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Meadow Brook sale 
posts over $10m in total sales - Report: RM Auctions, Vintage Cars of Meadow Brook, USA

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1953 Chrysler 'Thomas Special' Coupe exceeds pre-sale 
estimate, selling for $858,000.

Wild weather across the 
Motor City failed to dampen the enthusiasm of car collectors at RM Auctions' 
Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event on 24 July, as spirited bidding in 
the room, on the phone and via the internet saw total sales climb over 
m for the 98-car offering, with a strong 85% sale rate.

Well-attended by motoring enthusiasts from across the continent, the 
single-day sale was highlighted by an abundance of American classics as it 
celebrated the Midwest's impact on the automobile. Once again, the auction 
launched the renowned Meadow Brook vintage car weekend, culminating with 
yesterday's Concours d'Elegance at Meadow Brook.

'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.' says Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM 

'The outstanding results, including a high sell-through rate, provides a 
positive forecast for our upcoming Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in 
August.' Kelleher adds.

Headlining the sale was a unique 1953 Chrysler 'Thomas Special' Coupe with 
coachwork by Ghia - a Virgil Exner design masterpiece - which sparked lively 
bidding to well-exceed its pre-sale estimate, selling for $ 858,000. A trio 
of vintage Duesenbergs also garnered significant attention from collectors, 
headlined by the majestic 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan with 
coachwork by Murphy, which sold for $ 825,000. The one-off 1932 Duesenberg 
Model J Torpedo bodied by Rollston also joined the top-seller's list, 
achieving $ 726,000, while the very rare 1929 Duesenberg Model A Speedster, 
the precursor to the Mighty Model J, brought $ 258,500.

Other notable highlights included: a handsome 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial 
Roadster Convertible, considered one of the best driving and finest open 
cars of the period, for $ 363,000; and a supercharged 1935 Auburn 851SC 
Boattail Speedster for $ 385,000. Illustrating continued interest in Brass 
Era cars, an early 1906 Cadillac Model K Light Runabout, almost doubled its 
pre-sale high estimate, achieving $ 110,000, while a highly original 1910 
Chalmers-Detroit Thirty Touring also exceeded its estimate, selling for 
$ 60,500.

RM also had a strong presence on the show field at yesterday's Concours 
d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook, with a number of winning entries 
having passed through the doors of RM's esteemed restoration division in 
recent years, including the 1938 Talbot Lago 150-C Teardrop Coupe, which 
claimed top honors and was judged 'Best of Show - European'; the 1933 
Duesenberg Beverly Sedan by Murphy, which was awarded 'Most Elegant Car 
Award'; and the 1930 Stutz SV-16 by Weyman, which received 'The Art that 
Moves Us' Award.

RM continues its busy summer auction calendar in Monterey next month 
with the return of its highly anticipated 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' 
event, August 12 - 14. This year's auction kicks off with a dedicated 
Ford-themed evening sale on Thursday, August 12, featuring 18 Ford Motor 
Company concept vehicles, which will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research 
Foundation and The Children's Center in Michigan. 

For more information on the Sports & Classics of Monterey sale or full auction results from the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook sale, visit:



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