Classics, antiques highlight RM’s Hershey auction at AACA meet

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This 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight convertible by Darrin is a Hershey star car | RM Auctions photos

RM Auctions’ annual Hershey, Pennsylvania, sale is held in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division Fall Meet, so the focus is generally on exceptional pre-war and antique automobiles, many of them coming from famous private collections.

This year’s 12th annual Hershey auction, held October 11-12 at the Hershey Lodge, again will present cars from notable collectors, including the Lloyd Needham Collection of 11 special cars, all offered at no reserve. 

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Cars from the Lloyd Needham collection

The cars from the late collector include a well-restored 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria equipped with its original body, engine and chassis, valued at $225,000-$275,000, and a well-optioned and accessorized 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible in a rare, special-order color of Noel Green Metallic.  Estimated value: $120,000-$140,000.

The Richard L. Burdick Collection of 19 American automobiles is led by a 1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster wearing its original numbers-matching chassis and engine, and boasting a AACA National First Prize-winning older restoration as well as the sportiest body style from one of the great Packard years. Estimated value: $180,000-240,000. 

The Burdick cars also include some from the dawn of motoring, such as the 1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout, one of the most original examples of its kind offered in decades, according to RM. Estimated value $50,000-90,000.

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The 1901 Oldsmobile ‘curved dash’ runabout is a preserved original

The little horseless carriage has an interesting history, having originally been won in a nickel raffle by 5-year-old Victor F. Hitz, who kept the car for the rest of his long life, his heirs passing it on to Burdick in 1984. 

Another interesting Burdick car is the 1916 Hudson Series H Super Six, a Great Race winner; Burdick was devoted to the Great Race, being a long-time participant, officiant and former owner of the event.

The Hudson was the winner of the 2000 Great Race and could be a potentially victorious rally competitor for its next owner.  Estimated value: $75,000-$100,000.

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The 1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster is an AACA champion

Outside of collections, one of the spectacular Packard models that will be offered at Hershey is a 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin, one of just 35 examples built for the model year. Estimated value: $350,000-$425,000.

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

“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.”

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For more information about RM’s Hershey sale, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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