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Preview: RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island

  • 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico (photo credit - (c) 2011 courtesy RM Auctions) - 0
  • 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria (photo credit - Darin Schnabel (c) 2011 courtesy RM Auctions) - 1
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RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, returns to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, March 12, for its annual Amelia Island sale.

Now in its 13th year, the well-established sale will build on the company’s strong track record in North-East Florida, presenting a hand-picked selection of 100 quality motor cars, along with a select range of vintage motorcycles. The offering spans over a century of automotive design from a wonderful series of early Brass Era cars to elegantly styled British and American road and racing cars and European sports cars.

Building on the company’s reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections, the March 12 sale will present the distinguished collection of Jack and Marilyn Tallman, as well as motor cars from the collections of renowned American automotive journalist, Brock Yates, and former GM designer and co-founder of the Ferrari Club of America, Larry Nicklin.

For those unable to attend the Amelia Island event in person, absentee, Internet, telephone, and iPhone bidding options are available, and all the auction action will stream live at, providing real time coverage of the event.


Auction highlights

Fabulous Ferraris

Building on RM’s reputation as the global leader in the presentation of important and historic Ferraris at auction, the Amelia Island sale will present no less than eight examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse. Highlights include:


Lot 153 - 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe, Coachwork by Vignale~ Chassis number 0224 AT

Estimate: $2,750,000 - $3,500,000

One of just three built, s/n 0224 AT is the most successful of the 1952 Panamericana Ferrari team cars; it was the only one of the three to finish, driven by racing great Luigi Chinetti and Jean Francis to an impressive third overall. Purchased by Ferrari enthusiast and FCA co-founder Larry Nicklin in 1979, s/b 0224 AT boasts a known history from new and comes to market following long-term display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. A Mille Miglia veteran, it is eligible for the world’s greatest events, including of course the Mille Miglia Retrospective.


Lot 154 - 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, Coachwork by Vignale~ Chassis number 0267 EU

Estimate: $375,000 - $550,000

A highly-original, matching-numbers example, this 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale, s/n 0267 EU was shown at the 35th Turin Motor Show in 1953 before being sold to its first owner, well-known French collector, Jean-Louis Lafourcade. It was imported to England in 1959 before being purchased by its current, long-term owner, Larry Nicklin. Since the mid-1980s, 0267 EU sat untouched in a private garage in America’s Mid-West, emerging for the first time in decades in January 2010.


Lot 172 - 1957 Ferrari 250 GT “Low Roof” Berlinetta, Coachwork by Boano~ Chassis number 0673 GT

Estimate: $550,000 - $650,000

The second-to-last Boano built, this Ferrari Classiche-certified 250 GT “Low Roof” Boano-bodied example, s/n 0673 GT, was exported to the USA in the 1960s and sold to John Calley, a Hollywood movie producer for Warner Brothers and later president of the studio; Calley was responsible for such films as Dirty Harry, The Exorcist, Superman, and Chariots of Fire


Lot 166 – 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta ~ Chassis number 10813

Estimate: $1,100,000 - $1,300,000

One of the most coveted Ferrari designs and performance icons, s/n 10813 was displayed on the Ferrari stand at the Brussels Motor Show in 1968. Formerly owned by famed Australian touring golf professional, Greg Norman, also known as ‘The Great White Shark’, it is presented in excellent condition, its sale is accompanied by a tool roll and owner’s books.


Additional notable entries


Lot 165 - 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider by Zagato ~ Chassis number 8513064

Estimate: $1,100, 000 - $1,500,000

Featuring rare Zagato bodywork, this beautiful supercharged DOHC “six” Alfa Romeo has completed three Mille Miglia Storicas and the Colorado Grand, in addition to being raced by the late Phil Hill at the 1985 Monterey Historic Races. Boasting a wonderful history since the late 1960s, it is ‘on the button’ and perfectly sorted, and has been extensively detailed in two books, including Cars I Could’ve, Should’ve Kept by Alfa Romeo enthusiast Jackson Brooks.


Lot 149 - 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria by Rollston ~ Engine number J384

Estimate: $800,000 - $1,100,000

Offered from the estate of renowned Texan collector, John O’Quinn, this outstanding Model J Duesenberg is a one-off Gordon Buehrig design, bodied by Rollston. With a continuous history from new, it is believed to have been formerly owned by Mr. Bill Boyd, known in the entertainment world as cowboy film and television star ‘Hopalong Cassidy’. Restored to the highest standards by RM Auto Restoration, it is presented in superb condition.


