Media Release


FORMER OWNER OF HOUSTON ROCKETS AUCTIONS OFF PERSONAL COLLECTION OF 175 AUTOMOBILES 'WITHOUT RESERVE'

The Charlie Thomas Collection

- RM Auctions presents the Charlie Thomas Collection, October 20, at the Gaylord Texan Resort, near Dallas
- Former owner of the Houston Rockets, Thomas built the “Texas-sized” collection over two decades

BLENHEIM, Ontario (October 10, 2012) – Prominent Texas businessman, and former owner of the Houston Rockets, Charlie Thomas will bid a fond farewell to 175 automobiles from his personal car collection next week (October 20) at a single-day auction near Dallas, Texas.

Well-known by automotive enthusiasts, Thomas’ impressive car collection is the product of two decades of careful acquisition. A lifelong auto enthusiast and prolific car dealer, Thomas operated more than 40 car dealerships, one of the largest dealership networks in the United States. His most visible activity outside the car business was as the managing partner of the Houston Rockets, which he owned from 1982 through 1993.

As Thomas prepares to downsize his private collection at auction next week, 175 cars from the collection will be offered ‘without reserve’, selling to the highest bidder. The single-day sale will be presented by leading international auction house, RM Auctions.

“Charlie Thomas is the consummate car guy with a great eye for quality,” says Gord Duff, RM Auctions. “A connoisseur of American cars, his collection has a strong emphasis on fully-restored, well-optioned running and driving examples.”

Catering to a broad range of automotive tastes, Thomas’ collection spans the spectrum of the collector car market from early flatheads to ’50s convertibles and ’60s muscle and sports cars. Among highlights are a magnificent series of more than 80 Fords, including multiple Shelbys and more than 40 Chevrolets, joined by numerous examples from other celebrated American marques, including Cadillac, Chrysler, Packard, and Oldsmobile to name a few. Feature automobiles include a fully-optioned 1935 Ford Deluxe Three-Window Coupe finished in Washington Blue, a distinctive 1954 Ford Skyliner “Glasstop”, and an exceptional 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Convertible. Also on offer, a pair of highly sought after 1968 Shelby GT500s, including one of the most desirable of all Shelby Mustangs, a 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible.

In addition, the sale will lift the gavel on a 1952 Willys Military Jeep, with 100 percent of proceeds from its sale benefiting the Brookwood Community, a non-profit residential facility and vocational program in Brookshire, Texas supporting adults with disabilities (brookwoodcommunity.org).

Full event details are available online at rmuactions.com or by calling toll free 1 800 211 4371. An exclusive video highlighting the collection is available online at http://bit.ly/UPFVac.

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

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+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

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+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

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+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

drose@rmsothebys.com

+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

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+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

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+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

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+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

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+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

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+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

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+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

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+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

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+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

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+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

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+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

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+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