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Mitosinka Collection heading to online auction

RM Sotheby’s offers 50 years of accumulation, including cars and automobilia


Bidding begins September 16 and runs to the 25th as RM Sotheby’s presents the Mitosinka Collection, an online auction of more than 30 vehicles and more than 400 lots of automobilia and collectibles gathered over the past 50 years by automotive appraiser Dennis Mitosinka.

All items are offered without reserve prices, the auction house said.

Mitosinka, Mitosinka Collection heading to online auction, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Amassed over 50 years from over a century of automotive history by vintage car appraiser, expert, distinguished veteran and enthusiast Dennis Mitosinka, the comprehensive collection shows great depth and breadth of the classic car world, comprising a diverse group of memorabilia ranging from Route 66-era petroliana to children’s pedal cars, automotive toys, mascots, rare car parts, automotive art and highly unusual and rare ephemera tied to all things automotive,” RM Sotheby’s said in its news release.

“Stored in a historic building originally constructed to house a Hupmobile dealership in Santa Ana, California, the collection also offers a curated lineup of coachbuilt automobiles, the majority of which are pre- and post-war American classics, including a 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton and a 1928 Stutz Model BB Four-Passenger Speedster with dual cowl.”

Also on the docket is a “barn-fresh” 1929 Stutz Special, “with a number of interesting fascinating period parts, including a Duesenberg Model J hood, Stutz DV32 engine and 1930 Auburn Speedster body,” as well as a 1951 Mercury lead-sled custom, a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket sedan by Brewster (with coachwork modified by Howard “Dutch” Darrin), a 1932 Delage D8/15 S Cabriolet and a 1963 Ghia 1500 GT coupe. 

The docket also includes a Frua-bodied 1976 Chevrolet Camaro “Europo Hurst” and a 1963 Ford Falcon with a Ghia-created body.

Mitosinka, Mitosinka Collection heading to online auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
1976 Chevrolet Camaro ‘Europo Hurst’

Dennis Mitosinka has spent much of his life exploring every corner of the automotive industry and hobby, which is reflected in his truly encyclopedic collection of rare automotive artifacts,” Shelby Myers, global head of private sales for RM Sotheby’s, is quoted in the auction announcement.

Mitosinka formerly worked at a restoration shop in northern California, moved to the Los Angeles area and managed a museum that featured cars of the stars, and then bought a dealership building in Santa Ana that housed a Hupmobile dealership in 1925 and later Graham, REO Royal, GMC truck and Chevrolet dealerships.

The historic building was a furniture store when Mitosinka acquired it and made it the headquarters not only for his growing collection but for his Classic Car & Appraisal Services business.

For more information on the auction, visit the RM Sotheby’s 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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