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Latest highlights for the sale are led by six handsome American Classics and customs offered from a
prominent private collection, entirely without reserve. The star of the group is a fully correct, pure, California
Duesenberg. The 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy, J-259, was delivered new to
Singer Sewing Machine heir Arthur K. Bourne, who spotted one of the first Model Js while golfing at Pebble
Beach. Bodied by Murphy coachbuilders of Pasadena, the Duesenberg was equipped with numerous features
specified by Bourne, including a full-size home radio installed in the back of the front seat, a secret
compartment under the driver’s seat for stowing valuables, and Mercedes-Benz-style Zeiss headlights. The
wealthy playboy also equipped the car with a police siren, which remains present today. Bourne had Bohman
& Schwartz modify the car in 1934 with lowered, skirted fenders, a metal trunk, redesigned running boards,
and a long radiator to accommodate mountain and desert driving, which he enjoyed until 1947, when the car
was placed in storage. The Model J then passed through a handful of owners, including former CCCA
president Richard Gold, who retained the car for over three decades before it was sold to its current owner.
Never fully restored, the ACD Club Category-One certified Duesenberg comes to Santa Monica with its
original chassis, engine, firewall, and body— a truly unique Murphy-bodied Model J, treasured since new (Est.
$800,000 - $950,000).
Additional highlights from the private collection include an authentic 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster, body no.
73, which still wears its coveted original Fleetwood two-passenger roadster body. The CCCA Full Classic’s
older restoration presents well in attractive Brewster Green and black over brown leather upholstery, and it is
well-accessorized with Pilot Ray driving lights, cowl-mounted spotlights, dual horns, Goddess mascot, proper
luggage rack, and more. With well-known, enthusiast ownership history, this is one of the most desirable
Classics in today’s market (Est. $450,000 - $550,000). Rounding out the group is a largely original 1948
Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, showing less than 65,000 miles (Est. $100,000 - $140,000); a
beautifully restored 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible (Est. $50,000 - $70,000); a high-quality 1932 Ford V-8
Roadster Street Rod (Est. $50,000 - $70,000); and, a high-performance 1932 Ford V-8 Deluxe
'Three-Window' Coupe Street Rod (Est. $35,000 - $40,000).
A staple in SoCal car culture, a pair of iconic European convertibles also highlight the single-day Santa
Monica sale, led by a recently restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. The ultimate in style and
performance, the 300 SL is finished in the unique combination of Light Green Poly over a Dark green interior,
and is ready for reliable road use on vintage rallies, long-distance tours, or even as a daily driver (Est.
$1,100,000 - $1,300,000). The 300 SL is joined at the auction by another icon of 1960s luxury, a
matching-numbers 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet. The preferred choice of well-heeled American
buyers in period, this particular 300 SE is one of fewer than 100 U.S.-spec examples for 1967, and comes to
auction stunning in its original Dark Blue, wearing a recently refreshed restoration (Est. $240,000 - $280,000).
No auction within a stone’s throw of Hollywood would be complete without a few cars of the stars. RM
Sotheby’s Santa Monica auction presents a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 250 C purchased new by Michelle Phillips
of The Mamas and the Papas from Hollywood Mercedes and owned by the singer-turned-actress ever since.
The well-equipped Mercedes-Benz saw Phillips through the filming of several movies, as well as early morning
call times on the set of Knots Landing. Offered out of single-ownership and still wearing its original California
blue plate, the car comes complete with its original service manual bearing Michelle Phillips name (Est.
$20,000 - $30,000, without reserve). Also set for the Barker Hangar auction podium is a 1965 Lincoln
Continental Executive Limousine by Lehmann-Peterson. One of just 15 produced for the model year, the
Lehmann-Peterson limousines were favored by celebrities and government officials alike; this particular
example was owned by none other than Steve McQueen in the 1970s, as evidenced by a copy of the title. A
well-maintained reliable driver in original condition, what better way to arrive in style (Est. $100,000 -
As a prelude to the Santa Monica auction, select sale highlights will be available for advance preview at
upcoming Southern California events, including the San Marino Motor Classic (June 11) and the Rodeo Drive
Concours d’Elegance (June 18).
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