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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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1953 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia

Best of Show Nominee at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceThe 1953 Turin Salon and 1954 New York Auto Show carBespoke, highly influential Ghia coachwork on a unique Abarth 205 unibody chassisFascinating history file, including period photographyBeautifully and correctly restored, and ready for future concours prizes The last of four Abarth 205 competition chassis to be constructed, the car offered here is the only example to use an engine and transmission developed from the new Fiat 1100-103, as well as the only example bodied by Ghia. Believed to have been designed by Giovanni Michelotti, it was constructed concurrently with the Ghia-bodied Chryslers of the same period. The Abarth echoed the Chryslers’ broad oval grille opening, wide low stance, and canopy-like roof element, but with a delightful smaller scale. Ghia exhibited the car on its stand at the 1953 Turin Salon, the same show at which the 1100-103 made its debut, thus emphasizing the abilities of Abarth and Ghia to maximize the performance and style of the new model. Aldo Farinelli, in his report for the Italian magazine Motor Italia, described the car as “A Masterpiece of Design.” Abarth sold the car to American Bill Vaughn, who exhibited it at the 1954 New York Auto Show as the Vaughn SS Wildcat, with “the first overhead camshaft V-8 in the USA.” If Vaughn did indeed re-power the car with a V-8, no photos of the installation survive, and the car never saw the limited production run that he envisioned. It afterward was lost in time until 1982, when it was discovered by Russ Baer in a barn in Ashton, Maryland, and ultimately saved by longtime, beloved enthusiast, Pat Braden, both of whom helped to preserve the car and contributed to its history. An interesting clue to its earlier history is a parking sticker in the rear window, reading “Litton Industries Maryland Division 1958.” The rare Abarth passed through the hands of two additional collectors before being purchased by the consignor in 2010. The consignor spent the next five years on a thorough and correct restoration. As a dedicated enthusiast working for the love of the car, he painstakingly researched the authenticity and accuracy of every component. Included in the car’s history file are high-resolution color photographs taken at Turin, as well as other period articles and documentation from throughout the Abarth’s fascinating past. After completion of the restoration, the Abarth was exhibited at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it won its class and was nominated for Best of Show, a remarkable achievement for a post-war automobile. Not shown, photographed, or published since being shown at Pebble Beach, it remains a remarkable performance masterpiece in the Italian style, ready for further concours successes or driving events.Read more

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1964 Messerschmitt KR 200 Roadster
The second to last Messerschmitt ever produced.\n\nSPECIFICATIONS\nManufacturer: Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau Regensburg\nOrigin: Regensburg, Germany\nProduction: limited\nMotor: Fichtel & Sachs 1-cyl, 2-stroke\nDisplacement: 191 cc\nPower: 9.5 hp\nLength: 9 ft. 3 in.\nIdentification No. 80286\n\nWith the formation of their new company, F.M.R., in January 1957, Fend and Knott were free to work on new projects that had been cooking on the back burner for some time. The concept of a fresh-air, wind-in-the-face model to supplement the Plexiglas dome had been addressed right from the start of KR 200 production, with a roll-up, stowaway, soft, plastic, clear dome, which never materialized in prototype form.\n\nA full-convertible with folding scissor top bows seemed to have been the perfect answer. A free-standing windshield, full-length plastic armrests, soft vinyl side-curtains, and a top cover for the folded top completed the specification. The entire top bow mechanism, together with its roof fabric, was fitted into slots, making it completely removable in seconds. Introduced as a limited-run special model, the KR 201 Roadster included upgraded black and faux-snakeskin trim, portholes, fender lamps, slotted hubcaps, and white interior accents. The Messerschmitt was still more of a practical utility vehicle at the time, and the somewhat impractical roadster sold in only relatively few numbers.\n\nThe proper and very successful solution was, of course, the cabriolet, which used the existing top frame and replaced the dome with a cloth roof on removable bows. The weatherproof side-screens remained in place. The roadster body style, however, continued in production to the very end. While the KR 201 with its special trim was discontinued after a couple of years on the books, the small company was able to build to individual customers’ orders quite easily.\n\nThis car is very significant in that it is the second-to-last Messerschmitt ever produced, the last car being 80287, which came off the line in August of 1964. It is also significant in that it is a very original example of the roadster body style without the KR 201 special trim. Standard KR 200 trim is used throughout, without the snakeskin accents. The trim panels and seats are still original, except for the seat faces, which have been replaced with fabric. The rarely-seen soft vinyl sides-screens are still there, and the mirrors are the sought-after Kontakt type, fitted only to KR 201 Roadster and Tg 500 models. It was previously owned by well-known Messerschmitter Dr. Hans Dopjans. Factory original Messerschmitt Roadsters are among the most collectible of all microcars, and as the second-to-last car to be produced, it maintains special standing among all others.\n\nID No. 80286 RM Sotheby's
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Art Deco Desk
60x28.5x38 inches.\nA streamline design characterizes this classic executive desk, which remains in excellent condition. Original Art Deco drawer pulls complete the look. RM Sotheby's
1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible
315bhp, 430 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones, live rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131"\n\nThe 1958-1960 Lincolns were the largest American cars built following the Second World War. They were the first Lincolns to receive full unitary construction and to do so a new factory was built in Wixom, Michigan.\n\nThe release of these big cars coincided with a recession in the American economy and the first wave of conservatism in the American automotive market since the war. Before the crash Lincoln had achieved 56,323 sales in 1956 and by 1960 that number had dropped by more than half to only 20,683. Without a replacement model scheduled for release until 1961 there was not a whole lot Lincoln could do.\n\nIn 1960, the Mark V was treated to only minor cosmetic changes from the prior year. The front end was modified with the grille receiving a new insert and the massive front bumper guards were moved inboard of the canted headlamps. The profile of the car was altered when the roofline was changed to accommodate a new rear window and the rocket ship inspired rear end was simplified to create the most conservative design of the 1958-60 series.\n\nThe 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible coupe pictured here is one of 2,044 examples made in 1960 and one of less than 500 surviving examples today. Standard features on the Mark V included six-way power adjustable seats, tinted glass and power vent windows, in addition to the standard features, this car is fitted with the factory optional air conditioning and FM radio with dual antennas.\n\nThe Lincoln was treated to a major ground up restoration, the result of which was a show quality car of impeccable standards. The car competed at LCOC and AACA events at the national level, never achieving less than a first place finish. Since the restoration was completed the Mark V has only been driven four miles and is still in exceptional condition. The white paint is pristine, the black Haartz cloth top is immaculate and all the chrome and brightwork have been polished to a show quality shine. The interior is fitted with white and black leather upholstery that was professionally installed and looks factory new. The dash pad and instrumentation are dazzling, as is the trunk. Under the nearly ping pong table sized hood, the engine is fitted with all the correct hoses, clamps and fittings, in addition to being fully detailed. The underside of the car shows as well as any other part of the Mark V and will continue to impress judges should its next lucky owner maintain it in its current state.\n\nShow Results\n\n1st Place & Ford Motor Company Trophy\n(Best of Class)\n1993 LCOC Eastern National Meet\nWilliamsburg, VA\n\nChassis no. 0Y85H409243 RM Sotheby's
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