The 2013 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale sale was held March 22-24 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center in Florida, resulting in $17.5 million in total sales and a 74% sell-through rate. The three-day auction attracted bidders from 15 countries around the world and 38 states across the United States.
“We’re thrilled with the results from the weekend’s sale which continued our strong track record in South Florida and provided a great start to our 2013 auction season,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America. “From American classics to European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, the offering truly presented something for everyone, attracting a significant crowd across the weekend with bidders in the room joined by a large volume of collectors participating remotely via the phone and Internet. Reflecting our team’s extensive marketing and promotional efforts, 42 percent of bidders represented first time clientele. We’re thrilled to see such positive growth and strong interest from collectors and look forward to continuing the momentum at our upcoming spring events in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Auburn, Indiana.”
Taking top sale honors at the 2013 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale auction was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which attracted enthusiastic bidding during Saturday’s sale session, realizing a final sales price of $880,000. Other highlights included a 1963 Shelby Cobra which spurred a lively bidding war, eventually selling for $533,500; a 2012 Lexus LFA, just 400 miles from new, which achieved $319,000; and a 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, which garnered $275,000. The 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible, formerly owned by Steve McQueen, and featured in the final movie of his career, The Hunter, sold for $88,000. Owners Rick and Corey Harrison of the History Channel’s TV series Pawn Stars were on the block to witness the car sell before a lively crowd.
Additional sale highlights include a pair of Shelbys – a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a 1967 Shelby GT350 which sold for $151,250 and $110,000 respectively; a pair of Mercedes-Benz 190SLs – including a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL and a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL which achieved $155,100 and $110,000; a 1953 Buick Skylark, for $181,500; and a 1960 Fiat Jolly 600 Convertible which realized $77,000.
Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Collector Car 2013 – Top 5 Auction Results
1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – $880,000
2. 1963 Shelby Cobra – $533,500
3. 2012 Lexus LFA – $319,000
4. 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton – $275,000
5. 1931 Cadillac V-12 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton – $203,500
Auctions America continues its 2013 auction calendar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 25-26, with its third annual Spring Carlisle Auction held during Carlisle Events’ Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral weekend. Spring Carlisle will be closely followed by Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event, May 9-11 at the Company’s headquarters in Auburn, Indiana. In addition to a multi-day auction and a car corral and swap meet presented by Carlisle Events, this year’s Auburn Spring event will feature a new attraction, the inaugural Antique Automobile Club of America Central Division National Spring Meet.
For more information on upcoming events, along with full results from the 2013 Fort Lauderdale collector car auction, visit auctionsamerica.com.
[Source: Auctions America]