Perfectly matched to the AACA Fall Meet setting, latest highlights comprise early American and European motoring rarities, including a 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A Seven-Passenger Touring and a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulette
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RM Sotheby’s, has announced final entries for its annual Hershey sale, October 8-9 in Pennsylvania. A feature attraction of the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, the Hershey Lodge auction features an outstanding roster of 149 automobiles and select memorabilia, with a focus on desirable Brass and Classic Era models.
Leading recently added highlights for the October sale are some of the grandest early American and European automobiles. One of just 14 surviving examples, which rarely emerge for public sale, the 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A Seven-Passenger Touring
, chassis no. 66667, represents an extremely exciting ownership opportunity. The largest and most potent motor car produced at the time, 66667 was acquired by the Minneapolis Fire Department and used as a “Chief’s Limousine” in the early 1920s, as they moved from a horse-drawn to a motorized fleet. The Pierce-Arrow has since been restored to its original form, and has successfully participated in more than a dozen long-distance tours in recent years. An ultimate Brass Era automobile, it is a must-have for serious collectors of this early period (Est. $550,000 - $650,000).
Representing the Edwardian Era is an exceedingly rare 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulette by Barker
, chassis no. 25EB. Imported to the United States early in its life, the Silver Ghost was purchased by Helen Brice, a member of one of the wealthiest East Coast families of the era. Miss Brice used the car regularly until 1934, when she and her chauffeur, Francis Cox, thought it time to trade it in. Cox wrote a letter to Mr. Henry Ford, suggesting that the elegant example of original coachwork on a great chassis would be an appropriate addition to his new museum, to which Mr. Ford agreed, displaying the Silver Ghost at The Henry Ford until 1971. Expertly restored in 2004, it is one of very few examples to retain its original chassis, engine, and coachwork, and was so well cared for that little restorative work was actually required. It comes to auction as one of the finest surviving, wonderfully pure Silver Ghosts available (Est. $500,000 - $700,000).
“Since its inception, our Hershey sale has been known as a great venue for offering Brass Era automobiles, and this year’s event provides tremendous choice for collectors drawn to early automotive design and engineering. It is certainly our strongest Hershey lineup to date, complete with some of the finest Brass and Classic Era motor cars in existence,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Each lot is very well-suited to both the sale and the AACA meet, and is sure to capture the interest of the hundreds of international enthusiasts and collectors that make the annual automotive pilgrimage to Hershey each October.”
As collectors have come to expect in Hershey, the roster of Brass Era cars are complemented by a tremendous selection of American classics. Among highlights, a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Two-Passenger Coupe by Fleetwood
, one of only 98 examples built to this luxurious design. The car has been restored in period-correct colors of black and metallic pewter – the quality of which was acknowledged by a second in class award at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance amidst a competitive field (Est. $450,000 - $600,000, offered without reserve). Also slated for the Hershey podium is an elegant 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Coupe
, formerly owned by noted model expert, Joe Morgan. Featuring a seldom-seen body style, this desirable Imperial maintains its original chassis, engine and body, and sports a restoration in its original colors of Abbott Gray and Tonawanda Green (Est. $250,000 - $300,000, offered without reserve).
Duff adds, “Throughout 2015, we’ve seen a resurgence of collectors chasing great classics, resulting in strong prices for the most revered American marques. We’re thrilled with the opportunity to present a car such as the Cadillac V-16 Two-Passenger Coupe, a model rarely offered at auction and highly sought after by collectors.”
Additional notable Brass and Classic Era entries include:
1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster
, one of three surviving examples and boasting a mere 27,260 actual miles and known history from new, including prominent Pennsylvania ownership (Est. $350,000 - $400,000);
1913 Locomobile Model 48 “M” Series III Baby Tonneau
; one of the grandest and long-lived early American luxury cars, this Locomobile would prove an excellent AACA Reliability Tour and HCCA tour car (Est. $300,000 - $400,000, offered without reserve);
1931 Aston Martin 1½-Litre International 2/4 Seater
, a beautiful, matching-numbers example of the most successful pre-war Aston Martin ever produced, recently restored to original condition (Est. $200,000 - $275,000); and,
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
, a former ACD Club National Best in Show winner benefitting from long term enthusiast ownership (Est. $150,000 - $175,000, offered without reserve).
In addition to the motor cars, RM’s Hershey sale presents an eclectic group of highly important collectibles and automobilia. Stand out highlights include 22 lots from the previously announced Richard Roy Estate Collection, including a trio of detailed, fully functional steam-powered Stanley models, original Peter Helck drawings depicting pivotal moments in motoring history, and three scale model replicas of World War II aircraft. Also on offer is a hard-to-find 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-3 Engine, a fine spare or display piece for any collector of the Brass Era marque (Est. $30,000 - $50,000).