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RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the largest auction house in the world specialising in collector cars. As market leaders, since their foundation in 1976 they have transformed the global market for automobile auctions, raising their status to premium events to compare with auctions of fine art. In February 2015, RM Auctions formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s to become RM Sotheby’s.

They host auctions across North America and Europe, attracting buyers and sellers from around the world, representing over 60 countries. The locations of their American auctions span the United States and include Monterey, California; Hershey, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; and Amelia Island, Florida. Since 2007, RM Sotheby’s has held sales in Europe, in locations ranging from London to Maranello. Their European calendar now includes auctions in Monaco during the weekend of the Grand Prix de Monaco, and at Retromobile week, Paris.

RM Sotheby’s employs the world’s largest team of dedicated car specialists, who combine over 530 years of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring prestige automobiles. RM holds four of the top ten all-time records for the most valuable motor cars to be sold at auction.

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Record-breaking sales for Porsche at RM Sotheby's
RM Sotheby's sale on 7th September, featured a record-setting single-owner Porsche collection along side their stellar lot of the sale, an Aston Martin DB4GT.
Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type most expensive British automobile ever be sold at auction
A Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type became the most expensive British automobile to ever be sold at auction, as the model reached a staggering £16.63 million ($21.78 million) at RM Sotheby's on 19th August, 2016.
Over 90 collectable cars at RM Sotheby's 18th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance sale
RM Sotheby's, the largest collector car auction house, will be celebrating their 18th annual sale at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on 12th with a catalogue of over 90 blue-chip collector cars.
Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster set to sell for $10 million at RM Sotheby's Arizona Biltmore auction
RM Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles is set to lift the gavel on some 149 hand-selected motor cars from some of the world's most iconic automotive marques when its 17th annual Arizona sale returns to Phoenix, January 28-29.
2015: A golden year for auction records
Now is the time to close the auction season for 2015, and look back on a year of incredible new records.

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1948 Packard Eight Station Sedan
130 bhp, 288 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120 in.\n\nOne of the rarest post-war Packards\nElegant wood-bodied Station Sedan\nEquipped with many factory options\n\nPrior to World War II, Packard built wood-bodied station wagons in both the six-cylinder 115 and eight-cylinder One-Twenty variants. However, the new Clipper styling in 1941 was not compatible with timber construction. After the war, production of the Clipper resumed, and wagons were no longer constructed. By 1948, Packard introduced its all new 22nd series, which was a wider and lower adaptation of the sleek Clipper lines. This did not allow for the use of the perpendicular-style wagons still being produced by the Big Three. Packard pointed the way to the hybrid wagon, which was a design that consisted of a steel substructure augmented by wood frames and panels on the doors and upper body, and one that would eventually be embraced by Ford.\n\nTo manufacture their new car, Packard took four-door, six-passenger sedans off the production line, and the body supplier, Briggs Manufacturing Company, changed the roofline to incorporate a liftgate and tailgate. Using ash and maple, Briggs converted the sedan into a full station wagon, with steel supports at the B-posts and D-posts. This model was the most expensive of the short-wheelbase Packards, selling for $3,424. For many buyers, the price was well worth it, as the station sedan combined both practicality and a fantastic sense of style.\n\nRetaining its original color of Cavalier Maroon over a tan interior, this 1948 Eight Station Sedan is a fantastic example of a post-war Packard. The car was last restored in the mid-1990s while part of a large collection of classic cars. It was purchased by its current owner shortly thereafter, and it has been lovingly cared for and enjoyed ever since. The interior of the car shows very few signs of wear, and the wood paneling in the trunk is just as nice as the wood on the exterior of the car, which fantastically complements the maroon paint. Folding the rear seats down gives a spectacular view of the wood trim throughout the car, and the high quality woodwork would certainly appeal to someone who lusts after wooden boats of the same era. Highly optioned from the factory, this Station Sedan includes driver’s side and passenger’s side spotlights, fog lights, an AM radio, and a heater with flow-through ventilation. Service receipts from the restoration and current ownership, along with a spare tire, jack, and a reproduction of the owner’s manual, are included with the vehicle.\n\nThe car is very comfortable cruising at motorway speeds, and it is a wonderful driver that will surely garner lots of attention at local car shows. It will surely be enjoyed by its next owner for its versatility and appeal, which combines both fun and practicality for a family looking to enjoy a classic car together. Rare and beautiful, it is the ideal car to round out a collection of original Packards.\n\nChassis no. 22934127 RM Sotheby's
