Blenheim, Ontario – A 1953 Chrysler “Thomas Special” coupe with body by Ghia brought a top bid of US$858,000 to become the highest-priced car at RM Auction’s Vintage Cars of Meadow Brook event on July 24 in Michigan. Despite poor weather, total sales climbed to over $10 million for the 98-car offering, with 85 per cent sold.
“The Meadow Brook weekend is always a favourite on the RM calendar and we were delighted to see such strong interest and enthusiasm from Midwest collectors,” said Ian Kelleher, president and COO of RM Auctions. “The outstanding results, including a high sell-through rate, provides a positive forecast for our upcoming Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in August.”
A trio of Duesenbergs also garnered significant interest from collectors, with a 1929 Model J Convertible Sedan bringing $825,000, a one-off 1929 Model J Torpedo bodied by Rollston reaching $726,000, and a 1929 Model A Speedster bringing $258,500.
Several cars almost doubled their presale high estimates, including a 1906 Cadillac Model K Light Runabout that brought $110,000, and a 1910 Chalmers-Detroit Thirty Touring that sold for $60.500.
On the show field the following day, RM also had a number of winning entries that had passed through its restoration division, including a 1938 Talbot Lago 150C Teardrop Coupe that was judged Best In Show – European, a 1933 Duesenberg Beverly Sedan that won the Most Elegant Car Awards, and a 1930 Stutz SV-16 by Weyman, which received the “Art That Moves Us” award.
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