Car Specialist – North America
David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and grew up immersed in the collector car hobby. His father, well-known California motoring enthusiast and founder of the internationally renowned California Mille, Martin Swig, introduced David to an eclectic and unique version of California car culture at a very young age. Since his graduation from California’s Santa Clara University, David has been extremely active in the field of collector car auctions and has participated in a number of academic automotive pursuits, including lectures and panel discussions. He has twice served on the faculty at the Biennial Symposium on Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car, held at Miles Collier’s museum in Naples, Florida. David’s background also includes automotive journalism, with internships completed at Motor Trend and Road & Track during his college years, and he continues to write about automobiles today, regularly publishing articles in San Francisco’s Nob Hill Gazette newspaper.
In addition to his work in the academic side of the industry, David is a regular participant in historic car activities, including circuit racing, road tours, and concours d’elegance events. Since their father’s passing in 2012, David and his brother, Howard, have organized the California Mille historic sports car tour every April. While his interests span the spectrum of the collector car hobby, David is particularly specialized in sports, sports racing, and rally cars of the post-World War II period. In his spare time, he can often be found racing his 1957 Monsterati Special at historic race meetings on the West Coast.
Highlights from David’s career with RM Sotheby’s include driving the Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight and Competition Cobra CSX 3010 for video shoots, as well as attending auctions with the RM Sotheby’s team around the world.