Auctions America enjoyed a record-setting weekend in the Classic Car Capital of America, May 8 – 10, posting record results and attendance at its annual Auburn Spring event at the historic Auburn Auction Park.Representing the company’s largest Auburn Spring event to date, more than 770 vehicles and 250 lots of memorabilia crossed the block during the three-day event, with total sales of $19.1 million with 87 percent of all lots sold. The impressive tally represents Auctions America’s best performance thus far at Auburn Spring, and significantly, a 70 percent increase on 2013 results, reflecting strong growth.
Further illustrating Auburn Spring’s rapid growth and status as a must-attend weekend on the national collector car calendar, more than 20,000 enthusiasts flocked to the Auburn Auction Park for the sale – a record for the Spring event. Strong interest in the offering saw bidder registrations double 2013 levels, with 27 percent of bidders representing first-time clientele. Bidders hailed from seven countries around the world and 38 states across the United States.
“This year’s Auburn Spring event was a record-setting weekend for the Auctions America team on numerous fronts. Our largest Auburn Spring to date, we presented a record volume of cars, attracted record attendance and bidder registrations, and achieved record results, we couldn’t be happier,” says Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America. “Add in strong ratings on NBCSN, which telecast from Auburn Spring for the first time, and great reviews for the AACA Special National Spring Meet, and the weekend was a great success on all levels. We look forward to continuing the momentum in the upcoming summer auction season, and continuing to build Auburn Spring as a must-attend event and destination for collectors in the years ahead.”
Headlining the 2014 Auburn Spring weekend was a superb collection of 400 vehicles from Montreal’s John Scotti Collection, offered entirely without reserve. Topping the collection and claiming top sale honors of the weekend was a futuristic 1934 Chrysler Custom Imperial Airflow, which spurred a lively bidding war, surpassing expectations at $213,400. Additional highlights from the Scotti Collection included a virtually new 1987 Buick GNX, showing just 96 original miles, which sold for $100,100; a stunning 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Roadster, for $88,000; and a low-mileage, well-equipped 1989 Ferrari Testarossa, which garnered $84,150.
“I’m very happy with the results from this past weekend’s sale,” said John Scotti following the auction. “When the time came to sell my collection, I knew Auctions America would provide fantastic service and connect my cars with the right buyers.”
Beyond the Scotti Collection, numerous spirited bidding contests saw various lots exceed expectations. Among additional notable sales were a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Lightweight Sport Coupe, for $151, 250; and an outstanding 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, for $148,500.
Auctions America – Auburn Spring Top Five Sales:
1. 1934 Chrysler Custom Imperial Airflow – $213,400
2. 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Lightweight Sport Coupe – $151,250
3. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – $148,500
4. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL – $145,750
5. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 – $137,500
Auctions America continues its 2014 calendar with The Littlefield Military Collection, July 11 – 12 in California’s Portola Valley, closely followed by the California Collector Car Auction, August 1 – 2 in Burbank. The summer concludes with the Auburn Fall weekend, August 27-31.
Full results from Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event, along with upcoming event information are available online at auctionsamerica.com.