2010 Automobiles of Arizona Auction Preview – RM Auctions

RM Auctions returns to the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona on January 21-22 for its 2010 Automobiles of Arizona auction event.

The 11th annual Automobiles of Arizona features two days of auctions, starting with the ‘The British Are Coming’ evening sale on Thursday, January 21st that will showcase a host of great British marques, including Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar, among others. In total, 55 lots will be offered on Thursday, many without reserve, highlighted by the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT chassis 0175/L and the matching 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupe and 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Saloon.

The evening auction will be followed by another strong collection of automobiles on Friday, January 22nd. In total, 115 examples are set to cross the block on the second day, headlined by several concept cars and prototypes, including the 1964 Shelby 427 Cobra ‘Flip-Top’ Roadster, 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept, 1954 Mercury XM-800 Dream Car, 1956 Chrysler ‘Plainsman’ Concept Car, 1956 Cadillac Maharani Motorama Show Car, 958 Cadillac Eldorado ‘Raindrop’ Dream Car and 1995 Ford GT90 Concept Car.

“Over the past decade, RM’s Arizona event has carved a reputation as the premier high end auction of Arizona’s famed classic car week, attracting discerning collectors and enthusiasts from around the world,” says Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.

“With a proven track record and over 10 years of record breaking success, we look forward to returning in January and continuing on our strong 2009 results,” adds Kelleher.

Previous Automobiles of Arizona Results – RM Auctions

Past Arizona Results
2009 Results
2008 Results
2007 Results
Cars Offered
127
95
114
Cars Sold
106
88
106
Sales Rate
83%
93%
93%
Total Sales
$18,211,025
$26,725,400
$29,874,850
Average Price
$171,802
$303,697
$281,838
Top Sale
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe; $918,500
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet; $2,035,000
1937 Duesenberg Model SJ Cabriolet; $2,805,000

RM Auctions’ Automobiles of Arizona event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix on January 21-22, 2010. A preview will be held January 21st from 9am to 4pm, followed by the British-themed Thursday night auction, billed ‘The British are coming!’, starting at 6pm. The auction continues on Friday, January 22 at 11am. Admission requires the purchase of an official auction catalog, available for $100. The catalog admits two and must be presented for entry.

For more information, contact RM Auctions at (800) 211-4371 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

2010 Automobiles of Arizona Auction Preview – RM Auctions (Click image for more photos and detail)

“The British Are Coming” Auction Preview – Thursday, January 21st

Lot 129 - 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT - Estimate $900,000-$1,100,000. Chassis 0175/L is one of six standard-bodied DB4 GTs built to factory lightweight specifications.
Lot 117 - 1934 MG ND Magnette Two-Seater - Estimate $100,000-$125,000. Factory alloy body, supercharged with documented history.
Lot 126 - 1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster - Estimate $185,000-$235,000. Restored in 2003; non-original engine.
Lot 142 - 1960 AC Aceca Bristol Coupe - Estimate $100,000-$150,000. Matching numbers in left hand drive.
Lot 112 - 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster - Estimate $120,000-$140,000. Freshly restored; competed in several California Mille and Colorado Grand rallies.
Lot 133 - 1963 BMC Technical Support Vehicle - Estimate $115,000-$145,000. One of two built for BMC; Pininfarina design.
Lot 132 - 1965 Aston Martin DB5 - Estimate $300,000-$400,000.Restored by Kevin Kay in 2002; matching numbers.
Lot 138 - 1931 Aston Martin 1 1/2-Litre International 2/4-Seater - Estimate $125,000-$175,000.Original, numbers matching with a recent refresh.
Lot 119 - 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupe - Estimate $300,000-$400,000. Part of matched pair of DB Mark IIIs; restored by Kevin Kay; numbers matching and left hand drive; one of 85 Drophead coupes produced; offered without reserve.
Lot 120 - 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Saloon - Estimate $175,000-$225,000. Part of matched pair of DB Mark IIIs; restored by Kevin Kay; numbers matching and left hand drive; offered without reserve.

