Since restoration, the car has been driven just under 6000 highway miles – mostly extended weekend runs. During the course of the first several thousand miles, the car received numerous minor adjustments. The car is now totally sorted; everything works as it should. The engine has been nicely run-in and revs almost like a large-displacement bike engine with very little inertia under throttle. The upper range howl makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Ferrari's Dino V6 hasn't got a thing on this motor. The rest of the car works equally well. The transmission shifts with precision. And that ultra-fast steering rack (which does take 500 miles or so to acclimate oneself to after a lifetime of conventional steering boxes) and supple suspension enable you to literally feel your way down the road using only the muscles in your fingertips and toes -- at a natural 80-90mph gait. Fusee Francaise, indeed!
The current caretaker - since 2009 - is a petrol head who has realized a life-long dream in serving as the caretaker of this renovated SM. But, life has a funny way of interrupting dreams. He is re-locating his family to a different continent and is unable to include the beloved "Land Shark" as part of the move.
The car is located in Southern California. The price is $85k. While this figure is a multiple of examples that usually come on the market, it is also an amount that represents only part of what it would require to replicate this effort. Interested parties may address Mr. Hathaway who is brokering the sale on behalf of its owner. He is, after all (following Messrs. Ne, Opron, and Alfieri, of course), the father of this particular SM and knows it better than anyone else.
Contact Jerry Hathaway