AUBURN.- Auctions America
by RM will lift the gavel on 68 vehicles and a selection of vintage motorcycles from Indianas well-known Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection when its second annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend gets underway, September 1 4, 2011.
Located in Michigan City, Indiana, the Rag Tops Auto Museum - in operation from 2003 until 2011 - was regarded as Northwest Indianas largest antique auto and memorabilia museum, well-known by automotive enthusiasts. Following the museums closure earlier this year, 68 vehicles from the collection along with a selection of vintage motorcycles will be offered without reserve at Auction America by RMs upcoming Auburn Fall sale.
Auctions America by RM is thrilled to present the Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection at our second annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction in September, says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. The offering is a great celebration of Americas rich automotive history, encompassing a wide range of marques and eras, and we expect it will attract strong interest from collectors across the continent.
Spanning from the early 1900s through to 2000, the Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection caters to a diverse range of automotive tastes, with a particular emphasis on American classics from the 1950s through 1970s. Among a long list of notable highlights set for the auction block: an ultra-rare 1957 DeSoto Firedome Convertible (Est. $140,000 - $180,000); a rare, fully-restored 1958 Dodge Coronet Convertible (Est. $70,000 - $95,000); and a superbly restored 1970 Plymouth Superbird, showing just 56,000 miles (Est. $100,000 - $125,000).
More recent automotive design is represented by a nearly-new 1999 Shelby Series I Roadster, boasting just 498 miles (Est. $90,000 - $120,000), and a 2001 Darryl Gwynn / Mike Dunn Top-Fuel Dragster ($50,000 - $100,000), as formerly sponsored by the New York Yankees and autographed by various Yankees players including Mariano Rivera, David Wells, Scott Brosius as well as former Manager, Joe Torre (pictured right). The motorcycle offering is headlined by a 1958 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead (Est. $15,000 - $25,000).
Having presented four successful sales since its formation in July 2010, Auctions America by RM is quickly earning a reputation as an auction house of choice for private collections; the Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection will be joined at the companys Auburn Fall sale by a select group of 39 vehicles from a private Pennsylvania collection, in addition to 17 vehicles from a private Michigan collection, all to be offered without reserve.