LAKELAND, FL - Every February a trio of airplane hangars come to life at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida. The event, a two-day classic and collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions, hosts 400+ pieces of automotive history along with buyers, sellers and a hard-working staff. The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction is slated for February 19-20. Some rides are head turners but are ultimately daily drivers. Others are top of the line, best of show type consignments. In between, there are a few that the owner can simply have fun with along the way.
The auction runs the gambit of production and history, so it’s only fitting that it returns to SUN n’ FUN following a most historic year. In February 2020, Carlisle Auctions topped the $4 million sales mark as part of its Winter AutoFest offering some 10 months ago. While that was a good kind of history, obviously a different kind has been gripping the world in other ways since about three weeks after that event. Fast forward to now and Carlisle Auctions is excited to return to SUN n’ FUN to present its 2021 event, February 19-20. The excitement starts at 10:30 a.m. daily. There are THREE great ways to bid and buy too, in-person, on the phone and ALL NEW, online.
Carlisle Auctions finds success due to its experienced staff, competitive buyers and sellers fees and its FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee. The sooner someone can commit to the auction, the more time and opportunities exist to promote and market select consignments. Further, online bidding makes the chance of a sale that much easier because as soon as a consignment is received and processed; it becomes eligible for online bidding. Pre-registered bidders have a chance to save upwards of 50% and again, can start bidding on online inventory as soon as their bidder credentials are processed.
2021 auction highlights include the aforementioned 400+ consignments PLUS an all-truck hour planned for a time slot TBA on Friday. There’s also a handful of resto mods which should be some of the higher bid consignments too. Mix these great elements into the special feeling of Florida in February and the 2021 auction is shaping up to be another must-attend event backed by Carlisle Auctions.
For the February 2021 auction, there will be some modifications due to COVID. In compliance with CDC suggestions and state of Florida regulations, Carlisle Auctions will offer added hand washing stations, hand sanitizing options, encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks. The event will be accessible to guests (buyers, sellers, staff, business partners and spectators) per guidelines in place at the time of the February auction. Even though there are indoor elements associated with the auction, the facility in fact has open hangar doors on both ends and breezeways on both sides. Further, since this is an airplane hangar, there is more than enough built-in opportunities to social distance.
For guests looking to enjoy the auction but not attend in 2021, it’s important to utilize the various options to bid and buy. In fact, with confirmed consignments already listed, online bidding has commenced and will run throughout the auction. For details on buying or selling with Carlisle Auctions in Lakeland or any other event on the 2021 auction schedule, health safety measures and more, visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
Finally, the auction and the annual Air & Coach Concours display are the ONLY parts of the originally scheduled Winter AutoFest Lakeland 2021 event that will take place. For 2021, Winter AutoFest has been canceled. The automotive flea market, car corral, car show elements and more will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever.
Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of over a dozen annual collector car/truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), the Sunset Auction Facility (Sarasota, FL) and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes four automotive flea markets of varying size, five auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, imports, tuners and performance sport compacts. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
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