From California: A collection for sale

Mark contacted us as he wants to downsize his collection after some events made him think about what’s important and what’s not, so here it is part of the collection he’s getting rid of: many important pieces, some unique. It’s useless that we describe all the items, so we’ll copy and paste his own words.

It’s time! After enduring California’s largest ever wildfire and the resulting mudslide here in Montecito, I’ve reassessed my collecting habits and have decided to downsize and simplify.
This has not been easy for me as I’ve owned many of these for years and am still very attached to most of them. I will consider taking interesting trades, but I really want to get my total number down to a more manageable number. I believe the prices are fair market value for each.

1- ’34 Rolls Royce Phantom II with superb documented history $200k
2- ’75 Porsche 911S Targa (Lime Green) $55k
3- ’60 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale (37k miles, black plates, matching numbers, stored since 1972) $90k (on hold)
4- ’73 Fiat 500 Cinquecento $9k
5- ’64 Morris Mini Cooper S rally car (offers)
6- ’64 Sunbeam Venezia by Touring Superleggera (shown at Quail) $55k
7- ’73 Citroen 2CV $13.5k
8- ’69 Meyers Manx $13.5k
9- ’56 Nash Rambler (30k miles orig) $13.5k
10- ’67 Jeep Gladiator Thriftside 4×4 orig. paint V8 stick
11- ’56 Mondial 175 Turismo Veloce (extra nice original (SOLD)
12- ’60’s Vincent drag bike (1 owner/rider fully documented) (have deposit)
13- ’65 Honda 305 Super Hawk $4500
14- ’64 Bultaco Metralla 200 (restored) (SOLD)
15- ’68 Italjet cafe racers (2) $6k for the pair
16- Aristocraft Torpedo mahogany speedboat $10k
17- Several carnival/arcade items: jukebox, French carousel bus and Indian motorcycle, coin-op pinball, etc (see pics).


1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II “Limousine De Ville” by Gurney Nutting – 7.6 liter

Chassis Number: 55TA
Engine Number: VT55

Here is a link to a set of photos of the car:

Records show that that Phantom II chassis number 55TA was ordered by Gracie Fields through London Rolls Royce dealer H.R. Owen on October 2nd, 1934. The chassis was dispatched to coachbuilder Gurney Nutting on January 10th, 1935, and it took approximately 3 months before the car was complete and ready for delivery. The car’s history has been confirmed through documents supplied by the Rolls Royce archive (they also supplied the original build specification & test sheets, and a factory photo of this car when new).

Dame Gracie Fields was a legendary British actress/singer/comedienne. On February 15th, 1938, she was honored with the “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” medal from King George VI:…/commander-of-the-british-empire/ more Gracie Fields history: 

Gracie only kept the car for one year, after which it was sold to “His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury” (the largest private landowner in Europe – 280,000 acres). The car was owned by the Duke’s family from 1936 – 1948 and kept at Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland:…/the-douglases-and…/ The Duke’s uncle had been the Chairman of Rolls Royce (he commissioned the original “Spirit of Ecstasy”mascot). His cousin was Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who founded the National Motor Museum at his family estate in Hampshire. Here is the Duke’s family tree:…/Montagu-Douglas… 

Historical provenance:

Below is a British Pathe archive newsreel clip from 1946. (The chauffeur of Lady Elizabeth Scott, Duchess of Northumberland provided it). It features this Phantom II when it belonged to the Duke of Buccleuch (the car is shown starting at 1:12): 

This is the same car with the same number plates still mounted: BXH 652

This was the wedding of Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu-Douglas-Scott, aunt of the current Duke, to the Duke of Northumberland at Westminster Abbey. The Queen and many other Royals and dignitaries were in attendance for this grand event.

Members of the Royal Family were among the guests at the wedding of the Duke of Northumberland and Lady Elizabeth Montagu-Douglas-Scott. In attendance were: Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and King George, and the Duchess of Kent. The Duke of Buccleuch is shown getting out of the Rolls with Lady Elizabeth Scott 10th Duchess of Northumberland (his daughter and the bride).

The Duke sold the car in 1948 to a Rolls Royce hire service at 21 Cromwell Mews, Kensington, where it was mainly used for weddings and other special occasions. It was eventually exported to the US (circa 1970) and has been here ever since according to the history on file. A well-known classic car collector (and lifetime member of the Rolls Royce Owners Club) named Gordon Dysart bought the car and embarked on a restoration to bring the car back to its fomer glory. At the time, Gracie Fields ran a small hotel and restaurant on Capri catering to celebrities, and Mr. Dysart actually travelled to the island to visit her and ask for information on the car. She supplied him further details on original colors and materials to help add authenticity to the restoration.

