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RM Auctions Dingman Collection 2012 – Auction Preview

RM Auctions will offer the Dingman Collection during a multi-day sale, June 9-10, 2012 in Hampton, New Hampshire, 50 miles from Boston. The sale is a continuation of RM’s Dingman auction held in 2006.

The collection is the result of many years of acquisition by Michael Dingman, a former Ford Motor Company director for over 21 years. From a series of unique motor cars to the impressive automotive sign collection, the auction will feature nearly 50 automobiles and in excess of 1,000 signs, all lots offered ‘without reserve’.

“Michael Dingman is one of the most dedicated and passionate collectors I’ve ever known,” says Mike Fairbairn, Director and Co-founder, RM Auctions. “In addition, his incredibly high standards have resulted in the finest Ford restorations ever seen!”

For automobile enthusiasts, the Dingman Collection features nearly 50 motor cars, each representing ‘best of category’ examples and reflecting Mr. Dingman’s drive for perfection and quality. A Ford enthusiast’s dream, the offering is representative of Ford’s history and offers an assortment from Ford’s flathead era, with V-8 Fords and Mercurys as well as V-12-powered Lincolns and a number of woodies.

Beyond the automobiles, the Dingman Collection features more than 1,000 neon, tin and porcelain signs, each of which has either been preserved for its originality and patina or submitted to experts for restoration. Spanning the 1930s through 1950s, the offering is largely automotive themed and offers a story about American automotive history.

Feature signs include a Ford “Jubilee” porcelain and neon in pristine condition (est. $20,000-$25,000); Lincoln Zephyr sign presented in blue and white with blue and red neon (est. $15,000-$20,000); neon Ford V8 teardrop sign, the ideal centerpiece for any Ford collection (est. $14,000-$18,000); Coca-Cola neon in red with double stroke neon lettering (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a Mustang Oil sign with glossy finish (est. $5,000-$8,000).

RM Auctions Dingman Collection 2012 – Headline Consignments

1936 Ford Custom Cabriolet by Glaser
1936 Ford Custom Cabriolet by Gläser, Estimate $225,000 – $275,000 – Headlining the automotive selection is the 1936 Ford Custom Cabriolet with coachwork by German firm Gläser, the coachbuilder of choice for “deluxe” Fords in Europe. Under Dingman’s ownership, the Ford underwent a complete restoration, the quality of which was acknowledged at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011 where it won its class.
2005 Ford GT, chassis number two
2005 Ford GT, chassis no. 2, Estimate $325,000 – $375,000 – This GT, the first example delivered, was offered to Mr. Dingman by the Ford Motor Company as a token of their appreciation for his 21 years tenure on the company’s board.
1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible
1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible, chassis no. 799A-1691621, Estimate $240,000 – $280,000 – Formerly included in the Nick Alexander woodie collection, this Ford Sportsman design holds a Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V8 Club. Since acquisition by the Dingman Collection, it has been restored with the intention of presenting the car precisely as it would have been the day it was completed and sold new.
1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe
1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe, Estimate $150,000-$200,000 – Beautifully restored at a cost of over $200,000, this model, offered in ‘as new’ condition, is made even more desirable by its convertible styling which graces no more than three percent of 1939 Lincoln-Zephyrs. Offering the chance to acquire one of the best examples available today, this motor car is of such significance that it participated in the 100-year anniversary celebrations of the Ford Motor Company.

RM Auctions Dingman Collection 2012 – Additional Highlights

• Pair of Porsches including a 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo America Roadster, and a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, both custom built by Porsche racing specialists to full Turbo specification, and heavily modified with performance equipment (est. $225,000 – $275,000 each);
• Limited-production, 400 horsepower 1986 AC Autokraft MkIV Cobra, finished in British Racing Green with a Roush-built powertrain (est. $125,000-$175,000);
• Single-owner, low-mileage 1989 Aston Martin Vantage Volante presented in triple black livery with a manual transmission and boasting just 4,183 miles from new (est. $125,000-$175,000);
• 1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Sedan, chassis no. 18-5058638, restored and configured especially for the Great American Race in 2000 (est. $100,000 – $120,000);
• 1990 Prevost XL40 Conversion Motor Home, converted for Mr. Dingman to use in his motor sports career (est. $80,000 – $110,000), along with a fully equipped 1996 TPD Kitchen Trailer, ideal for teams on the racing circuit or every useful for any type of outdoor catering event (est. $20,000 – $40,000).

(View Digital Catalog – RM Auctions Dingman Collection 2012)

RM Auctions Dingman Collection 2012 – Auction Information

Saturday June 9, 2012 10:00AM EST
Sunday June 10, 2012 10:00AM EST

Friday June 8, 2012 10:00AM – 6:00PM EST

363 Exeter Rd., Hampton, New Hampshire, 03842

Admission to the auction is open to registered bidders. Bidder registration is $150 and includes an official auction catalog and admission for two to preview and auction. Admission to the preview only requires the purchase of a Guest Pass for $30 each or the purchase of an official auction catalogue that admits two for $100. For those unable to attend the event in person, absentee, Internet, and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live at

[Source: RM Auctions]