YPSILANTI, Michigan – Motoring enthusiasts will celebrate Detroit’s rich automotive history next month as a magnificent range of automotive treasures cross the block at RM Auctions’ eagerly awaited, ‘Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook’ auction event in Rochester, Michigan.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the majestic Meadow Brook Hall estate on the grounds of Oakland University, the August 2nd event will be held in conjunction with the world-renowned Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance – this year celebrating its 30th anniversary – to make for an ultimate vintage car weekend for motoring enthusiasts.
“If you have a penchant for early automotive design and innovations, the Meadow Brook auction weekend is a not to be missed event,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions
“This year’s offering will present a magnificent range of historically important automobiles up for bids, many of which are artifacts from Detroit’s early automotive era and the products of some of the industry’s most innovative pioneers,” he added.
One legendary marque with a proud Detroit heritage is the Packard Motor Car Company. Originally founded by the Packard brothers in 1899 as the Ohio Automobile Company based in Warren, Ohio, the business officially became the Packard Motor Car Company. In 1902 the company moved to Detroit, Michigan building it’s first factory on East Grand Boulevard. In a special tribute to Detroit’s famous luxury marque, RM will proudly offer an extraordinary collection of classic Packards at the Meadow Brook event, headlined by two unique ‘barn finds’ - a 1936 Packard Twelve Collapsible Touring Cabriolet by Brunn and a 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan – amongst nine other restored Packard Twelves and Eights, born at the Detroit plant.
In addition, the auction event will also offer the original Albert Kahn designed entrance façade (1907) from the original Packard factory on East Grand Boulevard. Often described as the ‘architect of Detroit’, Kahn was credited as an influential force behind the industrial revolution of the automobile industry. Built in 1907, the original stone entranceway was the main entrance for Packard executives and fabled clientele . Its classic design and relatively compact size make it suitable for installation as the ultimate entrance for any Packard collector’s garage.
Other historic offerings with local Detroit roots include a unique 1914 Lozier Meadowbrook Runabout built by the Lozier Motor Company who produced luxury automobiles from 1900 to 1915, with a factory in the latter years at Mack Avenue, Detroit. For a time, Loziers were some of the most expensive, luxury cars on the market, eclipsing both Packard and Cadillac on price. The example on offer at Meadow Brook – with a coincidental name - is one of the last Loziers ever built.
Another Detroit built offering is an extremely rare 1913 Mighty Michigan 40hp Touring. Beginning as the Michigan Buggy Company, the business ventured briefly into automobile production, focusing on producing mid-priced models. Of the estimated 8,200 Michigan cars sold between 1908 – 1914, only a mere handful of examples are known to exist, making the 1913 example on offer at Meadow Brook a particularly unique and rare ownership opportunity.
Another storied “local” car set to cross the block at the event is an infamous, award winning 1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible by Le Baron. Known as the “Denver” car for its reported role in a bank robbery in the 1960s, this prestigious example was built at Detroit’s giant Jefferson Avenue plant.
Other notable consignments for the event include: a majestic 1929 Duesenberg Murphy Convertible Coupe; a luxurious, Italian-built 1930 Isotta Fraschini; a stunning 1931 Auburn 898-Speedster; a rare 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe; and a sporty 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.
RM Auctions’ Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook auction event will be held at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, beginning at 11am on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008. Vehicles can be previewed beginning Friday morning, August 1st, from 9am until 5pm. Admission to the event is by catalog only, which is available for $80 US, and admits two people.
For further information or to purchase a catalog, visit www.rmauctions.com or call (800)-211-4371. For further information on the concours event and ticket prices, please visit www.meadowbrookconcours.org.
About Meadow Brook Hall
Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States and is renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale. Built between 1926 and 1929 as the residence of Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of auto pioneer John Dodge) and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson, the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot, Tudor-revival style mansion is complete with vast collections of original art and furnishings.
About RM Auctions Inc.
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 valuable vintage automobiles. Renowned for setting international records, RM has offices in the United States, Canada and U.K. to provide international auction and restoration services for their global clients. 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) 211-4371.