Duesenberg Model J Roadster Leads Diverse Roster of Classics Across The Block at RM Sotheby’s 15th Annual Hershey Sale



  • RM Sotheby’s announces early highlights to 15th annual Hershey sale
  • The official auction of the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet
  • Sale to be led by stunning 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster  ”Green Hornet”
  • Diverse selection of automobiles from historic brass era through to American classics
  • A total of 186 lots of automobiles and nostalgia will be on offer, with 123 lots offered without reserve
  • Complete list of entries available at rmsothebys.com

BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, CANADA – September 16, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to return to Hershey for its 15th annual Hershey sale, held on Thursday, 7 October and Friday, 8 October during the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale is notable for its early American brass era and stunning pre-war cars while still offering a wide selection of post-war classics.

Three outstanding American classics, offered from a single-owner collection, are set to cross the block, all offered without reserve. Longer than any Packard and lower than any Duesenberg, this 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster known as the“Green Hornet” sits among the most remarkable examples available on the market, wearing unique and rakish Packard Roadster bodywork fitted by Duesenberg in 1931. This important and bespoke Duesenberg claimed an award at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Estimate: $1,400,000 – $1,800,000). It would be an outstanding addition to any world-class collection. Accompanying the Duesenberg is a 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, one of the most instantly recognizable and striking of all the iconic pre-war American sports cars. A model much in demand with collectors, this stunning example on offer in Hershey was a best-in-class winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and will undoubtedly attract significant interest (Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000). Rounding out the third American classic offered from this collection is a1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron. Exhibited at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this car is one of just a handful of authentic examples believed to still be in existence (Estimate: $350,000 – $450,000).

1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster ”Green Hornet” (Alex Stewart ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster ”Green Hornet”

1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster (Alex Stewart ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

Among the American classics crossing the block in Hershey is one of the most collectible, rare, and highly desired Packard models, notable for its striking coachwork, this 1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin is one of just four examples believed to have been produced. This Super Eight has been awarded first place at the Packard Automobile Classics National and was a first prize winner at a CCCA National Senior event. Offered from one of the world’s preeminent Packard collections, this example has a pre-sale estimate of $325,000 – $375,000.

1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron (Alex Stewart ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron

1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin (Drew Shipley ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin

No Hershey sale is complete without a selection of fine brass era cars. This year is no exception with a stand-out lot being the1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute, a fascinating tribute to Chassis 6700; the bespoke Roadster commissioned by company heir Raymond Stanley. This example was constructed using the chassis, running gear, steam engine, and underpinnings of the 1912 Stanley which was driven by Jay Leno in 2017 to the summit of Mount Washington, recreating the famous 1899 summitting by company founder Freelan Oscar Stanley (Estimate: $150,000 – $200,000).

1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute (Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute

1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring (Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring

Other notable entries set to cross the block in Hershey include a supremely rare and impeccably presented 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring. With correct and desirable fittings throughout, this Peerless is one of just two examples believed to be produced by the Peerless Motor Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio. This example was awarded the “Early Pioneer” Award during the 2015 Elegance at the Hershey Concours d’Elegance and will cross the block as an AACA National First Prize Winner (Estimate: $100,000 – $150,000).

This year’s Hershey sale is also notable for an excellent selection of classic American ‘Woodies’. The high-quality selection of Woodies is led by a beautiful 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible. This Certified Milestone Car is among the rarest and most reliable of all Ford ‘Woodies’ (Estimate: $100,000 – $125,000).

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s said: “Hershey has always been one of our favorite events, and we are thrilled to be back again with the AACA and fellow collectors after last year’s break. This year’s lineup covers more than 80 years of automotive history, and a significant number of lots are offered without reserve.”

The RM Sotheby’s Group continues its 2021 auction calendar this month with its first-ever sale in Switzerland. The St. Moritz auction, in association with the Bernina Gran Turismo event, will take place on 17 September. This exclusive boutique sale will feature 24 high-quality automobiles. As the title partner for the next decade to the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, RM Sotheby’s returns to London for our 15th annual auction on 6 November.

For more information on RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction and to view an updated list of entries, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested bidders are invited to call RM Sotheby’s Headquarters at +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a Car Specialist.


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