The Personal Ride of Famed Prewar BMW Works Racer, Ernst J. Henne – Offered at Scottsdale on January 16, 2019 Without Reserve

One of the most beautiful and desirable prewar European sports cars, the BMW 327/28 Cabriolet was also the choice of the era’s most demanding drivers. A top-specification car powered by BMW’s renowned “triple-carb,” inline six-cylinder engine from the 328, the 327/28 delivered high performance with Art Deco styling and uncommon panache.

Priced at a premium of 630 to 650 Deutschmarks over the basic 327 depending upon the body style selected, the 328-powered BMW 327/28 was introduced in October 1938 and available for purchase to 1940. Available as a coupe or cabriolet, just 569 of these beautiful performers were built in all. Rare at auction today, every surviving example is a featured attraction wherever one is spotted.

Offered from the Tom Gaughen Collection at No Reserve, this wonderful 1939 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet is of particular significance to BMW collectors and marque enthusiasts, with an early connection to one of BMW’s most successful racers. During the cataloging process, Worldwide Auctioneers’ Car Specialist Charlie Kühn discovered through his network of contacts that this very car, Chassis 74208, is not only a factory-original 327/28 and documented as such by its accompanying Zertifikat issued by the BMW Group Archiv,  it was delivered new in Munich, Germany to Ernst J. Henne, whose legendary racing career and 101-year lifetime could easily fill several volumes.

Of further interest, this 1939 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet was produced and delivered during July 1938 to Mr. Henne, before the model was even publicly introduced. Among his many exploits, Mr. Henne scored a podium finish in the first motorcycle race he entered in 1923. In 1925, he competed at Monza, his first international race, and he was Germany’s champion in 1926  and 1927 in the 500cc and 750cc classes, respectively. In 1928, he won the legendary and lethal Targa Florio in Sicily. Henne went on to achieve 76 world speed records in total, including a 134.6-mph mark atop a supercharged BMW 750cc with a chassis and streamlined body of his own design and creation. His last motorcycle speed record was set on November 28, 1937, at a speed of 173.7 mph on a supercharged 500cc BMW streamliner – a mark that stood for 14 years!

The above photo was supplied by Germany’s Bundesarchiv. As their caption reads, “Ernst Henne, world record man in motorcycling! The famous motorcyclist Ernst Henne presented with a 750 cc BMW supercharged engine an hourly speed of 221.539 km/h (137.658 mph).” He is pictured third from the left in this wonderful image dated September 1930.

The famous motorcyclist also proved his skill with sports cars; perhaps his finest achievement in this arena was the two-litre class victory he scored at the 1936 Eifelrennen – the first appearance of the BMW 328 in competition. Little wonder, then, that this 1939 BMW 327/28 – offered from the Tom Gaughen Collection at Scottsdale on January 16, 2019 – was his road car of choice when new.

Rightly recognized today as a CCCA Full Classic® with eligibility for a veritable multitude of excellent classic-car events and tours, it stands as yet another exceptional offering by Worldwide Auctioneers at Scottsdale, Arizona on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. For more details, see and register to bid on it by calling 1-800-990-6789 or visiting us online at .#WorldwideScottsdale2019 #WABMW #WorldwideAuctioneers #WeCareMoreAboutYourandYourCars  #ScottsdaleAuction



Selling Collections – The Worldwide Auctioneers Way

While anyone can draft a new marketing tagline, we back up our “We Care More About You & Your Cars” maxim at Worldwide Auctioneers with results on the auction block and customer loyalty. A look back over the past dozen years confirms that Worldwide Auctioneers is the industry leader in the marketing and execution of collection auctions, both in terms of stand-alone collections, and of collection auctions as part of our regularly scheduled auction calendar. In fact, collections are what we specialize and excel in – at No Reserve, providing the utmost in efficiency, personal service, and strong sale results for families and estates when the time comes to sell. Here is a quick rundown:

Stand-Alone No Reserve Collection Auctions:

December 2005 – 175 cars – The Michael Leith Collection at The Raleigh Classic

June 2007 – 70 Cars – The Sterling McCall Old Car Museum Auction

April 2009 – 111 cars – The Jay Weinberg Collection Auction

June 2009 – 172 cars – The Old Car Heaven Museum Auction

May 2010 – 82 cars – The Monical Collection Auction

October 2013 – 125 cars – The Paul Burt Collection Auction

October 2015 – 101 cars – The Ron Brown Estate Collection Auction

April 2017 – 44 cars – The Bobby Monical Collection Auction

No Reserve Collection Auctions as Part of Our Annual Auctions:

May 2006 – The Chris Minnick Collection Auction

November 2007 – The Walt Satterthwaite Estate Collection Auction

May 2010 – The Fred Buess Collection

August 2011 – The Verlan Herberer Collection

August 2011 – The DeSimone Collection

August 2011 – The Jeff Bernard

May 2012 – The Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection

August 2012 – The Burr Joslin Estate Collection

April 2013 – The Bob Solberg Collection

August 2017 – The Allen Smith Collection

September 2017 – The Jimmie Taylor Collection

September 2017 – The Chuck Runyon Estate Collection

April 2018 – The Pamela & Eugene Knies Collection

In keeping with our expertise in this market, we are honored to present our 17th Annual Texas Classic Auction, slated for Saturday, April 21st and featuring The Collection of Pamela and Eugene Knies, offered entirely Without Reserve. Expertly assembled over many years by well-known Texas collector and franchised auto dealer, Eugene Knies, The Collection of Pamela and Eugene Knies comprises nearly 80 cars, featuring high line exotics and a myriad of interesting low-mileage motorcars, spanning the decades. As announced by Worldwide Auctioneers’ Principal & Auctioneer John Kruse, “It is unusual to come across such a striking collection of low mileage and largely original vintage American cars and modern exotics, distinctive for their condition and the obvious care that has been expended on them. Mr. Knies was a knowledgeable and passionate collector and we are happy to be in position to offer this outstanding collection in Texas next month, entirely without reserve.”

Highlights from this fascinating and diverse collection are many, with the vast majority being pampered, low-mileage examples that were carefully selected by Mr. Knies. Virtually every American marque is represented, and the collection provides a wonderful tour through postwar automotive history.

The Texas Classic Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at the Arlington Convention Center in the Dallas metroplex, close to the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. The sale will once again run in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, now in its sixth year. The Texas Classic Auction starts at 11am on Saturday, April 21st, with preview days on April 19th and 20th from 9am – 6pm. The sale is open to the public, with admission by catalogue at $75, or $30 for general admission with limited seating. Children of 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Further information on bidder registration, admission, and all the weekend schedules are available online at or by calling us at 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Full details on the Concours d’Elegance of Texas are available at

The Ex-Adolf Hitler 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen – An Editorial on Historically Significant and Culturally Sensitive Motorcars

Mercedes-Benz 770K Offener Tourenwagen #189744. To be offered at the Scottsdale Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

For much of recorded history, wheeled vehicles have played an indispensable and inseparable role in the world’s most important events. Indeed, by their very use, whether in the service of good or evil, many vehicles correctly stand today as cultural and technological icons. Often, due to the deep emotions and stirring memories they invoke, many historic vehicles are recognized as truly significant historical artifacts, worthy of continued preservation in the impartial hands of conservators and of exhibition and interpretation by selective curators, for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.

Concrete examples are virtually countless in support of this hypothesis. Many surviving historic vehicles are inextricably linked to the world’s richest and most demanding owners, usually featuring advanced, world-beating engineering and prodigious capabilities that continue to amaze. Of course, they are also the dominion of political leaders ranging from the benevolent to the most fearsome and dangerous tyrants to ever walk the earth. Above all, a psychological, as well as a vehicular, purpose, is served by many great automobiles as grand projections of authority, and yes, even scientifically formulated mass control.

Nowhere in the automotive world is this type of political influence and social effect truer than in the case of this majestic, yet infamous 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Offener Tourenwagen (Open Touring Car), first used by Adolf Hitler, German Chancellor and Führer (leader) of the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945. That Hitler and his associates created their awful ideology and then organized and orchestrated The Holocaust is an indisputable matter of historical fact. That an estimated six million Jewish people were systematically identified, collected, transported, abused, and then horribly murdered in Nazi death camps is undeniable.

Why is this motorcar important and why are we offering it? Because it stands, and most importantly, continues to serve, as a singular piece of irreplaceable and priceless living history.

It did not choose its user or its use. People – with the fallibility and prejudices that are all too often part of human nature – were responsible for that. If the original Hitlerian provenance of this Mercedes-Benz 770K can be set aside, if only momentarily, the Mercedes-Benz 770 “Grosser,” or “Super Mercedes,” remains quite likely the world’s greatest achievement in terms of automotive design, engineering, and construction. These intrinsic virtues must, by necessity, be considered in any discussion of the vehicle, as well as the negatives.

