Mini Cars Attract Mega Interest At RM's Record-Setting Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Sale
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Mini Cars Attract Mega Interest At RM's Record-Setting Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Sale  • RM Auctions' highly anticipated Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale generates more than $9.1 million with 100 percent of all lots sold

• Multi-day auction shines spotlight on microcar values with numerous new records set

• Top sellers: 1958 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' brings $322,000, a world record price for a microcar sold at auction; 1951 Reyonnah achieves a remarkable $184,000

• The world's smallest production car, the 1964 Peel P50, triples pre-sale estimate, realizing an impressive $120,750

• Sale captures global attention with bidders hailing from 20 countries around the world

MADISON, Georgia (February 18, 2013) – The focus of the global collector community turned to Madison, Georgia, this past week (February 15 – 16) as RM Auctions lifted the gavel on the world-famous Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, generating more than $9.1 million in sales* with 100 percent of all lots sold.

Mini Cars Attract Mega Interest At RM's Record-Setting Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Sale  

A true labor of love carefully amassed over more than 15 years by businessman and lifelong collector, Bruce Weiner, the museum was internationally celebrated as the world's finest and largest collection of rare microcars. After making a decision to disperse the collection last year, Weiner entrusted RM Auctions to present 200 vehicles and 284 lots of collectibles 'without reserve', setting the scene for one of the most colorful and fun collector car auctions in recent history. Illustrating the tremendous international interest received in the sale, bidders represented 20 countries from around the world, including as far away as Brazil, Japan and Australia, with those in the room joined by a large volume of collectors participating remotely via the phones and Internet.

'In terms of its diversity, international interest and prices realized, the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale was truly unprecedented. Never before had such a large group of microcars been offered to the public at one time in one location. With many items offered for the first time in auction history, collectors reacted with enormous enthusiasm to the chance to own part of the collection, resulting in spirited bidding and prices frequently exceeding their estimates. It definitely set a new benchmark for this type of private collection sale,' said Alain Squindo, Vice President, RM Auctions.

'We were tremendously pleased to contribute to the record-breaking results that shine a light on this 'small' but historically important segment of automotive history,' Squindo added. 'It was certainly one of the most exciting auction events RM has ever hosted. From start to finish, the atmosphere was electric with the audience smiling and laughing ear-to-ear.'

Top sales honors went to a highly desirable 1958 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger', the rarest Messerschmitt of all and the fastest microcar ever built with a top speed of 78 mph. Attracting an aggressive opening bid of $140,000, fierce bidding saw its price quickly escalate to an outstanding final $322,000 – an all-time record for a microcar sold at auction (pictured top). The 'Tiger' headlined a magnificent series of Messerschmitts offered across the two-day sale with prices for the group skyrocketing to exceed all expectations. Among other examples well surpassing their pre-sale estimates were a 1955 Messerschmitt KR 200, formerly owned by American circus personality and entertainer Vic Hyde, for a remarkable $115,000 (versus a pre-sale estimate of $45,000 - $55,000), and a 1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Roadster for a fantastic $103,500 (against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 - $70,000).

Another group of pint-sized treasures attracting big bids were a pair of Peels from the Isle of Man. Measuring just 4 ft. 6 in. long by 4 ft. high and 3 ft. wide, the world's smallest production car, a 1964 Peel P50, garnered strong interest from collectors, selling for an incredible $120,750 to applause from the crowd. Also breaking six-figures, a 1966 Peel Trident which realized a remarkable $103,500 (pictured). Other notable sales included a 1951 Reyonnah for $184,000, and a 1955 Inter 175A Berline for $161,000, more than four times its estimate.

