RM Sotheby’s Motor City, Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, Michigan, July 25, 2015
RM Sotheby’s auction at the Concours d’Elegance of America is an essential part of a delightful weekend of collector car events in the heartland of the automobile industry. The atmosphere this year was helped in no small part by the resurgence of the auto industry in America.
Record sales, record profits and less expensive gasoline and diesel fuel go a long way to improving the attitude of collectors, sponsors and vendors. It helps that the automobiles being designed and built these days are good vehicles: fast, comfortable, fuel efficient and attractive. Their quality highlights the vast collection on display both in Saturday’s RM Sotheby’s auction and on Sunday at the Concours.
The Motor City auction furthermore is a relaxed and lower key buildup to the upcoming marathon of car events, concours, shows, tours and overlapping auctions that follows only two weekends after in Monterey. It’s a chance to get social updates on the auction regulars, work the bugs out of photographing and observing skills that have been less vigorously exercised in June and July and generally tune up for the intense grind that Monterey has become.
RM Sotheby’s Motor City auction has vastly different cars from what is about to follow. They’re older, less flashy and not as select but, as RM Sotheby’s has proven again and again in docketing its auctions, well suited to the bidders and spectators. It is, after all, a commercial endeavor where matching sellers, inventory and buyers is the recipe for success.
This year’s Motor City auction was highlighted by the Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton (s/n 2952, J-562) with coachwork after LaGrande, selling for $852,500, one of seventeen lots selling on successful hammer bids of $100,000 or more.
It sets the stage for Monterey in just three weeks.
RM Sotheby’s Motor City 2015 – Auction Report