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Top 10 Andrews Collection cars on offer at RM auction

RM will be selling off 78 vehicles from the Andrews Collection on 2 May, including one-offs and many rare American cars from marques such as Duesenberg and Cunningham.

The collection was amassed over many years by American entrepreneur Paul Andrews and his son Chris. They have decided to downsize the collection to 15-20 vehicles, so are offering all the others at the specially arranged single-vendor RM sale.

Many fascinating lots are being at no reserve, including a Chevrolet Corvette demonstration vehicle with a body that can be raised nearly 2ft off the chassis to expose the running gear. The 1965 show piece is expected to fetch £650,000-£900,000.

There are plenty of famous names scattered among the auction lot descriptions. Perhaps the most impressive Hollywood star car is the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top convertible coupe that appeared alongside Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The fully restored vehicle is estimated at £1.6-£1.9 million.

There’s also the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Boano once owned by Henry Ford II who reputedly gave it to his friend swashbuckling film star Errol Flynn. The dramatically designed one-off was the star of the 1955 Turin motor show. It’s expected to sell for around £1 million.

An older car with film history is the 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport that appeared in the opening scenes of the classic 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather. Unrestored and believed to still be wearing its original paint, the vintage American is pitched at £25,000-£38,000.

Classics with period race history also appear in the sale, including a 1962 MG B Lightweight that finished fourth in the 1964 Sebring 12-hour race. One of four genuine Lightweight MGs built using factory parts, it’s been restored in Sebring livery and is expected to sell for at least £90,000.

A rarer race machine is he 1963 Mesowski Sheraton-Thompson dirt championship car. Two-time winner of the USAC National Championships, the single-seater was driven by US legend AJ Foyt. Now fully restored, it could sell for up to £400,000.

Three Shelby cars are on offer, the most enticing is a 1963 289 Competition Cobra that was the first racing version sold to the public. The well-preserved example was owned by Dallas racer Ron West for nearly 40 years. Its estimate is £1.4-£1.6 million.

A rare American-designed Cunningham factory prototype built with ambitions of winning at Le Mans is also expected to fetch close to £1 million. Remarkably sleek and curvaceous for a 1953 motor, the C3 Coupe is the only Cunningham model built to sell to the public.

Road-racing hot rods are a key feature of the Andrews Collection. The sale includes more than 10 custom vehicles, including the 1932 Ford pick-up based car called Loose Change, which was the first hot rod built by Chris Andrews. It could sell for up to £40,000. 

But by far the highest achiever at the RM auction is expected to be the final short-wheelbase Ferrari 400 Superamerica to be built. The fully restored 1962 Geneva and New York show car has an estimate of up to £5.5 million.

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By Claire Evans

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