Auctions America: Indiana’s Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection to be Offered at Auctions America by RM’s Auburn Fall Sale

By Auto News Log • July 27th, 2011

• Auctions America by RM to present 68 vehicles and a selection of vintage motorcycles from Indiana’s Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection ‘without reserve’ at its Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, September 1 – 4, 2011
• Collection spans almost a century of automotive history, highlighted by a host of great American classics from the 1950s through 1970s
• A popular choice for private collections, Auctions America by RM’s multi-day Auburn Fall sale to also feature a selection of vehicles from a private Pennsylvania and a private Michigan collection

AUBURN, Indiana – Auctions America by RM will lift the gavel on 68 vehicles and a selection of vintage motorcycles from Indiana’s 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 Indiana’s largest antique auto and memorabilia museum, well-known by automotive enthusiasts. Following the museum’s 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 RM’s 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 America’s 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 company’s 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’.

Highlights from the Pennsylvania collection include: a 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet (Est. $40,000 – $60,000); a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster (Est. $35,000 – $40,000); and a 1982 Excalibur Boattail (Est. $35,000 – $45,000). The Michigan-based collection is equally diverse; notable entries include a 1966 Plymouth Hemi Satellite (Est. $50,000 – $70,000); a 1970 Dodge T/A Challenger (Est. $55,000 – $65,000); and a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo (Est. $80,000 – $100,000).

The 2011 Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend will be held September 1 – 4 at the Auburn Auction Park, Auburn, Indiana. General admission is $15 for a day pass or $40 for the entire weekend, which includes access to the auction, swap meet and car corral, and special Hot Rod & Custom Car Seminar, along with parking. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted for free.

The Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend will be closely followed by Auction America by RM’s Fall Carlisle Auction, held during Carlisle Events’ 2011 ‘Fall Carlisle’ show, September 29 – October 1 at the Carlisle (PA) Expo Center, to wrap up an exciting month of auction action.

For complete event, consignment and bidding information for Auction America by RM’s Auburn Fall or Fall Carlisle Events, please call +1 260 927 9797 or visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

Photo captions:

Top: Select highlights from the Rag Tops Auto Museum set for the Auburn Fall sale (photo credit: Keith Koscak © 2011 courtesy Auctions America by RM)
Second top: 2001 Darryl Gwynn / Mike Dunn Top-Fuel Dragster (photo credit: Keith Koscak © 2011 courtesy Auctions America by RM)

About the Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend

A fall tradition for collector car enthusiasts for over 40 years, Auction America by RM’s Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend combines a first-class auction experience with one of the Midwest’s largest car corral and swap meets, making for an ultimate automotive weekend for motoring enthusiasts. In total, this year’s auction offering will feature over 1200 quality collector cars, including American classics, Detroit muscle, European exotics and Hot Rods and Customs, and a select range of vintage motorcycles, catering for a diverse range of automotive tastes. The car corral and swap meet, exclusively presented by Carlisle Events, will be another major draw for motoring enthusiasts, providing a treasure trove for all things automotive and propelling the total number of cars and motorcycles offered across the weekend to over 2000.

About Auctions America by RM

Auctions America by RM was formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of the world’s largest collector car auction house, RM Auctions. It is headquartered in Auburn, Indiana at its 235-acre Auburn Auction Park and will host five multi-day events in 2011. The Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. To learn more about Auctions America by RM and its calendar of events, please visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

Contact:

Amy Christie
amy@rmauctions.com
+1 519 437 3047

Source: Auctions America

 

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