Classic Cars Sold
Auctions America Event a Success
Larry Jewett - September 05, 2013 12:59 PM
Auctions America has restored Auburn, Indiana, to its position as the “Classic Car Capital of America”, posting the company’s strongest sale results to date along with record attendance at its annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, August 28 – September 1. Sales reached more than $28,000,000 with 80 percent of all lots sold, demonstrating the strong and consistent growth of Auctions America’s flagship sale.
Held during the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, this year’s sale attracted more than 70,000 enthusiasts to the historic Auburn Auction Park, surpassing last year’s attendance by nearly 40 percent. New this year, NBC Sports Network broadcast from the event for three days, delivering coverage of the sale to more than 80 million homes across the U.S. A record number of bidder registrations were received from 17 countries and 45 states across the U.S., highlighting the event’s standing as a Labor Day tradition with vast global appeal. Nearly one third of bidders represented first time clientele.
“This year’s Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend was simply electric,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America. “The world came home to Auburn for this celebration of automotive culture and the response from buyers, sellers and attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. This weekend, the Classic Car Capital of America saw a packed auction arena, spectacular collections, three incredible Duesenbergs sold under the Auctions America roof in one day, and the first-ever, live NBC Sports Network coverage from the Auburn Auction Park. The Auburn Fall event was the perfect way to cap off a wonderful summer for Auctions America, which also included our highly successful debut sale in Southern California.”
In honor of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, locally-built vehicles were prominently featured among the 1,123 automobiles offered, with top sales honors going to a highly desirable 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe for $1,540,000; a rare 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan for $962,500 and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton for $858,000, all sold during Saturday’s all-new Salon Offering.
As part of Auctions America’s continued efforts to give back to the community, a series of vehicles were sold to benefit four worthy causes across the weekend, including the Fort Wayne Base Community Council Military Support Fund, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
“We are proud to support these important organizations that give so much to both the community and the hobby in which we operate,” commented Gould. “Car enthusiasts are among the most generous people in the world. We’re proud to use our international stage to help organizations that enrich the automotive culture and improve the lives of those who serve our country and of those in need.”
Auctions America continues its 2013 calendar of events with the company’s Fall Carlisle sale, October 3 – 4, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. For full results from the 2013 Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend as well as upcoming event information, please visit auctionsamerica.com.