Over 200 cars crossed the block at RM Auctions’ Hershey sale on 10-11 October, generating an auction total of $15.6 million and a 97% sell-through rate, with the ‘no-reserve’ Merrick Auto Museum Collection achieving $4 million. Top result went to a concours-winning 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton, previously owned by “Cadillac Jim” Pearson, hammered away for $1,221,000 (estimate $900,000 – 1,100,000).
Other big-ticket sales included a 1931 Marmon Sixteen Coupe by LeBaron at $550,000 (estimate $650,000 – 850,000); a 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat Model 28 Roadster – one of only three known to exist – blitzed its $350,000 – 450,000 estimate, making $495,000; and a 1929 Auburn 120 Eight Speedster which had remained in Jack Dunning’s collection since 1959 went for $341,000 (estimate $275,000 – 350,000).
A Fiat-Daniela 750 Testa d'Oro, in single-family ownership for the past six decades, went under the hammer at Bonhams’ annual Philadelphia sale on 7 October, fetching $106,400 – over double its upper estimate. The car was purchased by George Waltman in 1958 from Antonio Pompeo – Waltman going on to race it extensively throughout the US during the 1960s. Still bearing the scars of competition, it was offered with numerous parts and the 1958 Bill of Sale, although the original engine had been replaced at some point with a modified Fiat 1100 unit.
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