RM Auctions – Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey


RM Auctions to commemorate its recent appointment as official auction house of the Antique Automobile Club of America with a no-reserve sale of rare and un-restored automobiles from the estate collection of Helen Swigart at the historic Hershey Lodge – October 11 & 12, 2007, Hershey, PA

Newly appointed as the official auction house of the Antique Automobile Club of America, North American based RM Auctions will host its inaugural “Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey” auction in conjunction with the annual AACA Hershey Fall Meet at the Hershey Lodge on Friday, October 12th and 13th, 2007.

The AACA’s annual Fall event held in the club’s hometown of historic Hershey, Pennsylvania is one of the largest and oldest antique automobile shows and flea markets in America making its debut in 1955. Adding to the exciting weekend, RM Auctions will conduct an inaugural auction featuring 60 rare and un-restored motor cars from the estate of Helen Swigart, offered without reserve. This selection places a particular focus on early automobiles, as 22 of the vehicles being offered were built in 1910 or earlier and feature such famous American marques as Autocar, Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Oldsmobile, Locomobile, Packard, Reo, Stanley Brothers and Winton.

One of the most important vehicles offered in the sale is an extremely rare 1911 Oldsmobile Limited Seven Passenger Touring, one of only three known surviving examples and the only one that has never been restored. This car was originally purchased to transport the president of the Berwind-White Coal Company in Cambria County, PA. After its useful years, it was stored in a barn until it was discovered by William E. Swigart Jr, the husband of Helen Swigart. This massive car features two step plates, a 701 cubic inch six-cylinder engine and rides on enormous 42.5×4.5 inch tires. In 1910 an Oldsmobile Limited made headlines around the globe when it raced and beat New York Central’s fastest train, which has since been considered a milestone in automotive history. (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,500,000)

Another outstanding car in the auction is the 1930 duPont Model G LeMans Speedster with coachwork by Merrimac. Inspired by the race car duPont campaigned at the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1930 duPont LeMans Speedster was built with doors only on the passenger side of the vehicle, and had fenders and running boards which could be removable for racing applications.

“The motor cars from the Estate of Helen Swigart represent a truly impressive collection of timewarp, untouched examples that are garnering worldwide interest as many of these cars have never been in public view since prior to World War II. The Hershey auction will be one of the most exciting events in 2007 as it is the number one auction and classic car destination on the East Coast,” says RM Auctions’ Managing Director Ian Kelleher.

In addition to select consigments, other notable vehicles from the Helen Swigart estate include the following:

1922 American-LaFrance Fire Truck Model 8E-447 1904 Cadillac Model B Rear Entrance Tonneau 1930 Duesenberg Model J Double Cowl Phaeton by Murphy 1910 Packard Model 30 open drive Town Car 1910 Winton Model 48 Phaeton

Admission to RM’s “Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey” auction is by catalog only, which admits both the catalog holder and a guest. The full-color collectable catalog is available for $80 U.S. (plus shipping), by calling 800-211-4371 or visiting the company web site at www.rmauctions.com.

About the AACA The Antique Automobile Club of America is an international organization with members in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries of the world with over 400 AACA Regions and Chapters. Formed in 1931, the aim of the AACA is the perpetuation of the pioneer days of automobiling by furthering the interest in and preserving of antique automobiles, and the promotion of sportsmanship and of good fellowship among all AACA members. Today, the AACA is the largest club in the world dedicated to furthering interest in, and preservation of, antique automobiles and their history. For more information on the AACA organization and events visit: www.aaca.org

About RM Auctions 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. Renowned for setting international records, RM has recently established offices in the U.K. to provide auction and restoration services for clients in Europe and Asia. In 2006, RM Auto Restorations, Inc. won the unprecedented “triple crown” for receiving “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three international collector car events – the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., and this event, visit www.rmauctions.com or call toll free: (800) 211-4373.