Lucky Collector Car Auctions, the semi-annual auction series hosted by Tacoma’s LeMay Marymount Event Center, is raiding Hollywood’s "automotive ark" for new and unusual “Exes”.
With an already high representation of historic automobiles and noteworthy pedigreed consignments (which have previously ranged from the ex-Shell Opel that set the world’s fuel mileage record to a wide array of “exes” that include ex-Heineken, ex-Guinness Oppenheimer, and others) Lucky has nevertheless begun quietly “doubling-down” on its searches for new, increasingly memorable consignments—all with an eye towards high profile vehicles possessing general public as well as collector and buyer appeal.
And it’s turning its eye increasingly toward Hollywood.
Whereas past Lucky’s film-themed “exes” have included everything from an “ex-Dale Chihuly” sports car to iconic replicas of Animal House Deathmobile and others, auction producers are now partnering with local collectors and buyers to raise their Hollywood “take” with increasingly iconic and pedigreed raids on film history.
As the result, this August’s Fall Classic auction—a full-day Saturday and Sunday sale held in conjunction with August 30 & 31 “LeMay Weekend” car show, a judged competition and additional public events expected to draw over 1,000 vehicles—will now include commercial public sale of a fully-documented “show car” of an entirely new type and stature:
The legendary property and stunt vehicle—which starred in one the film’s earliest whip-snapping chase sequences—will cross the public auction block supported by a complete provenance and extensive records and documentation.
Automotive and Cinema buffs are invited to learn more about the exceptional car online at www.luckyoldcar.com – as well as others completing Lucky’s latest 200+ car inventory of classics, historics, sports and popular vehicles scheduled for Lucky’s latest, greatest and very possibly show-stopping, one-of-a-kind finds.
A Growing, “Lucky” Problem
Lucky Collector Car Auctions, the semi-annual auction series hosted by Tacoma’s LeMay Marymount Event Center, has rapidly emerged as the Pacific Northwest’s fastest growing source for collector, classic and remarkable, hard-to-find cars.
It’s a highly-welcomed success that’s posing several unexpected challenges—and driving the fast-rising regional auctioneer to increasingly exceptional and unexpected lengths.
Supported by occasional consignments of select LeMay Family Collection Foundation (LFCF) and LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) inventory, the Northwest owned and operated auction has consistently broken records and set new standards with small weekend avalanches of eclectic, historic and restored paradigm of diverse makes and marks.
With reported event grosses now exceeding $1.5M—and at least one especially notable event boasting a 97% weekend-long sell-through rate—the once-fledgling auction company has succeeded at establishing itself as “go-to” event for the region’s disproportionately high number of collectors, clubs, and concours judges and producers.
Along the way, growing international interest—propelled by Lucky’s collaborative relationship with LeMay Marymount and a recent world record sales result—have incrementally “snowballed” the once-small auction group into position to capture and market an increasing number of post-Pebble, post-Monterey acquisitions migrating homeward to the Northwest.
The problem, for Lucky, is how to top—or even sustain—its increasing success and reputation as a serious, must-attend event for remarkable cars. And it’s a good problem to have.