RM Auctions Announces The Dingman Collection 2012

RM Auctions is delighted to announce the addition of The Dingman Collection to its expanding 2012 calendar. Located just 50 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, the upcoming sale is a continuation of RM’s highly successful Dingman auction in 2006. The result of many years of careful and meticulous acquisition by prominent businessman, investor and philanthropist, Michael Dingman, a former Ford Motor Company director for over 21 years, the Dingman Collection is regarded as one of the finest of its kind. From a remarkable series of automobiles, each restored by marque experts to be the best of its type, to one of the world’s most impressive automotive sign collections, the offering is unique in its quality and presentation.
1986 Autokraft Cobra

1986 Autokraft Cobra

The upcoming sale will feature nearly 50 automobiles and well in excess of 1,400 signs, each offered without reserve, presenting a range of exclusive ownership opportunities to savvy collectors. [RM Auctions] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IYISQ6DVwk[/youtube]

Arizona Auction Begins 2012 Auction Season Today

From Ferraris and Duesenbergs to Gullwings and BMWs, the Arizona auction beginning today evening will offer enthusiasts the chance to own some of the finest examples from the most collectible marques. Headlined by the only Ferrari 410 Superamerica originally bodied by Scaglietti, the Arizona event will present 10 examples from the storied Italian marque, including an extremely low-mileage Ferrari F40 originally owned by Lee Iacocca. Also on offer is spectacular, ACD-certified Duesenberg Model J Long Wheelbase Dual Cowl Phaeton with coachwork by LeBaron, a 1959 BMW 507 Roadster, restored by the master craftsmen of RM Auto Restoration, and two examples of the legendary 300SL—a coupe and a roadster.

1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe by Scaglietti

Other highlights include the cars to the right, as well as the following notable examples:
  • a low-mileage 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, CSX 3228
  • a multiple award-winning 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria, just three owners from new including single-family ownership for 70 years
  • an elegant 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Landaulet by Barker and
  • a beautifully-restored, well-documented 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the fifth example off the line in the first year of Corvette production
Taking place at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, over 140 cars will be offered, many without reserve. You can participate in the auction from anywhere in the world by registering to bid for online, telephone or absentee bidding, or you can join us in Arizona to experience the excitement of a live auction! If, however, you are unable to attend, you can still experience the auction action live online, beginning Thursday, January 19 at 7:00pm MST.

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.
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Exceptional 1953 Corvette, Chassis No. 5, Highlights RMAuctions Arizona Corvette Selection

After nearly six decades of production, Chevrolet’s Corvette is not only America’s sports car but also the first true sports car of its kind to come from the Motor City. The year was 1953 and 300 examples were built. At RM Auctions’ annual Arizona Sale in January, will be presented a selection of the finest first generation Corvettes. Chassis Number 5 is not only the fifth car built, and as such features a number of early production details, but it is also one of the first three examples ever sold to the public, purchased new by Crawford Greenewalt of the DuPont family. Accompanied by an enormous amount of supportive documentation, it has been painstakingly restored to NCRS Top Flight standards.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Also of note from Corvette’s second production year is a fantastic 1954 Roadster equipped with a rare Bubble Top, which was original to the car and built for a select few by Model Builders of Chicago. With less than 57,000 miles from new, this is an exceptionally rare Corvette. As for model year 1955, the Arizona auction will also feature the ninth Corvette built for the year, a Pilot Line Roadster of the first year for V-8 power. After a professional restoration, this exceptional car, which was formerly part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, received NCRS Top Flight, Triple Crown and Bloomington Gold awards. The Karl Blade Collection, meanwhile, contains a 1958 Corvette, which was fully restored by an NCRS judge and was also a Top Flight award winner. Finally, the second generation cars are equally well represented by an exceptional 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Stingray Roadster which was treated to a stunning Kevin Mackay restoration and honored with Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and Triple Crown awards. [RM Auctions]

Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans Fetch $1.375 Million

To date, RM Auctions has auctioned off 199 vehicles priced over $1 million. And here’s number 200. The iconic
1970 Porsche 911s formerly owned by the Steve McQueen and featured in his epic movie Le Mans spurs a lively bidding war in the room and on the phone, selling for a record $1.25 million hammer price. Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans McQueen played a bad-ass, car-racing man’s man in the movies. In real life, he was a bad-ass, car-racing man’s man. That’s why having his stamp of approval on a real-world vehicle can bump its value so dramatically. The 911, seen in the opening scenes of the racing epic, LeMans, was King of Cool’s personal car throughout the filming and has racked up a total of 112,000 miles over the last 41 years. We don’t know who the final bidder was, but we do know she’s women from the States, and she had to bidding to $1.375 million (price is with buyers premium) from a modest starting price of $200,000.

