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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale tops $20 million

Ferarri Red

The top selling 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona crosses the auction block at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale Image - Middle River Arts Photography © 2016 Courtesy of Auctions America

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Auctions America saw a strong start to its 2016 auction season April 1-3, generating $20 million — including premiums — in sales with 70 percent of all lots sold at its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale event. The multi-day event enjoyed strong attendance, with bidders hailing from 41 states across the U.S., along with 18 countries.

“We’re very happy with the results,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “We received highly positive feedback on the diversity of the offering, which is reflected in the top 10 sales. From European sports and touring cars of every era through to iconic American classics and muscle and high performance late model collectibles, the group is a fantastic representation of the variety you’ll find in Fort Lauderdale each year.”

Dover White Camaro

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z71 Sport Coupe led American muscle highlight over the three-day sale at $404,250. Image - Middle River Arts Photography © 2016 Courtesy of Auctions America

Leading the top-sellers list was a restored, U.S.-delivery 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, which commanded $649,000 during Saturday’s sale session, while a 1930 Bentley “Blue Train” re-creation reached $522,500. The remaining results within the top five: The limited-production 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S, in cream with a tan leather interior, $506,000; 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, one of just 69 built, brought $404,250; and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, one of just 16 originally equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, brought $330,000.

images by Middle River Arts Photography © 2016 Courtesy of Auctions America

An overview of the nearly 450 vehicles on offer at Auctions America’s 2016 Fort Lauderdale collector car sale. Image - Middle River Arts Photography © 2016 Courtesy of Auctions America

Additional highlights from the three-day sale included a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzat $264,000; a 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider Serie Fiorano, a $211,750; and 1966 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward at $220,000.

Futura Restomod

Representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County watch as the 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Restomod crosses the Fort Lauderdale auction block, with all proceeds benefitting their important work. Image - Middle River Arts Photography © 2016 Courtesy of Auctions America

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Top 10 Sales

Lot 504 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 $649,000
Lot 534 1930 Bentley "Blue Train" Re-creation $522,500
Lot 524 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300S $506,000
Lot 510 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 $404,250
Lot 554 1971 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda $330,000
Lot 541 2005 Ford GT $319,000
Lot 495 1965 Shelby GT 350 $314,600
Lot 522 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR $275,000
Lot 478 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 $269,500
Lot 496 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz $264,000

Auctions America continues its 2016 calendar with Auburn Spring, May 5-7, the first of its two annual sales held at Auburn Auction Park in Indiana. For additional information on upcoming events, visit

*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for automobiles and 15 percent for automobilia.

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