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The Iconic Southern California Collection

Part of Auctions America Burbank

Larry Jewett - May 23, 2014 09:41 AM

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Some of the cars included in the collection of the late Bob Pond that will be sold in August.

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If you like the Woody, there's a trio being offered

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If you've seen the 1988 movie Rain Man, you know this car.

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     One year after setting a new standard for collector car auctions in Southern California, Auctions America returns to Burbank, August 1 - 2 for its annual California sale at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful debut, this year’s sale is set to be another spectacular event for collectors of every genre, lifting the gavel on a diverse mix of some 400 vehicles handpicked for Southern California’s unique automotive culture.
     Leading early entries for the sale is The Iconic Southern California Collection, an impressive group of more than 60 vehicles formerly owned by noted Palm Springs collector, the late Bob Pond. Offered fresh to the market following long-term storage, the group collectively represents virtually every decade of motoring, catering to a broad range of automotive tastes and budgets. Headlining the collection is the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible driven by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the Oscar-winning 1988 film, Rain Man. Additional highlights illustrating the breadth of the collection include a 1908 Ford Model R Runabout, a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Drive Landaulette, a 1953 Muntz Jet Convertible, a 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster to name but a few.
      Beyond The Iconic Southern California Collection, additional entries at the upcoming sale appealing to American auto enthusiasts include a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback “Black Mamba” Custom Show Car, used as Meguiars’ feature and display car showcasing their high-end paint care product line and a frequent sight at numerous automotive events nationwide, including the Goodguys, NSR and NASCAR events. Also poised for the auction block, a 1931 Ford Model A “Unknown Roadster” built in the 1940s and recently discovered in Colorado virtually untouched after several decades in storage; and a freshly restored 1946 Mercury Sportsman Model 69M Convertible, resplendent in Botsford Blue Green with a brown vinyl interior and tan canvas top and equipped with a 239 cid 59A Flathead V-8, AM radio and clock.
      For further information on Auctions America’s upcoming California Collector Car Auction or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit www.auctionsamerica.com

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