Oscar Davis Collection

Sotheby's secures the rights to sell part of the famed Oscar Davis Car Collection | Source: Erik Fuller/Courtesy RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby’s Set to Sell Oscar Davis Car Collection Worth A$135m

RM Sotheby’s recently announced part of the car collection of late industrialist Oscar Davis will go up for auction on 19th August during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auctions in California.

Considered one of the world’s finest, and most valuable, private vintage car collections ever amassed, the reputable collection of 27 vehicles is valued at approximately A$135 million.

The one-of-a-kind sale will present motoring enthusiasts with the chance to get their hands on a plethora of rare vehicles including famous Italian marque sports cars.

The list features some of the most rarified cars in the world including a 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia roadster, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B, a 1953 Ferrari 375MM Spider and a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupe.

1938 Talbot Lago
French car, the 1938 Talbot Lago, is considered one of the most beautiful in history | Source: Michael Furman/Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
1938 Alfa Romeo
1938 Alfa Romeo | Source: Michael Furman/Courtesy RM Sotheby’s

The BMW, Ferrari and the Talbot-Lago alone are each valued at between A$10 – $16 million – the Alfa Romeo is worth nothing less than A$2.7 million.

Amongst the great examples of Italian marque sports cars is a 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III valued at up to A$2.7 million.

Two spectacular Maserati models are also going on the block – a 1955 Maserati A6G/54 2000 Spyder and a 1957 Maserati 450S Spider, estimated to be worth as much as A$6.7 million and A$17.5 million respectively.

1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia was a prestigious racing car nicknamed “Buegelfalte” | Source: Michael Furman/Courtesy RM Sotheby’s

The chairman and owner of Hayward Industries, Davis became a world-renowned car collector building a global reputation as being a car enthusiast known for acquiring some of the most impeccable examples of the world’s finest cars.

It is unquestionably one of the finest private collections of automobiles gathered by a single owner.

Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s global head of actions

After Davis’ passing in 2021, the beautifully maintained and presented collection is now handled by his son Robert Davis – the trustee of the Davis estate.

Of the 27 models on sale to the public, a RM Sotheby’s spokesman said approximately six will be sold to private buyers – all with reserves yet to be determined.

The deal continues a positive 2022 auction calendar for the Ontario-based auction house following its 23rd annual Arizona one-day auction totalling A$58.4 million in sales and the company’s ninth annual Paris auction featuring a one-day auction totalling A$36.5 million.

For more on luxury car auctions, have a look at The Most Memorable Classic Cars to Sell Under the Hammer.

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