RM Sotheby’s Announces Online Only: Open Roads, North America

200701 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (Credit – © 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's) (678)

OPEN FOR BIDDING 23-30 JULY

AUCTION HOUSE SEES STRONG RESULTS
WITH A LIFETIME OF PORSCHE MEMORABILIA, PART I AT $161,994

OFFERING OF PORSCHE COLLECTIBLES CONTINUES WITH PART II
OPEN FOR BIDDING 21-29 JULY

  • RM Sotheby’s announces latest addition to its Online Only summer auction calendar—Open Roads, North America
  • Open for bidding 23-30 July, the online auction will offer approximately 80 collector cars and run as a pre-cursor to Online Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY
  • Online Only: A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part I sees strong results, with $161,994 in total sales, led by a Porsche 356 Pre-A Banjo Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1948-55 at $4,320
  • Offered entirely without reserve, A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part II opens for bidding on 21 July and closes across two days beginning at 10:00 am EDT on 28-29 July
  • Complete auction results for A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, as well as additional information on upcoming auctions available at rmsothebys.com

BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, CANADA – July 1, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the addition of the Online Only: Open Roads, North America sale to its summer auction schedule. Open for bidding at 1:00 pm EDT on 23 July, with lots closing in a staggered format beginning at 11:00 am EDT on 30 July, the sale will feature approximately 80 collector cars curated by RM Sotheby’s specialists specifically for the online auction platform. The North American-based auction will run as a pre-cursor to RM Sotheby’s Online Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY sale, the largest online of its kind, supplanting the auction house’s record-breaking, flagship Monterey auction.

200701-1940-Buick-Super-Estate-Wagon-(Credit-–-Greg-Keysar-©2020-Courtesy-of-RM-Sotheby's)-(2)
1940 Buick Super Estate Wagon

200701-1937-Packard-Six-Station-Wagon-by-Baker-Raulang-(Credit-–-Greg-Keysar-©2020-Courtesy-of-RM-Sotheby's)-(3)
1937 Packard Six Station Wagon by Baker-Raulang

The Open Roads, North America auction lineup spans the collector car market, ranging from American Classics to modern sports and supercars, with early highlights led by a nicely optioned 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Offering the ideal nexus of inspired design and breathtaking performance, the SLS AMG comes equipped with a hand-assembled 563-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, billed as the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world when it debuted and able to make a sprint of 0-60 in a mere 3.5 seconds. Boasting the desirable Carbon Ceramic brake package, the SLS AMG comes clad in exclusive AMG Alubeam paintwork over Brown leather interior and reads just under 46,300 miles on the odometer (Est. $140,000 – $160,000). Additional highlights include a pair of American woodies—a beautifully restored 1937 Packard Six Station Wagon by Baker-Raulang, one of the earliest surviving Packard Station Wagons (Est. $90,000 – $110,000); and a multi-award winning 1940 Buick Super Estate Wagon, one of 495 U.S. models built in 1940 (Est. $90,000 – $110,000).

The addition of Open Roads, North America follows the successful results of the auction house’s Online Only: A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part I auction, 22-30 June, which generated $161,994 in total sales today, with bidders participating from no less than 22 countries, of which 42 percent represented first-time RM Sotheby’s clientele. Offered entirely without reserve, the online auction featured 227 rare and desirable Porsche collectibles, including early factory gifts and promotional items; factory-printed materials; toys and model cars; and motor car parts and accessories.

200701 Porsche 356 Pre-A Banjo Steering Wheel and Distler Electro-Matic 7500 with Porsche License Plate (4) copy

Taking the top sale slot was a fully restored Porsche 356 Pre-A Banjo Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1948-55, which received a total of 40 bids before selling for a final $4,320, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $1,750-$2,500. A second steering wheel, the Porsche 356 A Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1956-59, also smashed its pre-sale estimate and brought in $3,120 following a flurry of bids (est. $1/1.5k). Additional standout highlights within the collection include a Distler Electro-Matic 7500 toy with the very rare “PORSCHE” license plate that was only included on the first run of toys produced for the Porsche Factory gift shop, which sold for $3,600; a copy of the rare Christophorus German Edition magazine, issue No. 2, published in 1952, which achieved $3,360; and a very rare, early set of Porsche 901 and 911 Brochures from 1964-65, which generated nearly three times its high pre-sale estimate at $2,160 (est. $6/800).

Online Only: A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part I Top Ten Sales

1. Lot 1033 Porsche 356 Pre-A Banjo Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1948-55 $4,320.00
2. Lot 2025 Distler Electro-Matic 7500 with Porsche License Plate $3,600.00
3. Lot 2056 Christophorus, No. 2 , 1952 $3,360.00
4. Lot 1032 Porsche 356 A Steering Wheel with Original Bakelite-Backed Horn Button, 1956-59 $3,120.00
5. Lot 1057 Porsche Type 597 Jagdwagen Portfolio, Owner’s Manual, Blueprints and Press Photographs, 1955-58 $3,120.00
6. Lot 2076 Caracas Gran Premio International de Venezuela, 1955 $2,880.00
7. Lot 1078 Porsche Crest Dealership Banner with Hoffman-Porsche Letter, 1958 $2,820.00
8. Lot 1102 Porsche-Diesel Junior Double-Sided Painted Metal Sign, ca 1958 $2,640.00
9. Lot 2057 Christophorus, No. 1, 1952 $2,640.00
10. Lot 1022 Porsche Ceramic Plates, Factory Gifts by Ulmer Keramik, ca early-1960’s $2,400.00

200701 Highlights within the Online Only- A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part II Auction (Credit – © 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's) (5)

RM Sotheby’s will present the second offering of rare Porsche collectibles in its A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part II auction. Open for bidding at 1:00 pm EDT on 21 July and closing across two days beginning at 10:00 am EDT on 28-29 July, the Online Only auction will comprise an additional 225 lots offered without reserve from the highly regarded collection.

Highlights from within the second group of memorabilia run the gamut, with standout lots including a vintage, padded Porsche Factory Crew Jacket with Credential Holder from the 1960s, a McQueen Drives Porsche poster from 1970, as well as various other promotional and racing posters, a Janis Joplin 356 Ceramic Music Box with a removable convertible top, a copy of the limited-edition Carrera RS: Rennsport Reunion VI Edition, 2018 book by Konradsheim and Gruber, signed by the authors and one of a mere 210 copies printed, and a 2004 Carrera GT Owner’s Gift Set with an Engine Model.

Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Online Only: A Lifetime of Porsche Memorabilia, Part I auction, as well as additional information on upcoming auctions are available at rmsothebys.com. RM Sotheby’s Online Only Summer 2020 Calendar is also available via the Media Center.

Results are listed in USD and include a buyer’s premium of 20 percent.

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