|American Classics Top RM's $6.8 Million Michigan Sale|
|A majestic 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria, J272, formerly owned by noted band leader Paul Whiteman of 'Rhapsody in Blue' fame, garnered top dollar at RM's Michigan sale yesterday, selling for a strong $957,000 before a packed house. One of just 16 examples bodied with convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston, the stunning Duesenberg led a magnificent group of top-selling American classics at the single-day sale, held in conjunction with the famed Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. In total, the three-and-a-half hour auction lifted the gavel on a total of 74 automobiles, generating more than $6.8 million in sales* with a solid 82 percent of all lots sold. 'RM Auctions is proud of our association with the Concours d'Elegance of America and to be the longest running sponsor of the event. Once again, this weekend's event provided a wonderful celebration of the America's rich automotive history and the passion that drives the collector car hobby. We are pleased with the results from our sale and look forward to building on them at our Aalholm and Monterey events in the coming weeks,' said Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. In addition to the Duesenberg, other great American classics achieving strong results were a stunning 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe, believed to be the last 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe produced for $385,000, and the famed 1928 Cadillac V-8 'Al Capone' Town Sedan, one of the earliest surviving 'bulletproof' vehicles for $341,000. Building on RM's reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections, the St. John's sale also presented a fine selection of 15 automobiles from the distinguished private collection of William Ruger Jr. Headlined by a 1937 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster for $352,000, the collection achieved a total $1.8 million. Other notable sales from the Ruger Collection included a concours-quality 1925 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 Triple Combination Pumper for $198,000, and a 1911 Stanley Model 63 Toy Tonneau for $165,000. 'We were honored to have been chosen to represent the Ruger Collection at our St. John's sale and extend our thanks to Mr. Ruger for putting his trust in RM,' adds Mike Fairbairn, Co-Founder, RM Auctions. The sale also included a fascinating series of early electric cars, including a 1914 Detroit Electric Model 46 Cape Top Roadster which sold for $99,000. RM at St. John's Top Five Sales 1. 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria - $957,000 (pictured top) 2. 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe - $385,000 3. 1931 Cord L-29 La Grand Boattail Speedster Recreation - $368,500 4. 1937 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster - $352,000 5. 1928 Cadillac V-8 'Al Capone' Town Sedan - $341,000 (pictured second top) RM Auctions continues its busy summer events calendar, August 12 in Southern Denmark with the presentation of the Aalholm Automobile Collection, closely followed by the company's highly anticipated Monterey sale, August 17-18 in Monterey, California. Full event details, including digital catalogues for both events, are available online at www.rmauctions.com. Full results from the RM St. John's sale are available online at www.rmauctions.com.|
|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 ....
|VOLKSWAGEN, BMW AND CHARGEPOINT ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO CREATE ELECTRIC VEHICLE EXPRESS CHARGING CORRIDORS ON THE EAST AND WEST COASTS• A goal of nearly 100 DC fast chargers will be installed to support long distance and metropolitan electric vehicle travel with the BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and other electric cars, along heavily trafficked corridors on both coasts, supported by Level 2 chargers.|
• These publicly available charging stations will be added to the existing ChargePoint network and can be easily accessed using a ChargePoint® or ChargeNow card.
Washington, D.C., January 22, 2015 – At the 2015 Washington A....
|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....
|NISSAN CELEBRATES 30,000 LEAF SALES IN 2014, BEST YEAR EVER FOR SALES OF ANY PLUG-IN VEHICLENASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan, the world leader in electric vehicle sales, shattered yet another sales record with 30,200 LEAF vehicles sold in 2014, which is the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 units in a single year.|
'Now in its fifth model year, Nissan LEAF is more popular than ever and continues to bring new buyers to Nissan,' said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. 'From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to....