Auctions America by RM, Auburn Fall, Auburn, Indiana, August 29-September 1, 2013
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
For years the Auburn Fall auction has been the spiritual home of the car collecting core, folks who buy $20,000 cars because they love them, want to give them good homes and preserve them.
In its heyday, Auburn Fall never attracted the ‘Thousands of Cars’ its promoter boasted, but at its peak 1,601 cars crossed the Auburn Fall block.
It was a treasure hunt across acres of Indiana with everything from cars fresh from the Lawn at Pebble Beach to musty relics, abandoned puppies begging to be adopted by caring homes. Collectors’ motor homes filled more acres and the party spilled across Auburn to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival celebrating the rich automobile history of Indiana.
That went into eclipse a few years ago. Then Rob Myers recruited Donnie Gould to resurrect it. They put in the money to refurbish the Auction Park and brought fresh principles to the Auburn auction process.
Progress was evident in 2011 and 2012. It took a while, but in 2013 it took hold with 1,135 cars crossing Auburn’s two auction blocks in a four day extravaganza that brought bright memories to the minds of veterans. This is the place, the time and the atmosphere where car guys and gals gather to celebrate the successes, take advantage of the opportunities and sometimes accept the market’s judgment of misguided purchases.
The fluff, champagne and confetti of Monterey just two weeks before is a distant memory in Auburn, another world. This is real car collecting where the median car costs $24,475, not six- or seven-figures.
Car collectors owe a large debt of gratitude to Rob Myers, Donnie Gould and the whole Auctions America/RM team for resuscitating Auburn Fall. It hardly made sense in 2010 when they started this odyssey with 878 cars and a $13 million sale but they persevered and the hobby is much, much more rich for their determination.
Auburn Fall is back, and all car collectors should rejoice in its return.
The Fox Good Humor cart isn’t written up, but it may just be the poster vehicle for Auburn Fall. Where else will one show up? It sold for $7,700 with commission.