Annette Abaci

Car Specialist – German Office

+49 (0) 40 441 95 737

With post-secondary degrees in Economic Science and Mechanical Engineering, Annette Abaci initially worked part-time at Mercedes-Benz and EMA GmbH during her academic studies. She continued with EMA GmbH (a milling company specializing in high-precision production parts for Mercedes-Benz) after graduation and was eventually promoted to CEO. Her successful tenure at EMA saw her not only purchase the company in 1993, but also expand the business sevenfold.

 

Annette then decided to follow her passion for vintage automobiles, selling the company in 2003 and joining a German classic car dealership. Annette joined RM Europe in 2006, and she has been integral to the establishment, organization, and success of RM’s Ferrari, London, Monaco, and Villa d’Este auctions. In 2010, she opened RM’s German office and continues to be very interested in bringing the auction culture to her German homeland. Annette is passionate about German automobiles and specializes in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, and Jaguar, while she is most knowledgeable about automobiles manufactured in the pre-war to 1950s eras. In addition, she continues to build her own impressive personal collection, including a Brabham BT36 and several Jaguar X120s, and she regularly participates in classic car rallies. Annette is fluent in English, French, Turkish, and German. 

 

Past Events

March 2014
Euromaxx TV: Annette Abaci and RM Auctions Germany
March - April 2014
(EN version) Euromaxx TV: Annette Abaci and RM Auctions Germany
August 2013
Annette at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance
July 2013
Read Annette's account of the 2013 Mille Miglia in the Summer 2013 issue of RM Magazine
May 2013
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
May 2013
Mille Miglia
April 2013
Techno Classica Essen
March 2013
Retro Classics
February 2013
Retromobile
January 2013
Interclassics & TopMobiel
October 2012
Classic Expo
September 2012
Goodwood Revival
September 2012
Grossglockner Grand Prix
May 2012
Arabella Classics
March 2012
Annette accepted Motor Klassik's Reader's Choice Award at Classic Days Schloss Dyck

Read the full story on Motor-Klassik.de

August 2011
Oldtimer GP at the Nürburgring
July 2011
Ennstal Classic
June 2011
Salon Privé
June 2011
Gaisbergrennen 2011
May 2011
Arabella Classics
March 2011
Techno Classica Essen
January 2011
Interview with RM Car Specialist Annette Abaci

Q: What particular marques and eras do you specialize in?

A: My special interest is the prewar car era, especially cars like Lagonda, Aston Martin, Alvis, Invicta, as well as of course the lovely eight- and six-cylinder prewar cars built by Mercedes, and to have an Italian company, Alfa Romeo.

Q: How did you develop this particular interest?

A: Basically, my interest started by going backwards actually in time. I was very much into the 60s when I started with my interest in cars, and then it developed back when I learned about the great engineering skills people had actually before WWII. I was fascinated with what they actually achieved by building those beautiful, lovely eight-cylinder cars. Remember those big eight-cylinder cars, hard to actually develop and build, even Mercedes as well. I’m smitten with that, so that’s how it developed really.

car1Q: What is the most memorable car you’ve sold at auction and why?

A: The most memorable car is actually a car we sold in Monaco in 2010. It was the 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia “Buegelfalte,” of course a prewar car. This car is very memorable for me because it is a one-off car, it has a fantastic race history, and it is really a beautiful car.

Q: What is your market prediction for this coming year?

A: My market prediction for the coming year is that the collector car hobby will remain strong. We have a lot of interest – and new interest – from all over the world, especially from Asia, China and from Russia. I am sure that the prices will remain strong. Especially great cars, meaning rare, extraordinary examples with great provenance and documentation, will sell very, very well. We have seen some very strong results for important, historic Ferraris. I am sure this tendency will stay the same, if not even pick up this year.

car2Q: How do you keep busy in the collector car hobby?

A: It is actually very easy to keep busy in the collector car hobby, as there is an event almost every weekend during the year, beginning at the end of January with our Arizona sale and going on until mid-November even. So, what I do is I actually go and visit Concours events, for example, the Concours d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, or actually I take part in rallies, as the Silvretta Classic or the Ensa Classic, mainly of course here on the mainland in Europe, mainly in Germany and Austria, and it’s great fun.

Q: Do you have any advice to new collectors?

A: My advice to new collectors would be, always go for cars you like. Don’t ask the first question, “Is it a good investment?” Just go with your gut feeling and what you like and what you love. My experience in the market is, whatever you like, it’s just a question of time when the cars will come up as a good investment for you in a way, because you love the car.

car3Q: Does your dog Eddie ever call shotgun for the front seat of your Jaguar?

A: Yes, my dog Eddie actually does call shotgun on the co-driver seat of my Jaguar! I’m just wondering how this question came up? [laughing]

August 2010
Lavenham Tour
July 2010
Kitzbueheler Alpenrallye
July 2010
Silvretta Classic
November 2009
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
July 2009
Silvretta Classic
July 2009
Ennstal Classic

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