Marshall resident to auction estimated $20M automobile collection

BLENHEIM, Ontario RM Sotheby’s will be in Marshall from September 22-24, 2022, to offer The Gene Ponder Collection. The Gene Ponder Collection sits on an immaculate estate comprised of state-of-the-art garages and buildings dotted across perfectly manicured grounds. Housed within the collection is an eclectic assemblage of over 120 cars, motorcycles, and boats, as well as an expansive selection of automobilia.

“The Gene Ponder Collection and the upcoming sale stand out among others as this is a unique opportunity for a buyer to come experience the passion of Mr. Ponder firsthand at his estate. When you arrive, you realize the entire estate was built to house a car collection. Every aspect of this property revolves around the vehicles, the memorabilia, and Mr. Ponder’s love for all things automotive. We are thrilled to bring this collection to market as there is truly something for every type of collector within the collection,” said Thatcher Keast, Auction Coordinator & Auctioneer.

The auction will be onsite in Marshall.

RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales. With over 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, they offer a vertically integrated range of services, from auctions, both live and online, and private sales to estate planning and financial services. Coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists and an international footprint, RM Sotheby’s provides an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for seven of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction.


  • 98 cars (all offered without reserve)
  • 1,047 lots of automobilia and memorabilia
  • 57 cars with low estimates over $100K
  • 33 cars with low estimates over $200K
  • 7 cars with low estimates over $500K
  • 2 cars with low estimates over $1M
  • Automobile model years span 92 years, from 1923 to 2015

Top 10 Lots

  1. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster      ($1,700,000 – $1,900,000)
  2. 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Recreation by Erik Koux    ($1,400,000 – $1,800,000)
  3. 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder by Vignale      ($800,000 – $1,000,000)
  4. 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe by Graber    ($800,000 – $1,000,000)
  5. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina      ($650,000 – $725,000)
  6. 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spider Recreation by Pur Sang   ($550,000 – $650,000)
  7. 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta in the style of Touring     ($525,000 – $675,000)
  8. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Pinin Farina     ($475,000 – $550,000)
  9. 1952 Bentley B Special Speed 8 Tourer by Racing Green Engineering  ($450,000 – $600,000)
  10. 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster Recreation by Pur Sang  ($450,000 – $500,000)

Single-Car Highlights

This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is finished in the striking color combination of Dark Red over Cognac leather with matching soft and hard tops. It retains its numbers-matching engine, gearbox, steering box, front spindles, rear axle, and original hardtop. This example was toured regularly by Gene Ponder throughout the United States.

This 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina painted in Rosso Rubino over beige leather is desirably fitted with a correct-type Ferrari air conditioning system and polished Borrani wire wheels and retains its original body and numbers-matching V-12 engine. Before becoming part of the Gene Ponder Collection, this Ferrari was maintained by the same owner for 30 years and would make a great addition to any collection.

One of only fourteen PB Airline Coupes believed to have been built, of which few survive, this 1935 MG PB Airline Coupe by Carbodies is a rare and remarkable MG built to the streamlined design of H.W. Allingham. Beautifully restored under prior ownership.

Joining these stunning lots is a number of hand-crafted replicas and tributes to all-but-unobtainable European sports cars seldom seen outside of museums, and automobilia ranging from classic signage, jukeboxes, fuel pumps, neon signs, wall art, and much more.

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