American Classics to be offered in Arizona Next Week

There once was a time when it was possible to buy a truly American-made car. While those days may be gone, fortunately many of the cars are still around. In just one week, RM Auctions will be in Arizona to offer over 140 collector cars at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, and the line-up includes a number of American Classics. Headlining these U.S.-built classics is ACD-certified 1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton with coachwork by LeBaron, the only long-wheelbase example built.
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron

1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron

Lincoln will be well represented by a 1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster, a rare LeBaron semi-custom offered from the Karl Blade Collection, as well as Lincoln Model K Double Windshield Phaeton by Brunn, Lincoln’s 1932 show car and a double Pebble Beach award winner with a one-off, very sporting design. Fans of Cadillac will surely be impressed by fully restored 1933 Cadillac V-12 Rumble Seat Coupe, while Chrysler aficionados will have their eyes on the 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria – one of three in existence – with Waterhouse coachwork and three owners from new (including single-family ownership for 70 years). Finally, perhaps representing the pinnacle of Classic Era design and engineering, this one-off 1931 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe by LeBaron will also be offered, featuring known history from new and multiple class wins thanks to its painstaking restoration. The complete line-up of motor cars to be offered at Arizona can be viewed online, with full catalogue descriptions and photography.

Two Duesenberg Model J Take Top Spots at Auburn Spring Sale

1932 Duesenberg Model J Five Passenger Sedan 1932 Duesenberg Model J Five Passenger Sedan This past weekend, Auctions America continued its mission to rebuild the Auburn Auction Park over the weekend, hosting a successful debut Spring sale in Auburn, Indiana, May 12-15. Attracting collectors and enthusiasts from across the continent and as far away as Argentina, Belgium and Austria, the three-day Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction presented 424 automobiles and a select range of memorabilia, generating over $6.75 million in sales with 66% of all lots sold. Two majestic Model J Duesenbergs were the toast of the auction; the top-seller was a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Five-Passenger Sedan, which fetched $404,250, while a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton achieved $375,000. Also offered on Saturday was Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson’s 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350, which attracted lively bidding and exceeded its pre-sale estimate to sell for $247,500.

Outstanding Results from Amelia Island Auction

Amelia Island Auction Amelia Island Auction The 2011 Amelia Island sale, held last Saturday, March 12, was a record-breaking success, posting a remarkable $24.3 million in total sales, the highest tally achieved in the event’s 13-year history. In total, the single-day sale presented some 103 lots, including a selection of vintage motorcycles, before a packed house, with a strong 96% of all lots sold at its Amelia Island sale to claim the top results of the weekend. Top sales honors of the weekend went to a rare 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0224 AT, offered from the private collection of Larry Nicklin. One of just three built and boasting a superlative racing pedigree, the hugely valuable competition coupé sparked a spirited bidding war in the room and on the phones, exceeding its pre-sale estimate to sell for an extraordinary $4,290,000. Also offered from the Nicklin Collection and exceeding its pre-sale estimate was a highly original 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0267 EU, which realized $660,000. Both examples were offered for the first time in 30 years. Building on RM’s reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections, the distinguished collection of Jack and Marilyn Tallman, also garnered significant interest. Headlined by a handsome 1930 Cadillac Sixteen Roadster for $506,000, the collection generated over $2.3 million in total sales. Beyond the top-seller’s list, other notable highlights well-exceeding their pre-sale estimates included: a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution, one of only 24 Evolutions built, for $159,500; and an exceptional, early 1964 Porsche 911 for $225,500.

Vintage Cars at RM’s Amelia Island Auction Live

RM Auction Amelia Island RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is set to continue its strong track record in Florida, March 12, when it returns to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel for its annual Amelia Island sale. Now in its 13th year, the well-established auction will showcase over 100 quality motor cars, spanning a century of automotive design, from a wonderful series of early Brass Era cars to elegantly styled British and American road and racing cars and European sports cars. Reflecting the international flavor of consignments, notable early entries include: an ultra-rare 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Open Drive Landaulette; a superbly-restored 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe with Murphy Coachwork (J331); and an elegant 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Leger “Special Sport” Roadster.

RM Auction Achieves 100% Sell-trough at Hershey Auction

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, achieved a successful 100% sell-through rate at its Hershey, Pennsylvania sale last week, with over 140 vehicles, joined by a selection of vintage motorcycles and automotive-themed memorabilia, exchanging hands for a total of $8.8 million in sales. Bidders in the room were joined by those on the phone and via the Internet, with interest received from 18 countries around the world, including as far away as Argentina, Turkey and Australia. Top sale honors went to a majestic and well-documented 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe, from the estate of Mr. John O’Quinn, which went to a telephone bidder for $748,000. A London-to-Brighton eligible 1903 Packard Model F Rear-Entry Tonneau, offered from the same collection, exceeded its pre-sale estimate selling for $374,000 to lead the strong results achieved for the selection of Brass Era vehicles.

RM’s Auctions America Sales Topped $13 Million

The new owner of a long-running classic car auction in northern Indiana considers its first edition of the traditional Labor Day weekend sale a success, a company spokeswoman said. Auctions America by RM bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn in July and said more than 25,000 people attended the weekend event, during which sales topped $13 million. Kerrey Kerr-Enskat, director of public relations for RM Auctions, said the company spent $1 million on improvements to the park. This year’s auction had a 51.5-percent sell-through rate, according to a news release. The top car was a rare 1934 Duesenberg Model JN that sold at auction for $962,500 to an anonymous telephone bidder. Second place went to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J 7-Passenger that sold for about $357,500.