Lot 141 - 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car Prototype ~ Chassis number SO 2491

Estimate: $500,000 - $750,000

Debuted at the New York Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria, this unique concept car toured the 1956 Motorama circuit from New York to Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston before being displayed at the Paris Salon. At the end of the show season, like many GM concepts and prototypes, it was sent to the salvage yard. It luckily escaped destruction, rescued by noted Dream Car collector, Joe Bortz and later restored by RM Auto Restoration.


Lot 157 - 1908 Oldsmobile Limited Prototype ~ Chassis number 60014

Estimate: $600,000 - $900,000

Regarded as among the most important of the big, brass-era cars, initial experimentation on the Olds Limited began in 1908, with the finished car launched in 1910. Only a select number of Limiteds were produced in total – of which, only 13 examples are known to survive today, two 1910s, ten 1911s, one 1912 and the example on offer - the sole surviving prototype from 1908. Beautifully presented after a fresh, high-point restoration, it has had just a few owners from new, including the famed Barney Pollard.


Lot 136 - 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Légère "Special Sport" ~Chassis number 705516

Estimate: $350,000 - $500,000

With its aerodynamic styling, swooping lines and fully-skirted fenders, the 1938 Peugeot Darl’mat Leger “Special Sport” Roadster is considered one of the most desirable Peugeots produced. The result of a collaboration among three major personalities on the French automotive scene - Emilie Darl’mat, one of the world’s largest Peugeot dealers at the time, designer Georges Paulin and coachbuilder, Marcel Pourtout, it was one of only about 54 roadsters built, and one of the preferred 1938 cars built on the Legere chassis. This striking example on offer has been displayed at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it was featured as part of a class that was a tribute to Paulin and Pourtout.


Additional points of interest


The Jack and Marilyn Tallman Collection

RM is honored to present the distinguished collection of Jack and Marilyn Tallman at its Amelia Island sale on March 12, 2011. Respected enthusiasts who have been involved in the hobby for many decades, the Tallmans have assembled an outstanding collection of cars, many of which they’ve owned for over 40 years and have enjoyed and driven in countless events and tours, both at home and overseas. In total, 11 motor cars will be offered ‘without reserve’, spanning over 30 years of automotive design. Highlights include: a one-of-a-kind 1912 Packard Model 1-48 Custom Runabout, built for Packard Director, Frederick Alger (Est. $300,000 - $400,000); a well-maintained1903 Cadillac Model A Rear-Entrance Tonneau, which has completed the London-to-Brighton run on two separate occasions (Est. $75,000 - $100,000); and a handsome, multiple award-winning 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster, originally built as a show car (Est. $350,000 - $450,000).


Brock Yates Collection

In addition to the Tallman Collection, RM is proud to present three automobiles from the personal collection of renowned American automotive journalist, Brock Yates. Long-time editor of Car & Driver, TV journalist, author of a dozen books and creator of the Cannonball Run, Brock Yates is a true car guy. Lots of on offer include: a 1961 Elder-Crawford Indy Roadster, better known as the “Meguiar’s Mirror-Glaze Special,” which boasts genuine Indianapolis race history, complete provenance and a correct Offy motor; a 1954 Kurtis 500S Roadster, one of 24 built by Arlen Kurtis; and a 1981 Edmunds Midget “Casey Special,” never damaged and race-ready.


Overall facts:


Total lots: 98 motor cars and six vintage motorcycles

Over 103 years of automotive history on offer:

Oldest motor car: 1899 Locomobile Steam Runabout

Newest motor car: 2002 Cadillac Northstar Le Mans Prototype


Offering includes a diverse range of blue chip automotive marques, including:

8 Ferraris– Highlight: 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe (Est. $2,750,000 - $3,500,000)

7 Cadillacs– Highlight: 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car Prototype (Est. $500,000 - $700,000)

7 Packards– Highlight: 1912 Packard Model 1-48 Custom Runabout (Est. $300,000 - $400,000)

5 Rolls-Royces – Highlight: 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Open DriveLandaulette (Est. $350,000 - $500,000)

4 Duesenbergs – Highlight: 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria (Est. $800,000 - $1,100,000)

3 Mercedes-Benzs – Highlight: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe (Est. $575,000 - $675,000)


About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planningand financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds four of the top five all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction.RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning ‘Best of Show’ honors at the world’s topconcours events, including four ‘Best of Shows’ at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the past 10 years.


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