AUBURN, Ind. – Fresh on the heels of its record Fort Lauderdale sale, Auctions America eagerly awaits the return of its Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend, May 7-9 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park. One of two collector car events hosted each year by the company at its Auburn headquarters, Auburn Spring has quickly become a must-attend weekend on the national collector car calendar.
“For collectors and enthusiasts alike, particularly those in the Midwest and surrounding states, Spring heralds the arrival of the ‘busy season’ – an opportunity to pull their cars out of hibernation and enjoy a jam-packed calendar of automotive events. At Auctions America, we’re proud that Auburn Spring has become a staple on that calendar, presenting not only a tremendous variety of collector cars for bids, but also offering great automotive entertainment, as well as opportunity to enjoy the wonderful camaraderie offered by the hobby,” says Megan Boyd, car specialist, Auctions America.
“Celebrating its fifth year in 2015, we’re thrilled with the growth Auburn Spring has enjoyed over the past four years, and look forward to further growing this new Spring tradition, an event which comprises not only a multi-day auction, but also a car corral, swap meet and the return of the AACA Special National Spring Meet.”
The Auburn Auction Park’s main arena will come alive with nearly 500 American muscle cars, classics, exotic sports cars and hot rods along with a selection of memorabilia poised for the block. Leading early is a well-equipped and immaculately restored 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Hardtop. Striking in Lemon Twist and powered by a fearsome 426-cid “street Hemi” V-8 engine producing 425hp, this exceptional Hemi Challenger is believed to be just one of 11 examples featuring the extremely rare and desirable N96-Shaker Hood option and four-speed manual transmission. It is expected to fetch between $340,000-$380,000 when it crosses the Auburn auction stage next month.
Other notable auction entries include:
- an extremely rare 2006 Ford GTX1 TT ‘Spyder’. This unique, iconic American supercar is one of approximately 30 Ford GTX1s produced by Ford authorized coach-builder Genaddi Design Group before they closed their doors. Boasting an unmatched provenance, it is differentiated from its peers by its 5.4-liter V-8 powerplant, delivering an incredible 1,000-hp, along with extensive carbon fiber trim (Est. $300,000-$350,000);
- a handsome, well-documented 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; with peak power output at 6,500-rpm and an observed top speed of 122-mph, this car was one of the fastest, most sumptuous and most expensive convertibles offered by Mercedes-Benz at the time (Est. $300,000-$350,000); and,
- a very original 1987 Buick Regal GNX with just 119 miles from new (Est. $110,000 – $120,000).
For motorcycle enthusiasts, Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event will lift the gavel on the respected Preston Evans Motorcycle Collection, featuring bikes from the former Arthur P. Sigal Collection. Offered entirely without reserve, this 29-lot collection is comprised of both original and beautifully restored motorcycles, including a 1902 Marsh, predating Harley-Davidson, and believed to be the only Marsh of its kind left in existence (Est. $80,000 – $85,000).
Additional highlights include a stellar 1915 Indian Model G Big Twin, a former centerpiece at the Brookline, Massachusetts Museum of Transportation’s special exhibition “Putting America on Wheels” (Est. $40,000 – $45,000), and a 1920 Ace Four with Watsonia Sidecar; designed by William Henderson of Philadelphia, this inline four-cylinder bike could reach speeds of 85 mph, making it the fastest motorcycle in the world in the early ’20s. It is currently identified as one of only three 1920 Aces known to exist (Est. $120,000 – $125,000).
More Auburn Spring
In addition to the auction excitement, Auburn Spring will also feature a car corral and swap meet, along with the return of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Special National Spring Meet, which is set to bring an additional 300 cars to the grounds of the Auburn Auction Park. Every car entered in the AACA meet will receive a special commemorative Indiana license plate.
Auctions America will further lend its support to the AACA through the presentation of five vehicles at the auction, with hammer proceeds benefiting the AACA Museum. Highlights include a 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner Coupe (Est: $25,000 – $35,000) and a 1934 Ford Pick-up (Est. $24,000 – $28,000).
For further information on Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event, or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll-free 800.890.7635