AUBURN, Ind. – Auctions America hosted the first of its two annual sales at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park over the weekend (May 7-9), bringing thousands of enthusiasts and families to its Auburn Spring collector car event.
The auction, which offered a variety of memorabilia followed by a diverse selection of 350 vehicles, achieved total sales of $5,521,885, with 77 percent of all lots sold. From American classics to modern supercars, the multi-day auction offered something for everyone, attracting bidders from eight countries as well as 34 states across the United States. Significantly, 30 percent of bidders represented first-time Auctions America clientele.
Late model collectibles stole the show, with top sale honors going to a unique 2006 Ford GTX1 TT ‘Spyder’, one of just 30 examples produced by Ford-authorized coachbuilder Genaddi Design Group. Distinguished by its 5.4-liter V-8 powerplant, delivering an incredible 1,000-hp, this American supercar sold for a strong $330,000 to applause from the crowd. Amongst many European collectibles that went under the gavel, an extensively documented 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet secured the event’s second highest sale at $299,750. Rarities of the 1980s also continued to pick up speed, with a turbocharged 1987 Buick GNX, showing just 119 original miles, realizing $110,000.
“Our Auburn Spring sale always offers incredible diversity, and this year was no exception,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “The hobby-centric nature of the event, coupled with the well-attended AACA Special National Spring Meet and gorgeous spring weather, saw an energetic crowd and a full auction arena across the weekend.”
Auctions America Auburn Spring Top Five Sales
1. 2006 Ford GTX1 TT ‘Spyder’ – $330,000
2. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet – $299,750
3. 1987 Buick GNX – $110,000
4. 2005 Maybach 57 Base Sedan – $87,450
5. 1932 Ford V-8 Deluxe Roadster – $ 86,000
In addition to the auction, the weekend featured a car corral and swap meet, along with the return of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Special National Spring Meet. Members of the largest club in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of antique automobiles gathered from 29 states across the country, including Hawaii, along with representation from Canada. Attendance increased by 72 percent over the 2014 meet, with hundreds of club members and enthusiasts stopping by to celebrate the more than 250 rare and unusual cars and trucks on display.
“Our third year holding the meet at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale was an unqualified success,” commented Steve Moskowitz, Executive Director of the AACA following the event. “Our members couldn’t say enough great things about the Auburn Auction Park and what a treat it is to both attend the sale and to visit local museums. Several members even left the event with a new ride in their collection. The AACA is most appreciative of the generosity shown to us by the Auctions America team, we can’t wait to return in 2016.”
Auctions America continues its 2015 calendar with the company’s third annual California sale, July 17-18. Moving to an exciting new location and date for 2015, the multi-day auction will be held at Santa Monica’s historic Barker Hangar, a venue that plays host to some of the area’s most exclusive events.
Complete results from Auctions America’s Auburn Spring collector car weekend, along with information on upcoming events, are available at www.auctionsamerica.com.
*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of a 10 percent buyer’s premium for all vehicles. All other lot prices are inclusive of a 15 percent buyer’s premium.