RM Sotheby’s Hershey 2015 – Auction Report

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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer, Body by Brewster
Lot # 148 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer, Body by Brewster; S/N S368LR; Pewter, Maroon hood and fenders/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $275,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $302,500. With Reserve. Orange wire wheels chrome lock rings, wide whitewalls, Depress Beam headlights, dual sidemounts, front and rear folding windshields, rear compartment body cowl. – First owned by Russell Phelps Kelley, Sr., later by Stephen Antine who registered it ‘RROC’ in Massachusetts. Sound old paint and chrome, good upholstery. Chassis has been painted assembled. A quality old restoration with recent cosmetics and an engine rebuild. With a little more work this will be a great tour car. – Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2010 for $403,000 and a good value for money at the price it brought today. This is a seriously good car, with its original coachwork and possibly unique second cowl, that has many miles to go before requiring a full restoration.
1903 Pierce Fourth Model Stanhope
Lot # 149 1903 Pierce Fourth Model Stanhope; S/N 302; Engine # 83; Maroon, Black fenders/Black leather; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $52,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,750. No Reserve. Right-hand tiller steering, Pierce kerosene lights, folded bulb horn, varnished wood spoke wheels, white tires. – Sound old paint despite some cracking of the underlying wood. Sound upholstery including original front passengers’ seatback, dull nickel brightwork. A usable older restoration in need of attention, but a car never fully ‘restored’, just rescued in the late 40’s and never messed with since. – Recently resuscitated to running condition, the preservation of this Pierce is pretty amazing and as a Brighton Run eligible car it is surprisingly reasonably bought here. The estimate range is optimistic but considering its single family ownership since 1948 (when it was only 45 years old!) and its history it is not unreasonable.
1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 DA OTP 'Police Special'
Lot # 150 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 DA OTP ‘Police Special’; S/N 130139/51; Engine # 13034/51; Green, Dark Green fenders/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,250. No Reserve. 40hp 4-cylinder diesel, heater, clock, Bosch headlights, fog lights and spotlight, folding windshield, rear-mounted spare set into body, side curtains. – Poor older repaint, sound upholstery superficially installed, dull brightwork, grimy chassis, underbody and engine. A sound but tired project looking for home. – Rare is one thing, but rare and desirable is another and this Mercedes is barely desirable, just interesting. Its price reflects both its below-mediocre condition and is a realistic interpretation of its value. On a Mercedes-Benz show field, however, it will make an immediate impression.
1931 Aston Martin 1 1/2-Liter International 2/4 Seater
Lot # 153 1931 Aston Martin 1 1/2-Liter International 2/4 Seater; S/N A1/100; Engine # A1/100; Dark Green/Green leather; Estimate $200,000 – $275,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $280,500. With Reserve. RHD. Cycle fenders, body color centerlock wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, folding windshield, Rotax headlights with stoneguards, Jaeger tach and speedometer, Smiths engine gauges, outside exhaust headpipes. – Sound but dull old paint, good upholstery. Orderly but used chassis and engine. A quality driver caliber Aston with a known history since the early 50’s and a restoration that has recently been mechanically freshened and given a new interior. – Any Aston Martin International is desirable but this example’s combination of originality and a record of consistent care and attention make it especially good, qualities that obviously appealed to the Hershey bidders and brought a sound price.
1913 Locomobile Model 48 'M' Series III Baby Tonneau
Lot # 154 1913 Locomobile Model 48 ‘M’ Series III Baby Tonneau; S/N 6410; Engine # 6410; White/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000. No Reserve. RHD. Jones speedometer, New Haven clock, Klaxon electric horn, Locomotive headlights, side lights and taillight, dual rear-mounted spares, mother-in-law seat, wood spoke wheels with 37×5 blackwall tires, seat belts. – Restored in the mid-90’s. Lighting has been electrified and hydraulic rear brakes added for touring. Paint and upholstery are good but some of the brass needs attention. Engine and chassis show only limited use and age. Recently unused for several years so it is in need of mechanical attention and a thorough check for safety and reliability. A big, imposing automobile that could be detailed back to show quality. – The only thing ‘Baby’ about this Locomobile is the body style name: in all other respects it is a big car. Sold by RM here in 2008 for $357,500 and apparently unused since, the result here recognizes the attention it will need and demonstrates the importance of using collector cars and keeping up with their maintenance. Once it has had the attention it needs, however, it will be a great tour car.
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton
Lot # 155 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton; S/N 900362; Engine # 900353; Beige, Brown accent, Orange coachline/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $440,000. With Reserve. Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, Pilot-Rays, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, rollup rear windshield with wings. – Reproduction body by Dave Tobin in 1986. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Chassis and underbody are better than new without going overboard. – It is a testament to the quality of this Packard and the Dietrich-based coachwork design that it brought such a generous price. It is an automobile to own and drive proudly, even if being somewhat reticent about the origin of the body.
1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-Six 5-Passenger Touring
Lot # 160 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-Six 5-Passenger Touring; S/N 26200; Engine # 330; Grey, Burgundy accent and chassis/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. No Reserve. RHD. Grey wood spoke wheels, 34×4 1/2 blackwall tires, luggage trunk, folding rear wind wings, Warner speedometer, Warner-Patterson headlights, electric sidelights, Boyce Motometer. – Known history since the late 30’s with HCCA co-founder Arthur Twohy in California. Later driven cross-country by Edward French, and later owned by Jasper Wiglesworth. Never fully restored, but consistently maintained, serviced, overhauled and painted as needed. Good recent paint, sound older upholstery. Orderly chassis and engine. – It’s impossible not to be impressed by the level of care and attention which this car has enjoyed since its early days as a ‘collector car’ when it was barely 25 years old. It was offered here in 2008 when it was reported bid to $143,000 and appears today to be much as it was then. The new owner got a quality automobile with a quality presence for a reasonable price.
1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton
Lot # 161 1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton; S/N 977; Engine # 1373; Dark Green/Oak Green leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. With Reserve. Black centerlock wire wheels, blackwall tires, opening windshield, Stewart sidelights, dual SU sidedraft carbs, Bausch & Lomb headlights, rear-mounted spare. – Owned by the Killorin family since 1948. Cadillac body. Featured in The Classic Car and CCCA recognized as a CCCA Full Classic ™. Restored like new, aside from the dual carbs, and runs like a train while being enthusiastically demonstrated by its owner. Excellent paint, nickel, upholstery and top. Engine and chassis are clean and orderly. A highly impressive automobile. – The bidders took the departures from stock into account, ultimately disregarding them in favor of recognizing the quality of workmanship, maintenance, history and style with a price that blew $65,000 past the high estimate, a 23+% premium. There is no arguing with their determination, because this is a wonderful automobile with a great story. This, the Duesenberg Model A, was the car Fred and Augie Duesenberg wanted to build, not the huge, heavy, rugged Model J that E.L. Cord wanted.