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Date: Aug. 28, 2011

Beauty and the Beast come face to face in Auburn.

Those counting down to Worldwide Auctioneers, The Auburn Auction, should brush up on their superlatives. The company is gearing up for its 4th annual Labor Day Extravaganza and connoisseurs can look forward to some very special motorcars crossing the block during Saturday evening’s catalogue sale, a highlight of the expanded three-day event. Chief among consignments to The Main Event is one of the most accurate and original component Silver Ghosts known to exist, a spectacular 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Type Tourer by Mann Egerton. Sold as engine and chassis only like all pre-World War I Rolls-Royce, and bodied for Sir James Dale of Surrey by coachbuilder of repute, Mann Egerton of Norwich, chassis no. 2208 has been highly researched and immaculately restored, using original factory photographs. “Rarely does a Silver Ghost with this level of documentation and originality come to market,” said Rod Egan, Principal & Chief Auctioneer. “This is one of the few Tourers that exist in as-new condition, with engine, gearbox, chassis and fitments in superb shape and all original to this car. The charm of driving a very high-geared Edwardian Ghost is addictive and this represents the definitive opportunity to experience reliable, trouble-free motoring in a perfectly correct, century-old design. This is the supreme example of the marque and it would be welcomed at any significant event in the world. In the words of the highly regarded Rolls-Royce expert who recently examined it, ‘ When this car arrives on the Concours field, the others may as well pack up and go home.’ ’’

Equally outstanding and once again, the most important of its kind, is a fully documented 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 Competition Model, one of only 36 ever built. “Chassis no. 5R534 is unquestionably the most original, correct and well preserved Shelby Mustang GT350 R Model on the planet,” said John Kruse, Principal & Auctioneer. “It has survived, virtually untouched and as-delivered by Shelby American, with a history as unique as its circumstances.” Presented for sale wearing all of its original sheet metal, with spot welds and date stampings clearly visible, it retains the actual 289 Hi-Po engine block race prepped by Shelby American. With bulletproof documentation and only three owners from new, it was raced in Portugal, California and Las Vegas, reaching top speeds of 167mph. Having been raced two more times in Florida prior to 1978, it was destined not to move again until 1992, when after cosmetic refreshment it competed at Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen in 1993 SAAC vintage events as well as the R Model Reunion. “The ultimate survivor, it is the lowest mileage, least raced, never-crashed, complete Shelby Mustang GT350 R Model in existence, and the template against which all other examples should be judged,” said John Kruse.

Also consigned to go under the hammer is one of the ultimate barn finds, a fantastically original 1948 Delahaye 135M (Modifie) Drop Head Coupe, which has just emerged after 35 years in a Washington barn, complete with volcanic dust from the 1982 Mount St. Helen’s eruption. Offered for sale as found, and best of all, completely without reserve, this seldom seen open French classic has had just three owners from new and remarkably still runs and drives. It will line up alongside a host of other notable automobiles, including a significant, numbers matching 1925 Bentley 3-Litre Touring with original Gurney Nutting open coachwork and fully documented history, a beautiful 1963 Ferrari 330 GT America, number 4 of only 50 ever made and an outstanding 1930 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood Convertible Coupe from a respected private collection. Other rare and interesting vehicles slated for the sale include the most original unrestored Futurliner in existence, a 1939 GMC Futurliner #3, one of only twelve built in 1941 for the Parade of Progress, and a venerable 1911 Stanley Model 72 Steamer, the only surviving example in existence which will be offered for sale without reserve.

Full details on all of this year’s consignments are available by calling Worldwide at 1.260.925.6789, or online at WWGauctions.com, where interested parties can download the full digital catalogue along with information on schedules, bidder registration and ticket sales . The Auburn Auction is scheduled for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2nd, 3rd & 4th, at the Worldwide Auction Park, and following the success of last year’s expanded sale, this year's event gets bigger and better again, with a car corral, vendor booths and great food, all running in parallel with three days of auction action. The More Great Cars segment of the sale runs from September 2nd- 4th from 10am daily, with Saturday evening’s Main Event on September 3rd at 6pm. “There is absolutely something for everyone,” said Rod Egan. Look out for a fabulous selection of pre-war motorcars, American and European sports cars, classics, racers, American muscle and celebrity cars, along with five entire private collections, offered without reserve. Auburn is our home town and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the Classic Car Capital of the World for another outstanding Labor Day Weekend.”

The Auburn Auction is one of the highlights of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Weekend, which has for decades attracted a global audience of visitors to the town. For a full schedule of this year’s festivities, visit www.acdfestival.org
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