K.: 78% of cars sell for .2m when Bonhams returns to the RAF Museum — Paul Hardiman RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA: 48 of 61 cars change hands in the City of Light, and sales total m — Joseph T. Oklahoma City, OK: 452 out of 552 cars change hands, and sales hit a new record total of .5m — B. — Paul Hardiman acebook and look for updates and offers! 1973–79 F-series pickups have been getting more popular in recent years, and values continue to climb. High money for a DB4, but priced something like right for a car just out of an expensive restoration. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Paris, FRA: A no-reserve 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB brings .3m, 78 out of 130 cars sell, and total sales surpass m — Paul Hardiman Mc CORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: Keith Mc Cormick’s 60th auction sells 337 cars out of 538 for a combined .8m total — Carl Bomstead ROUNDUP Highlights from H&H in Donington Park, U. 1975 Fiat-Abarth 124 Sport Rally Group 4 5,262 / Bonhams Fire-breathing original brings all the money 12 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo ,355,532 / Artcurial A famous one-off sells for big bucks Cover photo: 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo; Christian Martin, courtesy of Artcurial Sports Car Market 52 Alfa Romeos at the Cavallino Classic COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears Surprisingly, less is often more when it comes to horsepower and cars Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic Paying ,500 for a 2004 Maybach 57 is a long way from paying 0,000 Pierre Hedary 46 Legal Files Restoration shops don’t like to give estimates, so get on the same page before the first bolt is loosened — and keep talking all the way until the end John Draneas 48 Unconventional Wisdom The true value of a car has little to do with the price and a lot to do with the heart Donald Osborne 74 The Cumberford Perspective Gianni Agnelli’s one-off 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Valeo suffers from some design flaws, but it’s still special Robert Cumberford 170 e Watch A Ty Cobb card windfall worth millions Carl Bomstead FEATURES 52 2016 Cavallino Classic: A silver anniversary with plenty of red Ferraris — Bill Rothermel 54 2015 Edison Concours: A new concours in New Jersey — Bill Rothermel 14 56 2015 Radnor Hunt: The show field expands for the 19th annual gathering — Bill Rothermel DEPARTMENTS 22 Auction Calendar 22 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: Greystone Mansion Concours, New England 1000, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 30 Contributors: Get to know our writers 32 You Write, We Read: The 0k Collection, DB5 ranking, and not one word on Jerry Seinfeld’s Speedster 34 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: M. Tobias Captain’s Watch 38 Neat Stuff: An oil-can candle and a very rugged suitcase 40 In Miniature: 1955 La Salle II Roadster 40 Speaking Volumes: Found: The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered (A Novel) 86 On the Radar: 25-year-old cars that are now legal to import into the U. 102 Fresh Meat: 2015 Mc Laren 650S Spider, 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan, 2015 Ferrari F12 coupe 120 Rising Sun: 1977 Toyota Celica GT, 1981 Honda Accord LX hatchback, 1990 Toyota Sera 132 Glovebox Notes: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club convertible 146 The Portland Hipster: There’s a future for crappy old cars 156 Mystery Photo: “Looks like the Flux Capacitor really fluxed the car up” 156 Comments with Your Renewals: “Every issue takes so much time to enjoy, I rarely get to read my other auto magazines” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel Shifting Gears Keith Martin How Fast Is Too Fast? It was a little strange to see that 8½foot stepside bed, but that was a stock offering from IH. Non-stock seat reupholstery, but rest of interior is bone stock and in great condition. This one is at that perfect point for ownership: It looks great but isn’t over-the-top nice. #328-1964 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III drophead coupe. Accompanying me was SCM “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas. The owner of the collection didn’t even realize that this was an L89 car. Reserve was passed at k, with five bidders still chasing it. #452-1972 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE Sebring Plus 2-dr hard top. On the other side of the mighty Mercedes, a Jaguar XJ 220 did sell, but its 5,059 price was less than the model brought in 2015. Last year on an Alfa tour, on a very long, straight stretch (probably going slightly downhill), I saw my speedometer needle touch 100 mph, with the tachometer indicating an engine speed of 5,500 rpm. It still doesn’t help that this high-on-flash, low-on-substance redo lacked in the simple details, like lining up the doors so they shut reliably. Optional power steering, power brakes, granny-low 4-speed, Dana 60 front axle, and Dana 70 rear axle. Cargo box with black bedliner; tool box mounted to bulkhead. The heating problem was finally cracked with a multitude of hot-air blowers; an attempt a couple of years ago to warm the vast and leaky glazed structure with overhead radiant heaters slightly backfired when some of the lots B onhams did an even better job than usual of filling the vast Grand Palais building at this year’s Paris auction, across the Paris, FRA began gently steaming. Restored (originally black with dark gray leather), straight body and good panel gaps, new leather and carpets, concours-level TOP 10 No. Dash not cracked, all early door architecture present and correct. As this was a vintage Alfa, my actual road speed was probably somewhere between 85 and 110 mph. Glossblack undercarriage, aside from new shocks and non-stock dual exhaust system. And don’t think the 400 is a screamer, as this state of tune was also used in D500 medium-duty trucks. Miles are actual, since this was a fire truck until restored back to civilian configuration recently. Massive front bumper may be original; rear was fabricated recently. box for the restoration, or more likely, the stepside box contained a brushfire pumper apparatus. The really big number here was the 1966 2-cam Ferrari 275 GTB, offered without reserve.
