The digital catalogue for the initial of annual sales by RM Auctions has been released and is jam packed with a multi-million dollar selection of around 400 quality collector cars and a wide selection of automobilia.
The sale is set to commence 11-12 May in Auburn, Indiana and will cater for a variety of automotive tastes and budgets, with a focus this year on the best of American marques from the Classic Era through today. Stand out highlights include one of the most desirable American Classics, a 1931 Cord L29 Cabriolet, serial no. 2928916.
A fantastic example of the most popular and desirable L-29 body style, the Cord is offered complete with history traced back to 1946, when it was purchased for $750 by a Mr. Huffey of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cord passed through a handful of owners before landing with a collector in 1980, who drove the car to his private museum in the American West, where it remained until 2013. Retaining its original chassis, engine, and cabriolet body, the L-29 is offered at Auburn Spring just as it was delivered in 1931, fresh from a comprehensive restoration (Est. $225,000 – $250,000).
Fast forward to the post-war period, and RM Auctions’ Auburn Spring is highlighted by some of the 1950’s most recognizable styles and designs. Featured motor cars include a beautifully restored 1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley, one of a handful of surviving examples of the limited-edition model featuring a futuristic Plexiglass half-roof (Est. $90,000 – $120,000), a handsome 1954 Buick Skylark, one of just 836 examples built for 1954 and restored to a high standard (Est. $110,000 – $130,000), and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird ‘E-Code’, one of America’s first “factory hot-rods” (Est. $100,000 – $125,000, offered without reserve).
Complementing this group of mid-century automobiles is the Duffy Grove Collection, a well-rounded selection from an esteemed collector that represents the best of American automobiles from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Offered entirely without reserve, the collection is led by a 1951 Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan (Est. $60,000 – $80,000) and a 1958 Imperial Crown Convertible (Est. $50,000
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• RM Auctions offers Americana from the Classic Era to today at Auburn Spring, 11-12 May
• Held at the historic Auburn Auction Park, sale presents 400 quality collector cars and array of automobilia
• Highlights include a well-known 1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet and a single-owner 2006 Ford GT
• Auburn Spring features Triple Crown Car Club Meet, appearance by Jessi Combs, onsite swap meet, and car corral
• Digital preview catalogue now available at www.rmsothebys.com
Representing one of the most collectible contemporary American cars is a 2006 Ford GT. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company, the GT has been a sought-after modern classic since the first example rolled off the line in 2004. The GT set for Auburn Spring is offered from its original owner since new, a prominent Ford Collector, and boasts three factory options: racing stripes, forged BBS wheels, and upgraded McIntosh stereo. With fewer than 3,800 actual miles recorded, it remains in superlative overall condition (Est. $250,000 – $300,000, offered without reserve).
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group said:
“We’re excited to continue the Auburn tradition with our first event of the year at the Auburn Auction Park.”
“Auburn Spring has always proven to be a great way to kick off the summer auction season, as well as a car-filled weekend for collectors and enthusiasts of all ages, tastes, and budgets.”