RM Auctions will be showcasing custom cars designed by leading UK-based designer Andy Saunders. The annual event is dubbed as ‘Automobiles of London’ and was made possible in partnership with Sotheby’s. It will be held on October 29 at Battersea Park, London. Saunders has long been known as the top custom car maker in the U.K. For almost 30 years, he has been in the lead when it comes to wild car creations, managing to build more than 40 customized cars and even restoring some classic ones.
What made him stand out from the rest were his distinct designs and fact that his unique ‘car sculptures’ were in fact drivable. As a result, Saunders achieved critical acclaim and it was at this time that global media started paying attention to him with one journalist even going as far to say that was an ‘automotive alchemist’ and that he could easily turn any base cars to gold. He recently participated in different European Concours d’Elegance events and even completed a pair of special commissions for Hyundai.
Saunders was even awarded his third Guinness Book of World Records for the category ‘world’s lowest camper van’ with the 1980 VW Camper whose height stands at 3.3 feet tall. This same van was created onstage by Saunders in front of a crowd composed of at least 34,000 car enthusiasts. During the annual show in October, Saunders will be sharing his designs to other automotive fans and at the same time allow for room to house his new creations in in his garage.
For the event, eleven of Saunders’ creations will be part of the show. Managing Director of RM Auctions’ European Division Max Girardo shared that the Andy Saunders Collection can be best described as an example of a rolling works of modern art. Each component, Mr. Girardo adds, manages to smoothly combine the passion for cars that is obvious in Sanders with his creative vision, wild imagination, and artistic talents. In the best sense of the word, it is indeed drivable art.
The auction line-up will have a number of Sanders creations like the popular yet infamous 1983 Citroen 2CV6 “Picasso Citroen” and the 1989 Fiat 126 “Flat Out.” Standing at just at 22 inches, the Flat Out is indeed a radical sports car. The “Picasso Citroen” on the other hand is multi-colored and may have been made asymmetrically like that of Picasso’s painting. Meanwhile the shortened 1961 Mini Haha is not only the ideal city car but it was started as a mini and then cut short by three-2’7” pieces
. The Mini Haha in particular is the only Saunders creation that almost went into production despite the fact that his works are typically one-off creations. Aside from the miniature creations, joining them on the display is the 1983 Bentley Mulsanne, also call the ‘Mentley Insanne’. This particular model was awarded in the past by Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners’ Club as ‘Car of the Month’. Other cars that will be part of the event will be the fuel-saving Hummer known by enthusiasts as the ‘Credit Crunch Hummer’, and the 1998 Suzuki Wagon R “The Alchemist”.
In fact, Saunders has even managed to build the 1958 Ford X-2000 Recreation which was originally designed by Alex Tremulus and was one of his concept cars that Ford decided not to produce. Joining the auction block as well are the built-for TV 1977 Austin Allegro ‘All-Ego’ and the sixties-retro VW Beach Dune Buggy.
Then there are also the 1936 Cord 810 Sportman, 1962 Saab 95 Van, and the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero Replica. In addition to the Andy Saunders Collection, there will also be a number of racing, sports, and classic cars to be featured at the London event. According to Mr. Girardo, each of the vehicles on display can be considered one-of-a-kind collector’s editions.
Both fun and unique, he added, the cars are sure to get the attention not just of auto enthusiasts but even art enthusiasts as well, making the event even more fun. In association with Sotheby’s, RM Auctions will conduct the Automobiles of London event on October 29, 2008, at the Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park in London, U.K.
A one-day preview will be conducted on October 28th starting at 11:00 am and ending at 5:30 pm. The official event will begin the next day with the auction starting at 10:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm. The event however is by catalogue only, with admission for two available at £50.