I’ll admit, I was feeling a bit tired of this whole retro thing until I watched Boardwalk Empire, the hit HBO series starring Steve Buscemi. Now, I’ve always been a fan of mob movies, in particular “Goodfellas” and “The Godfather” (I’m partial to the first one, thanks for asking), but this series really got me thinking about antique cars in a new light. After all, they pale in comparison to the luxury amenities and performance upgrades of even an old Geo.
But, when properly restored, these cars can truly be sight to behold. Lucky for you collectors, however, you can bid our “Car of the Week” soon. RM Auctions and Sotheby’s are holding a multi-day sale from February 24 to 25 in Boca Raton, Florida, at which more than 30 classic cars from yesteryear will be on display and up for grabs.
The “headliner” for the event, according to Old Cars Weekly News and Marketplace, is a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited five-passenger touring model. Adding to the value of the car – in addition to its superb condition – is the fact that it’s the only surviving model featuring one-off coachwork. (Experts say the model could go for up to $1.6 million when the final gavel strikes).
Due to the rarity of this piece, it’s a definite shoe-in for our weekly award, even when compared to other models on display (the not too shabby 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Tourist and the superb 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster, among others).
You can view a video of the collection here, but unless you’re serious about booking a trip to Florida, it just may pain you that this car of the week can’t be yours.
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