RM Sotheby´s Motor City

On Saturday, July 25 RM Sotheby's auction took place in Michigan, which over the years has become a vital part of the classic car weekend that was held in the heart of the automotive industry.

Within the annual comparison this year's auctions stood out in several moments: it was sold a total of 79.5% of offered cars (62 of 78), and total sales amounted to 7.4 million USD. This auction at Motor City offers more relaxed atmosphere and cheaper cars that is usual, which is logical, because very soon begins a marathon of automotive events, elegance competitions, parades and related (big) auctions. Motor City is an opportunity to get ready for big auctions, strengthening social contacts and tune up for the next events.

Within the Motor City auction have not been offered exactly the brightest cars, which now break auction records, but rather generally older, often pre-war models, especially from the US production. The catalog offered a large number of Packards, Cadillacs and Buicks, and added a number of Mercurys, Fords, Chevrolets or Chryslers. An interesting pieces were some of the forgotten American models of Auburn or Frazer. Attractive mix was accompanied by some classic boats. RM Sotheby was able to combine the right cocktail of sellers, buyers and proper inventory – and success came. The main attraction of this year's auctions became Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton (serial number 2952, J-562) with bodywork LaGrande. It was sold for 852 500 USD (equivalent to approximately 21,1 million CZK).

In the Motor City, there have been offered especially rare pre-war American cars in beautiful conditions. They added a few European models, but everything revolved mainly around the American classics.

In the list of top ten stands a modern car as a Ford GT from 2005, which shows its potential and was able to get ahead of much more attractive prewar cars. With a total price of 319 000 USD (almost CZK 8 million), the modern sports car placed fourth.

Text: BBI Classic Investments

Foto: David McNeese, Greg Geysar, Corey Silvia, Jeff Creed, Darin Schnabel ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sothebys

Rank: Year: Model: Price ($):
1. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton  852 500
2. 1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton 583 000
3. 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster 506 000
4. 2005 Ford GT 319 000
5. 1929 Packard Deluxe Eight Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton 308 000
6. 1930 Stutz Model M Four-Passenger Speedster by LeBaron 302 500
7. 1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster 297 000
8. 1938 Packard Super Eight Sedanca deVille by Barker 220 000
9. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible 203 500
10. 1988 Lamborghini LM002 192 500




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