RM Auctions Lifts Gavel on Charlie Thomas’ Texas-Sized Collection of Automobiles


RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce the addition of a new single-vendor sale to its ever-expanding 2012 calendar—The Charlie Thomas Collection, to be held October 20 in Dallas, Texas.

Well-known by automotive enthusiasts, the impressive Charlie Thomas Collection is the product of two decades of careful and dedicated acquisition by prominent Texas businessman and lifelong auto enthusiast, Charlie Thomas. A prolific car dealer and former owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team, Thomas operated more than 40 car dealerships, one of the largest dealership networks in the United States. In addition, Thomas’ love for the automobile has seen him build an incredible ‘Texas-sized’ collection of American motor cars spanning the spectrum of the market, from American Classics to early flatheads, ’50s convertibles, and ’60s muscle and sports cars. From Fords to Chevrolets, Chryslers and Pontiacs, every marque is well represented, providing a diverse range of ownership opportunities for savvy collectors.

The upcoming auction, scheduled October 20 at the magnificent Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine (Dallas), a short drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, is planned to help downsize Thomas’ impressive collection and will offer more than 150 vehicles ‘without reserve’.

“Charlie Thomas is the consummate car guy with a great eye for quality,” says Alain Squindo, Director, Private Collections, RM Auctions. “A connoisseur of American cars, his collection has a strong emphasis on fully-restored, well-optioned, running and driving examples. These are cars he remembers fondly from his childhood and through his career as a very successful dealer. We are honored to have been entrusted by Charlie to present his personal collection at auction. He joins an impressive list of other prominent collectors we’ve had the privilege of representing over the years,” Squindo adds.

Reflecting Charlie Thomas’ lifelong love affair with the famous ‘Blue Oval’, Fords will be prominently featured at the October auction, with no less than 80 examples slated for the podium. Each exhibiting fantastic fit and finish, the special Ford offering encompasses a wide selection of flathead Fords joined by a series of icons from the fifties and sixties, as represented in a wonderful assortment of Thunderbirds and Mustangs. Among a long list of highlights is a fully-optioned 1935 Ford Deluxe Three-Window Coupe finished in Washington Blue, an award-winning 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, and a distinctive 1954 Ford Skyliner “Glasstop”. Also on offer, an exceptionally restored 1958 Lincoln Continental Convertible, a great example of one of the most iconic 1950s Lincolns ever built.

The diverse offering also includes an important roster of other celebrated American marques, including but not limited to Auburn, Buick, Cadillac, Desoto, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pierce-Arrow, and Packard.

“The collection is a terrific assembly and celebration of America’s rich automotive history—there is truly something for everyone,” Squindo adds.

An exclusive video highlighting the collection, including commentary from Charlie Thomas, is available online.

The single-day Charlie Thomas Collection sale is the latest in a string of private collection auctions secured for RM Auctions’ 2012 calendar and follows on from the highly successful Milhous Collection sale, presented by RM, in association with Sotheby’s, in February 2012. In the coming months, RM will also lift the gavel on the distinguished Dingman Collection, June 9–10 in Hampton, New Hampshire, USA, as well as the famed Aalholm Automobile Collection, August 12 in Southern Denmark.

For further information on the Charlie Thomas Collection auction, please visit www.rmauctions.com.


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