Sotheby's Christmas Special: Pre-War American Classics

By Christina Tsangaris

RM Sotheby’s annual Arizona sale is shaping up to be a stunning auction that will kick off the live auction calendar for 2022. Joining the range of exciting supercar consignments for the January auction are two fantastic American classics that are among the pinnacle of the pre-war collector car scene.

RM Sotheby’s is the world's largest collector car auction house by total sales. With 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions (live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for six of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction.

Few cars are held in as much esteem amongst collectors as the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, one of the most iconic of all American cars of its era. The car offered in Arizona was formerly owned by Andy Granatelli and John Mozart and is now offered after over 20 years in a noted private collection. Boasting magnificent styling by Derham and with its original coachwork still in place, this CCCA Full Classic has received a meticulous restoration by RM Auto Restoration and retains all its original components. One of just eight of the authentic Derham Toursters, this example has won numerous awards at concours d’elegance all over North America and is ACD Club Certified.

Joining the Duesenberg is a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton. This treasured V-16 boasts a distinguished ownership history, is one of only 17 known survivors in the breathtaking Sport Phaeton body style, and benefits from mechanical service. This carefully maintained older restoration in Bottle Green was awarded at the Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic in 1997 and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1998, with its last Pebble Beach appearance being in 2009. This CCCA Full Classic is suitable for exhibition and touring and is now eligible to be displayed in Pebble Beach once again by its new caretaker

By Christina Tsangaris