A complete frame-off concours restoration was performed, and this “Full Classic” car earned both CCCA & AACA Senior First Place awards. After the restoration, the car was shown numerous times and was always maintained and properly stored. Although the restoration was performed some time ago, the car is still in quite beautiful condition. It almost appears to be a well-kept original rather than a restored car. Includes the fitted tool set (under the chauffeur’s seat).

This car also appeared in a Hollywood movie “Pancho Barnes” in 1988.

Simply put, this is a very impressive and stately car with superb provenance.

Value is in the $200k range. Fair offers and trades will be considered. Car is located in Santa Barbara, California.


Here is my 911S that I’ve owned for probably 10-12 years. Long term Santa Barbara, California car with only 2 previous owners.

Original unrestored survivor with one exterior (only) repaint in the original color long before I bought the car.

The car appeared in a Porsche 911 book by Randy Leffingwell and was photographed by him.

Recent engine-out service and the airbox was replaced. Tires and brakes were replaced as well. Matching numbers.

Targa top still has the original vinyl cover which needs to be replaced. Dash has a crack from sun, and there are a couple of split seams on the bucket seat upholstery.

Perfect panel gaps, and doors still close with the legendary “ping”.

A really sweet car in a spectacular factory color. $55,000


This has to be one of the most stylish mahogany speedboats ever built.

These Aristocraft boats were built up until the late ’50’s when they switched to fiberglass. Over the years there was so much interest in the mahogany boats that Aristocraft started producing them again.

They are currently being made on the same original jigs, materials, and techniques as they did back in the ’50’s.

This boat is sold complete with trailer and Evinrude motor. $10,000


Sunbeam Venezia by Carrozzeria Touring.

It has an alloy body built using the “Superleggera” building method with a tubular steel skeleton wrapped with alloy panels (just like the bodies of its siblings produced for Aston Martin DB4/DB5, Maserati 3500, Lancia Flaminia, Lamborghini 350/400GT, etc.). This model has a very interesting history and was the last design built by Touring before the shop was shuttered. This was produced entirely in Italy, and was to be Sunbeam’s flagship car, but sales were hampered greatly by the labor-intensive cost to build, and only about 200 were produced (a lot more rare than the Tiger).
These were never sold in the US, and the majority of US enthusiasts have never seen one or even heard of this model.

We imported the car a few years ago from Belgium, and the car was immediately accepted to be shown at the Quail Motorsports Gathering. The following day it was also shown at Concorso Italiano, and was later shown at an all-British show (this car is accepted into both Italian and British shows). It was also in contention for the special Carrozzeria Touring display at Pebble. It has also appeared in several magazines while still in Europe.

The car is finished in deep blue with red leather interior. It features a tuned 1840cc engine with a special Holbay head, dual Webers, 4 speed overdrive, power disc brakes, and wire wheels. I’d describe the driving experience as a combination of an early Alfa GTV and a Bentley (due to the leather and burl wood interior). $55,000

On Hold
Original unrestored car – has minor rust bubbles under paint in a few isolated areas and could use paint. Still looks nice overall. White with black and red interior. Ragtop sunroof. Imported from Florence, Italy. California title in my name. $9000
This is an unrestored ’56 Nash Rambler and I was told it only has 30k original miles. Eye-catching yellow & black with green interior. Not many of these left in this condition.
I bought it to leave at our Palm Springs house, but it only has a carport and I was worried about this car being too nice to leave in the open.

Here are some old photos I found of the Morris Cooper S race car. It is currently all apart for restoration.

I have owned this car for 30+ years, and have been paying an average of $100/month to store it all this time. I had great intentions, but never made the time to restore it.

It has a proper Cooper S motor, but it was a factory replacement with no number stamped. Period correct Microcell reclining race seats, light bar, alloy wheel spats, and the early style 3 point roll bar. Unique dashboard with multiple guages, map reading lights, fuse blocks, etc. It has the twin tanks, with twin pumps and all fuel, electrical, and brake lines were mounted inside the car instead of underneath. The Series 1 tail lights were replaced with later lights at some point and the holes were enlarged.
It was described as a “back-up works team car” by the previous UK owner, and it has many of the features of the BMC Works Minis. It could be quite a valuable piece if the history was established and verified.
This is a race car, and does not have paperwork or ID plate for street use.

