CUSTOMIZED ROLLING WORKS OF ART JOIN RM AUCTIONS ARIZONA LINE-UP

In addition to a host of luxurious American and European classics, next month’s “Automobiles of Arizona” event, hosted by RM Auctions, will shine a spotlight on a range of unique custom cars.

Individually customized by some of today’s premier hot rod builders, including the likes of Ken “POSIES” Fenical, Boyd Coddington and Rick Dore, the one-of-a-kind custom cars are unique finds, bound to turn heads, and never to be duplicated.

“The selection of special custom cars at this year’s Arizona auction are perfect examples of each amazingly talented builder and their visions,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.

“To have a POSIES creation, a historic Boyd original and a Rick Dore one-off design, makes for an absolutely perfect offering of hot rods and customs at our selected consignment event,” he added.

Headlining the “Kustom” category is a 1947 Chevrolet Fleetliner Street Rod by famed custom builder, Ken “POSIES” Fenical. Presenting a radical concept of mating the era of streamlining with a modern drivetrain chassis, this one-off original certainly fits POSIES trademark saying, “we don’t build cars, we build statements”. Sporting a distinctive hot rod look – reminiscent of a modified “Sportsman” racer – the car is finished in PPG Dark Regal Blue semi-gloss and sports a 400hp 308 cu.in Ford engine and sleek, art-deco headlamps. It rides on one-off, slotted Colorado Custom wheels with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Excelsior racing tires. POSIES originally built the Fleetliner for the 1st Annual “Driven Dirty” cross-country tour to the SEMA in Las Vegas in 2006 and since its completion, has only clocked 1,700 miles.

“In typical “POSIES” fashion, he has once again created an amazing, one off vehicle,” says Kelleher of the Fleetliner.

“The detail and thought that was employed in the construction of this vehicle makes this custom totally and entirely unique. The best part is that it is a true four-passenger custom car that one could comfortably drive from Arizona to California,” he added.

Also included in the “Kustom” category at RM’s Arizona sale is an ultra-clean, elegant 1933 Ford Roaster by Boyd Coddington. An early Chip Foose inspired design, built in Boyd Coddington’s shop, this highly refined hot rod is a sheer driving pleasure, combining timeless lines and understated simplicity with proven on-road performance. Featuring a reshaped fiberglass body mounted on a lengthened, Larry Sergejeff-built chassis, the exterior is painted luscious yellow and features a snug-fitting removable hardtop. Inside, luxury touches are abound and include tan leather upholstery by Boyd, rich wool carpeting, custom Recaro sport seating, a twin-spoke, leather-wrapped custom steering wheel, a unique instrument panel, Kenwood audio system and high-fidelity Orion speakers.

A third highlight of the sale is a 1951 Mercury ‘Radical Custom’ Coupe by Arizona-based Rick Dore. Recognized as one of the country’s premier custom craftsmen – he has won awards at every major venue including SEMA in Las Vegas – Dore’s inimitable technique is to subtly elaborate on classic custom car themes, enhancing them with a combination of past and contemporary styling cues. The retro-inspired example on offer at Arizona is a perfect illustration of such work and features a reshaped Mercury body mounted on a modified 1980 Buick Chassis atop Colorado Custom billet wheels; the wheels were created to resemble those of a ’56 Cadillac.

In addition to these custom designs, other notable consignments for the January event include:

• A 1962 Lincoln Continental Town Limousine, used by President John F. Kennedy. • A luxurious 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron. • An elegant 1918 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Seven Passenger Touring, formerly belonging to lyricist of the patriotic “Yankee Doodle Dandy” tune, George Cohan. • A 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt LeBaron concept car, America’s first electrically operated, retractable hardtop.

RM’s “Automobiles of Arizona” event – formerly known as “Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona” – will be held at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 24th Street & Missouri, Phoenix, Arizona on January 18, 2008. An auction preview will be held January 17, 2008 from 9am to 6pm. The auction will take place between 10am to 6pm on January 18.

Admission to the 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 www.rmauctions.com.

About RM Auctions Inc. Celebrating nearly three decades in the collector car industry, RM Auctions, Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquisition, restoration and sales of the world’s rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours. For additional information on RM Auction events, please call (800) 211-4371 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

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