American Classics at Auction

Collectors and enthusiasts gathered at Hershey this past weekend for RM Auctions’ 12th annual sale. The sale, which celebrates American automotive and motorcycle models, met with enthusiasm, selling 94% of all lots and fetching $11 million in total sales. Highlights of the sale include an elegantly restored Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood from 1930 that sold for $495,000 surpassing its original estimate. This seven-passenger sedan boasts a fascinating ownership history having been initially sold to the Italian ambassador to South Africa before becoming property of collector Cal High of Lancaster. Packards predominated in the sale, a 1942 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin, one of only 35 models built sold for $357,500. Two additional Packards both from 1936, a Twelve Coupe Roadster and a Twelve Convertible Victoria also exceeded estimates selling for $269,500 and $247,500 respectively.  A one-of-a-kind 1911 American Eagle Touring, built by Martin Burzynski to test a novel albeit disappointing wheel design was sold after extensive bidding contest for $242,000 – three times its pre-sale estimate of $80,000.