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Art of the Automobile by RM


   Written by Richard Michael Owen.
1954 Pegaso Z-102 Coup

On the 21st of November RM will present their Art of the Automobile auction in association with Sothebys in Manhattan.

RM says it will be the first major automobile auction in Manhattan in over a decade. As such RM will place an emphasis on bespoke design and ‘best of category’ examples.

Many of the highlight cars were recently captured for the event catalog by studio photographer Michael Furman.

We have assembled several highlight images from each of Furman's shoots and put them on a single page to preview to Art of the Automobile.

1936 Talbot Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet 90111 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1936 Talbot Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet 90111 - Sold for $7,150,000. From the collection of James Patterson comes this 1936 Talbot Lago T150C Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi, chassis number 90111. This car won its class at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance following an exacting restoration by RM Auctions. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Lincoln Indianapolis 58WA10902 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis 58WA10902 - Rear shot of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis with coachwork by the Italian firm Boano from the collection of Paul & Judy Andrews. Effortlessly combining Italian coachwork on an American chassis, this unique show car was displayed at the Turin Auto Show. It is among the most audacious examples of custom coachwork ever crafted on a Lincoln chassis. Restored to its original appearance, including eye-popping colors and trim, it has been shown in modern times at only a few prestigious events, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A spectacular achievement in design, it is certain to attract strong interest from automobile and art collectors alike. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit - Sold for $2,310,000. 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit chassis VF9SK2C24BM795010. The most important performance car of modern times. A one-off “Blue Night” iteration. Stunning blue carbon fiber and complementing polished aluminum. Single ownership and very limited mileage. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1892 Brewster Park Drag by Brewster & Company Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1892 Brewster Park Drag by Brewster & Company - Sold for $253,000. 1892 Brewster Park Drag by Brewster & Company. A masterpiece of functional fine art from the Victorian Age. Vanderbilt livery: “A dash of burgundy mixed with plum”. Built for Vanderbilt family members Hamilton and Florence Twombly. Documented history from the day it was built. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS \'Sunroof\' Coupé 108399 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS 'Sunroof' Coupé 108399 - Sold for $605,000. While many Porsches of this type were campaigned on the track, it appears that this 1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupé was specified by its first owner, Robert Blackwood, of Atlanta, Georgia, for long-distance touring. It was delivered with a long list of factory options, according to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, including a Blaupunkt radio and two loudspeakers, a rear luggage rack, an electric clock, an 80-liter fuel tank, a factory-installed roll bar, and a very desirable and rare sunroof. When considering these options, and also the Carrera 1600 GS-specification drivetrain, this Porsche would certainly have been one of the priciest and most desirable examples delivered stateside that year. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster IE11911 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster IE11911 - Sold for $467,500. 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster. As per Enzo Ferrari, “The most beautiful car ever made”. One of the finest examples extant. Three-time 100-point JCNA National Champion. Matching numbers. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet 18-81392 Image by 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet.

1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet 18-81392 - Sold for $319,000. European styling influencing American design. Formerly owned by Sergio Franchi. Beautifully restored to exacting original condition. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Class winner. Image by 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet.