1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout
7 hp, 95.4 cu. in. horizontal single-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with single chain drive, longitudinal leaf spring suspension on each side, and mechanical brakes on differential and transmission. Wheelbase: 66 in.\n\nEnduringly popular Curved Dash Olds runabout\nOlder, recently refreshed restoration\nLondon-to-Brighton eligible\n\nAfter experimenting with steam and electric propulsion, Ransom Eli Olds switched to internal combustion. His light runabout, the famed curved-dash model, was completed in 1900 and ready for the market early in 1901. A fire in the factory delayed the start of production, so cars did not reach the public until late summer. The 650-pound vehicle sold for $650.\n\nPropelled by a horizontal single-cylinder engine under the seat, it had a two-speed planetary transmission and driver controls on the right, with steering by center tiller. The chassis design was elegant with a long leaf spring on each side connecting the front and rear axles. The wood body attached to the top of the springs, and a small transverse fully elliptical spring in front damped out any fore-aft rocking motion. Truss rods were added to the axles in 1902. The car’s popularity grew and grew, surpassing the steam Locomobile as America’s best-selling car in 1903. There were successive improvements, and curved-dash models remained in production through 1907, by which time they had been joined by a straight-dash model and cars as large as a 106-inch wheelbase four.\n\nThis Curved Dash Oldsmobile (CDO) was discovered by collector Oscar Simrose in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada, in the 1960s. He restored it, and it was one of the last projects he undertook. It was sold after his passing in 2001 and has resided with an Alberta-based collection until recently. The current owner acquired it and undertook some cosmetic refreshment, including correct gold pinstriping and installation of the correct horn. The finish is exceptional for an older restoration, exhibiting looking-glass qualities, and is nicely set off by correct maroon moldings. The seat bench and back are finished in black with the correct diamond tufted pattern and remain in excellent condition.\n\nThe mechanical systems have been sorted, so it runs and drives well. This effort included sourcing and installing a period-correct carburetor. It also has the seldom-seen wire wheels, which enhance its jauntiness.\n\nCDOs have their own unique feel, having fairly tall gearing for their era. This was best described by the late historian Beverly Rae Kimes as “one chug per telegraph pole.” As a pre-1905 car, it is of course eligible for the prestigious London-to-Brighton run in England, and to add to its accolades, the coveted medal “for punctual arrival at Brighton.”\n\nChassis no. 19240 RM Sotheby's
1977 Maserati Merak SS
Specifications: 190hp, 2965cc dual overhead camshaft 90-degree V6 with Weber 42DCNF carburetors, five-speed synchronized gearbox, suspension by independent coil springs, stabilizing torsion bar and telescopic dampers, ventilating disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"\n\nIn the world of automobiles, there is no telling what might happen at any turn in the road. For those who have followed the life and cars wearing the Maserati badge, there are few surprises that haven’t hit the company represented by Neptune’s trident.\n\nAfter World War II, the marque had a record in motorsports that was the envy of the world, including another Italian carmaker over in Modena. Through a series of business transactions, it seems that the passion for winning at such venues as Le Mans, Monaco, and even Indianapolis took a back seat to becoming a financially viable concern. By the early 1970s, while many car companies around the world were setting out to worry how many miles to the gallon they could get, Maserati was looking to attract customers with new sleek designs. As a marketing move, starting in the late 1960s, exotic winds from far-off lands began to lend their names to new models from this revered company, Mistral, Ghibli, and in 1972, the Merak.\n\nDesigned by Italdesign’s founder Giugiardo, these cars were as sleek and slippery as the name they inspired. In base form, they were quick and somewhat affordable when compared to competitive Italian sports coupes. Then in 1976, shortly after the arrival of new management in the form of Alejandro DeTomaso, the Merak SS was born. With a bigger V6 engine rated at 190 horsepower and an "advertised" top speed of 153mph, it was a force to be reckoned with.