The name of Malcolm S. Pray Jr. is synonymous with collector cars and philanthropy in Greenwich. Long one of Greenwich’s most successful and visible businessmen, Pray who passed away in August this year, left behind a renowned car collection. Now exceptional collection of 17 vehicles from his legacy will be offered at RM Auctions’ 16th annual Amelia Island sale, scheduled for March 8th, 2014 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton.
“Malcolm has been a part of the RM family for over 20 years and our entire team is honored to present a selection of his beloved cars on behalf of the Pray family,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions.
The highlight of the sale and the jewel of Pray collection is an extremely rare 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi, chassis 48667. The car termed as “Malcolm’s French Mistress” by his wife Natalie, is one of just two surviving 135 Competition Court Roadsters bodied by the innovative Parisian firm and designed by prominent French painter and illustrator Géo Ham.Pray purchased the car in 1964 and lovingly retained, showed and rallied it for nearly half a century.
Other highlights offered from the Pray Collection, which represents an array of both American and European marques, include: a stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet by Pinin Farina, chassis 2093GT, which has been a part of the collection since 1969 and is complete with its original engine and factory hardtop; along with a 1957 BMW 507 Series II Roadster, chassis 70156, owned by Malcolm since 1972 and featuring a factory hardtop and rare rudge wheels.
Proceeds from the sale of Pray’s automobiles will benefit The Pray Achievement Center where his daughter Sabrina will work with the foundation to help continue the important work begun by her father.