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RM Sotheby’s sets docket for its first sale in Germany


“Something for everyone” may be the most overused of cliches in the reporting on collector car auctions. However, it actually would seem appropriate for RM Sotheby’s inaugural sale in Essen, Germany, where the 211 cars on the docket range in estimated value from €15,000 ($16,960) to €2.4 million ($2.7 million).

RM Sotheby’s notes that half of the vehicles on offer have pre-auction estimated values of less than €100,000 ($113,000).

Essen, RM Sotheby’s sets docket for its first sale in Germany, ClassicCars.com Journal
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The auction, scheduled for April 11-12, will be held in conjunction with Essen’s huge Techno-Classica show, and will be RM Sotheby’s first in Germany, which has emerged as a strong market for collector cars. 

“This is the first-ever RM Sotheby’s auction in Germany, and we are delighted to come to Essen with such a broad range of cars for sale and an offering that will suit a very broad range of collectors,” said Maarten ten Holder, RM Sotheby’s head of European sales and its chief auctioneer.

“Many of the more-affordable cars for sale at this auction have an interesting history and will surely appeal to the most-astute collectors who have the opportunity to buy fantastic cars at very reasonable estimates. 

“At the other end of the scale,” he added, “the high-end entries for this auction are equally exciting, representing all eras and catering for all tastes.”

Essen, RM Sotheby’s sets docket for its first sale in Germany, ClassicCars.com Journal
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Those other-end vehicles include a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A, one of only 32 produced and one of only 18 known to still exist. The car (chassis 154078) was originally sold in England.

Also on the docket are the 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that was displayed on the Bugatti stand at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and still has only 550 kilometers on its odometer; a 2018 Italdesign Zerouno, the fifth and final one built; a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster; a 403-kilometer 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30; a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo prototype; and a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta. 

The auction also will include 85 more cars from the Youngtimer Collection including a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a Japanese-delivery 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 70 AMG, a 2007 Weismann GT and others.

Additional docket features include a 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport, a 1976 Morgan Plus 8 Super Sport Lightweight modified for racing, a 1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport and a 2015 Land Rover Defender SVX built for use in the James Bond movie, Spectre.

Essen, RM Sotheby’s sets docket for its first sale in Germany, ClassicCars.com Journal
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Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. At the end of WWII my dad was stationed in a German town as part of the military government program, designed to re-establish infrastructure and to prevent the Germans from setting up defensive positions as the allied forces moved westward. While taking the command position, my dad commandeered housing and transportation for himself and his staff of officers. The Benz 540 K was the vehicle he used while stationed as the military governor. He said it was the sweetest car he had ever driven.


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