Six private collections containing a diverse trove of collector cars have been lined up for RM Auctions’ 17th annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cars from the collections, many of them offered at no reserve, will be among more than 350 classic and specialty vehicles, and an assortment of automobilia, crossing the auction block during the March 29-30 sale at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
During the sale, RM Auctions will coordinate for the first time with the RADwood lifestyle event that celebrates the cars, trucks, and bikes from 1980-1999, featuring period dress and entertainment.
The six collections are:
The Retro Motors Collection – The 26 cars comprise an eclectic group ranging from a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham to a 1999 Lotus Esprit V8, as well as modern Ford Shelby Mustang models. The premier car is a 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato, the 12th of only 99 examples built and with less than 2,100 miles from new. The Aston’s estimated value is $300,000 to $350,000.
A Private Swiss Collection (offered entirely without reserve) – Twelve classic American vehicles include a 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan formerly owned by the iconic film star and motorsports enthusiast Steve McQueen. Still wearing the blue-and-yellow California license plates from McQueen’s ownership, the Hornet is valued between $100,000 and $200,000.
The Youngtimer Collection – More cars from this contingent of 140 collectibles from the 1980s through the 2000s that are spaced out over four auctions: Paris, Amelia Island, Fort Lauderdale and the company’s inaugural sale in Essen, Germany. Featured in this group of 19 cars are a 2002 Bentley Continental R Le Mans Series, built in celebration of Bentley’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and one just 21 produced. The odometer shows just 13,000 miles. Estimated value, $120,000 to $140,000. Plus, a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2, one of the most sought-after rally cars of the 1980s. Estimated value, $80,000 to $100,000.
The Richard L. Burdick Collection (offered entirely without reserve) – The 18 vehicles represent an assortment of post-war Americana, and include a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, presented in factory Onyx Black with two-tone Red and Beige interior, with an estimated value of $75,000 to $90,000, and a 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible powered by Buick’s Fireball inline-eight-cylinder engine and featuring a host of options. Estimated value, $65,000 to $85,000.
A Private Texas Collection (offered entirely without reserve) – Among the 11 cars are a restored 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427/435 coupe, with an estimated value of $175,000 to $225,000, and a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Liter roadster restored in British Racing Green over tan leather, estimated value, $90,000 to $120,000.
The Belle Meade Collection – The group of 11 cars from Belle Meade, Tennessee, “spans the spectrum of the market, from American muscle and road-going legends to Europe’s finest grand touring automobiles and iconic movie-star shapes like the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12,” according to an RM Sotheby’s news release. Highlights include a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSi coupe, recently restored to like-new condition, with an estimated value of $80,000 to $90,000, and a 1967 Shelby GT500 with recorded history in the SAAC Registry, and finished in Brittany Blue with White Le Mans stripes, estimated value of $105,000 to $125,000.
For more information about the Fort Lauderdale auction, visit the RM Auctions website.