RM Sotheby’s Proves the Strength of the Brass Era and Classics Market as 94% of all Lots Sell in Hershey


BLENHEIM, Ontario, 12th October, 2022

RM Sotheby’s returned to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for its 16th annual sale at the Hershey Lodge during the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale saw a total of $10,598,050 with 94% of all lots sold over the two-day auction.

Important Numbers

  • Two lots sold over $500,000
  • 27 lots sold over $100,000
  • 63 lots sold over $50,000
  • 561 registered bidders
  • 119 first time bidders
  • Bidders hailed from 20 countries and 42 states

Top 10 Lots



Wednesday night’s auction saw 106 lots cross the block with the 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood being the top selling car of the night and auction. One of only 17 known survivors in the breathtaking Sport Phaeton body style and boasting a distinguished ownership history, this V-16 wore a carefully maintained older restoration in Bottle Green across the block and sold for $880,000.

Thursday night’s auction saw 109 lots go under the hammer with the 1914 Thomas Model K-6-90 Flyabout selling as the top sale of the night. One of 10 surviving K-6-70/90 examples, and one of just four in the later KC style, this Flyabout went under the hammer with its genuine Thomas long-wheelbase high-performance chassis and correct Thomas engine configured in the uprated wider-bore 90-hp setup. Having been in the ownership of the renowned William Harrah Collection for over two decades, it went to its new owner for $594,000. 


Jake O’Gorman, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s, says: “Hershey is one of our favorite events each year. The auction offers a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to see some of the greatest examples of brass era and pre-war cars. It’s exciting to see collectors with such a high interest in these incredible cars from a span of over 80 years that crossed the block in Hershey—proving that the market for pre-war cars is still very strong.”

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