Media Release


The J.C. Stevens Estate Auction

RM Auctions Scheduled to Offer Private Collection of J.C. Stevens Featuring Unique Automobiles, Airplanes, Parts and Accessories – June 24, 2006, Cortland, NY

Blenheim, Ontario (May 31, 2006) – RM Auctions is pleased to announce a special one-day sale of the private collection of the late James Cowance Stevens Jr.- former owner of the Cortland, New York Oldsmobile and Studebaker dealership. This exciting “no reserve” auction will begin with a public preview on Friday, June 23, followed by the auction on Saturday, June 24 held on the Stevens Estate, 14 Hillcrest Dr., Cortland, New York.

Mr. Stevens, a life-long Cortland resident, was a founding member of the local Cortland Antique Automobile Club and a member of the International Flying Farmers. His collection features more than 80 interesting automobiles ranging from antique and brass to classics, fifties and sixties as well as over 125 lots of 1920's-1960's automobile parts including many new old stock (NOS) Studebaker and Oldsmobile parts and three interesting vintage airplanes along with parts and propellers.

One of the highlights of the sale is an extremely rare and valuable 1937 Horch 853 Cabriolet A (Est. $225,000 - $275,000) This remarkable, low mileage, time-warp automobile has been incredibly well preserved. The body, interior and instrumentation of this pre-war luxury car remain in excellent original condition. This highly regarded Horch could be mechanically serviced and would become an exciting preservation class winner or would make an ideal candidate for a full concours quality restoration. A rare opportunity to purchase a significant automobile that last changed hands in the 1950's.

Another appreciating classic up for bids is an imposing 1931 CadillacV-16 Seven-Passenger Sedan (Est. $40,000 - $60,000) One of the most desirable cars produced by America’s best-known luxury marque. This example is all complete and fitted with proper head and taillights, Trippe driving lights, city and country horns and more. Additional accessories include dual side mounts, luggage rack, stone guard, jump seats, rear vanities and an original mascot. Last driven in 1983, this vehicle was actively used by Mr. Stevens in several events. An impressive motorcar by all standards and a worthy investment.

“Mr. Stevens certainly had an eye for the unique and unusual – from electric vehicles and airplanes, to great luxury cars”, remarks RM veteran Donnie Gould. “These cars offer great value to the hobbyist or the project-minded collector looking for a hidden jem”, adds Gould. Other interesting vehicles offered “without reserve” include a classic 1959 Cadillac Series 62 DeVille Convertible, a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, a 1932 Packard 903 Sedan, a 1969 Corvette Roadster, a supercharged 1963 Studebaker Avanti and three unique aircraft including a 1957 Piper Apache Twin, a 1947 Republic SeeBee RC3 Seaplane and a 1954 Bonanza Beechcraft V-Tail.

Celebrating more than 26 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most exclusive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook and Pebble Beach Concours. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc. and the J.C. Stevens sale, please call (800) 211-4371 or visit the corporate web site at

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