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COLLECTORS SET TO DESCEND ON FLORIDA FOR RM'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SALE OF THE JOHN STALUPPI CARS OF DREAMS MUSEUM

The John Staluppi Collection

• Final countdown underway to RM’s John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Museum sale, December 1, in North Palm Beach, Florida
• Auction features nearly 120 automobiles without reserve, with a strong emphasis on American convertibles of the ’50s and ’60s
• Selection rounded out by more than 60 lots of memorabilia, including a historic 1918 Herschell-Spillman 32' Carousel, an elaborate Lionel Train Set, and a Cretors Antique Popcorn Wagon
• Digital catalogue and collection video available online at rmauctions.com
• Exclusive television special on the Staluppi Collection premieres Friday, November 9 on Velocity (USA)


BLENHEIM, Ontario (November 7, 2012) – Anticipation is building for RM Auctions’ presentation of the renowned John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Museum sale, December 1 in North Palm Beach, Florida. Capping off a fantastic year for the world’s largest collector car auction house, the high profile, single-vendor sale will lift the gavel on a remarkable assortment of American automobiles and more than 60 lots of memorabilia, consolidating RM’s position as the leader in private and estate collection sales.

The result of a decade of dedicated collecting by successful entrepreneur, car dealer, and lifelong enthusiast John Staluppi, the automobiles comprising the Cars of Dreams Museum are the vehicles of Mr. Staluppi’s youth, the golden age of the American automobile. With a strong emphasis on convertibles from the ’50s and ’60s, the sale will lift the gavel on nearly 120 motor cars from the collection, highlighted by a wide variety of some of the finest, rarest, and most desirable American automobiles ever produced.

From a vast selection of American automotive marques, including Ford, Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and DeSoto to name just a few, to the town square design that includes a carousel and numerous store facades, the attention to detail that has been applied to the John Staluppi Collection is outstanding,” says Donnie Gould, RM Auctions. “The cars have been superbly restored, regularly exercised, and extremely well maintained by a professional staff, and the memorabilia is such that the museum is like a time capsule of Americana. The sale is generating strong early interest from the collector community, and with all lots offered without reserve, promises a range of exciting ownership opportunities just in time for the holidays,” adds Gould.

Leading the comprehensive roster of automobiles on offer is a highly desirable, complete series of Chrysler letter cars. Reserved for the wealthiest and most discerning buyers of the ’50s and ’60s, the selection ranges from a 1955 Chrysler C-300 Hardtop Coupe, the first production car to offer 300 horsepower right off the showroom floor (Estimate: $75,000–$100,000), to a 1962 Chrysler 300H Convertible, believed to be one of only 44 known survivors (Estimate: $60,000–$80,000). Arguably, the most anticipated of the group is a superbly restored 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible, one of only 82 believed to exist and ranked the most expensive letter car of its time, listed new at $5,411. Finished in Terra Cotta, the beautifully presented 300F has four leather-covered, contoured bucket seats with front chairs that swivel for easy access (Estimate: $175,000–$225,000). Also of note is an exceptionally rare and beautifully restored 1958 Chrysler 300D Convertible, one of just 55 known to exist (Estimate: $175,000–$200,000), and a fully restored example of the legendary 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible, Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 1957 (Estimate: $150,000–$200,000).

The automotive offering also includes some of the world’s greatest street and resto-rods, led by an outstanding 1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten Custom Two-Door Sedan powered by a Toyota TRD NASCAR engine (Estimate: $100,000–$125,000). Other unique offerings include a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Custom Hardtop Coupe built by Staluppi’s own workshops and equipped with a LS-9 supercharged V-8 (Estimate: $100,000–$150,000) and an 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom SS 572 Convertible with a big block whose red valve covers proclaim “572 Chevrolet” (Estimate: $100,000–$125,000).

Beyond the automobiles and a small series of motorcycles also on offer, the Staluppi Collection sale also features more than 60 lots of memorabilia, ranging from the many life-like stores that line the museum display to one of the most interesting and dramatic pieces of the collection, a historic 1918 Herschell-Spillman 32' Carousel. Typifying the golden age of carousels in America, the carousel features elaborate and whimsical animals, two abreast, with 14 sweeps, and includes 16 large wooden Alan Herschell jumping horses and two carved chariots. All are brought together in harmony by the rounding boards painted in a vibrant circus theme with mirrors in alternate panels, and illuminated by roughly 550 lights. Prior to joining the respected Staluppi Collection, this unique piece was reportedly operated at the Big Top Market in Florida for 10 years (Estimate: $250,000–$500,000).

Also set to sell to the highest bidder is a fantastic, one-of-a-kind large-scale Lionel train layout, combining numerous action displays, buildings, scenes, and individual dioramas depicting day-to-day movements. Measuring approximately 30 feet long by 15 feet wide and nine feet tall, the intricate display showcases remarkable attention to detail and represents more than 2,500 hours of labor by craftsmen and technicians. For those interested in model railroading, areas of impressive detail include an engine roundhouse, dual layers of track and trains, animated street scenes, as well as a waterfall, mountain pass, and trestle track (Estimate: $60,000–$80,000). Additional highlights poised for the auction podium include an outstanding, post-war c.1950 Arthur Bursens ‘Arburo’ Dance Organ, acquired from the prestigious Milhous Collection many years ago (Estimate: $125,000–$175,000), and a fully functioning, authentic Cretors Antique Popcorn Wagon ready for use and display (Estimate: $20,000–$30,000). The memorabilia offering is rounded out by an eclectic assortment of other collectibles and decorative pieces, including shop facades, street lights, artwork, and neon signs to name just a few.

Full event details and a complete list of auction offerings, along with a digital copy of the auction catalogue and a short video interview with Mr. Staluppi, are available online at rmauctions.com or by calling toll free to 1 800 211 4371 (or +1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

In addition, enthusiasts based in the United States will have a rare opportunity to preview the collection during an exclusive television special on Velocity by Discovery, premiering this Friday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET. For full details on this special episode of Million Dollar Collections, please check your local television listings.

Event Details - The John Staluppi Collection presented by RM Auctions
Sale date: December 1, 2012; auction commences at 10 a.m. EDT
Preview dates: November 29–30, 2012; preview commences at 10 a.m. EDT on both days
Location: Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 U.S. Highway One, North Palm Beach, Florida, 33408
Admission: Admission to the auction is limited to registered bidders, consignors, and qualified media only. Bidder registration is $150 and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two to the preview and auction.

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

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