Pre-war Bentleys join docket for Bonhams auction at Simeone museum

Bonhams has added a pair of special Bentleys to the docket for its preservation-oriented Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia auction, scheduled for October 2 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. The Bentley’s are a 1924 3-Liter Speed Tourer and a 1929 4.5-liter Le Mans Replica Tourer.

They join the 1913 “London-to-Edinburgh” Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost consigned to the auction earlier.

The 1924 Speed Tourer was produced the same year Bentley began its reign at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. According to Bonhams, chassis No. 897 went to Morgan and Co. for coachwork and then was delivered to the Prince of Liechtenstein, who owned the car for four years.

'24 Bentley with the top up
’24 Bentley with the top up

At some point in the 1930s, the Morgan body was modified from its original two-seat configuration to add two more seats for tourer configuration.

Research also indicates that soon after World War II, with new vehicles not yet available, the Bentley was rebuilt on a frame of chassis No. 780, another 3-liter Speed model originally owned by Glen Kidston, one of the original Bentley Boys and a Le Mans race-winning driver. Afterward, the car was used in many Bentley Drivers Club events.

The consignor, a collector of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, has owned the car since the early 1980s and has preserved it in what Bonhams terms “remarkable unmolested condition,” with its body still covered in the original rexine fabric and still with its original engine, steering box, transmission and rear axle.

1929 Le Mans Replica from Van Schaick collection
1929 Le Mans Replica from Van Schaick collection

Offered from the estate of David L. Van Schaick is the 1929 Le Mans Replica fabric tourer with bodywork in the style of Vanden Plas. Van Schaick campaigned the car for more than 30 years, Bonhams noted.

The car originally carried more formal closed coachwork and originally was owned by whisky-maker A.W. Whyte of Scotland. The car was rebodied in 1972 and may have gotten a new period-correct 4 1/2-liter engine at the same time.

New Jersey Bentley enthusiast Frank Allocca acquired the car in 1983 and had it flown to the U.S. to use while he was awaiting the restoration of another car. That car completed, Allocca sold the Le Mans Replica to Van Schaick and participated with “bold bravado” in many Bentley Club rallies.

Worldwide Auctioneers hits 97 percent sell-through in Auburn

With an astounding 97 percent of consignments going to new owners, Worldwide Auctioneers reported a total sale of $2.54 million for its recent and 10th annual Auburn auction during the 61st Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in northeast Indiana.

“2017 has been an extraordinarily momentous year for our business, as we continued our corporate expansion with inaugural sales in both Scottsdale and out on the Monterey Peninsula and relocated our longstanding Texas Classic Auction to a vibrant new venue in the heart of Arlington’s entertainment district,” Rod Egan, Worldwide co-owner and auctioneer, said in the post-sale news release.

“We are absolutely committed to building on the successes of this year and to continuing to offer our customers a dynamic and wholly expert alternative in the market in 2018 and well into the future.”

1908 Stoddard-Dayton one of two cars to top $100,000 at Worldwide Auctioneers sale
1908 Stoddard-Dayton one of two cars to top $100,000 at Worldwide Auctioneers sale

Worldwide’s next sale is scheduled for January 18, 2018, in Arizona.

The company’s annual auction in its hometown was staged during the Labor Day weekend in the National Auto & Truck Museum’s historic L29 Cord building, where the top sale was a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B that sold for $539,000.

Top 10 sales, Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn 2017:

  1. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B, $539,000
  2. 1907 Stoddard-Dayton Model K runabout, $118,800
  3. 1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial limousine, $99,000
  4. 1937 Cord 812 phaeton, $96,250
  5. 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB, $82,500
  6. 1968 Jaguar E-type roadster, $78,100
  7. 1908 Holsman Mondel 10 runabout, $66,000
  8. 1930 LaSalle 4-passenger phaeton, $60,500
  9. 1933 Cadillac V-12 7-passenger sedan, $60,500
  10. 1935 Desoto Airflow SG coupe, $60,500

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Worldwide reported that early consignments for its Arizona auction include a 1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton with original chassis, body and engine; a 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupe with Mulliner Park Ward open coachwork; and an multiple award-winning 1929 Cord L29 cabriolet.

Pick of the Day: 1971 Fiat 124 Coupe

If you are looking to add a rare Italian GT car to your collection, the average going rate starts at around $30,000. That kind of money gets you an Alfa Romeo GTV or a Lancia Fulvia. Both are great cars, but what if you are looking for something more affordable and perhaps even a bit rarer?

