Corvette Auction Preview: The Don Davis Collection at RM Auctions
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. At least that’s the way Don Davis of Fort Worth, Texas looks at his eclectic collection of cars. ?I’m reducing my collection,? Davis told a reporter for the Star-Telegram. ?It’s just too much trouble to take care of them.?
As a result, Davis has decided to reduce his collection by 64 cars during a one-day auction set for April 27 in west Fort Worth.
A spokesman for RM Auctions of Ontario, Canada, which is handling the auction, believes the cars could go for a total of as much as $14 million.
Among the offerings are several early Corvettes, including a 1953 roadster expected to bring $200,000 to $300,000; a 1961 custom convertible ($100,000 to $150,000), a 1963 fuel-injected split-window coupe ($125,000 to $150,000), a 1965 fuel-injected coupe ($100,000 to $140,000), and a 1966 Corvette 427/425 Big Tank Coupe ($250,000 to $300,000):
RM Auctions car specialist Ian Kelleher believes the highlight of the auction may be a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS that could go for a record amount of $1.5 million. One of only 99 built, the car has been fully restored and took best of show at the 2011 Concorso Italiano in California.
All the cars are being offered without reserve, which means at the end of the day on April 27, they?ll be headed to new homes regardless of how much is bid.
Davis is a real estate investor and founder of several Fort Worth-Arlington car dealerships that still bear his name.
Don’t worry that Davis is getting out of the collector hobby completely. He says he will keep 20 other vehicles and is restoring six of them now.
The auction will be open to those willing to pay the $150 registration fee.
If you’re like us and can’t afford these six-figure or seven-figure cars, then you might enjoy going to the preview on April 26 for an $80 fee.
You can preview the Davis collection at RM Auctions.
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