. Rem the flat 12, derived from the Boxer, is just a classic Maranello V12 opened o 180 degrees. And it’s a Ferrari. And mo them are red. For all its excess width and bacon-slic styling — symbols of the big-haire shoulder-padded ’80s — the 385-hp red head is a fairly stout old thing. It’s not prone to major breakages — mostly 160 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market hen SCM asked me to write about usable, practical supercars, my first reaction was to pick the McLaren F1. You could put Granny in it and she could drive it to the shops and back. But they’re $15m, which isn’t very practical. How about the Acura NSX? “The best Ferrari never made.” With near The price of fame It’s not perfect, however: The driving position is a slight hangover from the “Italian ape” days, so the pedals are a bit close, and because you are well forward, they’re offset to clear the big wheelarches. The gear change (only 5-speeds then) is typically weighty for a pre-Montezemolo-era Ferrari but the steering isn’t, even without power assistance. The glass area is generous, the large mirrors widely spanned, and there’s even half-decent vision out of the rear — much better than a Countach or Lotus Europa. One quirk is that the door windows tend to suck out- wards over 150 mph, presumably due to some strange goings-on with the airflow over the wide, flat flanks and tail, but that won’t be bothering us these days. Grip is more than you need on the road and, although the TR is essentially a development of the 512 Boxer, with weight bias that’s both strongly (60:40) rearward and slightly high thanks to the engine sitting on top of the transmission, you won’t discover any untowardness unless you do something really silly. With 7,177 made from 1984 to 1991, there are plenty about, starting from under $80k if you’re brave, but tic. Plus there’s the 512 TR (1992, 12 M versions (1994, 501) that ran 996, costing more. hard collectors want the early high- d “monospecchio” version, but ou’d pay extra for only one mirror t know. Twin mirrors came in 1987. r spares, it’s not as troublesome as u might think. Even the metric-sized X rubber used on the early cars is able again. o there you have it — a “practical” ari. Just be sure to get the poster, ♦


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SHOOTOUT! SCM EXPERTS DUEL IT OUT Publisher Martin Wants a Mercedes Two Mercedes-Benz gurus, Dean Laumbach and SCM’s own Pierre Hedary, go dueling to help Publisher Martin buy a car This is Publisher Martin’s first-ever Shootout. He’s trying to decide between the R107 (1971–89), R129 (1989–2001) and R230 (2001–present) Mercedes-Benz cars, and Dean Laumbach and Pierre Hedary are ready to draw. Laumbach’s final shot: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG convertible, a $9,000 sale at Leake Tulsa, OK, in 2019 Dean Laumbach Dean Laumbach Consulting LLC Mercedes-Benz restoration and brokerage www.deanlaumbach.com The 1971–89 560SL Final edition 1988–89 R107 models will continue to hold top billing as the collectors are seeking the best of the breed with the smaller, less-conspicuous U.S.-mandated third brake light mounted on the rear of the trunk. Low mileage, all-original examples with a documented service history can still be purchased in the high-$30k range and up, with extremely low-mileage, pristine, singleowner examples typically breaching the $50k mark. Clean, low-mileage 1986–87 models with excellent service histories and free of corrosion and deferred maintenance can be purchased in the $25k range with a lot of legwork and due diligence. 1984–85 380SL cars are great buys and have the double-row timing chain from the factory. It has a little less horsepower (rated at 155 hp) than the 560SL, but all the classic styling can be had for a lot less with this trade-off. It’s not uncommon to find a very clean, low-mileage example offered in the high teens to low $20ks. 1971 162 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 350/450SLs are also great buys, with fewer creature comforts, and early models were plagued with a few issues such as subframe mounts and vapor lock. 1990–2002 R129 The R129 I6 300SL and the V8 500SL were introduced to the U.S. market in 1990, with the V12 600 version introduced in 1993. These cars were amazingly innovative — and came standard with a removable hard top and a power soft top. The base models in the U.S. came with the M104 3.0-liter inline 6, producing 228 horsepower, and the 5.0-liter V8, producing 322 horsepower. The mostcollectible models are: • The 1997 40th Anniversary Edition cars. These came with two unique color schemes, EVO wheels, unique wood grain and additional wood appointments as well as custom embroidered floor mats. • 2002 SL500 and SL600 Silver Arrow editions. These were tribute cars celebrating the famous Mercedes-Benz pre-war race cars. These cars came with special Silver Arrow metallic paint, two-piece wheels, two-tone interior and unique wood grain. • SL500/SL600 with Sport packages and SL500/SL600 Silver Arrows. These are the cars that will hit the wallet the hardest depending on condition, mileage and documentation of service work. Cars with upgraded hydraulic cylinders, perfect