Tucker Sets World Record at RM’s Monterey Sale

RM Auctions continued its successful sales run in Monterey Friday night as a rare 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, selling for $1,127,500, set a new world record for a Tucker. An important 1964 Shelby Cobra USRRC Roadster also attracted spirited bidding to break the magic million-dollar mark.

Unofficial Top Five Sales from Friday, August 13:

Lot 255: 1964 Shelby Cobra USRRC Roadster – $1,595,000

Lot 246: 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan – $1,127,500, nearly double its pre-sale estimate

Lot 260: 1979 Ferrari 512 BB/LM Competition Berlinetta – $880,000

Lot 238: 2003 Ferrari Enzo – $830,500

Lot 241: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra – $715,000

In addition, a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe sold for $110,000, with proceeds benefiting the Double H Ranch, a non-profit organization based in New York State that provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. www.doublehranch.org.

RM continued its long-standing support of the Rotary Club of Monterey, with part proceeds from the sale of a $5,000 automotive artwork going to the organization, supplementing RM’s annual donation.

RM’s ‘Sports & Classics of Monterey’ auction concludes tomorrow, Saturday, August 14 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA. In total, some 225 automobiles will cross the auction podium across the three days as part of the most significant auction offering ever presented on the Monterey Peninsula.

Saturday Highlights:

Lot 343: 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Works Grand Prix Racing Car (Est. $3,500,000 – $4,500,000)

Lot 359: 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe (Est. $3,500,000 – $4,500,000)

Lot 347: 1955 Jaguar D-Type (Est. $2,000,000 – $2,750,000).

(All figures are reported in U.S. dollars and include the 10 percent buyer’s premium)

For a complete list of auction offerings, please visit www.rmauctions.com/monterey or call +1 734 660 0015.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.

Complete official results for RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey will be posted online early next week.

Jim Pickering

SCM Managing Editor

Jim grew up in a small neighborhood of car guys, so the bug bit him early, and rides in his neighbor’s over-powered street rods sealed the deal for good. His first car was a ’66 Caprice with a big-block Chevy—a car which landed him his first job as a mechanic after high school and through college, got him into drag racing, and much to the distress of his wife Kristina, caused his recent home search to take a full year—the Caprice is 19 feet long and gets parked inside. In addition to the Caprice, also maintains a 1972 Chevrolet K10 4x4 and a 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.

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