The Viper gets to triple-digit speeds with no discernible effort. Cargo box looks like it has hauled nothing but Modern aluminum wheels replace the original split rims. © 124 Sports Car Market Bonhams Paris, FRA Bonhams — The Grand Palais The 1961 Alfa Romeo Autotutto was delightful, still twin-cam powered and sold for ,878 Company Bonhams Date February 4, 2016 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneers Malcolm Barber, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 78/130 Sales rate 60% Sales total ,076,784 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, sold at ,319,642 Buyer’s premium 1961 Alfa Romeo Autotutto Romeo 2 minibus, sold at ,878 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics river from where RM Sotheby’s held its s the night before at Les Invalides. Delivered new to Parma, then in Belgium post-restoration. I contrast this with my 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce. Not the sort of Mopar you run into every day, and unlike Road Runners or ’Cudas, this is likely one of very few that were saved. Factory a/c, aluminum wheels, chrome rear bumper, sliding rear window. Anyth less than 120 cars can leave this birdcag like greenhouse looking a bit windy (t 225 entries in the annual Tour Auto line up inside the building before the start). Sold only a smidge over the lower estimate of €70k (k), but fair because this isn’t a suffix-A car with Palomino vinyl. “Like” us on Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends May 2016 . Number 5 FERRARI PROFILES This Month’s Market Movers Up Close ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 62 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti ,930,639 / Artcurial A rare chance to own a piece of history ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 64 by Steve Ahlgrim 60 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 208 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 80 92 1 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe ,944 / RM Sotheby’s A bargain price for the supercar of 1955 GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 66 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato ,787 / Artcurial A rarely auctioned car at a correct price AMERICAN by Jay Harden Porsche 918 Spyder ,595,000 / RM Sotheby’s So far, depreciation is not an issue RACE by Thor Thorson 70 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 Convertible ,000 / Leake The car that woke up Detroit — and buyers NEXT GEN by Joseph T. If not, there’s another k to spend before you ROVER utility. Seminetta 72 148 126 ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: 137 of 172 cars bring .4m at Rétromobile’s official auction — Pierre Hedary BONHAMS Hendon, U. Nonetheless, it was clear that the car was straining. Replated bumpers and reproduction grille; otherwise mostly refurbished original trim. New nonstock seat upholstery in a clean and tidy inte- 4+. This looks for all the world like one of the k used cars I remember checking out in 1983. This was one of my favorite vehicles here—not just because it was generally devoid of the tacked-on shiny crap you see on most 1967–72s, but simply because it thumbs its nose at the Bowtie Sports Car Market Leake Oklahoma City, OK sor. Garnered one more bid past the k reserve, hopefully heading to Mopar finishing school. There was quite a bit of interest in this old ’Binder, and it had no difficulty surpassing the ,500 reserve. Most people thought that was a pretty brave move, but as we have seen, the lure of a no-reserve sale often fuels bidding, and here this average car arrived at ,319,642.
I wouldn’t have Fast times in Death Valley, 2004 I t was October of 2004. Actually, with the body damage it would likely have been $2,500, with a trip to the body shop shortly after buying it. Optional 190-hp 400-ci V8, 727 Torque Flite automatic, a/c, AM radio. So much for thinking I uncovered some fresh Corvair meat, as this car surfaced in our database as selling at Russo and 122 rior. #1207-1973 INTERNATIONAL 1310 Custom 1-ton 4x4 stepside pickup. Ended up selling on Proxibid, going to Arizona, so they seemed to think the extra 3% buyer’s fee was worth it. Other strong results included a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV at $683,006, a 1951-based but modern-constructed Bentley Petersen 6½ Litre Dartmoor coupe at $541,250, and a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III cabriolet at $476,815. Sold mid-estimate despite the rather unfortunate color choice.