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Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

World Reknown Restoration Facility is First to Earn Top Award Three Times in Last Six Years at the Prestigious Monterey Classic Car Weekend

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (August 28, 2006) – RM Auto Restorations, a division of RM Auctions and the premiere restoration facility in North America, won “Best in Show” honors on August 20th, 2006 with the beautiful 1931 Daimler Double Six 50 Sport Roadster at the most prestigious classic car event in the world, the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Pebble Beach victory marks RM’s capture of the elusive “triple crown”, an honor marking three wins in one year among the top Concours events. Earlier this year, RM pocketed the win of the 1931 duPont Model H owned by Jerry Riegel, at both the Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours. In addition, this year’s “Best in Show” title also signifies a third time within the last six years that a vehicle restored by RM Auto Restorations has won the world-famous Pebble Beach event, and the first time in history that a restoration company has won the Triple Crown in the same year.

“Restoring an automobile with the caliber and historical significance of the rare Daimler Double Six is such a privilege” says Rob Myers of RM Auctions. “We restore our cars to new condition mechanically but at the same time ensure the visual beauty of the original design is carefully maintained.”

After its purchase by owner Robert M. Lee in 2005, the one-of-a-kind Corsica-bodied Daimler was delivered to RM’s Canadian restoration facility for a detailed rebuild, taking the car back to its very foundations. As a result, much of this car’s original wood framework survived and every joint was carefully dismantled, cleaned and refastened. In addition, new wood pieces were fabricated in the exact manner of the originals. New sheet metal was also fabricated and installed and the Daimler’s frame was cleaned and repainted.

Since the car’s engine had not been started in many years, it underwent a complete rebuild, taking advantage of modern metallurgy to create a new set of sleeves, identical to its originals. Crankshafts and connecting rods were rebuilt and all-new alloy pistons were fabricated and fitted. Finally, hundreds of hours were dedicated to careful block sanding and paint preparation. Now outfitted in a true black finish, its startling beauty and underlying engineering excellence makes this Corsica-bodied Daimler arguably the crowning achievement of a company known for royal cars.

“This year’s win would not be possible without the support of a passionate owner like Bob Lee and the efforts of the world’s most talented craftsmen”, remarked RM partner Michael Fairbairn shortly after the award was presented. “It was an amazing conclusion to a record breaking week for RM,” adds Fairbairn.

The 1931 Daimler joins four other winning 2006 Pebble Beach winning RM restorations including:

“Best in Class” and “Most Elegant Open Car” (European Classic 1936-1939 Open Late) 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Voll & Ruhrbeck Cabriolet owned by the The Patterson Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky Class Award - 2nd Place (American Classic Open 1932-1941) 1937 Cord 812 Convertible Coupe owned by James M. Covert from Jupiter, Florida Class Award - 2nd Place (European Classic 1925-1939 Closed) 1938 Delage D8 120 Letourneur & Marchand Sport Coupé owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini, III from West Orange, New Jersey Class Award - 3rd Place and “People's Choice Award” (Prewar Delahaye) 1936 Delahaye 135 Figoni & Falaschi Coupé owned by the The Patterson Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky

Celebrating nearly 30 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 expensive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at North America’s most prestigious Concours events. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., and this event please call: (800) 211-4371 or visit the corporate web site at

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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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