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Movie cars top the bill at RM's 450-car bonanza

Following hard on the heels of its January sale, RM Auctions will be offering 450 cars car sale at its Fort Lauderdale auction. A continuing theme for this sale, is Hollywood, as a number of celebrity cars will go under the hammer at its Collector Cars auction event. The annual three-day sale, held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Centre, has a history of offering celebrity cars over the years, from the Batmobile to the 'General Lee Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard. Adding to that role call is a matching pair of ‘his 'n' hers’ 1966 Ford Mustang Convertibles built especially for Sonny and Cher by George Barris. 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 returned 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 pre-eminent 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.'

[Link: www.rmauctions.com]

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