Duesenberg was big seller at pre-concours auction

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria that won a spot on the stage at RM Auctions July 28 sale here lived up to its promotion. The Duesenberg was the high seller at the annual auction preceding the 2012 Concours d’Elegance at St.John’s, bringing in $957,000.

Other best-sellers were far behind. For example: a 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe went for $385,000, followed by a 1931 Cord L-29 La Grand Boattail Speedster recreation at $368,500 and a 1937 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster at $352,000.

The ’33 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe sported a beautiful paint job. One pre-sale admirer suggested it would sell for more than the estimated $250,000 to $325,000. He was correct, with the final bid of $385,000 concluding the sale.

Bill Eggert of Denver, Colo. was selling his one-of-a-kind 1948 Hudson Woodie Wagon at the late-July auction. Over a period of 10 years and working with Hudson designer Don Butler’s drawings, Eggert took a rust-free 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight chassis and completed the 1948 Hudson woodie the Detroit auto maker never built. Management reportedly decided the car was too expensive to actually produce. Hudson had invested heavily in new tooling for its post-war step-down design.

The unique Hudson weighed in at 3,800 pounds and was powered by a 254.4-inch, 128-horsepower eight with two-barrel carburetor. It sold on Saturday for $159,500.

Two knock-out Oldsmobile convertibles were in the 2012 St. John’s lineup. One was a 1957 Olds 88 with red-and-white interior and Oldsmobile spelled out across the intricate grille. The second was a stunning beige 1934 convertible coupe with red pin striping and a rumble seat.

Alternative-power cars were well represented. A handsome steam-driven 1911 Stanley Model 63 Toy Tonneau parked inside the St. John’s facility was the center of discussion between its owner and a gentleman who said he recently had purchased a 1910 Stanley Steamer. Offered at no reserve and valued at between $125,000 and $175,000, the 1911 sold for $165,000.

Electric cars from Baker, Detroit Electric and Milburn were among the more than six dozen vehicles for sale July 28. The Baker, a 1912 Special Extension Coupe, brought $148,500 at auction.

There were 10 Cadillacs, nine Packards and five Chryslers for sale.

Dolson, Washington and Moon were among the lesser-known makes in the 70-plus inventory.

Other top sellers included a 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan ($341,000); a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria ($275,000); a 1936 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan ($247,500); a 1925 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 Triple Combination Pumper ($198,000); a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sport Saloon ($192,500), and a 2005 Ford GT ($170,500).