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Art of the Automobile Auction to Rev the Hearts of Elite Manhattan Motorheads

by Special to WorthPoint (11/05/13).

The flamboyant, future-forward 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study carries a $2-$2.5 million presale estimate and is expected to lead RM Auctions’ Art of the Automobile event, slated for Nov. 21 in Manhattan.

BLENHEIM, Ontario – Fresh on the heels of its record-breaking Monterey, Calif., sale in August, RM Auctions is offering up three new premiere lots for its Art of the Automobile event, slated for Nov. 21 in Manhattan. Held in association with Sotheby’s, the exclusive and highly anticipated New York collector car sale will celebrate the motor car and its place in the history of design.

From an elegant Classic Era speedster to a striking 1950s dream car, the new highlights shine a spotlight on bespoke American motor cars. For those with a penchant for classical design, there’s a spectacular 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster, while collectors seeking something a little more flamboyant will appreciate the eye-catching 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study. The group is rounded out by a stunning 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible, a terrific example of an exclusive 1950s convertible. Each of the three vehicles has been carefully handpicked by RM specialists to represent key design eras in automotive history. In addition, and in keeping with the sale’s overriding theme, each signifies the pinnacle of its individual category in terms of quality and presentation and perfectly encapsulates the automobile as a singular achievement at the crossroads of art, technology and innovation.

“Early interest and enthusiasm in our upcoming New York sale has been tremendous, with anticipation levels at an all-time high following the strong results witnessed at our Monterey auction and most recently in London,” says Ian Kelleher, car specialist for RM Auctions. “The New York sale’s distinct focus on automotive artistry, combined with the high caliber of entries already secured, along with the unparalleled presentation and service collectors have come to expect from the RM and Sotheby’s teams, has set the scene for what will surely be one of the most exciting and unique collector car auctions ever staged.”

Alain Squindo, the vice president of RM Auctions, added, “From a design perspective, the latest group of entries is a terrific fit with the sale, each reflecting unique styling and engineering from its respective period. We are honored to bring this group of trendsetting American motor cars to an exceptional venue in Manhattan.”

The 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster, chassis 2119E, represents one of the most beautiful American shapes of the Classic Era. It carries a $1-$1.3 million presale estimate.

1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster
The Classic Era was highlighted by a magnificent series of elegant, streamlined automobiles. The 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster, chassis 2119E, represents one of the most beautiful American shapes of the Classic Era. The only surviving 12-cylinder speedster of three built in Custom trim in 1933, 2119E is certified Category One by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, retaining its original body, engine and chassis. Restored to the highest standards by RM Auto Restoration, it has enjoyed award-winning results in ACD Club national competition as well as at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. One of very few genuine, original, ACD Club-certified factory-bodied Auburn Twelve Speedsters remaining, and the only one of its kind known, the upcoming offering of 2119E in New York presents an opportunity not soon to be repeated.

This car carries a $1-$1.3 million presale estimate.

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study
The 1950s represented another significant era in automotive styling, as illustrated by the advent of the “Dream Car”—futuristic automotive art built to attract public attention at the same time as testing wild engineering ideas. This design era will be showcased at the upcoming New York sale via the flamboyant, future-forward 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study with coachwork by the Italian firm Boano. Effortlessly combining Italian coachwork on an American chassis, this unique show car was displayed at the Turin Auto Show. It is among the most audacious examples of custom coachwork ever crafted on a Lincoln chassis. Restored to its original appearance, including eye-popping colors and trim, it has been shown in modern times at only a few prestigious events, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A spectacular achievement in design, it is certain to attract strong interest from automobile and art collectors alike.

This car carries a $2-$2.5 million presale estimate.

The 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible illustrates the perfect fusion of Detroit engineering with Italian design. Approximately 100 examples built between 1956 and 1958. This car carries a $450,000-$600,000 presale estimate.

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
The list of recent entries is rounded out by an exclusive 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible, chassis 145. The brainchild of Eugene Casaroll, the Dual-Ghia also illustrates the perfect fusion of Detroit engineering with Italian design. One of approximately 100 examples built between 1956 and 1958, of which the number of known surviving examples is considerably lower, this exclusive 1950s convertible held remarkable prestige among America’s wealthy elite, often favored by celebrities. Resplendent in Bronze with a red interior, it is arguably the finest restored and most stunning Dual-Ghia convertible in existence and a very special and prestigious example of one of the most elite and exclusive automobiles of its generation.

This car carries a $450,000-$600,000 presale estimate.

The Art of the Automobile is the first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in more than a decade. With an emphasis on bespoke design and “best of category” examples from the world’s most admired automotive marques, the sale will feature one of the most significant collections of motor cars offered in auction history. In total, no less than 25 automobiles are expected to go under the gavel at the Nov. 21 auction. As a prelude to the sale, an extraordinary exhibition showcasing the vehicles on offer will be held Nov. 19-20 on the 10th-floor galleries at Sotheby’s New York—a setting customarily reserved for the display of world-class works of art offered at Sotheby’s.

For further information and a frequently updated list of entries, visit the RM Auctions website.


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