soft tops and Sport packages as well as Xenon lights may cost you $25k-plus. The base-model SL500 is the bargain of the breed, as many collectors will shy away from their more-conservative styling. It is common to find a very clean and well-maintained example in the high teens to low-$20k range. Find one with the hydraulics upgraded and it’s a bargain. The 2003–08 R230 When driving an R230, it’s almost impos- sible to believe that this car began production about 17 years ago. They led the field with innovation and once again served as the benchmark touring drop-top sports car for others to follow. The biggest innovation was the fully automatic retractable hard top. The top, which requires 16 seconds to completely retract, folds in a manner that still permits enough space for groceries or even a small couple of pieces of luggage in the trunk. Here are two special models:


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• The 2003–07 SL55. This supercharged R230 really delivered all the media hype it garnered by the automotive press prior to its release in 2003. The 5.5-liter supercharged engine delivered just under 500 horsepower and achieved 0–60 mph times around the 4.5-second mark. The interior appointments are upgraded with brushed aluminum accents, Alcantara accents and headliner — and seats that have more bolster for aggressive driving. • The 2006–11 SL63 AMG. While losing the supercharger of the 5.5-liter V8, the 6.3 adds an additional 8 horsepower and is naturally aspirated. The 0–60 mph time is rated slightly slower than the SL55, and some interior upgrades are present in the facelift AMG model. Dean’s final shot The 2003–07 SL55 is the R230 that Publisher Martin should buy, because for usedToyota Camry money, he will get a nearly 500hp supercar that cost over $120k new. Clean and well maintained low-mileage examples typically trade in the $25k to low-$30k range. The question here is not “Which is the best SL?” Rather, it is, “Which SL is best for Keith Martin?” Or, we could say, “Which SL is best for someone who just wants to have fun with no commitment?” Pierre Hedary Owner, Pierre Hedary and Company Classic Mercedes-Benz restoration, repair and servicing www.pierrehedaryandco.com Write the checks and don’t ask any questions My main job as a Mercedes-Benz techni- cian is to tell a potential owner what can go wrong — and how much suffering it will cost to repair. The R230 is fast and safe. The engines and transmissions are durable, and the SL55 and SL65 are a cheap way to go really fast. Okay, now for the bad news ... The R230 had fully developed onboard diagnostics, which is a huge advantage for diagnosing the inevitable issues with its active body-control system, power hard top and powertrain. This onboard diagnostic system allows anyone who has an SDS (Star Diagnostic System) to pull codes out of the R230’s cornucopia of modules. When the power top or ABS system hydraulics act up, just write the checks and don’t ask for an explanation. There is a line for the ABC system that runs under the engine on these cars, and when it fails, supposedly the whole engine has to be removed. Enjoy the car while it lasts, but be simultaneously prepared to abandon ship. For those who have never experienced Mercedes build quality The R129 started off on a high note, stum- bled during the middle of its production and then recovered. I’m a big fan of the early 129, specifically the 1990–92 300SL and 500SL. But these cars are not for a person who just wants a cool convertible. For this kind of driver, the last cars of the series are best. I am mostly referring to the 1998–2001 SL500, with its trusty — if a little boring — M113 V8. While the legendary M120 V12 was available from 1992 to 2001, parts availability for this engine, including wiring harnesses, control modules and throttle actuators, is dwindling. Sadly, the electronic key for any of the R129s is still not available, and those keys don’t last forever. There’s no way to bypass that electronic key, either. My last gripe about the R129 is that inte- rior parts crumble, and power-top actuators and modules fail without warning. While the aftermarket is closing the gap — you can buy rebuilt top actuators — parts supply for the R129 is not as good as it is for the 107. The R107: A true lifetime Mercedes The R107 is the kind of Mercedes for the owner who wishes to do their own repairs. It is also for the kind of person who would rather have an analog car — no evil modules or scanners required. All 1976-and-later U.S.-market 107s don’t need a functioning fuel-injection module to run. The R107s simplicity means that you will spend time replacing worn mechanical parts, including timing chains, suspension bushings and climate-control parts. The initial sorting bill is high, but the cars stay right for a long time. I am inherently biased. I own a 1979 and a 1980 450SLC. The seating in the standard 107SL is a little tight for someone my size. While these are great cars, I think our potential owner — are you listening, Keith? — may want instant gratification. Pierre’s final shot Publisher Martin should hedge his bets on a late-production, low-mileage R129, and here’s why: First, I know that any repair costs will be Hedary’s final shot: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible, $11,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Northeast sale manageable. Second, the R129 still has some Mercedes classic DNA in its underpinnings. Third, the car should hold its value. Just make sure all the top cylinders are fresh and that it comes with more than one key! ♦ Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 163


