Although live collector car auctions are coming back as more people get their first and second jabs, buying cars online is here to stay. RM Sotheby’s realizes this, and is consistently putting on one online auction of vehicles and automobilia per month even as the auction house prepares for a live, relatively normal sale in Amelia Island later in May. RM’s “Online Only” sales also take a decidedly global approach, with cars on offer located in North America, Europe, the UK, and the Middle East. They also tend to offer slightly more affordable rides than RM’s signature live events like Amelia or Monterey.
This month’s “Open Roads” sale had a diverse group of cars with mixed results. Less than 60 percent o them sold, with many of the no-sales being higher tier six-figure cars. Strength among cars in the mid- to low-five-figure range, meanwhile, is yet another example of how many enthusiasts are playing in that segment of the market.
We look at the more interesting lots of the sale in detail below. Sales were conducted in dollars, pounds, and euros, depending on each car’s location.