Above all, the very survival and continued existence of this motorcar simply and eloquently serves to remind humankind today of the final and inevitable Allied victory and humankind’s triumph over the innumerable evils that Hitler and his Nazi party represented in their most virulent and destructive forms. In keeping with that vital message and mission, this singular Mercedes-Benz 770K remains in silent service, helping to ensure that the best qualities of human endeavor will forever overshadow the darkness of Hitler and the Nazis.

Already recognized for its immense and unmatched technical and historical significance, this Mercedes-Benz 770K continues to captivate and incite emotion in all who see and read about it. It can be reasonably stated that no other automobile is as widely recognized around the world. It has been viewed in the media, both in still photos and video, and in historical reference books virtually everywhere. Its life has been chronicled through its service during the war, and some 70 years beyond, where it has been in several displays and museums across the United States and more recently part of some very significant and very private collections. It is only proper that this incredibly important historical artifact should now be offered so that it may be used in a setting such as a public museum or collection, where it can be shown and used to continually educate present and future generations.

While much has been written of Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz limousines over many years, perhaps no other historian has followed this rare breed more closely than the late Mr. Ludwig Kosche, a German resident of Canada and a noted historian and librarian who spent much of his career at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where an ex-Hermann Göring Mercedes-Benz 770K has resided since 1971. In correspondence with the vehicle on offer, Mr. Kosche’s description of these parade cars concludes with quite likely the most accurate summation of their place in history. “The purpose of this display is absolutely not to glorify Hitler and his destructive policies, no. It is to show you one of the outstanding cars of the century, built by gifted people, and representing the highest in craftsmanship. But it is also as a memorial to the fighting prowess of American soldiers that we take pride in displaying this showpiece of a fallen dictator. And above all, as a reminder that the evil which this car symbolizes, must never again be allowed to happen.”

*It should be noted that 10% of the sale price of this vehicle will be donated and used to educate how and why the Holocaust happened and how to effectively prevent such atrocities in the future.

Onsite and in-person viewings of this 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen will be for accredited media representatives and registered bidders only, by appointment

All media inquiries should be directed to

All confidential buyer inquiries should be directed to and

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Martin Milner and George Maharis in a Route 66 publicity photo. Image by CBS (or Screen Gems) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Known variously as The Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or the Mother Road, Route 66 was once part of American’s early Interstate system linking Chicago to California. Today, it remains an indelible part of American culture and a universal symbol of freedom and adventure on the open road. Capturing the spirit of restless youth on the move, the Route 66 TV show debuted in 1960 and ran on CBS for several seasons, originally starring Martin Milner and George Maharis as pals Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock. For many viewers, however, the real star of the show was their ride, a 1960 Corvette roadster.

The Route 66 Corvette against a fitting backdrop. Public Domain image courtesy of

The old Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and eventually bypassed by newer highways, finally being decommissioned as a federal highway by 1985. However, much like the first-generation Corvette used by Tod and Buzz, and the TV show it was named after, Route 66 never faded from the public consciousness.

According to an article posted today (November 16, 2017) on the daily blog, the National Park Service studied Route 66 for possible National Historic Trail status as early as 1990, but decided against the measure, instead creating and administering the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program which runs until 2019. As mandated by the National Trails System Act of 1968, only an act of the U.S. Congress can bring new Historic National Trail designations into force, using three selection criteria: it must have historical and national significance, and there must be adequate potential for historic interpretation or recreational use by the public.

Congressional hearings were held this week to once again consider a renewal of Route 66, which would necessarily include uniform signage along its 2,400-mile length, plus interpretive panels for travelers to view on their journey. Cooperative agreements with local organizations could also be initiated. To that end, the Route 66 Road Ahead Initiative was established, headed by Bill Thomas, who testified at this week’s Congressional hearing on the matter. House bill H.R. 801 proposes to grant National Historic Trail status to Route 66, and a separate bill, H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, was tabled earlier this year and remains in subcommittee.

In the meantime, you can experience the flavor of the Route 66 experience for yourself and anywhere you choose to go with the multiple award-winning 1960 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Dual-Quad’ roadster we are offering at Scottsdale on January 17th! Sporting the matching 283-cid, 270-horsepower engine with dual 4-barrel carbs backed by a 4-speed transmission, it is a truly exceptional ‘C1’ Corvette with the right factory equipment and outstanding presence in every respect.

Learn more about it here and get ready to bid on it at our second annual Scottdale auction by calling us at 1-800-990-6789 or by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at the first catalogue auction held during January’s famous Scottsdale auction week!

Automotive Love at First Sight

GM PR Image from the Public Domain supplied by the Automotive History Preservation Society (AHPS) Archive.

Ask anyone to shout out the first thing that enters their mind about the late-1970s Pontiac Trans Am, and they will likely answer “Smokey and the Bandit.” While the Pontiac ponycar’s use in the wildly successful Burt Reynolds/Hal Needham movie franchise cemented its iconic status in the public imagination, the Trans Am was my dream car long before the popular movie’s 1977 release.

What’s not to love? The Firebird and its various models, including the Esprit, Formula, and Trans Am, held the line as high-style, high-content cars with a strong performance identity during the turbulent 1970s. I loved how most of the auto industry struggled to meet fuel economy, emissions, and safety legislation, yet Pontiac’s engineering wizards somehow managed to make the second-generation F-Body Firebird not only keep pace but stand proudly as the fastest American car alongside Chevrolet’s Corvette. While the Firebird was indeed available with a thrifty six-cylinder engine, the performance-oriented Formula and top-echelon Trans Am were available with several versions of Pontiac’s 400- and 455-cid V-8 engines, with the 400 and Oldsmobile 403 V-8 making their final appearances in 1979. The WS-6 performance option, available from 1978 through 1981, added performance-tuned underpinnings and 4-wheel disc brakes for outstanding handling and stopping power – ideal for these true driver’s cars.

As a kid, I was captivated by the Pontiac’s magical combination of performance and image – just like millions more throughout North America. Sales were brisk, thanks to high-profile movie and TV placements, including the gold mid-’70s Firebird piloted by James Garner every week on “The Rockford Files.” Friends and I could only wonder as to what engine was under the hood of that car, which was the perfect match for Mr. Garner’s stylish and highly likable TV character.

During my grade school and high school years, I dreamed of owning a Firebird of my own. My opportunity came in May 1984, when I had accumulated enough money to buy a 1979 Trans Am. Not just any Trans Am, mind you – a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Trans Am. It had been used pretty hard by the owner’s son until the keys were quickly revoked and the car was parked. It had a few door dings, but I saw the potential. Or drank the Kool-Aid, as some close to me thought at the time. Anyway, I had to have it. Years of pent-up desire and saving left me no choice. I was hooked.

Thoughts of grateful friends and swooning young ladies swirled in my head as I handed the money to the seller and dutifully made my way to the local license office to get my new plates for the car. All after leaving class and before 5:00 pm! The car had an Olds 403 and automatic transmission, and I planned some choice tweaks to unlock a bit more power. However, the engine’s strong torque output and Safe-T-Track limited-slip rear end were surprisingly adept at breaking the nearly-bald original-style Goodyear Polyglas radial tires loose with a little prodding. Attention naysayers: 185 Net horsepower + limited slip + youthful silliness was a perfect algorithm for squealing tires and plenty of high-speed fun. That power rating sounds punky now, but during the emissions- and economy-crazy mid-1980s, I was at the wheel of a pretty fast and quick road machine.

I loved that car. From its relative rarity (about 8,000 10th Anniversary cars built) to its special silver-and-charcoal paint finish, multi-color pinstripes, huge hood decal, and silver leather interior with matching deep-pile carpeting, it was my dream machine. Every power option available was standard on this ‘bird. Just the GM/Delco 40-channel CB radio was optional. I was intent on keeping my car factory-stock in homage to GM and Pontiac. I even left the factory AM/FM 8-Track stereo system alone. Friends and relatives sympathized with my madness, giving me several cases of 8-Track tapes for the car, featuring plenty of the finest works from Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Supertramp, and even a few surprisingly good K-Tel compilations of late 1970s and early 1980s hits. Carole King’s Platinum-selling  Tapestry and Boney M’s Nightflight to Venus – complete with the infectious disco hit Rasputin – were unlikely and very guilty pleasures.

Many good things come to an end, however. For me, it was university and a brand new and wickedly quick Ford Mustang LX 5.0 hatchback. Something had to give, and I sold my beloved Trans Am to a young couple who were also afflicted with Trans Am fever and had an insurance settlement in hand to replace their wrecked 1978 black-and-gold Special Edition car. I never forgot my Trans Am and while I was considered not very cool during my ownership of it, I had many happy times in that car and fond memories of it remain today. Happily, during the 2017 Festival celebrations in downtown Auburn, I spied this very nice 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am on a side street near the epicenter of the celebrations.  I dragged my ever-patient and supportive wife and three teenage kids over to the car, which was far nicer than mine ever was, clearly benefiting from some 15 years of single-owner care and enjoyment.

A very nice 10th Anniversary Special Edition Trans Am spotted at the 2017 Auburn Labor Day weekend Festival celebrations in beautiful downtown Auburn, Indiana. The owner told me he has owned the car for 15 years, and given its great appearance, it showed! I was thrilled to see it.

What was your first “special” car? Comment here and tell us about it!

Glamour Time! Starring the 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe

A true motoring icon as sought-after today as when new, this 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe strikes a dramatic pose. The choice of movie icons, top celebrities, and the world’s richest buyers, it is one of our early feature consignments to our upcoming January 17, 2018, Scottsdale auction.

Aimed primarily at America’s famous and wealthy, the Silver Cloud III remains a stylistic icon and one of the all-time finest motorcars ever to come from Rolls-Royce. In fact, it’s cutting-edge styling, luxury, and impeccable engineering make it an ideal classic car for touring enjoyment today. In addition to the “standard” (if that term ever applied to a Rolls-Royce) Saloon, a limited number of coach built examples (328 on the normal-length chassis and 47 on the long-wheelbase chassis) also graced the Silver Cloud III chassis. While quite rare, the Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner Park Ward is even more rare, with just 101 built in all. This example is one of just 52 produced with left-hand drive.

Debuted at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show in London alongside the Silver Cloud III 2-door Saloon, the Drophead Coupe was coach built by H.J. Mulliner Park Ward. This special model retained the general design language used by Vilhelm Koren for the prior Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2, refined and modernized with a new canted four-headlamp arrangement harmonizing nicely with Rolls-Royce’s signature Greek Temple-inspired radiator shell up front. Now, as when new, the Silver Cloud III continues to epitomize style and luxury and marks the end of an era as the last Rolls-Royce model other than the Phantom VI limousine to utilize traditional body-on-frame construction.

Numbered LSC39C, this original U.S.-specification 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe is one of just 52 left-hand drive examples produced, according to the definitive book, “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining,” by Davide Bassoli. A late-production, “Series C” car, it benefits from all the running updates applied to the Silver Cloud III chassis during its relatively brief production run. Additionally, the original details for LSC39C are listed by Lawrence Dalton in “Rolls-Royce: The Classic Elegance,” as well as copies of the original Rolls-Royce chassis card provided by the Rolls-Royce Foundation.

Built to order, LSC39C was delivered to H.J. Mulliner Park Ward to receive its special Style 2045 coachwork (Body No. Z.91) on October 11, 1965. On November 24, 1965, the chassis was tested by the Rolls-Royce factory, with UK Registration Number JGF34D. Following completion, LSC39C was shipped to Rolls-Royce Inc. in New York and then delivered via Ascot Imported Cars on April 4, 1966, to its first owner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original equipment was comprehensive, supplemented by a desirable FrigiKing air-conditioning system, most likely a dealer-installed option in period for year-round comfort. The glove box contains the original Owners Handbook, plus registration documents and a handwritten note by the original reading, “11-12-76 Installed all new muffler system 17,800 miles.” The next documented owner of LSC39C acquired the car on March 25,1991 at 37,870 miles. The Consignor, a longstanding Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club member, and marque collector acquired LSC39C in June 1993, using it only sparingly ever since.

As offered, LSC39C clearly benefits from proper care, maintenance, and storage. It retains the majority of its factory-original Valentines Smoke Green paint finish, with selective touch-ups as required. The luxurious interior, trimmed in Stone Connolly hides, remains almost entirely original except for a newer Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette head unit and speakers. Mounting plates for the factory-original radio remain with the car. An ideal purchase for the committed Rolls-Royce collector, this 1963 Silver Cloud III will provide its new owner with a great classic touring experience, as well as an ideal entry for the many shows, concours, and Rolls-Royce Owners Club events held worldwide. Get ready for our second annual Scottsdale auction, slated for January 17, 2018 and experience it for yourself! Register to bid by calling us at 1-800-990-6789 or by clicking here.