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READER FORUM What’s Your Sleeper Car Pick for 2025? We recently asked SCMers this question: The market is always evolving. Sleeper cars tend to come on strong from a relatively quiet corner of the market — they tend to initially surprise us when they become a new trend, but then seem like obvious choices after the fact. A good example in today’s market is the Toyota Supra Mk 4. Considering that, and how the market has been changing of late, what do you think the top three sleeper collectible cars will be in 2025? Why? The 1988–99 Nissan 240SX is hot with the drift-car set right now. That said, I predict that as those folks age, they will want a 240SX in pristine, unmodified, factoryoriginal condition, and those will be true unicorns. If you can find one today, buy it and hold. Shelby Mustangs (second and third generations). They have built a bunch of these since 2008, and that continues to hold the prices down. In a very few years, car manufacturers will no longer produce this type of vehicle. When that happens, I predict there will be a mad scramble to buy recent factory hot rods, as they will never be produced again. Get yours while the getting is good. The 1992–94 Lexus The first-generation Toyota Celica was the first real Japanese sport coupe that could live up to its looks. They were once everywhere but now are rarer than T-Rex skulls. Most pictures I see in magazines of one are almost always the same green one in the Toyota museum. They simply fell off the face of the earth. And the early ones were much more fun than people realize. The 1980s Chevrolet El Camino is an iconic and usable classic that is getting a lot of attention in public all of a sudden. I have some pretty special and rare European cars, but I if I use the El Camino, people are all over it. The 1975–81 Lancia Montecarlo’s design has aged incredibly well. In fact, it’s better-looking now then it was in its day. Other than an X1/9 (which is the Italian 914 1.7 and will never be a high-dollar car), can you think of another affordable mid-engine Italian car with engine and body from legendary names? They are still inexpensive, relatively rare (especially in the U.S., where we got the less-powerful Scorpion) and rust has made them even rarer. — Glen Getchell, Seminole, FL The 2004–05 Subaru WRX STi. The current 2020 market for unmodified cars ranges from $25k to $35k. The 2025 market for unmodified cars will be $45k–$60k. The Renault Clio V6 is the true successor to the Renault Turbo 2. These are still cheap in Europe, but never again will you see a car built with the engine essentially in with the occupants. In 2025, clean cars will bring $60k–$75k. The 1985 Lamborghini Countach Downdraft cars were the “big-blocks” of the Countach world. Do not confuse this special variant with other Countach offerings. When you read articles on Countaches hitting 190 mph, they were the Downdraft versions. Yes, Countaches have come down in value, but this version is charging back quickly and has already surpassed high values before the drop. My 2025 prediction is $850k–$950k for great cars. — Brian Pettey, via email SC400 is a magnificent automobile that is still beautiful today, and it will run for as long as you take reasonable care of it. It took the world by storm back in the early 1990s, and I predict it will again as a cool collectible. Try and find one with low miles, and I suspect you will be smiling all the way to the bank in a few years. — Don Moler, Topeka, KS The first-gen, 6-speed manual Audi R8. This car has timeless, iconic styling, post-C8 mid-engine cachet — and will catch a 911-like wave at some point. The Alfa-Romeo 4C. This mid-engine car does 0–60 mph in under four seconds, 35 mpg highway and has reincarnated first-gen Dino styling with a real carbon-fiber tub. — Roger Manny, via email 164 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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Exotics from the 1990s and early 2000s have a high likelihood of being desirable collector cars. The Lamborghini Diablo to me is the sleeper car, as they were far more civilized and refined than the Countach and are more reliable than any Ferrari of that era. You can pick up a well-sorted early Diablo for under $200k, which is a good value for a well-known, limitedproduction exotic. The SVs are particularly rare, as only 184 were built but run closer to $300k. Either will trend higher over the next five to 10 years and are a good investment at this point in time. — Mark Turner, San Jose, CA In my mind, a sleeper car is one that doesn’t sell well or gain big attention today but does tomorrow. It slips by unnoticed while on the new-car lot — but then gets attention on the