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“The fantastic price achieved for the Duesenberg goes to show that history and long-term ownership add
significant value to an already rare car”, says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “The opportunity to
sell a Model J is always special, this time around made even better by the chance to present an example that
has been lovingly enjoyed by one family over 54 years of ownership. Overall, our top five Hershey sales
demonstrate that demand for American Classics remains incredibly strong, with provenance and impeccable
condition attracting well-deserved prices on the auction podium across both nights.”
Looking back over the two-evening event, Thursday’s sale session was headlined by the spectacular 1932
Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster. Designed by legendary General Motors stylist, David Holls—earning
its nickname, the ‘David Holls Speedster’—the exquisite car represented the Lincoln that ‘never was’.
Attracting plenty of admirers during the sale preview, it was the subject of a 10-minute bidding contest,
shattering its pre-sale estimate of $200/275,000 at a final $605,000.
Crossing the podium just four lots prior to the Lincoln on Thursday evening, the highly anticipated ‘garage find’
1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster also drew tremendous interest from bidders in the room and on the
phone. In single-family ownership since 1967, the Porsche emerged from 40 years in storage in a Texas
garage just prior to the Hershey sale. Presented in largely original condition, it illustrated the enduring
appetite for ‘barn-finds’, soaring past its pre-sale estimate of $200/250,000 to bring a remarkable $341,000.
Friday’s session was headlined by the top-selling Model J Duesenberg, highlighted above. Other standout
attractions from the second evening were a meticulously restored 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged
Speedster, a two-time 100-point car in 2016 Classic Car Club of America judging, for $880,000; the
sole-surviving 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 LeBaron Convertible Victoria, which sold well at $456,500;
and, an exceptionally restored 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, which exceeded expectations, selling
for $161,700 against a pre-sale estimate of $100/125,000. Among additional highlights and perfectly
emblematic of the unique finds at Hershey, a 1925 White Model 15-45, commissioned in period as a
Yellowstone Park tour bus, nearly doubled its estimate, realizing $88,000.
RM Sotheby’s will round out its 2016 calendar in spectacular fashion with the presentation of Duemila Ruote
(2000 Wheels) in Milan, Italy, November 25-27. Coinciding with the Milano AutoClassica Classic Car Show,
the eclectic offering will feature more than 800 lots, making it the largest, automotive-themed private collection
sale ever staged in Europe. With some 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats and hundreds of bicycles and
automobilia all offered without reserve, collectors will be truly spoilt for choice.
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