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Pebble Beach-Winning Packard, Brighton and Brass Era Collection, and The Only Murphy-bodied Cadillac V16 in Existence Cross the Auction Block


1930 Cadillac V16 Phaeton by Murphy

1930 Cadillac V16 Phaeton by Murphy

1931 Duesenberg J Tourster

1931 Duesenberg J Tourster

1932 Packard Model 905 Dual Cowl Phaeton

1932 Packard Model 905 Dual Cowl Phaeton

1934 Packard 12 Convertible Victoria by Dietrich

1934 Packard 12 Convertible Victoria by Dietrich

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Towncar by Brewster

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Towncar by Brewster

1931 Cord L29 Cabriolet

1931 Cord L29 Cabriolet

1937 Cord 812SC Phaeton

1937 Cord 812SC Phaeton

 

RM Auctions will offer an amazing assortment of autos from the esteemed collection of noted collector Mr. John McMullen in a single-day auction, June 9, 2007. More than 80 standout vehicles, many one-off and award-winning examples, will be sold without reserve at the McMullen estate in Lapeer Michigan.

The product of four decades of selective accumulation, The McMullen Collection consists of a wide variety of exquisite, show-quality, fully restored motor cars representing an assortment of types, eras and makes. After years of taking top honors at some of the world's most prestigious concours events, McMullen's vehicles have earned the enviable reputation of being "the best of the best."

"After 20 years of collecting, restoring and competing, I've decided to slow down my pace a little," says McMullen. "That's why I'm paring down the size of my collection to make it more manageable."

McMullen's private collection features several vehicles that have competed and won at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, including a 1932 Packard 905 Twin Six Sport Phaeton that captured the Most Elegant Car award.

In addition to the outstanding 1950s and 60s cars, the McMullen Collection also includes a dazzling array of Edwardian and Brass Era cars restored to 100 point condition. The 1913 Packard Model 1-38 Roadster is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of its kind in the world. From the Edwardian Era, the McMullen Collection also features a beautiful 1903 Cadillac Model A, an outstanding and rare 1901 U.S. Long Distance Model A.

Another standout vehicle is the 1930 Cadillac V16 All-Weather Phaeton ľ the only Murphy-bodied Cadillac V16 still in existence. This magnificent example won a "Best in Class" at Pebble Beach and captured the "Most Significant General Motors Car" award in 2004 at the Meadow Brook Concours.

A 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster with coachwork by Derham is another of the collection's shining stars. Originally owned by actor/comedian Joe E. Brown, the car was eventually acquired by Howard Hughes and later restored by noted collector Otis Chandler. One of only seven such examples produced, this car has been exhibited at the Meadow Brook Concours and Eyes on Design.

Another vehicle with celebrity provenance is a charming 1941 Cadillac Derham Towncar, which was purchased new by Hollywood superstar Bette Davis. Now fully restored and in impeccable condition, this Cadillac is ready for the concours show circuit.

"Few personal collections measure up in their entirety to the quality and importance of the cars John McMullen has assembled," says RM Auctions founder Rob Myers. "Each is an investment-quality showpiece that can continue winning awards for new owners on a regular basis."

RM Auctions' John McMullen Collection sale will be held at the McMullen property in Lapeer, Michigan. Activities begin Friday, June 8th with pre-auction viewing from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The single-day auction begins Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m.

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