Exceptional Packard’s Lead RM Sotheby’s Hershey Classic Sale

Highlights From The Lloyd Needham Collection Hershey - Image Courtesy Darin Schnabel RM Auctions Inc

RM Auctions will head to Hershey where the cavalry will include an exceptional array of American Veteran, Brass, Classic, and post-war automobiles during the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Eastern Division Fall Meet.

The auction will see more than 140 illustrious automobiles and a vast selection of around 80 lots of automobilia.

Lloyd Needham Collection

Renowned for the presentation and sale of incredible cars, this particular sale will offer 11 motor cars from the Lloyd Needham Collection at Hershey, entirely without reserve. The late Mr. Needham was well-known for his many years in the hobby and his true love of his collection and was an early customer of Rob Myers and RM Auto Restoration, forming a relationship that would last more than 35 years.

Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria
1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria – Image Courtesy RM Auctions Inc

The group of cars on offer is led by a 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, equipped with its original body, engine and chassis and wearing a well-maintained high-quality restoration in striking colors (Est. $225,000 – $275,000), and a well-optioned and accessorised 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible in the rare, special-order colour of Noel Green Metallic (Est. $120,000 – $140,000).

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Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group said:
“Every year, we look forward to returning to Hershey, where genuine enthusiasm for the collector car hobby is alive and well.

“For years now, our Hershey event has been a true auction destination for private collections and as the market leader in single owner segment sales, this year’s Hershey auction is both emblematic and exciting for that reason. We always look forward to this auction in particular as it allows our team an opportunity to loosen the ties, have a BBQ and enjoy great cars and with our fellow passionate collectors and enthusiasts.”

The incredible Packard will spearhead a spectacular auction line-up, which will include 19 additional American motors cars offered entirely without reserve from The Richard L. Burdick Collection at Hershey, following success for the collection at Auburn Fall.

Hudson Series H Super Six Great Race Car
1916 Hudson Series H Super Six Great Race Car – Image Courtesy RM Auctions Inc

Packard Custom Eight Roadster

The 1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster wears its original numbers-matching chassis and engine, as well as the sportiest body style from one of the great Packard years. Clothed in a well-maintained older AACA National First Prize-winning restoration, the Packard features numerous desirable accessories and would be a superb choice for light freshening and continued showing (Est. $180,000 – $240,000).

Additional highlights from the collection include a 1901 Oldsmobile Model R ‘Curved Dash’ Runabout, originally won by five-year-old Victor F. Hitz via a nickel raffle ticket at the Chicago Automobile Show. Hitz held on to the car for the remainder of his long life, with his heirs passing it on to Richard L. Burdick in just 1984. One of the most original examples of its kind offered in decades, the Oldsmobile begs for continued preservation and display (Est. $50,000 – $75,000).

Also on offer is the late Mr. Burdick’s 1916 Hudson Series H Super Six Great Race Car. A fierce, long-time participant, officiant, and former owner of the event, Mr. Burdick was devoted to the Great Race. One of the most exciting vehicles in the collection, the Hudson was the winner of the 2000 Great Race and would be an ideal, potentially victorious rally competitor for its next owner (Est. $75,000 – $100,000).

Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty
1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin – Image Courtesy RM Auctions Inc

Outside of the private collections, additional spectacular Packard models are set to shine at Hershey, including a 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin, one of just 35 examples built for the model year. With documented known ownership history since new, the Super Eight One Eighty was shown at the 1956 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and has been beautifully maintained all its life (Est. $350,000 – $425,000).

More information on this amazing sale can be found here.

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