These Way-Obscure Old Cars For Sale At Hershey Are Relatively Affordable

Fed up with how all new cars look the same and/or they don’t build ’em like they used to? Think people who say “the last real car was built in ’73?” are being too generous? You might want to check out these deals from RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale.

Every year, old car enthusiasts gather in Hershey, Pennsylvania for one of the largest swap meets and sales in the continental northeast. And Chatham, Ontario-based RM Sotheby’s, to no one’s surprise, is hosting an old car auction in the same place at right about the same time, October 8 and 9.


While most of the cars the firm has up for grabs have pre-sale estimates in the six-figure range, not every car is expected to cross the block at a stratospheric price. In fact, several of the coolest – read: most obscure – lots up for sale are down below the $50,000 mark.

That’s right, for less than the cost of some new Hyundais you can own a model from a marque that almost no one’s ever heard of. You can be that guy. To help you out, Autofocus has put together a gallery of what to look for at Hershey and why.

We’re talking cars like a four-owner 1907 Victor Runabout, complete with wicker trunk and two-cylinder air-cooled engine. Or a nearly-all-original 1929 Roosevelt Eight Sedan by Marmon (pictured, top). Both are expected to sell for somewhere just north of $10,000.


Personally, we’d put our money on the not-quite-as-obscure ’27 Whippet, which looked good enough for producers to feature on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, apparently. The estimate’s $20,000 to $25,000. Want.


Got a favourite from our value-menu gallery? Or another candidate from the auction that we didn’t list? Share below.

(photos courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

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