In Memoriam: Robert M. Lee


Robert M. Lee, who was famous for his extraordinary car collection, his generosity, friendship and wonderful parties, died on January 28.

He was 88.

Lee, an SCMer for decades, threw fantastic parties after the end of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Lee took Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2006 with his 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe. Lee also won Pebble Beach in 2009 with his 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbech Sport Cabriolet.

Lee, a real estate developer, gun collector and founder of Hunting World, also worked to protect African wildlife and their habitats.

“The collector world has lost another one of its great personalities,” said Keith Martin. “Not only did Bob have an unparalleled collection of cars — we all benefited from his sharing them with us at the many concours and events he participated in.”

Photo credit:

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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  1. Hey Tony, just found your article on Bob Lee’s passing. I was one of the RM fabricators that did the wood and alloy work on the 1931 Daimler. Mr Lee was very kind to us as I ended up with a healthy bonus from him for being part of the team that did a top notch job on the car. I am not sure where the cars sits now or if his collection will be sold. Cheers