Worldwide Auctioneers, National Auto and Truck Museum, Auburn, Indiana, August 31, 2013
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
In an annual auction schedule that includes ever more events few locations, if any, have the ambiance and history of Worldwide’s Auburn Auction.
Held in the Front Drive L-29 assembly building behind ACD headquarters in Auburn, Indiana, in the home of the National Auto and Truck Museum, it’s hard to beat the historical presence that permeates this structure. It may not be the best for holding the auction – it’s cramped, a bit dark and on a hot day, muggy all the portable A/C in the state of Indiana couldn’t keep it cool – but it’s the home of the L-29. Al Leamy, E.L. Cord and Cornelius Van Ranst walked these floors.
It’s at the center of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, sometimes an access challenge, but mostly adding to the week’s glamour and enthusiasm.
This is Worldwide’s second auction in this location. It was substantially reduced (36.3%) in the number of cars offered from the first year’s 2-day sale but the quality improved with the result that the total sale was down just 24%. That number is even more noteworthy than it appears since the sale started with a fifteen-lot No Reserve segment of farm tractors, implements and wagons of which only one sold for more than $10,000. Most were in mid-four figures.
[Full disclosure: I do the introductions on the block for this sale.]