A selection of custom American automobiles will be among the featured consignments at the 2013 RM Auctions Art of the Automobile sale, scheduled for November 21st in New York City. Held in association with Sotheby’s, the collector car sale in Manhattan will celebrate the motor car and its place in the history of design. In addition to the previously announced 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkII Supersonic, the latest offerings include a 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster, 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Boano and 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible.
“Early interest and enthusiasm in our upcoming New York sale has been tremendous, with anticipation levels at an all-time high following the strong results witnessed at our Monterey auction last month and most recently in London,” says Ian Kelleher, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “The New York sale’s distinct focus on automotive artistry, combined with the high caliber of entries already secured, along with the unparalleled presentation and service collectors have come to expect from the RM and Sotheby’s teams, has set the scene for what will surely be one of the most exciting and unique collector car auctions ever staged.”
The 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster, chassis 2119E, is the only surviving twelve-cylinder speedster of three built in Custom trim in 1933. Certified Category One by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, 2119E retains its original body, engine and chassis. Restored to the highest standards by RM Auto Restoration, it has enjoyed award-winning results in ACD Club national competition as well as at the Pebble Beach Concours. One of very few genuine, original, ACD Club Certified factory-bodied Auburn Twelve Speedsters remaining, and the only one of its kind known, the upcoming offering of 2119E in New York presents an opportunity not soon to be repeated.
The 1950s represented a significant era in automotive styling, as illustrated by the advent of the ‘Dream Car’—futuristic automotive art built to attract public attention at the same time as testing wild engineering ideas. This design era will be showcased at the upcoming New York sale via the flamboyant, future-forward 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study with coachwork by the Italian firm Boano. Combining Italian coachwork on an American chassis, this unique show car was displayed at the Turin Auto Show, among the most audacious examples of custom coachwork ever crafted on a Lincoln chassis. Restored to its original appearance, including eye-popping colors and trim, it has been shown in modern times at only a few events, including the Pebble Beach Concours.
The latest list of entries is rounded out by a 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible, chassis 145. The brainchild of Eugene Casaroll, the Dual-Ghia is one of approximately 100 examples built between 1956 and 1958, of which the number of known surviving examples is considerably lower. This restored example is finished in Bronze with a red interior.
Alain Squindo, Vice President, RM Auctions, added, “From a design perspective, the latest group of entries is a terrific fit with the sale, each reflecting unique styling and engineering from its respective period. We are honored to bring this group of trendsetting American motor cars to an exceptional venue in Manhattan.”
The Art of the Automobile is the first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in over a decade. With an emphasis on bespoke design and ‘best of category’ examples, the sale will feature no less than 25 automobiles expected to go under the gavel at the November 21, 2013 auction. As a prelude to the sale, an exhibition showcasing the vehicles on offer will be held November 18 – 20 on the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby’s New York — a setting customarily reserved for the display of art work offered at Sotheby’s.