Gooding & Co.’s Estate of Mark Smith No Reserve Auction set for April 7
Gooding & Company will be conducting the Estate of Mark Smith Auction on Friday, April 7, present several vehicles, all without reserve, belonging to the late, venerable American collector Mark J. Smith of Lynchburg, Va.
Viewing of all the lots is open to registered bidders and approved press members, and will take place on Thursday, April 6. The live auction will be held the next day at Smith’s very own Midland Motors museum. (Interested parties unable to attend the auction in Virginia will be able to participate via online bidding on Gooding & Co.’s website or mobile app, or partake in telephone bidding.)
A one-of-a-kind man and collector, Mark J. Smith was born in upstate New York in 1952, and became known for his keen eye for quality, prizing objects of rarity, historical significance, and excellence. He particularly favored original Classic Era cars and acquired a great assortment of automobiles—Brass Era antiques, American Classics, postwar sports cars, and great European classics. Smith largely preferred unrestored originals and well-kept early automobiles over gleaming show cars. As his car collection expanded into the hundreds, he acquired several buildings in historic downtown Lynchburg, Virginia to house his extraordinary automotive treasures. This included Midland Motors and a Chrysler dealership that he transformed into a showcase for his most prized possessions.
“Mark Smith was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate enthusiasts our industry has ever known, and I had the great pleasure of personally knowing him throughout my career in the collector car world,” said Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding. “A brilliant and refined collector, Mark put together an incredible and varied collection of primarily unrestored prewar American and European treasures, which he often acquired after years of research and persistence. A collector through and through, Mark greatly prized his greatest automotive finds, most of which are on offer here at the Estate of Mark Smith Auction.”
Among the more notable vehicles to be auctioned off April 7 with No Reserve:
* 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Offener Tourenwagen
* 1932 Chrysler CG Imperial Custom Roadster
* 1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Drophead Coupe
* 1907 White Model G ‘Roi des Belges’ Touring
* 1907 Ford Model K Touring
* 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Riviera Town Car
* 1930 Lincoln Model L Sport Roadster
* 1935 Brewster Coupe Roadster
* 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 C-4 Open-Front French Brougham
* 1924 Ford Model T Speedster
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