Monterey 2009: Nick Alexander Woodie Collection nets $7 million

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Looks like the economy might be doing okay after all. The massive Nick Alexander Woodie Collection brought a combined $7 million to kick off the week's auctions in Monterey. One of the most extensive collections of Ford and Mercury Woodies in the world, Alexander's collection was auctioned off by RM Auctions on Thursday night in Monterey. Top seller was a gorgeous 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible (above) that went across the block and sold at $368,500.

Other highlights included a super rare 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible that went for "just" $275,000, and an awesome, all-wheel-drive 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon that brought $247,500. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be going to support the Midland School in Santa Barbara, California. There's a full press release after the jump and full results at the RM website.

[Source: RM Auctions]

Press Release:


Nick Alexander Woodie Collection achieves over $7 million in total sales
Top-seller 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible brings $368,500
Portion of sale proceeds to benefit the Midland School in Santa Barbara, California
RM's auction action continues with Sports & Classics of Monterey, August 14 & 15, 2009

MONTEREY, California (August 13, 2009) – RM Auctions kicked off Monterey's famed classic car week at the Portola Hotel & Spa tonight with the distinguished Nick Alexander Woodie Collection achieving in excess of $7 million in total sales.

The four-hour auction attracted spirited bidding as 51 magnificent pre- and post-war Ford & Mercury wood-bodied station wagons crossed the block before a packed house.

The top-seller of the night was a Dearborn award-winning 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible, the rarest Sportsman of all, which brought an impressive $368,500. Other highlights included an exceptionally rare 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible for $275,000, and a handsome, all-wheel-drive 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon for $247,500.

"The early interest and enthusiasm for this collection translated into a very successful auction," said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer of RM Auctions.

"The room was filled to capacity, with the sale of each lot celebrated by an enthusiastic crowd. The strong results of tonight's sale, reinforcing RM's strength in the presentation of single-owner collections, sets the tone for an exciting weekend ahead," he added.

One final car from the collection – a 1939 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon - will be sold as part of Saturday's auction line-up, with proceeds from its sale being donated by Nick Alexander to benefit the Midland School in Santa Barbara, California. This will be added to proceeds donated by RM from tonight's sale of a selection of large canvas reproductions of original photography depicting the histories of Ford, Mercury and the Iron Mountain Factories.

RM's Monterey auction action will continue tomorrow and Saturday beginning at 6pm Pacific Time as a magnificent collection of other important and desirable collector cars cross the block, including a historic 1952 Jaguar C-Type – expected to fetch in excess of $3,000,000.

Official results will be posted online at www.rmauctions.

For further information on RM's Sports & Classics of Monterey event, please visit or call +1 734 660 0015.

About RM Auctions
Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, England. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned "Best of Show" honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year.

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