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Michigan International Spring Classic Car Auction

25 Year Old DeLorean Automobile Joins Other Historic Classics at RM’s Michigan Spring Classic Car Show & Auction At The Rock Financial Showplace - April 29 & 30, 2006 in Novi, MI

YPSILANTI, Michigan (April 6, 2006) – The stainless steel, gull-winged, dream car, that captured the world’s attention in 1981, has reached collector status as it celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year. One of the finest examples of the late John DeLorean contributions to automotive history will be offered for sale at RM’s Michigan International Classic Car Show & Auction – April 29 & 30th at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, northwest of Detroit.

Known officially as a DMC-12, this one owner DeLorean registers only 10,000 original miles from new. This DMC-12 which was later immortalized in the Back to the Future movies joins an impressive collection of hundreds of the country’s finest collector vehicles, from 50’s & 60’s classics to legendary sports and muscle cars. This annual event attracts thousands of collector car enthusiasts from the mid-west U.S. and Canada and will undoubtedly attract some astute DeLorean aficionados as well as investors.

Several worldwide 25th anniversary DeLorean celebrations are being planned for 2006 including the biggest international gathering of DeLorean owners and enthusiasts who will gather in June to see the original Giugiaro wooden mockup and tour the original factory site and test track at Dunmurry, Ireland, where it all began.

Other unique feature cars at the Michigan International Classic Car Auction include a radically customized 1953 Pontiac Barnett Hearse with a 400 cu. in. Chevrolet engine, custom flame paint, one year old rechrome and stainless steel, working flame throwers, and modern amenities such as tilt steering, air conditioning, cruise, PS PB, remote doors, shaved handles, power seats and antenna.

One of the more mature vehicles in the sale is a 1929 Dover Side Screen Truck that recently under went a complete frame-off restoration to original specs. This rare Dover is one of only a handful in existence and a Junior and Senior AACA National Winner.

One of the first production cars after WWII was this handsome 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Wagon sporting its original cast iron block, 239 cu. in. V-8 flathead engine. This beautifully restored station wagon retains its original wood trim and offers a unique and rare driving experience.

The new Rock Financial Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi, offers approximately 320,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, formal banquet halls, full service concession areas, high ceilings and approximately 2,500 parking spaces with easy access via I-96 and I-696.

The auction preview starts on Friday, April 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with auction hours on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for a day pass or $15 for a two-day weekend pass, in advance or at the gate. (Kids 12 and under free.)

A limited number of late consignments for the Michigan Fall Classic Car Show & 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.

Celebrating more than 26 years in the collector car industry, RM Classic Cars and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most desirable vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook, Amelia Island, New York and Pebble Beach Concours. For the latest information on this event please call toll-free (800) 211-4371, or visit the company’s 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

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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

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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

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