The Pick of the Day, a 1971 Fiat 124 Coupe, should fill the bill. It’s advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Miami, Florida, who assures us that the store and inventory remain intact after Hurricane Irma.

The Fiat wears a good-looking set of non-original wheels

The ad for this car had literally no description but the pictures show a car that looks to be remarkably rust free and in what you would call nice driver-level condition.

The Fiat 124 Coupe is a car that for various reasons is often forgotten. One of the reasons is they can rust virtually everywhere. As a result, there are far fewer 124 Coupes left than there are Alfa GTVs and Lancia Fulvias.

The 124 Coupe has the same running gear as the 124 Spider, making for inexpensive parts prices and easy servicing, with the exception of body parts, which can be difficult to source if needed.

The interior looks to be in very nice shape

This is a second-series car, featuring modernized front-end styling and a larger displacement 1,608cc engine, along with four-wheel disc brakes and a five-speed manual transmission.

All the 124 coupes were styled in-house at Fiat, which is amazing when you see how nicely they look, offering a nice mix of design cues from both the Alfa and Lancia.

From behind the wheel, the 124 coupe is very much like the Alfa GTV, offering the same front-engine/rear-drive live-axle layout as the Alfa. Also like the Alfa, the Fiat has a double-overhead-cam engine, designed by legendary Ferrari engine designer Aurelio Lampredi.

The car offers good and forgiving handling with enough engine performance to be entertaining, and will leave an MGB in the dust while offering more comfort than any British car at this price point.

The Fiat 124 Coupe offers a level of rarity and exclusivity that no other Italian car at this price point delivers. If you take this car to Concorso Italiano in Monterey, you could well have the only 124 Coupe on the entire show field, no mean feat for a car with an asking price of only $15,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

RM Sotheby’s Ferrari auction generates more than $75 million

It was Ferrari’s 70th birthday party, but RM Sotheby’s took home a nice present this past weekend as well with its Leggenda e Passione all-Ferrari auction at the historic Fiorano test track generating €63,068,110 ($75.15 million) in sales. That figure was produced by the sale of a mere 38 of the 42 cars offered, a 90 percent sell-through rate.

The average sales price per vehicle for the auction was an amazing $1.977 million.

“It has been a fantastic experience to return to Maranello and to conduct a sale in the company’s 70th anniversary year,” RM Sotheby’s car specialist Augustin Sabatie-Garat was quoted in the auction company’s post-sale news release.

“The atmosphere throughout the whole weekend has been incredible and it was clear that buyers were keen to secure the very cars that we had on offer.

“The sale exceeded all our expectations and the enormous sum raised for charity through the sale of the 2017 LaFerrari Aperta was a wonderful way to end the evening.”

That last lot of the auction was a recently announced addition to the docket — a one-off and yet-to-be-built Aperta to be sold to benefit the Save the Children charity. As many as a dozen collectors bid on the car, which finally sold for €8,300,000 ($10,043,000), not only the high sale of the auction, but a world record for a car produced this century, RM Sotheby’s noted.

And all of that money goes to the charity; RM Sotheby’s did not add its usual buyer’s fee to the sales price.

The car will be the 210th Aperta and will wear unique livery in Rosso Fuoco with a double Bianco Italia racing stripe. The interior will feature black Alcantara with red leather inserts in the seats, red stitching and black carbon fiber trim.

The sale was the second major charity effort by RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari in recent months. In December, at a Ferrari event in Daytona Beach, Florida, the 500th and last LaFerrari brought $7 million at a special auction to raise money for the reconstruction of central Italy after a series of earthquakes.

California Spider crosses the block
California Spider crosses the block

But while saving the best for last, there were plenty of other highlights through the sale. For example, there had been a lot of pre-auction interest in a barn-found 1969 F365 FTB/4 Daytona, the only road-going, alloy-bodied car of its ilk, discovered after 40 years of storage in Japan.

After what RM Sotheby’s termed “spirited bidding,” the car sold for €1,807,000 ($2,186,470) , making it the highest-riced Daytona coupe ever sold at public auction (and that price, as well as the others reported, includes the buyer’s premium.)

Another car causing pre-sale pricing speculation was the manually shifted 1983 400i coming from the collection of rocker Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones legend had owned the car since new and had kept it in what RM Sotheby’s called “exceptional, original condition,” showing only 3,267 kilometers driven. The car sold for €345,000 ($417,450), which, RM Sotheby’s noted, was a world-record for that model.

