Open Roads online auction is added to RM Sotheby’s summer catalog

New event announced as results are reported for Porsche-memorabilia sale

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A 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be featured at the Open Roads auction | RM Sotheby's photos

RM Sotheby’s has added another Online Only auction to its summer calendar, with Open Roads, North America going up for bidding July 23-30 with about 80 collector cars from which to choose.

“The Open Roads, North America auction lineup spans the collector car market, ranging from American Classics to modern sports and supercars, with early highlights led by a nicely optioned 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG,” RM Sotheby’s says in a news release.

The Mercedes SLS is a modern supercar classic

The gullwing-door Mercedes AMG sports coupe is a supercar by any standard, powered by a hand-assembled 563-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine that was known as the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world when it debuted.  The coupe is capable of a zero-60 time 3.5 seconds.

The pre-auction estimate for the Mercedes is $140,000 to $160,000.

Another featured car is a 1937 Packard Six wood-bodied station wagon by Baker-Raulang, valued at $90,000 to $110,000.

The 1937 Packard woodies has a body by Baker-Raulang

The announcement of the Canadian auction company’s Online Only collector car sale, held virtually because of the coronavirus threat, comes as RM Sotheby’s reports the results of its most-recent Only Online automobilia sale of all-Porsche memorabilia from a single collection.

Online Only: A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part I achieved strong results, the company says, with $161,994 in sales of collector items, literature, toys and other items related to classic Porsche models.

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Porsche 356 pre-A steering wheel was the highest sale

The top sale was for a 1948-55 Porsche 356 Pre-A banjo steering wheel with original Bakelite-backed horn button, a very early piece that sold for $4,320, essentially double its pre-auction estimate (all reported results include auction fees).

The second-highest sale was for a vintage remote-control Porsche 356, one of several offered, this one in pristine condition with its original box and all accessories reaching $3,600.

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The Distler-Electro-Matic remote-control Porsche is in immaculate condition

RM Sotheby’s has scheduled Part II of the all-Porsche memorabilia auction for July 21-29. 

The top-10 highest sellers for the Porsche memorabilia auction were:

1. Porsche 356 Pre-A Banjo Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1948-55, $4,320

2. Distler Electro-Matic 7500 with Porsche License Plate, $3,600

3. Christophorus magazine, No. 2, 1952, $3,360

4. Porsche 356 A Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1956-59, $3,120

5. Porsche Type 597 Jagdwagen Portfolio, Owner’s Manual, Blueprints and Press Photographs, 1955-58, $3,120

6. Caracas Gran Premio International de Venezuela, 1955, $2,880

7. Porsche Crest Dealership Banner with Hoffman-Porsche Letter, 1958, $2,820

8. Porsche-Diesel Junior Double-Sided Painted Metal Sign, ca. 1958, $2,640

9. Christophorus magazine, No. 1, 1952, $2,640

10. Porsche Ceramic Plates, Factory Gifts by Ulmer Keramik, ca. early-1960s, $2,400

(All results include auction fees). 

RM Sotheby’s has also scheduled another Online Only auction titled, Open Roads, the European Summer Auction with bidding from July 14-21.  

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The upcoming auctions are pre-cursors to the Online Only: Shift/Monterey auction, a virtual sale that supplants RM Sotheby’s usual signature event in Monterey, California, during the now-canceled Monterey Car Week.  The auction will be held August 13-15. 

For more information about RM Sotheby’s Online Only sales, visit the auction website.

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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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