Woody Boater Alert: The Holiday Shopping Season Has Been Extended To Jan 18th, 2013

For those of you out there in Woody Boater Land who just can’t seem to find that perfect gift for your better half, we may just have what you are looking for… But it means that the Holiday Shopping Season will have to be extended to January 18th, 2013.

Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service has arranged to present this rare 1937 Gar Wood 25′ Triple Cockpit Runabout for sale at the 2013 RM Arizona Auction in January. Just think – This could be the “Ultimate Holiday Gift” for that special person in your life. Here’s the Press Release we just received from the folks at RM Auctions. (Gar Wood Photos by Wayne Davis / RM Auctions) Click on any of the photos in today’s story to enlarge them.

BLENHEIM, Ontario (December 6, 2012) – RM Auctions kicks off the 2013 auction season, January 18 with its annual sale at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

Although the RM sale is best known for offering a magnificent roster of investment-quality automobiles, January’s sale will also cater to boating enthusiasts, lifting the gavel on rare and hugely valuable 1937 Gar Wood 25’ Triple Cockpit Runabout.

Widely considered the best engineered, best built and most beautiful boats ever produced, Gar Woods remain among the most sought after classic boats in existence and the example on offer is certainly no exception. Extraordinarily rare, it is one of just nine 25’ runabouts built in 1937 and one of only three equipped with the largest engine option, the Scripps V-12. Only one other 1937 25’ runabout is known to exist, elevating this example’s importance in collector circles.

Luxuriously appointed and capable of comfortably seating eight to ten passengers in its three cockpits, this example has been impeccably restored from stem to stern, including the Scripps V-12 engine and features the correct, original pattern and color leather upholstery. An important piece of boating history and design, it is estimated to fetch $250,000 – $325,000 when it goes under the gavel in January.

For further information on RM’s upcoming Arizona sale, visit rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575. For those interested in participating in the auction but unable to attend in person, RM offers a wealth of remote bidding options, including absentee, Internet and telephone bidding, and the sale will stream live online at rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event. – RM Auctions

It’s exciting to see classic wooden boats once again being offered for sale at a premier collector car auction. The lineup of classic cars featured at the 2013 RM Arizona sale is very impressive. Here’s just a few…

So if you are looking for a classic woody grocery getter for the cabin, RM has them too… Here’s a very nice 1947 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon with straight 8 power. (Photos by Aaron Summerfield ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

Or if you are looking for a classic Italian sports car to travel to the cabin in style, how about this stunning 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S ‘SV Specification’. (Photo by Erik Fuller ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)
I once had the privilege of driving a Miura S at a track day and it was outstanding!

Also up for auction in Arizona is this beautiful 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. (Photos by Corey Silvia ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1966, the 275 GTB/4 (or 4-cam) was a substantially updated car; built by Scaglietti, it featured new bodywork and was the first Ferrari to not be offered with wire wheels. Power came from a substantially reworked Colombo V12. The 275 GTB/4 could hit 165 mph with its 300 hp V12.

If you prefer to arrive at the lake in a British classic and look debonaire, here’s a very cool 1964 Aston Martin DB5. (Photo Credit Mike Kippen ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions)

The iconic Aston Martin DB5 luxury grand tourer was produced by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera. Released in 1963, it was an evolution of the final series of DB4. The DB series was named honouring David Brown (the head of Aston Martin from 1947–1972). The DB5 is famous for being the first and most recognised cinematic James Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger (1964).

Thanks to Amy at RM Auctions for assisting us with todays story, for providing the information on the 1937 Gar Wood 25′ and also for sharing some of their beautiful classic car images from the upcoming Arizona auction.

For more information on the 2013 RM Arizona auction and to view the entire list of lots scheduled for auction in January you can Click Here.


18 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    All great present ideas but I think my wife has already bought me a new sweatshirt (hmm, I wonder which one) so she’s probably already done shopping for me.

  2. Alex
    Alex says:

    Lovely cars. I’d take the lot of them, only there’s no Lambo, Ferrari, and Aston dealer in Hessel for service. Pity.

  3. frank Miklos
    frank Miklos says:

    This boat “Triple Time” was at Buckeye lake show one year… It got best of show.. But the judging crew could not find any points… but any good judging crew knows there is something wrong and should not be over 99 pts… They brought the rest of us over to look at it … I found one point just as I walked up to the boat.. (that was enough we did not look for any more.) If I would have looked harder I could have found something else…

    The boat is clearly a beautiful boat. But there are no 100 pt boats out there..

      • Frank Miklos
        Frank Miklos says:

        The is no such thing as perfect… If you look close enough you can find something that is not as done originally… I can usually find something done differently.. often it is over done items… The item that I found on this boat was the stern flag.. It had cotton but the flag field was embroidered not applique.. to be correct for time period. it should have been applique… There are so many small tings that are wrong with every boat in many cases they are not marked. but when you look close you can find a point off of any boat.. And it is not hard to find something that is not done as factory … One very easy place to find a point is in engines. Most restored engines do not look anything like the did as shipped.. Most are over done.. things polished that should be painted .. etc. Yes they look beautiful but incorrect to what was shipped from factory is a deduction.. The Century Boat Club show has a maximum deduction of 2 points for over done engines.. the hardest boats to find deductions are the shows that have an altered class.. almost anything goes . but design & implementation are also judged in this class. Most shows do no have this class. ACBS does not recognize this class of judging.

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Putting my check book away, couldn’t find a receiver hitch listed for a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Aston Martin.

  5. Tommyholm
    Tommyholm says:

    That’s a nice boat. I hope the new owner will be as gracious as the previous and show it , regardless of the judges and their point(s).
    The point being (pun intended) is that judges and judging have driven more boat owners NOT to show than vice a versa. Just think the judges are making themselves distinct like a Dino.

  6. Texx
    Texx says:

    Frank / Tommy – I would love to do a story about this subject one day, but I’m afraid I would get “run out of town” if I did…

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Flying out of town on your Harley with tar and feathers streaming behind and angry townsfolk with pitchforks chasing you. Run Forest Run!

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