One of the nation's best collections of classic cars will be offered at two upcoming RM auctions in Florida.
John O'Quinn, a Texas attorney who secured billions in verdicts in cases against "big tobacco," the maker of the diet drug fen-phen and the maker of silicone breast implants, was one of two people who died last fall when O'Quinn's sport utility vehicle left a wet road and struck a tree.
Since 2003, O'Quinn, who was 68 when he died, had amassed a collection of more than a thousand vehicles, and had begun selling off many of them to buy best-available classics, including 23 Duesenbergs.
Fifty-five of O'Quinn's cars will be auctioned at RM's Automobiles of Amelia Island event March 13 with another 150 crossing the block at RM's Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale March 26-28.
The consignment for Amelia Island includes the "Whittell Mistress," a 1930 Duesenberg Model J sport berline with bodywork by Murphy; a 1933 Cadillac V16 convertible phaeton by Fleetwood; a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "gullwing" coupe; one of only three 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Victoria convertibles with coachwork by Waterhouse; and a 1954 Buick Landau show car built for the General Motors Motorama show circuit.
RM HAS FERRARI GTO FOR SALE
Although the car won't cross an auction block, RM has been retained to handle the sale of a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (see photo). The car, chassis number 4675GT, is one of only 36 GTOs produced and one of the few with Series II bodywork.
The car has an extensive racing history, was acquired by its current owner in 1996 and has been kept in a collection in Japan ever since, though it was driven in the 35th and 45th GTO anniversary tours, held respectively in France and California.
The sale is being coordinated by RM's European office in London.
21 FERRARIS CHANGE OWNERSHIP
Speaking of private sales, Tom Price of Northern California's Price Family Dealerships has purchased 21 Ferraris formerly part of the Kroymans collection in The Netherlands. Owners of the Dutch collection, long-time Ferrari distributor in Holland and of many brands in various European countries, declared bankruptcy last year.
The deal, brokered by Thomas Hamann of Hamann Classic Cars of Riverside, Connecticut, is believed to be the biggest transaction involving a Ferrari collection since Formula One racing czar Bernie Ecclestone bought a collection of Ferrari factory racing cars from their Swiss owner in 1992.
The nearly two dozen cars acquired by Price include a 250 Europa GT, 250 Boano, short-wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta, 250 Testa Rossa and one of those 250 GTOs.
BARRETT-JACKSON BENEFITS CHARITY
We reported recently that Barrett-Jackson's 39th auction at Scottsdale, Arizona, generated more than $68 million in sales. We can now add that nearly $4.5 million of that amount went directly to charities.
Selling cars to raise money for charity has been part of the Barrett-Jackson format from Day One, when the first Barrett-Jackson event, the Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes, was held to raise money for the Scottsdale art center and library.
This year at Scottsdale, 17 cars were auctioned for charities including St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Boy Scouts, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Childhelp, the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, Darrell Gwynn Foundation, American Red Cross and two colleges - one that trains car designers and one that trains car restorers.
Barrett-Jackson also announced the establishment of the Russ & Brian Jackson Cancer Research Fund to help battle colon and prostrate cancer.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING (TO PHILADELPHIA)
More than 30 significant British racing and sports cars will be on display at the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia, where the "Best of Britain" show runs from February 20 through March 14.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
19-20 - Kruse auction at Oklahoma City
26-28 - Keith McCormick auction, Palm Springs, California
12 - Gooding auction at Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida
12-14 - 15th Amelia Island concours d'elegance, Amelia Island, Florida
12-14 - Goodguys Spring Nationals, Scottsdale, Arizona
13 - RM auction at Amelia Island concourse, Amelia Island, Florida
26-27 - Kruse/Leake at San Antonio, Texas
26-28 - RM auction at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
26-28 - Legends of Riverside honors Carroll Shelby, Riverside, California
27-28 - Goodguys All American Get-Together, Pleasanton, California
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