Opening Bids: Garage sale
One of the finest car collections in the country is paring down: Paul Andrews and his son, Chris, of Fort Worth, Texas, will offer 75 swoon-worthy automobiles on May 2 through RM Sotheby's (rmauctions.com), a sale representing the bulk of their approximately 100 automotive treasures. When Paul started collecting and restoring cars in the late ’80s, he sought models he admired as a boy, beginning with a 1958 Cadillac Seville. The collection today, while dazzling to behold, was assembled to be driven at rallies the family enters each year (they will continue to do so, with a more manageable stable of 15 or 20 rally cars). Each specimen in the sale is a premier representative of its type, be it a 1927 Ford “Voodoo Doll” or a 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB. Here are some highlights.
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car
The dramatic coachwork was designed by Duesenberg’s design head, J. Herbert Newport, with the actress Mae West in mind, but the car was instead purchased by Ethel Mars of the candy-making family. It is “a hit at whatever show it goes to,” Paul says. ($3.4 million to $4.5 million)
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