|Final Countdown Underway to RM's Michigan Sale|
|RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Concours d'Elegance of America, has secured a wonderful selection of classic automobiles for its St. John's sale, July 28, in Plymouth, Michigan. Hosted on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John's, the single-day sale is a mainstay on the auction concours circuit and boasts a reputation for including exceptional American classics. The upcoming sale, featuring more than 70 quality collector cars, presents nearly a century of American and European automotive history. 'RM Auctions is delighted to continue our partnership with the Concours d'Elegance of America as we return to the Inn at St. John's for our annual Michigan sale,' says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. 'A long standing tradition for motoring enthusiasts, the exciting array of sought after collector cars offered at this year's sale are enhanced within the context of Michigan's rich automotive history, making this the ideal venue for American classics.' Headlining the roster of American marques is an outstanding, period-supercharged 1930 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Victoria by Rollston, J272. One of just 16 examples bodied with convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston, J272 was delivered new to famous band leader Paul Whiteman, of 'Rhapsody in Blue' fame, in May 1930. Adding to the car's impressive power and provenance is one of the rarest and most attractive bodies, the quarter window Victoria, from the highly regarded Rollston Company (Est. $850,000–$1,200,000). Another excellent example of Classic Era styling set for RM's St. John's podium is a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria, chassis 185625, one of only five verified authentic Waterhouse convertible Victorias known to exist on the 745 chassis (Est. $275,000–$375,000). Also expected to garner strong interest from collectors is the 1928 Cadillac V-8 'Al Capone' Town Sedan, chassis 306449. Well-known in collector circles, new information including period documentation from newspapers, the IRS, and information from the family of the second known owner, further confirms its link to the notorious American gangster by establishing the critical timeline between Capone's arrest, trial, and incarceration, as it relates to the car's subsequent ownership. Widely considered one of the most historically significant prewar American cars, at first glance, the 'Al Capone' Cadillac appears much like any other sedan, but the differences are cleverly hidden. It is liveried in green with black fenders to mirror the Cadillacs supplied to the Chicago police and city officials at the time and is also equipped with flashing lights, a regulation police siren, and the first known police-band radio receiver in a private automobile. Holding a special place in the history books as one of the earliest surviving 'bulletproof' cars, it was fitted new with heavy glass measuring nearly an inch thick and completely lined with 3,000 pounds of steel armor plating. The bulletproof windows could be raised an extra couple inches to reveal a circular part large enough for the muzzle of a gun to go through, and the rear window was rigged to drop quickly, allowing occupants to fire upon would-be pursuers. The new research recently uncovered by RM includes an eyewitness to the car's armor plating for Capone, which is shared in detail in the auction catalogue (Est. $300,000–$500,000). Additional highlights at RM's St. John's sale include: • a 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe, possibly the last example produced (Est. $250,000–$325,000); • a virtually flawless, low mileage 2005 Ford GT, equipped with all factory-available options (Est. $175,000–$215,000); • one of just three known surviving 1930 Lincoln Model L Derham Convertible Sedans, displayed and purchased new at the 1930 New York Auto Show (Est. $140,000–$170,000); • a low mileage 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan, coming out of 40 years of single ownership (Est. $100,000–$125,000); and • a rare 1912 Baker Electric Special Extension Coupe, benefiting from a comprehensive restoration (Est. $75,000–$125,000). Another featured attraction of the sale will be the presentation of 15 automobiles from the distinguished private collection of William Ruger Jr., all offered without reserve. Joining the previously announced group of American and European classics from the collection, the sale will also lift the gavel on two magnificently presented Ahrens-Fox Fire Trucks, considered the 'Rolls-Royce' of fire trucks. The pair includes an outstanding 1925 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 Triple Combination Pumper, chassis 1641, capable of pumping water at 1,100 gallons per minute and a 1930 Ahrens-Fox P-S-14 Hose & Equipment Truck, chassis 2311, featuring the largest six-cylinder Ahrens-Fox engine. They are expected to fetch between $175,000–$250,000 and $125,000–$190,000, respectively. RM's upcoming St. John's sale acts as a prelude to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, returning July 29. A longstanding summer tradition for collectors, the events combine to make for an exciting vintage car weekend for automotive enthusiasts. Full event details, including the digital catalogue, are available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling RM Auctions at +1 519 352 4575. Photo captions: Top: 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria by the Rollston Company (credit: Darin Schnabel ©2012 courtesy of RM Auctions) Second: 1928 Cadillac V-8 'Al Capone' Town Sedan (credit: Theo Civitello © 2012 courtesy RM Auctions)|
|BILL WARNER IS RRDC'S 2014 BOB AKIN AWARD WINNERDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) - Bill Warner, best known as the force behind the hugely successful Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance since 1996, received the 2014 Bob Akin Award from the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2015 TUDOR SportsCar Championship.|
Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin's ....
