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RM Sotheby's Hershey to auction off American classic cars heritage.

Dal Kikin
October 11, 2018

RM Sotheby’s Hershey to auction off about 150 classic American cars, mostly from the pre-war era, to be held October 11 and 12 at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“Last year was the best year we had in history,” he says, noting that the auction house tallied $15.9 million at that Hershey sale. “This is not going to get close, but it’ll be pretty consistent with previous years if you leave the last year out.” - Gord Duff, global head of auctions at RM Sotheby’s

The most interesting lots that will be presented at the auction:

A 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin. 

“It’s a very rare car,” Duff says. “These cars are typically with collectors for a long time.” This example stands out for its complete provenance extending back to its initial sale to a man who lived in Pebble Beach, Calif. Its second owner displayed it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1956, which was then still a small, regional show. Duff says the Packard would be a fine choice for the Classic Car Club of America’s CARavan driving events. “It’s a very fast car for its day, very sporty.”

The 1941 Packard is one of the 35 cars built that year. The estimated price of the exhibit is from $ 350,000 to $ 425,000.

A 1932 Marmon Sixteen Close-Coupled sedan.

“It’s pretty significant that all three elements are matching. Half probably have an original engine,” Duff says, explaining that aluminum was a novel engine material in 1932, and some of Marmon’s all-aluminum engines proved problematic enough to be sent back to the factory. The car also has factory vacuum-assisted power brakes, another feature that was cutting-edge for 1932. “Marmon was one of the first, if not the first, to have power-assisted brakes,” he says. “Packard didn’t have them until 1937, and Duesenberg never had them.”

The peculiarities of this car is that among the 70 currently existing cars, this 1932 Marmon Sixteen Close-Coupled sedan is the only one that has preserved its “native” chassis, engine and body. According to initial estimates, the price of this car is about $ 300,000.

A 1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet.

The late Harold Allsop, a Canadian engineer, owned it from 1947 to 2011. “It was his daily driver. He went on family vacations in the car. He went to the grocery store. He loved it like one of his kids,” says Duff. “Nobody who drives a car in 2018 owns it for essentially their entire life, nor would a car bought in 2018 last that long.” Every time Allsop tweaked the Cord to improve its performance, he did so in a way that would allow a later owner to reverse his work. A total of 13 crates of new and used parts and other material come with the lot. 

In fact, this car had only one owner since 1947, which makes it one of the most unique and valuable lots.