If you sit home on weekends watching classic car auctions in places like Scottsdale, Amelia Island, and Monterey while wishing you could see big-buck rides roll across the block in person, there's good news. Auctions America, run by RM Sotheby's, will hold its 45th annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend in Auburn, Indiana September 2-6.
"Auburn Fall is a true enthusiast's affair and there is always great anticipation for what will be on display and rolling across the block," says Megan Boyd, Car Specialist, Auctions America. "With more than 1,000 classics and thousands of enthusiasts in attendance, it's a wonderful showcase of automotive history and the camaraderie offered by the collector car hobby. The event has grown tremendously over the past five years since Auctions America puurchased the Auburn Auction Park, and we're gearing up for another great weekend in the Classic Car Capital of America."
With the art deco Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum minutes away from the auction venue, Auburn is the place to drink in exquisite autos. Some of the most anticipated sales are a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe (Est. $350,000-400,000), 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe in its original Silver Metallic paint ($165,000-185,000), 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton Sedan with rare Lycoming V-12 engine ($175,000-225,000), 1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton ($175,000-225,000), and 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe once owned by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. ($1.5-1.75 million).
Enthusiasts of '50s American classics and muscle cars will have plenty to enjoy as a Condor Yellow 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible ($160,000-200,000) and 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible ($200,000-250,000) represent the Motorama era. Revving up the bidding will be a well-documented 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi with the 426-cid/425 horsepower engine ($180,000-220,000) and 2005 Ford GT with just 2,800 miles ($240,000-280,000). A little more affordable, but no less special, are a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe ($45,000-55,000) and 1974 BMW 2002Tii in its original Aqua Blue-Green paint ($30,000-40,000).
These are just the highlights. Go to the auction and you'll walk away in amazement from the barns full of cars you've never seen before - or only seen in magazines. Many will sell for under $15,000. It just takes the right buyer, the right car, and the right day. If you have time, make the 2-hour drive up I69 to Auburn and check it out for yourself.
To bid, explore consignment opportunities, or just find details for watching the action in-person, call toll free 1-877-906-2437 or visit www.auctionsamerica.com.
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