used-car lot. Looking along those lines, what will sell poorly today but be sought out in 2025? Stock Jeeps. My reasoning isn’t based on the stratospheric prices brought by the current market darlings — tricked-out Blazers, Broncos and Toyotas, but rather a move to basic vehicles. No stereo, no a/c, and much of the time, no glass windows, let alone auto braking or lane nannies. Currently cheap to buy, easy to restore and service, Jeeps, whether they be civil CJ-2, 3, 5 or their military brethren, have heritage and a fun feel about them. Premium prices will be paid for those without the owner-installed aftermarket trinkets of engine, suspension and wheel swaps (an analogy would be, would you rather have a stock muscle car or one loaded with a catalog of dubious-quality add-ons designed to impress the guys at the Tastee-Freez or the high-school parking lot?). A Jeep is about as “real” as it gets. — John Boyle, SCM Auction Analyst Answer: anything with a manual. They are clearly going the way of the dodo — but are wanted by a small-but-loyal enthusiast group for the engagement of driving. So go find that last BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, Civic Type R, Golf GTi, etc. with a third pedal. At some point, manufacturers won’t want to pay for crash testing on these new models when the take-rate is too low. For me, I’m driving a 2009 BMW 335i. I bought it new with a 6-speed, no navigation, in the colors I wanted. It’s great, and I hope to keep it going another 20 years. We’ll see. — James S. Eubanks, via email The Ferrari 360 Modena 6-speed manual. This represents a technological revolution for Ferrari — an aluminum body and an entirely new drivetrain. This is one of Ferrari’s last great manual cars. Its styling is absolutely beautiful and timeless; the performance is very respectable and it is a reliable car that is a joy to drive. A perfect mix of old and new. The Porsche 944 Turbo represents a large step forward in the transaxle cars for Porsche. The 944 Turbo is an iconic 1980s vehicle. It has a timeless design that still looks great today and has performance that can keep up to modern-day cars. Since a fair number were built, parts are easy to come across — both original and aftermarket. The tip of the iceberg for collectibility is the 944 Turbo Cup cars, with only 392 built and which represent the start of Cup Racing for Porsche. The 1992–95 Dodge Viper. Raw American muscle! The Viper is a modern-day Cobra: a rich development and race history with multiple class wins at Le Mans, with an excellent design and raw performance. — Dr. Bruno Vendittelli, via email ♦ Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 165


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MYSTERY PHOTO ANSWERS Purple is the new pink. — Jessie Cart, Saluda, NC RUNNER-UP: Porsche knows how to make pigs fly. — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC The map on the Porsche shows the nearest available parking spot. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email Cut here. — Leslie Dreist, Lachine, MI “The medicine you need delivered in 10 minutes or less. Guaranteed!” — Gary Goodman (by way of much funnier son Andrew), West Chester, PA Porsche’s rolling ad campaign for the new 911 “4-pot turbo.” — Mike Pedoto, via email Just goes to show you what a little substance abuse can cause one to do to a formerly beautiful Porsche. I hope the car has simply been “wrapped” and can be brought back to normal after the owner sobers up. — A.G. Dillon, via email Need weed? Text “25 Bud” for VERY fast delivery. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA Shush! It belongs to the guy in the white shirt over there. Don’t KIDS & CARS even look at him. I’m pretty sure he is either a drug dealer or a pimp. See anything good on the menu? — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA “I love you, you love me, We’re a happy Zuffenhausen family.” This purple Porsche obviously belongs to Barney the dinosaur. — Luke Kowalski, San Mateo, CA After driving the number 25 Blue Dream, Purple Haze, sponsored by Mobil II and Jimi Hendrix, Bubba pleaded guilty to discouraging restaurant patrons, a “No Parking” violation, and having a truly bad trip. — Rob MacLachlan, Upper St. Clair, PA The father/daughter team of Rob and Jessie Cart wins both top spots in this month’s addled Mystery Photo contest. Why? Because Jessie found the answer to a very dizzy photo. Jessie gets a new, bright blue SCM hat that was left on top of SCM World Headquarters for an entire year of Oregon weather. The hat faded to purple — with some pigeon feathers and bleached-out spots. ♦ This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: August 25, 2020 OUR PHOTO, YOUR CAPTION Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily CADDY KIDS: Two of my grandchildren — Evie and Fitzy — get behind the wheel of my 1993 Cadillac Allante. — Jay Rooney, Milton, MA SEND YOUR PHOTOS of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. 166 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market 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. Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month “[SCM is] something shared by father and son. Whoever receives it first calls the other; long chats follow. Keep up the good work” — William Tobin, Hutchinson, KS (SCMer since 2003) 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. 50 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I convertible Beautifully maintained, wonderful road car; a 24-year-old car that could pass for new. Not perfect, but darn close! $24,500. Contact Robert, Ph: 541.408.5617, email: rhbpsi@aol.com. (Oregon) GERMAN 1960 Porsche 356B roadster S/N 659470668. Midnight Blue/Tan. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptionally rare, barn-fresh (garage, really!) unrestored find of a 1965 Rootes Sunbeam Tiger Mk I convertible with the 260/164hp V8 engine—a car which we subsequently mechanically restored to daily-driving condition and repainted in an original “Tiger” factory striking Midnight Blue color with a reupholstered tan interior. Original and rare factory hard top! $55,000. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1975 Triumph TR6 2-door convertible S/N 11102612004365. Burgundy/tan Leather. 89,241 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this rare, unrestored, allstock and mostly completely original survivor 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 coupe with believed-to-be 89k original miles! The original factory Burgundy color paint is in exceptional condition. The rare and highly desirable factory options, including the alloriginal interior, include the original steering wheel, all-original Roser leather Cognac seats, original wood, original Becker Europa radio, power windows, low grille, original owner’s manuals and original factory BEHR air conditioning; this striking example would prove a worthy addition to any collection. $94,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. (CA) 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Condor Yellow/Just out of 60-year ownership is this special-order Condor Yellow and gray roadster. This car is fully numbers matching and is in outstanding condition throughout, with original body panels including the pans, great gaps and panel fit, hood never bent and no clips or accident repairs. One older repaint in the rare and beautiful shade of yellow presents well. $159,500. Contact Don, Ph: 631-786-6511, email: dahearn67@gmail.com. (NY) 1965 Porsche 912 work on engine, other areas by Porsche specialists. Beautiful body and paint work in original Conda Green. Complete interior upholstery done, correct materials. Engine rebuild, wheels refinished. Outstanding example of very rare 911S coupe. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@ grandprixclassics.com. (CA) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 3.5 V8 2-door hard top S/N 130BC 0002519. Mediterranean Metallic Blue/Black / Tangerine. 82,639 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Beautiful example of rare Pininfarina GT coupe. Fresh cosmetic restoration to high standard, new paint, all mechanicals refreshed. Fully sorted and ready to enjoy design icon. Bella! $31,975. Bello Moto. Contact Dean, email: dean@inthemixmedia. net. Website: https://www.bellomoto.com/1973-fiatpininfarina-130-coupe-d176. (CA) AMERICAN 1968 AMC AMX 1973 Pininfarina 130 coupe Red/black. 31,000 miles. Rare AMX true 2-seater. Special Order 343. Hurst 4-speed. Concours winner. Perfect paint, glass, black interior. 31,000 rustfree miles. With scarce original books, manuals, brochures! Owned by Kenosha, WI, factory worker who built it! $39,500. Contact Bob, Ph: 715.772.4992, email: melissaulbricht@gmail. com. (WI) 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible S/N CF37838U. Pimento/Chestnut. 47,500 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Well-sorted car with multiple prestigious concours awards, 47,500 original miles, second owner in 43 years, all-original paint and interior, highly desirable color combination, Chestnut boot, black top, black torneau cover, stored winters, five Dayton knockoff chrome wire wheels, Redline Michelin tires, reflective stripe on top, performs wonderfully, ready to show or drive, one of the best in the market! $29,995. Contact Howard, Ph: 917.846.6400, email: howardamchin@aol.com. (NYS) 1996 Jaguar XJS convertible S/N 35009*. 3,810 miles. One of first 100 built. Only nine exist from the 100. Chosen as one of 48 Most Significant Porsches in the World for Museum Exhibition. Owned by Legend Fred Goeske. Won Museum Perfection Award. Matching numbers. Insured by museum for $385k. Will sell now for significantly less. Condition 2. Contact Fuad, Ph: 323-767-7753, email: AutomobileTreasures@ gmail.com. 1970 Porsche 911S Topaz/Oatmeal. 30,400 miles. 4.0-L; 30,400-mile, two-owner car; present owner since 2008. Pristine condition; six concours 2008–12; avg. 99.84 points. Window sticker; maintenance records since 2008. 168 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market S/N 9110300085. Conda Green/black. 2.2-L, 180-hp 6-cylinder. Matching-numbers engine, transmission. Fully restored by Elite Restoration 2015–17. Further S/N 116-372 & 116-414. Red/white. 