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  • RefCode: TA1186275
  • Make: ALLARD
  • Model: J2
  • Derivative: X
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,952
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Offered from the Muckel CollectionOne of the most famous racing models of its eraFormer single-enthusiast ownership for over three decadesEquipped with six-carburetor Cadillac V-8Well-maintained restoration in classic colorsAn ideal mount for any number of vintage rallies Sidney Allard was a British Ford dealer who, after World War II, set to work employing the numerous available surplus engines into purpose-built sports and racing cars. In many ways, he was the UK equivalent to Carroll Shelby, recognizing ahead of his time the ability of a European-designed chassis when combined with light bodywork and a big American mill under the bonnet.The Allard J2X, its creators most famous offering, was memorably described by one wag as resembling a bucket of bolts, flying in all directions along a generally forward course. It combined a cigar-shaped body with cycle fenders and, truth be told, not much else, though the J2X didimprove over the earlier J2 with relocated engine mounts and lengthened footwells for better balance and comfort. What it was, though, was successful: Propelled by one of the new overhead-valve V-8s available from post-war American automakers, it had an unbeatable power-to-weight ratio. The men brave enough to climb aboard an Allard generally won their races, and the cars developed a legend that has never quite died. Few automobiles were, or are, more entertaining and involving to drive.Chassis no. 3062 was one of only 83 original J2Xes produced between 1951 and 1953. Completed in June 1952, it was, like many of the cars, shipped to New York less an engine; the original owner was to provide a Chrysler Hemi V-8. Historians have been unable to track its earliest years, but it was acquired in 1969 by Alan Beall of Southern California, later Hawaii, who would maintain it faithfully for over three decades. He used it regularly, noting to the Allard Register, late in his ownership, that he had itrestored twice, but not professionally.In 2010 that changed when the car was restored by Steve Dennish of Limeworks Speed Shop. Under the hood was placed a Cadillac 331 cu. in. V-8, another popular period Allard motivator, this one specially built and lightly modified with forged pistons, custom-ground camshafts, and six Stromberg 97 carburetors, reportedly all good for at least 255 horsepower delivered to the rear wheels by a Lincoln-Zephyr transmission. All the remaining running gear reportedly remains original, as do all of the original body panels. The body was finished in bright red with a leather interior and Brooklands windscreensa classic appearance for a J2X, for good reason.Afterward the Allard passed into the hands of a Southern California collector who maintained it well until selling it to the Muckel Collection several years ago. Updated with tan leather upholstery and correct original gauges, it has continued to enjoy good care and to be a fun machine to drive. A new owner can well beexpected to enjoy it on any number of the vintage rally events for which it is eligible, not least the Colorado Grand and Copperstate 1000. Its menacing, throaty, all-American roar and its distinctive appearance are sure to beat all comers!To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

CALL 020 7851 7070
  • RefCode: TA1186278
  • Make: MUNTZ
  • Model: JET
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,952
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Offered from the personal collection of Bill WarnerOne of only approximately 198 examples builtFinished in striking purple over iguana-skin-patterned white vinylPossibly the finest and fastest-driving example In 1949 Frank Kurtis started building an aluminum-bodied two-seater sports car under his own name. However, by 1950 he sold the operation to Earl Muntz, who made his fortune selling used cars to returning servicemen, as well as Kaisers and Frazers and his Muntz television sets. He was known all over Southern California for his outrageous radio and television ads which earned him the sobriquet of Mad Man.Kurtis made some changes for Muntz, including extending the wheelbase to 113 inches and adding rear seats. He called them Muntz Jets and priced the cars at $5,500. Muntz later admitted that he lost about $1,000 per car. The first 28 cars were built in Glendale, California, and the rest in Evanston,Illinois. Earl Muntz once claimed that 394 cars were built; however, the Muntz Registry, tabulated by Vic Munsen, deduced that less than 200 cars were completed by the time the operation ceased in 1954.Earl Muntz used the services of actor Victor Mature to sell his Muntz TVs to the movie grips and the Muntz Jet sports cars to his movie-star friends in return for a spiff. Celebrity owners of the Jets included Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Vic Damone, Clara Bow, Grace Kelly, Josephine Dillon (a gift from her husband, Clark Gable), Ed Gardner (from radios Duffys Tavern), newscaster Alex Dreier, Western star Lash LaRue, and orchestra leader Freddy Martin. A Jet can even be seen racing a Jaguar XK 120 in the movie The Caddy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.The Muntz Jet offered is thought to have been owned by Grace Kelly, though those rumors remain unsubstantiated. The first known owner was Russell Gindlesperger of Levittown, Pennsylvania, who owned the car from 1963 until 1990. The car was thenacquired by A.F. Long of Mays Landing, New Jersey, who in turn sold it to Ed Malkinski of Carlsbad, California. The Jet was restored by Malinski in 1991 and sold to Chuck Swimmer of San Diego in 1999. The current owner acquired the Jet from Swimmer in 2001 and has enjoyed it sparingly for the past 19 years.The Jet was later reconditioned by Werner Meiers Master Works in Troy, Michigan, with a fresh engine built by Gary Johns Engineering of Hilliard, Florida, and equipped with a triple-carburetor setup by Bill Jagenow of Brothers Custom in Troy, Michigan. The engine was also fitted with very rare Edmunds heads, which took the owner 14 years to find. The Muntz also features a removable Carson-type top and a white iguana-skin-patterned vinyl interior with a rare Muntz tape deck. The car is finished in House of Colors purple with just a hint of metallic. The car has since been shown at the Amelia Island Concours dElegance as well as the Concours of America at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. The carwas also shown at the AACA Hershey fall meet where it earned a First Junior.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

CALL 020 7851 7070
  • RefCode: TA1187604
  • Make: FERRARI
  • Model: 225
  • Derivative: S Berlinetta
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,952
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Red
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 1st/2nd May 2020 - RM Sotheby's - The Elkhart Collection

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Elkhart Collection event, 1 - 2 May 2020. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20.

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