Classic Showcase Spring Newsletter

More and more of our customers around the country have been shipping their vehicles to our facility for service, upgrades, and routine maintenance. We have worked out a program with our two main transporters, Blue Highways and Intercity Lines, to make it convenient for you when your car is not on the road to have your maintenance and service performed at Classic Showcase. These two transport companies are our preferred transporters because they use enclosed trucks; they are very professional and conscientious in the handling of your precious vehicle. These transporters make it a hassle free and easy transition to pick up and return your vehicle to you for a reasonable fee.

Once your vehicle has been serviced by Classic Showcase, we enter that information into our database so that when your next service/maintenance is due, we will drop you an email or fax to let you know that it is time to book an appointment for your next service and/or recommendations with us. Classic Showcase is happy to be offering more services for our customers.

About The Cover
This issue's cover features original Jaguar XKE brochures from the 1960s.
Please click on the thumbnails below to view the full page.

1967 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 OTS

This car has been restored by Classic Showcase to concours level. This is a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration with much attention to fit and detail. The Series I 4.2 is the most user friendly, best driver, and most collectable of the series E-Types. This wonderful car has a matching numbers 4.2 liter engine with 3 SU carburetors and a fully synchronized transmission. It has been purchased by a collector who will be campaigning this car at major concours including JCNA. We will bring you updates on this car as time progresses.

1959 Jaguar XK-150S OTS

Classic Showcase is performing a complete restoration on this vehicle for one of our collectors. This very rare and collectible 150S Roadster features 3 SU carbs, 5-speed, dual exhaust, driving lights, and disc brakes. This matching numbers XK-150S is an excellent example of the most desirable Jaguars in the XK range. We will bring you updates on this classic's progress in the next newsletter.

January 2008

Million-dollar collector cars hit the auction blocks across Scottsdale and Phoenix, with more than a dozen cars breaking into seven figures. Overall, 2,037 cars changed hands for a total of $162,981,757. "The classics are stronger than ever," said Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Auctions. Gooding had the highest-number of seven-figure collector cars, with a total of seven, followed by RM, which sold six. Barrett-Jackson had three. Robosaurus, the fire-breathing, car-eating behemoth was the crowd favorite at Barrett-Jackson. Cheers filled the auction tent when the metal beast topped out at $575,000. Huge crowds turned out under sunny skies Saturday at Barrett-Jackson, and the event was on pace to exceed last year's attendance of about 250,000.

The events offered varied results, ranging from Gooding & Company achieving a surprising $21m in its first year, to Barrett-Jackson's 22% drop in total sales. At its no-reserve sale held at WestWorld from January 15 to January 20, Barrett-Jackson sold 1,135 cars for a total result of $84,475,985. High sale came from a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette "Rondine" concept car, which was styled by Tom Tjaarda and bodied by Pininfarina for the 1963 Paris Auto Show. It sold for $1,760,000. Some of the biggest news in the desert this year was the addition of Gooding to the usual January auction line up. Expectations were high for this first-time event, and the company delivered, selling 64 of 71 cars for a final total of $21,029,700 on January 19. The high sale there-and indeed of the week-belonged to a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. Finished in Fly Yellow and black leather, it raised $3,300,000. At the Arizona Biltmore on Friday, January 18, RM sold 88 of 95 cars for $26,725,400. High sale of the day was shared by two cars-a black 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet and a Pebble Beach class-winning 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe. It was at this auction that Classic Showcase's 1958 356A Speedster set a world record, selling at $220,000. At its 8th annual Scottsdale event held Thursday, January 17, to Sunday, January 20, Russo and Steele sold 298 of 490 cars for a final total of $19,144,455. The high sale of the event went to a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe at $412,500.

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
March 7-9, 2008

Cool breezes, a warm sun and 318 classic cars and motorcycles, plus lush greens underfoot. That was the scene that greeted an estimated 20,000 people Sunday on the fairways outside The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, as the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance entered its 13th year. Rows of Rolls-Royces and Packards mixed with a line of historic Trans Am racers and world speed-record winners that raced down Florida beaches as curvaceous, custom-bodied French automobiles sparkled near formal-looking Edwardian-era Cadillacs and sleek Italian Iso Rivolta and Bizzarrini supercars. Parked near the lake was the 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York-to-Paris race. This historic vehicle will soon rerun the original race in a televised series. The People's Choice winner was an outrageously styled 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III owned by John Rich Sr. When judges including General Motors Vice President Ed Welburn and actor Edward Herrmann completed their review of classics from all over the world, Sam and Emily Mann's 1935 Duesenberg J Roadster, once owned by Clark Gable, was named the event's top classic car; Peter Sachs' 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport was named the best race car.

The 1907 Thomas Flyer

Other Amelia Island Concours Cars

RM's Automobiles of Amelia
March 8, 2008

At RM's Auction on Saturday, 101 cars sold for a total over $18,000,000. The top seller was a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy that sold for $2,640,000. Second top seller was a 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer by Harrison selling at $2,200,000. Third went to a 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster which sold for $1,760,000.

Q: Update from Previous Issue
Thank you Tom for helping me with the various levels of restoration that can be performed on my vehicle. I would like a dependable driving car, but I want it to look correct and original, and also to have some positive upgrades for its handling.
~Mark Smallwood, Salt Lake City, Utah

A: Mark, this is a great way to restore your car. The design and look of the TR3A is fabulous, so keeping the aesthetics of the car as original as possible would be a goal. As part of the restoration process, we could improve on the cooling system, the engine performance, and the hydraulic system as well as the suspension. In keeping the car original and with these upgrades, this would also be desirable if you ever chose to sell the car. I know your intention is to restore the car for yourself, but it would appeal to anyone else interested, and it would be great fun to drive.

Stay tuned for a further update.

Q: Is it beneficial to install a 5 speed transmission when you are doing the restoration, or is it better to stay with the 4 speed?
~Jerry Springfield, Tulsa, Oklahoma

A: Thank you for your question Jerry. Today's freeway speeds are in excess of 65 mph. In the 1960's the average speed was much less, more like 50 mph. With the 4 speed, your engine is now running higher RPMs because of the faster speeds. Your objective would be to reduce the RPMs in the engine. With the 5 speed, it gives you a longer longevity of the engine which takes a lot of work away from the engine, and in addition it is more cost effective with both gasoline and repairs. The 5 speed is close ratio, and it also makes the vehicle more fun to drive.

Q: I've heard that an E-type does not have a frame; that it has a Monocoque. What is a Monocoque?
~Olivia Runyan, Ramsey, New Jersey

A: Olivia, from the front Buckhead rearward, the body was a monocoque. The Buckhead was attached forward by a tubular front sub-frame. The monocoque consisted of two main tubes, made up of the sills inner/outer between front and rear wheel arches.

Q: What is the best year of XKE Series to collect, and what distinguishes it from other years?
~Bradley Brooks, Laurel, MD

A: The 1961 through 1967 Jaguar Series I, 3.8 and 4.2 is definitely the most desirable and collectible of the E-types. This is the model that has the covered headlights. It also has toggle switches on the dash, chrome bumpers, and a sleek look. Therefore, this is a more valuable and collectible vehicle to own.

Barrett-Jackson Auction
March 27 to 30

West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 27 to 29

Hollywood, Florida, USA
Bella Italia at the Bay
April 5

San Diego, California, USA
Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia
April 19 to 21

Mexico City, Mexico
Michigan Classic Car Auction
April 25 to 27

Novi, Michigan, USA
Texas Concours d'Elegance
May 1 to 4

Seabrook, Texas, USA
Muckenthaler Concours d'Elegance
May 18

Fullerton, California, USA
Huntington Beach Concours
June 1

Huntington Beach, California, USA
JCNA Western States 2008
July 28 to August 1

This event will celebrate JCNA's 50th Anniversary. Classic Showcase will sponsor the Rally. It will be a spectular event for all clubs and members of JCNA. We encourage you to attend this event. Don't miss it!

Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours
August 11 to 12

Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, USA
Quail Lodge Concours & Auction
August 15

Carmel, California, USA
Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
August 15 to August 16

Monterey, California, USA
Historic Automobile Races
August 15 to 17

Monterey, California, USA
Gooding & Co. Auction
August 17

Pebble Beach, California, USA
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
August 17

Pebble Beach, California, USA

Make sure all of your car's vitals are good. Check fluids and air pressure, read instruments properly to make sure it is all operating well.

For maximum efficiency, make sure the timing of the engine and calibration of the carburetors is good.

The gasoline used in a car is important. Use a high quality gas to prevent any dieseling effect. If you have a pinging effect, the problem could be your timing or carburetion. You may need to use an octane booster if you drive a car with a performance operating engine.

Shine the car and buff it to perfection. We like the Maguire and 3M polishes, as they are user friendly. Also try the products from Griot's. Take your time when detailing your car. It can be a fun and relaxing experience.

Finally, plan for lots of car events and activities. Take your favorite companion on a day trip... oh, and take a friend too.

The next Classic Showcase newsletter will include:

  • Classic Showcase News & Updates
  • Updates on Concours Events
  • Ask Tom Exclusives
  • Restoration Updates
  • Maintaining Your Car in the Summer

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