GENERAL FAQs

How many cars will be offered in Online Only: Driving into Summer?

Nearly 200 cars and a selection of automobilia with be on offer in the online-only sale.

Each car will be presented with comprehensive photography and in most cases will be accompanied by condition reports completed by RM Sotheby’s specialists as well as catalogue descriptions. Where available, additional information on each lot, such as history files, production certificates, restoration documentation, service invoices, owner’s manuals, and accompanying parts can be viewed online, once you have created an account and/or you are logged in, by clicking the “View Files” button on the individual lot page.

When will the Online Only: Driving into Summer auction be taking place?

Lots offered in Online Only: Driving into Summer will open for bidding on Thursday, 21 May at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Lots will begin closing at 11:00 a.m. EDT on 28 May, with staggered closure times to allow bidders to participate in multiple lots. Due to the large number of lots on offer, ending times may run through to 29 May.

Lots will close between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT daily. Some lots may close after 6:00 p.m. EDT if extensions are issued due to last minute competitive bids.

Bidders will be reminded via email of lot closing times for each lot they have participated in.

How do I register to bid for Online Only: Driving into Summer?

Bidders must create an account on rmsothebys.com in order to register to bid for the online auction. Online bidding is the only method available for the sale. Bidder registration is free and will be open from 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, 23 April. To register to bid, a copy of your photo ID, a bank letter of guarantee, and a USD $2,000 credit card hold are required.

Note: Select feature lots may require additional screening prior to bidding.

VIDEO TUTORIAL on how to create an account, register to bid, and bid on a lot is available HERE.

Should you have any questions about bidding or how to create an account, please contact a Client Service Representative at info@rmsothebys.com or by calling into any one of our North American offices.

What is the Buyer’s Premium and Terms and Conditions for Online Only: Driving into Summer?

Online Only: Driving into Summer is governed by RM Sotheby’s Bidders’ Terms and Conditions.

Buyer’s premium: A Buyer’s Premium of 10% applies to the hammer price of each motor car lot, and a Buyer’s Premium of 15% applies to the hammer price of all automobilia and non-motor car lots.

Sales Tax: If sales tax is applicable, it will be added at the time of invoicing. Please speak with a member of our Administration Team should you have any questions.

Credit Card Authorizations and Automatic Charges for Winning Bids up to $5,000. Please note that for any purchases under $5,000 US, your credit card on file will automatically be used as the payment method for purchase of the lot and applicable Buyer’s Premium. Special payment arrangements can be made for multiple lot purchases above $5,000 US only, which you are welcome to discuss with an RM Sotheby’s representative upon completion of the auction.

How can a successful bidder obtain their cars/items from the Online Only: Driving into Summer auction?

Successful buyers must make shipping arrangements from RM’s locations in Florida, California or Indiana, or, in some cases, consignors’ locations, depending on where the specific car is located (see location noted in each lot description). RM is happy to provide the contact details of an experienced local shipping company to assist with automobilia lot arrangements. 

Please note that RM Sotheby's preferred transport partner Reliable Carriers remains available for all your motor car transport needs. An RM Sotheby's professional can assist you with making those arrangements easy and efficient.

BIDDING FAQs

How does bidding work?

HOW TO BID: Once logged in and registered to bid, additional information on the bidding process will be available on each individual lot page via the “HOW BIDDING WORKS” button. Key information included in the instructions is also listed below.

OUTBID NOTIFICATIONS: If a bid placed by another bidder exceeds your bid, you will be notified via the email address you provided during registration, and the lot page will indicate you have been outbid.

ANTI-SNIPE FEATURE: If a bid is placed within the final two minutes, the auction will be extended by an additional two minutes to prevent a bidder from trying to place a high bid in the final moments of the auction.

LOTS WITH RESERVE: Some lots may be subject to a reserve price or the minimum amount that a seller will accept as the winning bid. The reserve price will remain confidential. For lots with a reserve price, your bid must meet or exceed the reserve to win the lot. In the event you are the highest final bidder, but your bid has not met the reserve price, the lot will not sell. For lots with reserves, bidding starts at half (50%) of the published low estimate, and the final bid must exceed the reserve price in order to sell to the highest bidder. Whether the reserve has been met will not be disclosed until the auction has ended.

Note: When a motor car or any other lot is sold subject to such reserve bid, the auctioneer (RMS) may bid on the Consignor’s behalf in an amount not to exceed the amount of the reserve bid.

LOTS WITHOUT RESERVE:  If you are bidding on a lot that is “offered without reserve,” you will win the lot if you are the high bidder at the time bidding closes. For unreserved lots, bidding starts at $50.

What are the bidding increments for Online Only: Driving into Summer?

The asking price is determined by the increment table below. If you type an amount that would result in an off-increment bid, your bid will be rounded down to the nearest on-increment bid.


If you are currently the high bidder, you may still increase your bid by placing another bid for a higher value.

Current Bid

Minimum Increment

0 - 499

10

500 - 999

25

1,000 - 2,499

50

2,500 - 4,999

100

5,000 - 9,999

250

10,000 - 24,999

500

25,000 - 99,999

1,000

100,000 - 499,999

5,000

500,000 - 999,999

10,000

1,000,000+

20,000

What happens to unsold lots?

Following the close of the auction, unsold lots will be listed as ‘Still for Sale’ and an asking price will be posted to the lot page. Interested parties are invited to contact an RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist to make an offer.