Usually, it's only "no reserve" auctions that achieve a 100-percent sell-through, but that's what happened at RM Auctions' "Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey" event: All 140 vehicles sold, with sales totaling $8.8 million.
The top sale was a 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe from the John O'Quinn collection for $748,000.
As expected for an auction held in conjunction with the AACA's (Antique Automobile Club of America) annual fall meet, brass era vehicles dominated the sale. Bids not only came from the bidders present but from 18 countries, including Australia, Argentina and Turkey via telephone or Internet.
Other top sales were a 1903 Packard Model F rear-entry tonneau, also from the O'Quinn garage, for $375,000, a 1930 Cadillac V-16 sport phaeton for $297,000, a 1911 Jackson 50-hp 7-passenger touring for $203,500, a 1913 Peerless Model 48-Six roadster for $200,750, a 1913 Inter-State Model 45 7-passenger touring for $189,750 and a 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 7-passenger touring for 176,000.
"We are thrilled with the results from our Hershey sale, particularly the 100-percent sell-through, which reflects not only the quality of the consignments but our team's commitment to providing accurate estimates and effective marketing campaigns," said Rob Myers, founder and CEO of RM Auctions.
"The sale enjoyed strong interest from around the world, with bidder numbers surpassing those from the 2009 sale. In addition, over 25 percent of bidders represented new clientele," Myers added.
Next for RM: London
From Hershey, RM heads across the ocean to London, where its October 27 sale will include the famed 1964 Aston Martin DB5 "James Bond" movie car, a 1952 Jaguar C-type raced by Masten Gregory, the only four-wheel-drive Formula One car to win a Grand Prix race (the 1961 Ferguson Climax P99), as well as 23 cars from the corporate collection of Hooper, coachbuilder of custom Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles. Several of the Hooper cars have most recently spent several years on display at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany.
Like fast women?
Mark your calendars right now so you'll be in Phoenix come January 16, where legends of American motorsports will participate in a racing car show, panel discussion, and an exclusive preview of the Women in the Winner's Circle exhibition.
The fourth annual Wheels of Wellness vintage race car showcase brings a couple dozen historic racing cars to the grounds around The Wellness Community in downtown Phoenix. In January, the emphasis will be on American-built cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including the Scarab raced by Lance Reventlow. There also will be a special display of vintage racing motorcycles.
An annual highlight is the Legends of Motorsports panel discussion. Sitting behind the microphones will be Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick, Bobby Rahal, Justin Bell, Desire Wilson, Denise McCluggage and Lyn St. James, the moderator.
A special highlight will be the preview of the Women in the Winner's Circle exhibit that begins a national tour in conjunction with The Henry Ford museum. The 600-square-foot exhibit documents this history and accomplishments of women in motorsports.
Tickets are $75, but that money benefits The Wellness Community, which provides free services to those battling cancer and to their families. For more information, visit the www.wheelsofwellness.org website.
Corvettes go "Back to the Bricks"
Before Bowling Green, before St. Louis, the Chevrolet Corvette was produced in a General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. In late August, the inaugural Corvette Reunion on the Bricks was held as part of Flint's annual "Back to the Bricks" celebration. The event drew more than 300 Corvettes, dating from 1953 to brand new, from box stock to wildly modified.
Last Baldwin-Motion GT ‘Vette returns
The last-built, highest-optioned and most original known 1971 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette has been restored and will be unveiled November 20-21 at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in Chicago.
Joel Rosen built just a dozen GTs between 1969-71 and has confirmed the car's history.
The last one was purchased by cardiologist Dr. Henry Rollings of Savannah, Georgia, who used the 500-plus horsepower ‘Vette not only for high-speed touring, but when he made house calls and to tow his E-type Jaguar to SCCA races.
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