\n\nAwaiting its next owner, offered here is a premier example of this exciting model, finished in Fly Yellow with its original black leather interior. Just under 31,000 miles from new have been clocked on this beauty. Originally from California, its succession of owners has each taken very seriously the honor of being in charge of this vehicle’s well-being, with regular maintenance and care taken to ensure no abusive practices were endured by this powerful machine. Recently, more than $22,000 has been invested in upgrades to the Maserati, including updating the air-conditioning system to the new eco-friendly R-134 refrigerant, plus a fresh set of tires mounted on the original alloy wheels, new motor mounts, and even a new state-of-the-art stereo sound system.\n\nConsidered one of the most affordable of all Italian supercars of the 1970s, the new owner of this Merak SS is sure to be smiling when he takes to the road, looking cool and driving cool, with those around just as envious as drivers were when names like Fangio and Moss were driving Maserati race cars to victory on a weekly basis.\n\nChassis no. AM122AUS2266 RM Sotheby's
1955 Kapi Jip
A miniature Spanish “Jeep”.\n\nSPECIFICATIONS\nManufacturer: Automoviles y Autoscooter Kapi\nOrigin: Barcelona, Spain\nProduction: N/A\nMotor: Iresa 1-cyl, 2-stroke\nDisplacement: 197 cc\nPower: 8.5 hp\nLength: 8 ft. 3 in.\nIdentification No. B9291E\n\nThis marque has been said to be the quintessential artisan-built Spanish microcar. Following his military career in World War II, Infantry Captain Frederico Saldana began working on a series of small vehicles intended for the re-motorization of his country after the devastation of a civil war, drawings of which he published in trade journals.\n\nHis prototype Super 125 was shown to the public in 1950, along with plans for a 250, both using Montesa motors. The high cost of production, however, caused him to also begin production of an easier to fabricate tricycle with a Hispano Villiers 122-cubic centimeter motor. This became Saldana’s well-known range of Kapiscooter tricycles that were produced from 1951 to 1955 in several body styles and several motor sizes. Likewise, his parallel range of “Super” models numbered eight body styles with six motors.\n\nHis Kapi Jip was a copy of the iconic American Jeep, but it was built to a reduced scale and was powered by either an AMC-Fita 17o-cubic centimeter motor or an Iresa 197-cubic centimeter motor. It even sold in sufficient numbers to be also offered with an optional, reverse soft top, doors, and a spare wheel. Notably, this is the oldest and one of the rarest Spanish cars in the museum. It looks almost like a miniature Willys Jeep, and it is finished in a desert-like two-tone scheme of Caramel and Sand Beige with black upholstery.\n\nID No. B9291E RM Sotheby's
1932 Mercedes-Benz 8/38 HP Stuttgart 200 Cabriolet
38 bhp, 1988 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,820 mm\n\nPrior to 1929, the mid-sized Mannheim was known as the Mercedes-Benz 8/38, which represented the tax horsepower, 8, and the manufacturers claimed horsepower, 38. For 1929, the model was re-launched under the Mercedes-Benz Type Stuttgart 200 title. This example is fitted with a lovely two-door cabriolet body, and it was delivered new via the Daimler-Benz branch in Chemnitz in February 1932. The body is finished in a lovely two-tone blue and Ivory. It was the recipient of an older restoration, as there are buffing marks and a few chips to be found on the panel edges, the tastefully simplistic brightwork has been re-plated, and the nicely polished aluminium trim displays a nice patina. A corresponding dark blue cloth top adorns this Cabriolet and presents no obvious flaws. This Cabriolet is fitted with several attractive accoutrements as well, including cowl-mounted trafficators, a driver’s side spotlight with mirror, and a rear-mounted boot. The steel artillery wheels are Ivory and shod with B.F. Goodrich Silvertown blackwall tyres.\n\nThe 38-brake horsepower inline six-cylinder engine that is residing under the hood is finished in grey, and some of the ancillary components have obviously been paint-detailed. Whilst the fitment of the louvered dust shields is a practical and attractive addition. The chassis has been refinished in flat black for a tidy appearance. The dark blue seats and complementary blue carpeting both show no apparent wear or soiling. The headliner, made of tan cloth, shows only light soiling. A tasteful weave of dark and light wood trim, which has been refinished and displays quite well, balances the lightly worn chrome switchgear adorning the dashboard and door panels. The elegant wooden steering wheel exhibits inviting patina, which adds to the overall character of this lovely Cabriolet. With a light detailing and servicing, this Cabriolet could make a fine tourer that would be welcome at many Mercedes-Benz club rallies, amongst other historic motoring tours.\n\nChassis no. 84557\nEngine no. 80680 RM Sotheby's
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