BLENHEIM, ON - RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, marked its 30th anniversary in 2009 with a solid year of performance. RM generated over $190 million US in sales with unit volume in excess of 1,450 motor cars, which included 12 separate auctions in four different countries.

As many as 10 collector cars accounted for million-dollar-plus transactions at auction, and RM managed to smash its own world record for the highest price achieved at auction with the sale of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa , s/n 0714TR for $12.4 million* at its renowned Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione event in Maranello, Italy in May.

World Records

In addition to setting the new overall world record for the most expensive motor car ever sold at auction, a number of other world records were achieved at RM events in 2009.

The sale of a historic 1952 Jaguar C-Type, s/n XKC-007 established a world record for a C-Type, selling for $2,530,000 at RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey event in August.

A 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car ‘VMF 64’ with Le Mans and Mille Miglia provenance, offered for the first time in 52 years at RM’s Automobiles of London in October, set a new auction world record for an Aston Martin DB2, achieving $910,745.

Earlier in the year, an award-winning 1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Three-Window Coupe doubled its original estimate, selling for a record price for a Ford Model 18 of $165,000 at RM’s Automobiles of Amelia Island sale.

Overall, RM proudly holds five of the top 10 records - and more significantly, four of the top five records - for the most expensive motor cars ever sold at auction.

“The market for ‘quality’ motor cars – exceptional, rare examples with important provenance and documentation – remains stable, with outstanding cars continuing to attract great prices at auction. While some segments of the market have experienced minor price adjustments, these have been an expected result of the overall economy,” said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.

Single-owner Collections

As specialists for estate and private collection sales, RM has attained considerable recognition in the collector car market by providing an unsurpassed level of marketing and cataloging services for such diverse clients as Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Orange County motoring legend Joe McPherson, broadcasting entrepreneur Art Astor, Michigan businessman John McMullen, the Gene Ponder collection, and the ‘Kustom Kulture’ collection of Jimmy and Danny Brucker.

RM added to its track record of successful single-owner sales with 100 percent sell-through rates at each of the two collections presented in 2009.

The Nick Alexander Woodie Collection kicked off Monterey’s famed classic car week achieving in excess of $7 million in total sales. The four-hour auction attracted spirited bidding as 51 magnificent pre- and post-war Ford & Mercury wood-bodied station wagons crossed the block before a packed house. The top-seller was a Dearborn award-winning 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible, the rarest Sportsman of all, which brought an impressive $368,500.

The Icons of Speed & Style event followed a month later when RM presented a ‘no-reserve’ single-owner collection of 80 American racers, hot rods and custom vehicles and 70 lots of period hot rod and ‘Kustom Kulture’ memorabilia to a standing-room-only crowd at the Petersen Automotive Museum, achieving total sales of nearly $7 million. A highlight of this event included the 1965 Dodge A100 Pickup Truck “Little Red Wagon” Wheelstander which exceeded its high estimate of $300,000 for a final sale price of $550,000.

2010 Schedule

RM anticipates another successful year for the collector car hobby in 2010. In addition to hosting its impressive international auction schedule, RM plans to continue its support of many of the year’s hobby events with its car specialists participating at the Mille Miglia, the California Mille, the Colorado Grand rally and many others.

  1. January 21-22, Automobiles of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

  2. March 13, Automobiles of Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL

  3. March 26-28, Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  4. April 24-25, Classic Car Auction of Michigan, Novi, MI

  5. May 1, Sporting Classics of Monaco, Monaco

  6. July 24, Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook, Rochester, MI

  7. August 13-14, Sports & Classics of Monterey, Monterey, CA

  8. October 8, Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey, Hershey, PA

  9. October 27, Automobiles of London, London, UK