Auburn – Our Home is the Home of the Classics

A fitting group of L-29s in celebration of the 2017 ACD Festival marking the Year of the Cord.

Ever since it was established during the mid-1950s, the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival continues to draw legions of visitors to Auburn, Indiana, the home city of Worldwide Auctioneers. Situated in DeKalb County, Indiana, Auburn was founded in 1836 by Wesley Park and serves as the county seat of DeKalb County. Auburn also stands proudly as the “Home of the Classics,” where the beautifully styled and technically sophisticated automobiles once rolled off the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg assembly plants.

While the great pre-war classic cars produced in Auburn until the late 1930s rank highly among the many attractions and events, including our annual Auburn auction at the National Automobile and Truck Museum (NATMUS), Auburn itself provides a truly wonderful setting. From its many historic landmarks to wonderful architecture, Auburn and its residents are equally renowned for their community spirit and hospitality to visitors.

Great prewar classics in front of the National Auto & Truck Museum. This historic location is the actual building where the Cord L-29 – America’s first front-drive passenger car – was produced.

With far too many of its beauties to fully list here, Auburn is a family-friendly city with a refreshing small-town feel, yet delivers the amenities of many larger centers. In short, Auburn – whether during the Festival Week or any other occasion, is a great place to visit and spend some quality time. Here are just a few images of Auburn, with much more to be added to our various social media pages. We hope you will enjoy these images of what makes Auburn so special!

The beautiful, Art Deco interior of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, which was originally the company’s administration building during the 1930s.

A truly timeless classic – an Auburn Speedster spotted front and center at the Friday night street festival in downtown Auburn’s town square.

The beautiful water fountain adjacent to Auburn’s Craftsman-era Eckhart Library, nicely illuminated during a perfect late-summer evening – the perfect location for quiet reflection or a delicious picnic.


Highlights from Our 10th Annual Auburn Auction

Following up on our 10th annual auction in our hometown of Auburn, Indiana, we are thrilled to announce a 97% sell-through rate, propelled by the Jimmie Taylor collection, the final cars from the Chuck Runyon collection, and the second grouping of vehicles from Allen Smith. Offered without reserve, the cars and motorcycles from these three private collections spanned automotive history from the dawn of motoring and both sides of the Atlantic.

The Brooks Stevens-designed Die Valkyrie concept car, based on the commanding and powerful foundation of a 1955 Cadillac chassis and formerly part of the Brooks Stevens Auto Museum, added a further dash of show-car drama and international flair to the auction.

Opening the auction was the offering of this year’s beautifully handmade charity quilt, “Every Mile is a Memory,” which sold for $11,000. The product of more than 3,000 hours of hand embroidery, quilt work, and love, this wonderful piece drew spirited bids and will its sale will benefit the worthy functions of the Catholic Charities Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

The top seller of this year’s Auburn auction was the dashing 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B, resplendent in Blue over Tan leather and complete with a wonderful set of fitted luggage inside the trunk, which drew a winning bid of $539,000 including buyer’s premium.

Another exciting sale was achieved by the beautifully restored 1908 Holsman Model 10 High-Wheel Runabout, which was found prior to restoration stored inside the milking parlor of a dairy barn. Sold at $66,000 it is going to a worthy collection.

Continuing the momentum, we are now hard at work securing great consignments for our second annual Scottsdale, Arizona auction, slated for January 18th, 2018. Watch our website and advertising for news as consignments are added over the next few months and contact us to register to bid or to have your special collector car considered for the auction!


Exciting New Details on our 1930 Cadillac V-16 Selling at Auburn

The cover car for our 10th annual Auburn, Indiana auction to be held on Saturday, September 2nd, this majestic 1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Limousine by Fleetwood is one of the most historic luxury cars ever produced. Aimed directly at the business, political, and social elite of the 1930s, Cadillac’s V-16 remains a design and engineering landmark in every respect with no two exactly alike. In researching the background of this example, Worldwide Auctioneers consulted the GM Media Archive and received a copy of the original Cadillac Motor Car sales order form for this very car.

