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Muckel, Dunning collections headline RM’s Hershey docket


Eight Brass Era vehicles from the Muckel Collection and 14 American classics from The Complete Collection of Jack Dunning will headline the docket for RM Auction’s annual sale in conjunction with the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The auction is scheduled for October 10-11.

Hershey auction, Muckel, Dunning collections headline RM’s Hershey docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
1908 Oldsmobile cockpit

“The Muckel Collection focuses on the early decades of motoring, featuring eight significant Brass Era vehicles known today as orphan cars — built by manufacturers that have discontinued business entirely — from well-known Southern California collector Mr. John Muckel,” RM Auctions said in its announcement. 

“As a passionate car enthusiast, Mr. Muckel enjoys driving each of his cars on a regular basis whether on the street or in Brass Era tours and driving events around the world. Every car in the collection is on a strict maintenance and driving schedule to ensure they are all ready to use at any given time.”

Heading the group is only surviving 1908 Oldsmobile Limited Prototype that formerly was the “centerpiece” of the Barney Pollard Collection. RM expects the car to sell for as much as $750,000.

Among the other cars in the Muckel collection going to auction are a 1912 Locomobile M-48 7o-passenger Torpedo Touring and a 1908 Stanley Model M 5-passenger Touring formerly owned by Otis Chandler.

Hershey auction, Muckel, Dunning collections headline RM’s Hershey docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
1931 Marmon Sixteen coupe by LeBaron retains original chassis, engine and coachwork

“The Complete Collection of Jack Dunning is comprised of 14 iconic American Classics, ranging from 1907 to 1951,” RM reports. “A long-time Classic Car Club of America member, Jack Dunning has shown his exceptional lineup of cars all over the United States. Jack takes great pride in restoring his cars with accuracy and authenticity, as well as maintaining them to the highest standard thereafter, as reflected by the awards that his restorations have won in AACA, CCCA, ACD Club, and national concours competitions.”

The star of the collection is a 1931 Marmon Sixteen Coupe by LeBaron. The car retains its original chassis and engine is one of only six surviving with original coachwork. RM expects the car to bring as much as $850,000 at Hershey.

Hershey auction, Muckel, Dunning collections headline RM’s Hershey docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
Willoughby did the limousine coachwork for this 1931 Duesenberg Model J

Other highlights from the collection include a 1929 Auburn 120 Eight Speedster owned by Dunning since 1959 and a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Limousine by Willoughby.

“Both John Muckel and Jack Dunning’s collections represent opportunities to acquire beautifully restored and carefully maintained iconic motor cars,” RM quoted Gord Duff, global head of auctions for the RM Sotheby’s Group.

To view the auction docket, visit the RM website.


Larry Edsall
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.



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