RM Auctions – The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum top 12 sales:

1. 1958 F.M.R Tg 500 'Tiger' - $322,000

2. 1951 Reyonnah - $184,000

3. 1958 Goggomobil TL-400 Transporter 'PEZ' - $172,500

4. 1955 Inter 175A Berline - $161,000

5. 1959 Goggomobil TL-400 Transporter Pickup 'Coca-Cola' - $138,000

6. 1963 Goggomobil TL-250 Transporter 'Dubble Bubble' - $132,250

7. 1955 Fuji Cabin - $126,500

8. 1964 Peel P50 - $120,750

9. 1955 Messerschmitt KR 200 'Vic Hyde' - $115,000

10. 1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Roadster - $103,500

11. 1966 Peel Trident - $103, 500

12. 1957 Jurisch Motoplan Prototype - $103,500

The impressive catalogue was rounded out by an eclectic assortment of collectibles, including period neon signage, exceptionally rare kiddie rides, literature and delightful period vending machines and candy dispensers, all from the 1950s—the heyday of the microcar. Highlights from this segment of the sale included a large Rustler Used Cars neon sign and a 'Rocket Space Ranger' kiddie ride, each selling for $44,850, almost triple their pre-sale low estimates.

'My family and I had the best time of our lives,' said Bruce Weiner following the sale. 'Kudos to the RM team. Their presentation, creativity and enthusiasm was second to none. My only disappointment of the weekend is that the show had to come to an end.'

RM Auctions continues its 2013 auction schedule, March 9 with its annual Amelia Island, Florida sale held in conjunction with the distinguished Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The Company then heads to Fort Worth, Texas, April 27 to further build on its reputation as the specialist for private collection sales with the presentation of the esteemed Don Davis Collection.

To view full results from the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale or for further information on upcoming events, visit rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for antique automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM's restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world's top concours events, including the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. For further information, visit rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 15 percent buyer's premium.

**Photo captions -

Top – The top-selling 1958 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' (credit – Eugene Robertson © 2013 courtesy RM Auctions)

Bottom – Big interest in little cars: A pair of Peels - 1966 Peel Trident (left) and a 1964 Peel P50 (right) - at RM's Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale (credit – Eugene Robertson © 2013 courtesy RM Auctions)

posted on conceptcarz.com

   Recent Articles
'Rarest Of The Rare' 1957 Corvette Super Sport 'Debuts' At The Amelia Island Concours

It is the rarest Corvette ever built. The 1957 Corvette Super Sport prototype built for GM's famous Motorama shows of the 1950s will, after six decades hidden from view, break cover in a special exhibit at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 12, 2017.

After its Motorama duties it was sold to Ralph Poole of Albuquerque, NM. The current owner, John Baldwin purchased the car in 1996.

'We've been working on the '57 Super Sport for the last few weeks and ha....
Daytona-Winning Cadillac Prototype Featured At 22nd Annual Amelia Concours

The 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is honored to announce that Cadillac will bring the Action Express Racing No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R to the Concours. This is a late bonus addition to what is an already packed Amelia show field.

Cadillac celebrates the recent win at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona and looks ahead to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
'We're honored to have one of Cadillac's new DPi-V.R Daytona-winning prototypes for the entire Concours weeke....
Rare, Iconic Talbot-Lago T150 C To Star At Bonhams' Amelia Island Auction

New York – Few names elicit the excitement of the glorious interwar period of automotive design as Talbot-Lago. Similar to Bugatti, the French manufacturer guided by a gifted Italian is legendary for its design, style, opulence and sporting prowess. So it's with great pleasure that Bonhams announces a very special 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 Cabriolet to be offered at its Amelia Island auction next month.

Just one of less than 51 produced, this incredible luxury sports car – chassis number 9....
Iconic and Legendary 1957 Jaguar XKSS Headlines Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction

The First Jaguar XKSS to be Offered at Public Auction in Over a Decade

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 14, 2017) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce a sensational 1957 Jaguar XKSS at the company's Amelia Island Auction on March 10. The illustrious model has always been highly sought after; famed actor and racer Steve McQueen had to have one and was often seen racing around ....
2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante
2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  
2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept
2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  
2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition
2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition  2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition  2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition  2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition  2016 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition  
2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept
2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept  2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept  2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept  2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept  2016 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept  
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  
2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept
2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  
2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith
2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith  2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith  2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith  2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith  2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith