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FINAL COUNTDOWN UNDERWAY TO RM’S MICHIGAN SALE

St. John's

• RM Auctions’ St. John’s sale returns to Plymouth, Michigan, July 28, 2012
• Single-day auction features a magnificent array of collector cars, highlighted by a rare, supercharged 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria and a well-known 1928 Cadillac V-8 ‘Al Capone’ Town Sedan
• Sale acts as a prelude to the famed Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s
• Complete digital catalogue now available online at www.rmauctions.com


BLENHEIM, Ontario (July 6, 2012) – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Concours d’Elegance of America, has secured a wonderful selection of classic automobiles for its St. John’s sale, July 28, in Plymouth, Michigan.

Hosted on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John’s, the single-day sale is a mainstay on the auction concours circuit and boasts a reputation for including exceptional American classics. The upcoming sale, featuring more than 70 quality collector cars, presents nearly a century of American and European automotive history.

RM Auctions is delighted to continue our partnership with the Concours d’Elegance of America as we return to the Inn at St. John’s for our annual Michigan sale,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. “A long standing tradition for motoring enthusiasts, the exciting array of sought after collector cars offered at this year’s sale are enhanced within the context of Michigan’s rich automotive history, making this the ideal venue for American classics.”

Headlining the roster of American marques is an outstanding, period-supercharged 1930 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Victoria by Rollston, J272. One of just 16 examples bodied with convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston, J272 was delivered new to famous band leader Paul Whiteman, of “Rhapsody in Blue” fame, in May 1930. Adding to the car’s impressive power and provenance is one of the rarest and most attractive bodies, the quarter window Victoria, from the highly regarded Rollston Company (Est. $850,000–$1,200,000). Another excellent example of Classic Era styling set for RM’s St. John’s podium is a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria, chassis 185625, one of only five verified authentic Waterhouse convertible Victorias known to exist on the 745 chassis (Est. $275,000–$375,000).

Also expected to garner strong interest from collectors is the 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan, chassis 306449. Well-known in collector circles, new information including period documentation from newspapers, the IRS, and information from the family of the second known owner, further confirms its link to the notorious American gangster by establishing the critical timeline between Capone’s arrest, trial, and incarceration, as it relates to the car’s subsequent ownership. Widely considered one of the most historically significant prewar American cars, at first glance, the “Al Capone” Cadillac appears much like any other sedan, but the differences are cleverly hidden. It is liveried in green with black fenders to mirror the Cadillacs supplied to the Chicago police and city officials at the time and is also equipped with flashing lights, a regulation police siren, and the first known police-band radio receiver in a private automobile. Holding a special place in the history books as one of the earliest surviving “bulletproof” cars, it was fitted new with heavy glass measuring nearly an inch thick and completely lined with 3,000 pounds of steel armor plating. The bulletproof windows could be raised an extra couple inches to reveal a circular part large enough for the muzzle of a gun to go through, and the rear window was rigged to drop quickly, allowing occupants to fire upon would-be pursuers. The new research recently uncovered by RM includes an eyewitness to the car’s armor plating for Capone, which is shared in detail in the auction catalogue (Est. $300,000–$500,000).

Additional highlights at RM’s St. John’s sale include:
• a 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe, possibly the last example produced (Est. $250,000–$325,000);
• a virtually flawless, low mileage 2005 Ford GT, equipped with all factory-available options (Est. $175,000–$215,000);
• one of just three known surviving 1930 Lincoln Model L Derham Convertible Sedans, displayed and purchased new at the 1930 New York Auto Show (Est. $140,000–$170,000);
• a low mileage 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan, coming out of 40 years of single ownership (Est. $100,000–$125,000); and
• a rare 1912 Baker Electric Special Extension Coupe, benefiting from a comprehensive restoration (Est. $75,000–$125,000).

Another featured attraction of the sale will be the presentation of 15 automobiles from the distinguished private collection of William Ruger Jr., all offered without reserve. Joining the previously announced group of American and European classics from the collection, the sale will also lift the gavel on two magnificently presented Ahrens-Fox Fire Trucks, considered the “Rolls-Royce” of fire trucks. The pair includes an outstanding 1925 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 Triple Combination Pumper, chassis 1641, capable of pumping water at 1,100 gallons per minute and a 1930 Ahrens-Fox P-S-14 Hose & Equipment Truck, chassis 2311, featuring the largest six-cylinder Ahrens-Fox engine. They are expected to fetch between $175,000–$250,000 and $125,000–$190,000, respectively.

RM’s upcoming St. John’s sale acts as a prelude to the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, returning July 29. A longstanding summer tradition for collectors, the events combine to make for an exciting vintage car weekend for automotive enthusiasts.

Full event details, including the digital catalogue, are available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling RM Auctions at +1 519 352 4575.

RM St. John’s - Auction Details

Sale date: July 28, 2012 12:00 p.m. ET

Preview dates: July 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170

Admission: Admission to the auction is open to registered bidders only. Bidder registration is $200 and includes an official auction catalog and admission for two to the preview, reception, and auction. Admission to the preview is free of charge.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee, and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.

About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provides an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top 10 all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events, including the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

About The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s
The Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, July 29, 2012, is one of the most prestigious showings of classic, rare, and magnificent automobiles in the world. It will take place on the lush and historic grounds of The Inn at St. John's, with numerous associated events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to the grand presentation on Concours Sunday. In addition to the exhibit of more than 300 prestigious collector cars, the Concours will offer an automotive art exhibition, vintage car racing, a vintage car auction, Mode du Concours and associated social events all dedicated to the beauty and glory of the automobile. The Board of Directors of the Concours d'Elegance of America has announced that the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Leader Dogs for the Blind and Hospice of Michigan will be its charitable beneficiaries at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

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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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

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

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

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

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

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

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

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