Whether arriving from all points west, south, east, or north, in 2022, truly all roads led to Hershey. Kicked off with a rally of classic cars which departed from Detroit with several RM Sotheby’s staff leading the way to the home of classic automobiles and automobilia in the scenic Pennsylvania hills. This year marked the 16th anniversary of serving as the official auction of the Antique Automobile Club of America Eastern Division Fall Meet, and once again RM Sotheby’s brought our brand’s signature lineup of quality selections to the Hershey Lodge. Inside, the bidding remained strong throughout the auction, with 94% of all lots finding new caretakers after the final gavel fell Thursday evening.
Among the noteworthy sales were two standout headliners, representing top-tier technology for their respective eras. A 1914 Thomas Model K-6-90 Flyabout, formerly part of the famed William Harrah Collection, hammered home for an impressive $594,000 USD. The lot of the whole two-day event was undoubtedly a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton, one of a mere seventeen built with the rakish body style, resplendent in its original Bottle Green color scheme. An AACA Full Classic owned by a string of collectors including John Runyan, Otis Chandler, and Keith Crain, it sold for a well-deserved $880,000 USD.
As RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist Jake O’Gorman summarizes: “Hershey is one of our favorite events each year. The auction offers a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to see some of the greatest examples of brass era and pre-war cars. It’s exciting to see collectors with such a high interest in these incredible cars, with a span of over 80 years crossing the block in Hershey – proving that the market for pre-war cars is still very strong.” Indeed, the two-day total amounted to over $10 million.
American classics took home nine of the top ten spots of the Hershey auction, with eight of those representing pre-war. With a wide-ranging offering that spanned two days ranging from three London-to-Brighton-eligible Veterans to a generous assortment of automobilia curated by RM Sotheby’s in-house specialist Kurt Forry. One notable exception to this pre-war trend would be the always-venerable 1987 Buick Grand National GNX, which brought a respectable $231,000 USD. For those aficionados of American classics, once you experience Hershey, there is nowhere else like it. Until next year.