The Guyton Collection, comprising 60 early to pre-war classic vehicles and hundreds of pieces of automobilia will be offered at no reserve May 4-5 at an RM Sotheby’s auction in St. Louis.
In announcing the sale, RM Sotheby’s noted that Guyton’s is a “superbly curated collection” of the “rarest of veteran, brass, and classic era American and European motor cars.”
Calling the late Fred Guyton “a beloved fixture of the car collecting hobby,” the auction house said the architect collected for more than four decades.
Following his graduation from the University of Illinois and service in the Peace Corps and U.S. Army, Guyton moved to St. Louis, co-founding Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc., which he led as chairman for 35 years. The firm’s work included Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida; the Anheuser-Busch world headquarters; and Universal Studios theme parks.
“Fred Guyton was a treasured name in the collector car hobby, and we’re honored to present his fascinating collection at auction,” RM Sotheby’s car specialist Donnie Gould is quoted in the auction announcement.
“With an encyclopedic knowledge of history himself, Fred’s collection tells the story of a significant period in automotive advancement, one that we’re thrilled to share with the hobby this spring. Fred rarely if ever sold a part of his beloved collection, and, apart from a handful of cars, did not show his collection often, so this truly is a very rare opportunity.”
RM Sotheby’s said at least three of the Guyton Collection truly stand out — a 1930 Packard 735 Speedster Eight Phaeton, one of only five created; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan originally driven by Indianapolis 500 racer Leon Duray; and a 1930 Ruxton Model C Baker-Raulang roadster, an early front-whdel-drive vehicle that won best-preserved pre-war honors at Pebble Beach. Only seven of the roadsters were built.
Among other “significant” vehicles in the collection are a 1906 Mason Touring, the earliest car designed by the Duesenberg brothers and formerly part of the Harrah’s Collection; a 1927 Duesenberg Model X dual-cowl phaeton displayed at the Chicago and Los Angeles motor shows; a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III ‘Parallel Door’ saloon; and a 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges.
Also on the docket are items of World War I and II aviation and naval ephemera, more than 3,000 model and toy cars, and other collectibles.