An incredible 25-car collection of vintage and pre-war automobiles belonging to the estate of prominent New Jersey collector Richard Roy will be auctioned without reserve at RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale, but you’ll have to hurry – the hammer is set to come down on 8 October.
Roy purchased his first car aged just 17, a 1929 Chrysler Series 75 Roadster that began his lifelong love affair with classics in 1949. The car, nicknamed ‘Blossom’, is estimated at $40-60,000, and heads up a fascinating group of cars ranging from a 1907 Victor Runabout through to a 1941 Buick Super Business Coupe.
Here are the highlights.
1922 Mercer Series 5 Sporting, formerly of the Frederick Crawford Collection ($150-200,000)
1923 Mercer Series 6 Sporting, one of 10 surviving examples of the model, previously of the Alfred Ferrara and Bill Harrah collections ($175-225,000)
1916 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C-4 Five-Passenger Touring, once owned by A K Miller ($90-130,000)
1908 Holsman Model H-11, sold new in Sussex County, New Jersey, remaining there ever since ($30-50,000)
1929 Chrysler Series 75 Tonneau Phaeton, Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classic eligible ($75-100,000)
1930 LaSalle 340 Five-Passenger Fleetshire Phaeton by Fleetwood, the last automobile acquired by Richard Roy ($125-150,000)
1923 Wills Sainte Claire B-68 Gray Goose Special, single-family ownership until 1998 ($45-65,000)
1929 Chrysler Series 75 Roadster, the same type entered in the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans ($50-75,000)
1914 Cadillac Four Speedster, delivered new in New Jersey and formerly owned by James Bragg ($40-60,000)