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1935 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ CONVERTIBLE COUPE SELLS FOR INCREDIBLE $4.51 MILLION

Amelia Island

  • RM Auctions continues strong track record at Amelia Island, Florida posting more than $26.8 million in sales with 92 percent of all lots sold
  • Top seller: stunning 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe realizes a spectacular $4,510,000 to claim the title as the most valuable automobile sold during this year’s Amelia Island weekend
  • Five lots achieve individual million-dollar-plus results
  • Packed auction room sees bidders hail from 14 countries around the world

 

AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (11 March, 2013) – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, continued its run of fantastic 2013 results this past weekend with a highly successful Amelia Island, Florida sale which saw records tumble and more than $26.8 million* grossed with over 92 percent of all lots sold.

 

Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, the well-established auction saw an incredible roster of more than 85 blue-chip automobiles presented before a truly international audience of bidders. The sale’s ‘star car’, the beautiful 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe, one of only three produced and the only supercharged example, attracted immense interest, selling for an outstanding $4,510,000 to firmly establish itself as the top seller of the day and this year’s Amelia Island weekend.

 

The second highest performer was the simply lovely 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, the recipient of a spectacular, class-winning restoration, which attracted spirited bidding in the room and on the phones, eventually selling for $1,512,500. The final sales price represented double the car’s pre-sale estimate and a new marque record for a Stutz sold at auction.

 

Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions said: “Our Amelia Island auction is always a highlight of our global calendar, and this year’s sale was another incredible success for RM. The results achieved for the Duesenberg and the Stutz in particular illustrate that great cars are continuing to attract great prices at auction. We look forward to continuing the momentum at our upcoming Don Davis and Lake Como sales.”

 

Results from RM’s Amelia Island sale also highlight the sustained strong performance of Ferrari’s in the market, with V-12 powered, front-engined cars of the 1960s continuing to be in huge demand. The matching numbers 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 07751, stunning in classic Ferrari red and having been in single ownership for 37 years, was the third highest selling lot of the auction, realizing a strong $1,375,000. Further reinforcing the demand for the finest examples from Italy’s most iconic sports car maker was the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta ‘Tuboscocca’, chassis 0168ED, a terrific example of one of Ferrari’s early race cars and one of only six made in period. The recipient of a fresh mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment and boasting a well-documented history, it found a new home for $1,237,500. 

 

Wrapping up the list of cars achieving million-dollar-plus results at the March 9 sale was the imposing and very rare 1911 Lozier Model 51 Seven-Passenger Touring. One of the mightiest Brass Era touring cars, the Lozier attracted enormous interest, eventually selling for a remarkable $1,100,000 to become another lot to sell for more than twice its pre-sale estimate.

 

Two additional lots worthy of special mention were a rare early production 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster, a car restored to the highest standards and boasting a double set of fitted luggage, which garnered a final sales price of $220,000, establishing a new world auction record in the process. The other record-breaking lot was the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, also a recipient of a world-class restoration and particularly spectacular in its ‘Black Pearl’ paintwork and caramel tan interior, which achieved $489,500, to equal the highest sum ever paid for a DB6 Vantage at auction. 

 

RM Amelia Island Top 10 Sales:

 1. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe                    $4,510,000

2. 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria                                     $1,512,500

3. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB                                                             $1,375,000

4. 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta ‘Tuboscocca’                      $1,237,500

5. 1911 Lozier Model 51 Seven-Passenger Touring                   $1,100,000

6. 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet                                              $990,000

7. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra                                                          $836,000

8. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourer                                          $825,000

9. 1958 Merceds-Benz 300SL Roadster                                     $792,000

10.1930 Stutz SV16 Monte Carlo                                                $550,000

 

RM continues its 2013 auction season with the presentation of the Don Davis Collection, April 27 in Fort Worth, Texas, closely followed by a triumphant return to Lake Como, Italy, May 25 for its biennial sale held during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

 

For further information on upcoming events, or to view full results from RM’s Amelia Island sale, visit rmauctions.com.

 

*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for vehicles and 15 percent for memorabilia.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Jonathan Sierakowski

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Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Sierakowski developed a passion for classic cars while working at a Connecticut restoration shop as a teenager. He graduated with a... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more