A pair of nice American pre-war classics led the outcomes for RM Auctions’ sale this previous week at Auburn Public sale Park in Indiana, with whole gross sales of $17.6 million and a 91 p.c sell-through charge. Greater than 500 collector vehicles and 400 items of memorabilia had been supplied.
The best vendor was a racy 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, a boattail magnificence in Nassau Orange that went for $770,000 (all outcomes embrace public sale charges). Absolutely restored and sorted for driving excursions, the Auburn was supplied for the primary time in additional than 20 years. How applicable that an Auburn could be the highest canine at Auburn.
Subsequent highest was a 1936 Duesenberg Mannequin J Tourster, offered for $632,500. The elegant machine was considered one of solely 10 “JN” vehicles produced for Duesenberg by Rollston, and totally restored, it retains its authentic engine, drivetrain, body and firewall.
The annual collector automotive public sale, which was held for its 50th yr over Labor Day weekend on the Auburn venue, was carried out below strict pandemic restrictions, restricted on-site to pre-registered bidders and their friends with no general-admission spectators permitted to attend the stay occasion. A lot of the bidding was carried out by telephone and on-line. RM Auctions, which held the sale, is a division of RM Sotheby’s.
All the top-10 highest promoting vehicles had been American classics, sports activities vehicles and Indy 500 race vehicles. The Indy racers got here from the gathering of Invoice Akin, the famous fanatic, historian and Indianapolis race automotive restorer, whosubmitted 11 racers and about 250 items of Indy memorabilia, which achieved a complete of almost $2 million.
“This yr’s Auburn Fall public sale outcomes bested these of the earlier yr and there was famous enthusiasm within the room for the wide-ranging providing of motor vehicles and automobilia,” stated Donnie Gould, automotive specialist for RM Sotheby’s Group. “We had been thrilled to see our purchasers collaborating within the public sale throughout all the out there channels, whether or not through telephone, web, absentee and naturally in individual.
“Given the staggering quantity of those that registered to bid upfront as we requested, it was reassuring to see the urge for food for nice American collector vehicles similar to these highlighted in Auburn this yr.”
The 10 top-selling vehicles at RM’s Auburn public sale had been:
1. 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, $770,000
2. 1936 Duesenberg Mannequin J Tourster, $632,500
3. 1953 Kurtis 500 B Indianapolis, $550,000
4. 1961 Epperly Indianapolis, $407,000
5. 1960 Epperly Indianapolis, $385,000
6. 1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster, $330,000
7. 1935 Duesenberg II Mannequin SJ Torpedo Phaeton, $187,000
8. 1948 Chrysler City and Nation convertible, $184,800
9. 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra ‘4000 Sequence,’ $180,400
10. 1932 Cadillac 355-B 2/4-passenger roadster, $152,900
(All outcomes embrace public sale charges)
RM Sotheby’s Group continues its stay public sale calendar with the Elkhart Assortment, comprising an eclectic group of greater than 240 collector vehicles, over 30 bikes, a picket triple-cockpit boat, an assortment of vans, trailers and tools, alongside an array of memorabilia, on the assortment website in Elkhart, Indiana, on October 23-24. For extra data, go to the auction website.