RM Auctions Special Mercedes-Benz Offering in Monterey

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster by Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz has accomplished a great deal in the last 125 years, both on and off the track. To celebrate this glorious heritage, RM Auctions is delighted to present an outstanding selection of motor cars at Monterey auction next week, spanning the company’s entire history from a replica of the original Benz Patent three-wheeler to the modern SLR McLaren. Also of note, two 300 SL Gullwing Coupes—a 1955 and a 1957—a 300SL Roadster, a 1971 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, 230SL, a 1935 290 Cabriolet D and a fantastic 1924 Mercedes 28/95 Sport Phaeton. Of particular interest, however, are the five supercharged eight-cylinder cars, each offered from prominent private collections. The long-tail, high door 1937 540 K Spezial Roadster is offered from the distinguished collection of Sam and Emily Mann, while the Lyon Family Collection in California brings a 1939 540 K Spezial Roadster, a 500 K Roadster and a 540 K Spezial Coupe. Finally, there is the 540 K Sport Cabriolet A, a unique and rare transitional model. Each of these five cars was personally inspected by experts from Mercedes-Benz Classic in Germany, and the findings of their visits are included in the auction catalog.

Impressive Porsches Line Up for Quail Lodge Sale

1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupe 1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupe

Competition models spanning three decades assemble for August auction.

Last year at Quail Lodge Bonhams set a world record for any Porsche sold at auction when the 1972 917 Interserie Spyder (neé 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe) made nearly $4 million. This and other competition Porsches from the impressive Michael Amalfitano Collection exceeded all pre-sale expectations and made headlines around the world. Now, Bonhams is assembling another exciting line-up of racing Porsches to be offered at the upcoming August sale. Here are some of the highlights: 1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupe. This is the model that completely dominated the 1966 Hockeheim 500, not to mention winning its class that year in the Monza 1000, Targa Florio, Spa 1000, Austrian 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This particular car was campaigned with success in Australia before being raced by subsequent owners in Hong Kong and Macau. Estimate $900,000-$1,100,000. 1986 Porsche Typ 962 IMSA GTP, consecutive winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1987 and 1988, is perhaps the most successful private car of its model in the world. Driven to success multiple times by Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal, the car’s wins include – besides Sebring – Laguna Seca 300, Mid-Ohio 500, Sears Point 300, Columbus 300, and Del Mar, not to mention several podium placements in other races. Estimate $800,000-$1,000,000. 1979 Porsche 935 driven by Rusty French to multiple podium placements including winner of the 1989 British GT Championship, this car has gone on to win the Monterey Historic Races in both 2008 and 2009, beating out fierce competition from local favorites Bruce Canepa and Ken Epsman. Estimate $550,000-$650,000. A 1987 Porsche 962 European Group C Competition Coupe which competed extensively in the 1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship driven primarily by Mauro Baldi and often co-driven by Jonathan Palmer with several podium finishes and one outright victory. Estimate $500,000-$600,000. Dick Barbour’s first Porsche racing car, the 1960 Porsche 356 Automotion Roadster, superbly updated for vintage racing yet with paint and patina preserved in remarkably original condition. Estimate $150,000-$175,000. The well-documented 1967 Porsche 911S in King-Hedinger livery was raced almost immediately from new and was a finisher in the 1977 24 Hours of Daytona. With its FIA history, it is one of a very exclusive group of 911s eligible for the 2011 Porsche Rennsport Reunion. Estimate $150,000-$175,000. These and other exceptional cars of various makes and models will be auctioned at Bonhams’ 14th annual sale at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, the longest running auction during the world-renowned Pebble Beach Car Week. The famed two-day sale will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 18-19. [Bonhams]

RM Auctions Car Secured Over £5.1 Million At Its Debut Salon Privé

1929 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans' Style Tourer 1929 Bentley Speed Six ‘Le Mans’ Style Tourer RM Auctions, the world’s largest auction house for quality automobiles secured £5.1 million (over $8.2 million) in classic car sales at its debut Salon Privé sale in west London last night. The new Quintessentially English summer sale was held in conjunction with the Salon Privé Luxury Super Car Show and Concours d’Elegance where 57 automobiles and a select range of motorcycles were presented to a packed house. The highlights of the sale were popular British marques Bentley and Aston Martin, which attracted strong interest and lively bidding in the room, on the phones and over the internet. A 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Style Tourer claimed the top sale of the evening, bringing £470,400 ($751,370), while a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible, purchased new by famed actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov, spurred a lively bidding war to realize a final sales price of £431,200 ($688,750), over £110,000 ($175,700) more than its pre-sale high estimate. One more important sale was the 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.8S Roadster for £201,600 ($322,000), an impressive result which makes it one of the most valuable XK150’s ever sold at auction.