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Great pre-war American Classics set for RM Sotheby’s Florida sale


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RM Sotheby’s has added a number of rare and desirable America Classics and Brass Era cars for its 21st annual Amelia Island, Florida, auction, which this year extends to two days on March 8 and 9, the Ontario-based auction house has announced.

Among the cars will be a singular example of a 1930 Duesenberg Model J “Sweep Panel” Dual-Cowl Phaeton, with coachwork by LeBaron, that has an estimated value of $1.6 million to $2 million.

“Interestingly, of the mere 18 examples ever produced of the ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton body style, engine No. J-487 is the one and only example on the long 153½-in. wheelbase,” RM Sothebys says in a news release.

The Duesenberg’s straight-8 engine

The auction company describes the Model J as “fully restored to concours-quality from the ground up by the renowned Fran Roxas.”

“It is an exceptional example of the marque, and one with a known and continuous history from new, which has always been well maintained and cared for throughout its life,” the release says.

RM Sotheby’s was encouraged to present a strong selection of American classics in Florida after its recent sale during Arizona Auction week, where examples of the era received enthusiastic bidding, according to Gord Duff, global head of auctions for RM Sotheby’s.

The sporty 1935 Auburn Eight Custom Speedster

“As we saw in Arizona, there is a sustained and perhaps renewed appetite for great pre-war Classics in today’s market, and we’re thrilled to bring collectors rare opportunities such as one of Fran Roxas’ final Duesenberg restoration projects, yet to be shown following completion, an as-pure-as-it-gets Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan Custom, and an Auburn Eight Custom Speedster—a Classic in high demand,” Duff said in the release.

The Packard Twelve is a 1934 model coming to auction fresh from restoration, with an estimated value of $1.25 million to $1.5 million, while the Auburn is a 1935 Speedster from the Richard L. Burdick Collection, valued at $500,000 to $650,000 and to be offered at no reserve.

Other classics going to Amelia Island include a 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Roadster by Derham with its original chassis, engine and bodywork, valued at $650,000 to $750,000, and a 1932 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston, one of just five built to this design on DV-32 chassis and an AACA and CCCA 100-point Senior First Prize winner, valued at $750,000 to $1 million.

The 1909 Delaunay-Belleville Type IA6 Victoria by Brewster

From the Brass Era is a 1909 Delaunay-Belleville Type IA Victoria by Brewster, a three-owner car made in France and “wearing elaborate Victorian coachwork by one of America’s finest coachbuilders.” The value is estimated at $250,000 to $325,000, and it will be sold at without reserve.

One of the British classics on offer is a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Close-Coupled Saloon with sporting coachwork by Barker and formerly owned by legendary Hollywood actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  The Rolls, which retains its original chassis, engine and body, is valued at $350,000 to $450,000.

RM Sotheby’s collector car auction will be held at the Ritz-Carlton during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend, presenting more than 120 vehicles.  For more information, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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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