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RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey 2010 – Preview

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible CoupeRM Auctions returns to Central Pennsylvania, October 7-8, 2010 for its annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction. Now in its fourth year, the sale at the Hershey Lodge is a featured attraction of the AACA Eastern Fall Meet, attracting collectors and enthusiasts from across the continent and as far away as Europe.

This year’s auction, once again extended to two days, promises a roster of close to 140 automobiles, joined by a range of vintage motorcycles and automotive-themed memorabilia. Headlining the offering is a selection of Brass Era motor cars, including vehicles from the collections of Mr. Gerald Sichel and Mr. Clyde Ensor Sr. In addition, RM continues to represent a number of examples from the estate of Mr. John O’Quinn.

RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey 2010 – Auction Highlights

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe ~ Chassis No. 2213 – Estimate: $600,000 – $800,000; From the estate of John O’Quinn; continuous history from new.

1911 Jackson 50 HP 7-Passenger Touring ~ Chassis No. 5202 – Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000; Presented and expertly restored by Tired Iron Works; Concours-ready and an excellent and proven touring car.

1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton ~ Chassis No. 702514 – Estimate: $300,000 – $350,000; impeccably maintained for the past 20-plus years.

1903 Packard Model F Rear-Entry Tonneau ~ Chassis No. F 251 – Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000; One of just 179 built and three examples known left in existence; formerly part of the renowned Harrah’s Collection, it is offered from the estate of Mr. John O’Quinn.

1913 Peerless Model 48-Six Roadster ~ Chassis No. 13269 – Estimate: $250,000 – $300,000; Used for many years as a power source for a gold mine, it was later abandoned for decades before being re-discovered from the air during the 1960s. Locating it precisely on the ground was difficult, and rescue was pronounced near impossible, until it was finally airlifted in one of the first automotive medevac operations in history.

1932 Bergholt Streamline ~ Chassis No. 134761 – Estimate: $90,000 – $120,000; One-off prototype produced by airplane builder Fred Bergholt using a 1932 Ford V8 chassis and powertrain; recently restored, it was shown for the first time in decades at the 2010 Meadow Brook Concours.

1923 Ford Model T Runabout ~ Chassis No. 8169812 – Estimate: $18,000 – $25,000; Restored by Automotive Restoration students at the renowned McPherson College in Kansas. An AACA First Junior (2009) and First Senior (2010) award winner, proceeds from its sale will benefit future projects of McPherson’s Automotive Restoration degree program, which is committed to training the next generation of craftsmen for the classic car restoration hobby.

The Gerald Sichel Collection – Acquired during more than 25 years of collecting, the Gerald Sichel Collection is highlighted by a selection of early brass cars and several great American classics. Twenty cars alone predate 1910, including a 1903 Cadillac Model A Roadster, a 1904 Ford Model A Roadster, a 1904 Pierce Stanhope, and a 1909 Stanley Steamer Model E2 , all of which are presented in running and driving condition. Other rare highlights include: a 1914 Oakland Touring; a 1914 Saxon Model 16 Roadster; a 1915 Trumbull Model 158; and a 1917 Ford Model T Ambulance. The offering also features a 1929 Buick Model 20X, purchased new by Mr. Sichel in Uruguay in 1929 and coming to market for the first time in 81 years.

The Collection of Clyde Ensor Sr. – The Clyde Ensor Sr. Collection is also the result of a lifelong passion for automobiles, carefully assembled over the past 50 years. Like so many enthusiasts, Mr. Ensor particularly enjoyed the hunt – not just for the car itself but subsequently for the rare parts required to restore it to period-correct specification, just the way it left the factory. In doing so, Mr. Ensor became a mainstay at the annual meet in Hershey, hence it is most appropriate his cars return to the Hershey region during Meet Week for auction. Among a long list of automobiles on offer from the collection are a selection of Ford Model Ts of various body styles, a pair of ’31 Lincolns, and an early production 1903 Ford Model A (one of very few know to exist), as well as such rarities as a 1902 Neustadt Perry.

Click to view RM Auctions Hershey 2010 – Digital Catalog.

The Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey event will be held October 7-8, 2010 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Full-day previews will be staged on October 7th and 8th, with auction action starting at 5pm on the same days. Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalog available for $80. The catalog admits two and must be presented at the entrance to the sale.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live at, providing real-time coverage of the event.

In addition to the auction, RM returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Night at the Museum gala at Hershey’s AACA Museum. Scheduled for October 6, this year’s fund raising gala kicks off Hershey Meet Week festivities with the special ‘Pumps on Parade’ charity auction – a group of one-of-a-kind vintage gas pumps customized by some of today’s finest automotive artists, including Roger Blanchard, Ken Eberts, Dan McCrary, Tony Sikorski, David Snyder and Sue Steele Thomas. For further details and ticket information, please visit

[Source: RM Auctions; photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions]