Historic Oldsmobile Autocrat “Yellow Peril” Races to RM Sotheby’s Hershey Stage

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Darin Schnabel © 2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Darin Schnabel © 2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


RM Sotheby’s returns to Hershey, Pennsylvania for its ninth annual sale during the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet week, October 8 – 9
Two-day auction presents superb selection of more than 100 automobiles and select memorabilia.
Early Brass Era highlights led by 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat “Yellow Peril”, a powerhouse racing machine of its time.
Event information and a frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com

BLENHEIM, Ontario (July 29, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment quality automobiles, returns to Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 8 – 9 for its ninth annual sale at the historic Hershey Lodge. As a feature attraction of the internationally attended AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, RM’s 2015 sale builds on the company’s strongest Hershey performance to date in 2014, presenting an outstanding roster of more than 100 automobiles and select memorabilia.

The sale has a strong track record for offering exceptional Brass and Classic Era motor cars, and the 2015 catalogue will be no exception. Leading early highlights and perfectly suited to the AACA hobby weekend is the historic 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat “Yellow Peril”, chassis no. 65877.

A massive and powerful Brass Era racing machine, and certainly a status symbol of the time, “Yellow Peril” was actively campaigned by its original owner, the wealthy and eccentric John Henry Greenway Albert of Baltimore. With racing in mind, Albert replaced the Autocrat’s tourabout body with aluminum coachwork of his own design, and installed a rudimentary fuel injection system that he developed with the family chauffeur and mechanic. He removed the car’s fenders and headlights for competition, later replacing them as he reinstated the Oldsmobile for sporting road use. Largely undefeated, “Yellow Peril” successfully raced on many dirt and board tracks in period, remaining in Albert’s ownership until his untimely passing in 1968. It has since been an active and popular participant on the HCCA and VMCCA tour circuit, while remaining one of the few Brass Era racing cars to retain original period-built bodywork and original mechanical components. Pure, functional, and imposing, “Yellow Peril” is simply one of the most evocative survivors of a bygone era and expected to command strong interest at this year’s Hershey sale (Est. $700,000 – $850,000).

Yellow Peril is an extraordinary machine, made all the more remarkable by the recent confirmation of its early history and original condition by our in-house research team,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “At RM, we pride ourselves on the depth of research we undertake to authenticate and establish each car’s particular noteworthiness – a process that, within the automotive auction business, is entirely unique to our organization. In this case, our research team uncovered the documentation necessary to confidently tell the Autocrat’s story. We’re thrilled to present a car with such a fascinating history as the “Yellow Peril” in Hershey and look forward to welcoming collectors to Pennsylvania for what is always a great celebration of the hobby and its camaraderie.”

Reflecting the diversity of this year’s lineup, additional early entries include:

a 1915 Cretors Model C Popcorn Wagon, chassis no. 7539, formerly of Harrah’s Automobile Collection and offered with exhaustive documentation, including popcorn recipes (Est. $250,000 – $325,000, offered without reserve);

a highly attractive 1924 Marmon Model 34C Two-Passenger Speedster, chassis no. B2-5001, the finest example of a pioneering American sports car, boasting a nut and bolt restoration to concours standards (Est. $125,000 – $175,000);

a charmingly patinaed 1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Sedan, chassis no. DV-42-1383, one of the best original and unrestored examples in existence, owned by the Pettit family for six decades (Est. $175,000 – $225,000); and,

an award-winning 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, chassis no. 58E023213, the finest authentically restored example available today (Est. $200,000 – $275,000, offered without reserve).

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale, to view a frequently updated list of entries, or for information on limited consignment opportunities, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call +1 519 352 4575.

Darin Schnabel © 2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s