|RK Motors Charlotte Acquires Iconic '66 Le Mans-Winning P/1064 GT40Historic Racecar Undergoes 20-Month Restoration That Will Culminate With Appearance at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance |
CHARLOTTE (January 20, 2015) — RK Motors Charlotte today announced it has purchased one of motorsports history's most iconic racecars – the 1966 LeMans-winning #2, P/1064 GT40, the first American-built car to win endurance racing's most prestigious competition.
The company also revealed a comprehensive, 20-month restoration has begun, culminating with....
|Historic 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Races to an Impressive $9.6 Million as Records Tumble at RM's Arizona Sale• RM Auctions achieves its strongest performance to date in Arizona: $63.7 million in total sales with 90 percent of all lots sold|
• 1964 Ferrari 250 LM achieves $9.6 million to secure the title as the most valuable automobile sold in Arizona auction history
• 17 motor cars achieve million-dollar-plus results with numerous new auction records established
• RM's 2015 calendar continues in Paris, February 4, and Amelia Island, Florida, March 14
PHOENIX, Arizona (January 18, 2015) – RM....
|THE McLAREN P1 GTR TO DEBUT AT GENEVA◾Production-intent model to premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show|
◾In excess of 700 PS per tonne power-to-weight ratio achieved through motorsport-derived weight-saving and powertrain optimisation
◾Testing continues at global circuits in Europe and the Middle East
◾High definition video shows the latest stages in the McLaren P1™GTR development programme at: http://youtu.be/4pDwmMruOtA
The development programme for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to-date has been stepped....
|Ferraris Take Center Stage at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'EleganceAdditional Features Range from Early Popes to Mercury Customs |
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (January 8, 2015) -- Ferraris return to compete on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links this August 16 when the marque of the Prancing Horse takes center stage at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
'Our plans to feature Ferrari have been many years in the making,' said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. 'But it seems particularly appropriate to be showcasing this marque n....
|INFINITI POSTS NEW RECORD FOR GLOBAL SALES IN 2014◾All-time high results globally and in many individual markets|
◾Expanded product portfolio and powertrain options
◾Significantly growing global manufacturing footprint
Hong Kong – Infiniti had a record-breaking year with global sales of more than 186,200 vehicles, up 13.5% from the previous year. December 2014 was the best ever month in Infiniti's history with almost 19,700 vehicles sold. This is a 7.5% increase compared to December a year ago. Overall, Infiniti reached all-time high....
|VOLKSWAGEN REPORTS DECEMBER 2014 SALES AND 2014 YEAR-END RESULTS- December sales totaled 34,058 units, 2014 sales closed at 366,970 -|
◾Jetta sedan sales totaled 14,572 units in December, a 6.2 percent increase over the previous December; 141,354 units were delivered in 2014
◾Golf family sales totaled 4,405 units in December, and 33,675 units for 2014
◾Chattanooga-built Passat sold 8,257 units in December; 96,649 units for 2014
Herndon, VA (January 5, 2015) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 34,058 units delivered in December, wi....