NOTE: I also have another super straight and solid Cooper S bodyshell and a 2nd complete powertrain (engine/trans/carbs, disc brakes, suspension, and subframe) available at separately. Serious offers or possible trades.

This bike has quite bit of history. It did 150 mph in the 1/4 back in the ’60’s. (I have a deposit on the bike)
Nice original unrestored black plate bike. CA registered in my name. Runs strong. $4500

This was a one owner truck with original paint. It has the factory 327 “Vigilante” V8, manual transmission, and 4 wheel drive with locking hubs. It has the very rare short bed stepside (Thriftside), and of course, the desirable “Rhino Chaser” grill and large back window. These trucks are nearly impossible to find in this configuration.

The truck has had a lot of mechanical restoration work done (rebuilt engine, brakes, shocks, fuel tank, new tires, etc.), but it has been in storage and will need some servicing to get it ready for driving. The body is straight and solid overall, although there is some rust in the A-pillars below the winshield seal, and a bit on the floor panel. The tailgate has surface rust, but is still very straight and solid. No rust out in the bed floor. No prior accidents or bodywork. There is a fender corner missing on the driver’s side, but I will include a replacement. the interior is pretty much original.

The truck is suitable for restoration, or just service it and use as-is. Everyone seems to love the worn and weathered finish! Sold on a bill of sale. $9500

1950’s coachbuilt “Carrossier Monteilhet” French carousel ride. Most likely the only example in the USA.
An unrestored original. Great display piece for your office, game room, or garage.More photos on Flickr:…/275602…/sets/72157650066788507/The coachbuilder that produced this also built a wide variety of different styles (from Citroen DS21’s, Peugeot’s, Simca’s, to stylized ’50’s tailfinned Americans, to motorcycles & scooters, to airplanes & spacecraft). This website shows many examples of similar vintage French carnival rides:
Indian Chief carousel ride by Lenaerts of Belgium. This was built in the ’50’s/’60’s and is all steel and aluminum construction. Looks like a scaled-down Chief and probably gave thousands of kids their first motorcycle experience. These are quite rare and very decorative. Perfect for your “Man Cave” or office. Nice patina and hand-painted pinstriping. $3000

I have two Italjets. One of them is called a 50 Deluxe – has swan-neck clipons, steel rims, painted fenders, long tank, short seat. The other is the Mustang 50 Sport – has alloy rims, dual front brake, speedo in tank, intricate fender brackets riveted to fenders, etc. Both have super-low miles (way under 1000 miles on each). Very rare in the US (never really imported in any numbers) and have many exotic features not usually found on small bikes like these. These both can be easily restored.

Here is the description given to me by the last owner:

These two motorcycles were reportedly sent to the USA by the factory for sales brochure photography, magazine articles, and new bike shows in the mid/late 1960’s. The photographer kept the motorcycles in storage for a while, and sold them to the person I bought them from. He obtained titles to the bikes, and used them occasionally. He had them painted black at some point.

Based on the information I can find in various publications, one of these is a “Mustang Sport” model and the other is a “Deluxe” model. Both have 2 stroke Minarelli engines; the Deluxe is 47.6 cc, the Sport is 49.6 cc. The Deluxe bike has chrome rims; the Sport version has aluminum. Both motorcycles have California titles and license plates. US style tail lights were installed for DOT compliance, but Euro lighting would certainly look better.

Asking $3500 each – $6000 for the pair

Wonderful Citroen 2CV (shown here at Cars and Coffee next to Michael Hammer’s Pan Am Lincoln. $13,500
Original unrestored condition. Lights up and functions. Very rare machine that combines a pool table with pinball style scoring.
Pictured here at my shop. $1750
1950 Seeburg 100B Select-O-Matic “Happy Days” Jukebox
Beautiful original Seeburg jukebox that needs servicing (not restoration). The first jukebox to play 45’s (replacing 78’s). These are worth around to $5000 in great working shape. $1500
coney island
1940’s/’50’s Allan Herschell Coney Island Streamline American carousel car/fire truck
This was one that went on a circular track at a carnival. It is very heavy cast aluminum and is not a pedal car. Thousands of kids have probably ridden in this one over the years.
These are worth quite a bit when restored. Price is $1500
As you see, this is quite an eclectic collection worth the attention of most collectors. You can contact the seller filling the form below. Good Luck!

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