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Hershey auction features — what else? — classics

RM Sotheby’s docket emphasizes Brass Era and American Classics for AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet sale


Smart auction houses tweak their dockets to maximize the appeal to each venue’s bidders. One obvious and effective through the years example is RM Sotheby’s annual Hershey Sale, being held October 7-8 for the 15th time in conjunction with the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet.

AACA is short for the Antique Automobile Club of America, and its Eastern Division Fall Meet presents a huge swap meet for parts and pieces for vintage vehicles, and even vintage vehicles already assembled.

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1931 Duesenberg Model J roadster

RM Sotheby’s 2021 docket features cars “from Brass Era to American Classics,” the auction house notes of a docket with cars produced over a span of 81 years.

The docket includes 186 lots, with 123 offered without reserve, meaning that the high bidder takes the car at hammer price, wherever that might reach, plus commission.

“Three outstanding American classics, offered from a single-owner collection, are set to cross the block, all offered without reserve,” the auction house says in a news release. 

“Longer than any Packard and lower than any (other) Duesenberg, this 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster known as the ‘Green Hornet’ sits among the most remarkable examples available on the market, wearing unique and rakish Packard Roadster bodywork fitted by Duesenberg in 1931.”

The release notes that the car won an award at the Amelia Island concours and is expected to sell for $1.4 million to $1.8 million.

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1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

Coming from the same collection are a 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, a best-in-class winner at Amelia Island, and a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight roadster by LeBaron. RM Sotheby’s expects the Auburn to sell for $700,000 to $900,000 and the Packard for $350,000 to $450,000.

Other featured cars include a 1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eight sport sedan, one of only four bodied by Darrin ($325,000 to $375,000 estimate),;a 1912 Stanley Roadster tribute commissioned by Stanley company heir Raymond Stanley and driven to the summit of Mount Washington by Jay Leno in the re-creation of a run by Freelan Oscar Stanley ($150,000 to $200,000); a 1909 Peerless Model 19 touring ($100,000 to $150,000); and a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman convertible woodie ($100,000 to $125,000).

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, 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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