Monday, August 1, 2011

Auction Results - You Do Not See These Cars Everyday

by Mike - 

The auction results are in red text.

This was originally posted here.

Here are two unusual cars up for auction by RM Auctions at St. John' (formerly Meadow Brook) on July 30, 2011.

1935 DeSoto Airflow Sedan

Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 US - Offered Without Reserve

Sold - $27,500 - this car looks like fun.

RM says:

"Series SG. 100 bhp, 241.5 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

- Formerly part of the noted Binder DeSoto Collection
- Fresh, ground-up restoration"

The DeSoto Airflow Sedan was part of the aerodynamic design trend in the 1930s. For some reason Chrysler, who owned the DeSoto brand, was not successful with these models and returned to their stodgy ways for a few more years.

This car reminds me of the Scout Scarab and the Tatra T87. Read more here.

And now for something completely different.

1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six "Ghost Car"

Estimate: $275,000-$475,000 US

Sold - $308,000 - now what does the new owner do with this? A museum seems like the only viable option.

RM says:

"Series 26. 85 bhp, 222.7 cid L-head six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. 

- Highlight of 1939-40 New York World’s Fair
- First transparent car built in America
- Pioneering Plexiglass collaboration between GM and Rohm & Haas
- Excellent original condition
- Single-family ownership since early 1980s"

This car is made of plexiglass! Read more here.

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