70,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. New transmission, clutch, pressure plate and resurfaced flywheel. New shocks, plugs and wires. Valve adjustment and tune-up. Pw, ps. Michelin 215X70VR14. ANSA exhaust. $60,000-plus in restoration costs. Leather interior and carpet binding. A/C disconnected and parts saved. Parts car had 29,000 miles and was running when taken apart in 1986. $90,000. Contact Dr. Joe, Ph: 562.335.8499, email: ejcuny@verizon.net. (CA) Absolutely outstanding example of a Carrera RS Touring. This German-delivered third-series car is fully numbers matching, with two different German inspection reports and FIA certification. The RS competed at the following classic rallies in the early 2000s: France Tour, Coupe Des Alpes, Tour Auto Lissac, and the Classic Six Hours of Spa. Then a beautiful German restoration with some later American work including a trip to Porsche Classic for complete fuel-injection rebuild and detail as well as full sorting. This RS performs as well as it looks. Genuine no-stories car that is ready to be enjoyed. Contact Don, Ph: 631-786-6511, email: dahearn67@gmail. com. (NY) ITALIAN 1970 Maserati Indy 2-door coupe Black Rose Metallic/Jet Black. 7,892 miles. Inline 8. Less than 8k miles. Finished in Black Rose Metallic with Jet Black leather interior. Upgrades include 2LT package, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, remote vehicle start, aluminum wheels, premium floor mats and exhaust tips. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels in front with 20-inch wheels in the rear, 6.2-L V8 engine, drivermode selector, capless fuel system, rear camera, performance brakes, RWD, rear spoiler and driver information center. Touch Screen with Chevy MyLink Bose Audio System. Only 465 originally fitted with this paint color. $59,000. Contact Oscar, Ph: 318.578.2241, email: oscar.pickens12@yahoo. com. (CO) ♦


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ADVERTISING / MARKETING Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWERKS. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a fullservice marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) ADVISOR SERVICES 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. 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AUTOMOBILIA Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org AutoMobilia Resource magazine is a Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate- management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) ALFA ROMEO dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasing-in-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/ subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon.Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-5632876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com BMW European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-of-the-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pick-up anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress. com (PA) Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com (CO) APPRAISALS Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) available at www.motorology.com. Motorology, LLC, Williston, VT; 617.209.9902 Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) 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 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. 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. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. BUY / SELL / GENERAL (CONTINUED) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. 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 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) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. 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. info@girardo.com www.girardo.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 squarefoot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 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) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/ for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com Luxury Brokers International. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@lbilimited.com (PA) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. 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) After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or new-millennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146. 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com Motor Classic & Competition Corp. 914.997.9133. Since 1979, we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling highquality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) 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) West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Paramount Automotive Group/Foreign Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) 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) 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. 