While the “Imperial” and “LeBaron” names became diluted on mainstream Chrysler cars in more recent history, the two had once created great American luxury together. LeBaron was America’s most distinguished designer of the period, creating bodies for the world’s top luxury automakers. The early 1930s Chrysler Imperials designed by LeBaron are among America’s most beautiful classics. Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owned General Foods Corporation, must have thought so when she purchased this 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Dual Cowl Phaeton. Bonhams is offering the car at its Amelia Island auction, with a $375K-$450K pre-sale estimate.
There were only nine Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale ever made. According to RM Sotheby’s, each was built at a cost of $1m in 2010, and one of them sold at the Elkhart Collection auction in October for $489k. It was virtually a brand new car, with just over 200 miles.
At its expansive and eclectic Elkhart Collection auction in late October, RM Sotheby’s sold a special example of the rare 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman convertible for $257,600. Less than 3,000 of this model car were ever made.