1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II Supersonic Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II Supersonic - Sold for $2,310,000. Rear shot of the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’ by Carrozzeria Ghia on AM300/1/1132. Another car from the impressive Patterson collection. Won the Class O3: O4: Postwar Touring & American Chassis with Custom Bodies at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance after a restoration by Brian Joseph of Classic & Exotic Service, Inc. Previously owned by Robert M. Lee. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat - Sold for $770,000. 1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat. The car that invented “American performance”. One of the earliest built. Distinguished provenance. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Pegaso Z-102B Saoutchik Berlinetta *0102*150*0148 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Pegaso Z-102B Saoutchik Berlinetta *0102*150*0148 - Sold for $797,500. 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Coupe by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik on chassis *0102*150*0148 from the Patterson collection. Displayed at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance after a restoration by RM Auctions. Displayed at the 1954 Paris Motor Show. Original chassis, engine, and body. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly Berline by the Walter M. Murphy Company J512 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly Berline by the Walter M. Murphy Company J512 - Sold for $1,760,000. 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly Berline by the Walter M. Murphy Company. Chassis no. 2538. Engine no. J-512. Body no. 978. The most beautiful and desirable closed coachwork on the Duesenberg chassis. The only factory-supercharged Beverly built. Still equipped with an original supercharger today. Winner of multiple Best in Show and Best in Class awards. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder Zagato 2101 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder Zagato 2101 - Sold for $4,455,000. 1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Carrozzeria Zagato. The automotive embodiment of la dolce vita. The only Maserati A6G/2000 with spyder coachwork by Zagato. Displayed at the 1955 Geneva Salon and 1958 Paris Motor Show. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1936 Delahaye Type 135 Compétition Court Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1936 Delahaye Type 135 Compétition Court Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi - Sold for $2,420,000. 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi Chassis no. 47242. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Prototype EW’ Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Prototype EW’ - Sold for $7,040,000. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Prototype EW’ 1739GT. The symphonic marriage of a racing Ferrari with bespoke coachwork. Bodied in alloy and on a competition racing chassis. The 1960 Geneva and Turin show car. Multiple Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awards. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II 2473GT Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II 2473GT - Sold for $2,035,000. Rare in the extreme. The only example that is factory certified as having covered headlamps and a hard top from new. Beautifully restored to concours standards. Matching numbers and Classiche certified. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster 2119E Image by  Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster 2119E - Sold for $2,035,000. The enduring design legacy of styling genius Alan Leamy. Original, authentic, and matching numbers. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Category One certification. A multiple-concours-award winner. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1963 Chevrolet CERV II chassis P-3910 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1963 Chevrolet CERV II chassis P-3910 - Sold for $1,100,000. 1963 Chevrolet CERV II. The brainchild of the “Father of the Corvette”. Zora Arkus-Duntov’s legendary Corvette engineering test vehicle. The first known operating example of torque-vectoring, all-wheel drive. Ex-Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum, Miles Collier, and John Moores. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible - Sold for $456,500. 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible on chassis 145. Resplendent in Bronze with a red interior, it is arguably the finest restored and most stunning Dual-Ghia convertible in existence and a very special and prestigious example of one of the most elite and exclusive automobiles of its generation. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster 70180 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster 70180 - Sold for $1,650,000. 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster Chassis no. 70180 Engine no. 40188 Body no. 1179. Offered here is a desirable Series II variant with increased engine output and a little additional space behind the seats, offering those taller drivers a more comfortable seating position. It has been beautifully restored in striking Silver with contrasting handsome Green leather upholstery, making it an elegant, period-correct, and beautifully subtle alternative to the sea of white 507s more often offered. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti - Sold for $14,300,000. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti Chassis no. 6107. An Italian operatic masterpiece of sound and color. One of the finest original examples of Ferrari’s first mid-engined car. Finished 8th overall and 1st in class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. A time capsule that is being publicly seen and offered for the first time in decades. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1962 Lincoln Continental \'Bubbletop\' White House Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1962 Lincoln Continental 'Bubbletop' White House Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt - 1962 Lincoln Continental 'Bubbletop' White House Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - Sold for $1,650,000. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster on chassis 198.042.10.002562. The progenitor of the modern supercar. Charming provenance; two owners from new. Impeccable restoration to award-winning standards. Rare original accessories. Fully loaded 300SL roadster with hardtop, knock-off hubcaps, fitted luggage and toolkit. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500695 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500695 - Sold for $1,265,000. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 198.040.5500695. Special-ordered by Mr. Brown, the car is one of 19 ordered in this striking shade, Light Green Metallic, and it was likely one of still fewer with full red leather upholstery. In more recent care, it was professionally refinished in the original Light Green Metallic, and new red leather upholstery, in the original pattern and grain as in 1955, was installed. Comforts and conveniences within include a radio, a full set of factory-style fitted luggage, and a tool kit. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1931 Minerva AL Convertible Sedan by The Rollston Company 80105 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1931 Minerva AL Convertible Sedan by The Rollston Company 80105 - Sold for $660,000. A pioneering example of streamlined automotive design. The only known Minerva AL chassis with American coachwork. Purchased new by noted socialite Henry Walker Bagley. Formerly owned by D. Cameron Peck and Gerald Rolph. Award-winning concours restoration. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093 - Sold for $968,000. 1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093. Offered today in highly original condition, this spectacular 2000GT continues to show extremely well. The car has never been subject to a restoration of any kind; although, it was repainted once in its original color of Solar Red. The engine and drivetrain remain 100 percent original and in fully functioning condition, and they have never be disassembled or removed from the car. The interior is also highly original; it displays a few signs of wear, but it has always been well maintained. The car comes with a plethora of original documentation, including the original warranty card, purchase invoice, registration, window sticker, service booklet, and owners’ manual. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1970 Plymouth HEMI Road Runner Superbird RM23R0A170172 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1970 Plymouth HEMI Road Runner Superbird RM23R0A170172 - Sold for $363,000. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird. The ultimate muscle car, known as the “Winged Warrior”. One of only 58 examples with a Hemi and four-speed. Original drivetrain. Only 16,360 original miles; driven less than 300 miles since 1974. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 \'Tiger\' Image by  Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' - Sold for $137,500. 1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' The concept of the automobile re-imagined. The only yellow and black Tiger in existence. The most desirable and fastest “Messerschmitt,” with the highest specification. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupé Speciale 0407GT Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupé Speciale 0407GT - Sold for $2,420,000. 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupé Speciale 0407GT. The finest example of Pinin Farina’s iconic 1950s Ferrari “look”. A one-off custom design on the 250 Europa chassis. Recipient of numerous concours awards. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb 42PY Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb 42PY - Sold for $2,420,000. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb & Webb Chassis no. 42PY. A one-off Art Deco coupe. The prototype for the famous “razor edge” styling. Extensive known ownership history. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible - Sold for $258,500. 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible Chassis no. 589M12628. The ultimate American automobile of Detroit’s “Chrome Age,” and the finest example in existence. Equipped with virtually every factory option, including the “J-2” engine and air suspension. Multiple-award-winning restoration. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible - Fantastic interior shot of the 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible showing a high level of trimming and attention to detail. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - Beautiful fitted luggage of the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster that neatly tucks away into the trunk Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis - Wraparound interior of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino. The gauges are concealed by twin covers that open up. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1955 Pegaso Z-102B Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1955 Pegaso Z-102B - Engine of the 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Coupe by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik is automotive jewelry. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

- Interior of the 1936 Talbot Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet 90111 with excellent woodwook, large OM gauges and a small selector for the pre-selector transmission. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

- Engine bay of the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’. Somewhat changed from the standard DB2/4 Mk II to accommodate the rear-hinged hood. Elborate aluminum surrounds the outter edge and turned aluminum covers all the flat surfaces. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

- Wooden dashboard of the 1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 \'Tiger\' Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' - Interior of the 1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 'Tiger' Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti - Incredible symmetry in the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM which also shows a very original fit and finish. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1936 Delahaye Type 135 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1936 Delahaye Type 135 - Interior of the 1936 Delahaye Type 135 has an provocative variety of color including the blue O.S. gauge fascias and red leather upholstery with ostrich-skin inlays. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental  Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental - Engine bay of the Phantom II Continental shows the centraly located updraft carburetor and the complex linkage from the steering wheel conduit to both the distributor and carburetor. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird - Pistol-Grip Hurst Shifter from the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

- Green Leather Interior from the 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible - The offset steering is an abject of intrigue in the 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



 Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

- The controversial Ferrari Classiche Certification for the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II 2473GT. Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.



1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat - The simple, yet functional controls of the 1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat Image by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.