RM Sotheby's returns to Hershey with roster of American classics

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2017-09-19 11:10:03

RM Sotheby's will return to Pennsylvania next month for its annual Hershey sale, with a roster of remarkable American classics in tow.

"This year’s sale has all of the outstanding, interesting and desired classic cars one would anticipate seeing at our Hershey auction," said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s.

"A mainstay of our calendar and as much an auction destination for many enthusiasts as Pebble Beach or Monterey, we look forward to an always eventful and entertaining week at Hershey. Wet or dry, rain or shine, it’s where the die-hard enthusiasts come to play."

One of the sale's leading highlights is a stunning 1936 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood, which spent almost sixty years on display in one of the nation's finest museums.

Back in 1949 the car's first owner, Mr John B. Hawley Jr., of Minneapolis, Minnesota, donated the car to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, where it stood on display as the ultimate example of American engineering and automotive style until 2008.

Having been deaccessioned by the Museum, the Cadillac was then acquired by only its second private owner, who conducted a sympathetic concours-quality full restoration.

With just 17,000 miles on the clock, the car remains in wonderfully original condition, and is regarded as one of the finest examples in existence.

It will now head to the auction block for the very first time, and is expected to sell for $700,000 - $850,000.

"The significance of this V-16 among its brethren cannot be overstated," said the auction house. "One imagines that wherever it goes from here, it should, if only occasionally, go back to Chicago . . . just so three or four generations can once remember a part of America’s past that once touched their own."

1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria

1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria

The sale will also present three of the hobby's finest-known examples of the Packard Twelve.

They include a 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, one of only four surviving Tenth Series examples, estimated at $475,000 - $600,000; a 1935 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton with a known history from new, estimated at $475,000 - $575,000; and a 1934 Packard Twelve 2/4-Passenger Coupe, one of only eight known examples, estimated at $325,000 - $375,000.

1932 Ford

1932 Ford 'Pete Henderson' Roadster

And for enthusiasts seeking something a little more unique, the Hershey sale includes six cars from the collection of the late Ralph Whitworth, the country’s foremost collector of hot rods and customs.

Leading the charge is the 1932 Ford 'Pete Henderson' Roadster, which as legend has it beat a quarter horse during a famous race in San Fernando in 1944.

Described as "one of the most significant ’32 Fords of all time", the hot rod is comes with an estimate of $160,000 - $180,000.

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