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Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction

Woodward Dream Cruise’s Best-of-Show Winner, Singer Bob Seger’s Chevy Corvette and Actor Tim Allen’s GMC Typhoon Join Other Custom and Classic Cruisers Up For Bids at the Michigan Fall Classic Car Show & Auction September 24-26, 2004 Novi, MI

YPSILANTI, Michigan (August 23, 2003) – RM Classic Cars, Inc. has amassed an amazing collection of hundreds of the country’s finest collector vehicles from ‘50s and ‘60s classics to sports cars, muscle cars and exotics for its 2004 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction inside the expansive Novi Expo Center in Novi, Michigan, northwest of Detroit. A huge array of the finest original, documented and impeccably restored cars will be offered, many without reserve, during the three-day weekend auction September 24-26, 2004. The toy train auction will run simultaneously at the Novi Expo Center.

One of the featured autos and winner of several awards, including Best of Show at the Woodward Dream Cruise is an impeccably restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible. One of the finest in existence. This three-speed manual with 230hp/283 V8, code stamped F807E, was the recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration. Everything is either new or restored to new condition on this flawless Bel Air finished in Matador red with a silver and red interior. Equipped with factory original AM pushbutton radio with dual deck antennas, deluxe heater/defroster, in dash clock, white push button power top, correct jack and spare and original owners manual and convertible top manual.

Also highlighting the sale is a 1993 GMC Typhoon SUV customized for actor and comedian Tim Allen. Referred to as one of the world’s fastest production sport utility vehicles – featuring custom Baer Brakes, Budnick wheels and professionally engineered motor and drivetrain. Impressive power and performance in this limited edition off-road warrior.

Collectors can also bid on a spectacular 1960 Corvette owned by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer - Bob Seger. This American classic features a 283 ci. V-8, automatic transmission, and comes with both hard and soft tops. Originally puchased in 1960 by GM executive. A complete frame-off restored, numbers matching beauty that runs and drives like new. Another Seger owned classic up for bids is one of his personal favourites – a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air featuring a327 ci V-8, 4 speed, period corrrect Ansa Sprint wheels, professionally rebuilt transmission. Run and drives excellent.

RM’s annual Michigan Fall sale features many cars selling at “no reserve”. The indoor sale also includes a selection of classics, sports and custom cars to satisfy every collector, including:

  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge - Powered by a 400 cu. in. 366 HP Ram Air V8. Comes with a copy of the original build sheet and documentation. The car is well detailed and includes the optional four-speed transmission, hood-mounted tachometer, power steering, power disc brakes and tinted glass.

  • 1932 Ford Roadster - One of the most decorated and recognized nostalgic roadsters in the US, this car has been featured in eight major magazines including a four page full color spread in the September 2004 edition of American Rodder. Powered by a 365 HP Corvette LT1 aluminum head V8 and features extensive body and chassis performance modifications.

  • 1965 Cadillac DeVille Convertible – A luxurious cultural classic with only 43,000 actual miles and only one owner from new! Powered by Cadillac’s reliable 429 cu. in. V-8 and Turbo Hydramatic transmission. This well-preserved American flagship sports original paint, interior, top, parade boot and Cadillac owner’s manuals.

  • 1958 Imperial Le Baron South Hampton - 413 cu. in. V8 engine, push button automatic, four new radial wide whites and optional 15-inch wheels. Options include power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, power locks. Older repaint with 78,000 miles documented. Believed to be one of two special edition 1959 Le Baron's with the Silvercrest (stainless) landau roof option.

    Running simultaneously with classic car auction will be Part Three of the “world’s largest” collection of toy trains, accessories, parts, erector sets and collectables from the Richard & Linda Kughn Collection, all offered for sale at NO-RESERVE. Many original Lionel trains, parts and accessories from Lionel’s famous New York dealer “Madison Hardware” will be up for auction. Interested bidders for this sale, which has attracted worldwide interest, will be able to bid online, by proxy or in person. A full color catalog is available for $35 and features over 1500 lots. Admission is $10 for a day pass or $17 for a three-day weekend pass, with children under 12 free. Admission is good for both car and train auctions. Refundable with minimum $100 purchase.

    The Novi Expo Center is located at 43700 Expo Center Drive, Novi, Michigan, adjacent to the Twelve Oaks Mall, with easy access via I-96 and I-696. The auction preview begins Friday morning, November 21st at 9:00 a.m., with auction hours from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for a day pass or $17 for a three-day weekend pass, in advance or at the gate. Admission is good for both the car and toy train events.

    A limited number of late consignments for the Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction are still being accepted. To consign vehicles that would complement this exceptional offering, call (800) 211-4371 or visit RM’s website below for details.

    Another sale of interest to collectors is the S. Ray Miller Museum collection in Elkhart, Indiana, which includes a 1930 Duesenberg originally owned by Al Capone’s lawyer. Everything in the museum will be sold on site beginning October 15th, including 40 significant pre-war classic autos, an array of automobilia, petroliana collectibles, signs, historical auto artifacts, jukeboxes, clocks, artwork and period clothing from the golden age of the automobile.

    RM Auctions, Inc. is the leader in the North American investment-grade collector car auction market. Worldwide RM Auctions was recognized by Catalogo Bolaffi, an Italian-based catalog that tracks classic auto auction sales worldwide, for selling the top five autos based on final hammer prices in 2002/2003 and six of the top ten. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., and the events above, please call (800) 211-4371 or visit the company web site at:
  • Alexander Weaver

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

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    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

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