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CAR STORAGE COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE ENGLISH 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 a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limitededition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com (MA) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250, Fax 503.646.4009.Email: jim@ jwfrestoration.com (OR) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 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 Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) ESTATE PLANNING ADVISORY Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just the 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 world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) 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) Chrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com 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. EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, October 16 - 18. Benefiting Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will bring hundreds of classic cars and thousands of automotive enthusiasts to Chattanooga for a threeday, family-friendly event. Three components will anchor the festival schedule: High Jinks Rallye, Time Trials and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit www.chattanoogamotorcar.com to learn more about how you can get involved. Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 173


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. EVENTS–CONCOURS, CAR SHOWS (CONTINUED) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com SCCA’s San Francisco Region (SFR) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org Ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. La Jolla California is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on April 16 through 18, 2021 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org FINANCE Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, 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. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) a full line of Mercedes-Benz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) IMPORT / EXPORT Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@ artsstarclassics.com; www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected MercedesBenz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile.scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) 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 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Everchanging showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. 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 stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles 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) 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 174 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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ITALIAN Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 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 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 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 LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free); info@lemaymuseum.org, www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) PARTS, ACCESORIES & CAR CARE Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com MULTIMEDIA PUBLICATIONS Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care Turtle Garage provides readers with unique Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com RACING SERVICES AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most soughtafter products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com Original Parts Group Inc. 800-243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) MUSEUMS National Parts Depot. 800-874-7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryers 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 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 Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 2020 175


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. RESTORATION – GENERAL Farland Classic Restoration. Branson Collector Cars. 417.336.1155. TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com; www.aeristo.com “The Shop” at Branson Collector Cars began in the late eighties for the sole purpose to maintain and restore the owner’s personal collection and that of a few close friends. Beginning in 2010 “The Shop” was opened to all collectors for the maintenance, repair and full ground up restorations. The technicians have an envious amount of skills, experience and dedication to the art of preserving your favorite ride. Ask for Jason! https://bransonauction.com/the-shop/ 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 On the Road Again Classics. Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservation-level restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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 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. 844.650.9125. Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/ number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 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) 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) 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 176 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market


