Finding Fun In Carlisle
Auctions America's Spring Carlisle Auction
Andy Bolig - May 01, 2013 02:15 PM
This grassroots collector car event continues to draw passionate crowds as the quality of the offering improves each year
Total sales at Auctions America’s Spring Carlisle collector car auction exceed $2.2 million
Tradition continued in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this past weekend, as Auctions America returned for its third annual Spring Carlisle collector car auction. Held at the Carlisle Expo Center, the two-day auction - a featured attraction of the Carlisle Events Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral weekend - generated over $2.2 million* in total sales with more than 53 percent of all lots sold.
This year’s strong attendance saw high-quality collector cars sell before a lively crowd. Bidders hailed from 27 states across the U.S. with over one third of bidders representing first time clientele. Top sale honors went to a rare, Bloomington Gold Certified 1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Big-Brake” Fuel-Injected Convertible that realized a final price of $148,500. The handsome black Corvette, one of only 142 built, boasts an extensive frame-off restoration and complete owner history dating back to 1959. Taking the number two spot was a beautifully restored 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe for $96,250.
The enthusiastic auction room also saw more than $12,000 raised for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Charitable Foundation, which was formed to help spread awareness about the disease and to raise money for education and research for the cure. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge and understanding necessary for earlier detection, ensuring a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease. In addition to the funds donated from the sale of a 1985 Chevrolet Corvette, a Forty Years of Corvette poster was sold and donated back to the auction several times on Friday to benefit the charity.
“We were pleased to once again join forces with Carlisle Events to deliver the Spring Carlisle sale,” said Donnie Gould, president, Auctions America. “This grassroots collector car event continues to draw passionate crowds as the quality of the offering improves each year. We look forward to continuing the momentum at our Auburn Spring collector car weekend next week.”
The Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds also posted record attendance, providing a great opportunity for motoring enthusiasts from across the country to share in the thriving hobby.
“The 2013 Carlisle Spring Show kicked off the season with a huge crowd and the buyers, sellers and visitors that came for the auction had to be overwhelmed with the selection and quality of this year's cars,” said Bill Miller, co-owner/co-founder of Carlisle Events. “Cars ranged from a Model A Ford to a Bentley Azure convertible and everything in between, all looking for new homes. Most of the cars consigned did just that. If you didn't find your special ride at the event this time, consider the Auburn Spring collector car auction, May 9-11 in Auburn, Indiana.”
Auctions America continues its busy 2013 schedule with its annual Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, May 9 – 11. In addition to lifting the gavel on approximately 500 automobiles, the Auburn Spring weekend will also feature the inaugural Antique Automobile Club of America Central Division National Spring Meet and an extensive swap meet and car corral presented exclusively by Carlisle Events. Collector car enthusiasts can also look forward to Auctions America’s debut California sale at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, August 1 – 3.
Complete results from Auctions America’s Spring Carlisle sale, along with further information on upcoming events is available online at www.auctionsamerica.com.
*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of a 10 percent buyer’s premium for all vehicles and a 15 percent buyer’s premium for all motorcycles and memorabilia.
Top 5 sales:
Lot 376 - 1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Big-Brake” Fuel-Injected Convertible ($148,500)
Lot 368 - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe ($96,250)
Lot 381 - 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 ($85,800)
Lot 377 - 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake ($74,250)
Lot 380 - 1999 Bentley Azure ($70,950)