After it was produced, this Fleetwood Style 4375 Imperial Limousine-bodied V-16 was delivered new to Portland, Oregon, where it was sold by the Collins Bros. Co. All V-16s were sold new to wealthy individuals with the means to purchase and operate them, and this car, number 700859, was no exception, having either been purchased new or subsequently by Jimmy Monaghan, a Portland-based lumber baron. This early provenance came to light by chance just today (Friday September 1, 2017), when Mr. Glenn Mounger, the retired chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,  contacted our Auctioneer and Co-Principal, Rod Egan. Mr. Mounger not only recalled our V-16, he had a wonderful personal connection to it.

During the early 1970s, around 1971-1972, Mr. Mounger and his friend, Larry Lattin, were seeking classic cars in Oregon, where they saw 700859 in a lumber camp. Spotted in very good condition and sporting the silver and black colors it continues with today, the V-16 was under the ownership of an aged, but still very spry, Jimmy Monaghan. A sale price was negotiated on the spot with Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Lattin was the proud new owner of the V-16. The adventures continued for both Mounger and Lattin, with the as-yet unproven Cadillac, weighing some 5,000 pounds, needing to be driven over a mountain pass for the trip to its new home with Mr. Lattin in Seattle, Washington. Thankfully, the unrestored car’s brakes were up to the task and the trip to Seattle proved uneventful but enjoyable, with Mr. Mounger at the wheel.

During his ownership of 700859, which we understand to have continued until the late 1990s, Mr. Lattin eventually had the car restored circa 1990-1992. The car would eventually be acquired in 2001 by noted Windsor, Ontario-based collector Mickey Moulder, who detailed the car for the show field and displayed the V-16 at the 2002 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. The next year, Mr. Moulder sold the Cadillac to Jimmie Taylor of Huntington, West Virginia, who made the car the centerpiece of his wonderful museum collection, which was open to the public for free. To ever be able to offer a Cadillac V-16 from the first model year is a thrill in itself. However, with its great history, this Cadillac V-16 marks an even better occasion. Now, it can be yours, offered Without Reserve at Auburn on Saturday, August 2nd!

Avanti – Studebaker’s Design Icon – Now Available in Auburn

Launched for 1963, Studebaker’s Avanti personal luxury/sports coupe was a fresh, exciting design and clearly demonstrated the South Bend company was still a force to be reckoned with. While lacking the economies of scale and financial strength enjoyed by Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, Studebaker embarked on a bold campaign to reinvent itself when Sherwood Egbert assumed the company presidency in 1961. Immediately, he set to work with a two-pronged strategy, commissioning Brooks Stevens to update the existing Hawk and Lark and enlisting Raymond Loewy Associates to design a new sporty car, named “Avanti,” meaning forward in Italian.

Designed and refined from general directions laid down by Loewy to Bob Andrews, Tom Kellogg, and John Ebstein, who were sequestered in a Palm Springs house and worked 16-hour days over six weeks, the resulting Avanti was fresh and almost otherworldly in appearance. Since Egbert was an aviation enthusiast, the Avanti’s luxurious yet purposeful interior was designed similarly to that of an aircraft cockpit. Given the tight timeframe, Studebaker built the Avanti with a no-rust fiberglass body on a shortened Lark frame with front and rear anti-roll bars. Advertised as a new class of American automobile, the Avanti was at once elegant, sophisticated, and sporty and generated intense demand upon release, but relatively few were built before production ended. Today, the Avanti remains one of the greatest American designs conceived.

The Avanti was built to perform with a complete line of high-performance engines ranging from the “R1” 240-horsepower 289 cubic-inch V-8 equipped with a “3/4 race” camshaft, dual-point distributor, 4-barrel carburetor, and dual exhaust. Famed racer Andy Granatelli developed several tuned versions, including the Paxton-supercharged “R2” version with 290 rated horsepower and rare 335-hp supercharged “R3,” through the twin-carb “R4” and twin-supercharged “R5.” Granatelli set 29 world speed records with an R3-powered Avanti in late 1962, setting the mark as the world’s fastest sports car at 211.292 mph. According to marque experts, only 3,834 Aventis were built in 1963; precious few were built to R2 specification.

Offered from 18 years of sole ownership, this unrestored 1963 ‘R2’ Studebaker Avanti is a prime example of these design and performance icons. See it at our upcoming Auburn auction, scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at the National Auto and Truck Museum (NATM) on Gordon Buehrig Drive in Auburn, Indiana, and be sure to register to bid at !

Page 1 of 3