'Green Jewel' 488 Spider is on the block
‘Green Jewel’ 488 Spider is on the block

Yet another special offering was the 2016 “Green Jewel” 488 Spider, offered by the Ferrari factory as an as-new car in special livery. Again, after a bidding battle, the car sold for another model-record price — €1,090,200 ($1,319,142).

The sale also included a 1959 250 GT LWB California Spider, a standard among collector cars. The car, chassis No. 1503 GT and the 35th of 50 produced, was originally sold to a young Venezuelan socialite and doctor, who was robbed and murdered and left behind the wheel of his sports car.

The car was repaired and reconditioned and imported to the U.S., where it underwent a complete restoration in the late 1980s, won class honors at Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook. The car sold at the auction for €7,855,000 ($9,504,550).

Top 10 sales, RM Sotheby’s Leggenda e Passione 2017:

1. 2017 LaFerrari Aperta, €8,300,000 ($10,043,000)
2. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti, €7,855,000 ($9,504,550)
3. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I, €4,719,000 ($5,709,990)
4. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, €3,375,000 ($4,083,750)
5. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, €3,263,000 ($4,958,340)
6. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, €2,927,000 ($3,511,742)
7. 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé, €2,871,000 ($3,474,920)
8. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, €2,479,000 ($2,999,590)
9. 2004 Ferrari Enzo, €2,311,000 ($2,796,310)
10. 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Prototype, €2,129,560 ($2,576,767)

(Prices 2-10 include buyer’s fees.)

 

More evidence of the changing demographics among car collectors

While wandering recently through the cars available for bidding at the classic car auctions in Auburn, Indiana, we wondered when the Ford Maverick and Chevrolet Vega had become collectible.

Now from England comes word of a couple more examples of cars you might never have expected to see on auction dockets — a one-owner 1979 Ford Fiesta 1300S is being promoted as the star car for first-time collectors at ClassicCar Auctions’ September Sale taking place September 23 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

1959 Ford 100e Prefect an ideal 'starter' car?
1959 Ford 100e Prefect an ideal ‘starter’ car?

The Fiesta, which was driven only 5,693 miles before going into storage 11 years ago, will be offered at no reserve, the auction company notes in its news release.

The car has a gold-shade of paint and brown chevron-design cloth interior.

Oh, and the car was, indeed, owned by an elderly lady who put it into storage when she gave up driving.

“The electrics and 1,299cc Kent engine are in good running order, requiring minimal work to be returned to the road,” the auction company notes.

“This sporty little classic Fiesta is the ideal ‘starter’ classic for new or virgin classic car buyers, as is the 1959 Ford 100E Prefect,” added Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at CCA.

“Buying a classic car doesn’t have to be eye-wateringly expensive and this Fiesta will make for a fun project, as well as being great fun to drive!”

The ’59 Ford Prefect he mentioned is another no reserve offering at the sale. So are a 1989 BMW 325i SE, a 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk1, a 1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI MkII and a 1970 MG Midget racer.

“CCA is the perfect place to come for anyone interested in going into classic car ownership,” Greenhalgh added. “We have a huge variety of cars ranging from No Reserve up to £50,000 plus.”

Is it time for remaining Chevrolet Confederates to go to the crusher?

Hurricanes have blown away — at least temporarily — the headlines and silenced the talking heads eager to chat about the controversies of keeping or removing statues and other tributes to the Confederate States of America and the perception of their symbolism of slavery.

While the controversy over statues was roiling in the aftermath of the protests turned tragedy at Charlottesville, Virginia, I was involved in a conversation about whether, taken to the extreme, we’d see the public destruction of the remaining Chevrolet Confederates — of which more than 300,000 were produced for the 1932 model year, and which you see from time to time at vintage car shows and collector car auctions.

The Confederate was a one-year model, replacing the Chevrolet Independence and replaced for 1933 by the Master Eagle and the Standard Mercury models.

And what of other classic vehicles with names no longer deemed acceptable? Consider the Studebaker Dictator, or the Rambler Rebel, or, for that matter, any German vehicle produced during Hitler’s reign. Should they all be driven to the crusher?

Action at last on RPM Act?

SEMA reports that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment has a hearing scheduled September 13 aimed at reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses and that among the bills to be discussed is the RPM Act, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (H.R. 35), which would “clarify that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into race vehicles used solely for competition.”

Passage of the RPM Act has been a major focus for the automotive aftermarket parts producing industry, which is concerned not only about motorsports but about bureaucratic regulation that potentially might limit other vehicle modification or restoration.

