1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

RM Auctions Don Davis Collection – Auction Preview

The RM Auctions Don Davis Collection sale will be staged April 27, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. The single-day auction will see a total of 64 automobiles offered without reserve.

Following a childhood spent enthralled with muscle cars, speed and automotive design, Don Davis got into the car business, eventually operating as many as 12 dealerships throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Don Davis started collecting cars in the late-1970s, yet the acquisition of significant cars didn’t start until the early early-1980s. The main focus has been American horsepower and European sports and GT cars, preferably high quality examples with low mileage and limited production numbers.

Davis said his collecting philosophy was simple, “to collect the best and spend what it takes to ensure we have the finest example of its kind.” Accordingly, many examples have received complete body-off, nut-and-bolt restorations, and all have been well-maintained by a professional staff.

Alain Squindo, Director Private Collections, RM Auctions said, “Don Davis truly has the ‘collector’s collection.’ He’s handpicked the most desirable cars from watershed moments of automotive history, representing the finest in European and American design, engineering and performance, be it a 289 Cobra, Ferrari Daytona or Mercedes-Benz 300 SL right up to modern collectibles such as the Porsche 959.”

RM Auctions Don Davis Collection – View Digital Catalog

The RM Auctions Don Davis Collection will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 275 University Drive in Fort Worth, Texas. A full day preview will be staged Friday, April 26th. Admission to the preview requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for $80, which admits two people. Admission to the auction is open to registered bidders. Bidder registration is $150 and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two to preview and auction.

For more information or to register to bid, visit rmauctions.com or call 1 800 211 4371 (or +1 519 352 4575 outside of North America).

RM Auctions Don Davis Collection – Auction Preview

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS – Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,500,000. One of only 99 built; Matching-numbers example; subject of a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration; 2011 Concorso Italiano Best of Show winner.
1967 Toyota 2000GT
1967 Toyota 2000GT – Estimate: $650,000 – $850,000. One of only 351 built; Original left-hand drive U.S.-delivery example; restored with attention to authenticity and detail. (See Full Profile).
1980 BMW M1
1980 BMW M1 – Estimate: $150,000 – $250,000. One of only 399 built; Originally finished in Henna Red.
1974 BMW 3.0 CS
1974 BMW 3.0 CS – Estimate: $90,000 – $120,000. Upgraded powertrain and suspension; 3.5-liter engine, five-speed transmission, limited slip differential and a major suspension rebuild.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe – Estimate: $900,000 – $1,200,000. Known history, with three owners from new; Rudge wheels, belly pans, fitted luggage, sport camshaft and other desirable features; Kevin Kay restoration.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe – Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000. 427/425 V-8, four-speed, “Big Tank,” heavy-duty brakes, side exhaust and radio/heater delete; Matching-numbers example; NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Vettefest Gold Spinner Award winner.
1988 Porsche 959 Comfort
1988 Porsche 959 – Estimate: $500,000 – $650,000. Komfort model; Acquired from and fully serviced by Canepa Design; Excellent overall condition, with 17,727 km from new; Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe – Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000. Complete with copies of the original build sheet and restoration and service documentation; One of 131 examples built.
1954 Chrysler GS-1 Special
1954 Chrysler GS-1 Special – Estimate: $700,000 – $800,000 One of two commissioned by Chrysler’s Export Division from Ghia; Known history since new; 331 cu. in. Hemi V-8; Freshly restored to authentic original condition.
1941 Chrysler Newport Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
1941 Chrysler Newport Indianapolis 500 Pacemaker – Estimate Unavailable. Actual 1941 Indianapolis 500 Pace car; One of only five examples built, and the only one with exposed headlights; Originally owned and driven by Walter P. Chrysler Jr.; Recent restoration in original colors. (See full profile).
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 – Estimate: $300,000 – $350,000 Only 97 actual miles; the lowest-mileage Boss 429 in existence; Restored to better-than-new condition, with final detailing by Bob Perkins; Accompanied with copies of the original window sticker, factory delivery documentation, owner’s card, manual, factory tags and full Marti Report.
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe – Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000. Unusual factory coachbuilt body style; last wood-framed, traditionally constructed Rolls-Royce.