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More than 10 Andrews Collection cars top £1 million at RM Sotheby’s sale

RM Sotheby’s sold off 78 vehicles from the collection of American entrepreneur Paul Andrews on 2 May, including one-offs and many rare American cars from marques such as Duesenberg and Cunningham.

The collection had been amassed over many years by Paul and his son Chris. They decided to downsize the collection to 15-20 vehicles, so offered all the others at the specially arranged single-vendor sale.

Many fascinating lots were offered 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 sold for £460,000.

The highest achiever of the sale was a gorgeously restored 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB cabriolet. The 1962 New York and Geneva show car was the last SWB Superamerica built. After prolonged bidding it sold for £4.9 million.

Other £1 million-plus sellers included a pair of Duesenbergs with Hollywood connections. A 1935 SJ Town car designed for actress Mae West and built for candy heiress Ethel Mars made just over £2.3 million, and the Model J Disappearing Top convertible coupe that appeared alongside Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the classic Hollywood film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? went for just under £2.3 million.

Also on offer was 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 sold for just over £780,000.

Classics with period race history also featured 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 had been restored in Sebring livery and sold for just over £50,000.

As it was a no reserve sale, all 78 lots sold resulting in a total sale price exceeding £34 million.

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By Claire Evans

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