Barnfind trio steals the show at RM's Hershey auction


More than 150 classics went through RM Auctions at its $10million Hershey sale, coinciding with the mammoth autojumble, but a trio of barnfinds stole the limelight.

For just $19,250 someone snapped up a whole heap of history in the form of a 1921 Dodge Brothers half-ton pick-up (below). Used to deliver coal during WW2 it was then stashed in a dealership basement for 60 years, from where it has only recently been excavated. It is sure to show up in a concours preservation class soon.

Another intriguing barnfind was a 1926 Packard Eight Sport by Pullman (main image and below) that accrued $35,750. Being sold by only the third owner, it is awash with period accessories and patina.

Third of the 'barnfinds' was a 1912 International Harvester M-W delivery car (above) that made $44,000. Much of the vehicle looked original and untouched, although a previous owner – William K Haines Snr – had clearly carefully prepped it with fake bird droppings to be an eye-catching participant in parades!

As ever, there was strong Edwardian and vintage content at the sale, which is far-removed from RM's bigger spectaculars and specialises in more affordable cars.

Even so, the top price achieved was a healthy $704,000 raised by a LeBaron-bodied 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Roadster.

One of only six known to survive of the nine built, the multiple award-winning straight-eight even has a Pebble Beach class award to its name.

That was followed by the $687k grossed by a 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS Seven-Passenger Touring.

But, apart from a boat – the 1932 Gar Wood Hornet that made $396k – none of the other lots crested £300,000.

There were plenty of interesting results all the same, even in sub-$50,000 territory.

An admittedly immaculate 1963 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk2 made an impressive $27,500, while another brit, a fully race-prepped 1947 Healey Elliott made $6k more.

Attention-grabbing US cars included a 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr coupe that made $85,250 and a fantastic 1914 Locomobile 48 Speedster ($291,500).

Naturally, we were particularly taken with the 1926 Cretors Model D Popcorn Wagon, but you'd have to sell an awful lot of popcorn to recoup the $115,000 its new owner shelled out for it.

A replacement Harley Davidson engine probably had a big bearing on the lowly $15,400 paid for an otherwise Brighton Run eligible 1903 Stevens-Duryea Model L.

One theme running through the auction was the work of Roy Evans. First, one of his American Austin station wagons sold for $30,800 and then a gorgeous 1939 American Bantam Deluxe Roadster sold for $27,500.

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