Beautiful and rare pre-war Mercedes-Benz Sports Phaeton together with superb models from Auburn, Cord and Packard among newest consignments
From two prominent US collections – collections that were assembled when the term "collector car" was first coming into use – are some exquisite pre-war motorcars heading to Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on January 16th.
From the esteemed collection of the late Ralph W.E. Cox Jr. is a very rare and highly desirable 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Phaeton that has been in present ownership for over the last half century. An authentic and scarce derivative of the lithe, sports coachwork for the legendary 500K chassis, this supercharged version has matching numbers throughout and represents the fabled Stuttgart marque at its best.
Also from the Cox Collection is one of just three 1933 Auburn 12-161A Custom Speedsters. This too has been in the same family ownership for more than 60 years and, with documented history, is a genuine example with original body and drivetrain. Both of these exceptional automobiles represent a rare opportunity to acquire two highly sought-after models seldom encountered.
Offered from the Heritage Collections & Gardens Automobile Collection, the respected New England-based museum celebrating American heritage, are three noteworthy pre-war cars: a 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton with beautiful Art Deco styling, innovative front wheel-drive and sophisticated pre-selector transmission; a stunning 1933 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria with the desirable open coachwork styled by Dietrich; and a beautifully presented 1931 Chevrolet Rumble Seat Coupe equipped with many optional extras.
These and many more rare and historic motorcars from around the world will be offered at Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on Thursday, January 16th at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, to register to bid and to order a catalogue, please visit bonhams.com/scottsdale
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