Records Set for Classics and Rods

Enthusiasts flock to Auburn for prized possessions

Andy Bolig - September 13, 2011 11:12 AM


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Worldwide Auctioneers is reporting its most successful event to date at home in Auburn, recording overall sales of $13.2million at its 4th annual The Auburn Auction, along with record attendance.

There was standing room only in a packed auction arena during the event’s highlight, Saturday evening’s catalogue auction, The Main Event, when a remarkable selection of hand-picked motorcars went under the hammer. Among the many notable sales was a rare and magnificent 1955 Hudson Italia GT Coupe, selling for $352,000, an elegant 1930 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood Convertible Coupe which sold for $363,000 and the “First Funny Car”, a  factory experimental 1964 Dodge Charger S/FX that realized $302,500. The most storied barn-find 1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron, which had lain undiscovered in a Washington barn for 35 years until earlier this year, also sold for a remarkable $247,500. No less than six no reserve private collections were on offer during the weekend, including an extraordinary selection of award winning hot-rods from the Fred Kohl Estate Collection, with one of its highlights, an outstanding 1937 Ford ‘Z-Rod’ Coupe, selling for $198,000.  The complete set of results from The Auburn Auction can be downloaded online at