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RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Paruch Automotive Craftsmanship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of worldclass vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship.com (WI) 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 Treasured Motorcar Services. Pollock Auto Restoration. 610.323.7108. 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 Experienced with Brass-Era, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@ pollockauto.com www.pollockauto.com (PA) 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website at www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@ verizon.net. 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning full-service concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website:vwww.thewerkshop.com (IL) Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com © 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) The Paddock Classic Car Restorations. 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. 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eW CHCARL BOMSTEAD PAGE HEADER AT Mike Trout is a Catch in Every Way The Los Angeles Angels outfielder’s rookie card — signed — brings almost $1 million at auction I n March of 2019, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed the richest contract in sports history. The contract covered 12 years and paid him an astonishing $430 million, or almost $38 million a year. If there is a sports figure worth that kind of money it would be Mike Trout, as he has been exemplary on and off the field. Earlier this year, Goldin Auctions, at their Spring Premium sale, sold his 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect signed rookie card, after 28 bids, for $922,500. The signature was rated 10, as was the condition of the card. With a pre-sale estimate of $75,000, Mike Trout hit, again, another home run. Here are a few more finds that are singles and doubles at best: RM SOTHEBY’S ONLINE-ONLY LOT 144—PAN AMERICAN EXPOSITION 1915 SAFETY FIRST CAR MASCOT. SOLD AT: $1,170. Date: 2/4/2020. The Pan American Exposition was a World Fair that opened in San Francisco on February 20, 1915. It attracted over 18 million visitors and hosted the American Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup races. This ornate hood ornament originated from the Exposition and sold for a bargain price. MECUM AUCTIONS EDDIE VANNOY COLLECTION LOT J199—GENERAL MOTORS CENTURY OF PROGRESS SCALE MODEL. SOLD AT: $5,605. Date: 6/26/2020. This impressive scale model of one of the Century of Progress buses that toured the country with GM dream cars was about three feet in length. It was highly detailed and a quality piece. Will be the star of any diecast model collection — but at a price. EBAY #193491961308—1981 PATENT FOR DELOREAN AUTOMOBILE. Number of bids: 56. SOLD AT: $11,600. Date: 6/11/2020. We all know the riches-torags story of John DeLorean and the extremes he went to in order to keep his dream alive. The gullwing car with brushed-stainless-steel body panels, however, failed to meet sales expectations, and the company entered receivership after two years. The actual company patent came from the company files in 1982 — and created some excitement, selling for serious money. If only the cars had created as much. MECUM AUCTIONS EDDIE VANNOY COLLECTION LOT K206— CANADIAN TWIN VISIBLE GAS PUMP. SOLD AT: $59,000. Date: 6/27/2020. This extremely rare gas pump was well restored in blue Sunoco livery. The 10-gallon gas cylinders were correct, and it was complete with brass nozzle and white fabric hoses. Part of an amazing collection in North Carolina. A rare but expensive treat. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 1432—RESTORED CADILLAC BUMPER CAR. Estimate: $1,500–$3,000. SOLD AT: $7,040. Date: 6/21/2020. I doubt if a bumper car ever looked this cool when in use, but someone went way over the top restoring this one. At least two bidders had to have it, and the price paid far exceeded the estimates. Will be a conversation piece in a garage full of collector cars. at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 178 SEPTEMBER 2020 Sports Car Market SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid RM SOTHEBY’S PEDAL POWER ONLINE-ONLY LOT 107—JUNIOR FORTY AUSTIN PEDAL CAR. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000. SOLD AT: $9,900. The Austin Motor Co. Limited employed Welsh miners suffering from black lung disease. They produced the J40 pedal cars between 1950 and 1971, using scrap material from the Austin A40 Devon and Dorset production. The pedal cars were a quality product with functioning lights and horn — and an opening trunk and hood. This one sold for a very aggressive number, as they normally realize $4,000–$5,000. EBAY #164209752937— 1910 O’NEILS VELVET AUTOMOBILE OIL. Number of bids: 28. SOLD AT: $1,786. Date: 5/26/2020. This oil was refined by the O’Neil Oil and Paint Company, which used the slogan “The Oil That Gives the Service.” The can featured a period Packard touring car and had a few nicks and bruises, but considering it is 110 years old, it was a real treasure. All things considered, a fair price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205