Huge car collection to be sold by RM

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More than 170 American classics amassed by the former owner of the Houston Rockets, Charlie Thomas, will cross the block with no reserve on 20 October near Dallas, Texas.

Set to top the sale is a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 convertible estimated to make $140-180,000. The car’s mechanicals have been subject to a light restoration, plus it has retro-fitted air-con and comes with its original owner’s manuals.

A GT500 coupe could be yours for a little less – at a guide price of $100-130,000. Also from 1968, as a KR it features larger brakes, additional suspension bracing, and staggered rear dampers.

Making the big Mustangs seem petite is this 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible. It carries the title of being the ‘the largest post-war American car ever built’.  One of only 3048, this example was restored nearly a decade ago and received a First Place National Award from the Lincoln Continental Owners’ Club. It is expected to sell for $80-120,000.

A life-long American-car fan, who ran more than 40 dealerships, Thomas’ collection adds to the numerous muscle cars with models such as a 1958 Chevrolet Half-Ton Cameo Carrier pickup truck ($45-60,000), a 1919 Ford Model T depot hack ($20-25,000) and a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon $60-80,000.

To view the full lot list, click here.

Pictures: Darin Schnabel ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions

Comments

Uncle Benz

What a collection. I hope some of them get to do a few miles rather than put into storage. Some really nice stuff in there - and even a lonely '71 280SL (lot 132).

It seems the collection is even larger:
http://charliethomascollection.com/about.php

Whilst on RM's website I noticed the London auction on 31st October. I love the way a lot list can bring together such a variety of interesting metal; some examples:
BRM F1
DAF 33
Veyron
DB6 Shooting Brake
959
How about a '51 Aurelia, followed by a 2008 Koenigsegg

Great stuff

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