Andy picks his favorites at RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction

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1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible among cars on RM Sotheby's docket | Andy Reid photos

The Hershey AACA Fall swap meet and show are a nice way to close out the classic car hobby calendar. In addition to the show and swap meet, there is an RM Sotheby’s auction that seems to always have a little bit of everything for the classic car collector.

No matter what you like in classic cars, every year the people at the auction house provide a great assortment of cars at all levels and prices.

Whether you like early American cars, brass-era cars, sports cars or muscle cars, there is something at the auction to catch your eye.

Here are a few cars that caught my eye before they cross the block:

1912 Flanders Speedster
This is actually the first Flanders I have ever seen. In fact, I had never heard of a Flanders until I got to the auction. I thought that this was a fun-looking little speedster that seemed to be a great value with an estimate under $40,000. It turns out that the Flanders was designed to compete with Ford, but Henry Ford kept lowering his prices, forcing Flanders to give up on the car business. These cars cost only $750 when new.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged
The Cord is, in my opinion, possibly the coolest looking pre-war American car. This one as a convertible and with the supercharger option looks like the best model you could ask for. A CCCA- and AACA-eligible car, you can show a car like this just about anywhere, though I would enjoy driving it more than showing it.

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1939 Packard Twelve 2/4 passenger coupe
Another early American car that shows how amazing our pre-war cars could be. This stunning car looked to me to be the perfect car to drive on spring or fall weekends. Show it and drive it and enjoy both immensely.

1932 Duesenberg Model J Town Car by Kirchhoff
This has to be the ultimate car to be driven in. If you want a limousine, why not opt for this one instead of a newer Maybach. This would be the ultimate car to arrive in for the Amelia Island black-tie gala.

1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow
This is another car I have never seen before, because it is one of only three Silver Arrows known to exist. Dramatic does not even being to describe this magnificent piece of rolling sculpture. This has to be one of the most impressive limited-production American cars.

1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible
As a rule, I hate cars in this color (see top photo), but this car looks fantastic. I also am not a huge fan of 1950s American cars, but I would gladly have this in my garage. This would be the perfect car to have at Amelia Island for everything but the gala entrance. You and three of your friends could go everywhere in it, and do so in style.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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