The inaugural Auctions America Southern California sale was held August 1–3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, resulting in $17.2 million in total sales and 83% of all lots sold. Auctions America’s first entry into the Los Angeles market featured nearly 400 automobiles and a selection of motorcycles and memorabilia.
Top sale honors at the 2013 Auctions America Southern California sale went to the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, presented in white with red leather interior. Equipped from the factory with a rare automatic transmission and benefitting from a well-preserved restoration, the Cobra sold for $825,000. Other auction highlights included a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster formerly owned by actor Robert Stack, which sold for $808,500, a 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS that sold for $291,500 and a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible that sold for $247,500. Additionally, the 1952 Cunningham C-3, the only C-3 to have been raced, well-exceeded estimates at $407,000.
“This auction proves that with the right vehicles and the right team, Southern California can host a lucrative and successful collector car auction,” says Auctions America’s Ian Kelleher. “With over 400 listings and over 83% of the lots sold, with numbers above expectations, we could not be happier with the results of our first California Sale. The location in Burbank was central to most Los Angeles residents and the fact that we were just a few blocks from several major movie studios while cars with serious Hollywood history rolled over the block helped, but many of the top cars sold were simply outstanding cars that were highly sought-after.”
Auctions America Southern California 2013 – Top Five Auction Results
1. 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – $825,000
2. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $808,500
3. 1952 Cunningham C-3 – $407,000
4. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona – $401,500
5. 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS – $291,500
Auctions America continues its 2013 schedule with its annual Auburn Fall weekend sale, held August 29 to September 2 at the Auburn Auction Park in Indiana. For more information, visit AuctionsAmerica.com or phone 888-990-3910 (310-842-3910 outside North America).
[Source: Auctions America]