2010 Automobiles of Arizona Auction Preview – Friday, January 22nd

Lot 265 - 1964 Shelby 427 Cobra 'Flip-Top' Roadster - Estimate Unavailable. CSX2196; only prototype 427 Cobra; raced at Sebring, Riverside and Nassau; developed and driven by Ken Miles.
Lot 249 - 1933 Rolls-Royce PII Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Gurney Nutting - Estimate $400,000-$500,000. Purchased new from H.R. Owen by Lady Yvonne de Rothschild; coachwork by J. Gurney Nutting.
Lot 247 - 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe - Estimate $375,000-$475,000. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner; finished in chocolate brown over tan.
Lot 228 - 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona - Estimate $230,000-$270,000. Chassis 14581; fairly recent restoration.
Lot 277 - 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra - Estimate $650,000-$770,000. CSX3281; ex-Otis Chandler Collection.
Lot 215 - 1971 Porsche 911 'R/T' Conversion Coupe - Estimate $85,000-$120,000. Full race 3.3 liter twin plug developing 340 bhp; body built to 911 R specs.
Lot 284 - 1972 Porsche 911S Racing Car - Estimate $225,000-$275,000. GTU-class winner at 1985 Sebring 12 Hours; nicknamed 'Cinderella Porsche.'
Lot 268 - 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster - Estimate $200,000-$250,000. Matching-numbers example with hardtop; previous owner was Pebble Beach Concours judge.
Lot 236 - 1949 Buick Roadmaster Woodie Estate Wagon - Estimate $90,000-$120,000. From collection of Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer.
Lot 241 - 1959 Desoto Adventurer Convertible Coupe - Estimate $225,000-$275,000. From collection of Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer; one of 97 built, exhibits a fresh restoration and is an AACA Junior and Senior First Prize winner.
Lot 281 - 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept - Estimate Unavailable. One of five built; recent award winner at Amelia, Pebble and Newport Beach.
Lot 254 - 1954 Mercury XM-800 Dream Car - Estimate Unavailable. Full-size two-door hardtop concept unveiled by Ford at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show.
Lot 257 - 1956 Chrysler 'Plainsman' Concept Car - Estimate $250,000-$300,000. Designed by Virgil Exner with coachwork by Ghia.
Lot 253 - 1956 Cadillac 'Maharani Special' Motorama Show Car - Estimate $150,000-$200,000. Also known as 'Kitchen Sink Cadillac,' in reference to its ability to store, prepare, serve and clean-up an entire meal; featured refigerator, toaster, hot plate, china set and table.
Lot 256 - 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 'Raindrop' Motorama Dream Car - Estimate $250,000-$300,000. Featured sensor that, upon detecting water, would trigger system to raise convertible top.
Lot 260 - 1948 Mercury Marmon-Herrington Station Wagon - Estimate $225,000-$275,000. Rare 4WD Marmom conversion.
Lot 259 - 1935 Lincoln Model K Convertible Roadster - Estimate $200,000-$250,000. Coachwork by Brunn; one of thirty built.
Lot 276 - 1930 Cadillac V16 2/4 Passenger Convertible Coupe - Estimate $250,000-$300,000. Features 'Pennsylvania Windshield' body style, LeBaron hood and suicide-type doors.
Lot 222 - 1934 Brewster Ford Town Car - Estimate $125,000-$175,000. Body number 9000, prototype; Brewster Fords are the only Ford V8-based cars recognized as Full Classics by the CCCA.
Lot 262 - 1936 Packard Super Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton - Estimate $450,000-$550,000. Best in Class at Pebble and Amelia; CCCA 100 point three times.
Lot 242 - 1955 Astra Coupe - Estimate $150,000-$250,000. Full custom built by Jay Everett using an aircraft-derived frame and all-aluminium body, reportedly the first use of an English wheel in the U.S.; restyled in 1955 in collaboration with George Barris.
Lot 298 - 1995 Ford GT90 Concept Car - Estimate Unavailable. Powered by 720 bhp, 6.0 liter quad-turbocharged mid-engine V12.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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  1. This looks to be the most exciting auction of the year with a multitude of vehicles from showcars to the exotics etc. It will be interesting to prices for the GM Motorama 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Maharani the 1957 Caddillac Eldorado Biarritz Raindrop Special and the 1954 Mercury X100 Showcar etc. RM Auction seem to putting Auctions that are awesome and it seems more interesting than some the circus type shows. This auction has some beautiful cars. This auction should set the standards for others to follow.