Supercharged Phaeton to top LLC sale

| 6 Aug 2012

A stunning 1937 Cord 812 (main pic) will be one of the lots at the 3rd annual Grande Salon Auction on 15 September at the Glenmoor Country Club in North Canton, Ohio, USA.

With a body designed by Gordon Buehrig, the Supercharged Phaeton was the first front-wheel-drive American car to feature independent front suspension.

It has been subject to a full restoration, has covered fewer than 1500 miles since and won first in class at the CCCA Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens annual meet. It is expected to sell for $180-200,000.

Also up for sale is a 1934 Packard 1101 Eight Rumble Seat Coupe (above). Less than 300 of the cars were built and this one features a 136in wheelbase, an adjustable vacuum-assisted mechanical brake system and automatic chassis lubrication. It’s powered by a 320cu in straight eight and has been valued at $70-90,000.

European metal comes in the form of  a 1961 Porsche 356B T-5 1600 Super coupé (below). Essentially a cabriolet, but with the optional detachable steel hardtop welded on, only 1048 Notchbacks were built. This restored example has won Dayton, Concours d'Elegance in Ohio and triumphed at numerous Porsche Club events. It should make $60-80,000.

Meanwhile cars from the William Pettit III Collection will also cross the block, including three American Bantam cars, which are based on the Austin 7.

Chief among them is the 1940 Bantam Speedster ($25-30,000) shown below, which has  coachwork by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. With around 22bhp its 4-cylinder engine was reputably capable off 65mpg and it is said to be the rarest Bantam produced.

The second Bantam car is a 1940 Austin American Bantam Hollywood. One of only 800 built, it has bee fully restored and has been estimated at $22-28,000.

Finally, a 1939 Model 60 Coupe has been valued at $15-20,000.

For more information visit the auction house’s website.