RM Auctions will add a touch of Hollywood to Fort Lauderdale, sale on February 6-8, 2009, when celebrity cars go under the hammer at its Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction event.
The annual three-day sale, held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, has a history of offering celebrity cars over the years, from the Batmobile to the ‘General Lee’ Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard.
Heading the list at the next sale is a matching pair of ‘his and hers’ 1966 Ford Mustang Convertibles. Plucked from the San Jose assembly line, the Ford Motor Company commissioned George Barris to personalize these cars for Sonny and Cher.
Sonny’s car was finished in Murano Gold Pearl, adorned by dark brown side panel and with an orange and gold fade-away treatment over the wheel wells and grille openings. In contrast, Cher’s Mustang featured a hot pink pearl finish, blended with candy red, deep red side panels and a matching fade-away treatment.
The cars were used for publicity purposes before going on to appear in Sonny and Cher’s only film, Good Times. Following the movie’s wrap, they toured the car show circuit before they were returned for the use of Sonny and Cher and later reverted to George Barris.
They have undergone a recent cosmetic restoration to return to their original 1966 condition. Their offering at the Fort Lauderdale event marks the first time they have come to market in 25 years.
The 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP400S “Cannonball Run” Countach is also up for sale. Directed by veteran Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham and written by legendary automotive journalist Brock Yates, the film starred Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Roger Moore, Peter Fonda and the vivacious Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman as the Lamborghini team.
'Over the years our Fort Lauderdale event has carved a reputation as South Florida’s preeminent classic car event thanks to its ability to draw a wide range of motor cars and collectors from across the continent,' said RM’s Donnie Gould. He added, 'With over 450 cars set to cross the block, our 2009 event is set to be another exciting motoring weekend and cater to every automotive taste.'
For further information, please visit www.rmauctions.com, or call +1 800 980 7635 or +1 954 566 2209.