Car collectors from all over the globe are expected to congregate in Fort Worth, Texas for an auction-packed weekend featuring the world renown (Paul & Chris) Andrews Car Collection. This multi-million-dollar father-son automotive portfolio represents the most significant private car collection ever offered at a single-vendor sale. 78 vehicles, of which 16 lots carry pre-sale estimates of more than $1 million, will go on the block during this one-day sale. RM Sotheby’s is the auction house conducting the event.
In an effort to scale their collection to a more manageable level, a flawless group of American classics and hot rods, along with some of the finest sports and GT cars in existence. This is a chance of a lifetime to the most avid collector, with all to be offered without reserve, selling to the highest bid.
The expected featured attraction will be an historical 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, which was displayed at the 1962 Geneva and New York Auto Shows and raced by its original owner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s estimated to fetch $7,000,000 – $8,500,000.
Another car with pedigree is a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car, considered one of the most outrageous and ornate of all Dueseys. It was originally conceived with famed glamour actress Mae West in mind, although it was ultimately delivered new to candy-making heiress and horse racing legend, Ethel V. Mars. It’s estimate to bring $3,400,000 – $3,600,000).
Another interesting piece is a 1962 Shelby 289 ‘Competition’ Cobra, which was the first racing-specification Cobra sold to the public. Interestingly,it has spent most of its existence in the Dallas area, where Shelby’s were once assembled; a rare little known fact. It’s estimated to go down on the hammer for $2,200,000 – $2,600,000.
Two Model A’s to go on the block, which includes the notorious 1932 Khougaz “Lakes Roadster” and a custom pickup, known as “Loose Change”. The roadster, customized, is one of the most historically iconic hot rods in extant. Running on alcohol fuel, the iconic roadster in 1946 topped 141.95 miles per hour at El Mirage Dry Lake. The roadster, created by master builder Jim Khougaz, a tough, battle-tested former Army Air Corps B-17 waist gunner, served double duty as Jim Khougaz’s street and race car. It’s scheduled to sell with no reserve for $300,000 – $375,000. The pickup is Chris Andrews’ first attempt at building a hot rod, in which it showcases his incredible attention to detail and design, as well as his sense of style. Its estimated to go for $40,000 – $60,000.
What would an auction of this magnitude be without a ‘star car’, which in this case includes a rare 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Brougham. Its claim to fame is reportedly appearing in The Godfather. It’s estimated at $40,000 – $60,000.
A featured motorcycle, known as the 2011 Custom Electric Motorcycle, is a functional recreation of the bike used in Tron: Legacy. It’s estimated at $25,000 – $40,000.
The collection also comprises of an eclectic array of memorabilia, including handmade models, pedal cars, vintage neon signage, and rare mechanical musical instruments. Highlights with a Texas connection include a rare Pig Sandwich Neon Sign, one of four surviving originals produced by Claude Federal Neon in the early 1920s for the legendary Dallas-based Pig Stands. Its worth is estimated at $15,000 – $20,000.
The most unusual item to be auctioned off has to be a unique one-of-a-kind 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Demonstration Stand, which was not a production model at all, but a static display used for the 1965 show circuit. The display featured a blue fastback coupe body that lifted up and down off its chassis. Originally owned by General Motors, it’s estimated to bring $1,000,000 – $1,400,000.
WHO: RM Sotheby’s
One of the world’s largest auction houses for investment-quality automobiles, RM Sotheby’s has 35 years’ of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds four of the top ten all-time records for the most valuable motor cars sold at auction.
WHAT: The Andrews Collection
One of the world’s finest private collections, the Andrews Collection represents years of acquisition by lifelong enthusiast and successful local entrepreneur, Paul Andrews (founder of TTI, Inc., formerly Tex-tronics), and his son Chris. The collection is a true reflection of the father and son’s shared passion and love for design, their time spent together, and dedication to preserving automotive history. The offering features an outstanding group of 78 vehicles, of which 16 lots carry pre-sale estimates of more than $1 million.
Auction is this Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Preview starts Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Panther City Classic Auto – 8400 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, 76108
DIGITAL AUCTION CATALOGUE: http://rmauctions.com/digitalcatalogs/2015/AC15