Worldwide Consigns One-off Rolls Phantom to Houston Classic


AUBURN, INDIANA (January 18, 2010) – Worldwide Auctioneers has today announced that a singular 1934 Rolls Royce PII Continental Roadster from the Buess Collection, one of only two Continental Roadsters ever built, will headline this year’s The Houston Classic Auction. It will be offered for sale along with the complete Buess Collection itself, entirely without reserve, taking the count of exceptional automobiles to be presented at no reserve over The Houston Classic Weekend to more than 100.

“Formerly owned by swashbuckling romantic actor Tyrone Power and thereafter by the Buess family since 1958, this special motorcar, with one off coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, is just emerging from restoration and has never been shown, “said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer. “Considered by many to be one of the most important Rolls-Royce automobiles ever built, this example is certainly an immediate contender at any of the most celebrated Concours d’Elegance and its fortunate new owner will have a unique opportunity to formally display it to the world for the very first time”.

The Buess Collection encompasses an eclectic and almost entirely original selection of antique, brass and pre-war motorcars, including an all original 1928 Rolls-Royce P1 Ascot by Brewster, 4th of the 24 PI Ascots built, a venerable 1910 Stanley Steamer Model 60/10 horsepower Runabout with Mother-in-law seat and a very rare unrestored c.1898 steam-powered car, LHD. All of the cars in the collection have been in the same care and ownership for more than 50 years and some for more than 70 years, including a 1912 Cadillac 4-Passenger Touring that includes a bill of sale to the Buess Family in 1935 for a whopping 10 dollars!

Worldwide Auctioneers will also present the R.E. Monical Collection Auction in conjunction with this year’s The Houston Classic Auction, a selection of 74 motorcars which will once again be offered entirely without reserve on Friday April 30th, 2010. Along with the 15th annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance, the two day sale play will play an integral part in The Houston Classic Weekend, which this year is scheduled to run over four days to accommodate a number of exciting new motoring events.

“We are delighted to be able to once again present such a fantastic selection of great automobiles in Houston, this year in an expanded two day sale”, said John Kruse, Managing Partner of Worldwide Auctioneers. “The economy in Texas remains buoyant, Houston itself is a world class city and a great place to visit ad we look forward to enjoying a fantastic weekend this spring with friends and fellow enthusiasts.”

Full details on both The Houston Classic Auction and The R.E. Monical Collection Auction including consignments, admission, bidder registration and schedules are available online at or by calling 1-260 925 6789 or 800.990.6789. Consignments for The Houston Classic Auction are still invited and may be discussed in person with either Rod Egan or John Kruse.

The Houston Classic Weekend runs from April 29th through May 2nd, 2010. New features for 2010 include the inaugural Tour d’ Elegance on Friday April 30th, with a special luncheon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, as well as The R.E. Monical Collection Auction itself, that same evening .The 6th annual Houston Classic Auction is scheduled for Saturday May 1st and The Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance for May 1st and 2nd. The event will once again take place in the grounds of the beautiful Lakewood Yacht Club, just outside Houston in Seabrook, Texas.

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