Supreme Court’s patent ruling has aftermarket implications?

According to the Auto Care Association, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the case of Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., has major implications for those maintaining and restoring automobiles.

The case involved Lexmark’s ability to restrict purchasers from reusing printer cartridges or from providing used cartridges to anyone other than Lexmark itself.

“While the case applied to printer cartridges, the impact… would have been extensive, restricting the ability of companies to produce and sell aftermarket and remanufactured parts based on the fear of violating a car company’s patent,” Bill Hanvey, Auto Care Association president, said in a news release.

That news release quoted Chief Justice John Roberts:

“Take a shop that restores and sells used cars. The business works because the shop can rest assured that, so long as those bringing in the cars own them, the shop is free to repair and resell those vehicles. That smooth flow of commerce would sputter if companies that make the thousands of parts that go into a vehicle could keep their patent rights after the first sale. Those companies might, for instance, restrict resale rights and sue the shop owner for patent infringement.

“And even if they refrained from imposing such restrictions, the very threat of patent liability would force the shop to invest in efforts to protect itself from hidden lawsuits. Either way, extending the patent rights beyond the first sale would clog the channels of commerce, with little benefit from the extra control that the patentees retain. And advances in technology, along with increasingly complex supply chains, magnify the problem.”

Warning: Do Not Touch! | Larry Edsall photo
Warning: Do Not Touch! | Larry Edsall photo

Selfie, or just selfishly self-centered?

I’m always disappointed when I go to a car show and see “Look but don’t touch” placards on what often are nice but certainly not fragile cars. By the same token, I’m always pleased when I see a car owner inviting people, especially youngsters, to sit behind the steering wheel and imagine the joy of actually driving such a machine.

On the other hand, there was news recently of an already-damaged 800-year-old sarcophagus on exhibit in a museum in England. For some reason, a set of parents saw a photo opportunity and placed their child atop the coffin, which broke and fell to the floor, the BBC reported. The family fled, but not before having their image — photo opp, indeed! — caught by security cameras.

Sadly, it wasn’t an isolated case. Artnet News reports that in February a “selfie-taker” smashed a sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and in July, a woman did $200,000 in damage to sculptures while attempting to take a selfie.

Will special-edition ag trucks become collectibles?

Case IH Red is one of the color choices for the new Ram Harvest Edition trucks | Ram photo
Case IH Red is one of the color choices for the new Ram Harvest Edition trucks | Ram photo

Ram, the truck division of Fiat Chrysler, recently unveiled what it called “the first truck designed specifically for the agriculture industry.” Actually, it’s not one truck but a series of Harvest Edition pickups with special features and painted in Case IH Red or New Holland Blue — sorry, John Deere fans, there’s no green-and-yellow version yet.

“The Ram Harvest Edition truck will allow farm families to get their work done while proudly showing their agricultural brand loyalty,” Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram, said in a news release.

In addition to special colors, the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 ag trucks will have a one-inch higher ride height, wheel flares, off-road tires for dealing with farm roads and crossing pastures, black tubular side steps, spray-in bedliners, fold-out bumper steps and other equipment.

How soon will we see Harvest Edition trucks crossing the block at one of Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ vintage tractor auctions?

Ag-edition truck also available in New Holland Blue
Ag-edition truck also available in New Holland Blue

 

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet pickup

During the 1950s, the hot setup for four-wheel-drive Chevy and GMC pickups came from NAPCO, which provided the Powr-Pak 4X4 Conversion as a bolt-on package that turned a regular rear-drive truck into a capable and durable off-roader. The conversions started as dealer-installed options but later were installed at the factory.

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Chevrolet half-ton pickup restored to how an original NAPCO-equipped truck would have come from the dealer. The lofty stance was part of the 4X4 conversion, so while it might look as if a modern lift kit has been applied, this was actually how they came.

The pickup stands tall with the NAPCO conversion
The pickup stands tall with the NAPCO conversion

This step-side pickup looks like a time capsule from a Forest Service past, in Air Wing Gray with painted rather than chromed bumpers and grille. It is powered by a 235 cid six-cylinder engine hooked to a four-speed manual transmission with “granny” first gear, which provides slow but mighty takeoff power from a dead stop.

From the Tucson, Arizona, dealer’s description in the ClassicCars.com advertisement, the truck has just over 51,000 miles on its odometer and is apparently ready to hit the dusty trail. The NAPCO conversion includes a dual-range transfer case that is rubber mounted for smooth operation.

