RM Auctions, The Inn at St. Johns, Plymouth, Michigan, July 28, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
RM Auctions returned to the Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan on July 28 for the second year at this successor to the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance.
The cars in the auction were by and large classics, antiques and pre-war (OK, maybe pre-Vietnam War). Only ten cars were built after 1960.
The sale featured fifteen cars from the collection of William Ruger, Jr. all without reserve. The Ruger cars contributed $1,835,900 of the auction’s $6,826,600 total (both totals include buyer’s commission). While his classics (and Ahrens-Fox fire apparatus) got the most attention the little Locomobile Model E Runabout embodied the early evolution of a sports car. The new owner has promised later this year to expose it to SCD’s readers in more depth, and in motion.
The auction offered 74 cars of which 61 were sold, an 82.4% sale rate, comfortably displayed outside (mostly protected from Friday’s torrential rain) and efficiently auctioned by RM’s Max Girardo who combined introductions with calling the sale. Top sale was Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victory s/n 2293 at $957,000. It then won first place in the Sunday Concours.
While sports cars were thin indeed in the auction (a Porsche 356C, three XKEs, an Alfa and a Ford GT pretty much exhausted the category at St. John’s) visitors to the Sunday Concours d’Elegance of America were greeted by two dented, used sports racers from the USRRC era that introduced a field of epic sports cars, Trans Am racers (including <2.5 liter cars with two GTAs and a GTV) and some of the most famous and successful racing Corvettes in history, fittingly for the northern suburbs of Detroit. (See 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America – Photo Gallery).
RM’s St. Johns auction and Mecum’s Des Moines auction the weekend before clear the field for what promises to be a mind-bending week in Monterey.