|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)|
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance (HHIMF), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, is preparing an ever-expanding lineup of exhibits and activities for visitors at the upcoming event, October 2....
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The covers were pulled off the McLaren....
| EPIC COLLECTION OF VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES AND MEMORABILIA EXEMPLIFIES CLASSIC ERA OF HOLLYWOOD STYLEThe curtain will rise on an epic collection of vintage automobiles and memorabilia, June 27th to 29th as RM Auctions presents the esteemed private collection of Mr. Art Astor.|
A California native and 50 year broadcasting veteran, Astor is a renowned entrepreneur and passionate collector, having built one of the country's most impressive and diverse collections of vintage automobiles and pre and postwar memorabilia.
Encompassing over 250 vehicles, Astor's remarkable fleet of classic car....
|RM Enjoys Strong Results In The Auction Room and On The Show Field At Amelia Island• RM Auctions 14th annual Amelia Island sale generates more than $23 million with 88 percent of all lots sold|
• Top-seller: one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe attracts spirited bidding, garnering $2,420,000
• Six automobiles fetch individual sale prices over $1,000,000; new auction records established for a DB5 Vantage Convertible, 300SL Roadster and Dino 246 GTS
• Ferrari GTO Sculpture and Ultimate Bugatti Driving Experience sold to benefit the Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville; proc....
|Cherished Classics From The Pettit Collection Will Be Offered Without Reserve• The 1929 Duesenberg 'Blue J' and 11 collector cars from the William A. C. Pettit, III Collection will be sold at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auctions|
• Estate Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children®-Tampa
Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, is honored to present the finest automobiles of the William A.C. Pettit, III Collection at its Pebble Beach Auctions on Aug....
|RM Auctions Posts a Spectacular $95 Million in Monterey• RM Auctions generates more than $95.7* million in sales, with a strong 89 percent of all lots sold, at its celebrated Monterey, California sale |
• 20 cars achieve over $1 million, five of which exceed the $5 million mark
• Two-day sale establishes numerous new auction records, including a new world record for the most expensive American automobile ever sold at auction
• Top-sellers: 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car achieves $11,000,000; 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Sp....
|Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention> The brand pays tribute to its heritage today, displaying seven of the most influential Lincoln designs|
> Thursday sees a display full of the all-new MKZ premium midsize sedan and MKZ Hybrid, the future of Lincoln, on the Lincoln stand
> Lincoln launches on Tumblr http://lincolnnow.tumblr.com beginning with the visually stunning classic Lincolns shown on the stand and select images from archives. Continues with an all-new collection of photographs by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg
|Pair Of 1960s Automotive Icons Take Center Stage At RM Arizona• RM Auctions secures a highly desirable 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 'Competizione' and an ultra-rare 1965 Ford GT40 for its January 18 sale in Phoenix, Arizona|
• Latest multi-million-dollar entries join a stellar list of more than 80 blue-chip collector cars, including a rare 1930 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster, offered for the first time in 45 years
• Frequently updated list of entries available online at rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario (November 29, 2012) – RM A....