RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns

RM Auctions - Concours d^Elegance at St. Johns July 2011
A rare 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan delivered new to famed American entertainer Al Jolson for $6,600, broke the magic million-dollar mark at RM Auctions' St. John's sale in Plymouth, Michigan, selling for $1,100,000 before a packed house.

One of just two built and virtually unseen for nearly half a century, the sporting Packard with coachwork by Dietrich spurred a lively bidding war in the room and on the phones to achieve the top-sale of the day. A total of 70 automobiles were presented during the four-hour auction, generating over $7.6 million* in sales with 85% of lots sold.

Formerly known as the Meadow Brook auction, RM's Michigan sale adopted a new home this year – the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth – and once again acted as a prelude to the celebrated Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's (July 31).

'We are very pleased with the results from our St. John's sale this weekend. They reflect the continuing strength of the market for quality collector cars and paint a positive forecast for the upcoming Pebble Beach auction week in August,' says Gerry Hockin, Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.

'Yesterday's sale was very well-attended and the response to our new venue in Plymouth has been extremely positive. We look forward to returning in 2012,' Hockin adds.

In addition to the Packard, an eye-catching 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six ‘Ghost Car', America's first full-sized transparent car and a highlight of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, also attracted significant attention from collectors. Remarkably preserved and showing just 86 original miles, it sold for a final price of $308,000 to applause from the audience.

Other notable sales included: a majestic 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline for $704,000; a Special Order 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing' for $676,500; and a regal 1939 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan, built for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and used as their 1939 Royal Canadian Tour car, for $297,000.

RM at St. John's Top Five Sales
1. 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan - $1,100,000
2. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline - $704,000
3. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing - $676,500
4. 1934 Duesenberg Model J Boattail Speedster - $506,000
5. 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six ‘Ghost Car' - $308,000

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1907 Cadillac Model M  
1909 Ford Model T  
1909 Oldsmobile Series X  
1913 Pathfinder Model 40  
1920 Pierce Arrow Model 32  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1929 Lincoln Model L  
1930 Auburn Model 125  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Packard 734  
1931 Cadillac 370A V12  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve  
1933 Cadillac 452C V16  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Brewster Ford  
1935 Chrysler Airflow Imperial Series C-2  
1935 DeSoto Airflow  
1936 Buick Series 40 Special  
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16  
1937 Cord 812  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1939 Lincoln Model K  
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve  
1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Series 26  
1941 Lincoln Custom Twelve  
1941 Packard Super 8 180  
1942 Cadillac Series 62  
1942 Ford Super Deluxe  
1942 Lincoln Continental  
1948 Nash Ambassador  
1949 Chrysler Royal Series  
1951 Crosley Hot Shot  
1951 Jaguar XK120  
1951 Studebaker Commander State  
1953 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight  
1953 Packard Caribbean  
1954 Kaiser Darrin  
1955 Ford Fairlane  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1955 Porsche 356  
1956 Ford Fairlane  
1956 Packard Caribbean  
1957 Austin A35  
1957 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado Brougham  
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1957 Ford Fairlane  
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser  
1957 MG MGA  
1957 Packard Clipper  
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88  
1962 Oldsmobile Starfire  
1963 Mercedes-Benz 230SL  
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1969 MG C  
1974 Triumph TR6  
1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham  
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