The simple interior of a work truck
The simple interior of a work truck

The dealer makes no mention as to whether this was an originally optioned NAPCO pickup from the era or if it has been converted in more-recent times – there are several companies that advertise NAPCO installations for vintage GM pickups. That would affect the value but take nothing away from the ownership experience.

Whatever the case, this is a good-looking classic Chevy that’s nicely equipped and offered at the reasonable price of $25,997. The question now would be whether to subject the well-painted pickup to the potential dents and scratches of off-road exploits, or merely use it for cruising around and showing off.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

 

 

The road leads back to Savannah for historic barn-found racer

When they were youngsters growing up in Savannah, Georgia, Dale Critz Jr. and Richard Papy lived just down the street from each other and just around the corner from Julian Quattlebaum, a doctor by profession but also a car enthusiast and historian. He not only took the boys for rides in his 1908 Buick but was the author of the definitive book about the early and important motorcar races held in Savannah.

Quattlebaum as a child was among those who had attended those races, including the International Grand Prize Race in 1908 and the Vanderbilt Cup that ensued as Savannah emerged as the early home for international auto racing in the United States.

Racing in Savannah in 1911
Racing in Savannah in 1911

Papy’s grandfather was among the stewards for the 1908 race, and his family traces to the town’s first mayor in colonial times.

“My grandfather moved here in 1938,” Critz said. “We’re newcomers.”

Critz’ grandfather moved to Savannah to establish a car dealership. Critz is the third generation to run what now includes Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Buick/GMC stores. The Critz family also has been involved in historic preservation in the historic city, so when Papy, who helped launch the Oglethorpe Driving Club that brought racing back to the community in recent years, learned that one of the cars that raced in Savannah back in the day was going to auction, he suggested that Critz buy it.

That car was one of the three EMF factory racers, a 1911 30-model two-seater, which helped the Detroit automaker sweep the top three places in the Tiedeman Trophy race that was part of the 1911 Savannah Grand Prix and Vanderbilt Cup competition. On September 31 and October 1, that car will be among those showcased at the second Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.

EMF trio on the starting grid
EMF trio on the starting grid

Of the few surviving cars that raced in Savannah in the early years, most are in museums. The EMF is the only one that has returned to reside in Savannah, Papy said.

The car often can be seen in the Mercedes dealership showroom and frequently is driven to various events around Savannah. It has won awards at the Hilton Head, Keeneland and Amelia Island concours since Critz acquired it at Bonhams auction at Amelia Island in 2015.

Coachbuilder and Wayne manufacturer Barney Everitt, star Cadillac salesman William Metzger, and Walter Flanders, production manager at Ford, launched their own automotive brand in 1908. Their cars featured a combined transmission/rear axle, a mechanical mishmash that would give their customers fits.

Nonetheless, they sold more than 15,000 cars in 2010 and decided to further promote the brand by going racing in “light car” class for production-based vehicles. The biggest of those events would be the 1911 Tiedeman Trophy race at Savannah, and they sent three specially built 30-horsepower machines to Georgia, where the cars finished first, second and third.

Critz gives a ride to the then-mayor of Savannah
Critz gives a ride to the then-mayor of Savannah

Papy notes that the car Critz now owns was the third-place car, primarily because the other two had been equipped with special “non-skid” Firestone tires and didn’t have to make pit stops for tire changes during the 175-mile race. However, Critz’ car is believed to be the only one of the three still surviving, which EMF did only for a few months beyond the race before being absorbed into Studebaker.

Long-time car collector Gordon Matson acquired the EMF in 1983.

“He went to buy another EMF and this car was disassembled but in the same barn,” Critz said. “He bought them both and planned to restore the other one. But six months later, he looked at this car and got the chassis and engine numbers and started researching and found out what he had (the historic Savannah racer).

“He forgot about the other car and restored this car.”

Matson, a New Hampshire resident, raced the car in New England hill climbs and “drove it a lot” before taking it in 2005 to David Steinman at the Waitsfield Motor Car Company in Vermont for restoration back to its Savannah race spec and livery. The restored racer was shown at Pebble Beach in 2006.

With Gordon in ill health, the car went to Bonhams for sale in 2015, with Critz getting involved in a bidding battle that resulted in a record price for an EMF. While feeling he probably overspent to buy the car, he’s proud that it has returned to the place where it raced successfully.

Critz and Papy drive to Amelia Island awards stand
Critz and Papy drive to Amelia Island awards stand

He’s also proud of the fact that it remains mechanically sound —thanks in part to a local Ferrari mechanic — and is frequently driven, a fact that meant a trophy rather than a ribbon in the Pre-1935 Race Car class at the Amelia concours.

