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Bertone concepts offered at RM's Villa d'Este
By Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall at ClassicCars.com Six historic vehicles from the Bertone Museum will be offered for sale at RM’s inaugural sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este event May 21 on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

The one-of-a-kind cars from Bertone are the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal, 1963 Chevrolet Testudo, 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, 1978 Lancia Sibilo and 1980 Lamborghini Athon.

"RM is delighted to be aligned with the illustrious Bertone brand and truly honored to have been selected to bring some of their most famous and extraordinary creations to the open market for the very first time," said Max Girardo, RM’s managing director for Europe.

I visited the Bertone Museum several years ago during research for my book, Masters of Car Design, and saw these concept cars, and others designed by Bertone and such stylists as Michelotti, Scaglione,Giugiaro, Gandini, Deschamps, d’Ambrosio, Pogliano and Wilkie. Each of the vehicles is a significant part of automotive history.

After Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, auction action heads north
With the conclusion of Barrett-Jackson’s annual sale at Palm Beach, Florida, American classic car auction action moves north, with Auctions American by RM making its debut at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 28-30. The headline offering is an unrestored 1931 Cadillac Model 355 Roadster formerly housed in the “Movie World” collection in Ventura, California.

Auctions America by RM also stages an auction May 12-15 on its home turf in Auburn, Indiana. Then, a week later, Dana Mecum’s 24th annual Original Spring Classic takes place at Indianapolis, where the consignments include more than 2000 pi3ces of automotive memorabilia, including 700 items from the Zeb Morris Estate and 400 from the Mike Guarise Collection.

Barrett-Jackson reported handling nearly $16 million in transactions at Palm Beach, where nearly 400 vehicles crossed the block. The highest-dollar sales were $247,500 for a 1957 De Soto Adventurer convertible, $175,000 for a special edition 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, $165,000 for a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible and $162,800 for a 1966 Shelby GT350.

Barrett-Jackson’s results bring the Florida sales season totals to $115 million.

If you’re keeping score at home, sales at the five major auctions earlier in the year at Arizona totaled $196.1 million.

Auctions America adds Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions
Auctions America by RM has acquired Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions. Glen Bator will lead the new AAbyRM division, which will present its first group of bikes at the Auburn Fall collector car auction in September.

Bator has specialized in pre- and post-World War I American motorcycles and has staged shows and auctions at during Daytona’s Bike Week and at the Barber Vintage Festival in northern Alabama. Bator formerly was curator, restorer and general manager of the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum.

Chrysler Museum celebrates 70 years of Jeeps

Larry Edsall at ClassicCars.com The Walter P. Chrysler Museum celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jeep with a special exhibit that opens April 19 and runs through December 30. An original 1941 Willys MA – one of 45 in existence -- is the focal point of a changing display of eight vehicles, photographs, memorabilia and a narrative that chronicles Jeep’s history.

The ’41 Willys – MA78621 – is on loan from George and Bernadette Hollins of Palos Park, Illinois, and was delivered on July 5, 1941 to the U.S. Army for testing at Fort Lewis, Washington, where it was found in 2001, neglected for many years in a farmer’s field before restoration was made.

The museum, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, will rotate more than 20 historic Jeeps – production vehicles and concepts – through the display.

In conjunction with the display, a Jeep Cruise Night will be held at the museum on July 13 and a lecture on Jeep history will be offered July 16. For details, visit www.wpchryslermuseum.org.

Reality auction show includes ’68 GT500KR
If you’re in Long Beach, California, this weekend, you can watch the filming for the pilot episode of a new reality television show – The Great Big American Auction -- where a 1968 Shelby GT500KR (convertible, 31,000 miles, Highland Green with black interior, 428 Super cobra Jet, automatic, air) will be up for auction. The new program, hosted by Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover Home Edition and being staged at the Queen Mary, will share part of the auction proceeds with the Carroll Shelby Foundation. For information, visit www.ha.com.

Speaking of Shelby, he’ll be the guest of honor at the World Children’s Transplant Fund’s global partners dinner and fun-raiser May 12 at Universal City, California.

It was just a joke
"Here come the Democrats with their plans for taxing hot rods" was the headline on a newsletter we received early this month. The newsletter included a link to another newsletter showing the front page of The New York Times and a headline, "Senator Eyes Collector Cars as Revenue Source: Auto Enthusiasts who dodge taxes are in Schumer’s crosshairs." The article reported how New York Sen. Charles Schumer was introducing a bill to create a federal tax on all "collector, antique, historic, special interest, hot rods and race cars."

Some people realized it was an April Fool’s Joke – by, of all people, the Shelby American Automobile Club. But many car enthusiasts immediately started contacting Sen. Schumer’s office in protest. Finally, the real New York Times contacted Sen. Schumer’s office and was assured, "Senator Schumer firmly believes in every American’s right to have tax-free fun, fun, fun, until their daddy takes the T-Bird away." For the record, the newspaper was told, Sen. Schumer still have fond memories of his first car, a 1971 Plymouth Duster.

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