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Auburn gears up for annual classic weekend

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Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord to be offered at Auburn Fall. (Courtesy of Auctions America)

Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord to be offered at Auburn Fall. (Courtesy of Auctions America)

The focus of the collector car world returns to the Classic Car Capital of America, August 27 – 31 as Auctions America hosts its annual Auburn Fall event at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park. Spanning more than four decades, the Labor Day Weekend tradition, held during the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, is one of the country’s premier celebrations of the collector car hobby.

The five-day event offers something for everyone, led by a roster of approximately 1200 classics, muscle cars, hot rods, exotics and more. In addition to four days of fast-paced auction excitement from the dual-ring arena, the event provides fun for the whole family from a packed car corral and swap meet to unique vendors, celebrity appearances and thrill-seeking automotive-themed activities.

For those unable to attend in person, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) will bring four days of Auburn Fall coverage to more than 80 million homes across the U.S., including over six hours of live gavel-to-gavel action. The broadcast will also showcase the stories behind feature cars and marques, as well as provide a glimpse into the characters of the global collector car hobby. A full coverage schedule is available here:


Complete ACD Lineup

Perfectly matched to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Festival weekend, this year’s Auburn Fall sale is led by a complete ACD lineup. The stunning trio includes a genuine, CCCA First Prize-winning 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster, offered from more than 30 years of single family ownership, and tucked away from public view since the mid-1980s (Est. $375,000 - $450,000); a rare, supercharged 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman, designated as a Full Classic and ready for delightful open-air motoring with added horsepower (Est. $185,000 - $225,000);and, an authentic 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande, J-523, fitted with a factory SJ engine. One of only 36 SJ Duesenbergs built, the example on offer is presented complete with its original chassis, body and bell-housing. Formerly owned by noted enthusiast George Lamberson, it is offered from single family ownership since 1978 (Est. $1,400,000 - $1,600,000).

Additional American Classics slated for the auction block include:

  • An elegantly curved 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, painted in rich, deep red with maroon moldings and ready for competent and comfortable touring(Est. $200,000 - $250,000); and,
  • A handsome and well-maintained 1931 Packard 902 Coupe Roadster, boasting grand style, power, and fine road-holding (Est. $140,000 - $180,000).
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429. (Courtesy Auctions America)

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429. (Courtesy Auctions America)

Diverse Private Collections at Auburn Fall

Reaffirming Auctions America’s reputation as an auction house of choice for the sale of private and estate collections, Auburn Fall will see several diverse private collections cross the block almost entirely without reserve.

Headlining the offering is no less than 80 vehicles from a prominent private collection. Largely American in focus, yet incredibly diverse, the group is led by a rare, original factory-built 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, a restored 1950 Mercury Convertible presented in as-new condition, a perfectly maintained 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Roadster, and a largely original 1972 DeTomaso Pantera.

Also on offer at the flagship sale are no less than 20 cars from the DavidDisiere Collection of Texas. With a great eye for quality and attention to detail, Mr. Disiere’s collection boasts everything from European sports cars to American Pre-War examples, 50s American styling and a group of rare muscle cars. Highlights include a recently restored 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, an ultra- rare 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 Holiday Coupe, a spectacularly presented 1969 Shelby GT 500 Fastback and a 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet Indy 500 Pace Car.

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon. (Courtesy Auctons America)

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon. (Courtesy Auctons America)

Something for Everyone

Additional automotive highlights to be offered at the Auburn Auction Park include:

  • The well-documented 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon used in the acclaimed HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire”, by lead character, corrupt Atlantic City Politician Enoch “Nuckey” Thompson (Est. $200,000 - $300,000);
  • Two fantastic examples of a highly desirable American performance car—a 2005 Ford GT (Est. $240,000 - $280,000) and a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Est. $350,000 - $400,000);
  • A fantastic selection of American muscle, including a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Hardtop Coupe, a 1968 Shelby GT 350 Fastback, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, and a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi Coupe;
  • Catering to all types of enthusiasts, Auctions America will offer a private collection of 26 antique tractors during its Saturday sale session, including fine restored examples from John Deere, Allis-Chalmers, McCormick-Deering, Ford, Massey-Harris and more.

Auctions America will also lift the gavel on a selection of memorabilia and parts on Wednesday, August 27, including classic automotive parts from The MacPhail Collection, The Fred Smith Automotive Fine Art Collection, and the Maggio Mascot and Memorabilia Collection.

Auctions America Gives Back

From its inception, Auctions America has been committed to giving back to the local community in which it operates, as well as supporting the collector car industry. In keeping with this, Auctions America is pleased to present two charity lots at its upcoming Auburn Fall sale:

  • a 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible offered by founder of Rathburn Tool & Manufacturing and Vietnam veteran, Jerry Rathburn. All proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to reflect at their memorials.
  • a 1952 Mercury Monterey Convertible, with all proceeds benefitting the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Auctions America is also offering enthusiasts a chance to win their very own 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible at Auburn Fall. To enter, participants must simply ‘like’ Auctions America on Facebook and if they are the lucky winners, the car will be shipped right to their driveway.


Beyond the auction, Auburn Fall will be highlighted by numerous celebrity appearances and thrill-seeking automotive activities. Enthusiasts and fans will have the opportunity to meet:

  • Frank Fritz, star of the History Channel’s “American Pickers
  • Courtney Hansen, star of the new automotive programming block “PowerNation” on NBCSN CBS Sports and Spike TV
  • Rick and Kelly Dale, stars of the History Channel’s hit series “American Restoration”

Other onsite attractions and entertainment include interactive and high-flying Freestyle ATV and Dirt Bike shows from Solution Action Sports, monster truck shows and rides, and sky high views of all the Auburn fun via helicopter rides. Complete dates and times for all celebrity appearances, autograph sessions and activities are available at

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