Seems the judges had awarded the car runner-up status in its class at the Florida concours, but when the class-winning car — a car some 25 years newer than Critz’ racer — was unable to drive to the awards stand under its own power, concours officials changed their mind and awarded the best in class trophy to the historic Savannah racer.

Pick of the Day: 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

I don’t know if it was a Revel or AMT kit, but I assembled one of these in scale-model plastic when I was a kid, though due to my youthful clumsiness with the tube of glue and garish decals, mine didn’t look nearly as nice as this unrestored original.

The Pick of the Day is this 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, being offered by a private seller in New Haven, Connecticut.

Note: Although the headline on the advertisement on ClassicCars.com says the car is a Mark III, the seller notes early in the text that the car is a Mark IV, not a III.

The seller bought the car from someone who had owned it since 1963.

“She has her age spots but is still a classic beauty,” the seller notes.

“This car is a blast to drive and runs very well,” the seller adds. “Starts right up, shifts beautifully and the brakes are perfect after the recent work.

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“Yes, there are some minor engine leaks but given the age, they are minimal and most come from the auto-lubricating system that is something special to see in these cars.

“All the power windows, with the exception of the passenger butterfly, work well including the rear seat center breezeway window. Some of the power window switches themselves could use a rebuild but all the motors and power mechanisms work.

“Both driver and front passenger windows are cracked but they open and close fine, should be replaced, will cost a few hundred dollars.

“All the chrome, and with this car that is a lot, is there.

“All the lights, signals, wipers, power door locks — they all work just fine.

“The fuel gauge doesn’t work but all the other gauges and lights in the dash are functional. The interior upholstery on the seats is original so the leather could be replaced, it is cracked with age. I found a place that sells the original brocade fabric pattern so a new, original look is very doable and not that expensive.

“There are some rust spots, nothing deep at all.”

The seller notes that the car was repainted in the 1980s at a body shop. “It was a body shop special, not a showroom paint job.”

The seller notes that “time and circumstances mean I have to move this car for other projects… She has to go to a better home, or I will need a new one.”

The asking price is $10,600.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

 

Lime Rock celebrates history — even in the rain

Lime Rock celebrated it’s 35th annual Historic Festival over the Labor Day weekend and despite a very rainy day during the Sunday In The Park concours, the weekend was well attended as it offered vintage racing, an auction, swap meet, and Sunday concours.

The action on the track
The action on the track

The Lime Rock Historic Festival is one of those smaller events that have everything that larger events such as Monterey Car Week have, but in a more manageable and lower-key style. It is much like the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman that happens at Road America in July. Both events attract great cars to the track, have a concours during the no-racing times, and gather famous drivers from the past.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT 'Speciale' Comp 61 by Pininfarina takes Best of Show at the concours | Andy Reid photos
1961 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Speciale’ Comp 61 by Pininfarina takes Best of Show at the concours | Andy Reid photos

All of this leads to nice-sized but manageable crowds and something for just about everyone who is interested in classic sports cars.

This year, which also is the race track’s 60th, the Lime Rock event had Richard Attwood as the honored racing guest and Bruce Meyer as honored collector. Both were on hand to meet fans, tell stories, and sign autographs at the Vintage Motorsport magazine booth. Meyer also brought an assortment of his many fine collector cars, including the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette No. 2 that competed at Le Mans, 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2001, the first production Shelby Cobra, and the 1932 Ford Doane Spencer Roadster (see below).

The action on track was exciting with hundreds of cars competing in classes such as Tin Tops, grand tourers, road-going sporting and sports racing cars, and not-quite-street-legal racers.

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Each year, Lime Rock has a featured class and this year it was Formula Junior reunion with more than 24 of these historic and fast cars on the track. Seeing the diversity of this group was fascinating as each manufacturer executed the Formula Junior idea differently.

The Sunday At The Park Concours was amazing considering that it rained for the entire day. The fact that so many amazing cars showed up to be judged and seen by spectators speaks to the enthusiasm of the owners and the spectators. Some of the cars on display were a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, the 1963 Corvette Rondine Coupe by Pininfarina, and the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM by Vignale, which was the very first Vignale-bodied Ferrari.

The best of show honors were won by the amazing 1961 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Speciale’ Comp 61 by Pininfarina. This astounding car looked for the world like a 400 Superamerica and had to be the template for that car.